Summer at Crossroads

All Courses for 2021
All summer program participants will follow On-Campus Health and Safety protocols in conjunction with LA County Department of Public Health. We ask that families continue to comply with all school protocols including mask wearing, Covid testing, physical distancing, and travel restrictions that are in place to assure the health and safety of our students and our staff.

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  • Afterschool C.L.U.B.! [IN-PERSON], grades 6-8

    Course #: 829
    Section 34: 6/28-7/23/2021 MWF 3:00-5:00 $150
    Section 24: 6/29-7/22/2021 TTh 3:00-5:00 $125 
    Instructor: TBA

    School is closed Monday, July 5.

    The Afterschool "Cinema-Lounging-Uno "type" games & Books"
    At the end of their day, students enjoy a fun, social and relaxed environment on campus. Students participate in a variety of indoor and outdoor activities over the course of the summer. Activities may include but are not limited to movie watching, access and exploration of our 21st street Library resources, games of all kinds and a slower paced end to their day. Join us as we get to know one another in The After-School C.L.U.B!
  • American Sign Language, An Intro to, [IN-PERSON], One-Week, grades 6-12

    Course: #553 Section 12
    Days: Monday-Friday
    Time: 12:30pm-3:00pm
    Dates: June 21-June 25, 2021
    Fee: $350
    Type: Enrichment
    Instructor: Sanaz Whetter, Crossroads Summer Faculty

    Course: #553 Section 62
    Days: Monday-Friday
    Time: 12:30pm-3:00pm
    Dates: July 26-July 30, 2021
    Fee: $350
    Type: Enrichment
    Instructor: Sanaz Whetter, Crossroads Summer Faculty


    Students will learn basic vocabulary, grammar, history, fingerspelling, numbers, terminology, and Deaf culture through active communication. This class will focus on the language skills: sight comprehension, hand formation, body language, and knowledge of signs. No prior knowledge of ASL is required to join this class.
  • Art - The Secret Lives of Colors [IN-PERSON], grades 6-12

    Course: #757 Section 23
    Days: Tues/Thu
    Time: 1:30pm-3:00pm
    Dates: June 29-July 22, 2021
    Fee: $350
    Type: Enrichment
    Instructor: Elyse Jung-Vrymoed '06, Crossroads Faculty  

    School is closed Monday, July 5.

    This class is inspired by the book of the same name by Kassia St. Clair. Ever wondered about how your favorite color got its name? Or what The Odyssey has to do with the shade of your favorite blue jeans? Explore the dynamic and rich history of color through both texts and activities. Each lesson is designed to deeply connect you with your favorite hues and strengthen your understanding of how colors work in a practical and theoretical sense.

    We will explore relationships of color with Josef Albers, delve into questions of ownership with Yves Klein and Anish Kapoor, and think of how color occupies space and creates emotion with Anne Truitt and Agnes Martin.  

    Starting with your favorite color you will create a series of paintings that explore that hue and how it relates to the rest of the spectrum. 

    This is a class for all levels whether a curious artist or just art curious! 
  • Audio Engineering Fundamentals [IN-PERSON], grades 6-12

    Course: #720 Section 22
    Days: Tues/Thu
    Time: 11:00am-12:30pm
    Dates: June 29-July 22, 2021
    Fee: $400
    Type: Enrichment
    Instructor: Daniel Jimenez-Afanador, Crossroads Faculty 

    School is closed Monday, July 5.

    The objective of this class is to teach students the principles of sound recording, mixing, mastering and live sound. Music production software is provided to students. In this class, students learn about acoustics, speakers, microphones, microphone techniques, cables and connectors, amplification, digital recording, music production software, sound editing, equalization, dynamics processors, effects, mixing boards, mixing and mastering. Students are asked to edit, mix and master a new project every week to reinforce the topics being covered. The class includes one-on-one time with instructor, lectures and virtual access to the instructor’s recording studio. This course encourages students to progress at their own pace. All levels of experience are welcome.
  • Beat Making - Music Production [IN-PERSON]. grades 6-12

    Course: #723 Section 32
    Days: Mon/Wed/Fri
    Time: 11:00am-12:30pm
    Dates: June 28-July 23, 2021
    Fee: $500
    Type: Enrichment
    Instructor: Daniel Jimenez-Afanador, Crossroads Faculty 

    School is closed Monday, July 5.
     
    The objective of this class is to teach students how to create their own original beats. Music production software will be included in the price of the class and students will be able to purchase additional equipment at a discounted price. Students already using a different software from the one provided are welcome to do so. (Ableton Live, Pro Tools and Logic are preferred). Students will learn how to create professional sounding beats in a variety of genres through one-on-one time with instructor and hands-on experience. The class will explore MIDI basics, quantization, drum machines, sampling, chord progressions, synthesis, sound design and more. Students will be asked to create a new beat every week, thus building their own repertoires. This course encourages students to progress at their own pace. All levels of experience are welcome.

    Students are required to have a computer with at least the following characteristics for this class:
     
    Mac:
    ·       Intel Mac with macOS 10.13.6, 10.14.6 or 10.15.3
    ·       Intel Core i5 processor
    ·       4GB RAM (8GB or more recommended)
    ·       Internet connection for installation
    ·       15GB disk space for installation
    Windows:
    ·       Intel PC Windows 10 Home, Pro, and Enterprise 64-bit Editions 
    ·       Windows 10 for Workstations supported on Intel® Xeon processor-equipped machines
    ·       Intel Core i5 processor
    ·       4GB RAM (8GB or more recommended)
    ·       Internet connection for installation
    ·       15GB disk space for installation
  • Biology, Full Year [IN-PERSON], grades 9-12

    Course: #632 Section 50*
    Days: Monday-Friday
    Time: 8:30am-12:30pm
    Dates: June 21-July 23, 2021
    Fee: $1900
    Type: Credit (1-year science credit)
    Instructor: Edward Peebles-Maxwell, Crossroads Faculty 
    *if  this section sells out, we will create a wait list for a second section.

    School is closed Monday, July 5.

    This is a full year, activity based, laboratory science course focusing on the unique properties of living organisms and how they connect to larger Biosystems. Topics may include science of research, cell biology, genetics, evolution, molecular biology, elements for life, carbon and nitrogen cycles, and ecology. Critical thinking and problem solving are emphasized. Students work with home and online resources to make observations, run simulations, perform individualized experiments, interpret data, and form generalizations. The department aims to ensure that students gain an understanding of the diversity and complexity of life, and an appreciation of the sanctity of life regardless of its form.

    Important Information about Attendance in Credit Classes:
     
    Absences & Tardies
    For Upper School credit courses students must plan to attend all sessions of class.
     
    We understand that illness can happen in the summer. For classes that meet for five-weeks, a student may miss a maximum of three class sessions. For classes that meet less than five-weeks, a student may only miss two class sessions. Two tardies to the same class may count as one absence.
     
    When absent or late to class, students are still responsible for completing all assigned work. Students must complete all course requirements to receive Upper School academic credit. Additional absences will lower a student’s grade in the class and or may preclude the awarding of any credit.
     
    Academic Credit
    An Academic Credit Form is not required for Crossroads students.
     
    In order to have grades and transcripts sent to a student's home school, an Academic Credit Form is required for all non-Crossroads students.
     
    Students taking this class should be prepared for the intense pace of the course. One day of class in the summer program is considered to be equal to a week of classes during the school year. Students should also be prepared for two to three hours of homework each night. The school library is open daily until 5:00pm should a student choose to stay on campus to complete their work. It is recommended that students do not take other classes, work, or take on internships during the five weeks of the summer program.
     
    This course is a UC/CSU/NCAA approved course. 
  • Character Drawing [IN-PERSON], grades 6-8

    Course: #735 Section 21
    Days: Tues/Thur
    Time: 9:00am-10:30am
    Dates: June 29-July 22, 2021
    Fee: $325
    Type: Enrichment
    Instructor: Elyse Jung-Vrymoed '06, Crossroads Faculty

    School is closed Monday, July 5.
     
    Fascinated by the people and characters from stories or films? Learn to create a character using a variety of different mediums and illustration styles. Working from more realistic to more stylized, we will begin with practicing drawing from life, using ourselves as models, complete with costumes. Then we will paint from photographs exploring how to create tone and mood with our work. Finally, we will work on creating anime and cartoon influenced characters, then place them at home in a world completely designed by you! The perfect class for students who are new to the practice, looking to hone their technical drawing skills, or the bourgeoning illustrator with a head full of creature and characters ready for the page, and everyone in between!
  • Chemistry, Full Year [IN-PERSON], grades 10-12

    Course: #633 Section 50* 
    Days: Monday-Friday
    Time: 8:30am-12:30pm
    Dates: June 21-July 23, 2021
    Fee: $1900
    Type: Credit (1-year science credit)
    Instructor: Gina Aumock, Crossroads Faculty 
    *if  this section sells out, we will create a wait list for a second section.

    School is closed Monday, July 5.


    Chemistry is a full year course designed as a general introduction to the properties and interaction of all forms of matter. Through inquiry-based investigations, hands-on experimentation, demonstrations and problem-solving sessions, students gather facts, organize data and analyze trends and patterns that explain the nature of matter. The course covers chemical periodicity, chemical bonding, nomenclature, chemical reactions, gas laws, molecular geometry, and in-depth stoichiometric calculations. Students should expect 2-3 labs, 2-3 quizzes, and 2-3 tests per week. Chemistry is a math-intensive course; therefore, students must have a strong facility with Algebra. 
    Prerequisite: 1 year of Biology, B- or better in freshman math course or completion of Intermediate Algebra. 
     
