Summer Programs for Middle & Upper School

Pacific Ridge is pleased to offer summer programs for students in elementary, middle, and high school. Unless otherwise noted, summer programs are open to both Pacific Ridge students and the wider community. Summer programs include a variety of academic enrichment classes, arts workshops and sports camps. Students can choose single or multiple sessions, with offerings beginning on June 13 and ending August 12.
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Performance Training: June 20 - August 11

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  • Weekly Performance Training (choose one of 3 sections)

    Dates: 7 Weeks (June 20 - August 11, no camp July 6 - 9), Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays
    Times: Section 1: 9:15 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.; Section 2: 10:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.; Section 3:  12:30 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.
    Grades: 7 - 12 
    Coach:  Casey Wheel (Pacific Ridge Strength & Conditioning Coach)
    Max:  25 students per session 
    Summer Training Cost: $150 for PRS students; $500 for non-PRS students

    NOTE: The 9:15-10:30 section is full.  Please register for the 10:45-12:00 session or 12:30-1:45 session.  Coach Wheel will work with students to allow some movement between the time slots when it allows, but the first session is no longer available.
    For athletes looking to transform and maximize their athleticism, Coach Wheel will be leading three training sessions per day. The program will improve an athlete’s strength, speed, agility, vertical jump, flexibility, and more. 
     
    Pacific Ridge School athletes may work with Coach Wheel throughout the summer for the one-time $150 registration fee.  Once you have registered, you will set up your schedule with Coach Wheel.  Registration is available throughout the summer as long as there are spaces available.
      
    Athletes who do not attend Pacific Ridge School may work with Coach Wheel throughout the summer for the one-time $500 registration fee.  Once you have registered, you will set up your schedule with Coach Wheel.  Registration is available throughout the summer as long as there are spaces available.
     
    Enrollment slots are limited in these sections, so students who repeatedly miss without communicating with Coach Wheel may be dropped from the camp so another student can use the space.

Session 1: June 20 - 24

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  • 3-Day Yearbook Theme Development and Leadership Training

    Dates:  June 22 - June 24 (Wednesday - Friday)
    Time:  9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. (Friday will end by 1:00)
    Grades:  7 - 12
    Lead Instructor:  Elizabeth Doebler
    Minimum Enrollment:  50
    Maximum Enrollment:  100
    Cost:  $200 (Lunch is provided each day)
    In this three-day yearbook session, student attendees will participate in class offerings on theme, design, photography, writing and leadership training. Students will create a theme packet, ladder and coverage plan for the 2023 school year. 

    Enrollment fee includes classes, consultations, and an in-person cover design session with a plant artist.  Lunch and morning snack included. 
     
    Questions can be directed to Camp directors Liz Doebler and Tracie Smithson at socalybkcamp@gmail.com.  Camp Website: www.socalybkcamp.weebly.com
  • AM - Boys Basketball Clinic

    Dates: June 20 - June 23 (Monday – Thursday)
    Time: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. 
    Grades: 5 - 12 
    Coach:  Chris Burman (Upper School and Middle School Head Basketball Coach)
    Cost: $225
    Calling basketball players of all ages and skill level! Whether you are just learning about the game of basketball or are a seasoned veteran, the summer is a great time to work on your basketball skills. During these sessions, students improve upon fundamentals while having fun and learning team-building concepts. Players are grouped according to age and skill level for optimal learning and improvement.
  • AM - College Essay Intensive

    Dates: June 20 - June 24
    Time: 10:00am - 2:00pm with ½-hour break 
    Grades: Only for students entering 12th grade
    Maximum:  10 students - You do not have to attend Pacific Ridge School to participate
    Instructor:  Liz Grossman
    Cost: $350
    This week-long workshop combines whole group instruction, individual work time, and one-on-one writing conferences, resulting in a draft of either the Common App Personal Statement or the UC Personal Insight Questions. During whole-group instruction, students will learn the place of the essay(s) in admissions, the strategy of choosing the right individual topic in order to round out an application, and the function of supplemental questions (for Common App schools). We will read and critique sample essays together so that students have a sense of personal writing as a genre and the wide range of topics that are possible for creating an engaging piece of writing. Whole-group instruction will be approximately an hour on the first day of the workshop, and much less for the remaining four days. Students will have a 20-minute (approximately) one-on-one meeting with the instructor each day, where we will generate topics together and discuss feedback and editing. Students will need a laptop and access to Google Docs. This workshop is facilitated by Elizabeth Grossman, a Pacific Ridge English teacher, former Associate Director of College Guidance at Pacific Ridge, and a college counselor in private practice.
  • AM - Girls Lacrosse Camp for Players and Goalies - Beginner to Intermediate 

    Dates: June 20 - June 24 (Monday – Thursday)
    Time: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. 
    Grades: 3 - 8 
    Coach:  Caitlin Cataldo (Middle School Head Girls Lacrosse Coach)
    Cost: $295
    Lacrosse players of all ages and skill levels, are you Interested in learning the game or sharpening your existing skills this summer? During this weeklong session, players will strengthen fundamental skills, improve their lacrosse IQ, and participate in fun team-play games and competitions. Players will be grouped according to age and skill level for optimal learning and improvement. The camp will be run by Caitlin Cataldo who has coached elementary schoolers through collegiate athletes and is the current Pacific Ridge Middle School Girls Lacrosse coach.
  • AM - Introduction to Ornithology & Bird Watching

    Program Dates: June 20 - June 24
    Time: 9:00am-12:00pm
    Grades: 5-12
    Instructor: Julian Jones
    Cost:  $295
    Off-Campus:  This course will run entirely off campus at bird watching locations.  Participants will be responsible for transporting themselves to and from the site.  
     
    In this week-long course, enrolled students will be introduced to the amazing avian world of North County San Diego.  Students will learn to spot, identify, and record sightings in this outdoor class.  While out in the various habitats found near PRS, students will learn basic skills associated with ornithology in the best classroom: nature! Students will leave with a general understanding of how and where to find certain common species found in North County San Diego, how to interact with the natural world without disturbing it, and how to get involved in the citizen science world.  Leave campus for the morning and take flight on a tweet-worthy adventure!  
  • AM - Middle School Stock Market 101!

