Enrichment Courses

Presentation offers a variety of courses designed for enrichment. These courses are not available for high school course credit. The majority of our enrichment offerings are co-ed, with the exception of our yoga classes.

Art

Ceramics

Session Dates: June 19-23, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Grade Range: 6-9
CoEd or Girls Only: CoEd
Cost: $199

Course Description: This camp will teach students the basic techniques and understanding of clay as an art medium. Experience will be given in pinch, coil, slab and other hand-building techniques. Students will also have the opportunity to work on the potter's wheel and become knowledgeable in glazing and firing techniques of stoneware. Students will need to return on Monday, June 20 to glaze their ceramic work. Ceramic work can then be picked up later during the week of June 20 during summer school hours (8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.)

Digital Photography

Session Dates:

  • Session 1: July 10-14, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
  • Session 2: July 17-21, 12:30-3:30 p.m.
Grade Range: 6-9
CoEd or Girls Only: CoEd

Course Description: This is a Beginners class for students who want to learn how to use their camera. Students will learn the technical aspects of DSLR camera use such as shutter speed, aperture, ISO and flash, as well as artistic approaches to lighting and composition. Students who own their own DSLR cameras are encouraged to bring them to class. Otherwise, cameras will be provided. This would also be an excellent course for incoming frosh who are enrolled in the Yearbook class.

Drawing & Painting

Session Dates: June 26-30, 12:30-3:30 p.m.
Cost: $189
Grade Range: 6-9
CoEd or Girls Only: CoEd

Course Description: This camp will teach students how to tap into their personal expression and build their artistic confidence and creativity. Students will be introduced to basic drawing and painting techniques and will be introduced to the art elements and principles of design. Students will work with a variety of media such as pencil, pastels, charcoal, tempera paint, watercolor, and acrylic.


Design Thinking



Design Thinking

Session Dates: July 17-21, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Grades: 9-12
Cost $189


Description: Curious about design? Technology? Business? Want to learn the most innovative and cutting edge methods in all these industries? Discover user experience from a Senior Experience Designer from Adobe. This is a hands-on crash course in design thinking. You’ll empathize with the user, define the problem, then ideate and prototype solutions. You’ll walk away with an understanding of UX problem-solving, a presentation of your proposed solution, and a portfolio piece showcasing your work.

Debate

Middle School Speech and Debate

Session Dates: June 26-30, 8 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Grades: 6-9
Cost: $230

Course Description: This course will introduce Speech and Debate to students in the context of high school competition. Students will have the opportunity to engage in activities that help them become successful communicators inside the classroom, in competition, and in life. Students will learn how to be a good speaker, participate in mini-debates, discuss current events, learn to do research and analyze evidence, and choose and prepare for their events.

Speech and Debate Prep for Pres Students

Session Dates: 26-30, 12:30-4:30 p.m.
Grades: 9-12
Cost: $230

Course Description: This is a prep course for incoming or current PHS students. Students while develop skills while working on their events for the 2017-18 competition season. During the course, students will be exposed to activities to help them hone their speaking, performance, critical thinking and analytic skills.

Computers & Technology

Animation and Game Writing with Alice

Session Dates: July 10-14, 12:30-3:30 p.m.
Grade Range: 6-12
CoEd or Girls Only: CoEd
Cost: $189

Course Description: Alice is an innovative 3D programming environment that makes it easy to create an animation for telling a story or playing an interactive game. Alice is a freely available tool designed to be a student's first exposure to object-oriented programming. It allows students to learn fundamental programming concepts in the context of creating animated movies and simple video games. By manipulating objects in their visual world, students gain experience with constructs typically taught in introductory programming courses. By the end of this course, students will complete their own 3D interactive game or animation.


App Maker I

Session Dates: June 19-23, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Grade Range: 6-12
Cost: $189

Course Description: Want to create your own application for your android phone? This class will use the App Inventor, an open-source web application originally provided by Google and now maintained by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). It provides a friendly block-based programming environment for Android apps development. Each student will need to have an Android phone (preferred) or tablet. However, some tablets will be available for student use. In the first week of this course, students will build drawing and animated games, texting apps and GPS apps. Time is set aside for students to create their own game or app.

App Maker II

Session Dates: June 26-30, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Grade Range: 6-12
Cost: $189
Prerequisite: Completed App Maker I

Course Description: Want to create your own application for your Android phone? This class will build on student knowledge and skills developed in App Maker I using the App Inventor. Again, each student will need to have an Android phone (preferred) or tablet. However, some tablets will be available for student use. In the second week of this course, students will learn how to create lists and procedures, as well as build database apps and web-enabled apps. Time is set aside for students to create their own game or app.