    This is a UC/CSU/NCAA approved course. 

    Important Information about Attendance in Credit Classes:
     
    Absences & Tardies
    For Upper School credit courses students must plan to attend all sessions of class.
     
    We understand that illness can happen in the summer. For classes that meet for five-weeks, a student may miss a maximum of three class sessions. For classes that meet less than five-weeks, a student may only miss two class sessions. Two tardies to the same class may count as one absence.
     
    When absent or late to class, students are still responsible for completing all assigned work. Students must complete all course requirements to receive Upper School academic credit. Additional absences will lower a student’s grade in the class and or may preclude the awarding of any credit.
     
    Academic Credit
    An Academic Credit Form is not required for Crossroads students.
     
    In order to have grades and transcripts sent to a student's home school, an Academic Credit Form is required for all non-Crossroads students
     
    Students taking this class should be prepared for the intense pace of the course. One day of class in the summer program is considered to be equal to a week of classes during the school year. Students should also be prepared for two to three hours of homework each night. The school library is open daily until 5:00pm should a student choose to stay on campus to complete their work. It is recommended that students do not take other classes, work, or take on internships during the five weeks of the summer program.



  • Creative Music History and Appreciation [IN-PERSON], grades 6-8

    Course: #734 Section 31
    Days: Mon/Wed/Fri
    Time: 9:00am-10:30am
    Dates: June 28-July 23, 2021
    Fee: $425
    Type: Enrichment
    Instructor: Tony Hundtoft, Crossroads Faculty

    School is closed Monday, July 5.

    Open to musicians and non-musicians, CMH&A explores music fundamentals and American music history through the lens of sample-based Hip Hop beats. Students will learn about basic musical concepts like Rhythm, Form, and Harmony through a brief overview of American music history. The online music-creation site “Soundtrap” will be utilized throughout the course to provide a hands-on opportunity for students to create beats that incorporate and honor the timeless music explored in class.
  • Creative Writing [IN-PERSON], grades 9-12

    Course: #540 Section 52
    Days: Monday-Friday
    Time: 11:00am-12:30pm
    Dates: June 21-July 23, 2021
    Fee: $900
    Type: Credit (1 semester)
    Instructor: TBA 

    School is closed Monday, July 5.
     
    Introduction: Every human being has a deep impulse toward creativity. It helps us to problem-solve, relaxes our brains, and provides a necessary outlet for our emotional lives. This online course, newly revised according to instructor’s experience with on-line courses during the school year, explores creative writing with a uniquely therapeutic approach, one that offers the student both healing and insight into the benefits of self-expression. Students explore a myriad of writing genres, from poetry to short fiction, playwriting to creative non-fiction. Students have access to literature from around the world and in their own backyards. Students learn a different genre of creative writing weekly, culminating with an online portfolio.  The course encourages the use of music, art, film, and other forms of self-expression to help stimulate the writing process.  Twice weekly, the class features a writer, poet, or performing artist. The goal is to produce an on-line journal featuring the very best of student creativity. There are a number of online journals and magazine templates available: Penzu, Lucidpress, and others. 
     
    Materials: A laptop computer, internet access, a notebook and pens. 
     
    Attendance & Participation:
    Each class begins with a short 15 mins. Zoom check-in, followed by a writing prompt for the day. Class typically concludes with either a shared Google doc noting progress, exchanging notes, and asking questions. Daily attendance for each class is required. Students who miss more than three (3) days of a credit course will not receive credit. Two (2) tardies will count as one (1) absence for that course. You will have one day to make up assignments missed due to a legitimate excuse. 
  • Design and Engineering Intensive [IN-PERSON], One-Week, grades 8-12

    Course: #767 Section 62
    Days: Monday-Friday
    Time: 12:30pm-3:00pm
    Dates: July 26-July 30, 2021
    Fee: $400
    Type: Enrichment
    Instructor: Chris Buckley, Crossroads Faculty

    Design & Engineering is a popular science elective course offered by Crossroads Upper School every academic year. In this 1-week intensive, students will be exposed to a number of the skills and techniques this program has to offer, including circuitry, electrical engineering, robotics, Arduino-based programming, 3-D modeling, and 3-D printing. This 1-week intensive course is extremely hands-on. A laptop is necessary for full participation in this course, but all other materials will be provided. Students can even take home some of their projects if they wish.
  • Digital Filmmaking [IN-PERSON], grades 6-12

    Course: #714 Section 02
    Days: Monday-Friday
    Time: 1:30pm-4:30pm
    Dates: June 28-July 9, 2021
    Fee: $700.00
    Type: Enrichment
    Instructor: Gary Ellenberg, Crossroads Faculty

    Course: #714 Section 03
    Days: Monday-Friday
    Time: 1:30pm-4:30pm
    Dates: July 12-July 23, 2021
    Fee: $800.00
    Type: Enrichment
    Instructor: Gary Ellenberg, Crossroads Faculty

    School is closed Monday, July 5.

    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! All levels of filmmakers from beginning to advanced are welcome, as this program is tailor-made to your abilities. Currently, this class is only available to those students attending in the morning.   
  • Dissections Origami [IN-PERSON], One-Week, grades 6-9

    Course: #628 Section 62
    Days: Monday-Friday
    Time: 12:30pm-3:00pm
    Dates: July 26-July 30, 2021
    Fee: $350
    Type: Enrichment
    Instructor: Rajeeva Voleti, Crossroads Faculty

    Do you love science and origami? Want to explore labs without the mess? Our distance learning -friendly, eco-friendly 3-D dissection models can be used as a hastle-free exploration and a pre-dissection tool for comparative anatomy, and a basic foundation for high school biology. 
  • Drawing Intensive [IN-PERSON], One-Week, grades 6-12

    Course: #793 Section 11
    Days: Monday-Friday
    Time: 9:00am-11:30am
    Dates: June 21-June 25, 2021
    Fee: $350
    Type: Enrichment
    Instructor: Elyse Jung-Vrymoed '06, Crossroads Faculty  
    Instructor: Susan Arena, Crossroads Faculty


    Course: #793 Section 61
    Days: Monday-Friday
    Time: 9:00am-11:30am
    Dates: July 26-July 30, 2021
    Fee: $350
    Type: Enrichment
    Instructor: Elyse Jung-Vrymoed '06, Crossroads Faculty  
     
    Drawing is a way of showing and developing visual thinking, and is the most direct means of expression in art. In this 5-day intensive class we will focus on the Western observational tradition of drawing as well as explore approaches from other world cultures, past and present. It is a studio class in which each day we will delve into different methods of drawing and different media. Students will also spend time looking at their own, and each other’s work in a critical, but nurturing manner; with the goal to create a confident vocabulary for evaluating their creations.
     
    All skill levels are welcome. Come excited to learn, experiment, share, and to see!
     
    Day 1: Pencil. Line drawing. Portraiture
     
    Day 2: Charcoal. Tonal work with still-life’s
     
    Day 3: Ink and white paint- a painterly approach to drawing. Still-life and landscape
     
    Day 4: Collage and experimental tools. Discussion of conceptual work, art from non-Western traditions, personal expression.
     
    Day 5: Final Project: artist’s choice of materials and subject matter. Larger scale work.
    Final Critique
  • Drawing Intensive [ONLINE], One-Week, grades 6-12

    Course: #793 Section 15
    Days: Monday-Friday
    Time: 9:00am-11:30am
    Dates: June 21- June 25, 2021
    Fee: $350
    Type: Enrichment
    Instructor: Elyse Jung-Vrymoed '06, Crossroads Faculty  
    Instructor: Susan Arena, Crossroads Faculty


    Course: #793 Section 65
    Days: Monday-Friday
    Time: 9:00am-11:30am
    Dates: July 26-July 30, 2021
    Fee: $350
    Type: Enrichment
    Instructor: Elyse Jung-Vrymoed '06, Crossroads Faculty  
     


    Drawing is a way of showing and developing visual thinking, and is the most direct means of expression in art. In this 5-day intensive class we will focus on the Western observational tradition of drawing as well as explore approaches from other world cultures, past and present. It is a studio class in which each day we will delve into different methods of drawing and different media. Students will also spend time looking at their own, and each other’s work in a critical, but nurturing manner; with the goal to create a confident vocabulary for evaluating their creations.
     
    All skill levels are welcome. Come excited to learn, experiment, share, and to see!
     
    Day 1: Pencil. Line drawing. Portraiture
     
    Day 2: Charcoal. Tonal work with still-life’s
     
    Day 3: Ink and white paint- a painterly approach to drawing. Still-life and landscape
     
    Day 4: Collage and experimental tools. Discussion of conceptual work, art from non-Western traditions, personal expression.
     
    Day 5: Final Project: artist’s choice of materials and subject matter. Larger scale work.
    Final Critique
  • Engineering Challenges [IN-PERSON], grades 6-8

    Course: #629 Section 22
    Days: Tues/Thur
    Time: 11:00am-12:30pm
    Dates: June 29-July 22, 2021
    Fee: $300
    Type: Enrichment
    Instructor: Cooper Bergdahl, Crossroads Faculty 

    School is closed Monday, July 5.

    Do you love engineering? Do you crave math challenges? If so, you are a mathlete. In this engineering challenge section of the Mathletes class, we will tone your math muscles by completing engineering challenges that are both fun and challenging. For example, we will use printer paper and scotch tape to build a free-standing structure that supports as much weight as possible. Try it out: Make a structure that supports over 50 lbs. by using only five pieces of paper and ten inches of tape. Could you do it?
  • Essay [IN-PERSON], grades 9-12

    Course: #503 Section 51 
    Days: Monday-Friday
    Time: 9:00am-10:30am
    Dates: June 21-July 23, 2021
    Fee: $900
    Type: Credit (1-semester credit)
    Instructor: TBA
               
    School is closed Monday, July 5. 
     