    Program Dates: June 20 - June 24 
    Time: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    Grades: 6-8
    Instructor: Spencer Burrows
    Cost: $295
    Buy low, sell high! In this workshop, students will learn the fundamentals of investing and financial analysis while building their own stock portfolio. We will also explore bond purchases, portfolio investing, mutual funds, ETF’s, commodities, income statements, and IPO’s. Finally, students will manage their own stock portfolio and compete against classmates in a stock market game simulation! 
  • AM - Upper School Coed Cross Country Clinic

    Dates:  June 20 - June 24
    Time: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    Grades: 9-12
    Instructor: Brian Sullivan 
    Cost:  $295
    This clinic is for athletes who are interested in competing for the upper school cross country team in the fall or those that wish to improve their running capacity. This clinic will focus on developing proper biomechanics for running, strength training, and building mileage to be prepared for the summer training in order to be in peak fitness for the fall cross country season or their preferred sport.
  • PM - Introduction to Woodworking

    Program Dates: June 20 - June 24
    Time: 12:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
    Grades: 6 - 12
    Class Maximum: 12 students
    Instructor: Bob Shuttleworth
    Cost: $295
    This week-long course is designed to make students feel comfortable using hand tools and power tools to build, fix, and solve problems.  Students will receive instruction in different ways to cut, attach, shape, and finish wood and other materials, while also learning how to handle tools safely.  Each student will leave camp with a finished project of his or her own design and the knowledge of how to use tools to create solutions.
  • PM - Photography

    Program Dates: June 20 - June 24
    Time: 12:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
    Grades: 6-10
    Instructor: Doug Devlin
    Cost: $295
    This one-week course will explore a variety of creative outlets through the lens of photography. Using digital SLR cameras (provided by Pacific Ridge School) students will learn both technical and artistic skills while capturing a range of subjects including portraits, landscapes, and abstracts. Students will practice basic and intermediate editing skills. We will craft imaginative projects using iPhoto and Photoshop while practicing how to offer positive and effective critique to fellow artists. At the conclusion of the course, students will compile a portfolio of their work.
  • PM - World Building:  Welcome to My World

    Program Dates: June 20 - June 24
    Time: 12:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
    Grades: 6 - 10
    Class Maximum: 12 students
    Instructor: Brian McQueen
    Cost: $295
    This exciting five-day summer camp is perfect for beginning- to intermediate-level storytellers who want to explore what it’s like to create a fictional world where anything is possible. Artist Brian McQueen will facilitate campers as they practice asking the questions necessary to build an alternate reality that supports their active imagination. For example: Is your world in a galaxy far, far away? Is it a peaceful place, or one that is engulfed in conflict? Are there heroes and villains? Are there magical beings in or around your created space? What are the main characters trying to accomplish? These are just some of the questions that we will be asking during this week-long exploration into other worlds both far and near. Come on in, activate your imagination, and let’s see where it takes you.
    Brian McQueen, skilled art coach and artist, has been working with a variety of media and genres for decades. See www.BrianMcQueenArt.com for a full bio, along with samples of Brian’s work.

Session 2: June 27 - July 1

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  • AM - Drawing 1

    Program Dates: June 27 - July 1
    Time: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    Grades: 6 - 10
    Class Maximum: 12 students
    Instructor: Brian McQueen
    Cost: $295
    During this week-long art adventure, we will be exploring a variety of topics that relate directly to graphite drawing, such as: working with hard and soft leads, choosing paper that is right for your style, and focusing on perspective to give your work a sense of reality. We will also investigate contour drawing, gestural drawing, sighting, and graphing. However, the heart of this art week centers on helping you get to know what it is about drawing that excites you.

    Brian McQueen, skilled art coach and artist, has been working with a variety of media and genres for decades, but admits that his favorite form of meditative expression is the simple graphite pencil put the paper. See www.BrianMcQueenArt.com for a full bio, along with samples of Brian’s work. 
  • AM - Girls Lacrosse Camp for Players and Goalies - Beginner to Intermediate

    Dates: June 27 – July 1 (Monday – Thursday)
    Time: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. 
    Grades: 3 - 8 
    Coach:  Caitlin Cataldo (Middle School Head Girls Lacrosse Coach)
    Cost: $295
    Lacrosse players of all ages and skill levels, are you Interested in learning the game or sharpening your existing skills this summer? During this weeklong session, players will strengthen fundamental skills, improve their lacrosse IQ, and participate in fun team-play games and competitions. Players will be grouped according to age and skill level for optimal learning and improvement. The camp will be run by Caitlin Cataldo who has coached elementary schoolers through collegiate athletes and is the current Pacific Ridge Middle School Girls Lacrosse coach.
  • AM - Girls Write—Know who you are. Be who you are.

    Program Dates: June 27 - July 1
    Time: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    Grades: 6-10
    Instructor: Dina McQueen
    Cost:  $295
    In this week-long writing workshop, you will be offered the opportunity to examine aspects of your life and integrate select experiences, people, and characteristics into personal narrative, and/or fiction. We start the week with a journal collaging activity, and move methodically through a series of prompted writing activities, taking the writer step-by-step on a creative journey sure to usher in a stronger sense of self. By the end of the week, each camper will come to know that writing can be a rewarding and creative outlet that they can turn to, and count on, during the ups and downs of everyday life.
  • PM - Generative Art:  Making Digital Art with Coding

    Program Dates: June 27 - July 1
    Time: 12:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
    Grades: 6 - 9
    Class Maximum: 12 students
    Instructor: Toby Green
    Cost: $295
    Objective: By the end of this 5-day course, students will be able to manipulate shapes and colors on a vibrant digital canvas using only the code they write. They will also be able to leverage those skills towards a better understanding of how the digital world functions, through an easily accessible and interfaceable medium - digital art!
  • PM - Women's Leadership Course

    Program Dates: June 27 - July 1
    Time: 12:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
    Grades: 6 - 12
    Class Maximum: 15 students
    Instructor: Ghiya Ali
    Cost: $295
    Join us in an exploration of Gender Identity, Gender Studies, and its impact on society including ourselves! Students will broaden their social impact skill set, benefit from a platform to tell their stories, and identify the issues that most deeply affect girls in any community. Lastly, students will use the information they gather to develop strategies to empower girls to raise their voices and make tangible change.
  • PM - Woodworking - Cosplay Weapon Making

    Program Dates: June 27 - July 1
    Time: 12:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
    Grades: 6 - 12
    Class Maximum: 12 students
    Instructor: Bob Shuttleworth
    Cost: $295

    NOTE: This camp is full.  Another section has opened in Session 5 (July 25-29).
    This is a week-long woodworking course for those interested in adding to their Cosplay, or for those simply interested in weaponry. Students may learn about crafting swords, perhaps like Sting or Orcrist from Lord of the Rings, or perhaps a scale-sized catapult or trebuchet. How about Thor’s Hammer, Mjölnir? Students may also draw from these ideas and create something of their own design. This is for students of all skill levels, although a basic understanding of the tools to be used is helpful. In any case they will all be instructed and mentored in the safe handling of the woodworking tools available to them and different ways to cut, attach, shape, and finish wood and other materials.  Students will leave the class with a project they have crafted, and a knowledge of how to plan a project, and the proper and safe ways to use a variety of hand and power tools to complete that project.

