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Class Descriptions

BAPA offers students a comprehensive array of Academic, Enrichment and Fitness/Aquatics classes! Academic classes are taught by credentialed teachers using a Project Based Learning (PBL) approach that incorporates hands-on learning activities designed to make learning enjoyable, while enrichment and fitness/aquatics classes are taught by experienced instructors with course appropriate experience and/or credentials.

BAPA two-week sessions are designed for both academic progression and a variety of enrichment and fitness/aquatics experiences. Content covered for academic classes will vary for each two-week session, while content for some enrichment and fitness/aquatics classes will reinforce skills across each two-week session. See course descriptions below for details. Please click here   to view the full pdf schedule. 

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What parents said about BAPA last summer...

“The teachers and staff I met were really kind and caring. He liked his classes and really enjoyed this experience!"

"It's a very well rounded program and they take great care of the kids."

“She had never taken sign language before and enjoyed learning a new skill.”

“My daughter loved the Self Advocacy class the most. She learned things not typically taught at school or other camps. She is more self confident and is more willing to interact with others. She learned the skills how to deal with people as well.”

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Enrichment Course Descriptions

BAPA enrichment classes are taught by instructors with course appropriate experience or credentials. Each two-week session includes a variety of enrichment classes. Content for some enrichment classes varies for each two-week session, while others reinforce skills. See course descriptions below for details.

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Why BAPA is so popular...

“A very well run program!”

"Fun experience, good location, and the time/schedule are great for parents that work."

"Varied curriculum and well organized instruction."

"I think the BAPA program is very organized with helpful staff, coupled with flexible schedules, and located in the beautiful CSM campus."

"Staff was very helpful and attentive toward the students."

"We drove down from SF to go to BAPA and it was worth it."

Intro to Voice (all grades)

Intro to Voice gives students the opportunity to sing solos and in a group in a variety of styles, ranging from Pop to Classical. Students will gain confidence and have fun while developing their singing voices through learning technique, engaging a full body approach, and working together! Offered in Sessions 1 & 2 only.

Learn A Cappella (all grades) 

Students will have the chance to work as a team to learn about a cappella music. This will be a fun chance to sing repertoire ranging from multi-cultural to pop music while working to bring many voices into one ensemble. Offered in Sessions 1 & 2 only.

App Attack! (all grades)*

Take the first steps into the world of mobile app design and customize your own game app! Using a specialized app & game development tool, students will explore the world of web-based (HTML5) mobile apps. In addition to learning the basics of mobile app design and game development, you will also see firsthand how the world of App publishing functions. Student-created apps will be accessible on a private site and can be played on any mobile device or computer. Publishing to App Stores not included. No prior experience is necessary and students do not need to own a smartphone or tablet to take the class. Students will work in pairs or teams for most of the program. Returning students can create more advanced projects that build on previous years. Offered in Session 1 only. 

*This class covers two periods. If you register for this morning class, you must register for both periods 1 & 2. If you register for the afternoon class, you must register for both periods 5 & 6.

The magic in every camper comes to life as never before when they are empowered to be as creative as they were all born to be! Black Rocket has over a decade of experience designing camps in the S.T.E.A.M fields (Science-Technology-Engineering-Arts-Mathematics). Every program is powered by the camper’s innate imagination and designed to bring their ideas to life in a fun, hands-on, learning environment. From concept to creation students will demonstrate their masterpiece to the world at the end of each week! All Black Rocket programs mirror real life experiences and the collaborative nature of the design process. Students will work in pairs or teams for most of the program.

ROBLOX® Makers-Coders-Entrepreneurs! (all grades)*

Discover how to code in the Lua language while playing and designing worlds in ROBLOX®, an online universe where you can create anything you dream of. This new class combines game design concepts, coding, and fun! Young entrepreneurs will also learn how to navigate Roblox’s fast growing marketplace to publish their games. Student-created games will be available on a password protected Black Rocket website to share with friends and family. Students will work in pairs or teams for most of the program. Offered in Session 1 only. 

*This class covers two periods. If you register for this morning class, you must register for both periods 3 & 4. If you register for the afternoon class, you must register for both periods 7 & 8.

The magic in every camper comes to life as never before when they are empowered to be as creative as they were all born to be! Black Rocket has over a decade of experience designing camps in the S.T.E.A.M fields (Science-Technology-Engineering-Arts-Mathematics). Every program is powered by the camper’s innate imagination and designed to bring their ideas to life in a fun, hands-on, learning environment. From concept to creation students will demonstrate their masterpiece to the world at the end of each week! All Black Rocket programs mirror real life experiences and the collaborative nature of the design process. Students will work in pairs or teams for most of the program.