    Introduction: The essay is amongst the most flexible, challenging, and satisfying forms of writing in literature. Each week this evenly paced online course, newly revised according to instructor’s experience with on-line courses during the school year, explores a different essay form: the traditional essay, the argumentative essay, the persuasive essay, the expository essay, and the personal essay. Students read, analyze, write about, and discuss a rich variety of essays. Additionally, students have the opportunity to write two drafts of each essay, peer edit, and create online portfolios of their work, alongside possible literary reviews and personal reflections. While this is an academic course intended to review and reinforce critical writing skills learned during the school year, it also purposefully supports the young writer curious to explore the essay form. 
     
    Materials: A notebook, laptop and internet access
     
    Expectations: Come to class with an open mind, a positive attitude, and a willingness to be of support to your classmates. Because this is an on-line class, students should observe the same kind of etiquette expected of them during the school year.
     
    Attendance:  Daily attendance for each class is required. It will begin with group reading and writing exercises to get warmed up. Students will work on their own for part of each class, with a closing shared Google doc. Those who miss more than three (3) days of a credit course will not receive credit. Two (2) tardies will count as one (1) absence for that course. You will have one day to make up assignments missed due to a legitimate excuse. 
  • Experimental Watercolor Intensive [IN-PERSON], One-Week, grades 6-12

    Course: #780 Section 12
    Days: Monday-Friday
    Time: 12:30pm-3:00pm
    Dates: June 21-June 25, 2021
    Fee: $350
    Type: Enrichment
    Instructor: Elyse Jung-Vrymoed '06, Crossroads Faculty  
    Instructor: Susan Arena, Crossroads Faculty


    Course: #780 Section 62
    Days: Monday-Friday
    Time: 12:30pm-3:00pm
    Dates: July 26-July 30, 2021
    Fee: $350
    Type: Enrichment
    Instructor: Elyse Jung-Vrymoed '06, Crossroads Faculty  
     
    Watercolor painting forces the artist to be present in the moment. Painting with watercolors is an exciting way of connecting with pure color, light, and form. In this intensive 5-day class, we will approach the medium with an experimental and joyful mindset. We will explore tonal range, color, composition, drawing, and personal expression. Students will come out of the workshop a greater confidence for working with a medium that can sometimes seem unforgiving or stodgy. Students will also spend time looking at their own, and each other’s work in a critical, but nurturing manner; with the goal to create a confident vocabulary for evaluating their creations. 
     
    All skill levels are welcome. Come excited to learn, experiment, share, and to see!
  • Experimental Watercolor Intensive [ONLINE], One-Week, grades 6-12

    Course: #780 Section 16
    Days: Monday-Friday
    Time: 12:30pm-3:00pm
    Dates: June 21-June 25, 2021
    Fee: $350
    Type: Enrichment
    Instructor: Elyse Jung-Vrymoed '06, Crossroads Faculty  
    Instructor: Susan Arena, Crossroads Faculty


    Course: #780 Section 66
    Days: Monday-Friday
    Time: 12:30pm-3:00pm
    Dates: July 26-July 30, 2021
    Fee: $350
    Type: Enrichment
    Instructor: Elyse Jung-Vrymoed '06, Crossroads Faculty  
     
    Watercolor painting forces the artist to be present in the moment. Painting with watercolors is an exciting way of connecting with pure color, light, and form. In this intensive 5-day class, we will approach the medium with an experimental and joyful mindset. We will explore tonal range, color, composition, drawing, and personal expression. Students will come out of the workshop a greater confidence for working with a medium that can sometimes seem unforgiving or stodgy. Students will also spend time looking at their own, and each other’s work in a critical, but nurturing manner; with the goal to create a confident vocabulary for evaluating their creations. 
     
    All skill levels are welcome. Come excited to learn, experiment, share, and to see!
  • Family Movie Night [ONLINE] - Animation Classics, All Ages Welcome

    Course: #812 Section 79 
    Days: Thursday Nights
    Time: 7:00pm-9:30pm
    Dates: June 24, July 1, 8 and 15 (4 Thursday nights)
    Fee: $150
    Type: Enrichment
    Instructor: Molly Hansen, Crossroads Faculty
     
    Put an end to those hours of scrolling for a family movie to watch! Family Movie Night hosts four animated classics* with online discussion after led by Crossroads Filmmaking Faculty. Watch great movies and connect with other film loving families. Enjoy the show! 
     
    *Movie selections are pending
     
    Live stream via Zoom screen share will be available to watch the movies. Discussion held via Zoom.
  • Filmmaking Fundamentals [IN-PERSON], One-Week, grades 8-12

    Course: #806 Section 61  
    Days: Monday-Friday
    Time: 9:00am-11:30am
    Dates: July 26-July 30, 2021
    Fee: $350
    Type: Enrichment
    Instructor: Molly Hansen, Crossroads Faculty

    Students will learn the basics of movie making and cinematic language by producing, directing, and editing their own short movie. Students will develop and strengthen their own unique voices on screen working in narrative, documentary, animation, or experimental forms. Simple, fun, and informative this course is a perfect starting point or continuation for the aspiring filmmaker. Filmmaking Fundamentals concludes with a special online screening night, complete with a filmmaker Q&A, open to family and friends.
  • Filmmaking Fundamentals [ONLINE], One-Week, grades 8-12

    Course: #806 Section 65  
    Days: Monday-Friday
    Time: 9:00am-11:30am
    Dates: July 26-July 30, 2021
    Fee: $350
    Type: Enrichment
    Instructor: Molly Hansen, Crossroads Faculty

    Students will learn the basics of movie making and cinematic language by producing, directing, and editing their own short movie. Students will develop and strengthen their own unique voices on screen working in narrative, documentary, animation, or experimental forms. Simple, fun, and informative this course is a perfect starting point or continuation for the aspiring filmmaker. Filmmaking Fundamentals concludes with a special online screening night, complete with a filmmaker Q&A, open to family and friends.
  • Geometry, Full Year [IN-PERSON], grades 10-12

    Course: # 609 Section 50*
    Days: Monday-Friday
    Time: 8:30am-12:30pm
    Dates: June 21-July 23, 2021
    Fee: $1800
    Type: Credit (1-year math credit)
    Instructor: James Katseanes, Crossroads Summer Faculty
    *if  this section sells out, we will create a wait list for a second section.

    School is closed Monday, July 5.

    FOR CROSSROADS STUDENTS – this Geometry class offered during the summer is only for remediation, not for acceleration.
    For questions or concerns, please contact the Upper School math department chair, JD Walters, who can explain the department policy. JDWalters@xrds.org


    This course develops critical thinking and visualization skills, presenting and exploring the properties of shapes in space. Some of the major topics covered are angles, parallel and perpendicular lines, triangles and congruence, quadrilaterals, similarity, right triangles, trigonometric ratios, circles, constructions, area, and volume. Concepts from Algebra 1 are integrated throughout this course. Construction tools such as a straightedge and a compass (not included in class fee) are required for this course. 
     
    Prerequisites:  Algebra 1 or Intermediate Algebra. 
     
    This is a UC/CSU/NCAA approved course. 

    Important Information about Attendance in Credit Classes:
     
    Absences & Tardies
    For Upper School credit courses students must plan to attend all sessions of class.
     
    We understand that illness can happen in the summer. For classes that meet for five-weeks, a student may miss a maximum of three class sessions. For classes that meet less than five-weeks, a student may only miss two class sessions. Two tardies to the same class may count as one absence.
     
    When absent or late to class, students are still responsible for completing all assigned work. Students must complete all course requirements to receive Upper School academic credit. Additional absences will lower a student’s grade in the class and or may preclude the awarding of any credit.
     
    Academic Credit
    An Academic Credit From is not required for Crossroads students.
     
    In order to have grades and transcripts sent to a student’s home school, an Academic Credit Form is required for all non-Crossroads students.
     
    Students taking this class should be prepared for the intense pace of the course. One day of class in the summer program is considered to be equal to a week of classes during the school year. Students should also be prepared for two to three hours of homework each night. The school library is open daily until 5:00pm should a student choose to stay on campus to complete their work. It is recommended that students do not take other classes, work, or take on internships during the five weeks of the summer program.
  • Good Morning Art Studio [IN-PERSON], grades 6-8

     Course: #741 Section 31
    Days: Mon/Wed/Fri
    Time: 9:00am-10:30am
    Dates: June 28-July 23, 2021
    Fee: $450
    Type: Enrichment
    Instructor: Elyse Jung-Vrymoed '06, Crossroads Faculty

    School is closed Monday, July 5.
     
    Wake up and greet the day by getting your creative juices flowing! In this class students will be in the driver’s seat. The studio will be open for multiple projects simultaneously. Students will work with the teacher to create their own pieces and build a personal practice. Each day will start with a warmup activity in their sketchbook; followed by time to work on individual pieces. The morning ends with a brief critique, and group check in. This class is perfect for every student; from those looking to elevate their doodles to the next level, or even the student looking for a calm and creative way to begin their day. 
  • Guitar, Beginning Rock and Pop [IN-PERSON], grades 6-12

    Course: #721 Section 22  
    Days: Tue/Thu
    Time: 11:00am-12:30pm
    Dates: June 29-July 22, 2021
    Fee: $300
    Type: Enrichment
    Instructor: Shea Welsh, Crossroads Faculty

    School is closed Monday, July 5.