Game Making I

Session Dates: July 10-14, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Grade Range: 9-12
Cost: $189
Course Description: In this course, students learn how to create games and simulations using Greenfoot (a free development environment from the University of Kent) and Java. This is a good course to introduce students to Java object-oriented programming. The first week focuses on an introduction to programming, including creating classes and subclasses, developing parameters, invoking "if" statements, randomization and constructors. By the end of the week, students will be able to create a simple game.

Game Making II

Session Dates: July 17-21, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Grade Range: 9-12
Cost: $189
Prerequisite: Completion of Game Making I

Course Description: This course students learn how to create games and simulations using Greenfoot (a free development environment from the University of Kent) and Java. This is a good course to introduce students to Java object oriented programming. The second week focuses on sound effects, animated actors, loops, arrays and ways to end a game. By the end of the week student will be able to create a more complex game.

Graphic Arts: Introduction to Photoshop I

Session Dates: June 12-16, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Grade Range: 6-10
Cost: $189

Course Description: Want to know how to retouch photos, create photo collages, flyers and posters, explore colorization techniques and filters and create Subway and Chalkboard Art? This course will take a look at the basic yet powerful features of Photoshop. Students will discover the vast possibilities of traditional tools, and develop an understanding of sophisticated layering techniques. Exercise files will be available for each class, but students are encouraged to bring their own images to work on during class time. Digital cameras will also be available and used during the class. Throughout this course students will learn the tools they need to be more creative and efficient in photo/image-editing and be exposed to aspects of graphic design. You will have great fun creating quality digital artwork!

Graphic Arts: Introduction to Photoshop II

Session Dates: June 19-23, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Grade Range: 6-10
Cost: $189
Prerequisite: Completed Photoshop I

Course Description: The second week of this course will focus on applying Photoshop techniques to graphic design with an emphasis on creating text effects, topography, colorization techniques and creating and designing photo collages, flyers and posters. Like the previous week, exercise files will be available for each class, but students are encouraged to bring their own images to work on during class time. Digital cameras will also be available and used during the week. By the end of the two weeks students will have the tools they need to be more creative and efficient in photo/image-editing and graphic design.

Java

Session Dates: July 17-21, 12:30-3:30 p.m.
Grade Range: 6-12
Cost: $189

Course Description: Java (not JavaScript) is one of the two most commonly-used programming languages. This object-oriented programming language is used in AP Computer Science and widely used in Silicon Valley. In this course, you will learn the basics of programming using Java including the use of different data types (Booleans, numbers, strings, arrays, etc.) as well as different computer constructs (conditional statements, loops, etc.). These basic programming concepts can be used as a springboard into most other languages (like C or Python). If time allows, the course will delve into the object oriented aspects of Java.

Python & PyGame I

Session Dates: June 19-23, 12:30-3:30 p.m.
Grade Range: 6-12
CoEd or Girls Only: CoEd
Cost: $189

Course Description: Python is a widely used general-purpose, high-level programming language. Its design philosophy emphasizes code readability, and its syntax allows programmers to express concepts in fewer lines of code than would be possible in languages such as C++ or Java. PyGame is a set of Python modules designed for writing video games. Students will create games using PyGame and learn Python along the way.

Python & PyGame II

Session Dates: June 26-30, 12:30-3:30 p.m.
Grade Range: 6-12
CoEd or Girls Only: CoEd
Cost: $189
Prerequisites: Python and PyGame I, but OK if you know basic Python

Course Description: Python II is an extension of Python I. Students will again create their own game, however they will also learn more about templates and movement variables, camera and advanced data structures, and maps and levels. Students will have a chance to present their final game to the class.

SS-ROV Camp

Session Dates: July 17-21, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Grade Range: Entering grades 6-9
CoEd or Girls Only: CoEd
Cost: $430

Course Description: SS-ROV (Seafloor Science Remotely Operated Vehicle) Camp is a weeklong, hands-on, STEM-oriented summer day camp for middle school students (entering grades 6-8). The focus is on ocean exploration technology. Participants engage in team-building learning activities having to do with motor electronics, programming land rovers (Boe Bots), designing, building and driving underwater ROVs, seafloor geology, and environmental conditions to consider when doing research and scientific methods of data collection.

As a final goal, camp participants are teamed up to utilize information and skills developed in the early part of the week to put together research missions for particular geologic features/regions. At the end of the week, each team's detailed plans (info on location, team roles, equipment needs, expectations) are presented to the class. Detailed certificate accomplishment is provided to students at the completion of camp.

SS-ROV Camp strives to mimic activities aboard a scientific research vessel to inspire, inform and challenge students with typical ocean-going processes and activities. The program is under the direction of Dr. Geoff Wheat, a professor of geological oceanography with University of Alaska Fairbanks working out of MBARI (Monterey Bay Area Research Institute) in Moss Landing. Geoff has participated in more than 70 sea-going scientific expeditions and has served as chief scientist on many of those excursions.

3D Design and Printing

Session Dates: June 26-30, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Grade Range: 6-12
CoEd or Girls Only: CoEd
Cost: $225

Course Description: This course will introduce students to 3D design and printing. Students will use 3D software (Tinkercad and Mudbox) to create 3D models such as simple landscapes, cars and contraptions. Students will have significant time to learn the capabilities of 3D software, which will culminate in students printing their own small designs on a 3D printer.

Mind & Body

Bootcamp: Pilates, Weights and More

Session Dates: July 10-14, 12:30-2 p.m.
Grade Range: 6-12
CoEd or Girls Only: Girls only
Prerequisites: No previous experience required
Cost: $100

Course Description: It's time for a mid-summer shape-up! This bootcamp will teach you how to use all the cool stuff you see at the gym, from cardio machines to barbells, dumbbells and foam rollers. Each day of this weeklong bootcamp will be different, featuring elements of weightlifting, cardio machines, Pilates, barre and stretching. Whatever we do, it will be fun; so, come sweat while you learn!

Dance

Session Dates: June 19-23, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Grade Range: 1-9
CoEd or Girls Only: CoEd
Cost: $189

Course Description: Love to dance? In this class you will be working on and developing your dance technique. This class will focus on jazz, lyrical, contemporary and hip hop technique. Each day will focus on a different style of dance while improving your flexibility and strength. Students will be split into technique levels to ensure that each student receives the attention that he or she needs. This class will help students understand what it is like to dance at Presentation. This will give them the opportunity to dance alongside current team members while developing their own craft. Dancers will have the opportunity to learn three different dances with a final performance on Friday.

Surf & Turf Yoga (Beginner)

Session Dates:
  • Session 1: June 19-23, 9 a.m. - 11 a.m.
  • Session 2: June 19-23, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
  • Session 3: June 19-23, 1:00-3:00 p.m.

Grade Range: 6-12
CoEd or Girls Only: Girls Only (only 12 students per session)
Cost: $175

Course Description: Surf and Turf Yoga is a combination class that will explore the practice of yoga both on land and on paddle boards floating in the pool. Students will spend part of their part in the dance studio learning poses, breathing and meditation techniques. Afterwards, the class will take their practice outside to the pool where they will use the paddle boards as their platform. The fun part is taking what seems to be a simple pose on land and playing with it on the water. Guaranteed to be a lot of fun!

Survival of the Foodist (Cooking)

Session Dates:

  • June 19-23, 12:30-3:30 p.m.
  • June 26-30, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
  • July 10-14, 12:30-3:30 p.m.
Grade Range: 6-9
CoEd or Girls Only: CoEd
Cost: $220

Course Description: Home along with a kitchen full of food and nothing to eat? Stop eating out of a box you found in the freezer. In this class, students will be introduced to the basic skills needed to prepare delicious and nutritious home-cooked meals using fresh ingredients. Students will also learn the value of eating and preparing a variety of foods, eating with the seasons, eating locally and working within a budget. Over the course of a week, we will prepare and eat our way through breakfast, lunch, snacks, dinner and dessert. This will give each student some essential life skills! It is not recommended to take this course twice as the courses produces the same meals each time it is taught

Performing Arts

Costume Design

Session Dates: Mon-Fri, June 26-30, 1-4 p.m.
Instructor: Soren Carey
Cost: $199
Grades: 9-12

Work with costume designers and learn basic costume design skills, including script and character analysis, historical period selection, sketching and rendering and color theory.

Learn how to use basic construction materials, including fabric draping, hand and machine sewing, patterns, foam and glue construction. Each participant will design and construct an actual costume for our upcoming production of Beauty and the Beast.

Storytelling

Creative Writing: Fiction

Session Dates: July 10-14, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Grade Range: 7-8
CoEd or Girls Only: CoEd
Cost: $189

Course Description: Face it - you're going to get bored this summer after about three days! But if you admit that to your mom, you'll be doing chores before you even know what hit you. The best solution? Take a class in creative writing! We'll spend two weeks exploring different styles of writing, from narrative to reviews to slam poetry, with extra focus on writing techniques like how to write killer dialogue, integrating similes and metaphors that don't sound lame, and painting pictures with words. No experience required - all you need is the desire to try different types of writing (and avoid those chores). In the first week, we’ll focus on narrative writing. We’ll read a short story by Jean Shepherd (author and narrator of “A Christmas Story”), which will serve as inspiration for the story you’ll be working on all week. We’ll discuss the narrative arc and review literary terms like simile, metaphor, and onomatopoeia. We’ll practice writing dialogue, do some character sketches, and do lots of revising and peer editing. By the end of the week, you should have a short story written in first-person point of view, but with a twist.

Creative Writing: Nonfiction

Session Dates: July 17-21, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Grade Range: 7-8
CoEd or Girls Only: CoEd
Cost: $189

Course Description: This second week of creative writing can either be a continuation of the previous week (see above for a description), or you can take it on its own. This week, we’ll try our hand at a lot of different styles of non-narrative writing, like editorials, song parodies, ad campaigns, and satire. Some of the work will be done on your own, and some will be done in pairs/groups. We’ll continue to provide you with large chunks of time to write and revise. Plan on sharing/reading your work with the group and practicing your constructive criticism skills. The week will end with a trip to a local restaurant, where we'll learn how to write a food review!

Filmmaking: Screenwriting

Session Dates: June 19-23, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Grade Range: 8-12
Cost: $189

Course Description: Ever watched a movie and thought, "I could do that"? Well, we think you can too! Take this course to discover what stories you have to tell. Learn the three act structure of feature films, tricks of writing compelling dialogue and the conventions of a good movie script. Put your new skills to the test by writing two short screenplays. Then, consider taking Filmmaking: Production (below) to see if your script is selected to be produced for the screen.

Filmmaking: Production

Session Dates: June 26-30, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Grade Range: 8-12
Cost: $189

Course Description: Ready, set, action! Learn the basic skills and concepts of filmmaking in this hands-on adventure into the world of digital video production. Spend the week directing, producing, shooting, editing, and writing short movies. If you take this course as a continuation of Filmmaking: Screenwriting (above), you might see your own screenplay brought to life! Either way, you'll never see movies the same way again.

Whether you're an experienced filmmaker or you've never touched a camera before, by the end of this course you will have finished a 3-5 minute video project on which you served as a key crew member and creative voice.

Online Registration

Summer Schedule

Contact

Siobhan O'Byrne
Summer School Principal, Academics
(408) 264-1664, ext. 2956
summerschool@presentationhs.org

Stacey Mallison
Athletic Director
(408) 264-1664, ext. 2492
smallison@presentationhs.org

Jim Houle
PresRep Director, Theater
(408) 264-1664, ext. 2429
jhoule@presentationhs.org

Marisa Cozort
Swimming Director
(408) 264-1664, ext. 2960
aquatics@presentationhs.org

More Information

Academic Course Absences

Because the summer session condenses a whole semester or year of curriculum into a short and intense course of study, students may only miss 1 of the 14 days of a term and still earn course credit. No excuse can waive additional days missed. Furthermore, final exams will not be given early. No exceptions.

Advancement & Remediation

Summer at Presentation seeks to provide students with the opportunity to advance their studies, remediate deficient grades (Ds or Fs). For more information, click here.

Campus Hours

The campus is open each day from 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. from June 13-30 and July 10-27. Students are directly supervised during class/camp hours only. No direct supervision is provided during breaks or before or after classes.

Refund Policy

Academic and Sports Camps: Refunds will be given for class/camps dropped three weeks prior to their start date. A cancellation fee of $50 for each class/camp will be administered. Cancellations closer to the class/camp start date will not be refunded. No exceptions will be made. No refunds will be given for absences. No pro-rates for missed sessions.

Refund requests must be submitted in writing or by e-mail to: Siobhan O’Byrne, Summer School Principal at summerschool@presentationhs.org or Denise Rooney, Athletic Office Assistant at drooney@presentationhs.org.

Presentation High School reserves the right to cancel any class/camp offering for which sufficient numbers do not register. There will be no charge for classes/camps cancelled due to lack of enrollment.

Transcripts

Official and unofficial transcripts may be requested by filling out an easy online form. If you need a transcript from a previous summer school session, click here.

If you are enrolled in Summer 2017, please wait to submit your request until the class has officially started. Transcript requests will only be processed once at the end of the summer school sessions.

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