Make Your First Video Game! (all grades)*

If you love playing video games, this is the class for you! Make your first video game in this one-of-a-kind class that shows you the keys to designing your first 2D platformer game. Conceptualization, play experience, level design, graphics, sounds, and simple coding are just some of the concepts that we’ll explore. No prior experience necessary, just a desire to have fun. Student created games will be available on a password protected Black Rocket website to share with friends and family. Games are only compatible on PC computers, Mac versions can be created after the program for $15.00 conversion fee.  Students will work in pairs or teams for most of the program. Returning students can create more advanced projects that build on previous years. Offered in Session 2 only.  

*This class covers two periods. If you register for this morning class, you must register for both periods 1 & 2. If you register for the afternoon class, you must register for both periods 5 & 6.

The magic in every camper comes to life as never before when they are empowered to be as creative as they were all born to be! Black Rocket has over a decade of experience designing camps in the S.T.E.A.M fields (Science-Technology-Engineering-Arts-Mathematics). Every program is powered by the camper’s innate imagination and designed to bring their ideas to life in a fun, hands-on, learning environment. From concept to creation students will demonstrate their masterpiece to the world at the end of each week! All Black Rocket programs mirror real life experiences and the collaborative nature of the design process. Students will work in pairs or teams for most of the program.

App.IO: Make Your First Multiplayer App! (all grades)*

The hottest new Apps are IO apps! If your child likes to play Agar.io or Slither.io they will love this class! Become the creator of the next viral web app and share with family and friends! In this class, you will explore the most popular .IO apps, design your own multiplayer experience and learn how to code your own app. Students will work in pairs or teams for most of the program. Offered in Session 2 only.      

This class covers two periods. If you register for this morning class, you must register for both periods 3 & 4. If you register for the afternoon class, you must register for both periods 7 & 8.

The magic in every camper comes to life as never before when they are empowered to be as creative as they were all born to be! Black Rocket has over a decade of experience designing camps in the S.T.E.A.M fields (Science-Technology-Engineering-Arts-Mathematics). Every program is powered by the camper’s innate imagination and designed to bring their ideas to life in a fun, hands-on, learning environment. From concept to creation students will demonstrate their masterpiece to the world at the end of each week! All Black Rocket programs mirror real life experiences and the collaborative nature of the design process. Students will work in pairs or teams for most of the program.

Virtual Reality: The Future is Now (all grades)*

Embark on an EPIC adventure in virtual reality! In this cutting edge class, you will learn the foundations of VR design by creating your own virtual worlds, exploring simulated environments, and crafting memorable 3D experiences. At the end of the week, take home your first cardboard VR headset to show friends and family the new worlds you created.  VR projects can be viewed on a website or a mobile device. Students do not need a mobile device to take the class, but to use the VR headset a camper will need access to an Android or Apple mobile device. Students will work in pairs or teams and VR projects will be available on a password protected Black Rocket website to share with friends and family. Offered in Session 3 only. 

*This class covers two periods. If you register for this morning class, you must register for both periods 1 & 2. If you register for the afternoon class, you must register for both periods 5 & 6.

The magic in every camper comes to life as never before when they are empowered to be as creative as they were all born to be! Black Rocket has over a decade of experience designing camps in the S.T.E.A.M fields (Science-Technology-Engineering-Arts-Mathematics). Every program is powered by the camper’s innate imagination and designed to bring their ideas to life in a fun, hands-on, learning environment. From concept to creation students will demonstrate their masterpiece to the world at the end of each week! All Black Rocket programs mirror real life experiences and the collaborative nature of the design process. Students will work in pairs or teams for most of the program.

Make Your First 3D Video Game! (all grades)*

In this Black Rocket classic, you will go well beyond the limitations of the traditional 2D game design classes and create an immersive 3D world. Students will learn the physics behind 3D games, explore beginner event scripting, level design, controlling the flow of gameplay, and storytelling. Student created games will be available on a password protected Black Rocket website to share with friends and family. Students will work in pairs or teams for most of the program. Offered in Session 3 only.  

*This class covers two periods. If you register for this morning class, you must register for both periods 3 & 4. If you register for the afternoon class, you must register for both periods 7 & 8.

The magic in every camper comes to life as never before when they are empowered to be as creative as they were all born to be! Black Rocket has over a decade of experience designing camps in the S.T.E.A.Mfields (Science-Technology-Engineering-Arts-Mathematics). Every program is powered by the camper’s innate imagination and designed to bring their ideas to life in a fun, hands-on, learning environment. From concept to creation students will demonstrate their masterpiece to the world at the end of each week! All Black Rocket programs mirror real life experiences and the collaborative nature of the design process. Students will work in pairs or teams for most of the program.

Chess Club (all grades)

Build or grow your chess skills this summer through a combination of instruction and chess playing. Engage in class tournaments and enjoy the fun and excitement of chess. Open to all skill levels.

Digital Animation (2D) (all grades) 

Want to bring your drawings to life? In this course you will learn how to develop concepts, storyboarding and production of 2D animations. Emphasis will be on the conceptualization, creativity, and foundations of animations. This course will cover the basics of animation using Adobe Animate CC software. If you want to learn how to bring your drawings to life, this project-based learning class is for you! Note: You must bring a USB drive to class in order to save your work.

Website Coding I (Beginner) (all grades)

There's no question that HTML5 is a hot topic for young developers, and this course will help you understand the fundamentals of HTML5's functionality. This exciting intro course introduces you to the nuts and bolts of HTML 5. Students will learn the theoretical and practical aspects of Hypertext Markup Language (HTML 5), to building basic webpages following accepted web design layout and World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) standards. In addition to developing organizational, critical thinking and problem solving skills, students will learn important web concepts skills and scripting language by developing a web project. If you want to learn how to build websites, this project-based learning class is for you! Note: You must bring a USB drive to class in order to save your work.

 Website Coding II (Intermediate) (all grades)

Want to continue your programming skills from Coding I? This exciting intermediate course introduces you to the theoretical and practical aspects of Cascading Style Sheets (CSS 3), a language that packs quite a bit of power that helps change the way HTML pages look. In addition to developing organizational, critical thinking and problem solving skills, this course will look under the hood of CSS 3 to help you understand the semantics of the language of how to apply web layouts using CSS 3 specifications by separating the page content from the visual presentation, as well as develop a web project following accepted design layout and World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) standards as you learn important web concepts, skills and scripting language. If you are serious about continuing to learn how to build web pages, this project-based learning class is for you! Students must be knowledgeable of HTML 5 in order to take this class. Note: You must bring a USB drive to class in order to save your work.

Beginner Minecraft/Robotics (all grades)

Minecraft/Robotics Overview

This course includes one week of MinecraftEDU and one week of Robotics. MinecraftEDU is an expansive game that lets you design and create unique worlds with amazing structures and apply engineering principles to solve numerous challenges as you make your virtual world of Minecraft

Robotics will help you learn how to design, program, and control fully functional robotic models. Unleash the creative powers of the new LEGO® MINDSTORMS EV3 set to create and command robots that walk, talk, think and do anything they can imagine. This class will provide a series of real-life activities covering topics within science, technology, engineering, and mathematics all using EV3 LEGO® robotics.

Students repeating this course across multiple sessions will review information previously learned but apply what they have learned to different projects in each two-week session.

Beginner Minecraft/Robotics

Session 1 (6/18 to 6/29)
Students learn the basics of Minecraft such as movement, mining, building, crafting, and perhaps the most important of all, teamwork. To survive the imminent catastrophe, student teams will scout out an area to build their own shelters, working together to gather the necessary resources and engineering new structures.

The Robotics RoboGames curriculum is designed to introduce students to the world of not only building, but also programming basic robots. In this unit, students will design their robots to play various Robo arcade games.

Session 2 (7/2 to 7/13)
Review and build upon the basics of Minecraft. Understand biomes, build the perfect farm, raise animals, grow mushrooms, and make it past mobs. Make Minecraft your own and find cool tips on playing Minecraft

In the Robotics Robot Surgeons curriculum, students will explore different ways in which a robot could be utilized in the medical field. Students will be given the opportunity to design and build robots to help give medical aid.

Session 3 (7/16 to 7/27)
One of the more complicated aspects of MinecraftEDU is Redstone, which is MinecraftEDU’s version of electrical circuitry. This class will introduce students to the many uses of Redstone through a Medieval themed adventure of creation, exploration, and working together to build their kingdom.

The Robotics Olympics curriculum will explore the idea of a “Robotic Olympics” where countries send their best robots to compete. Students will build and program their robots to perform specific athletic challenges.

Intermediate Minecraft/Robotics (all grades)

Minecraft/Robotics Overview

This course includes one week of MinecraftEDU and one week of Robotics.MinecraftEDU is an expansive game that lets you design and create unique worlds with amazing structures and apply engineering principles to solve numerous challenges as you make your virtual world of Minecraft

Robotics will help you learn how to design, program, and control fully functional robotic models. Unleash the creative powers of the new LEGO® MINDSTORMS EV3 set to create and command robots that walk, talk, think and do anything they can imagine. This class will provide a series of real-life activities covering topics within science, technology, engineering, and mathematics all using EV3 LEGO® robotics.

Students repeating this course across multiple sessions will review information previously learned but apply what they have learned to different projects in each two-week session.

Intermediate Minecraft/Robotics

Session 1 (6/18 to 6/29)
If you love playing Minecraft and want to add your own mods, then this class is right for you. Working within the game itself, you'll develop Python programming skills that apply way beyond Minecraft as you learn to write programs, set up and run your own local Minecraft server, and interact with the game. Begin with some short, simple Python lessons and then use your new skills to modify Minecraft to produce instant and totally awesome results. Learn how to customize Minecraft to make mini-games, duplicate entire buildings, and turn boring blocks into gold.

The Robotics RoboGames curriculum is designed to introduce students to the world of not only building, but also programming basic robots. In this unit, students will design their robots to play various Robo arcade games.

Session 2 (7/2 to 7/13)
Minecraft Intermediate Session 2, builds upon techniques and knowledge learned in Session 1. Build massive monuments, forests, and more in a snap, create secret passageways that open when you activate a hidden switch, etc.

In the Robotics Robot Surgeons curriculum, students will explore different ways in which a robot could be utilized in the medical field. Students will be given the opportunity to design and build robots to help give medical aid.

Session 3 (7/16 to 7/27)
Minecraft Intermediate Session 3, builds upon techniques and knowledge learned in Session 2. Create a spooky ghost town that vanishes and reappears elsewhere, make mischief with lava traps and spells that cause huge floods, etc.

The Robotics Olympics curriculum will explore the idea of a “Robotic Olympics” where countries send their best robots to compete. Students will build and program their robots to perform specific athletic challenges.

Intro to Gardening (all grades)

Do you like plants? Do you want to learn how to make them grow better? This class looks at decorative houseplants, herb gardens, and patio vegetable gardens, soil science, and methods for creatively keeping plants alive.

Pet Care (all grades)

Learn about basic animal care and fun facts from an environmental educator! This class covers animal science, how to make animal enrichment activities, and basic training tips. This class is open to students with pets at home who want to learn more about their pets, or to students who are thinking about getting pets or pursuing careers with animals. Animals discussed include cats, dogs, small mammals, reptiles, and fish. May include occasional guest visits from therapeutic service dogs.

Sign Language (all grades)

Learn to make and understand basic sign language and communicate using American Sign Language (ASL)! Add sign language to your verbal skills and expand your brainpower and your ability to communicate with deaf or hard-of hearing friends or family members.

Public Speaking (all grades)

Learn to stay calm, capture audience attention and present clearly! Develop your communication and leadership skills, get tips on overcoming nervousness, learn how to organize and present your ideas logically and persuasively, practice careful listening, and practice giving helpful feedback.

Self-Empowerment (all grades)

Are you excited to express yourself? Or are you shy and looking to be heard more? This class is focused on developing YOU as a person by exploring your identity. You will learn about personality theories in psychology, make a short autobiography, draw a portrait, and perform in role-plays. All levels of artistic, writing, or acting skills are welcome.

Spanish (Beg.) (all grades)

This beginner Spanish class is for students who are learning Spanish for the first time. Lessons will include pronunciation practice, mastery of basic phrases to communicate with Spanish speakers, and vocabulary building. Build your confidence as you master the beautiful language of Spanish!

Nature Connections (all grades)

In this class, practice mindfulness with nature by going on walks around the college campus, sketching plants, learning how to identify plants, making art with foliage, vegetable and fruit taste testing, making your own herb garden, tending a worm compost, and observing insects.

Creative Writing (all grades)

Build and enhance your creative writing skills through short stories and/or poetry! This class will provide lots of opportunities to practice creative writing. You will also receive feedback on your writing skills so that you can become a more articulate and polished writer.

Growth Mindset (all grades)

Develop a growth mindset and overcome the limitations of fixed mindset thinking. Explore the power of the growth mindset and how to build your ability to overcome challenges through insightful strategies that will help you throughout your entire life.

Sketching & Manga (all grades)

Explore the art of Japanese Manga cartooning in this creative drawing class. Learn the secrets behind Manga facial shape and profile, figures, poses and movement as you explore basic sketching concepts and color theory. Develop your personal style and create your own cartoon characters!

Acting Improv (all grades)

Enter the ridiculously funny world of improv while building your ability to tell exciting stories, invent interesting characters and act out hilarious scenes. This class will help you develop your improv and performance skills in a safe yet fun environment while you enhance your creativity, learn to focus on what others are saying, increase your risk-taking and overcome shyness. If you’re ready to jump in, have fun, work with others and discover your voice, then this is the class for you!

Spy Academy (Grades 6 & 7) 

From decoding messages to metal detectors and night vision, you will check out spy tech equipment and take home lots of gadgets! Step into the shoes of a detective as you uncover the science involved in evidence gathering and analysis! Figure out the science of forensics and reveal who is behind those crazy capers! Become a super spy and learn clever ways of performing tasks as we take a hands-on view of the science that spies use! Note: All students should bring pencils and notebooks, as well as wear close-toed shoes and clothes that may get dirty.  Offered in Session 1 only.

Career Exploration (all grades)

Learn the difference between a job and a career, as well as how to explore careers related to your strengths, skills and talents. You will also learn more about the variety of exciting careers available in the Bay Area.

Sloppy Science (Grades 6 & 7)

In this class you will explore and learn about elements, molecules and atoms. Snap on some safety goggles and get ready for some sloppy science! Junior Mad Scientists will study split-second reactions and learn about glow-in-the-dark technology. You will be glued to your seat as you explore adhesives, clingy materials and lots of other super sticky stuff!  Students will definitely “bond” during this week of excitement. Note: All students should bring pencils and notebooks, as well as wear close-toed shoes and clothes that may get dirty. Offered in Session 2 only.

Pencils & Pastels (all grades)

It's incredible what you can create with pencils and pastels! Develop your skills in both pencil sketching and pastels to create wonderful works of art that reflect your creativity and personal style.

Young Inventors (Grades 6 & 7) 

Creative Contraption Warning!  This Mad Science class is designed by you—the Inventor! Each day you’ll be given a series of challenges which must be overcome using basic materials, simple machines, tips from world famous inventors and the most important thing of all – your imagination! With a little bit of ingenuity, you’ll construct catapults and forts, then lay siege to the castle. Assemble your own working light saber to take home! While Thomas Edison said, “Invention is 10% inspiration and 90% perspiration”; this class is 100% fun! Offered in Session 3 only.

Academic Course Descriptions

BAPA academic classes are taught by credentialed teachers using a Project Based Learning (PBL) approach that incorporates grade-appropriate content with hands-on, enjoyable learning activities designed to make learning richer for students. Project Based Learning content for academic classes will vary for each two-week session – enabling students to progress across multiple two-week sessions or take each two-week session separately. 

Please note: Academic classes are labeled by grade, so that you can choose a class that matches the grade level your student will enter in fall 2018. For example, if your child is going to enter 7th grade in the fall, then they are a rising 7th grader and would generally take the Level 7 classes. You may choose a different (higher or lower) grade level for your child if you feel that your student needs to learn content (in Math, for example) that is more or less advanced than the grade they will be entering in the fall after summer camp.

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Why BAPA is so popular...

“He finds the topics and discussion very interesting and helpful. I never see him so excited about going to an English class. Thank you! At the end of the camp, he said – ‘I think I actually like English now’. Unbelievable :)”

“Thanks for the wonderful program and summer. Wish we had done it sooner!”

"Fun, educational, independent college-like format."

“I traveled in from quite a distance for this camp and I would do it again…Her (my daughter’s) experience has been very beneficial in her independence development.”

"It's a great value and a great program. I always feel like my son gets a head start on the upcoming school year from attending."

"It is a fantastic way to keep the kids actively learning over the summer, and gives them a taste of the college experience!"

Math 6

Students will participate in hands-on learning that reinforces core math topics through fun activities designed to make learning enjoyable and memorable. Classes are designed to help students improve and reinforce their math skills while having fun. Students will be assessed on the first day of class to ensure they are in the appropriate math level. Each two-week session will have a specific focus as described below.

Session 1 (6/18 to 6/29) Topics will include a review of ratios and rates, how they connect to whole numbers, and using them to solve problems.

Session 2 (72 to 7/13) Topics will include a review of the different types of numbers such as decimals, fractions, and negative numbers as well as how they are used to describe applications.

Session 3 (7/16 to 7/27) Topics will include how to write, interpret, and use expressions and equations to solve problems.

Math 7

Students will participate in hands-on learning that reinforces core math topics through fun activities designed to make learning enjoyable and memorable. Classes are designed to help students improve and reinforce their math skills while having fun. Students will be assessed on the first day of class to ensure they are in the appropriate math level. Each two-week session will have a specific focus as described below.

