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.

Visual and Performing Arts

3D Sculpture

Dates: July 16-20, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Grades: 609
Cost: $195

This class will provide students the opportunity to express themselves using three dimensional media. In three dimensional art, students need to think how an image will look from all sides, as well as, from above and/or below. Students will work with papier-mâché, create a coat hanger abstract sculpture that will be wrapped and then plastered, and create found object sculpture as inspired by Deborah Butterfield. Students will develop their perception of space, creative problem solving techniques and artistic independence.

Art and Social Justice!

Dates: June 18-22, 9:00 - 12:00 p.m.
Grades: 6-12
Cost: $195

Course Description: Let's help change the world through Posters! Stickers! Printmaking! Buttons! Paintings! Zines! and Poetry! Choose your own social justice movement and see how your creativity can make a difference.

In the Art and Social Justice class, students will discover how Art has helped change the world by bringing awareness and power to many past and present social justice movements. They will form a relationship with artists associated with the civil rights movement, workers rights, woman's rights, and the LGBTQ communities. They will then choose a present day movement to help spread awareness and change the world!


Ceramics

Session Dates: June 18-22, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Grade Range: 6-9
Cost: $205

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.

Digital Photography

Dates:
Session 1: July 9-13, 12:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Session 2: July 16-20, 12:30-3:30 p.m.

Grade Range: 6-9
Cost: $195

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

Dates: June 18-22, 12:30-3:30 p.m.
Grade Range: 6-9
Cost: $195

Course Description: Students in this course will demonstrate art techniques in drawing and painting media. They will get a chance to practice these techniques and create artworks. Each day students will warm up by drawing from observation using a different drawing media. The media students will use during this course are: pencil, pen and ink, charcoal, pastels oil pastels, watercolor, and acrylics. Projects will include still life drawings, landscapes and optical design.

The 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.

Improvisation Technique

Dates: July 9-13, 12:30-3:30 p.m.
Grades: 6-9
COST: $195

Course Description: Introduction to basic on-the-spot performance techniques are the foundation for this performance-based class. Improvisation is acting without a script, almost always used in the audition process, so quick-thinking and character-building are some of the skills that are taught. Theater games are played and a lot of comical skits are improvised and acted out in this fast-paced class where there is never a dull moment. The class culminates with an improvisation performance for friends and family on the final class day.


Musical Theater Audition Technique

Dates: June 18-22, 12:30-3:30 p.m.
Grades: 6-9
COST: $195

Course Description: Self-presentation and confidence-building skills are taught and honed in this one-week class, which exposes students to the many areas of audition preparation necessary to be cast in a musical theater production. Vocal, acting and choreography, as needed for a typical musical theater audition, are the basis of this class. Cold reading, improvisation technique and interview skills will also be taught. The class will culminate with a mock-audition, where all the skills are used to build confidence and poise in the audition setting.


Screen Printing

Dates:
Session 1: June 25-29, 12:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Session 2: July 9-13, 9:00 - 12:00

Grades: 6-12

Cost: $220

Course Description: Fun introductory class will focus on basic screen-printing equipment and processes, including stencil and drawing techniques, using non-toxic materials. Students will create screen-prints from original artwork

s and explore the various types of material to print on to make their own posters, t-shirts, and more!


STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math)

3D Design and Printing

Dates: July 16-20, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Grades: 6-12
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.

Animation and Game Writing with Alice

Dates: July 9-13, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Grades: 6-12
Cost: $195

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

Session Dates: July 16-20, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Grades: 6-12
Cost: $195

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.

Graphic Arts: Introduction to Photoshop I

Session Dates: June 11-15, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Grade Range: 6-10
Cost: $195

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!

Basic Java

Dates: July 9-13, 12:30-3:30 p.m.
Grades: 6-12
Cost: $195

Course Description: This course will prepare students for the AP Computer Science – A (Java) course. It does not cover objects and it does not have any prerequisite for programming. In this course, students will learn basic input and output, number operations, variables, data types, conditionals and loops. They will also learn data structures like Strings, one-dimensional and two-dimensional arrays; and they will learn to write methods as well. Students will be writing Java programs throughout the course.


Object Java

Dates: July 16-20, 12:30-3:30 p.m.
Grades: 6-12
Cost: $195

Course Description: This course will prepare students for the AP Computer Science – A (Java) course. It covers the object-oriented side of Java. Students will need to know basic Java. In this course, students will learn about user-defined classes, ArrayList classes, iterators, interfaces, constructors, advanced classes, inheritance, super classes and abstract classes. Students will be writing object-oriented Java programs throughout the course.


STEM SS-ROV (Seafloor Science Remotely Operated Vehicle) Camp - Level 1

Dates: July 16-20, 8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Grades: Entering grades 3-5
Cost: $210

Course Description: SS-ROV (Seafloor Science Remotely Operated Vehicle) Camp, Level I, is a week-long STEM summer day camp for children ages 8-10 (entering grades 3-5). STEM activities focus on ocean exploration and the science, technology, and operations that enable it. Hands-on STEM activities focus on the scientific method and ocean technologies. Activities incorporate electronics, rovers, designing, building and driving underwater ROVs, sensors, sonars, deep-sea scientific drilling, seafloor geology, and biology. For more information, visit www.ssrovcamp.org

STEM SS-ROV (Seafloor Science Remotely Operated Vehicle) Camp - Level 2

Dates: July 16-20, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Grades: Entering grades 6-9
Cost: $430

Description: Similar to the SS-ROV Level I camp, this is a week-long STEM summer day camp that focus on ocean exploration and the science, technology, and operations that enable it.

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.


Mind & Body

Dance

Dates:
Session 1: June 18-22, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Session 2: June 25-29, 8:30 - 11:30 a.m.

Grades: 4-9
Cost: $195

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

Dates:
  • Session 1: June 18-22, 9 a.m. - 11 a.m.
  • Session 2: June 18-22, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
  • Session 3: June 18-22, 1:00-3:00 p.m.

Grades: 6-12
CoEd or Girls Only: Girls Only (only 12 students per session)
Cost: $180

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)

Dates:
June 11-15 12:30-3:30 p.m.
June 18-22 12:30-3:30 p.m.
July 9-13, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Grades: 6-9

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

Storytelling

Creative Writing: Fiction

Dates: July 9-13, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Grades: 7-8
Cost: $195

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

Dates: July 16-20, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Grade Range: 7-8
Cost: $195

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!

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 11-29 and July 2-20. Students are directly supervised during class/camp hours only. No direct supervision is provided during breaks or before or after classes.

Refund Policy


For 3 week Academic classes (those $595 and above): $75 of the course fee is nonrefundable. Refunds (minus the $75) will be given for classes dropped three weeks prior to their start date. Cancellations closer to the class start date will not be refunded.

Academic Prep and Sports Camps: $50 of the course fee is nonrefundable. Refunds (minus the $50) will be given for class/camps dropped three weeks prior to their start date. Cancellations closer to the class/camp start date will not be refunded.
No exceptions will be made to our above policies. 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 2018, 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.

Contact

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

Nancy Taylor
Vice Principal, Academics
(408) 264-1664, ext.2479
summerschool@presentationhs.org

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

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

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