Summer Programs

You've heard of the Firebird Spirit, but have you felt it? From sports and science, to arts and technology, our summer programs offer students age 10+ the opportunity to explore their interests and pursue their passions. Ignite your summer by exploring Pacific Ridge School Summer Programs!

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  • Important Safety Information Regarding Pacific Ridge Summer Programs and COVID-19

    Thank you for your interest in the Pacific Ridge School Summer Programs, and thank you for your patience as we have had to cancel or modify nearly every summer camp and course originally offered. As you look through our new catalog, please know the following:
    • Our number one priority will always be the safety and wellbeing of our students, teachers, parents, and community. Every decision we make will be grounded in the commitment to meet or exceed the health and safety guidelines set forth by the San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency.
    • All programs offered before July 6 will be run remotely through Zoom or a similar platform.
    • If allowed, we plan to offer limited on-campus programming running from July 6 - August 7.  If on-site camps are permitted, we will strictly follow county guidelines, including, but not limited to mandatory face covering, social distancing, regular hand-washing breaks, use of large and well-ventilated spaces, smaller group sizes, and thorough sanitizing of meeting spaces between uses.
    • If we cannot meet on campus, nearly all of the summer courses will be adjusted to run remotely via Zoom or comparable platform. We are committed to providing the necessary equipment and materials to families whenever possible, whether the course is on-site or remote. If required to operate remotely, we will change the schedule in order to decrease the amount of time spent on the screen.
    • We will provide a 100% refund for any camp that gets cancelled because it is under-enrolled or cannot shift to be a remote course.
    • We will provide a 100% refund for participant cancelation with at least seven (7) days’ notice and a 50% refund with less than seven (7) days’ notice.
    • We will communicate any change in camp location - remote or on-site - at least two weeks in advance.
    We are excited to provide our community with the opportunity to be a community this summer. We will continue working to develop additional camps and courses to meet your interests and will do whatever we can to respond to your collective and individual needs. While we cannot run the same Summer Programs we had anticipated, we WILL create the most interesting, fun, and educational experience possible.
    In these unprecedented times, we remain committed to helping students live the Summer Programs mission:   “Discover and develop the passions that fuel a purposeful life.”
Discover and develop the passions that fuel a purposeful life.

Session 1: June 15 - 19

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  • A.M. Performance Training

    Dates: 6/15 - 6/18 (Monday, Wednesday, Thursday)
    Time: 9:00 a.m. - 10:15 am
    Grades: 7 - 12 
    Coach:  Casey Wheel (Pacific Ridge Strength & Conditioning Coach)
    Max:  20 students per session
    Summer Training Cost: $125 for PRS students; $500 for non-PRS students
    PE Credit Cost:  $500 for PRS Students; not available for non-PRS students
    Remote Course:  This class will meet remotely using Zoom
    For athletes looking to transform and maximize their athleticism, Coach Wheel will be leading a virtual group performance training all summer long via Zoom. The program will improve an athlete’s strength, speed, agility, vertical jump, flexibility, and more. Due to the virtual demands, Coach Wheel will work with the athletes based on equipment and space available at their home.
    Pacific Ridge School athletes may work with Coach Wheel throughout the summer for the one-time $125 registration fee.  Once you have registered, you will set up your schedule with Coach Wheel.
    Pacific Ridge School students who want to earn a trimester of PE credit 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.
    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.
    Students who miss more than two arranged sessions without advance notice may be dropped from the course and have to re-register to participate if space remains.
  • A.M. Senior Intensive: College Essay Writing Workshop

    Dates: 6/15 - 6/19 (Monday – Friday)
    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: $325
    Remote Course: This course will meet remotely using Zoom
    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. The Zoom platform works very well for individual and group work on writing.  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.
  • P.M. Performance Training