Session 1 (6/18 to 6/29) Topics will include understanding and applying proportional relationships and using them to solve problems.

Session 2 (7/2 to 7/13) Topics will include operations with rational numbers and working with expressions and linear equations.

Session 3 (7/16 to 7/27) Topics will include basic concepts from statistics and using these ideas to draw inferences about populations.

Math 8

Students will participate in hands-on learning that reinforces core math topics through fun activities designed to make learning enjoyable and memorable. Classes are designed to help students improve and reinforce their math skills while having fun. Students will be assessed on the first day of class to ensure they are in the appropriate math level. Each two-week session will have a specific focus as described below.

Session 1 (6/18 to 6/29) Topics will include formulating and reasoning about expressions and equations, and solving linear equations and systems of linear equations.

Session 2 (7/2 to 7/13) Topics will include grasping the concept of a function and using functions to describe applications.

Session 3 (7/16 to 7/27) Topics will include an introduction to geometry by analyzing two- and three-dimensional figures.

Math 9

Students will participate in hands-on learning that reinforces core math topics through fun activities designed to make learning enjoyable and memorable. Classes are designed to help students improve and reinforce their math skills while having fun. Students will be assessed on the first day of class to ensure they are in the appropriate math level. Each two-week session will have a specific focus as described below.

Session 1 (6/18 to 6/29) Topics will include the study of algebraic manipulation and its connection to functions.

Session 2 (7/2 to 7/13) Topics will include the study of linear relationships, and applying linear models to data that exhibit a linear trend.

Session 3 (7/16 to 7/27) Topics will include the geometry of congruence, measurement, and the Pythagorean Theorem.

English Language Arts 6

Students will participate in hands-on learning that reinforces core reading, comprehension and writing skills through fun activities designed to make learning enjoyable and memorable. Classes are designed to help students improve and reinforce their English skills while having fun. Each two-week session will have a specific focus as described below. 

Session 1 (6/18 to 6/29) Skills will include reading and comprehension of informational texts, writing, and analyzing how word choices impact meaning and tone.

Session 2 (7/2 to 7/13) Skills will include reading and comprehension of history/social studies texts, writing, and analyzing how word choices impact meaning and tone.

Session 3 (7/16 to 7/27) Skills will include reading and comprehension of science/technical texts, writing, and analyzing how word choices impact meaning and tone

English Language Arts 7

Students will participate in hands-on learning that reinforces core reading, comprehension and writing skills through fun activities designed to make learning enjoyable and memorable. Classes are designed to help students improve and reinforce their English skills while having fun. Each two-week session will have a specific focus as described below. 

Session 1 (6/18 to 6/29) Skills will include reading and comprehension of informational texts, writing, and analyzing how rhymes and other repetitions of sounds impact a specific verse or stanza of a poem or section of a story or drama.

Session 2 (7/2 to 7/13) Skills will include reading and comprehension of history/social studies texts, writing, and analyzing how rhymes and other repetitions of sounds impact a specific verse or stanza of a poem or section of a story or drama.

Session 3 (7/16 to 7/27) Skills will include reading and comprehension of science/technical texts, writing, and analyzing how rhymes and other repetitions of sounds impact a specific verse or stanza of a poem or section of a story or drama.

English Language Arts 8

Students will participate in hands-on learning that reinforces core reading, comprehension and writing skills through fun activities designed to make learning enjoyable and memorable. Classes are designed to help students improve and reinforce their English skills while having fun. Each two-week session will have a specific focus as described below. 

Session 1 (6/18 to 6/29) Skills will include reading and comprehension of informational texts, writing, and analyzing how specific word choices impact meaning and tone, including analogies or allusions to other texts.

Session 2 (7/2 to 7/13) Skills will include reading and comprehension of history/social studies texts, writing, and analyzing how specific word choices impact meaning and tone, including analogies or allusions to other texts.

Session 3 (7/16 to 7/27) Skills will include reading and comprehension of science/technical texts, writing, and analyzing how specific word choices impact meaning and tone, including analogies or allusions to other texts.

English Language Arts 9

Students will participate in hands-on learning that reinforces core reading, comprehension and writing skills through fun activities designed to make learning enjoyable and memorable. Classes are designed to help students improve and reinforce their English skills while having fun. Each two-week session will have a specific focus as described below. 

Session 1 (6/18 to 6/29) Skills will include reading and comprehension of informational texts, writing, and analyzing the cumulative impact of specific word choices on the sense of time and place and the formal and informal tone of a text.

Session 2 (7/2 to 7/13) Skills will include reading and comprehension of history/social studies texts, writing, and analyzing the cumulative impact of specific word choices on the sense of time and place and the formal and informal tone of a text.

Session 3 (7/16 to 7/27) Skills will include reading and comprehension of science/technical texts, writing, and analyzing the cumulative impact of specific word choices on the sense of time and place and the formal and informal tone of a text.

Social Studies 6

Students will participate in hands-on learning that reinforces core history/social studies topics concerning the people and events of ancient western and non-western civilizations, through fun activities designed to make learning enjoyable and memorable. Classes are designed to help students improve and reinforce their learning while having fun. Each two-week session will have a specific focus as described below.

Session 1 (6/18 to 6/29) Topics will be drawn from the Paleolithic era to the agricultural revolution.

Session 2 (7/2 to 7/13) Topics will be drawn from the early civilizations of Mesopotamia, Egypt, Kush, and ancient Hebrews.

Session 3 (7/16 to 7/27) Topics will be drawn from the early civilizations of ancient Greece, India, China, and Rome.

Social Studies 7

Students will participate in hands-on learning that reinforces core history/social studies topics concerning the people and events of medieval and early modern times, through fun activities designed to make learning enjoyable and memorable. Classes are designed to help students improve and reinforce their learning while having fun. Each two-week session will have a specific focus as described below.

Session 1 (6/18 to 6/29) Topics will be drawn from the expansion and disintegration of the Roman Empire.

Session 2 (7/2 to 7/13) Topics will be drawn from civilizations such as Islam and China in the Middle Ages, Medieval Ghana and Mali, Japan, and Europe, and Meso-American and Andean civilizations.

Session 3 (7/16 to 7/27) Topics will be drawn from the Renaissance, Reformation, Scientific Revolution, Age of Exploration, the Enlightenment, and the Age of Reason.

Social Studies 8

Students will participate in hands-on learning that reinforces core history/social studies topics concerning the ideas, issues and events from the framing of the Constitution up to World War I, through fun activities designed to make learning enjoyable and memorable. Classes are designed to help students improve and reinforce their learning while having fun. Each two-week session will have a specific focus as described below.

Session 1 (6/18 to 6/29) Topics will be drawn from the major events preceding the founding of the United States and the political principles underlying the U.S. Constitution.

Session 2 (7/2 to 7/13) Topics will be drawn from challenges facing the American people in the Northeast, South and West from 1800 to the mid-1800s, as well as Abolition, the Civil War, and Reconstruction.

Session 3 (7/16 to 7/27) Topics will be drawn from the Industrial Revolution.

Social Studies 9

Students will participate in hands-on learning that reinforces core historical/social science analysis skills, through fun activities designed to make learning enjoyable and memorable. Classes are designed to help students improve and reinforce their learning while having fun. Each two-week session will have a specific focus as described below.

Session 1 (6/18 to 6/29) Topics will focus on developing historical and social science analysis skills through an understanding of Chronological and Spatial Thinking.

Session 2 (7/2 to 7/13) Topics will focus on Historical Research, Evidence and Point of View.

Session 3 (7/16 to 7/27) Topics will focus on Historical Interpretation.

Science 6: Earth Science

Students will participate in hands-on learning that reinforces core science topics from the Next Generation Science Standards through fun activities designed to make learning enjoyable and memorable. Classes are designed to help students improve and reinforce their science skills while having fun. Each two-week session will have a specific focus as described below.

Session 1 (6/18 to 6/29) Topics will include modeling earth’s cycles and energy flow.

Session 2 (7/2 to 7/13) Topics will include investigating geoscience processes involving fossils and rocks.

Session 3 (7/16 to 7/27) Topics will be include applying models to analyze and predict climate patterns.

Science 7: Life Science

Students will participate in hands-on learning that reinforces core science topics from the Next Generation Science Standards through fun activities designed to make learning enjoyable and memorable. Classes are designed to help students improve and reinforce their science skills while having fun. Each two-week session will have a specific focus as described below.

Session 1 (6/18 to 6/29) Topics will include cell biology and evolutionary ideas.

Session 2 (7/2 to 7/13) Topics will include body systems (circulatory, respiratory, etc.) and their interactions.

Session 3 (7/16 to 7/27) Topics will include energy flow and how food is rearranged through chemical reactions.

Science 8: Physical Science 1

Students will participate in hands-on learning that reinforces core science topics from the Next Generation Science Standards through fun activities designed to make learning enjoyable and memorable. Classes are designed to help students improve and reinforce their science skills while having fun. Each two-week session will have a specific focus as described below.

Session 1 (6/18 to 6/29) Topics will include an introduction to Newton’s Laws.

Session 2 (7/2 to 7/13) Topics will include analyzing Magnetic and Electric Forces.

Session 3 (7/16 to 7/27) Topics will include investigating gravitational attraction and kinetics.

Science 9: Physical Science 2

Students will participate in hands-on learning that reinforces core science topics from the Next Generation Science Standards through fun activities designed to make learning enjoyable and memorable. Classes are designed to help students improve and reinforce their science skills while having fun. Each two-week session will have a specific focus as described below.

Session 1 (6/18 to 6/29) Topics will include identifying periodic table trends and chemical properties.

Session 2 (7/2 to 7/13) Topics will include investigating chemical bonding and chemical reactions.

Session 3 (7/16 to 7/27) Topics and activities will include investigating reaction rates and modeling nuclear reactions.

Fitness/Aquatics Course Descriptions

Fitness/aquatics classes are taught by instructors with course appropriate experience and/or credentials. Content for fitness/aquatics classes will reinforce skills across each two-week session – enabling students to try new courses for each two-week session or repeat the same courses if desired.

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kickboxing

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dance

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Kickboxing (all grades) *


This total body workout will teach you confidence, self-discipline and respect. This class is taught within a group setting and combines cardio, strength, and flexibility.

Coed Soccer (all grades)

Enhance your understanding of the game of soccer while making new friends! Develop your physical fitness and teamwork skills and participate in competitive games. Take advantage of this great opportunity to improve your skills in one of the world's favorite sports!

Yoga (all grades) *

Are you looking to relax and become more focused? This class will encourage a deeper sense of self-awareness and interpersonal skills. Complete with balancing poses, breathing exercises, and creative relaxation techniques.

Counselor in Training (all grades) *


Are you a role model? Do you like working with younger kids? Learn how to perform First Aid and CPR/AED, make good decisions under pressure, how to communicate effectively with children and adults, and become a leader! *Does not include certification.

Dance (all grades) *

This exciting class is the perfect opportunity to learn different styles of dance, including Hip Hop, Jazz, Modern, Contemporary and more! Explore new dance techniques and build confidence while you brush up on your skills and make new friends! This is one class you won't want to miss!

X-Fit/Bootcamp (all grades) *

This group session will consist of fun obstacle courses and circuits to help you move more efficiently. Problem solving, teamwork, and maneuvering will allow you to be more effective in everyday settings.

Water Polo (all grades)*

Do you love the water? Want to learn a new sport? If you are brand new to the sport of water polo and interested in learning the rules and the general strategy of the game, this class is for you! Swim development and fundamental water polo drills are the focus of every practice session. Pre-requisites for this class: You must be able to do a 100 yard continuous swim and a two minute tread unassisted.

Beginner Swim (all grades)*

The focus of this class is to build confidence, learn basic water safety skills and learn proper freestyle technique. This class is taught in our warm, shallow pool. Prerequisites for this class: You must be able to put your face underwater and have a willingness to learn new skills in the water.

Stroke Instruction (all grades)*

The focus of this class is to build an environment to practice swimming skills in a supportive, and non-competitive atmosphere while maintaining a healthy exercise routine. Instruction will focus on improving stroke technique in freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke and butterfly. This class will be taught in our Olympic Pool (7 feet deep). Teachers will be coaching out of the water. Prerequisites for this class: You must be able to swim 200 yards comfortably and know the basics of freestyle and side breathing.

Lap Swim (all grades) *

This total body workout will aim to improve your comfort, efficiency and speed in the pool.You will be led through specific workouts each class that will challenge you and also take you to the next level of endurance in the water. Prerequisites for this class: You must be able to swim 400 yards in less than 10 minutes and know the basics of all four competitive strokes.

Learn Lifeguard Skills (all grades)*

This class will provide you with the knowledge and skills necessary to prevent, recognize and respond to many types of aquatic emergencies. It will also prepare you for aquatic emergencies by teaching you how to protect yourself while assisting others.Please note that this course does not provide you with all the knowledge and skills needed to be certified as a lifeguard.Prerequisites for this class: You must be able to swim 100 yards and tread water for 2 minutes.

Tennis (all grades)

Love tennis and want to improve your game? Wimbledon is just around the corner and it’s time to get back on the courts. Are you the next tennis superstar? Learn the basics and improve your tennis skills while having fun with friends new and old. You must bring your own tennis racket.

*All classes marked by * will be taught by San Mateo Athletic Club (SMAC) instructors. SMAC is the peninsula's premier athletic club and aquatics facility located on the campus of College of San Mateo.