    In this beginning guitar class we will develop a solid foundation of how to play the instrument and how to learn and practice music.  We will emphasize good technique, and the learning of basic musical vocabulary, which we will then apply to the learning of songs which will include chords and single note passages in many different styles. 

    Song selections will be very eclectic ranging from classic rock (Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Nirvana) to singer-songwriter (Billie Eilish, Bob Dylan, Ed Sheeran) as well as contemporary pop/rock (Taylor Swift, Bruno Mars, etc.).
  • Guitar, Intermediate Rock and Pop [IN-PERSON], grades 6-12

    Course: #719 Section 32  
    Days: Mon/Wed/Fri
    Time: 11:00am-12:30pm
    Dates: June 28-July 23, 2021
    Fee: $425
    Type: Enrichment
    Instructor: Shea Welsh, Crossroads Faculty

    School is closed Monday, July 5.

    This class will be a continuation of beginning guitar class where we will develop a solid foundation of how to play the instrument and how to learn and practice music.  We will emphasize good technique, and the learning of  musical vocabulary, which we will then apply to the learning of songs which will include chords and single note passages in many different styles. We will also work on scales for improvisation.
     Song selections will be very eclectic ranging from classic rock (Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Nirvana) to singer-songwriter (Billie Eilish, Bob Dylan, Ed Sheeran) as well as contemporary pop/rock (Taylor Swift, Bruno Mars, etc.)
  • Guitar, Jazz [IN-PERSON], grades 6-12

    Course: #718 Section 33
    Days: Mon/Wed/Fri
    Time: 1:30pm-3:00pm
    Dates: June 28-July 23, 2021
    Fee: $425
    Type: Enrichment
    Instructor: Shea Welsh, Crossroads Faculty

    School is closed Monday, July 5.

    We will learn and develop basic to advanced jazz concepts including, improvising with scales, arpeggios and jazz vocabulary, chord voicing and construction, repertoire building, jazz theory,  and sight-reading.  We will listen and study/learn the music of jazz guitar luminaries including Wes Montgomery, Joe Pass, Pat Metheny, and Julian Lage as well as the music of jazz masters Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Thelonious Monk and also modern bands such as Snarky Puppy, and Kamasi Washington etc. etc.  Guitarists entering this class should already have a basic understanding of their instrument.  New players should take Beginning guitar classes first.
  • Hip-Hop History and Appreciation [IN-PERSON], grades 6-12 [CANCELED]

    This course has been CANCELED.

    Course: #520 Section 32
    Days: Mon/Wed/Fri
    Time: 11:00am-12:30pm
    Dates: June 28-July 23, 2021
    Fee: $425
    Type: Enrichment
    Instructor: Brendan Whitt, Crossroads Faculty

    School is closed Monday, July 5.

    This class will be designed to give a comprehensive history of hip-hop culture and rap music through a literary lense. The class will read Shea Serrano’s Hip-Hop Yearbook. The book picked one rap song for every year between 1979 and 2015 and chose the most impactful song of that given year. Students will learn lyrical structure and evolution from this book as well as theories I have formulated based on the reading.
  • Improv & Theatre Games [IN-PERSON], One-Week, grades 6-11

    Course: #701 Section 11
    Days: Monday-Friday
    Time: 9:00am-11:30am
    Dates: June 21-June 25, 2021
    Fee: $350
    Type: Enrichment
    Instructor: Claire Larsen, Crossroads Faculty

    Course: #701 Section 61
    Days: Monday-Friday
    Time: 9:00am-11:30am
    Dates: July 26-July 30, 2021
    Fee: $350
    Type: Enrichment
    Instructor: Claire Larsen, Crossroads Faculty


    This fun, challenging Improv Class is for anyone with experience or anyone who is brand new to Improv. Whether you are an actor or an aspiring writer/creator, Improv helps us think quickly, trust our creative impulses and our imagination, and enhances our ability to actively listen and respond to others so that we can quickly build a world and create a story with others. Focus will be on collaborative group games as well as on scene work. We will look at physical acting, specificity, responsiveness, strengthening our “Yes, And…” ability so that we create clear relationships and circumstances through action and reaction, and on being able to identify the “game” of the scene where the comedy lies. This class will stretch your imagination, your mind and require you to jump in with both feet. Let’s play!
  • Improv & Theatre Games [ONLINE], One-Week, grades 6-11

    Course: #701 Section 15
    Days: Monday-Friday
    Time: 9:00am-11:30am
    Dates: June 21-June 25, 2021
    Fee: $350
    Type: Enrichment
    Instructor: Claire Larsen, Crossroads Faculty

    Course: #701 Section 65
    Days: Monday-Friday
    Time: 9:00am-11:30am
    Dates: July 26-July 30, 2021
    Fee: $350
    Type: Enrichment
    Instructor: Claire Larsen, Crossroads Faculty


    This fun, challenging Improv Class is for anyone with experience or anyone who is brand new to Improv. Whether you are an actor or an aspiring writer/creator, Improv helps us think quickly, trust our creative impulses and our imagination, and enhances our ability to actively listen and respond to others so that we can quickly build a world and create a story with others. Focus will be on collaborative group games as well as on scene work. We will look at physical acting, specificity, responsiveness, strengthening our “Yes, And…” ability so that we create clear relationships and circumstances through action and reaction, and on being able to identify the “game” of the scene where the comedy lies. This class will stretch your imagination, your mind and require you to jump in with both feet. Let’s play!
  • Introduction to AI and Machine Learning [IN-PERSON], One-Week, grades 9-12

    Course: #766 Section 61
    Days: Monday-Friday
    Time: 9:00am-11:30am
    Dates: July 26-July 30, 2021
    Fee: $400
    Type: Enrichment
    Instructor: Paul Way, Crossroads Faculty

    This one week intensive provides students an opportunity to explore artificial intelligence and machine learning.  Students will learn about how machine learning algorithms are reshaping our world, and discuss the social, political, economic and societal implications of this technology.  Students will build tools with machine learning and practice coding artificial intelligence.  Students will look at modern tools for working in machine learning for computer vision, sound, and text.  Students will create machine learning models for recognizing images and audio.  This course is best suited for students with some coding background.  Students will need a Mac or PC laptop
  • Jazz Improvisation, Beginning-Intermediate (for non-drummers) [ONLINE], grades 8-12

    Course: #728 Section 22
    Days: Tue/Thu
    Time: 11:00am-12:30pm
    Dates: June 29-July 22, 2021
    Fee: $300
    Type: Enrichment
    Instructor: Ramsey Castaneda, Crossroads Faculty

    This section is offered online.
    Students can take this class from campus and participate remotely from a supervised classroom, if enrolled in classes before or after. Students must bring their computer, headphones and charger to school daily.  


    Beginning-Intermediate Jazz Improvisation will take students through the ins and outs of jazz soloing. Starting with rhythm, harmony, the blues, and listening, students will learn how to create exciting and historically informed solos. Students will memorize at least two compositions and be provided with an edited video recording of themselves performing these pieces.  At the end of the course, students will have a working understanding of jazz artists, harmony, voice leading, and be ready to join a jam session at a moment’s notice!

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  • Latin Review [ONLINE], Grades 7-8

    Course: 870 Section 32
    Days: Mon/Wed/Fri
    Time: 11:00am-12:30pm 
    Dates: June 28-July 23, 2021
    Fee: $425
    Type: Enrichment
    Instructor: Moc Le Nguyen, Crossroads Faculty

    School is closed Monday, July 5.

    This section is offered online.
    Students can take this class from campus and participate remotely from a supervised classroom, if enrolled in classes before or after. Students must bring their computer, headphones and charger to school daily.  
     
    This course will review the grammar and vocabulary of Stages 1-12 taught in 7th grade Latin, which will prepare students for 8th grade. Students will reread important stories that reinforce their knowledge and understanding of Latin grammar and syntax and reexplore Roman culture. A portion of the course will also be dedicated for students to practice speaking, reading, and writing about their interests and daily life.
  • Line and Color: Foundational Drawing [IN-PERSON], grades 6-12

    Course: #748 Section 32
    Days: Mon/Wed/Fri
    Time: 11:00am-12:30pm
    Dates: June 28-July 23, 2021
    Fee: $450
    Type: Enrichment
    Instructor:  Elyse Jung-Vrymoed '06, Crossroads Faculty

    School is closed Monday, July 5.
     
    Students in this course learn foundational drawing skills, and how to incorporate them into painting. Oftentimes drawing and painting are taught exclusively, and while there are important distinctions, this class focuses on the relationship between them; the ways in which drawing can strengthen painting, and vice versa. The beginning of class focuses on such techniques as blind contour, still life drawing, and gesture drawing in the aim of teaching students to loosen up, get comfortable, discover their line, and experiment. Students make works with charcoal, graphite, and ink. From there, students learn foundational color theory, and proceed to work with watercolor before transitioning to acrylics, finishing out the class with painting on canvas.
  • Make a Movie: Guerrilla Filmmaking, [IN-PERSON], One-Week, grades 7-12

    Course: #790 Section 12
    Days: Monday-Friday
    Time: 12:30pm-3:00pm
    Dates: June 21-June 25, 2021
    Fee: $350
    Type: Enrichment
    Instructor: Gary Ellenberg, Crossroads Faculty 

    Course: #790 Section 61
    Days: Monday-Friday
    Time: 9:00am-11:30am
    Dates: July 26-July 30, 2021
    Fee: $350
    Type: Enrichment
    Instructor: Gary Ellenberg, Crossroads Faculty 
     
    Come partake and celebrate filmmaking in this exciting, one-week Summer School video production class at Crossroads. Students, in five days, will learn how to write a screenplay using CELTX, a web-based professional screenwriting software, film a movie with digital film cameras and learn how to edit using iMovie or Final Cut editing software. In this fun and fast paced class, students will "draw" key cinematic elements, like a specific prop, a line of dialogue or the genre for their film, from "a hat." These elements must be a part of their film as they create and then screen their films at the end of the week. Learn film from the get-go, in this hands-on approach to digital gorilla filmmaking. Cinematic technique will be discussed on the first day and then the students will immediately be plunged into the world of creative movie making. An industry professional will watch and critique the films with the students to help provide insight and offer valuable insider information. 
     
