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9-12 Programs

The Upper School Program offers students the opportunity to choose from a wide variety of academic credit or enrichment courses.

Classes run five weeks, with the exception of a few that meet for three weeks. See descriptions for details.

Academic classes meet Monday-Friday. Enrichment classes meet Monday, Wednesday, Friday or Tuesday and Thursday. Students may select one class or several to create a full-day program or a flexible schedule.  
 
School is closed Wednesday, July 4.

Upper School programs and courses are held at our 21st Street Campus, with the exception of aquatics, baseball, basketball and volleyball. Students are transported by school bus to attend these classes.
 

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  • Digital Filmmaking Workshop, grades 6-12

    The videos that you’ve always thought about making are possible to create! Join us in this class to experience every facet of the digital filmmaking process. Learn how to take your idea from concept, to developing your story, to writing out dialogue for your characters, to shooting and editing your own movie. Understand the process like never before, and have fun doing it! You can shoot with your own film camera or use our DSLR’s or mini camcorders. All levels of filmmakers from beginning to advanced are welcome, as this program is tailor-made to your abilities. 
     
    About the class: 
    Students use CELTX, a web-based screenwriting software as they learn how to tell their individual stories by developing characters and writing their own screenplays. Students also learn to edit and score their films using Final Cut Pro, Adobe Premiere and iMovie editing software.  

    In addition, students watch and analyze films that demonstrate dynamic and creative filmmaking. They view award-winning films produced by both the big studios and the independent filmmaker and learn to critique them by having in-depth conversations about character and story. 
     
    Finally, industry professionals from all areas will visit to share their knowledge and experience with the students.  
     
    Components Include: 
    • Production: concept to shooting, editing, viewing and discussion 
    • Screenwriting: creating your story, and writing the script 
    • Field trips: visiting major film studios and independent production studios like YouTube Space LA 
    • Film Theory and Discussion: discuss your own films and popular clips from movies, television, and the web  
     
    Sample Weekly Schedule  
    Monday: 1-2pm film theory. 2-4pm writing. 
    Tuesday: 1-2pm writing. 2-4pm film production.  
    Wed: 1-3pm. film production 3-4pm editing. (Or Field Trip) 
    Thursday: 1-2pm guest speaker 2-4pm editing. 
    Friday: 1-2pm watch weekly student projects. 2-4pm watch and analyze a Feature Film.  
     
    Instructor: Gary Ellenberg, Crossroads Faculty 
     
    Course #: 714 
    Section 1: 6/25-7/27/2018 M-F 1:00-4:00 $1600  
    Section 2: 6/25-7/13/2018 M-F 1:00-4:00 $1000 
    Section 3: 7/16-7/27/2018 M-F 1:00-4:00 $800 
    Enrichment 
     
    School is closed Wednesday, July 4. 
  • Music, Sound Engineering Fundamentals, grades 6-12

    The objective of this class is to teach students the principles of sound recording and live sound reinforcement. In this class, students learn about acoustics, transducers, microphone techniques, cables and connectors, amplification, digital recording, music production software (Pro Tools, Garage Band, Logic), sound editing, equalization, dynamics processors, effects, mixing boards, mixing and mastering. Students are asked to record a new project every week to reinforce the topics covered. At the end of the program, the class will go to a local professional recording studio to record an original piece as a group. We welcome newcomers and experienced musicians. All students are supported to learn at their own pace. 
     
    Instructor: Daniel Jimenez-Afanador, Crossroads Faculty 
     
    Course #: 720 
    Section 1: 6/26-7/26/2018 TTh 10:40-12:30 $450 
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    School is closed Wednesday, July 4.

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Important Information

Fees & Materials
Summer course fees include all class materials, supplies, field trip expenses and a t-shirt. Books are not provided for Upper School courses. A book list will be provided. Students in grades 6-12 are expected to bring notebooks, paper, pencils, and pens to class on the first day.  

Academic Credit
An academic credit form is required to have grades and transcripts sent to a student’s home school.

Lunch/Snack
Food is available for purchase at the 21st Street Campus during snack and lunch.

Extended Care
There is no extended care on the 21st Street Campus, however, several classes meet from 1-4 p.m., 1-5 p.m. and 3:15-5 p.m.
Middle and Upper School: 21st Street Campus | 1714 21st St., Santa Monica, CA 90404 | Phone: (310) 829-7391
Elementary School: Norton Campus | 1715 Olympic Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90404 | Phone: (310) 828-1196
Summer at Crossroads is open to the public and provides progressive and fun K-12 summer camps, classes and programs.