    Dates: 6/15 - 6/18 (Monday, Wednesday, Thursday)
    Time: 1:30pm - 2:45pm
    Grades: 7 - 12 
    Coach:  Casey Wheel (PRS Strength & Conditioning Coach)
    Max: 20 students per session
    Summer Training Cost: $125 for PRS students; $500 for non-PRS students
    PE Credit Cost:  $500 for PRS Students; not available for non-PRS students
    Remote Course:  This class will meet remotely using Zoom
    For athletes looking to transform and maximize their athleticism, Coach Wheel will be leading a virtual group performance training all summer long via Zoom. The program will improve an athlete’s strength, speed, agility, vertical jump, flexibility, and more. Due to the virtual demands, Coach Wheel will work with the athletes based on equipment and space available at their home.
    Pacific Ridge School athletes may work with Coach Wheel throughout the summer for the one-time $125 registration fee.  Once you have registered, you will set up your schedule with Coach Wheel.
    Pacific Ridge School students who want to earn a trimester of PE credit 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.
    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.
    Students who miss more than two arranged sessions without advance notice may be dropped from the course and have to re-register to participate if space remains.

Multi-Week Classes Starting Mid-June

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  • P.M. Theory of Knowledge Seminar Series

    Program Dates:  6/22 - 7/29 (Monday and Wednesday afternoons for six weeks)
    Time: 4:00pm - 5:30pm
    Grades: Rising 11th, 12th, and alums
    Instructor: Allegra Molineaux, Upper School Head
    Cost:  $350
    How do we know what we know? What is the difference between “knowing” that 2 + 2 = 4 and “knowing” the causes of World War I – or even “knowing” that you’re in love? In this short, summer version of Theory of Knowledge (a year-length course taught through the Pacific Ridge School history department), we will engage in a variety of discussions about big ideas and dig into understanding the way different branches of knowledge approach what it means to know something. We will wonder together about math, science, history, art, and ethics, and we will ask the deep questions that will push our curiosity into new and unexpected arenas. By the end of the class, each student will have an opportunity to take a new, original idea that they have developed through this course and bring it out into the world by writing a piece designed for publication. 
    This course will only run remotely.  Any materials necessary will be sent digitally or be made available for pickup on campus.

Session 2: June 22 - 26

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  • A.M. Learn to Play the Ukulele!

    Program Dates: 6/22 - 6/26
    Time: 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    Grades: 5-9
    Instructor: Justine Hansen
    Cost: $175
    Remote Course: This class will meet remotely using Zoom
    Join music teacher, Mrs. Hansen, for this easy breezy summer ukulele camp - only one hour per day! Students will spend a week learning basic chords and strumming patterns, and by the end of the week, you’ll have everything you need to to play some songs and impress your friends and family around the campfire or at the beach. Don’t have a ukulele? Pacific Ridge has one you can borrow!  
  • A.M. Photography

    Program Dates: 6/22 - 6/26
    Time: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    Grades: 5-8
    Instructor: Doug Devlin
    Cost: $260
    Remote Course: This class will meet remotely using Zoom
    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.
  • A.M. Performance Training

    Dates: 6/22 - 6/25 (Monday, Wednesday, Thursday)
    Time: 9:00 a.m. - 10:15 am
    Grades: 7 - 12 
    Coach:  Casey Wheel (Pacific Ridge Strength & Conditioning Coach)
    Max:  20 students per session
    Summer Training Cost: $125 for PRS students; $500 for non-PRS students
    PE Credit Cost:  $500 for PRS Students; not available for non-PRS students
    Remote Course:  This class will meet remotely using Zoom
    For athletes looking to transform and maximize their athleticism, Coach Wheel will be leading a virtual group performance training all summer long via Zoom. The program will improve an athlete’s strength, speed, agility, vertical jump, flexibility, and more. Due to the virtual demands, Coach Wheel will work with the athletes based on equipment and space available at their home.
    Pacific Ridge School athletes may work with Coach Wheel throughout the summer for the one-time $125 registration fee.  Once you have registered, you will set up your schedule with Coach Wheel.
    Pacific Ridge School students who want to earn a trimester of PE credit 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.
    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.
    Students who miss more than two arranged sessions without advance notice may be dropped from the course and have to re-register to participate if space remains.
  • P.M. Digital Music Production for Beginners