    Students will need access to any type of video camera. This can include I-phones, computer cameras, or DSLRs. 
  • Middle School Explorations in the AM [IN-PERSON],grades 6-8

    Course: #575 Section 31
    Days: Mon/Wed/Fri
    Time: 9:00am-10:30am
    Dates: June 28-July 23, 2021
    Fee: $425
    Type: Enrichment
    Instructor: TBA

    Course: #575 Section 21
    Days: Tue/Thu
    Time: 9:00am-10:30am
    Dates: June 29-July 22, 2021
    Fee: $300
    Type: Enrichment
    Instructor: TBA

    School is closed Monday, July 5.

    Morning program activities may include “mathletes” (logic and problem solving), creative writing, journaling, poetry, art projects and much more.  Activities will take place in the classroom and outside.
  • Middle School Explorations in the PM [IN-PERSON],grades 6-8

    Course: #580 Section 33
    Days: Mon/Wed/Fri
    Time: 1:30pm-3:00pm
    Dates: June 28-July 23, 2021
    Fee: $425
    Type: Enrichment
    Instructor: TBA

    Course: #580 Section 23
    Days: Tue/Th
    Time: 1:30pm-3:00pm
    Dates: June 29-July 22, 2021
    Fee: $300
    Type: Enrichment
    Instructor: TBA

    School is closed Monday, July 5.

    Students will create a team name and logo for their cohort. Friendly physically distanced team challenges will take place, including a “Stomp Off.” As a team, students will create “their” beat using common items (water bottle, pencil, tin foil, hands and feet). Performances will be videotaped and shared online. This class is not available as an afternoon-only class and is only available to those students attending in the morning.  Other fun activities like yoga, games in the Butterfly Plaza, and gardening may be included.
  • Music Creation as an Instrument of Social Change - The Sound of Us [IN-PERSON], One-Week, grades 6-12

    Course: #708 Section 11
    Days: Monday-Friday
    Time: 9:00am-11:30am
    Dates: June 21-June 25, 2021
    Fee: $350
    Type: Enrichment
    Instructor: Daniel Jimenez-Afanador, Crossroads Faculty

    In this class students learn about the power that music has to shift culture and promote social change. The class emphasizes the value of diversity and shows students how to advocate for equity and justice using music. All students are encouraged to write and record an original piece that expresses the changes they want to see in the world.  Students are taught the “sound of us” method of sampling everyday sounds and how to use these as building blocks to make music in a way that is inclusive from its inception. No prior muscial training needed. *The Sound of Us is a project started by the instructor, Daniel Jimenez Afanador. The project seeks to produce music in a way that is inclusive and that promotes unity in a divided world. Learn more about Sound of Us here: www.soundofusproject.com
  • Musical Theater Production [IN-PERSON], grades 6-12

    Course: #702 Section 45
    Days: Monday-Friday
    Time: 1:30pm-4:30pm
    Dates: June 28-July 23, 2021
    Fee: $2,200.00
    Type: Enrichment
    Instructor: Ronnie Anderson, Crossroads Faculty
    Instructor: Fred Pinto, Crossroads Summer Faculty

    School is closed Monday, July 5.

    We are thrilled to announce that we will be IN-PERSON this summer for musical theater! Join us as we excitedly bring to life… CLUE-The Masked Musical! An amazing Who Done It show filled with an outrageous cast of characters.
    Class will meet on campus as we collectively put together a show full of fun, laughter and farce. Masks will be worn, and physical distancing protocols will be in place during class as we act, sing and dance outdoors.
     
    Come performance time, we will construct an outdoor stage and invite families to see the show live with social distance practices in place. The show will also be filmed to share online with families and friends.
     
    Sing up now for this incredible theatrical production and the first safe together performance since July 2019!
     
    Musical Theater Production
    Clue-The Musical
     
    Ronnie and Fred have been teaching and directing musical theater at Crossroads for the past 13 summers.
    Creative…YES!
    Original…YES!
    Collaborative fun learning…YES, YES, YES!!!
     
    The directors and cast will be putting together a fantastic NEW musical based on the exciting board game.... CLUE.
     
    Based on the iconic 1985 Paramount movie which was inspired by the classic Hasbro board game, Clue is a hilarious farce-meets-murder mystery. The tale begins at a remote mansion, where six mysterious guests assemble for an unusual dinner party where murder and blackmail are on the menu. When their host turns up dead, they all become suspects. Led by the Wadsworth – the butler, Miss Scarlett, Professor Plum, Mrs. White, Mr. Green, Mrs. Peacock and Colonel Mustard race to find the killer as the body count stacks up. Clue is the comedy whodunit that will leave both cult-fans and newcomers in stitches as they try to figure out…WHO did it, WHERE, and with WHAT!
     
    In musical theater we will work on character study, scene work, voice, and choreography. Every actor will also be working on costume design and creating background atmosphere. All high school students will receive a fine arts credit that will be sent to your school upon completion of this class. Come and make lifetime memories with us as we begin this new journey…..TOGETHER.
     
    About the teachers/Directors:
    Ronnie Anderson has been a Crossroads for teacher for 25 years. He has B.A. in Education and Fine Arts from Salve Regina University. Before teaching, Ronnie was an actor in more than fifty productions, touring in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. He is the Co-Owner of C.A.T.S. Theatre with Fred Pinto in Rustic Canyon, California.
     
    Fred Pinto is the Drama Teacher at Beverly Vista School in Beverly Hills California. A position he has held for the past 10 years. He is a graduate of Purchase College with a B.A. in Theater Arts. Fred has travelled the world in multiple productions including 42nd St., West Side Story and Chorus Line just to name a few. He is the Co-Owner of C.A.T.S Theatre with Ronnie Anderson.

  • On-Camera Audition Workshop [ONLINE], One-Week, grades 8-12

    Course: #805 Section 14  
    Days: Monday-Friday
    Time: 1:00pm-3:30pm
    Dates: June 21-June 25, 2021
    Fee: $350
    Type: Enrichment
    Instructor: Claire Larsen, Crossroads Faculty

    Course: #805 Section 64  
    Days: Monday-Friday
    Time: 1:00pm-3:30pm
    Dates: July 26-July 30, 2021
    Fee: $350
    Type: Enrichment
    Instructor: Claire Larsen, Crossroads Faculty


    This fun, challenging class is for both the seasoned performer and brand-new beginner! This is an opportunity to stretch, play, get to know yourself and in safe, non-competitive environment, practice the art of auditioning.  An audition offers us a chance work on how to let ourselves JUMP, to be seen, to practice bringing ourselves fully into a room and, provides us an opportunity to learn how handle performance anxiety – a valuable skill whether or not we are auditioning!  We will explore monologues, short scenes from film and TV from a variety of genres and look at how to break down a scene so we understand the story we are being asked to tell.  We will work on giving and receiving feedback and spend some time on what to do during a call back and how to always keep playing and discovering.  Each class will include warm up exercises, improve games (improv is often asked for in auditions!) and new material that is appropriate for each student. Students will walk away from this workshop with new audition material and more importantly, with more ease and confidence in the process of auditioning and sharing themselves with others.
  • Painting [IN-PERSON], grades 6-12

    Course: #744 Section 22
    Days: Tues/Thur
    Time: 11:00am-12:30pm
    Dates: June 29-July 22, 2021
    Fee: $350
    Type: Enrichment
    Instructor: Elyse Jung-Vrymoed '06, Crossroads Faculty  

    Course: #744 Section 33
    Days: Mon/Wed/Fri
    Time: 1:30pm-3:00pm
    Dates: June 28-July 23, 2021
    Fee: $450
    Type: Enrichment
    Instructor: Elyse Jung-Vrymoed '06, Crossroads Faculty  

    School is closed Monday, July 5.
     
    Students in this painting class enjoy learning the foundational secrets of the Old Masters when it comes to greater observation skills, controlling paint, drawing with a brush, color theory and successful composition design.  
     
    Each week, students explore their artistic skills through a variety of modern painting methods including illustration, abstract expressionism, impressionism, plein-air landscapes, and realistic still life studies. Students learn the best practices for developing a painting, while working with a variety of paint mediums, including watercolor, acrylic and oil paint.  
     
    For the final week, students can apply their own painting styles by studying from life with a costumed figure model.  Students with basic artistic skill levels explore new levels of confidence in painting. 
  • Physics, Full Year [HYBRID], grades 10-12

    Course: #635 Section 50*
    Days: Monday-Friday
    Time: 1:30pm-4:30pm
    Dates: June 21-July 23, 2021
    Fee: $1900
    Type: Credit (1-year physical science lab credit)
    Instructor: Chris Buckley, Crossroads Faculty
    *if  this section sells out, we will create a wait list for a second section.

    School is closed Monday, July 5.