Session 3: July 11-15

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  • AM - Ceramics 1

    Program Dates:  July 11 - July 15
    Time: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    Grades: 6-12
    Class Maximum:  15 Students
    Instructor: Esther Alleman
    Cost: $295
    This class is perfect for the beginner and is an Introduction to slab techniques and wheel throwing. Students will learn how to construct a functional art like a bowl, planter, or other piece using clay as well as wheel throwing and trimming techniques. After pieces have been fired students will have the opportunity to glaze them with color. Pieces will be available for pick-up approximately 1.5 - 2 weeks after glazing. All materials will be provided. Aprons will be worn but participants are encouraged to wear clothes and shoes they don't mind getting dirty. Please bring a water bottle and snack.
  • AM - Crafting Creative Nonfiction

    Program Dates:  July 11 - July 15
    Time: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    Grades: 6-10
    Instructor: Dina McQueen
    Cost:  $295
    There’s a fine line between fiction and nonfiction, and experts often encourage the budding writer to “write what you know.” In this week-long workshop, campers are introduced to the power and joy of Creative Nonfiction. By exploring biopic movie clips, famous writers who infamously broke the rules, figurative language, and the unique styles of various memoirists, writers will dig deep and practice putting it on paper. Whether their chosen topic is an historical event, a personal triumph and/or tragedy, or a snippet of family lore, this workshop’s goal will be to produce a 500-1,500-word piece of creative nonfiction by using prior knowledge, which includes the writer’s cultural and linguistic knowledge. Some grammar will be included, but this workshop is less about perfection and more about practicing the freedom to explore the joy of writing. For more information about Dina and Girls Write San Diego see: www.GirlsWriteSD.org.
  • AM - Lower School and Middle School Coed Soccer 

    Program Dates: July 11 - July 14 (Monday - Thursday)
    Time: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    Grades: 3-8
    Class Maximum: 30
    Instructor: Coach Leo, Middle School Boys Head Coach, Middle School Girls Assistant Coach
    Cost: $225
    Calling soccer players of all skill levels! Whether you are just learning about soccer or are a seasoned veteran, the summer is a great time to work on your game. During these sessions, students improve upon fundamentals, technique, footwork, tactics, and skills, while having fun and learning team-building concepts. Players will be grouped according to age and skill level for optimal learning and improvement. The camp will be run by Coach Leo, who has worked with every level of player from 4-year-old novices to international professional stars.  Coach Leo currently heads the PRS Middle School boys team and assists with the Middle School girls team.
  • AM - Middle School Mock Trial

    Program Dates:  July 11 - July 15
    Time: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    Grades: 6-8
    Instructor: Spencer Burrows
    Cost: $295
    In this workshop, students will learn how to conduct a trial, including opening statements, direct examination, cross examination, and closing arguments, while building their argumentation and critical analysis skills. Students will assume the roles of witnesses and attorneys for the defense and prosecution teams. Instruction will include advanced trial techniques like objections and witness impeachment, using real-life prosecutors, defense attorneys, and famous trials as examples. The workshop will conclude with students conducting 1-2 full length trials!
  • AM - Start Your Own e-Commerce Company

    Program Dates:  July 11 - July 15
    Time: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    Grades: 9-12
    Instructor: Sean Oxenhorn
    Cost: $295
    This camp is a 5-day lesson on how students can create their very own ecommerce company. Two routes can be taken throughout the course - students will learn how to dropship or they can sell their own product brought from idea to market. Starting from idea to paper, students will find or create a product from imagination to sell. Once the idea is realized, students will be given a lesson on how to create a website to sell their products on shopify (or wix if necessary), and will learn how to create advertisements, link websites, work through shop statistics, utilize media traffic flow, and ultimately create a functioning and successful online business.
  • PM - Beginning Cooking

    Program Dates: July 11 – July 15
    Time: 12:30 – 3:30 p.m.
    Grades: 6-10
    Instructor: Ghiya Ali
    Cost:  $345 (includes $50 for materials)
    Want to start cooking like a chef? This class will start you on your way! You will be exploring the ins and outs of eating and cooking from farm to table! We will be visiting a farm, learning how our food is grown and its' importance, frying, sautéing and exploring flavors to unleash your creative side. "Playing with your food” is A-okay when creating and decorating your dishes! We will learn to make several courses, from quick breakfast and lunch to main dishes and desserts. Fresh Pizza and Pasta are on our list...Yum!
  • PM - Engineering:  Introduction to Arduino

    Program Dates: July 11 - July 15
    Time: 12:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
    Grades: 6 - 9
    Class Maximum: 12 students
    Instructor: Ori Archbold
    Cost: $295
    Throughout the week you will work on your own and in small groups to learn how circuits work, the engineering process, and programming. You will get an introduction to the Arduino UNO board, the accessories for Arduino boards, and the Arduino IDE. Arduino boards are easy to use microcontrollers, devices that process inputs and turn them into outputs, with a very low barrier to entry but a lot of potential. Popular Youtuber and ex-NASA scientist Mark Rober frequently uses Arduino boards for his projects. The ports on the sides of the board means that no complicated soldering is necessary, and the Arduino IDE makes programming the boards much easier. If you are interested but are worried the camp might be too basic, the versatility of Arduino means that the activities can be as easy or as difficult as you want them to be.
  • PM - High School Stock Market 101!

    Program Dates: July 11 – July 15
    Time: 12:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
    Grades: 9-12
    Instructor: Spencer Burrows
    Cost: $295
    Buy low, sell high! In this workshop, students will learn the fundamentals of investing and financial analysis while building their own stock portfolio. We will also explore bond purchases, portfolio investing, mutual funds, ETF’s, commodities, income statements, and IPO’s. Finally, students will manage their own stock portfolio and compete against classmates in a stock market game simulation!
  • PM - Middle School Shark Tank

    Program Dates:  July 11 - July 15
    Time: 12:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
    Grades: 6-8
    Instructor: Sean Oxenhorn
    Cost: $295
    This is a 5-day camp where students are encouraged to brainstorm their own business idea/product/service through a series of launchpad activities, culminating in a final business pitch to a panel of officials. Students will be placed into groups of 3-4 and begin brainstorming topics. Throughout the course, students will watch videos and shark tank pitches from real business entrepreneurs to give them a better idea of how to think of a topic. On the 3rd and 4th day, students will finalize their business idea and create a presentation to deliver to judges. Finally, every group will deliver a live business pitch to 5 judges and pick a winner.
  • PM - Quilting:  Classical Four-Patch Quilts

    Program Dates: July 11 - July 15
    Time: 12:30 - 3:30 p.m.
    Grades: 6-10
    Instructor: Kate Michel
    Cost:  $345 (includes $50 for materials)
    In this class, quilters will learn basic sewing and quilting skills while working on a classic 4 patch quilt. Quilters will practice sewing an accurate quarter inch seam while piecing a lap quilt, choosing from one of four colorways: Sunny Boho, Gothic Vampire, Gothic Sea Dragon and Earthy Pastel. Once pieced, we will tie and bind the quilt for a beautiful finish. Quilters will be supplied with an extension pattern at the end of the session to start their own pattern library and help them build and practice their skills.
  • PM - Tinkering Camp

    Program Dates: July 11 - July 15
    Time: 12:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
    Grades: 5-8
    Instructor: Kim Viernes
    Cost:  $295
    In this session students will use their imagination to become creators and innovators. Students will engage in hands-on, open-ended design challenges using real construction tools and materials. We will learn through doing, celebrate our mistakes, and work together to design and build. The class is facilitated by Kim Viernes, parent/architect/graphic designer and founder of tinkering camp. Kim Viernes has been inspired by and trained at Tinkering School SF. Curious?  Watch the TED talk by Tinkering School founder, Gever Tulley. Check out @tinkeringcampsd on Instagram and Facebook.

Session 4: July 18-22

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  • AM - Ceramics 2

    Program Dates: July 18 - July 22
    Time: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    Grades: 6-12
    Class Maximum:  15 Students
    Instructor: Esther Alleman
    Cost: $295
    All levels are welcome to this camp.  Techniques in slab building, scoring, and slipping will be used to construct our pieces.  Create a fun planter or other functional art piece.  Learn how to create texture on your piece after it is thrown.  This is a great compliment to Ceramics 1.  After pieces have been fired students will have the opportunity to glaze them with color. Pieces will be available for pick-up approximately 1.5 - 2 weeks after glazing. All materials will be provided. Aprons will be worn but participants are encouraged to wear clothes and shoes they don't mind getting dirty. Please bring a water bottle and snack. 
  • AM - Chess:  Intermediate to Advanced

    Dates:  July 18 - July 22
    Time: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    Grades: 6th - 12th
    Instructor:TBD
    Cost: $295
    In this workshop, students will improve their cognitive skills through the timeless game of chess.  One half of the workshop will be focused on developing chess strategy through warm-ups of chess problems before walking through past, iconic games of chessmasters, move-by-move.  Students will develop analytical skills and discuss possibilities and outcomes through the study of past games by chessmasters. The other half of the workshop will be dedicated to students playing each other in the workshop’s tournament, designed to tally points in order to determine the workshop’s own chessmaster.  Here, students will apply strategies learned as well as receive coaching and feedback on how to improve their individual level.

    * A basic knowledge of the rules of the game and how the pieces move is required in order to participate.
  • AM - Exploring Culture through Poetry

    Program Dates: July 18 - July 22
    Time: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
    Grades: 6 - 10
    Class Maximum: 15 students
    Instructor: Ghiya Ali
    Cost: $295
    In this workshop, students will explore different cultures through reading, writing, and performing poetry. With each day designed to expose students to a different poetic element, students will practice and incorporate imagery, figurative language, sound, and rhythm into their own developing voices as young, budding poets. From Edgar Allen Poe to Slam Poetry, students will consider their identity within the poetry world and will go on to compose their own poetry masterpiece with that in mind. By the end of the workshop, students will have composed a portfolio, which displays their creative, individualized voice and a deeper understanding of the genre of poetry through the lens of culture and society.
  • AM - Middle School Debate

    Program Dates: July 18 - July 22
    Time: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    Grades: 6-8
    Instructor: Spencer Burrows
    Cost: $295
    I’m not arguing with you, I’m just explaining why I’m right! In Debate Camp, students will work together to research a topic, write an argument for or against the resolution, and present their case through exploring Public Forum and Parliamentary debate formats used by our local middle school and high school competitive debate leagues. We will discuss strategies for not only building one's own case but also anticipating counterarguments and responding directly to an opponent's claims. We will hone our research skills and explore topics with real-world relevance, while also practicing good sportsmanship and teamwork. 
  • PM - Cooking:  Fun with Fondant

    Program Dates: July 18 - July 22
    Time: 12:30 p.m.- 3:30 p.m.
    Grades: 6-10
    Class Maximum: 12 students
    Instructor: Cecilia Shrivastava & Elba Bocchi
    Cost: $295

    NOTE: This camp is full, and we don’t expect spots to open up in the future.  If you want us to put you on a waiting list, please contact us at SummerPrograms@pacificridge.org.  We are looking into adding another section of this camp at another point in the summer.  Please let us know if you are interested in hearing about it.
    If you love cupcakes and cakes, it is time to take them to the next level. Let’s get ready to decorate cakes and cupcakes with fondant shapes. Imagine creating custom treats for family events, special holidays, or just because! In this class, you will learn the basics of how to roll and color fondant, as well as how to model shapes like three-dimensional flowers, leaves and borders. With fondant, the possibilities are endless!
  • PM - Generative Art:  Making Digital Art with Coding

    Program Dates: July 18 - July 22
    Time: 12:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
    Grades: 6 - 9
    Class Maximum: 12 students
    Instructor: Toby Green
    Cost: $295

    Note: Students who participated in the June 27-July 1 camp will be able to do more advanced coding in this section.
    Objective: By the end of this 5-day course, students will be able to manipulate shapes and colors on a vibrant digital canvas using only the code they write. They will also be able to leverage those skills towards a better understanding of how the digital world functions, through an easily accessible and interfaceable medium - digital art!
  • PM - Introduction to Woodworking

    Program Dates: July 18 - July 22
    Time: 12:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
    Grades: 6 - 12
    Class Maximum: 12 students
    Instructor: Bob Shuttleworth
    Cost: $295

    NOTE: This camp is full.  There is a Woodworking camp with open slots in Session 1, but we don’t expect spots to open up for this camp.  If you want us to put you on a waiting list, please contact us at SummerPrograms@PacificRidge.org.
    This week-long course is designed to make students feel comfortable using hand tools and power tools to build, fix, and solve problems.  Students will receive instruction in different ways to cut, attach, shape, and finish wood and other materials, while also learning how to handle tools safely.  Each student will leave camp with a finished project of his or her own design and the knowledge of how to use tools to create solutions.
  • PM - Photography Masterclass: People & Places

    Program Dates: July 18 - July 22
    Time: 12:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
    Grades: 6-12
    Instructor: Doug Devlin
    Cost: $295
    This course explores the impact that well planned and captured portraits and landscapes can have on creating visually compelling photographs. Students in this class will explore how to effectively capture both formats in the lens and increase the beauty in post production. They will learn how to identify and use light situations, manipulate and control the portrait subject or landscape scene, and discover how these changes affect the impact on the viewer. The course includes working with both outdoor and studio lighting scenarios, using editing software, and the possibility of printing a small portfolio at the end of the week.
     
    This course challenges students to use digital cameras as their main tool to creatively capture visually compelling photographs, no matter their current levels of experience with photography.
  • PM - Visual Storytelling

    Program Dates: July 18 – July 22
    Time: 12:30 - 3:30 p.m.
    Grades: 6 - 10
    Class Maximum: 12 students
    Instructor: Brian McQueen
    Cost: $295
    Are graphic novels your thing? Are you attracted to images more than words? Do you easily get lost in the colorful pages of an illustrated book and think, I want to do that? This week-long art camp is all about telling your story … or should we say, about showing your story. Before the word, there were pictures, and this week we will be diving into the kind of storytelling that uses words only to enhance the images. If you feel drawn to the idea of being able to say what you want to say without saying anything at all, then this camp is for you! Grab some pens and pencils, and your favorite sketchbook and let’s have some fun sharing ideas. Artist Brian McQueen is eager to help you take your vision to the next level.

    Brian McQueen, skilled art coach and artist, has been working with a variety of media and genres for decades. See www.BrianMcQueenArt.com for a full bio, along with samples of Brian’s work. 

Session 5: July 25-29

List of 12 items.

  • AM - Beginning Cooking

    Program Dates: July 25 - July 29
    Time: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    Grades: 6-10
    Instructor: Ghiya Ali
    Cost:  $345 (includes $50 for materials)

    NOTE: This camp is full, and we don’t expect spots to open up in the future.  If you want us to put you on a waiting list, please contact us at SummerPrograms@PacificRidge.org.  We have added a second section during Session 3 (July 11 – July 15), and it has plenty of openings.
    Want to start cooking like a chef? This class will start you on your way! You will be exploring the ins and outs of eating and cooking from farm to table! We will be visiting a farm, learning how our food is grown and its' importance, frying, sautéing and exploring flavors to unleash your creative side. "Playing with your food” is A-okay when creating and decorating your dishes! We will learn to make several courses, from quick breakfast and lunch to main dishes and desserts. Fresh Pizza and Pasta are on our list...Yum!
  • AM - Drawing Master Class:  Working in Graphite

    Program Dates: July 25 - July 29
    Time: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    Grades: 8-12
    Class Maximum: 12 students
    Instructor: Brian McQueen
    Cost: $295
    This weeklong camp will be focusing on the important details that every great drawing needs to be successful. Do you know how to create a strong composition? How are your perspective skills? Do the various objects inside your drawing correctly relate to each other? This 5-day art journey spends time exploring these questions while practicing the answers through the act of setting pencil to paper. It is intended for those with a passion for learning how to draw, and a desire to feel more skilled when drawing with graphite. Bring in your drawings, ideas, or just your curiosity, and let’s see what great art we can create. Brian McQueen, skilled art coach and artist, has been working with a variety of media and genres for decades, but admits that his favorite form of meditative expression is the simple graphite pencil put to paper. See www.BrianMcQueenArt.com for a full bio, along with samples of Brian’s work.
  • AM - Introduction to Painting 101

    Program Dates: July 25 - July 29
    Time: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    Grades: 6-12
    Class Maximum:  12 Students
    Instructor: Esther Alleman
    Cost: $295
    This is a great class for any beginning painter.  No experience required.  Using a photo reference of your own create a landscape, portrait, or still life painting using acrylic paints.  Learn how to layer, create form, and highlights on areas/objects with ease.  Multiple subject matter will be explored and students will create at least two 11" x 14" original artworks.  All materials including aprons, canvas, brushes, and paints will be provided for this course.  You bring the inspiration! Please bring a water bottle and snack.  
  • AM - Lower School and Middle School Coed Soccer 

    Program Dates: July 25 - July 28 (Monday - Thursday)
    Time: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    Grades: 3-8
    Class Maximum: 30
    Instructor: Coach Leo, MS Boys Head Coach, MS Girls Assistant Coach
    Cost: $225
    Calling soccer players of all skill levels! Whether you are just learning about soccer or are a seasoned veteran, the summer is a great time to work on your game. During these sessions, students improve upon fundamentals, technique, footwork, tactics, and skills, while having fun and learning team-building concepts. Players will be grouped according to age and skill level for optimal learning and improvement. The camp will be run by Coach Leo, who has worked with every level of player from 4-year-old novices to international professional stars.  Coach Leo currently heads the PRS Middle School boys team and assists with the Middle School girls team.
  • AM - Middle School Skills for Success, Section 1

    Dates: July 25 - July 29
    Time: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    Grades: 7 & 8 (Only open for incoming Pacific Ridge School 7th & 8th graders)
    Instructor: Luke Michel, Head of Middle School
    Cost: $295
    This week-long course is designed to help incoming 7th & 8th grade Pacific Ridge students develop the skills needed to be successful in middle school.  Students will improve classroom skills such as writing, note taking, active reading, collaborative learning, and Harkness discussion skills. They will also learn productivity strategies and tools such as organization, time management, test preparation, goal setting, motivation and concentration. By introducing and using the technological platforms required of them during the year, such as their Pacific Ridge email account, PowerSchool Learning, and Google Drive, students will be ready to hit the ground running on the first day of school. Students will also leave with a clear understanding of the various academic and student support services available on campus. The transition to a new school and into middle school is exciting and fun, but it can also be challenging for students. This course is designed to help new Firebirds with the transition and to help them fine-tune some of the skills they will need in middle school.
  • AM - Middle School Speech

    Program Dates: July 25 - July 29
    Time: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    Grades: 6-8
    Instructor: Spencer Burrows
    Cost: $295
    Public speaking and knowing how to express oneself persuasively are skills that will serve young people both in the classroom and beyond. In Speech Camp, we will work on developing presentation skills and creativity through a variety of speech styles used in the National Speech and Debate Association, ranging from humorous or dramatic readings (in which students select, interpret, and deliver a short piece of drama or literature) to original oratory (in which students research, write, and present a short evidence-driven speech). We will examine the elements of an effective speech and how students can use their voice and pacing to persuade, entertain, or inspire an audience. 
  • PM - Creative Writing:  The Short Story

    Program Dates:  July 25 - July 29
    Time: 12:30 p.m.- 3:30 p.m.
    Grades: 6-10
    Instructor: Dina McQueen
    Cost:  $295
    “’Are you okay?’ the cyclist slows to ask as I sit on the red dirt next to my bike. This startles me, but I assure her that I am fine. Satisfied, the young woman nods and continues north up County Road 250..." Thus begins a published short story written by this camp’s facilitator, a professional writer whose passion for writing began with the short story. It can start with a single sentence that pops into the mind during a morning shower. Or the story can be developed methodically, drafting out a beginning, middle, and end. Though there are many ways to craft a compelling short story, the truth is that it takes time and attention, practice and patience for a writer to develop their own style. In this week-long writing workshop, campers will begin this exciting practice by being given structure and freedom to confidently embark upon the journey. For more information about Dina and Girls Write San Diego see: www.GirlsWriteSD.org.
  • PM - Middle School Essay Writing Workshop

    Dates: July 25 - July 29
    Time: 12:30 - 3:30 p.m.
    Grades: 7 – 8
    Instructor: Ayo Salih
    Cost: $295
    In this workshop, Middle School students will practice and gain confidence in all aspects of the essay-writing process, especially the ability to argue persuasively for a specific position. They will learn how to read for writing, brainstorm, develop a strong thesis statement, use supporting evidence, expand and analyze ideas, draft, and gain comfort with revision as the most important part of the writing process. This essay-writing workshop will benefit all Middle School students, whether they are building their writing foundations or simply wish to gain more practice and confidence with persuasive essay writing. 
  • PM - Middle School Skills for Success - 6th Grade, Section 1

    Dates: July 25 - July 29
    Time: 12:30 - 3:30 pm
    Grades: 6th only (Only open for incoming Pacific Ridge School 6th graders)
    Instructor: Luke Michel, Head of Middle School
    Cost: $295
    This week-long course is designed to help incoming 6th grade Pacific Ridge students develop the skills needed to be successful in middle school.  Students will improve classroom skills such as writing, note taking, active reading, collaborative learning, and Harkness discussion skills. They will also learn productivity strategies and tools such as organization, time management, goal setting, and habits of mind. By introducing and using the technological platforms required of them during the year, such as their Pacific Ridge email account, Schoology on-line learning platform, and Google Drive, students will be ready to hit the ground running on the first day of school. Students will also leave with a clear understanding of the various academic and student support services available on campus. The transition to a new school and into middle school is exciting and fun, but it can also be challenging for students. This course is designed to help new Firebirds with the transition and to help them fine-tune some of the skills they will need in middle school.
  • PM - Photography

    Program Dates: July 25 - July 29
    Time: 12:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
    Grades: 6-10
    Instructor: Doug Devlin
    Cost: $295
    This one-week course will explore a variety of creative outlets through the lens of photography. Using digital SLR cameras (provided by Pacific Ridge School) students will learn both technical and artistic skills while capturing a range of subjects including portraits, landscapes, and abstracts. Students will practice basic and intermediate editing skills. We will craft imaginative projects using iPhoto and Photoshop while practicing how to offer positive and effective critique to fellow artists. At the conclusion of the course, students will compile a portfolio of their work.
  • PM - Quilting:  Classical Fence Rail Quilts

    Program Dates: July 25 - July 29
    Time: 12:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
    Grades: 6-10
    Instructor: Kate Michel
    Cost:  $345 (includes $50 for materials)
    In this class, quilters will learn basic sewing and quilting skills while working on a fence rail quilt. Quilters will practice sewing an accurate quarter inch seam while piecing a lap quilt, choosing from one of four colorways: Aqua Ombre, Spring, Muted Earth Tones and Psychedelic. Once pieced, we will tie and bind the quilt for a beautiful finish. Quilters will be supplied with an extension pattern at the end of the session to start their own pattern library and help them build and practice their skills.
  • PM - Woodworking:  Cosplay Weapon Making

    Program Dates: July 25 – July 29
    Time: 12:30 - 3:30 p.m.
    Grades: 6 - 10
    Class Maximum: 12 students
    Instructor: Bob Shuttleworth
    Cost: $295
    This is a week-long woodworking course for those interested in adding to their Cosplay, or for those simply interested in weaponry. Students may learn about crafting swords, perhaps like Sting or Orcrist from Lord of the Rings, or perhaps a scale sized catapult or trebuchet. How about Thor’s Hammer, Mjölnir? Students may also draw from these ideas and create something of their own design. This is for students of all skill levels, although a basic understanding of the tools to be used is helpful. In any case they will all be instructed and mentored in the safe handling of the woodworking tools available to them and different ways to cut, attach, shape, and finish wood and other materials.  Students will leave the class with a project they have crafted, and a knowledge of how to plan a project, and the proper and safe ways to use a variety of hand and power tools to complete that project.

Session 6: August 1-5

List of 15 items.

  • AM - 9th & 10th Grade Launch for Success

    Dates: August 1 - August 5
    Time:  9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    Grades: Incoming 9th or 10th (this course is only for NEW PRS 9th & 10th graders)
    Instructor: Cecilia Shrivistava
    Cost: $295
    This week-long course enhances academic skills that foster a successful transition to high school and Pacific Ridge School. Students improve classroom skills such as note taking, active reading, collaborative learning, and test taking. They also learn productivity strategies and tools such as time management, test preparation, goal setting, motivation and concentration. Finally, the class introduces students to the nature of high school disciplines (Biology, History, English, etc.) and the general expectations of those disciplines. Students leave with a clear understanding of the various academic and student support services available on campus. This class is specifically for students who are entering Pacific Ridge School as 9th or 10th graders.  Students who attended Pacific Ridge School in the past should not attend this camp.
  • AM - Coed Youth Volleyball

    Dates:  August 1 - August 4 (Monday - Thursday)
    Time: 9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
    Grades: 6 - 8
    Instructor: Jed Stotsenberg 
    Cost: $185
    This clinic is for athletes who will compete for a position on their middle school team. Each session combines individual skill work, position training, group drills & various competition formats. We also emphasize advanced attacking, blocking, serving and defense, as well as advanced team offensive systems and defensive systems.
  • AM - Design & Create Your Own Toys

    Program Dates:  August 1 - August 5
    Time: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    Grades: 6th-12th
    Instructor: Eva Schmidt
    Cost: $295
    Come create magic by inventing and designing the things you love: Toys! Learn how to come up with ideas, create real products and bring them to life with 3D models and drawings of your original designs. This fun introduction to product design, prototyping, and creation takes you through the fabrication steps and we use toys as a medium to learn different tools, techniques, and methods, including using a laser cutter, and 3D printers. The class culminates with the building of models of our toy designs!
  • AM - High School Mock Trial

    Program Dates: August 1 - August 5
    Time: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    Grades: 9-12
    Instructor: Spencer Burrows
    Cost: $295
    In this workshop, students will learn how to conduct a trial, including opening statements, direct examination, cross examination, and closing arguments, while building their argumentation and critical analysis skills. Students will assume the roles of witnesses and attorneys for the defense and prosecution teams. Instruction will include advanced trial techniques like objections and witness impeachment, using real-life prosecutors, defense attorneys, and famous trials as examples. The workshop will conclude with students conducting 1-2 full length trials!
  • AM - Middle School Skills for Success - 6th Grade, Section 2

    Dates: August 1 - 5
    Time: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 pm
    Grades: 6th only (Only open for incoming Pacific Ridge School 6th graders)
    Instructor: Luke Michel, Head of Middle School
    Cost: $295
    This week-long course is designed to help incoming 6th grade Pacific Ridge students develop the skills needed to be successful in middle school.  Students will improve classroom skills such as writing, note taking, active reading, collaborative learning, and Harkness discussion skills. They will also learn productivity strategies and tools such as organization, time management, goal setting, and habits of mind. By introducing and using the technological platforms required of them during the year, such as their Pacific Ridge email account, Schoology on-line learning platform, and Google Drive, students will be ready to hit the ground running on the first day of school. Students will also leave with a clear understanding of the various academic and student support services available on campus. The transition to a new school and into middle school is exciting and fun, but it can also be challenging for students. This course is designed to help new Firebirds with the transition and to help them fine-tune some of the skills they will need in middle school.
  • AM - Middle School Skills for Success, Section 2

    Dates: August 1 - August 5
    Time: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    Grades: 7 & 8 (Only open for incoming Pacific Ridge School 7th & 8th graders)
    Instructor: Luke Michel, Head of Middle School
    Cost: $295
    This week-long course is designed to help incoming 7th & 8th grade Pacific Ridge students develop the skills needed to be successful in middle school.  Students will improve classroom skills such as writing, note taking, active reading, collaborative learning, and Harkness discussion skills. They will also learn productivity strategies and tools such as organization, time management, test preparation, goal setting, motivation and concentration. By introducing and using the technological platforms required of them during the year, such as their Pacific Ridge email account, PowerSchool Learning, and Google Drive, students will be ready to hit the ground running on the first day of school. Students will also leave with a clear understanding of the various academic and student support services available on campus. The transition to a new school and into middle school is exciting and fun, but it can also be challenging for students. This course is designed to help new Firebirds with the transition and to help them fine-tune some of the skills they will need in middle school.
  • AM - Upper School Coed Cross Country Clinic

    Dates:  August 1 - August 4 (Monday - Thursday)
    Time: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    Grades: 9-12
    Instructor: Brian Sullivan 
    Cost:  $225
    This clinic is for athletes who are interested in competing for the upper school cross country team in the fall. This clinic will focus on preparing athletes for the cross country season.
  • AM - Upper School Girls Volleyball Clinic

    Dates:  August 1 - August 4 (Monday - Thursday)
    Time: 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    Grades: 9-12
    Instructor: Jed Stotsenberg 
    Cost: $185
    This clinic is for athletes who will compete for a position on their upper school team in the fall. Each session combines individual skill work, position training, group drills & various competition formats. We also emphasize advanced attacking, blocking, serving and defense, as well as advanced team offensive systems and defensive systems.
  • AM – Girls and Boys Lacrosse Goalie Camp – Beginner to Advanced

    Girls: Beginner – Advanced Skill Level
    Boys: Beginner Skill Level
    Dates: August 1 – August 5
    Time: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. 
    Grades: 3 - 8 
    Coach:  Caitlin Cataldo (Middle School Head Girls Lacrosse Coach)
    Cost: $295
    Calling all lacrosse goalies! Whether you’re picking up a goalie stick for the first time or have been minding the net for years, this camp is for you. Goalies will receive individualized training, improve footwork and reaction time, and learn proper form and technique. The camp will be run by current Pacific Ridge Middle School lacrosse coach, Caitlin Cataldo, who played collegiate lacrosse goalie and has since worked with goalies of all ages and levels of experience. Field players should not register for this camp as it is specific to goalies. 
  • PM - Architectural Design & Prototyping

    Program Dates:  August 1 – August 5
    Time: 12:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
    Grades: 6th-10th
    Instructor: Joanna Gonda
    Cost:  $295
    Is your couch at home inviting and comfy? Do you think your desk’s design helps you complete your homework? Do you think you could design them better? Architecture is more than famous buildings and architectural thinking is used in objects as common as a couch or desk. This is your chance to understand the meaning behind aesthetic choices to create commonly used objects that best suit your needs. This introduction to design, prototyping and creation of furniture will give you the chance to personalize your aesthetic and functional choices. We will use many mediums to prototype including laser cutters and 3D prints. By the end of the course, you will have a model of your own piece of furniture. 
  • PM - Competitive Badminton

    Dates: August 1 - August 5
    Time: 12:30 - 2:30 p.m.
    Grades: 7 - 12
    Instructor: Amy Fu
    Cost: $225
    This clinic is for anyone interested in learning how to play the high speed, exciting sport of competitive badminton.  Come for the fun and learn how to play at a more advanced level. It is a great sport to get in shape, and to work on your agility and stamina. Each session will combine individual skill work such as clear & drive shots, serves, and drops at the net. We also emphasize strategies for advanced singles and doubles players. Bring your own racquet or we can provide one for you. Are you ready to hit some birdies?
  • PM - Fashion Trends in Hands-On Making

    Program Dates:  August 1 - August 5
    Time: 12:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
    Grades: 6th-12th
    Instructor: Eva Schmidt
    Cost:  $295
    Do you have ideas for unique clothes and accessories? Are you inspired to turn these ideas into a real outfit?  Do you love inventing styles or wish you knew how to make your own clothes?  Do you want to know more about the fashion industry?  We will talk about trends, make our own fabric and create a complete outfit using traditional and modern techniques, while incorporating unique artistry and high-tech innovations. Take your interest in fashion to the next level. Learn how to draw quick fashion sketches (croquis), render your designs digitally, and get a chance to be creative and have fun with 3D projects such as jewelry making with a laser cutter! You will gain fashion industry vocabulary, add variety to your designs and be able to share your work. 
  • PM - Middle School Skills for Success, Section 3

    Dates: August 1 - 5
    Time: 12:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
    Grades: 7 & 8 (Only open for incoming Pacific Ridge School 7th & 8th graders)
    Instructor: Luke Michel, Head of Middle School
    Cost: $295
    This week-long course is designed to help incoming 7th & 8th grade Pacific Ridge students develop the skills needed to be successful in middle school.  Students will improve classroom skills such as writing, note taking, active reading, collaborative learning, and Harkness discussion skills. They will also learn productivity strategies and tools such as organization, time management, test preparation, goal setting, motivation and concentration. By introducing and using the technological platforms required of them during the year, such as their Pacific Ridge email account, PowerSchool Learning, and Google Drive, students will be ready to hit the ground running on the first day of school. Students will also leave with a clear understanding of the various academic and student support services available on campus. The transition to a new school and into middle school is exciting and fun, but it can also be challenging for students. This course is designed to help new Firebirds with the transition and to help them fine-tune some of the skills they will need in middle school.
  • PM - Tinkering Camp

    Program Dates: August 1 - August 5
    Time: 12:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
    Grades: 5-8
    Instructor: Kim Viernes
    Cost:  $295
    In this session students will use their imagination to become creators and innovators. Students will engage in hands-on, open-ended design challenges using real construction tools and materials. We will learn through doing, celebrate our mistakes, and work together to design and build. The class is facilitated by Kim Viernes, parent/architect/graphic designer and founder of tinkering camp. Kim Viernes has been inspired by and trained at Tinkering School SF. Curious?  Watch the TED talk by Tinkering School founder, Gever Tulley. Check out @tinkeringcampsd on Instagram and Facebook.
  • PM - Upper School Essay Writing Workshop

    Dates: August 1 - August 5
    Time: 12:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
    Grades: 9 – 11 
    Instructor: Ayo Salih
    Cost: $295
    In this workshop, Upper School students will practice and gain confidence in all aspects of the essay-writing process, especially the ability to argue persuasively for a specific position. They will learn how to read for writing, brainstorm, develop a strong thesis statement, use supporting evidence, expand and analyze their ideas, draft, and gain comfort with revision as the most important part of the writing process. This essay-writing workshop will benefit all Upper School students, whether they are building their writing foundations or simply wish to gain more practice and confidence with persuasive essay writing.

Session 7: August 8-12

List of 11 items.

  • AM - Algebra/Geometry 1 Primer

    Program Dates:  August 8 - August 12
    Time: 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    Grades: 7-9 (incoming 7th through incoming 9th)
    Instructor: Joanna Gonda
    Cost:  $150
    This course will cover the major areas of number manipulation, simplifying algebraic expressions, solving equations, linear inequalities, and dimensional analysis. Specific attention will be focused on integer exponents, fraction representations, inverse operations, distributive property, isolating variables, graphing on a number line, and single unit conversions. The course will seek to build new skills and mathematical ability, while reinforcing prior knowledge and competency.
  • AM - Chinese Language Primer:  Preparing for the Next Level

    Dates:  August 8 - August 12
    Time: 9:00 am. - 10:30 a.m.
    Grades: 7-10
    Instructor: Amy Fu
    Cost:  $150
    This refresher will provide a thorough review of the core vocabularies and basic grammar structures of first year Chinese learning objectives so students can start the year with confidence. Topics such as greeting others, making a self-introduction, talking about family members, daily routines and personal hobbies will be covered through project presentation and role-play speaking exercises. One the last day of class, we will also do some Chinese culture related activities, e.g. writing Chinese calligraphy, painting Beijing Opera Mask, and making dumplings. Students who have taken Chinese A and/or B (at PRS) and any student who has had Chinese class or tutoring are welcomed and encouraged to attend. Let's have fun speaking Chinese.  This class will be particularly helpful for students who want to enter high school Chinese with more confidence and preparation. Students who have never taken Chinese before should sign up for Chinese Primer:  Beginners Only instead of this class.
  • AM - Lower School and Middle School Coed Soccer 

    Program Dates: August 8 - August 11 (Monday - Thursday)
    Time: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    Grades: 3-8
    Class Maximum: 30
    Instructor: Coach Leo, MS Boys Head Coach, MS Girls Assistant Coach
    Cost: $225
    Calling soccer players of all skill levels! Whether you are just learning about soccer or are a seasoned veteran, the summer is a great time to work on your game. During these sessions, students improve upon fundamentals, technique, footwork, tactics, and skills, while having fun and learning team-building concepts. Players will be grouped according to age and skill level for optimal learning and improvement. The camp will be run by Coach Leo, who has worked with every level of player from 4-year-old novices to international professional stars.  Coach Leo currently heads the PRS Middle School boys team and assists with the Middle School girls team.
  • AM - Mixed Beginner/Intermediate Coed Beach Volleyball Clinic

    Program Dates:  August 8 - August 12
    Time: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    Grades: 7 - 12 
    Maximum Enrollment: 20
    Instructor: Steve Stella, Girls & Boys Varsity Beach Volleyball Coach
    Cost: $295
    This clinic is open to beginner and intermediate beach volleyball players. We focus on the fundamentals of competitive beach volleyball from passing, setting, hitting, and serving to offensive and defensive strategies. There will be plenty of skill-focused drills and opportunities for friendly competition. Partners are paired according to skill level, age, and experience. Join us for a fun week of volleyball at the beach! 
  • AM - Morse Code Mania!

    Program Dates:  August 8 - August 12
    Time: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    Grades: 6 - 12 
    Maximum Enrollment: 12
    Instructor: Brooks Park
    Cost: $335 (includes $40 in materials)
    In this camp, students will build their very own morse code practice oscillator and use it to learn morse code. Along the way, they will learn about soldering, electronics, and radio communications. Interested students will also learn how to extend their studies and earn their own amateur "ham" radio license from the FCC.
  • AM - Spanish Primer - Preparing for the Next Level

    Program Dates:  August 8 - August 12
    Time: 9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
    Grades: 7-10
    Instructor: Rodney McRoberts 
    Cost:  $150
    ¿Necesitas revisar la gramática para Español 2 y 3? If the answer is YES, come join the Spanish Primer Camp! We will review vocabulary and grammar structures of B/1B/1/2 Spanish curriculums so students can start the year with confidence. Topics covered in Spanish 1, 2 and Spanish 3 at PRS will be reviewed in class, but which topics specifically will depend on class needs. We will devote the last day of class to celebrate the cultures of Latin America, and what we have learned in class. Students who are new to PRS that have taken Spanish 1 or 2 in the past, or those that have taken Spanish B/1B/1 and 2 are welcomed and encouraged to attend. This Spanish class will be particularly helpful for students who want to start the year with more confidence and preparation.
  • AM - Stock Market 101!

    Program Dates: August 8 - August 12
    Time: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 a.m.
    Grades: 6-12
    Instructor: Spencer Burrows
    Cost: $295
    Buy low, sell high! In this workshop, students will learn the fundamentals of investing and financial analysis while building their own stock portfolio. We will also explore bond purchases, portfolio investing, mutual funds, ETF’s, commodities, income statements, and IPO’s. Finally, students will manage their own stock portfolio and compete against classmates in a stock market game simulation! 
  • PM - Algebra/Geometry 2 Primer

    Program Dates:  August 8 - August 12
    Time: 2:00 - 3:30 p.m.
    Grades: 7-10 (incoming 7th through incoming 9th)
    Instructor: Joanna Gonda
    Cost:  $150
    This course will review topics of Algebra/Geometry 1 to prepare students for Algebra Geometry 2. It will cover linear equations, inequalities and systems. We will focus our efforts on graphing lines in all three forms and converting between the forms; solving systems of lines using substitution method, elimination method, and by graphing; and, writing and graphing linear inequalities. There will be attention to major geometry topics including coordinate geometry to find area and perimeter of quadrilaterals and triangles, as well as applying Pythagorean Theorem. The goal of the course is to review major topics and build confidence in the material to make deeper connections.
  • PM - Chinese Language Primer:  Beginners Only

    Dates:  August 8 - August 12
    Time:  2:00 - 3:30 p.m.
    Grades: 7-10
    Instructor: Amy Fu
    Cost:  $150
    This course is for students who will be taking Chinese for the first time in this coming school year.  It will provide a preview of the core vocabularies and basic grammar structures of first year Chinese learning objectives so students can start the year with confidence. Topics such as greeting others, making a self-introduction, talking about family members, daily routines and personal hobbies will be covered through project presentation and role-play speaking exercises. One the last day of class, we will also do some Chinese culture related activities, e.g. writing Chinese calligraphy, painting Beijing Opera Mask, and making dumplings. This class will prepare Middle and Upper School students who are heading into Chinese A or Chinese 1.  Students with experience in Chinese should sign up for Chinese Primer:  Prepare for the Next Level instead of this course.
  • PM - Introduction to Algebra Prep:  Boost Your Basic Math Skills!

    Program Dates:  August 8 - August 12
    Time: 12:30 - 2:00 p.m.
    Grades: 6th or 7th graders
    Instructor: TBD
    Cost: $150
    Are you divided on the topic of fractions?  Do you feel less than 100% about percents?  Have you ever experienced negativity when confronted by negative numbers? Then this boost is for you!  We will review and enrich the basic math skills that continue to pester so many students after 6th grade.  We’ll learn what it really means to divide a fraction by a fraction (so much more interesting that “keep-change-flip!), how to understand the world of percent work beyond the computations (what, exactly, is a 172% change in my chickens’ egg production?), and why we do what we do with signs (why is a negative times a negative a positive, and why is a positive times a positive NOT a negative?).  We’ll do this while having fun with some mind-bending puzzles, learning some random math history to dazzle the dinner table crowd, and NOT having any homework! Additionally, we’ll start getting comfortable with that fancy new calculator you are required to buy for 7th grade: TI 84 Plus CE (note the CE!).

    Materials required: TI-84 Plus CE, a laptop, and a small 3 ring binder.  If you haven’t yet purchased your laptop or tablet, the school has a limited number of loaners available.

    Who should take this class? New PRS 7th graders who will be taking Intro to Algebra at PRS in the fall and who feel like they’d like a boost on the topics listed above.  This course is not intended for students taking Advanced Algebra. 
  • PM - Spanish Primer I – Beginners Only

    Program Dates:  August 8 - August 12
    Time: 2:00 - 3:30 p.m.
    Grades: 7-10
    Instructor: Rodney McRoberts
    Cost:  $150
    ¿Quieres practicar español? If the answer is YES, come join the Spanish Primer Camp! We will review vocabulary and grammar structures of the first-year Spanish curriculum so students can start the year with confidence. Topics such as greeting others, talking about family members, the time and weather, colors, clothing, and personal hobbies will be covered through projects and hands-on activities. We will devote the last day of class to celebrate the cultures of Latin America, and what we have learned in class. Students who are new to PRS with no previous language experience, or those that took Spanish A are welcomed and encouraged to attend. This class will be particularly helpful for students who want to enter High School Spanish with more confidence and preparation.

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  • Refund Policy

    More than 4 weeks notice: 100% refund
    2 to 4 weeks notice: 50% refund
    Less than 2 weeks notice: 25% refund
    Less than 1 week notice: No refund

    Please email summerprograms@pacificridge.org if you need to withdraw your child from a camp.

Questions?

For more information or to be updated when new camps are added, email us at summerprograms@pacificridge.org.