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SUMMER LEADERSHIP TEAM
Barrett Jamison

Summer School Co-Director

Cari Banning

Summer School Co-Director

Lydia Margitza

Administrative Support

Richard Feliciano

Summer School Outreach Manager

Summer@Prep Session One

Session One
Dates: June 21 - July 2, 2021
Cost per Course: $300*

*Some courses may require an additional materials fee.

All courses are hybrid unless otherwise stated.
Please review course descriptions for full info.

Session 1 Period 1 - 9:00 am - 10:00 am
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Middle School Courses

Acting for TV

Instructor: Ms. Alisha Mullally
Grade Range: 6th - 9th

In this course, we will explore various techniques for acting on and off the screen. We will also analyze the differences between acting for TV and acting for the stage. By the end of the course, students will have a well-rounded perspective of acting and a reel to showcase their work.

Active English for Middle School

Instructor: Ms. Celeste McMillin
Grade Range: 6th - 8th

Students will sharpen their writing skills, reading comprehension, vocabulary, and grammar skills while having fun through educational games, cooperative learning, diverse writing prompts, and short story creation. Students will have the opportunity to explore a variety of genres, including poetry, expository writing, personal narratives, story writing, and other creative projects.

Broadway Dance

Instructor: Ms. Hilary Thomas
Grade Range: 6th - 9th

Musical theater lovers will have the chance to dive into some of their favorite shows and learn about new ones. Each week we will learn a new dance from a Broadway show, exploring different styles of choreography and how the movement is used to tell the story.

Creative Collage with Photoshop (Online Only)

Instructor: Mr. Ricardo Rodriquez
Grade Range: 6th - 9th

In this class, we will create artworks in Photoshop inspired by the collage technique of combining multiple images, learn to see and think creatively, and apply principles and elements of design to express yourself. This course takes advantage of Photoshop by exploring techniques like creative selections, juxtaposing images, blending images, and altering them. No previous photography or Photoshop experience is needed. This is a hands-on class where students will create while receiving guidance and feedback. Enjoy the fun process of using found images to create unique artworks. Materials needed are a computer, Adobe Photoshop, any digital camera or iPhone. (Summer@Prep students have free access to Photoshop through the school).

Design and Prototyping in the Makerspace

Instructor: Mr. Sean Sanchez
Grade Range: 6th - 9th

Students will gain knowledge of design and manufacturing processes and access to the Prep Makerspace where their designs will become a reality. An emphasis will be on learning modeling techniques through SketchUp, focusing on design for objects smaller than a breadbox. The culmination of the class will be a creative project to apply their new skills, and students will leave with a taste of the prototyping process, and their own unique creation.

Drawing and Painting

Instructor: Ms. Emma Goo
Grade Range: 6th - 9th

This relaxed and enjoyable class explores a variety of painting and drawing materials and subjects. There’s room for all kinds of artists and self-expression in this class; be yourself, lean into what inspires you, and take on new challenges! Students learn at their own pace. All materials provided.

Easy Steps to Chinese (Online Only)

Instructor: Ms. Grace Qing
Grade Range: 6th - 9th

This course is designed to build student interest in Chinese language and writing through lively class activities and exercises. We will learn pinyin, strokes, and simple singular characters, and master basic conversations. Contents include self-introduction, animals, food, weather, family, hobbies, and more. We will also explore hieroglyphs and Chinese oracle bone inscriptions, introduce the structure and meaning of Chinese characters, and use our imagination to interpret the meaning and laws of ideograms.

Environmental Science in Southern California

Instructor: Mr. Eric Kleinsasser
Grade Range: 6th - 9th

Explore the ins and outs of the Los Angeles Basin and its one-of-a-kind backyard in this survey course on the wild side of Southern California. Familiarize yourself with the landscape of your home and its many surprises, including moon rocks, gold, desert forests, cliff-dwelling sheep, catastrophic debris flows, massive floods, gale force winds, the hottest and driest North America has to offer...and of course, half the global supply of borate detergent booster. This course will cover several case studies to give you a fresh perspective on one of the most vibrant and dynamic environments in the Western U.S.

Exploring History (Online Only)

Instructor: Dr. Jackie Swaidan
Grade Range: 6th - 9th

This course provides students with the opportunity for exciting, guided research on a historical topic of their choice. Choose an event, a person, a technology, an art form, a material object, a food, a hobby like dancing or soccer...the possibilities are endless. Students will undertake a variety of exploratory activities on their chosen topic with guidance from Dr. Swaidan, who holds a doctorate in history, to generate a fun and informative presentation for their classmates.

French Cuisine Beyond France (Online Only)

Instructor: Dr. Lauren Van Arsdall
Grade Range: 6th - 9th

How does a baguette become a staple in Laos and Vietnam? How did couscous become the go-to comfort food in France? As early as the 17th century, French cuisine was mingling with cuisine from Southeast Asia and parts of northern Africa. Exciting “new” ingredients such as potatoes, peanuts, tomatoes, peppers, vanilla, and the all important sugar made their way to the French mainland via colonial trade routes. In turn, immigration to present-day France from African countries has woven new traditions into cuisine. We are going to learn about the history of empire, language, food, and even some geography in this exciting reboot of last year’s French Cooking Classics course. Kitchen novices and experts are all welcome. Recipes include ratatouille, gumbo, spring onion omelettes, aïoli dip with raw veggies, quiche, banh mi, couscous, crêpes, and pineapple-coconut tarte tatin. An ingredients and tools list will be distributed prior to the first class.

Introduction to Design Thinking

Instructor: Ms. Cari Banning
Grade Range: 6th - 9th

Design Thinking is one of the premier approaches to creative problem solving. During this course, we will design solutions to real-world problems and engage in fun activities that prepare students to look at a problem through new eyes. The class focuses on learning the tools of Design Thinking, including a greater ability to think creatively, apply empathy, and take risks. A hands-on course, students will see one of their ideas through to a solution using an iterative prototyping process. Some activities may have an asynchronous component that extends beyond the class period. Prototyping materials will be what students can find around the house.

Introduction to Photography

Instructor: Mr. David Weldzius
Grade Range: 6th - 9th

In this course, students will learn how to operate a professional digital camera and hone their iPhone photography skills. We will explore the basics of focus, depth-of-field, motion, perspective, and high dynamic range imaging, as well as how to use available light and studio lighting. Using Adobe Bridge, Photoshop, and LightRoom, we will discuss the basics of digital imaging, including digital hygiene, workflow management, the histogram, color correction, masking, and burning and dodging. Students will leave the class with an intermediate knowledge of digital capture. Beginner photographers are welcome—no previous experience necessary. Students are required to provide their own cameras—DSLR, point-and-shoot, and iPhone users are all welcome.

Preparation for High School English

Instructor: Mr. Rob Hamlyn
Grade Range: 8th - 9th

Designed for students entering 8th or 9th grade, this course teaches both analytical and creative writing skills, emphasizing clear thesis development and how to utilize textual evidence. Creative writing is designed to increase fluidity, broaden vocabulary, and develop a personal voice. Students study several literary works, both for enjoyment and to refine critical thinking.

Self-Driving Cars with Arduino Robotics

Instructor: Ms. Erin Thomassen
Grade Range: 6th - 9th

Self-driving cars are in the midst of changing transportation forever, from the way we commute to the way we order deliveries. In this class, we will create mini self-driving cars by programming Arduino motors to make decisions based on sensor inputs, and develop skills to laser cut materials to assemble, test, and improve their robots. We will explore the possibilities and challenges of 'green' vehicles, and also research and debate the implications of self-driving cars on the ride-sharing industry, delivery workers, and traffic regulations. Note: There is a $50 materials fee for this course.

Solo Filmmaking with iMovie

Instructor: Mr. Kyle Johnson
Grade Range: 6th - 9th

Life during the COVID-19 pandemic has offered a unique challenge: making a movie in isolation. What once required a cast, crew, and lots of equipment is now possible by yourself with a single device. We'll use free mobile applications to create video art. Students will learn to use green screen, "cloning," animated overlays, and other editing techniques to creatively make movies by themselves. This course will also briefly cover writing screenplays, making storyboards, and basic cinematography techniques.

Study Skills

Instructor: Mr. Michael Roffina
Grade Range: 6th - 9th

Students entering 6th through 9th grade learn time management and goal setting for a college preparatory curriculum. This varied, interactive course uses fun and engaging activities and group exercises to strengthen outlining, organization, vocabulary, test-taking, note-taking, and reading comprehension. Each session will also address the individual concerns and needs of each student. Students can enroll in either or both sessions.

Tiny Creatures

Instructor: Ms. Meryl Eldridge
Grade Range: 6th - 9th

In this class, we will sculpt, crochet, sew, glue, and use wire and paint to create a tiny creature. Students will craft their own unique creature and its backstory. They will receive a bag of supplies and a box of treasures from around the world to embellish your creature.

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Session 1 Period 2 - 10:15 am - 11:15 am
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Middle School Courses

Active English for Middle School

Instructor: Ms. Celeste McMillin
Grade Range: 6th - 8th

Students will sharpen their writing skills, reading comprehension, vocabulary, and grammar skills while having fun through educational games, cooperative learning, diverse writing prompts, and short story creation. Students will have the opportunity to explore a variety of genres, including poetry, expository writing, personal narratives, story writing, and other creative projects.

Creative Madness

Instructors: Mr. Will Bellaimey & Ms. Hilary Thomas
Grade Range: 6th - 12th

A one of a kind workshop that brings students together to do creative projects that combine theater, dance, and public speaking to create all new works of art, both silly and serious, in collaboration with Lineage Performing Arts Center in Pasadena. The class will culminate in a show, which friends and family are invited to attend Students do not need to have any experience or artistic talent to be a part of this class.

Easy Steps to Chinese (Online Only)

Instructor: Ms. Grace Qing
Grade Range: 6th - 9th

This course is designed to build student interest in Chinese language and writing through lively class activities and exercises. We will learn pinyin, strokes, and simple singular characters, and master basic conversations. Contents include self-introduction, animals, food, weather, family, hobbies, and more. We will also explore hieroglyphs and Chinese oracle bone inscriptions, introduce the structure and meaning of Chinese characters, and use our imagination to interpret the meaning and laws of ideograms.

Food Culture Around the World (Online Only)

Instructor: Dr. Jackie Swaidan
Grade Range: 6th - 9th

Students will explore food culture around the world. Ever wondered about how a “national dish” came to be so famous? Why is it made of certain foods, and what’s the backstory? Where does that snack actually come from, and how long have people been eating it? What different table manners do you need to eat politely anywhere on the globe? Come join our “table” to travel virtually (and eat!) across the world.

Improv (Online Only)

Instructor: Ms. Jennifer Bascom
Grade Range: 6th - 9th

Students entering grades 6-9 will learn the foundational basics of improv technique through games and exercises. The course focuses on skills like agreement, active listening, trust, storytelling, making strong choices, being in the moment, and most importantly, letting go and laughing. These skills are not only necessary for improv comedy but they are also great communication skills. This class will culminate in a short online performance for friends and family.

Introduction to Computer Programming in Python

Instructor: Mr. Sean Sanchez
Grade Range: 6th - 9th

Students will learn the basics of object-oriented programming in Python. Python is a simple yet powerful programming language that is great for solving tedious problems quickly. It is also free, open-source, and available on all major operating systems. Students will be exposed to the language and syntax of Python, examples and applications, the computer programming approach to problem solving, and essential resources that will enable them to apply new knowledge towards projects in class and further explore newfound skills on their own. No prior experience is required.

Introduction to Digital Design

Instructor: Mr. David Weldzius
Grade Range: 6th - 9th

In this course, we will discuss visual literacy, art and design principles, color theory, and historical and contemporary design trends. In a series of small projects, students will manipulate digital images in Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign, creating monograms and logos, posters and dust jackets, and a digitally produced painting. Working with traditional and digital media, students will leave this class with an intermediate knowledge of vector drawing, masking, typography, color, composition, and CMYK printing. Beginner designers are welcome—no previous experience is necessary.

Mock Trial for Middle School

Instructor: Ms. Kirsten Harbers
Grade Range: 6th - 9th

Mock trial is a team competition where students simulate a real criminal trial based on a hypothetical case. Students will be introduced to the basic principles of the legal system, and will develop skills in public speaking, critical thinking, and advocacy. Students will break into two teams, representing the prosecution and the defense, taking on the roles of attorneys, witnesses, the defendant, the clerk, and the bailiff, and learn how to prepare opening statements, direct examinations, cross-examinations, and closing arguments. At the end of the course, the defense and prosecution will scrimmage against each other in a mock trial. This fun and creative course is open to beginners and experienced mock trial participants.

Preparation for High School English

Instructor: Mr. Rob Hamlyn
Grade Range: 8th - 9th

Designed for students entering 8th or 9th grade, this course teaches both analytical and creative writing skills, emphasizing clear thesis development and how to utilize textual evidence. Creative writing is designed to increase fluidity, broaden vocabulary, and develop a personal voice. Students study several literary works, both for enjoyment and to refine critical thinking.

Self-Driving Cars with Arduino Robotics

Instructor: Ms. Erin Thomassen
Grade Range: 6th - 9th

Self-driving cars are in the midst of changing transportation forever, from the way we commute to the way we order deliveries. In this class, we will create mini self-driving cars by programming Arduino motors to make decisions based on sensor inputs, and develop skills to laser cut materials to assemble, test, and improve their robots. We will explore the possibilities and challenges of 'green' vehicles, and also research and debate the implications of self-driving cars on the ride-sharing industry, delivery workers, and traffic regulations. Note: There is a $50 materials fee for this course.

Study Skills

Instructor: Mr. Michael Roffina
Grade Range: 6th - 9th

Students entering 6th through 9th grade learn time management and goal setting for a college preparatory curriculum. This varied, interactive course uses fun and engaging activities and group exercises to strengthen outlining, organization, vocabulary, test-taking, note-taking, and reading comprehension. Each session will also address the individual concerns and needs of each student. Students can enroll in either or both sessions.

Transforming Fabric and Paper with Your Own Designs

Instructor: Ms. Meryl Eldridge
Grade Range: 6th - 9th

Using cyanotype (a photographic process), ice dyeing, shibori techniques and mono-printing, we will transform paper and fabric into incredible designs. Students can layer techniques for a totally original design and customize their own wallet or journal. If weather permits, we'll try our hands at indigo dyeing. All materials will be provided.

High School Courses

Commercial vs. Concert Dance

Instructor: Ms. Alisha Mullally
Grade Range: 9th - 12th

In this class, students will learn the differences and similarities of commercial and concert dance, through discussions of style and theory. We will explore all aspects of concert dance (writing grants, putting on a show, auditioning) and Commercial dance (headshots, finding your authentic movement, networking), along with many more concepts to help understand the ever-evolving dance world!

Creative Madness

Instructors: Mr. Will Bellaimey & Ms. Hilary Thomas
Grade Range: 6th - 12th

This is a one of a kind workshop that brings students together to do creative projects that combine theater, dance, and public speaking to create all new works of art, both silly and serious, in collaboration with Lineage Performing Arts Center in Pasadena. The class will culminate in a show that friends and family invited to attend. Students do not need to have any experience or artistic talent to be a part of this class.

Drawing and Painting

Instructor: Ms. Emma Goo
Grade Range: 9th - 12th

This relaxed and enjoyable class explores a variety of painting and drawing materials and subjects. There’s room for all kinds of artists and self-expression in this class; be yourself, lean into what inspires you, and take on new challenges! Students learn at their own pace. All materials provided.

Environmental Science in Southern California

Instructor: Mr. Eric Kleinsasser
Grade Range: 9th - 12th

Explore the ins and outs of the Los Angeles Basin and its one-of-a-kind backyard in this survey course on the wild side of Southern California. Familiarize yourself with the landscape of your home and its many surprises, including moon rocks, gold, desert forests, cliff-dwelling sheep, catastrophic debris flows, massive floods, gale force winds, the hottest and driest North America has to offer...and of course, half the global supply of borate detergent booster. This course will cover several case studies to give you a fresh perspective on one of the most vibrant and dynamic environments in the Western U.S.

French Cuisine Beyond France (Online Only)

Instructor: Dr. Lauren Van Arsdall
Grade Range: 9th - 12th

How does a baguette become a staple in Laos and Vietnam? How did couscous become the go-to comfort food in France? As early as the 17th century, French cuisine was mingling with cuisine from Southeast Asia and parts of northern Africa. Exciting “new” ingredients such as potatoes, peanuts, tomatoes, peppers, vanilla, and the all important sugar made their way to the French mainland via colonial trade routes. In turn, immigration to present-day France from African countries has woven new traditions into cuisine. We are going to learn about the history of empire, language, food, and even some geography in this exciting reboot of last year’s French Cooking Classics course. Kitchen novices and experts are all welcome. Recipes include ratatouille, gumbo, spring onion omelettes, aïoli dip with raw veggies, quiche, banh mi, couscous, crêpes, and pineapple-coconut tarte tatin. An ingredients and tools list will be distributed prior to the first class.

Media Literacy

Instructor: Mr. Kyle Johnson
Grade Range: 9th - 12th

While students have spent years in school developing literacy when it comes to novels, poems, and other written work, it's time to take a closer look at movies, music, YouTube videos, websites, social media posts, and TikToks—yes, even TikToks. Just as an English class can help answer "What literary techniques were used to make me feel suspense during this short story?" this class will help answer questions like "How does this Netflix series shape the way I view certain demographics?" or "How does this Instagram post make me feel bad about myself?" In addition to specific skills like recognizing advertisements-in-disguise and unreliable news, media literacy education helps students become more thoughtful consumers and creators of digital media.

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Session 1 Period 3 - 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
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Middle School Courses

Active English for Middle School

Instructor: Ms. Celeste McMillin
Grade Range: 6th - 8th

Students will sharpen their writing skills, reading comprehension, vocabulary, and grammar skills while having fun through educational games, cooperative learning, diverse writing prompts, and short story creation. Students will have the opportunity to explore a variety of genres, including poetry, expository writing, personal narratives, story writing, and other creative projects.

Creative Writing (Online Only)

Instructor: Dr. Jackie Swaidan
Grade Range: 6th - 9th

This class will serve as an exciting introduction to creative writing, with an emphasis on exploration and fun. Focusing on fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction, students will gain a better insight into the form and function of their own creative works, and have the chance to branch out into experimental writing techniques. By learning the creative writing process from an author's perspective, students will also gain new appreciation for the literature they read.

Design and Prototyping in the Makerspace

Instructor: Mr. Sean Sanchez
Grade Range: 6th - 9th

Students will gain knowledge of design and manufacturing processes and access to the Prep Makerspace where their designs will become a reality. An emphasis will be on learning modeling techniques through SketchUp, focusing on design for objects smaller than a breadbox. The culmination of the class will be a creative project to apply their new skills, and students will leave with a taste of the prototyping process, and their own unique creation.

Improv (Online Only)

Instructor: Ms. Jennifer Bascom
Grade Range: 6th - 9th

Students entering grades 6-9 will learn the foundational basics of improv technique through games and exercises. The course focuses on skills like agreement, active listening, trust, storytelling, making strong choices, being in the moment, and most importantly, letting go and laughing. These skills are not only necessary for improv comedy but they are also great communication skills. This class will culminate in a short online performance for friends and family.

Making Music with GarageBand

Instructor: Mr. Kyle Johnson
Grade Range: 6th - 9th

In this course, we will discover how to use GarageBand to create music and audio content. Using the free Apple app GarageBand, we will write and record original music using loops, software instruments, and live instrumentation. Students will also learn to use audio effects like reverb, delay, and EQ to shape sounds. No musical proficiency is required. Anyone can be a songwriter with a few simple tools, and we'll also learn tips for creating podcasts and audio drama.

Preparation for High School English

Instructor: Mr. Rob Hamlyn
Grade Range: 8th - 9th

Designed for students entering 8th or 9th grade, this course teaches both analytical and creative writing skills, emphasizing clear thesis development and how to utilize textual evidence. Creative writing is designed to increase fluidity, broaden vocabulary, and develop a personal voice. Students study several literary works, both for enjoyment and to refine critical thinking.

Study Skills

Instructor: Mr. Michael Roffina
Grade Range: 6th - 9th

Students entering 6th through 9th grade learn time management and goal setting for a college preparatory curriculum. This varied, interactive course uses fun and engaging activities and group exercises to strengthen outlining, organization, vocabulary, test-taking, note-taking, and reading comprehension. Each session will also address the individual concerns and needs of each student. Students can enroll in either or both sessions.

High School Courses

ACT/SAT Verbal Institute

Instructor: Mr. Patrick Ferry
Grade Range: 10th - 12th

Students--and their parents--need to make time for ACT/SAT verbal practice. Join these one-hour practice sessions and get it done! Each session will involve practice time on a section, along with guidance and tips that range from specific grammar reviews to the philosophical and historical underpinnings of English language usage and writing. There will be one required practice section to be completed as homework, and additional materials for anyone who would like even more practice. Students who re-enroll in the course for a second session will get new practice materials, but the same bad jokes.

Ballet/Contemporary Dance

Instructor: Ms. Alisha Mullally
Grade Range: 9th - 12th

Brush up on your ballet technique while simultaneously discovering new unidentifiable movement! We will utilize our ballet technique to explore different planes and dynamics of movement. Students will gain more specific knowledge in ballet technique and more abstract ways to utilize it within their authentic movement.

Great Flintridge Bake Off (Beginner/Intermediate) (Online Only)

Instructor: Mr. Austin Roy
Grade Range: 9th - 12th

In this class, we will master the basics of baking. We will bake cookies, cakes, biscuits, and more. Come hungry and prepared to get flour everywhere! Students will receive a one-time shopping list ahead of the first class.

Introduction to Chinese Language (Online Only)

Instructor: Ms. Grace Qing
Grade Range: 9th - 12th

This course introduces the fundamentals of Chinese languages and will give students the skills to have basic conversations and travel skills in Chinese-speaking regions. In this course, we will not only learn and understand the language logic of Chinese and the cultural connotation behind it, but also start from the Chinese Oracle Bone Inscriptions, learn the rules of Chinese character creation, and the pictographic meaning and the use of radicals and single-type characters.

Introduction to Photography

Instructor: Mr. David Weldzius
Grade Range: 9th - 12th

In this course, students will learn how to operate a professional digital camera and hone their iPhone photography skills. We will explore the basics of focus, depth-of-field, motion, perspective, and high dynamic range imaging, as well as how to use available light and studio lighting. Using Adobe Bridge, Photoshop, and LightRoom, we will discuss the basics of digital imaging, including digital hygiene, workflow management, the histogram, color correction, masking, and burning and dodging. Students will leave the class with an intermediate knowledge of digital capture. Beginner photographers are welcome—no previous experience necessary. Students are required to provide their own cameras—DSLR, point-and-shoot, and iPhone users are all welcome.

Mock Trial for High School

Instructor: Ms. Kirsten Harbers
Grade Range: 9th - 12th

Mock trial is a team competition where students simulate a real criminal trial based on a hypothetical case. Students will be introduced to the basic principles of the legal system, and will develop skills in public speaking, critical thinking, and advocacy. Students will break into two teams, representing the prosecution and the defense, taking on the roles of attorneys, witnesses, the defendant, the clerk, and the bailiff, and learn how to prepare opening statements, direct examinations, cross-examinations, and closing arguments. At the end of the course, the defense and prosecution will scrimmage against each other in a mock trial. This fun and creative course is open to beginners and experienced mock trial participants.

Self-Driving Cars with Arduino Robotics

Instructor: Ms. Erin Thomassen
Grade Range: 9th - 12th

Self-driving cars are in the midst of changing transportation forever, from the way we commute to the way we order deliveries. In this class, we will create mini self-driving cars by programming Arduino motors to make decisions based on sensor inputs, and develop skills to laser cut materials to assemble, test, and improve their robots. We will explore the possibilities and challenges of 'green' vehicles, and also research and debate the implications of self-driving cars on the ride-sharing industry, delivery workers, and traffic regulations. Note: There is a $50 materials fee for this course.

Wilderness in America: 20th Century Perceptions

Instructor: Mr. Eric Kleinsasser
Grade Range: 9th - 12th

This course explores the relationship between wilderness and American culture. The portrayal of wilderness in art and literature, and its role in politics, have had tremendous impact on American identity. We will take the opportunity to discuss our own perspectives on modern management, preservation, and cultural significance of wild spaces. In addition, we'll cover some fundamentals of navigating wilderness ourselves!

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Session 1 Period 4 - 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
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Middle School Courses

Algebra 1 Review (Online Only)

Instructor: Dr. Andrew Williams
Grade Range: 8th - 10th

This course is designed to review key concepts from Algebra I, this class is not for credit. Topics covered include isolating variables, equations of lines, solving quadratic equations and simplifying radicals. This targeted course is designed for students that have completed Geometry and are entering Algebra II in the fall. Some students that have completed Algebra I and are entering Geometry in the fall may find the course helpful.

Introduction to Pre-Algebra (Online Only)

Instructor: Ms. Beth Pattinelli
Grade Range: 6th - 8th

Designed for students entering 6th, 7th and 8th grade, this fast-paced course gives students a head start on pre-algebra. Students review basics such as fractions, integers, decimals and percentages. This course covers basic algebraic symbols and operations, manipulating variables and solving one-step equations.

Algebra 1 Review (Online Only)

Instructor: Dr. Andrew Williams
Grade Range: 8th - 10th

This course is designed to review key concepts from Algebra I, this class is not for credit. Topics covered include isolating variables, equations of lines, solving quadratic equations and simplifying radicals. This targeted course is designed for students that have completed Geometry and are entering Algebra II in the fall. Some students that have completed Algebra I and are entering Geometry in the fall may find the course helpful.

Introduction to Pre-Algebra (Online Only)

Instructor: Ms. Beth Pattinelli
Grade Range: 6th - 8th

Designed for students entering 6th, 7th and 8th grade, this fast-paced course gives students a head start on pre-algebra. Students review basics such as fractions, integers, decimals and percentages. This course covers basic algebraic symbols and operations, manipulating variables and solving one-step equations.

Preparation for High School English (Online Only)

Instructor: Mr. Rob Hamlyn
Grade Range: 8th - 9th

Designed for students entering 8th or 9th grade, this course teaches both analytical and creative writing skills, emphasizing clear thesis development and how to utilize textual evidence. Creative writing is designed to increase fluidity, broaden vocabulary, and develop a personal voice. Students study several literary works, both for enjoyment and to refine critical thinking.

High School Courses

ACT/SAT Math Institute

Instructor: Mr. Todd Frost
Grade Range: 10th - 12th

In this course, we will review the makeup behind the ACT/SAT. Practice strategies to solve typical ACT/SAT math problems and discussions are an integral part of the course. This course is recommended for students entering grade 10 or higher.

Algebra 1 Review (Online Only)

Instructor: Dr. Andrew Williams
Grade Range: 8th - 10th

This course is designed to review key concepts from Algebra I, this class is not for credit. Topics covered include isolating variables, equations of lines, solving quadratic equations and simplifying radicals. This targeted course is designed for students that have completed Geometry and are entering Algebra II in the fall. Some students that have completed Algebra I and are entering Geometry in the fall may find the course helpful.

Creative Writing (Online Only)

Instructor: Dr. Jackie Swaidan
Grade Range: 9th - 12th

This class will serve as an exciting introduction to creative writing, with an emphasis on exploration and fun. Focusing on fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction, students will gain a better insight into the form and function of their own creative works, and have the chance to branch out into experimental writing techniques. By learning the creative writing process from an author's perspective, students will also gain new appreciation for the literature they read.

French Coffee Talk (Online Only)

Instructor: Dr. Lauren Van Arsdall
Grade Range: 9th - 12th

This class is for lovers of French language and culture who have prior experience speaking French and want to practice their skills in a relaxed environment. We will chat about all matters, from daily life and contemporary events to personal experiences and anything that interests the class. A list of high frequency vocabulary expressions emphasizing the way French is really spoken today will be our trusted guide. No textbook required.

Introduction to Chinese Language (Online Only)

Instructor: Ms. Grace Qing
Grade Range: 9th - 12th

This course introduces the fundamentals of Chinese languages and will give students the skills to have basic conversations and travel skills in Chinese-speaking regions. In this course, we will not only learn and understand the language logic of Chinese and the cultural connotation behind it, but also start from the Chinese Oracle Bone Inscriptions, learn the rules of Chinese character creation, and the pictographic meaning and the use of radicals and single-type characters.

Introduction to Digital Design

Instructor: Mr. David Weldzius
Grade Range: 9th - 12th

In this course, we will discuss visual literacy, art and design principles, color theory, and historical and contemporary design trends. In a series of small projects, students will manipulate digital images in Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign, creating monograms and logos, posters and dust jackets, and a digitally produced painting. Working with traditional and digital media, students will leave this class with an intermediate knowledge of vector drawing, masking, typography, color, composition, and CMYK printing. Beginner designers are welcome—no previous experience is necessary.

Literary Deep Dive: John Cheever (Online Only)

Instructor: Mr. Austin Roy
Grade Range: 9th - 12th

In this course, we will closely examine the life and work of one of America's greatest short story writers, John Cheever. In the process, we will deconstruct his characters, analyze his use of specific themes and motifs, and dissect his style. This will be a collaborative, discussion-based class that's intended both for Cheever lovers and for students who have never read a Cheever story before.

Wilderness in America: 20th Century Perceptions

Instructor: Mr. Eric Kleinsasser
Grade Range: 9th - 12th

This course explores the relationship between wilderness and American culture. The portrayal of wilderness in art and literature, and its role in politics, have had tremendous impact on American identity. We will take the opportunity to discuss our own perspectives on modern management, preservation, and cultural significance of wild spaces. In addition, we'll cover some fundamentals of navigating wilderness ourselves!

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Flintridge Preparatory School
4543 Crown Avenue La Cañada Flintridge CA 91011
Tel: 818-790-1178
Fax: 818-952-6247
Located near Pasadena and Los Angeles in La Cañada, CA, Flintridge Prep is a private independent, coed day school for grades 7-12.
  • NAIS
  • FAST
  • CSEE
  • Independent Curriculum Group
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