    Physics is a full year laboratory science class that explores the nature of the world by examining the motion of objects (kinematics) and the causes of motion (dynamics). Students learn scientific reasoning and build problem-solving skills by developing mathematical models for the behavior of matter and energy. Through the use of innovative virtual labs, students will learn the scientific method of disciplined observation and how to systematically relate these observations to mathematical models for the behavior of matter and energy. Topics covered include motion and kinematics, force, gravitation, circular motion, work and energy, momentum, and collisions. The class encourages students to think systematically about the world around them, emphasizing group participation in virtual labs, collaborative projects, problem solving, and online discussions. Prerequisite: completion of Biology, completion of a second science course.
     
    Prerequisite: completion of Biology, completion of a second science course.
     
    This is a UC/CSU/NCAA approved course.

    Important Information about Attendance in Credit Classes:
     
    Absences & Tardies
    For Upper School credit courses students must plan to attend all sessions of class.
     
    We understand that illness can happen in the summer. For classes that meet for five-weeks, a student may miss a maximum of three class sessions. For classes that meet less than five-weeks, a student may only miss two class sessions. Two tardies to the same class may count as one absence.
     
    When absent or late to class, students are still responsible for completing all assigned work. Students must complete all course requirements to receive Upper School academic credit. Additional absences will lower a student’s grade in the class and or may preclude the awarding of any credit.
     
    Academic Credit
    An Academic Credit Form is not required for Crossroads students.
     
    In order to have grades and transcripts sent to a student's home school, an Academic Credit Form is required for all non-Crossroads students
     
    Students taking this class should be prepared for the intense pace of the course. One day of class in the summer program is considered to be equal to a week of classes during the school year. Students should also be prepared for two to three hours of homework each night. The school library is open daily until 5:00pm should a student choose to stay on campus to complete their work. It is recommended that students do not take other classes, work, or take on internships during the five weeks of the summer program.
  • Poetics Vacation: A Poetry Writing Workshop [IN-PERSON], One-Week, grades 6-8

    Course: #768 Section 61
    Days: Monday-Friday
    Time: 9:00am-11:30am
    Dates: July 26-July 30, 2021
    Fee: $350
    Type: Enrichment
    Instructor: Todd Baron, Crossroads Faculty

    School is closed Monday, July 5.

    In this weeklong workshop you will learn about poetry and place: geography, landscapes, cities, nature, islands, deserts, mountains, fields, and valleys. Poetry is often descriptive of both an outside world and inside world. We will work in a workshop style surrounding creating and reading poems, watching poets read their work, and listening to the varied voice that Poetry creates and shares. Let's go on vacation; a vacation of poems! 
  • Poetry Intensive: A Thinking, Reading and Writing Creativity Workshop [IN-PERSON], One-Week, grades 9-12

    Course: #758 Section 11
    Days: Monday-Friday
    Time: 9:00am - 11:30am
    Dates: June 21-June 25, 2021
    Fee: $350
    Type: Enrichment
    Instructor: Ebony Murphy-Root, Crossroads Faculty

    Course: #758 Section 62
    Days: Monday-Friday
    Time: 12:30pm-3:00pm
    Dates: July 26-July 30, 2021
    Fee: $350
    Type: Enrichment
    Instructor: Ebony Murphy-Root, Crossroads Faculty

    This is an intensive one-week poetry workshop where we will read the work of classic, established and contemporary writers, with a focus on queer, women and writers of color; analyze, write, edit and revise our work. The philosophy behind a workshop of this kind for committed, enthusiastic young writers is that you will hone your craft and style by working with other writers who are engaged in similar efforts and who share similar goals to share with an audience and possible publication.
  • Pre-Algebra 6 [IN-PERSON], grade 6

    Course: #601 Section 32
    Days: Mon/Wed/Fri
    Time: 11:00am-12:30pm
    Dates: June 28-July 23, 2021
    Fee: $425
    Type: Enrichment
    Instructor: Cooper Bergdahl, Crossroads Faculty

    School is closed Monday, July 5.
     
    This course offers a review of key fifth grade concepts such as order of operations, adding and subtracting fractions, area and volume, and evaluating word problems in addition to previewing important sixth grade concepts such as evaluating expressions with variables and using formulas to solve problems.  
     
    In addition to practice 
     problems, the curriculum uses visual models and real-life contexts to help the students solidify their understanding of the concepts. Students complete the problem sets in small groups so that they can deepen their understanding by learning from one another while honing their mathematical communication skills.  
     
    Students will also have the opportunity to collaborate on long-term, hands-on projects that bring math to life! Projects could include designing mathematical board games, developing a technology project such as stop-motion animation, or creating mathematically inspired visual art. 
  • Pre-Algebra 7 [IN-PERSON], grade 7

    Course: #605 Section 31
    Days: Mon/Wed/Fri
    Time: 9:00am-10:30am
    Dates: June 28-July 23, 2021
    Fee: $425
    Type: Enrichment
    Instructor: Cooper Bergdahl, Crossroads Faculty

    School is closed Monday, July 5.
     
    This course offers a review of key sixth grade concepts such as order of operations, multiplying and dividing fractions, comparing portions, and solving equations and inequalities in addition to previewing important seventh grade concepts such as integers, algebraic expressions, and probability.
     
    In addition to practice problems, the curriculum uses visual models and real-life contexts to help the students solidify their understanding of the concepts. Students complete the problem sets in small groups so that they can deepen their understanding by learning from one another while honing their mathematical communication skills.
     
    Students will also have the opportunity to collaborate on long-term, hands-on projects that bring math to life! Projects could include designing mathematical board games, developing a technology project such as stop-motion animation, or creating mathematically inspired visual art.
  • Pre-Algebra 8 [IN-PERSON], grade 8

    Course: #603 Section 21
    Days: Tues/Thur
    Time: 9:00am-10:30am
    Dates: June 29-July 22, 2021
    Fee: $300
    Type: Enrichment
    Instructor: Cooper Bergdahl, Crossroads Faculty

    School is closed Monday, July 5.

    This course offers a review of key seventh grade concepts such as integers, operations with fractions, decimals, and percent’s, solving proportions and equations, and slope in addition to previewing important eighth grade concepts such as scientific notation, exponent rules, and graphing linear equations.
     
    In addition to practice problems, the curriculum uses visual models and real-life contexts to help the students solidify their understanding of the concepts. Students complete the problem sets in small groups so that they can deepen their understanding by learning from one another while honing their mathematical communication skills.
     
    Students will also have the opportunity to collaborate on long-term, hands-on projects that bring math to life! Projects could include designing mathematical board games, developing a technology project such as stop-motion animation, or creating mathematically inspired visual art.
  • Psychology, An Intro to [ONLINE], grades 9-12

    Course: #639 Section 51
    Days: Monday-Friday
    Time: 9:00am-10:30am
    Dates: June 21-July 23, 2021
    Fee: $900
    Type: Credit (1-semester elective credit)
    Instructor: Sarah Eleid, Crossroads Faculty 

    Students enrolled in this course will have the option to come to campus and participate remotely from a supervised classroom. Students must bring their computer, headphones and charger to school daily.

    School is closed Monday, July 5.


    The conscious mind may be compared to a fountain playing in the sun and falling back into the great subterranean pool of subconscious from which it rises.” Sigmund Freud. This college-level course is a broad survey of the scientific study of human nature. We will delve into various topics including but not limited to, how the mind works, the mind-body connection, child development, memory, cognition, personality, psychopathology, and social interaction. Students will consider how such knowledge relates to debates about nature and nurture, free will, consciousness, human differences, self, and society. The learning format of this class will be structured around discussions, experiments, guest speakers, optional field trips and in-class psychological explorations. Students will come away with a strong foundational knowledge of psychology, mental health & wellness and career options in this field. We will have lecture 2-3 times per week via Zoom. The days that do not have a lecture will be time that students have to work on assigned research projects.
  • Reading & Writing, "Me, Myself, and I" [ONLINE], grade 6

    Course: #500 Section 31
    Days: Mon/Wed/Fri
    Time: 9:00am-10:30am
    Dates: June 21-July 23, 2021
    Fee: $425
    Type: Enrichment
    Instructor: Josh Adler, Crossroads Faculty

    School is closed Monday, July 5.

    This section is offered online.
    Students can take this class from campus and participate remotely from a supervised classroom, if enrolled in classes before or after. Students must bring their computer, headphones and charger to school daily.  
     
    This Sixth-Grade section of Reading and Writing Fundamentals introduces students to the idea of the power of the individual through reading, writing, and encouragement of critical thought and discussion. 
     
    Texts read for this class center on self-discovery and empowerment, and have included Cinderella by The Grimm Brothers, Wonder by R.J. Palacio, Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli, The Giver and Gathering Blue by Lois Lowry. We also read and discuss poetry. Poems have included The Light in the Attic by Shel Silverstein, and Mulberry Street and The Lorax by Dr. Seuss.   
     
    Students closely examine the elements of storytelling like setting, plot, protagonist, character, events, climax and theme. In examining poetry, we discuss alliteration, assonance, simile, metaphor and hyperbole, repetition, rhythm and rhyme. As we read and study these works, they make connections to their own lives and the world while developing reading comprehension and vocabulary.  
     
    Through the writing process students learn to brainstorm, pre-write, write, and revise and edit paragraphs and short essays. Students are introduced to and encouraged to write in the narrative, expository, descriptive, and persuasive forms. English grammar and writing mechanics are also components of instruction. Each student works to produce a writing portfolio by the end of the session. Finally, students gain confidence as they practice their discussion skills and engage in collaborative projects. 
     
    This class is taught with a supportive child-centered approach to mastering written language and reading skills. 
  • Reading and Writing, "A Strange, Fantastic Journey" [ONLINE], grade 8

    Course: #501 Section 22
    Days: Tues/Thur
    Time: 11:00am-12:30pm
    Dates: June 29-July 22, 2021
    Fee: $300
    Type: Enrichment
    Instructor: Josh Adler, Crossroads Faculty

    School is closed Monday, July 5.

    This section is offered online.
    Students can take this class from campus and participate remotely from a supervised classroom, if enrolled in classes before or after. Students must bring their computer, headphones and charger to school daily.  
     
    What do Narnia, The Odyssey, and Gilgamesh all have in common with a town of cats? They share a strange, fantastic journey! 
     
    Drawing inspiration from short stories, poems, and passages of literature, we explore the foundations of storytelling: character, setting and plot. While examining the framework of The Hero’s Journey, we focus on the basics of how to construct a compelling story. 
     
    Literary works we read include excerpts from Gulliver’s Travels, The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe, and Journey to the Center of the Earth, among others. 
     
    As we engage with creative activities, students learn how to peer and self-edit; analyze and use evidence to support opinions; compose strong, concise sentences and paragraphs; and expand vocabulary both through exposure to new works and implementation in their own writing. 
     
    Join this class and learn how to read and write your own fantastic journey! 
  • Reading and Writing, “The Other” [ONLINE], grade 7

    Course: #505 Section 32
    Days: Mon/Wed/Fri
    Time: 11:00am-12:30pm
    Dates: June 28-July 23, 2021
    Fee: $425
    Type: Enrichment
    Instructor: Josh Adler, Crossroads Faculty

    School is closed Monday, July 5.

    This section is offered online.
    Students can take this class from campus and participate remotely from a supervised classroom, if enrolled in classes before or after. Students must bring their computer, headphones and charger to school daily.  
     
    The curriculum includes an emphasis on reading, writing, critical thinking, and discussion. Students investigate works of fiction and poetry that center on the idea of “the marginalized character.”  We explore what it means to be “the other” through various literary perspectives, with a special focus on the teenage experience. 
     
    Past texts have included The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton and Feed by M.T. Anderson. We have also studied selections from The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven by Sherman Alexie and The Hunger Games (Book 1) by Suzanne Collins. Poetry selections have included those by Edgar Allen Poe and from Thirteen Stories about the Agony and Ecstasy of Being 13 by James Howe. 
     
    As students read and study these texts, they develop their reading comprehension and vocabulary. They write frequently, focusing on developing ideas, organizing outlines, writing essays, and practicing good grammar and usage. Special attention is paid to organization and writing mechanics.  
     
    Students also enhance their discussion skills and formulate strong arguments during these thought-provoking book talks. Students become more aware of their learning styles and work to formulate successful study habits as they explore the elements of a novel (character, point of view, setting, theme, plot, and language). 
     
    This class is taught with a supportive child-centered approach to mastering written language and reading skills. 
  • Redefining the Art of Dance Construction [IN-PERSON], One-Week, grades 8-12

    Course: #731 Section 63
    Days: Monday-Friday
    Time: 12:30pm-3:30pm
    Dates: July 26-July 30, 2021
    Fee: $400
    Type: Enrichment
    Instructor: Bryanna Brock, Crossroads Faculty

    In this intensive students will begin their day warming up their bodies, participating in structured technical exercises to expand and develop their contemporary technique.  Students will use the book Steal Like an Artist by Austin Kleon to experiment with different compositional tools. As a class, we will conduct choreography exercises, games, and experiments to expand our skills as choreographers. Then students will be divided into groups and will work on building their own choreography using the skills and tools learned in the composition portion of the class. The final day will be spent showing choreography to the class. After showings students will be given the opportunity to receive feedback on their choreography so they can continue to develop their work.
  • Screenwriting 101 [ONLINE}, grades 9-12 and recent grads

    Course: #705 Section 55
    Days: Tue/Thur
    Time: 5:00pm-7:00pm
    Dates: June 22-July 22, 2021
    Fee: $500
    Type: Enrichment
    Instructor: Josh Breslow, Crossroads Summer Faculty

    A college level course in writing for film. You have an idea for a movie. Fantastic. You have three ideas. Even better. Bring your ideas to this class, and you will learn how to turn one into a fully structured screenplay. In class, we will read your pages aloud, give each other notes, learn together what makes good story telling for the screen. At home, you’ll watch your favorite movies, but now with an eye toward the structure upon which they are built. By the end of the class you will have the first 25-30 pages of your screenplay written as well as a full outline of the rest of your film. If you love this work, you’ll perhaps find that you’re unable to stop yourself spending the rest of your precious summer days finishing your screenplay even after the course has ended.
  • Singer/Songwriter Workshop [ONLINE], One-Week, grades 6-10

    Course: #804 Section 12
    Days: Monday-Friday
    Time: 12:30 pm-3:00pm
    Dates: June 21-June 25, 2021
    Fee: $350
    Type: Enrichment
    Instructor: Caitlin Tortorici, Crossroads Summer Faculty
    Instructor: Daniel Jimenez-Afanador, Crossroads Faculty

    Course: #804 Section 62
    Days: Monday-Friday
    Time: 12:30 pm-3:00pm
    Dates: July 26-July 30, 2021
    Fee: $350
    Type: Enrichment
    Instructor: Caitlin Tortorici, Crossroads Summer Faculty
    Instructor: Daniel Jimenez-Afanador, Crossroads Faculty
     
    Do you love to sing? Are you interested in writing your own songs? Then this is the course for you! This workshop focuses on vocal performance - as soloists and members of an ensemble - and on the craft of songwriting. We'll study music from various genres and eras - from standards to top 40 hits, from musical theater to rap to country to parodies - to help you find a style that's uniquely you. Express yourself through song in a fun, easygoing, nonjudgmental environment. Bring an instrument or just bring yourself. All experience levels welcome.
  • Songwriting [IN-PERSON], grades 6-12

    Course: #722 Section 21
    Days: Tue/Thu
    Time: 9:00am-10:30am
    Dates: June 29-July 22, 2021
    Fee: $300
    Type: Enrichment
    Instructors: Daniel Jimenez-Afanador, Crossroads Faculty and Caitlin Tortorici '05, Crossroads Summer Faculty

    School is closed Monday, July 5.
     
    End the summer with your very own original song (or even album)! In this course we learn about song style and structure, while looking at music across different genres and eras - from standards to top 40 hits; from musical theater to rap to country to parodies - to help you find a style that's uniquely you! Sadness, joy, humor, frustration - whatever you have to express, we can help you do it through song in a fun, easygoing, nonjudgmental environment. Bring an instrument or just bring yourself. All experience levels welcome. 
  • Speak Up and Leadership [IN-PERSON], grades 6-8

    Course: #548 Section 32
    Days: Mon/Wed/Fri
    Time: 11:00am-12:30pm
    Dates: June 28-July 23, 2021
    Fee: $425
    Type: Enrichment
    Instructor: Caitlin Tortorici '05, Crossroads Summer Faculty 

    School is closed Monday, July 5.
     
    Achieve your goals by assertively expressing yourself while using intelligence, clarity, and confidence. This course consists of public speaking based on writing, organizing, opinions, researching topics of interest, and learning how to effectively back up arguments with supporting evidence. Vocal skills stressed will include relaxation techniques, visualization, breath control, enunciation, projection, timing and how to read an audience for individual goals. Students participate in games, discussions, speeches, timed debates, and learn to communicate more effectively. 
      
  • Strategies for Success in High School [IN-PERSON], One-Week, grades 9-10

    Course: #801 Section 61
    Days: Monday-Friday
    Time: 9:00am-11:30am
    Dates: July 26-July 30, 2021
    Fee: $350
    Type: Enrichment
    Instructor: Cherlynn Pope, Crossroads Faculty
     
    So often students are overwhelmed by high school and how different it is from middle school.
     
    “How do I get everything done?”  “I forgot to turn in my homework.”
     
    This workshop gives students tools and key strategies for navigating and succeeding in their academic subjects in high school. Students put into practice the strategies through role-play (simulating an Algebra 1 Fun class).
     
    Students also look at ways to achieve balance at school and at home.
     
    Some of the topics include:
     
    Critical Thinking, What Is That?
    Get Organized
    Managing Distractions and Social Media
    Studying Efficiently
    Homework is For You, not your Teacher
    How to “Manage” and Talk to Your Teacher
    How to Prepare for Assessments
    Managing Your Time
     
    Students are provided with a journal or they may bring their own journal or composition book to each session.
  • Summer Cinema - Noir Essentials [IN-PERSON], One-Week, grades 8-12

    Course: #811 Section 62  
    Days: Monday-Friday
    Time: 12:30pm-3:00pm
    Dates: July 26-July 30, 2021
    Fee: $350
    Type: Enrichment
    Instructor: Molly Hansen, Crossroads Faculty

    A workshop style class where students produce, direct, and edit their own short movie. Students will develop and strengthen their own unique voices on screen working in narrative, documentary, animation, or experimental forms. Simple, fun, and informative this course is a perfect starting point or continuation for the aspiring filmmaker. Filmmaking Fundamentals concludes with a special online screening night, complete with a filmmaker Q&A, open to family and friends. Students will need access to any type of video camera. This can include i-phones, computer cameras, or DSLRs.
  • Summer Cinema - Noir Essentials [ONLINE], One-Week, grades 8-12

    Course: #811 Section 66  
    Days: Monday-Friday
    Time: 12:30pm-3:00pm
    Dates: July 26-July 30, 2021
    Fee: $350
    Type: Enrichment
    Instructor: Molly Hansen, Crossroads Faculty

    A workshop style class where students produce, direct, and edit their own short movie. Students will develop and strengthen their own unique voices on screen working in narrative, documentary, animation, or experimental forms. Simple, fun, and informative this course is a perfect starting point or continuation for the aspiring filmmaker. Filmmaking Fundamentals concludes with a special online screening night, complete with a filmmaker Q&A, open to family and friends. Students will need access to any type of video camera. This can include i-phones, computer cameras, or DSLRs.
  • Telling Your Story [IN-PERSON], grades 6-8

    Course: #549 Section 22
    Days: Tues/Thur
    Time: 11:00am-12:30pm
    Dates: June 29-July 22, 2021
    Fee: $300
    Type: Enrichment
    Instructor: Caitlin Tortorici '05, Crossroads Summer Faculty

    School is closed Monday, July 5.
     
    You have a unique take on this thing called life and a story worth telling! By sharing your experiences honestly - whether humorous or heartbreaking, epic or every day - you give the gift of your inner world and help others feel less alone. In this class, students write and share autobiographical stories, receive constructive feedback, learn tips for overcoming writer's block and choose a story to polish and perform at the end of the session for parents and friends
  • United States History [ONLINE], grade 11

    Course: #531 Section 50
    Days: Monday-Friday
    Time: 9:00am-2:30pm
    Dates: June 21-July 23, 2021
    Fee: $2200
    Type: Credit (1-year academic credit)
    Instructor: Elizabeth Bergman, Crossroads Summer Faculty
    Instructor: Angi Neff, Crossroads Summer Faculty

    School is closed Monday, July 5.

    Students enrolled in this course will have the option to come to campus and participate remotely from a supervised classroom. Students must bring their computer, headphones and charger to school daily.
     
    Students study, discuss and debate central issues in United States history between the 17th and 21st centuries. Readings include classic works on American political and literary life, contemporary social and cultural criticism, and significant primary and secondary historical sources. Sustained writing, research, and discussion deepen critical reasoning. One of the centerpieces of the U.S. History course is the students' completion of a semester-long, in-depth, largely self-guided research paper. The purpose of this paper is to solidify students' understanding of the historical process, to strengthen students' ability to conduct quality academic research, and to hone students' skills in the analysis, evaluation and interpretation of past events.
     
    Students taking this class should be prepared for the rigor and intensive pace of this course and to complete significant reading assignments each evening. Students must be able to address complex historical theory. Students must be able to grasp these concepts and be comfortable writing formal essays.
     
    United States History Honors, grade 11
    Honors credit is available to any student who undertakes a rigorous program of additional reading and writing and discussion in addition to the regular work of the course. Honors assignments require longer or more difficult readings as well as more complex writing and thoughtful discussion. Students working for honors credit can expect to spend more time on work out of class than students who do not take Honors. Students must consistently maintain at least a B in order to receive honors credit and remain in the honors program.
     
    Students are required to purchase a textbook prior to the first-class meeting. A book list will be sent home in May. Students are also required to bring a laptop computer to class each day. If a student does not have a laptop, the summer programs office may be able to provide one on loan for the summer. For more information, please contact us at 310-829-7391, ext. 506.
     
    This is a UC/CSU/NCAA approved course.
      
    Priority is given to current Crossroads students and enrollment is processed on a first-come first-served basis.
     
    School is closed Friday, July 3.
     
    *Students are required to be at school until 2:30pm (daily for this class) and are not permitted to leave campus for lunch.
     
    Important Information about attendance in Credit Classes:
     
    Absences & Tardies
    For Upper School credit courses students must plan to attend all sessions of class.
     
    We understand that illness can happen in the summer. For classes that meet for five-weeks, a student may miss a maximum of three class sessions. For classes that meet less than five-weeks, a student may only miss two class sessions. Two tardies to the same class may count as one absence.
     
    When absent or late to class, students are still responsible for completing all assigned work. Students must complete all course requirements to receive Upper School academic credit. Additional absences may lower a student’s grade in the class and or may preclude the awarding of any credit.
     
    Academic Credit
    An Academic Credit Form is not required for Crossroads students.
     
    In order to have grades and transcripts sent to a student’s home school, an Academic Credit Form is required for all non-Crossroads students. 
     
    Students taking this class should be prepared for the intense pace of the course. One day of class in the summer program is considered to be equal to a week of classes during the school year. Students should also be prepared for two to three hours of homework each night. The school library is open daily until 5:00pm should a student choose to stay on campus to complete their work. It is recommended that students do not take other classes, work, or take on internships during the five weeks of the summer program. 
  • Visual Effects Through Cinema History, [IN-PERSON], One-Week, grades 6-8

    Course: #511 Section 12
    Days: Monday-Friday
    Time: 12:30pm-3:00pm
    Dates: June 21-June 25, 2021
    Fee: $350
    Type: Enrichment
    Instructor: Julian Laurent, Crossroads Faculty

    Students find humor and amazement in discussing the evolution of practical visual effects through cinema history. After Georges Méliès’s landmark A Trip to the Moon (1902) launches discussions into Creature From the Black Lagoon (1954), The Dark Crystal (1982) and Gremlins (1984), students learn about and discuss the suspension of disbelief and the filmmaking techniques that compel it.
     
    But that’s just to get started; in tandem with the viewings, students conceive of and build their own creatures, make-up effects, props, puppets or any number of tangible artifacts. In stepping away from their laptops and devices, students enter a world of possibility and explore the hands-on use of craft supplies, paints, liquid latex, sculpture compounds, miniatures, scale-models and, most of all, pure imagination. In this fast-paced, course, students engage in the design process from start to finish, and hone their reasoning, planning, and problem-solving skills to engineer their own piece of movie magic.
     
    This course is recommended for students interested in film, sculpture, fashion & design, architecture, and visual arts & crafts.
     
    Additional class discussions may surround excerpts from Honey I Shrunk the Kids, The Little Shop of Horrors, King Kong, Jurassic Park, E.T. and The Forbidden Planet.
  • World Civilizations 2 [ONLINE], grades 10-12

    Course: #532 Section 50
    Days: Monday-Friday
    Time: 8:30am-12:30pm
    Dates: June 21-July 23, 2021
    Fee: $1800
    Type: Credit (1-year history credit)
    Instructor: Paul Case, Crossroads Faculty
    Instructor: TBA

    School is closed Monday, July 5.

    No prerequisite, completion of World Civilizations 1 is encouraged.


    Students enrolled in this course will have the option to come to campus and participate remotely from a supervised classroom. Students must bring their computer, headphones and charger to school daily.

    This course introduces students to the social, political, economic, and philosophical upheavals of the past five centuries. Students draw from both primary sources and historical texts to engage in modernity's central questions. Through discussion, debate, and papers, students weigh evidence, assess arguments, and develop their original points. Drawing from online databases, films, maps, books and journals, and original documents students also learn to prepare and complete research projects. Finally, students discuss and debate contemporary political issues. Much of the work assigned will be independently completed, with the teacher's guidance, as students work to hone research, writing, and editing skills. No prerequisite, completion of World Civilizations 1 is encouraged.  
     
    This is a UC/CSU/NCAA approved course.  
      
    School is closed Friday, July 3.
     
    Important Information about Attendance in Credit Classes:
     
    Absences & Tardies
    For Upper School credit courses students must plan to attend all sessions of class.
     
    We understand that illness can happen in the summer. For classes that meet for five-weeks, a student may miss a maximum of three class sessions. For classes that meet less than five-weeks, a student may only miss two class sessions. Two tardies to the same class may count as one absence.
     
    When absent or late to class, students are still responsible for completing all assigned work. Students must complete all course requirements to receive Upper School academic credit. Additional absences will lower a student’s grade in the class and or may preclude the awarding of any credit.
     
    Academic Credit
    An Academic Credit Form is not required for Crossroads students.
     
    In order to have grades and transcripts sent to a student's home school, an Academic Credit Form is required for all non-Crossroads students.
     
    Students taking this class should be prepared for the intense pace of the course. One day of class in the summer program is considered to be equal to a week of classes during the school year. Students should also be prepared for two to three hours of homework each night. The school library is open daily until 5:00pm should a student choose to stay on campus to complete their work. It is recommended that students do not take other classes, work, or take on internships during the five weeks of the summer program.
     
  • Writing for Performance [ONLINE or IN-PERSON], grades 8-12 and recent grads

    Course: #703 Section 34  
    Days: Mon/Wed/Fri
    Time: 1:00pm-3:00pm
    Dates: June 28-July 23, 2021
    Fee: $550
    Type: Enrichment
    Instructor: Claire Larsen, Crossroads Faculty

    School is closed Monday, July 5.
     
    In this fun, dynamic, on your feet writing class, students will explore writing a range of texts that are designed to be performed – monologues, skits, sketches, personal narrative, two person scenes and more.  We will examine both our individual writing styles and strengths and look at what it is like to work collaboratively on one story, as one does in a writer’s room (a la TV).  This is for any writer or performer who wants to push themselves creatively and is interested in developing their skill set as a writer. You will have the chance to workshop your writing each week, get feedback, give feedback and because scripts are meant to be spoken out loud, you will start to learn more about human behavior and interaction and what rings true to the human ear.   In each class you will be working as both a writer on your own content and as performer in the work of your peers.  We will read excerpts of screenplays and plays and watch clips of writers whose work has been produced in film and Television.  We may also look at developing content for Film/TV/Internet, how to “pitch” your work to those who might want to produce it and how you can produce your own work.  Get ready for a fun, creative on your feet writing class where you will walk away with work that will enhance and enliven your portfolio, whether you are a writer or a performer or both.
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