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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 Two

Session Two 
Dates: July 6 - July 16, 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 2 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.

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 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.

Playing with Characters

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

Are you curious about characters? Like playing with an accent or a physicality? Like forming and expressing strong opinions about things? Do you want to use your imagination, be silly, and play with different personalities? In this class, we’ll incorporate improv games aimed at building fun characters. No experience is necessary, just an interest in improv or acting.

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.

Speech and Debate for Middle School

Instructor: Ms. Nicole Dalton
Grade Range: 6th - 9th

Students will get an introduction to the world of Speech & Debate. They will learn about impromptu speaking, spontaneous argumentation, and congressional debate. No prior experience is necessary.

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 2 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.

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.

Fun with Filming

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

Let’s play with film! Do you want to make a music video to your favorite song? Film a monologue from the perspective of your pet? Write a script and shoot a short film in your backyard? Make your own goofy infomercial? Let’s get off our couches and create something! No previous film experience is necessary, as this class is geared towards beginners. We will work with whatever is available around student's homes. All that is needed is a camera (a smartphone or iPad), an editing tool like iMovie, and a little creativity!

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 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.

Introduction to Game Development in JavaScript

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

This course is an introduction to game development in JavaScript. Students will learn basic JavaScript language and syntax, and will have an opportunity to experience the process of designing a basic computer game from the ground up. We will also learn about mobile game design, building more complex games, and applications to the field of machine learning.

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.

Spanish Review Workshop

Instructor: Mr. Fabian Bejarano
Grade Range: 8th - 12th

This non-credit course is designed for students who desire to strengthen their fundamental skills from their first year of Spanish 1, or who need a refresher before beginning Spanish 2. Students will build better fluency in the grammatical structures and vocabulary normally presented in the first year of high school Spanish. In addition, they will also practice and increase their proficiency in the four areas of language: listening, speaking, reading and writing. Students also get the opportunity to preview some of the advanced concepts presented during their second year. Students who find that they have a weak foundation in levels 2 and 3 may also benefit from taking this workshop.

Speech and Debate for Middle School

Instructor: Ms. Nicole Dalton
Grade Range: 6th - 9th

Students will get an introduction to the world of Speech & Debate. They will learn about impromptu speaking, spontaneous argumentation, and congressional debate. No prior experience is necessary.

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!

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.

Spanish Review Workshop

Instructor: Mr. Fabian Bejarano
Grade Range: 8th - 12th

This non-credit course is designed for students who desire to strengthen their fundamental skills from their first year of Spanish 1, or who need a refresher before beginning Spanish 2. Students will build better fluency in the grammatical structures and vocabulary normally presented in the first year of high school Spanish. In addition, they will also practice and increase their proficiency in the four areas of language: listening, speaking, reading and writing. Students also get the opportunity to preview some of the advanced concepts presented during their second year. Students who find that they have a weak foundation in levels 2 and 3 may also benefit from taking this workshop.

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Session 2 Period 3 - 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
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Middle School Courses

Beginning Conversational Spanish

Instructor: Mr. Fabian Bejarano
Grade Range: 6th - 9th

Designed for students with little to no experience in Spanish, this non-credit course stresses personal development in Spanish with a fun and accessible introduction to thematic vocabulary and grammar. It focuses on conversation, listening, reading, and writing. Daily activities will help students become familiar with the expectations and mechanics of the language in a classroom setting.

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.

Experimental and Life Science

Instructor: Ms. Celeste McMillin
Grade Range: 6th - 9th

This course blends the design-based, exploratory aspects of experimental science with the study of the human body, animals, and plants. Students will have the opportunity to design, complete, and present their own experiments while reinforcing fundamental scientific concepts and terminology. Students will also participate in a variety of engaging activities and labs.

Fun with Filming

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

Let’s play with film! Do you want to make a music video to your favorite song? Film a monologue from the perspective of your pet? Write a script and shoot a short film in your backyard? Make your own goofy infomercial? Let’s get off our couches and create something! No previous film experience is necessary, as this class is geared towards beginners. We will work with whatever is available around student's homes. All that is needed is a camera (a smartphone or iPad), an editing tool like iMovie, and a little creativity!

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

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 (Intermediate/Advanced) (Online Only)

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

In this class, we will review the basics of baking and also tackle some more complex bakes. We'll bake sourdough, triple layer cakes, gougeres, souffles, 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.

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.

Speech and Debate for High School

Instructor: Ms. Nicole Dalton
Grade Range: 9th - 12th

Students will get an introduction to the world of Speech & Debate. They will learn about impromptu speaking, spontaneous argumentation, and congressional debate. No prior experience is necessary.

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 2 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.

Playing with Characters (Online Only)

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

Are you curious about characters? Like playing with an accent or a physicality? Like forming and expressing strong opinions about things? Do you want to use your imagination, be silly, and play with different personalities? In this class, we’ll incorporate improv games aimed at building fun characters. No experience is necessary, just an interest in improv or acting.

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

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: Joan Didion (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 writers, Joan Didion. In the process, we will deconstruct her language, analyze her use of specific themes and motifs, and dissect her style. This will be a collaborative, discussion-based class that's intended both for Didion lovers and for students who have never read Didion before.

Sports Management

Instructor: Mr. Todd Frost
Grade Range: 9th - 12th

Students in this course will learn skills vital to any successful sports team, including stat keeping, scorekeeping, PA announcing, and other managerial skills. These skills are invaluable at every level of sports, and could lead to career opportunities in the future. Sports that will be covered include football, basketball, baseball, softball, and volleyball.

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.
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