Seventh Grade

Seventh graders get a chance to combine fun favorites with exciting new classes like Drone Flight and Photography, 3D Printing, and the Comic Book Workshop. They can also train to be junior lifeguards or participate in our classic DMSC Adventure Camp.

Session 1

List of 12 items.

  • Adventure Camp

    Grades 6—9
    Session: 1, Full Day
    $1,250

    Session 2, Full Day
    $1,500

    Full-Day 9:00 AM – 3:30 PM, including one overnight excursion each session.
    Program Coordinator: Ted Webb

    Explore, hike, kayak, raft, and camp!

    Session 1 includes a 3 day/2 night camping trip to Angel Island. Session 2 includes a 3 day/3 night white water rafting and camping trip to the American River. You can read about the different session schedules of activities and trips by clicking on the Outdoor Adventure Calendar below. Lunch is provided on days campers are on campus. All food is provided on the overnight camping trips.

    Attitude, motivation, and an interest in the outdoors are the keys to success in this camp.

    If you love camping, hiking, climbing, exploring and being outside, then this is the camp for you! This camp is for older campers wishing to explore the outdoor world while gaining new skills and abilities. For older campers, we have put together a co-ed camp where young people can experience the art of teamwork, outdoor skills, environmental stewardship, leadership skills as well as life skills. We provide a safe, non-competitive environment where campers can experience a wide range of outdoor activities. Campers will be able to use the skills they learn in each session on the variety of field trips they attend. Our goal is to develop in campers the enjoyment of the outdoors, the desire to return to the outdoors in their own lives, and concern for the continual preservation of the wilderness for future generations. In addition to an overnight trip planned each session, campers will attend numerous day field trips. We strongly encourage campers to leave electronics behind to enjoy and explore nature.

    Lunch is included on days campers are on campus, and ALL meals are provided on overnight trips. On day field trips, campers will pack or buy lunch. Please refer to the session calendar which indicates which days you will need to pack a lunch. If a camper forgets their lunch, we will provide one; however, families will receive a bill for any days that they do not have a lunch on designated “pack a lunch day”. Our kitchen is not stocked to provide bagged camper lunches so please do your very best not to forget.

    Be sure to download the main calendar and the packing list, and waivers for off-campus trips off the website. All overnights will return to The Athenian School between 4:30 and 5 PM in order to have a full day on their last day of the campout before coming back to Athenian.

    Items campers should bring/wear to camp daily are:
    • A pair of sturdy shoes with good tread for hiking
    • A reusable water bottle
    • Sunscreen
    • Bathing suit and towel for pool time (swimming option available on most days)
    • A book, magazine or comic for daily reading time (25 minutes)
    • Hat and Sunglasses (optional)
  • Architecture of Play Camp

    Grades 7—10
    Session 1, 2 & 3, Full Day

    $925
    Program Leader: Athenian Teacher, Monica Tiulescu

    Let’s invent, build and play! The Architecture of Play summer camp will focus on the process of designing and making an architectural miniature golf course. Kids will work collaboratively to design and build a useable miniature golf course inspired by famous architecture buildings. This will be an explorative, problem solving, and skill developing hands-on experience. Camp participants will learn about the process of creating designs from start to finish. We will experiment with methods of constructing both through digital fabrication and utilizing power tools. We will finish these miniature building structures by painting them and testing them through play. Each session will give kids the opportunity to add on new architectural elements to our golf course and build upon already designed and built structures. We will end the summer through a celebratory tournament where friends and family can join us in play!
  • Computer Programming Sampler

    Grades 6—9
    Sessions 1: PM Half day

    Grades 6—10
    Sessions: 2 & 3

    $450
    Create cool programs with a variety of projects: 3D graphics and animation, sound and music, speech synthesis and recognition, simple text adventure games, and simulations. Professional programmer Dave Briccetti will guide you through programming in Python, and in JavaScript with the p5.js library, and in creating electronic music using Sonic Pi and the Ruby programming language. No programming experience is required. If you do have experience you’ll still find plenty to challenge you. This class requires you to bring your own device. If you do not have a laptop, but would like to participate please reach out to the Director of Summer Programs, Justin Guerra, before registering. 

    See a detailed log from this class from Summer 2019.
  • Dungeons & Dragons Workshop (limited to 6 registrations)

    Grades 5—10
    Session 1, PM Half Day
    Session 2, PM Half Day
    Session 3, AM Half Day

    $510
    The Dungeons & Dragons roleplaying game is about storytelling in make-believe worlds of sword and sorcery. In this game, a group of players create imaginary characters and band together to embark on an imaginary adventure. D&D provides structure to these adventures by using a set of rules combined with an element of chance to determine the consequences of the characters' actions. Players roll dice to resolve whether or not their character is able to accomplish some heroic feat or daring gambit. Anything is possible, but the dice make some things more probable than others.

    Playing Dungeons & Dragons provides everyone opportunities to use and develop fundamental interpersonal, academic, and life-long skills. Thanks to the nature of the game being set in an imaginary world, players get to learn how to solve problems, resolve conflicts, manage resources, overcome adversity, and how to work together as a team, all in a safe environment. Playing D&D gives players a chance to exercise their organizational skills, analytical skills, basic math skills, and their imaginations. Players frequently need to be resourceful, resilient, and creative over the course of a game as a sudden plot twist in the story turns the characters' plans on their heads. And because D&D takes place in a make-believe fantasy world, it offers unlimited potential for self-expression. It's most valuable benefit, however, is that it simply gives people a chance to play a fun game together face to face with their friends.

    In this 3 hour block, students will spend time in the Carter Innovation Studio, where they will design and make their own characters, maps, and cards on our 3D Printers and laser cutters.
  • Edible Creations with Mel

    Grades 4—8
    Session 1, PM Half day

    $550
     
    Edible Creations with Mel is a class for kids to learn the basics of food preparation, making simple foods, and how to view food plating as an art form. This class will be just as delicious as it is fun! No food preparation experience necessary.
  • Filmmaking: Science Fiction/Superheroes

    Grades 6-10
    Sessions: 1 PM Half day

    $450
    Do you love film, TV and YouTube? Do you want to learn how to write, direct and act in your own videos and movies? Filmmaking will teach you all of the skills to be your own movie studio or YouTube star. In this class, you will learn the fundamentals of shooting videos and expressing your ideas into image. You will practice key techniques of captivating storytelling. You will learn how to keep your audience watching by using suspense techniques in filmmaking. You will learn how to move your audience by connecting them to your characters' stories in your films. You will also learn how to create compelling performances for your videos or films. Finally, you will learn how to put it all together and write, direct, act and shoot your own movies that will capture an audience anywhere. This filmmaking class’ theme is Science Fiction/Superheroes - which means you will have a choice in writing, directing, and filming a film, or a series of short films focused on either genre - or a mixture of both.
  • Get Fit with Athenian Coach Zach Holt

    Grades 6—8
    Sessions: 1 AM Half day

    $450
    Start your morning off right with a workout with Athenian fitness guru and Track & Field coach, Zach Holt. Zach is an expert at exercises and routines to keep the young body and mind fit and healthy. Workouts will be active and fun!
  • Imagineering (10 students max)

    Grades 6-8
    Sessions 1 & 2, AM Half day

    $650
    Have you ever dreamed of being a Disney Imagineer, working with animatronics and designing and building an animated character. This exciting course will give you the opportunity to use your technical, creative, and artistic skills to design, program, and build the type of animated character you might see at Disneyland. You will be provided with all of the necessary materials to accomplish this task. The electronics platform you will use is called Hummingbird, and the programming language is intuitive and easy to learn.
  • Improv!

    Grades 6-10
    Sessions: 1 & 2, AM Half day

    $450
     
    Do you like to act and perform? Do you like to be creative and make up your own stories? Improvisation is a class that teaches you how to create stories and scenes and perform them without a script. In this class, you will learn the Three Rules which will give you the fundamental skills to do improvisation. You will learn how to build interesting characters by observing and becoming other people. You will learn the fundamentals of storytelling and how to keep an audience engaged in your performance and story. And we'll do all of this in a safe, fun and team-oriented environment. At the end of the class, we'll be performing our improvisation scenes for a live audience and showcasing all of the amazing things we have learned.
  • Makers Studio: Design Challenge Masters with Lori Harsch

    Grades 6—9
    Session 1, PM Half Day

    $700
    Have you ever wanted to be that "ringer" in your STEM class design challenge at school? The one who knows the "trick" to get the tallest tower, hanging the heaviest weight, launching the farthest ball? Well, this is the camp for you. This camp takes a hands-on, project-based learning approach in which campers are taught the engineering design process in a fun and competitive way. We will start off with some of the classics then move to more difficult and innovative challenges and maybe even create some new ones. By the end of camp, you will come away with learning how to solve problems, work as a team and be able to tackle any challenge your STEM teacher throws at you. You will be one of the few, the coveted, a true...Design Challenge Master.
  • Mini Hogwarts Camp

    Grades 4—7
    Session 1, AM Half Day
    $450
     
    Hop aboard the Hogwarts Express and join us for two magical weeks to celebrate Harry Potter! We have an array of enchanted activities planned: we will hone our creative writing skills with prompts inspired by the wizarding world, and we will be making our own works of art to take home and enjoy; such as wands, book art, house banners, and more! No prior knowledge of the Harry Potter series necessary!
     
  • Speech & Debate for Social Justice

    Grades 6—9
    Session 2, PM ½ Day

    $450
    Speaking up for justice and for what one believes in are one of the core values of The Athenian School. In this class, students will investigate social movements, humanitarian needs, and environmentalism topics of interest. One of the most important skills students can learn is to feel comfortable giving a speech or presentation in front of a group of people. This course will explore some of the techniques required to become an effective public speaker and debater no matter what the venue. Students will learn how to deliver information effectively by practicing verbal technique, eye contact, body language, and word emphasis. There will be a final culminating speech project on their social issue of choice on the last day of class.

Session 2

List of 23 items.

  • 3D Printer & Laser Cutter

    Grades 7—10 (Limited to 10 max)
    Session 2, Period A
    Session 3, Period A

    $385
    The 3D printing revolution is here! Are you ready to be a part of it? This beginner's class on computer aided design (CAD) and 3D printing will help you turn your ideas into reality. Campers will be introduced to SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD software and other modeling applications as they dive into the concepts of computer aided design. They will be shown how 3D printers are used to make a prototype come to life and will have the opportunity to use the 3D printers to make their designs come to life. Campers will come away with a new understanding of the powerful capabilities of 3D printing and rapid prototyping!

    Students will also learn how to use the laser cutter. They will have the opportunity to design, cut, and etch multiple projects of choice.

    Lori Harsch, a mechanical engineer, member of the Interdisciplinary Program Faculty, and Athenian Carter Innovation Studio Manager will share her skills while guiding students to develop their ideas. A gifted teacher, coach, and mentor, this will be Lori’s 5th summer season working with young people in the exciting world of engineering and science.
  • Adventure Camp

    Grades 6—9
    Session: 1, Full Day
    $1,250

    Session 2, Full Day
    $1,500

    Full-Day 9:00 AM – 3:30 PM, including one overnight excursion each session.
    Program Coordinator: Ted Webb

    Explore, hike, kayak, raft, and camp!

    Session 1 includes a 3 day/2 night camping trip to Angel Island. Session 2 includes a 3 day/3 night white water rafting and camping trip to the American River. You can read about the different session schedules of activities and trips by clicking on the Outdoor Adventure Calendar below. Lunch is provided on days campers are on campus. All food is provided on the overnight camping trips.

    Attitude, motivation, and an interest in the outdoors are the keys to success in this camp.

    If you love camping, hiking, climbing, exploring and being outside, then this is the camp for you! This camp is for older campers wishing to explore the outdoor world while gaining new skills and abilities. For older campers, we have put together a co-ed camp where young people can experience the art of teamwork, outdoor skills, environmental stewardship, leadership skills as well as life skills. We provide a safe, non-competitive environment where campers can experience a wide range of outdoor activities. Campers will be able to use the skills they learn in each session on the variety of field trips they attend. Our goal is to develop in campers the enjoyment of the outdoors, the desire to return to the outdoors in their own lives, and concern for the continual preservation of the wilderness for future generations. In addition to an overnight trip planned each session, campers will attend numerous day field trips. We strongly encourage campers to leave electronics behind to enjoy and explore nature.

    Lunch is included on days campers are on campus, and ALL meals are provided on overnight trips. On day field trips, campers will pack or buy lunch. Please refer to the session calendar which indicates which days you will need to pack a lunch. If a camper forgets their lunch, we will provide one; however, families will receive a bill for any days that they do not have a lunch on designated “pack a lunch day”. Our kitchen is not stocked to provide bagged camper lunches so please do your very best not to forget.

    Be sure to download the main calendar and the packing list, and waivers for off-campus trips off the website. All overnights will return to The Athenian School between 4:30 and 5 PM in order to have a full day on their last day of the campout before coming back to Athenian.

    Items campers should bring/wear to camp daily are:
    • A pair of sturdy shoes with good tread for hiking
    • A reusable water bottle
    • Sunscreen
    • Bathing suit and towel for pool time (swimming option available on most days)
    • A book, magazine or comic for daily reading time (25 minutes)
    • Hat and Sunglasses (optional)
  • Algebra Fundamentals

    Grades 6—8
    Session 2, Period B
    Session 3, Period B

    $215
    This course focuses on most of the important areas in basic algebra. Students will be introduced to inequalities, systems of equations, polynomials, quadratic formula, rational expressions, and radical equations. The class moves at a rapid pace, students should plan to attend every session.

    Note: Due to the variant skillsets students come to camp with, we are unable to personalize the math program for each individual child.
  • Archery

    Grades 6—9
    Session 2, Periods C & D

    $215
    This non-competitive, introductory course will teach the fundamentals of archery. Certified instructors will teach students the correct techniques, range safety requirements, procedures, and equipment. Archery has a wide appeal for campers and is often the highlight of their summer. With coordination and focus, virtually everyone can learn this sport.
  • Architecture of Play Camp

    Grades 7—10
    Session 1, 2 & 3, Full Day

    $925
    Program Leader: Athenian Teacher, Monica Tiulescu

    Let’s invent, build and play! The Architecture of Play summer camp will focus on the process of designing and making an architectural miniature golf course. Kids will work collaboratively to design and build a useable miniature golf course inspired by famous architecture buildings. This will be an explorative, problem solving, and skill developing hands-on experience. Camp participants will learn about the process of creating designs from start to finish. We will experiment with methods of constructing both through digital fabrication and utilizing power tools. We will finish these miniature building structures by painting them and testing them through play. Each session will give kids the opportunity to add on new architectural elements to our golf course and build upon already designed and built structures. We will end the summer through a celebratory tournament where friends and family can join us in play!
  • Ceramics

    Grades 3—7
    Session 2, Period D
    Session 3, Period C

    $215
    Students will use hand-building and sculpture techniques, taking the clay from an initial wet clay stage through bisque and glaze firings. No previous experience required.

    We are delighted for Kristen Calderon to return to Athenian Summer Programs and share her talents as both an artist and a caring teacher.
  • Code Combat

    Grades 6—9
    Session 2, Per B

    $215
    Learning coding can be fun and exciting! Come play your own computer game with CodeCombat. In this class, you will use Python to code and see your character react in real-time. You can train your heroes to become a master and to battle with your classmates with your code!
  • Computer Programming Sampler

    Grades 6—9
    Sessions 1: PM Half day

    Grades 6—10
    Sessions: 2 & 3

    $450
    Create cool programs with a variety of projects: 3D graphics and animation, sound and music, speech synthesis and recognition, simple text adventure games, and simulations. Professional programmer Dave Briccetti will guide you through programming in Python, and in JavaScript with the p5.js library, and in creating electronic music using Sonic Pi and the Ruby programming language. No programming experience is required. If you do have experience you’ll still find plenty to challenge you. This class requires you to bring your own device. If you do not have a laptop, but would like to participate please reach out to the Director of Summer Programs, Justin Guerra, before registering. 

    See a detailed log from this class from Summer 2019.
  • Cooking with Miguel

    Grades 6—8
    Sessions 2, Period D
    Session 3, Period D

    $275
    This class is designed to teach cooking basics. Each day brings a new recipe. Students will have hands-on experience making homemade pasta and delicious desserts. Boys, don’t be afraid to get in the kitchen and create some delicious culinary delights. Students will bring home the recipes to practice at home. This class is limited to 12 registrations and fills up fast, so sign up early!
  • Dungeons & Dragons Workshop (limited to 6 registrations)

    Grades 5—10
    Session 1, PM Half Day
    Session 2, PM Half Day
    Session 3, AM Half Day

    $510
    The Dungeons & Dragons roleplaying game is about storytelling in make-believe worlds of sword and sorcery. In this game, a group of players create imaginary characters and band together to embark on an imaginary adventure. D&D provides structure to these adventures by using a set of rules combined with an element of chance to determine the consequences of the characters' actions. Players roll dice to resolve whether or not their character is able to accomplish some heroic feat or daring gambit. Anything is possible, but the dice make some things more probable than others.

    Playing Dungeons & Dragons provides everyone opportunities to use and develop fundamental interpersonal, academic, and life-long skills. Thanks to the nature of the game being set in an imaginary world, players get to learn how to solve problems, resolve conflicts, manage resources, overcome adversity, and how to work together as a team, all in a safe environment. Playing D&D gives players a chance to exercise their organizational skills, analytical skills, basic math skills, and their imaginations. Players frequently need to be resourceful, resilient, and creative over the course of a game as a sudden plot twist in the story turns the characters' plans on their heads. And because D&D takes place in a make-believe fantasy world, it offers unlimited potential for self-expression. It's most valuable benefit, however, is that it simply gives people a chance to play a fun game together face to face with their friends.

    In this 3 hour block, students will spend time in the Carter Innovation Studio, where they will design and make their own characters, maps, and cards on our 3D Printers and laser cutters.
  • Filmmaking: Thriller/Horror

    Grades 6-10
    Sessions: 2 PM Half day

    $450
    Do you love film, TV and YouTube? Do you want to learn how to write, direct and act in your own videos and movies? Filmmaking will teach you all of the skills to be your own movie studio or YouTube star. In this class, you will learn the fundamentals of shooting videos and expressing your ideas into image. You will practice key techniques of captivating storytelling. You will learn how to keep your audience watching by using suspense techniques in filmmaking. You will learn how to move your audience by connecting them to your characters' stories in your films. You will also learn how to create compelling performances for your videos or films. Finally, you will learn how to put it all together and write, direct, act and shoot your own movies that will capture an audience anywhere. This filmmaking class’ theme is Thriller/Horror - which means you will have a choice in writing, directing, and filming a film, or a series of short films focused on either genre - or a mixture of both!
  • Filmmaking: Whodunit?

    Grades 6-10
    Sessions: 2 AM Half day

    $450
    Do you love film, TV, and YouTube? Do you want to learn how to write, direct and act in your own videos and movies? Filmmaking will teach you all of the skills to be your own movie studio or YouTube star. In this class, you will learn the fundamentals of shooting videos and expressing your ideas into image. You will practice key techniques of captivating storytelling. You will learn how to keep your audience watching by using suspense techniques in filmmaking. You will learn how to move your audience by connecting them to your characters' stories in your films. You will also learn how to create compelling performances for your videos or films. Finally, you will learn how to put it all together and write, direct, act and shoot your own movies that will capture an audience anywhere. This filmmaking class’ theme is the whodunit genre - The whodunit genre is a sub-genre of the crime genre. The stories involve an engaging plot where the reader follows the protagonist in a detective-like manner, finding clues; the revelation of who committed the crime is the climax. Come have some detective fun!
  • Get Fit with Athenian Fitness Teacher Nabil Saad

    Grades 6—10
    Sessions: 2 & 3 AM Half day

    $450
     
    Start your morning off right with a workout with Athenian’s fitness guru, Middle School health and fitness teacher, former Youth Development Coach at Red Bull, and Spartan racer – Nabil Saad. Campers will work through a variance of blood-pumping activities in our Athenian’s new fitness center, gym, field, and across campus.
  • Imagineering (10 students max)

    Grades 6-8
    Sessions 1 & 2, AM Half day

    $650
    Have you ever dreamed of being a Disney Imagineer, working with animatronics and designing and building an animated character. This exciting course will give you the opportunity to use your technical, creative, and artistic skills to design, program, and build the type of animated character you might see at Disneyland. You will be provided with all of the necessary materials to accomplish this task. The electronics platform you will use is called Hummingbird, and the programming language is intuitive and easy to learn.
  • Improv!

    Grades 6-10
    Sessions: 1 & 2, AM Half day

    $450
     
    Do you like to act and perform? Do you like to be creative and make up your own stories? Improvisation is a class that teaches you how to create stories and scenes and perform them without a script. In this class, you will learn the Three Rules which will give you the fundamental skills to do improvisation. You will learn how to build interesting characters by observing and becoming other people. You will learn the fundamentals of storytelling and how to keep an audience engaged in your performance and story. And we'll do all of this in a safe, fun and team-oriented environment. At the end of the class, we'll be performing our improvisation scenes for a live audience and showcasing all of the amazing things we have learned.
  • Keyboard Hustle

    Grades 4—7
    Session 2, Period A
    Session 3, Period A

    $215
     
    In this class students will develop and improve their keyboarding skills. Correct technique is the most important skill any beginning typist can learn. Students will learn finger position, where all the keys are located, and which finger to strike which key. Most importantly, students will learn not to look at their hands while typing.
  • Lawn Games

    Grades 5—7
    Session 2, Per B

    $215
    Nothing’s better than playing lawn games in the summer sun! Come outside and play a variance of lawn games, some familiar some new, across our sprawling beautiful campus. Lawn games played may include, but are not limited to: Kubb, lawn darts, Spikeball, cornhole, Kan Jam, giant Jenga, etc. Feel free to bring a game from your own family and teach your peers to play.
  • Makers Studio – Build a Pinball Machine

    Grades 6—9
    Session 2, PM Half Day

    $700
    Leader: Athenian Teacher, Lori Harsch

    Work in Athenian’s Carter Innovation Studio to design, create, build, a functioning cardboard pinball machine. Students will learn how to use multiple machines and tools in order to construct their machine. Come with a creative mind and energy toward trying to make something complex from scratch. Students will design all of the features of their game, as well as the theme to try and attract players. On the last day of camp our younger campers will be invited to come play all of the pinball machines.
  • Open Pool Time

    Grades 3—10
    Session 2, Period D
    Session 3, Period D 

    $215
    This supervised free-swim time and activities at the pool will be a key part of your Summer of Awesome. We have a team of certified lifeguards to supervise swimmers along with our sports camp director and counselors. We maintain at least a 15:1 (or fewer) swimmer-to-lifeguard ratio, exceeding the American Red Cross standard.

    Jalyn Crum, Athenian Summer Aquatic Program leader, is passionate about all things water having grown up as a competitive USA swimmer and lifeguard/swim instructor. She is thrilled to be back for a another season at Athenian to ensure a fun and safe environment in and around the pool, as well as, leading the lifeguards and swim instructors in providing a quality aquatic program for all Athenian Summer Program and rental groups. Jalyn holds a California multiple subjects teaching credential and is an American Red Cross certified lifeguard instructor, first aid CPR and AED instructor, and Certified Pool and Spa operator (CPO).
  • Pre-Algebra Fundamentals

    Grades 6—7
    Session 2, Period A
    Session 2, Period A

    $215
    This intensive, accelerated course is designed to prepare students for algebra. Students will improve their problem-solving skills, recognizing patterns, reasoning visually and spatially. Our approach is creative and fun in a small group environment. Students will receive the personal attention they need to understand and enjoy basic Algebra.
  • Python Programming: Text Adventure Game

    Grades 6-10
    Session: 2, Per D

    $215
    The Python programming language is used for data analysis, computer vision, creating games and websites, and much more. We will use Python to create a text adventure game, learning about:
    • Communicating with the user (print, input)
    • Taking action depending on conditions (if)
    • Looping (while, for)
    • Making events happen randomly in games (random module)
    • Storing data in various ways (tuple, list, dictionary)
    This class requires you to bring your own device. If you do not have a laptop, but would like to participate please reach out to the Director of Summer Programs, Justin Guerra, before registering.
  • Summer “Yearbook”

    Grades 6—9
    Session 2, Per D

    $215
    Have you ever wanted to be part of a Yearbook team at your school? Or would you like to learn the skills required so that you can join the Yearbook team at your school? Maybe you’re just interested in learning about how to format, create content, and put a Yearbook together. In this enrichment class, students will document our camps, enrichment classes, field trips, and staff and create a small scale Summer Yearbook. Please bring your own camera, because you will be going out on photo hunts to gather images needed to create the yearbook. Laptops will be provided.
  • Writer's Workshop

    Grades 5—7
    Session 2, Period A

    $215
    Learn how to improve your writing skills while exploring various writing domains such as autobiographical, biographical, observational, problem solutions, and report of information. This course will reinforce the fundamentals of grammar, vocabulary, and spelling. Students will concentrate on how to write in various styles, how to proofread and dictionary practice.

Session 3

List of 24 items.

  • 3D Printer & Laser Cutter

    Grades 7—10 (Limited to 10 max)
    Session 2, Period A
    Session 3, Period A

    $385
    The 3D printing revolution is here! Are you ready to be a part of it? This beginner's class on computer aided design (CAD) and 3D printing will help you turn your ideas into reality. Campers will be introduced to SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD software and other modeling applications as they dive into the concepts of computer aided design. They will be shown how 3D printers are used to make a prototype come to life and will have the opportunity to use the 3D printers to make their designs come to life. Campers will come away with a new understanding of the powerful capabilities of 3D printing and rapid prototyping!

    Students will also learn how to use the laser cutter. They will have the opportunity to design, cut, and etch multiple projects of choice.

    Lori Harsch, a mechanical engineer, member of the Interdisciplinary Program Faculty, and Athenian Carter Innovation Studio Manager will share her skills while guiding students to develop their ideas. A gifted teacher, coach, and mentor, this will be Lori’s 5th summer season working with young people in the exciting world of engineering and science.
  • Algebra Fundamentals

    Grades 6—8
    Session 2, Period B
    Session 3, Period B

    $215
    This course focuses on most of the important areas in basic algebra. Students will be introduced to inequalities, systems of equations, polynomials, quadratic formula, rational expressions, and radical equations. The class moves at a rapid pace, students should plan to attend every session.

    Note: Due to the variant skillsets students come to camp with, we are unable to personalize the math program for each individual child.
  • Architecture of Play Camp

    Grades 7—10
    Session 1, 2 & 3, Full Day

    $925
    Program Leader: Athenian Teacher, Monica Tiulescu

    Let’s invent, build and play! The Architecture of Play summer camp will focus on the process of designing and making an architectural miniature golf course. Kids will work collaboratively to design and build a useable miniature golf course inspired by famous architecture buildings. This will be an explorative, problem solving, and skill developing hands-on experience. Camp participants will learn about the process of creating designs from start to finish. We will experiment with methods of constructing both through digital fabrication and utilizing power tools. We will finish these miniature building structures by painting them and testing them through play. Each session will give kids the opportunity to add on new architectural elements to our golf course and build upon already designed and built structures. We will end the summer through a celebratory tournament where friends and family can join us in play!
  • Art & Activism

    Grades 6-8
    Session 3, AM ½ Day

    $450
    As members of the Athenian community, we very much believe in social justice and the importance of taking action in our local and global communities. In fact, a key portion of The Athenian School’s mission statement reads: “We instill an appreciation of the reciprocal relationship between the individual and cultures, society and the natural world. We value the power and beauty of multiculturalism within our diverse community. We embrace the principles of democratic governance, stewardship of the environment, respect for human dignity, and service as a way of life.” This class will blend mindful activism and artistic expression. Students experience and reflect on modern and historic artworks with social justice messaging and work to create their own art pieces for social movements, humanitarian needs, and environmental issues of their choice.
  • Art Academy

    Grades 4—8
    Session 2, Period D

    $215
    Art Academy is the chance for you to get all your creative juices going. You could be making lanyards, painting, scrapbooking, molding sculptures from clay, making your own stationery – every day will have different mediums and projects! Come ready to make new friends and try your hand at new artistic styles and crafts – especially the ones you don’t have time for in your classes during the busy school year. This is just what summer is for!
  • Athenian Theater Camp

    Grades 6-9
    Session 3, Full Day

    $865
    Experience firsthand the fine art of the theater! Join us for this comprehensive program in the realm of creativity and “playing”! All main aspects of the theater will be explored in a genuine theater setting. In two weeks students will gain knowledge and experience in a variety of subjects. Students will become scriptwriters and help to complete the script of an almost complete play, be a makeup artist who applies the paint to the faces of the actors, learn the nuances of costume design and draping a figure, and be the set designer to create an environment for the characters to come to life!
  • Ceramics

    Grades 3—7
    Session 2, Period D
    Session 3, Period C

    $215
    Students will use hand-building and sculpture techniques, taking the clay from an initial wet clay stage through bisque and glaze firings. No previous experience required.

    We are delighted for Kristen Calderon to return to Athenian Summer Programs and share her talents as both an artist and a caring teacher.
  • Computer Programming Sampler

    Grades 6—9
    Sessions 1: PM Half day

    Grades 6—10
    Sessions: 2 & 3

    $450
    Create cool programs with a variety of projects: 3D graphics and animation, sound and music, speech synthesis and recognition, simple text adventure games, and simulations. Professional programmer Dave Briccetti will guide you through programming in Python, and in JavaScript with the p5.js library, and in creating electronic music using Sonic Pi and the Ruby programming language. No programming experience is required. If you do have experience you’ll still find plenty to challenge you. This class requires you to bring your own device. If you do not have a laptop, but would like to participate please reach out to the Director of Summer Programs, Justin Guerra, before registering. 

    See a detailed log from this class from Summer 2019.
  • Cooking with Miguel

    Grades 6—8
    Sessions 2, Period D
    Session 3, Period D

    $275
    This class is designed to teach cooking basics. Each day brings a new recipe. Students will have hands-on experience making homemade pasta and delicious desserts. Boys, don’t be afraid to get in the kitchen and create some delicious culinary delights. Students will bring home the recipes to practice at home. This class is limited to 12 registrations and fills up fast, so sign up early!
  • Dungeons & Dragons Workshop (limited to 6 registrations)

    Grades 5—10
    Session 1, PM Half Day
    Session 2, PM Half Day
    Session 3, AM Half Day

    $510
    The Dungeons & Dragons roleplaying game is about storytelling in make-believe worlds of sword and sorcery. In this game, a group of players create imaginary characters and band together to embark on an imaginary adventure. D&D provides structure to these adventures by using a set of rules combined with an element of chance to determine the consequences of the characters' actions. Players roll dice to resolve whether or not their character is able to accomplish some heroic feat or daring gambit. Anything is possible, but the dice make some things more probable than others.

    Playing Dungeons & Dragons provides everyone opportunities to use and develop fundamental interpersonal, academic, and life-long skills. Thanks to the nature of the game being set in an imaginary world, players get to learn how to solve problems, resolve conflicts, manage resources, overcome adversity, and how to work together as a team, all in a safe environment. Playing D&D gives players a chance to exercise their organizational skills, analytical skills, basic math skills, and their imaginations. Players frequently need to be resourceful, resilient, and creative over the course of a game as a sudden plot twist in the story turns the characters' plans on their heads. And because D&D takes place in a make-believe fantasy world, it offers unlimited potential for self-expression. It's most valuable benefit, however, is that it simply gives people a chance to play a fun game together face to face with their friends.

    In this 3 hour block, students will spend time in the Carter Innovation Studio, where they will design and make their own characters, maps, and cards on our 3D Printers and laser cutters.
  • Filmmaking: Newscast

    Grades 6-10
    Session 3: PM Half day

    $450
    Do you love film, TV and YouTube? Do you want to learn how to write, direct and act in your own videos and movies? Have you ever dreamed of being a news anchor or field reporter? In this class, you will learn the fundamentals of shooting videos and expressing your ideas into image. You will practice key techniques of captivating storytelling. This filmmaking class’ theme is Newscast - which means you will investigate current happenings around summer camp and research local and global events that you want to bring to our community’s attention. Your newscast will be played for camp at the end of each week!
  • Filmmaking: Comedy

    Grades 6-10
    Sessions: 3 AM Half day

    $450
    Do you love film, TV and YouTube? Do you want to learn how to write, direct and act in your own videos and movies?  Filmmaking will teach you all of the skills to be your own movie studio or YouTube star. In this class, you will learn the fundamentals of shooting videos and expressing your ideas into image.  You will practice key techniques of captivating storytelling. You will learn how to keep your audience watching by using suspense techniques in filmmaking. You will learn how to move your audience by connecting them to your characters' stories in your films.  You will also learn how to create compelling performances for your videos or films. Finally, you will learn how to put it all together and write, direct, act and shoot your own movies that will capture an audience anywhere. This filmmaking class’ theme is Comedy - come have fun making a film with the goal of making people laugh! 
  • Forensic Science

    Grades 6—8
    Session 3, Period B

    $215
     
    Put on your investigator's hat and become a Crime Scene Investigator. In this class you will learn to focus on the minute details that investigators use to solve crimes. Students will search for evidence to gather the clues necessary to solve different cases using the knowledge of forensic science.
  • Get Fit with Athenian Fitness Teacher Nabil Saad

    Grades 6—10
    Sessions: 2 & 3 AM Half day

    $450
     
    Start your morning off right with a workout with Athenian’s fitness guru, Middle School health and fitness teacher, former Youth Development Coach at Red Bull, and Spartan racer – Nabil Saad. Campers will work through a variance of blood-pumping activities in our Athenian’s new fitness center, gym, field, and across campus.
  • Keyboard Hustle

    Grades 4—7
    Session 2, Period A
    Session 3, Period A

    $215
     
    In this class students will develop and improve their keyboarding skills. Correct technique is the most important skill any beginning typist can learn. Students will learn finger position, where all the keys are located, and which finger to strike which key. Most importantly, students will learn not to look at their hands while typing.
  • Makers Studio – Lawn Games

    Grades 6—9
    Session 3, PM Half Day

    $700
    Leader: Lori Harsch

    The only thing more fun that playing lawn games in the summer sun, is making them in the Carter Innovation Studio. Work in Athenian’s Carter Innovation Studio to design, create, build, a myriad of lawn games. Students will learn how to use multiple machines and tools in order to construct their games. Students will start by making existing well-known games during the first week, such as cornhole and kubb. During the second week students will device, draft, pitch, and create a custom lawn game to be played by the campers at the end of the week.
  • Making Electronic Music with Sonic Pi & Ruby

    Grades 6—10
    Sessions: 3, Per D

    $215
    Sonic Pi is an application for making electronic music using the Ruby programming language. Some experience reading and playing music would be helpful, but is not required. The main purpose of the class is to develop programming skills, but the bonus will be some cool music and sounds. Take a look at the examples on the Sonic Pi website. Check out Tron Bikes!
    We’ll cover:
    • The basics of the Ruby programming language: loops, conditions, functions, variables
    • How sounds and pitches are produced, and how we hear them
    • Making sounds with a variety of Sonic Pi’s synthesizers and samples
    • Effects like reverberation, slicing, and panning
    This class requires you to bring your own device. If you do not have a laptop, but would like to participate please reach out to the Director of Summer Programs, Justin Guerra, before registering. 
  • Open Pool Time

    Grades 3—10
    Session 2, Period D
    Session 3, Period D 

    $215
    This supervised free-swim time and activities at the pool will be a key part of your Summer of Awesome. We have a team of certified lifeguards to supervise swimmers along with our sports camp director and counselors. We maintain at least a 15:1 (or fewer) swimmer-to-lifeguard ratio, exceeding the American Red Cross standard.

    Jalyn Crum, Athenian Summer Aquatic Program leader, is passionate about all things water having grown up as a competitive USA swimmer and lifeguard/swim instructor. She is thrilled to be back for a another season at Athenian to ensure a fun and safe environment in and around the pool, as well as, leading the lifeguards and swim instructors in providing a quality aquatic program for all Athenian Summer Program and rental groups. Jalyn holds a California multiple subjects teaching credential and is an American Red Cross certified lifeguard instructor, first aid CPR and AED instructor, and Certified Pool and Spa operator (CPO).
  • Photoshop

    Grades 4—7
    Session 3, Period B

    $215
    In this class, students will get an introduction to Adobe Photoshop. From learning to bend light curves and adjust color balances for photo editing, to more complex tasks such as photoshopping a dog’s head onto a human body, we will cover all the basics. (*Please bring your own digital camera.)
  • Pre-Algebra Fundamentals

    Grades 6-7
    Session 3, Period B
    $215
    This intensive, accelerated course is designed to prepare students for algebra. Students will improve their problem solving skills, recognizing patterns, reasoning visually and spatially. Our approach is creative and fun in a small group environment. Students will receive the personal attention they need to understand and enjoy basic Algebra.
     
  • Public Speaking/Debate

    Grades 7—10
    Session 3, Period B

    $215
     
    One of the most important skills students can learn is to feel comfortable giving a speech or presentation in front of a group of people. This course will explore some of the techniques required to become an effective public speaker no matter what the venue. Students will learn how to deliver information effectively by practicing verbal technique, eye contact, body language, and word emphasis. There will be a final culminating speech project on the last day of class. The goal is to allow students to have fun, relax, and learn some new presentation skills.
  • Rocketeers

    Grades 5—8
    Session 3, Period C

    $215
    Blast off! Young rocketeers will blueprint, design, create and shoot their rockets into the sky. Students will learn how a rocket works and demonstrate Newton’s third law of motion. Different rocket types may include but are not limited to balloon rockets, rubberband rockets, water pressure rockets, Mentos rockets, baking soda rockets, and air pressure rockets. Students will consider various angles to learn about rocket stability and trajectory and document the data of what they find works best.
  • Sewing Fundamentals with Vickey

    Grades 6—9
    Session 3, Period C

    $215
     
    Sew Many Possibilities!

    Learning how to sew can open a world of creative possibilities. Once you have learned the basics, your imagination is the limit. This class offers opportunity to learn and practice the fundamentals in sewing on a machine and by hand through fun simple projects. From a not-just-your-basic pillow to simple clothing options, students will design and create embracing their own individual sizes and style.

    Week One
    Learning the sewing machine and basic skills: Projects include a 3-dimensional pillow and a re-usable shopping bag.

    Week Two
    Working with a pattern to fit: Projects include pajama top and shorts and yoga pants.

    Time permitting, students will have an opportunity to sew using a serger sewing machine.
  • Young Bloggers

    Grades 4—6
    Session 2, Per C
    Session 3, Per A

    Grades 6—8
    Session 3, Per A
    $215
    Students will learn how to manage a blog of their very own - on a topic of their choice. They will learn about documenting their perspective via short blurbs and images. They may choose to create a blog about video games, horses, cover a favorite sports team, a family travel blog - unlimited possibilities. Young bloggers will be using Google Sites to create their blogs. Please be sure you come with a Gmail account that you can log into. Laptops will be provided. No Google Drive or blogging experience necessary.

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  • Camp and Classes Schedule Overview

    Look at the Summer Programs Overview to easily put together a custom program for your child.
  • Registration Policies

    Find out how to change your schedule, what our sibling discount is, and which camps you can enroll in partial sessions by reviewing our policies, terms, and conditions.
    Students and Campers are enrolled in programs on a first come basis. Classes and camps have limited enrollment, therefore, early registration is recommended. In the event a class or camp you have registered for is full, you will be notified immediately and your child will be put on a waiting list. In the event a class is canceled, you will be refunded 100% of the cost of the class or camp.

    All registrations must be filled out online. If you do not have access to a computer, you may call the Athenian School and make an appointment to come in and register.  We credit cards. If you do not wish to pay your deposit with a credit card online, you can still register by selecting to “Pay by Check”.  However, checks must be received and paid in full with seven days of your registration.
     
    Partial Sessions
    While we think it’s best for a camper to participate in a full two-week session of camp we understand it does not always work out with your family’s schedule. We can make accommodations for Summit Seekers and Sports Camp. We are sorry but cannot accommodate partial participation in our academic program, CIT or Adventure Camp. Please contact the summer programs office to receive a discount code for your online registration and to have the dates you will be attending noted in your registration.

    We offer a wide variety of options for summer and understand it can be a little overwhelming when trying to combine classes with camps or making the best choice for your child. Please don’t hesitate to contact the summer program office for help. 

    Field Trips
    While we make every effort to send our students/campers on the field trips advertised, it is possible that a Director will need to change or substitute a particular field trip. In this case, no credits or refunds will be made. 
  • Camp Forms

  • Transportation (AM & PM)

    Transportation is offered in the morning and at the end of the camp day. We do not offer transportation after lunch.
    Our caring transportation professionals will make your life a little easier by picking up your child at one of our designated stops and returning them back to your at the end of the day. In an effort to join us as we do our part in reducing traffic and bringing campers together from throughout our region, enroll in our transportation program. You can sign up your child for round-trip or one way only. Siblings receive a discount of 50%. It will be automatically figured at the time of registration.
     
    If you need a stop that’s part of the already scheduled route but not a designated stop, please talk to your driver who will be happy to accommodate you. Please don’t ask the driver to drive out of their way, however. This only works if your requested stop is on the same route and does not require the driver to take a detour.
     
    Please be aware that our Red Line is generally light and we may use a van instead of our school bus for that route. Drivers will be wearing camp tee-shirts on the first day of camp.
     
    Please visit our website, click on your camper's grade and then Transportation to find the route schedule. You can also email Debra Ataman and request it to be emailed to you.
  • Extended Care (AM & PM)

    AM extended care is included in camp tuition. Afternoon extended care is offered for an additional fee.
    Please keep in mind any student or camper below the age of 14 may not be left unattended anywhere on campus from 7:30 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. Extended care is available to all participants from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. and from 3:45 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Students who arrive early must either go to extended care or be supervised by a parent until a teacher arrives. Campers in AM extended care spend time with our caring staff and we assist campers to arrive at their 9:00 AM program. We can also provide a delicious, healthy breakfast for an additional fee. Campers or students who arrive early may participate in the breakfast club and will not be charged for extended care. Breakfast is served in the Main Hall and opens at 8:00 am.
     
    Families who will be using afternoon extended care, please make every effort to arrive by 6:00 pm. We recognize that there are times when unavoidable challenges arise and therefore, our policy is that after two occurrences of lateness, a $1.00 per minute penalty will be incurred. That fee is to be paid directly to the staff who stayed late with your child.
  • Meals


    Summer Lunch Menu

    The Lunch Program
     
    Included in all Full Day, ¾ Day, and Half-day Programs

    Breakfast Club
    You must be preregistered for the Breakfast Club, which costs $80 per session.
    Breakfast Club
    You must be preregistered for the Breakfast Club. The kitchen will be open from 8:00-8:30 AM.  Breakfast is served cafeteria-style and may include any variety of fruit, yogurt, cereal, pancakes, eggs, waffles, bacon, sausage, home potatoes, and juice. Breakfast can be purchased in two-week sessions (ten breakfasts per session).

    At 8:00 AM, please go to extended care (Dase Center) and sign in. A counselor will walk children to the Main Hall at 8:00 AM for breakfast.   After 8:00 AM, campers may check-in with the group already at breakfast. We will accept registrations for Breakfast Club up to five days before the session starts. You cannot sign up for breakfast on the first day of a session. If you cancel your Breakfast Club registration on the first day, you will still be charged the full amount.                                      

    The Lunch Program – Included in all Full Day, ¾ Day, and Half-day Programs

    School lunch has never been this good. Our dining services use fresh ingredients and provide campers with healthy meals with plenty of options.  Our chefs create a well-balanced menu and our hot meal options include Asian, Italian, Mexican and American dishes.  In addition to buying produce and meat from local California farmers, we use vegetables and herbs from our organic garden whenever possible.  Meals are served cafeteria style in our dining hall and campers can return for seconds.  Our lunch program is included with all half-day or more program registrations.  Breakfast can be purchased for an additional fee.  We believe eating together builds community.
     
    Our chefs work with families as much as possible to accommodate food allergies. Gluten-free and vegetarian options are readily available.          
    • All lunches will be served in the Main Hall and always have hot, healthy kid-friendly options. Note: We do not provide lunch on field trip days. Campers will need to pack a lunch on field trip days.
    • Drinks include plain water, fruit-infused water, and milk. We do not provide soda and ask you not to bring it.
  • Private Swim Lessons

    Sessions 1, 2, 3
    Ages 4 and up
    $185 Eight 20-minute private lessons per session
    Private Swim Lessons offer on-one-one instruction, so no matter what swim level your child is at they will get the needed attention to develop or progress their skills, build their confidence and love the water. We offer lessons to children at all swim levels.  Little swimmers will discover how to fully submerge their face and blow bubbles and experience supported floating and kicking on front and back.  More advanced swimmers will begin to learn alternating arm action, swimming underwater, rhythmic breathing, basic diving, and the major swim strokes.  For swimmers ready for even more advanced techniques or siblings who would prefer to take lessons together, a program can be adapted to meet your swimmer’s individual needs.  
     
    No makes-ups for missed lessons. Upon registration, you are reserving a spot for your child and we will schedule an instructor based on your registration. We understand situations may occur that require last minute cancellations. However, it is not possible for us to reschedule, therefore, our policy is that we do not guarantee make-ups or offer refunds or credit for missed lessons.
     
    This summer we will not offer morning lessons. Swim lessons will start at 12:45 pm. Private Swim Lessons may be added during camp to PM DMSC Camp schedule. Classes can sign-up after Period D.
     
    *Early Bird Discount applies ONLY with additional camp program registration. Sibling Discount applies.

  • Traffic Safety

     
    To ensure safety for everyone, we need your help and cooperation. The traffic situation in the parking lot is a significant safety concern for staff and parents. Please, NO CELL PHONES IN THE PARKING LOT. Please honor the 5 mph speed limit. You must drive slowly and watch for children. If you want to walk your children to their classrooms, please park in the lower parking lot, cross at the crosswalk and walk up using the road closest to the soccer field. Please do not walk down the center of the road.
  • Nurse's Corner

    Please keep your child home if he or she has a high temperature, an aggressive cough that is difficult to control with over the counter medications, or a runny nose that may indicate an infection.
     
    Only medications that cannot be timed to be administered at home should be sent to school. (Medications to be given 3 times a day usually can be taken before and after school and at bedtime).
     
    All medications must have an accompanying written statement from the physician detailing the purpose and method of dispensing the medication. Prescription medications must be labeled clearly and in the original dispenser.
     
    Children who will carry asthma inhalers or EpiPens must fill out a statement from the physician indicating the child understands the purpose, appropriate method, and frequency of use of the emergency medication. This information is to be included in your health notes and the physician statement is to be turned into the summer school nurse.
     
    The nurse will not be on campus after August 5, 2020. If you need any medications returned, it is your responsibility to contact the nurse to set up a time you can come to campus.
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