    Schedule: June 22 - 26 
    Times: 12:30pm - 2:00pm
    Grades: 7-9
    Instructor: Steve Dziekonski
    Cost:  $200
    Remote Course:  This course will meet remotely using Zoom
    In this class, you will make your own digital music! We will explore the many ways you can create original music online. You'll learn to use various cloud-based software programs, strategies for making your music sound professional, and ways you can collaborate with musicians from around the world. 
  • P.M. Creative Writing: Graphic Novels - Storytelling Through Art

    Program Dates: 6/22 - 6/26 (Monday – Friday)
    Time: 12:30 - 2:00 p.m.
    Grades: 5-9
    Instructor: Katelyn Meza
    Cost: $200 
    Remote Course: This course will meet remotely using Zoom
    Students will develop a short graphic novel while learning about storyboarding, plotting, art, and other fiction techniques. They will engage in peer critique and brainstorming sessions. By the end of the week, students will have a finished and bound graphic novel of their own.
  • P.M. Performance Training

    Dates: 6/22 - 6/25 (Monday, Wednesday, Thursday)
    Time: 1:30pm - 2:45pm
    Grades: 7 - 12 
    Coach: Casey Wheel (PRS Strength & Conditioning Coach)
    Max: 20 students per session
    Summer Training Cost: $125 for PRS students; $500 for non-PRS students
    PE Credit Cost:  $500 for PRS Students; not available for non-PRS students
    Remote Course: This class will meet remotely using Zoom
    For athletes looking to transform and maximize their athleticism, Coach Wheel will be leading a virtual group performance training all summer long via Zoom. The program will improve an athlete’s strength, speed, agility, vertical jump, flexibility, and more. Due to the virtual demands, Coach Wheel will work with the athletes based on equipment and space available at their home.
    Pacific Ridge School athletes may work with Coach Wheel throughout the summer for the one-time $125 registration fee.  Once you have registered, you will set up your schedule with Coach Wheel.
    Pacific Ridge School students who want to earn a trimester of PE credit 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.
    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.
    Students who miss more than two arranged sessions without advance notice may be dropped from the course and have to re-register to participate if space remains.

Session 3: June 29 - July 2

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  • A.M. Performance Training

    Dates: 6/29 - 7/2 (Monday, Wednesday, Thursday)
    Time: 9:00 a.m. - 10:15 am
    Grades: 7 - 12 
    Coach: Casey Wheel (Pacific Ridge Strength & Conditioning Coach)
    Max: 20 students per session
    Summer Training Cost: $125 for PRS students; $500 for non-PRS students
    PE Credit Cost: $500 for PRS Students; not available for non-PRS students
    Remote Course: This class will meet remotely using Zoom
    For athletes looking to transform and maximize their athleticism, Coach Wheel will be leading a virtual group performance training all summer long via Zoom. The program will improve an athlete’s strength, speed, agility, vertical jump, flexibility, and more. Due to the virtual demands, Coach Wheel will work with the athletes based on equipment and space available at their home.
    Pacific Ridge School athletes may work with Coach Wheel throughout the summer for the one-time $125 registration fee.  Once you have registered, you will set up your schedule with Coach Wheel.
    Pacific Ridge School students who want to earn a trimester of PE credit 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.
    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.
    Students who miss more than two arranged sessions without advance notice may be dropped from the course and have to re-register to participate if space remains.
  • P.M. Performance Training

    Dates: 6/29 - 7/2 (Monday, Wednesday, Thursday)
    Time: 1:30pm - 2:45pm
    Grades: 7 - 12 
    Coach:  Casey Wheel (PRS Strength & Conditioning Coach)
    Max: 20 students per session
    Summer Training Cost: $125 for PRS students; $500 for non-PRS students
    PE Credit Cost:  $500 for PRS Students; not available for non-PRS students
    Remote Course: This class will meet remotely using Zoom
    For athletes looking to transform and maximize their athleticism, Coach Wheel will be leading a virtual group performance training all summer long via Zoom. The program will improve an athlete’s strength, speed, agility, vertical jump, flexibility, and more. Due to the virtual demands, Coach Wheel will work with the athletes based on equipment and space available at their home.
    Pacific Ridge School athletes may work with Coach Wheel throughout the summer for the one-time $125 registration fee.  Once you have registered, you will set up your schedule with Coach Wheel.
    Pacific Ridge School students who want to earn a trimester of PE credit 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.
    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.
    Students who miss more than two arranged sessions without advance notice may be dropped from the course and have to re-register to participate if space remains.

Session 4: July 6 - 10

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  • A.M. Interactive Fiction - Narrative Fiction with Game Design

    Program Dates:  7/6 - 7/10
    Time: 9:00am-12:00pm
    Grades: 5-9
    Instructor: Katelyn Meza
    Cost: $260
    On-site/Remote: This course will run remotely if required and on campus if allowed
    In this week-long course, students will brainstorm and plot an interactive fiction game using the software Twine. Students will discuss the importance of a narrative in gaming, and how it helps immerse players into a story. They will learn how to plot, build characters, and learn various fiction writing techniques important to video games. By the end of the week, students will have a finished interactive fiction game that showcases different paths and various endings.
  • A.M. Speech (can pair with Debate on 7/13-7/17)

    Program Dates: Speech 7/6 – 7/10 
    Time: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    Grades: 7-10
    Instructor: Cosmo Cothran-Bray
    Cost: $260 for each week or $475 when combined with Debate
    On-site/Remote:  This course will run remotely if required and on campus if allowed
    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, 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 a good speech and how students can use their voice and pacing to persuade, entertain, or inspire an audience. The final day of the session will conclude with an opportunity for students to showcase their work for parents, friends, and other guests.
  • A.M. Performance Training

    Dates: 7/6 - 7/9 (Monday, Wednesday, Thursday)
    Time: 9:00 a.m. - 10:15 am
    Grades: 7 - 12 
    Coach: Casey Wheel (Pacific Ridge Strength & Conditioning Coach)
    Max:  20 students per session
    Summer Training Cost: $125 for PRS students; $500 for non-PRS students
    PE Credit Cost:  $500 for PRS Students; not available for non-PRS students
    Remote Course:  This class will meet remotely using Zoom
    For athletes looking to transform and maximize their athleticism, Coach Wheel will be leading a virtual group performance training all summer long via Zoom. The program will improve an athlete’s strength, speed, agility, vertical jump, flexibility, and more. Due to the virtual demands, Coach Wheel will work with the athletes based on equipment and space available at their home.
    Pacific Ridge School athletes may work with Coach Wheel throughout the summer for the one-time $125 registration fee.  Once you have registered, you will set up your schedule with Coach Wheel.
    Pacific Ridge School students who want to earn a trimester of PE credit 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.
    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.
    Students who miss more than two arranged sessions without advance notice may be dropped from the course and have to re-register to participate if space remains.
  • P.M. Introduction to CAD Design

    Dates:  7/6 - 7/10
    Time: 12:30 - 3:30 p.m.
    Grades: 5-9
    Instructor: Noel M. Ellis, PhD
    Cost:  $250
    On-site/Remote: This course will run remotely if required and on campus if allowed
    Engineering, design, architecture, animation, film, and graphic art all utilize Computer Aided Design (CAD). In this course, intended as an introduction to CAD, students will learn how to work with a software program called TinkerCAD. This intuitive program will teach students how to utilize a pallet of basic shapes, as well as positive and negative space, to create custom artwork and functional designs. Students will engage in a number of design challenges that will require both creativity and attention to detail. At the end of the week, each student will take home at least one object that they themselves have designed - 3D-printed to their exact specifications!
  • P.M. Performance Training

    Dates: 7/6 - 7/9 (Monday, Wednesday, Thursday)
    Time: 1:30pm - 2:45pm
    Grades: 7 - 12 
    Coach: Casey Wheel (PRS Strength & Conditioning Coach)
    Max: 20 students per session
    Summer Training Cost: $125 for PRS students; $500 for non-PRS students
    PE Credit Cost:  $500 for PRS Students; not available for non-PRS students
    Remote Course:  This class will meet remotely using Zoom
    For athletes looking to transform and maximize their athleticism, Coach Wheel will be leading a virtual group performance training all summer long via Zoom. The program will improve an athlete’s strength, speed, agility, vertical jump, flexibility, and more. Due to the virtual demands, Coach Wheel will work with the athletes based on equipment and space available at their home.
    Pacific Ridge School athletes may work with Coach Wheel throughout the summer for the one-time $125 registration fee.  Once you have registered, you will set up your schedule with Coach Wheel.
    Pacific Ridge School students who want to earn a trimester of PE credit 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.
    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.
    Students who miss more than two arranged sessions without advance notice may be dropped from the course and have to re-register to participate if space remains.

Multi-Week Classes Starting in Early July

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  • P.M. High School Current Events Research & Discussion

    Program Dates: Thursday afternoons, July 9 - August 6 (5 weeks)
    Time:  4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
    Grades: Rising 9th - 12th 
    Teacher:  Hilaire O’Hallaron
    Cost:  $150
    Remote Course: This class will meet remotely using Zoom
    Come and discuss, explore, and understand the international and domestic issues that are influencing our world in these strange times. Together we will seek to learn and inquire about political, economic, social, and cultural issues that affect us while we live through the current health crisis. Come spend an hour per week discussing contemporary issues that are important to you in a respectful, meaningful, and active way. We will use a variety of sources and forms of media to share our differing opinions in a quest for a civil discourse about complicated subjects.  Topics could include, but are not limited to: Presidential Primaries, environmental issues, technology and security in a COVID-19 world, international politics in places like India, Israel, or the UK, the CARES Act and unemployment in the United States, Coronavirus and xenophobia, etc.
  • P.M. Middle School Current Events Research & Discussion

    Program Dates: Monday afternoons, July 6 - August 3 (5 weeks)
    Time:  4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
    Grades: Rising 6th - 8th
    Teacher:  Hilaire O’Hallaron
    Cost:  $150
    Remote Course: This class will meet remotely using Zoom
    Curious about what is going in the world right now in addition to COVID-19? This 5-week course offers a place to talk about both international and domestic current events.  From politics to culture, economics to social issues, this class will provide an opportunity to learn and ask questions around newsworthy events. Utilizing a variety of media including online articles, podcasts, and videos, we will discuss topics that are relevant and salient to you, the student. This class involves participants working together to have a meaningful civil discourse with diverse opinions in order to think critically about what is going on in the world around us.
  • P.M. Monologue Workshop

    Program Dates:  Thursday afternoons, July 9 - August 13 (six sessions)
    Time: 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
    Grades: High School and alumni
    Instructor: Claire Tam
    Cost:  $260
    On-site/Remote: This course will run remotely if required and on campus if allowed.
    In this course, we will take a deep-dive into one of the most exciting, and occasionally daunting, parts of performance...the monologue! In addition to selecting, rehearsing, and performing a monologue, students will learn how to break down and approach a monologue both within the context of a play and as a standalone piece for auditions or competitions. We will place a special emphasis on pacing, creating a character, and mapping out the journey of a monologue for both actors and audience members. Students will leave the class with not only a stronger sense of how to approach monologues in the future but also a piece that they can take to auditions as necessary.
  • P.M. Playwriting

    Program Dates:  Tuesday and Friday afternoons, July 7 - August 7 (5 sessions)
    Time: 3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
    Grades: High School and alums
    Instructor: Claire Tam
    Cost:  $260
    On-site/Remote: This course will run remotely if required and on campus if allowed
    Playwright, actress, and screenwriter, Yasmina Reza, once observed that “Theatre is a mirror, a sharp reflection of society.” In this class, we will use drama to hold a mirror to our current society. We will discuss storytelling, character development, and plot, as we write monologues and skits that reflect what we are experiencing, individually and collectively. At the end of the class, students will have a chance to either read or direct their peers in a reading of their original work. 

Session 5: July 13 - 17

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  • A.M. Debate (can pair with Speech on 7/6-7/10)

    Program Dates: Debate 7/13 – 7/17 (Monday - Friday)
    Time: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    Grades: 7-10
    Instructor: Cosmo Cothran-Bray
    Cost: $260 for each week or $475 when combined with Speech
    On-site/Remote: This course will run remotely if required and on campus if allowed
    I'd like to have an argument please! In Debate Camp, students will work together to research a topic, write an argument for or against the resolution, and present their case through a combination of pre-written speeches, cross-examination, and extemporaneous speaking. 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. The final day of the session will conclude with an opportunity for students to showcase their work for parents, friends, and other guests.
  • A.M. Fashion Trends in Hands-On Making

    Program Dates:  7/13 - 7/17
    Time: 9:00am-12:00pm
    Grades: 7th-12th
    Instructor: Eva Schmidt
    Cost:  $260
    On-Site Course:  This course will only run if able to do so on-site.  Registration fees will be fully refunded if on-site classes are not allowed by the County Health Department.
    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 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.
  • A.M. Laser Cutting

    Program Dates:  July 13 - July 17
    Time: 9:00am-12:00pm
    Grades: 7-10
    Instructor: Noel M. Ellis, PhD
    Cost:  $320 (registration fee already includes a $50 materials cost)
    On-site/Remote: This course will run remotely if required and on campus if allowed
    Ask any inventor what machine they couldn’t live without, and the answer will invariably be a laser cutter. Precision, speed, and a huge range of materials to choose from - the laser cutter is arguably the most indispensible machine in a builder’s arsenal. In this course students will learn how to turn an idea into a computer rendering, and from that rendering create a final laser cut product. Each student will leave the course with an understanding of computer design and manufacturing software, the use of laser cutting as an additive manufacturing method, and the properties of the different materials used for laser cutting. Each student will move at their own pace, with the goal of creating (at least) one laser cut model of their own - dream it, build it, use it!
  • A.M. Photography

    Dates: 7/13 - 7/17 (Monday - Friday)
    Time: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    Grades: 5-8
    Instructor: Doug Devlin
    Cost: $250 
    On-site/Remote: This course will run remotely if required and on campus if allowed
    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.
  • P.M. Elements of Fiction: From Short Stories to Novels

    Program Dates: 7/13 - 7/20
    Time: 12:30 - 3:30
    Grades: 7-12
    Instructor: Katelyn Meza
    Cost: $260
    On-site/Remote: This course will run remotely if required and on campus if allowed
    This class is for students who are interested in ways to boost their creativity or try something new and exciting. Elements of Fiction gives students the opportunity to explore the different avenues for fiction writing and the chance to turn the ideas bouncing around in their heads into actual stories. Students will study and practice specific elements of fiction writing, while also getting a chance to share their work and get feedback from their peers and the teacher. Topics such as scene and setting, plotting, and creating compelling characters will be covered. Workshop, lecture, discussion of published writing and the craft will form the center of the class.
  • P.M. Thrifting for Fun and Fashion

    Program Dates: 7/13 - 7/17 (Monday – Friday)
    Time: 12:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
    Grades: 7-12 (parents are welcome - families must provide transportation to and from thrift stores)
    Instructor: Ellen Cothran
    Cost: $325 (includes $60 for thrift store shopping)
    Special Remote Course Format: This course will only operate remotely, using Zoom and meeting at thrift stores
    Let’s do this!  Learn Ellen Cothran’s best tips and tricks (like, always build in time for coffee or lunch!), and practice super-useful habits for making your thrifting adventure loads of fun and super productive.  We’ll begin the week with a quick visual history of fashion so you’ll start to recognize shapes, colors, and patterns that come and go as styles and fads change over the years. We’ll go on three to four shopping trips, and end the week with one of the best parts—a spectacular fashion show for friends and family!  Thrifting is for anyone—come join us!
    Introducing our first Family Camp! - Parents are welcome to register to join the class as long as their child is also participating!

    Due to safety restrictions, PRS cannot provide transportation to the thrift stores.  Parents will need to participate in the camp in order to transport their children to and from shopping locations.  Parents do not need to register if their children are in the course.

Session 6: July 20 - 24

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  • A.M. 3D Printing!

    Program Dates:  July 20 - July 24
    Time: 9:00am-12:00pm
    Grades: 7-10
    Instructor: Noel M. Ellis, PhD
    Cost: $320 (includes a $50 materials fee)
    On-site/Remote: This course will run remotely if required and on campus if allowed
    3D printing has revolutionized the way that things get made. In this course students will learn how to 3D print, or they will deepen their existing understanding of 3D printing. The course will explore 3D printing in a holistic way, from an idea to a computer rendering, and from that rendering to the final 3D printed product. Each student will leave the course with an understanding of computer design and manufacturing software, various 3D printing methodologies, and the properties of the different materials used in 3D printing. Each student will move at their own pace, with the goal of creating (at least) one 3D printed model of their own - if you can dream it, you can build it! If the course runs remotely, projects will get printed and sanitized after class and will be available for pick up at an established time throughout the week.
  • A.M. High School Poetry Workshop

    Dates:  7/20 - 7/24
    Time: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    Grades: 9-12
    Maximum:  9 students
    Instructor: Scott Lyman
    Cost: $250
    On-Site Course: This course will only run if able to do so on-site. Registration fees will be fully refunded if on-site classes are not allowed by the County Health Department.
    In this workshop, Upper School students will explore the foundational aspects of reading and writing 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.  Students will practice contemplation and reflection as well as gain analytical skills in poetry scansion with a diverse selection of poems, which model and highlight a particular poetic feature. Using the poems studied in class, students will compose their own poetry focusing on a particular poetic device, then workshop their poem drafts with other students.  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.
  • A.M. Introduction to Smartphone Video Production & Editing

    Dates: 7/20 - 7/24
    Time: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    Grades: 5-8
    Instructor: Doug Devlin
    Cost: $260 
    On-site/Remote: This course will run remotely if required and on campus if allowed
    This one-week smart phone video course will explore the most effective steps, through innovative hands-on opportunities, to seek the real meaning of art as life. Students will learn both the technical and artistic skills necessary to capture and edit a broad range of subjects and settings. You will learn and utilize basic and intermediate camera video capture and editing skills. As a class, you will create imaginative videos using iPhone and iMovie or comparable Android apps. We will also learn how to offer positive and effective critique to fellow artists. At the conclusion of the course, students will have several videos on their phone to showcase their work.
  • A.M. Role-Playing Games: High School D & D

    Dates:  7/20 - 7/24
    Time: 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
    Ages: 9th grade or older
    Instructor: Dr. Brook Haley
    Cost:  $250 
    Remote Course:  This class will meet remotely using Zoom or similar platform
     
    In this summer of social distancing and remote learning, you can still adventure out into fantastic settings and create camaraderie with Dungeons & Dragons! Join this course to create characters and collective stories about warriors and wizards, the divine and the devious, in a fantasy setting that inspires team-building, decision-making, empathy, and ethics in your everyday life. D&D debuted as the first roleplaying game in 1974, and the most recent edition is the most popular yet, in sales, organized events, and appearances in TV shows, films, podcasts, and more. D&D’s combination of structure with the freedom of individual and collective imagination directly inspires video games and gaming culture, its current popularity in academic, media, and social-emotional learning contexts. In one week, you will: explore the basic rules and freedoms of fantasy roleplaying games, create characters for an adventuring party, play through an adventure, and learn to organize and run your own game as a Dungeon Master. Online resources will allow us to recreate, and even enhance, the tabletop experience remotely. Dr. Haley has played and led countless Dungeons & Dragon campaigns with players as young as six years old, official Adventurers’ League events, and support groups for veterans with PTSD. He currently serves as the faculty leader of the Pacific Ridge D&D Club.
  • A.M. Performance Training

    Dates: 7/20 - 7/23 (Monday, Wednesday, Thursday)
    Time: 9:00 a.m. - 10:15 am
    Grades: 7 - 12 
    Coach: Casey Wheel (Pacific Ridge Strength & Conditioning Coach)
    Max: 20 students per session
    Summer Training Cost: $125 for PRS students; $500 for non-PRS students
    PE Credit Cost:  $500 for PRS Students; not available for non-PRS students
    Remote Course:  This class will meet remotely using Zoom
    For athletes looking to transform and maximize their athleticism, Coach Wheel will be leading a virtual group performance training all summer long via Zoom. The program will improve an athlete’s strength, speed, agility, vertical jump, flexibility, and more. Due to the virtual demands, Coach Wheel will work with the athletes based on equipment and space available at their home.
    Pacific Ridge School athletes may work with Coach Wheel throughout the summer for the one-time $125 registration fee.  Once you have registered, you will set up your schedule with Coach Wheel.
    Pacific Ridge School students who want to earn a trimester of PE credit 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.
    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.
    Students who miss more than two arranged sessions without advance notice may be dropped from the course and have to re-register to participate if space remains.
  • P.M. Chess: Intermediate to Advanced

    Dates:  7/20 - 7/24
    Time: 12:30 - 3:30 p.m.
    Grades: 7 - 12
    Maximum:  9 students
    Instructor: Scott Lyman
    Cost: $250
    On-Site Course: This course will only run if able to do so on-site.  Registration fees will be fully refunded if on-site classes are not allowed by the County Health Department.
    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.
  • P.M. A Capella Multitrack Recording

    Program Dates:  7/20 - 7/24
    Time: 12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
    Grades: 7-12
    Instructor: Justine Hansen
    Cost: $200
    Remote Course: This class will meet remotely using Zoom
    Are you familiar with the Acapella app? Let’s use the collaboration option to make music together this summer!  Over the course of the camp, we will aim to make a 2-3 different videos of popular a capella arrangements.  Individuals will receive vocal coaching and we will explore a Vocal Tip Of The Day.  No fancy equipment needed, just a smart phone and/or laptop computer with microphone.  
  • P.M. Creative Writing: Fantasy Writing and World Building

    Dates:  7/20 - 7/24
    Time: 12:30 - 3:30 p.m.
    Grades: 7-12
    Instructor: Katelyn Meza
    Cost:  $250
    On-site/Remote:  This course will run remotely if required and on campus if allowed
    Students will spend this week-long course developing a believable and compelling fantasy world that will help them learn crucial concepts used throughout the world building process. This will include establishing rules, building societies and cultures, and structuring governments, while learning why it is important to include such things into a fantasy world. Students will engage in daily lectures and writing, and facilitated workshopping with peers for critique.
  • P.M. Performance Training

    Dates: 7/20 - 7/23 (Monday, Wednesday, Thursday)
    Time: 1:30pm - 2:45pm
    Grades: 7 - 12 
    Coach: Casey Wheel (PRS Strength & