Summer at Crossroads

All Courses for 2021
Please note: this is a working list. We will continue to add to it as we solidify course content.

List of 29 items.

  • 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: TBA

    Course: #533 Section 62
    Days: Monday-Friday
    Time: 12:30pm-3:00pm
    Dates: July 26-July 30, 2021
    Fee: $350
    Type: Enrichment
    Instructor: TBA


    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.
  • 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. 
  • 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.



  • 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 6-8

    Course: #714 Section 45
    Days: Monday-Friday
    Time: 1:30pm-4:30pm
    Dates: June 28-JuLY 23, 2021
    Fee: $1,500.00
    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  
    Instructor: Susan Arena, 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  
    Instructor: Susan Arena, 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
  • 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  
    Instructor: Susan Arena, 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  
    Instructor: Susan Arena, 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!
  • 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.


    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.
  • 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
  • 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. 
  • 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 [ONLINE], grades 6-11

    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.

    Currently offered as ONLINE ONLY; if guidelines change this program may be moved to IN PERSON.

    Hurry home for lunch and join us for the musical production of “Clue: Stay-At-Home Edition.” Due to current restrictions regarding singing and dancing, this program is offered online and cannot be taken from campus. Students can enroll in this as a standalone program or combine with morning programs.
  • On-Camera Audition Workshop [ONLINE], One-Week, grades 8-12

    Course: #805 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: #805 Section 62  
    Days: Monday-Friday
    Time: 12:30pm-3:00pm
    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 and Arts Galore [IN-PERSON], grades 6-8

    Course: #764 Section 44
    Days: Monday-Friday
    Time: 1:30pm-3:30pm
    Dates: June 28-JuLY 23, 2021
    Fee: $1,195.00
    Type: Enrichment
    Instructor: Elyse Jung-Vrymoed '06, Crossroads Faculty  
    Instructor: Susan Arena, Crossroads Faculty


    School is closed Monday, July 5.

    Students will dive deep into painting and mixed media projects. In this class, students will 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. Currently, this class is only available to those students attending in the morning. 
  • Physics, Full Year [IN-PERSON], grades 10-12

    Course: #635 Section 50*
    Days: Monday-Friday
    Time: 8:30am-12:30pm
    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.

    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

    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.
  • 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 

    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.
  • Redefining the Art of Dance Construction [IN-PERSON], One-Week, grades 8-12

    Course: #731 Section 63
    Days: Monday-Friday
    Time: 12:30pm-3:00pm
    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.
  • Singer/Songwriter Workshop [ONLINE], One-Week, grades 6-10

    Course: #804 Section 71
    Days: Monday-Friday
    Time: 9:00am-11:30am
    Dates: June 21-June 25, 2021
    Fee: $350
    Type: Enrichment
    Instructor: Caitlin Tortorici, Crossroads Summer 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
     
    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.
  • 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: Cherylnn 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 [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 [ONLINE], One-Week, grades 8-12

    Course: #812 Section 65  
    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.
  • 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.
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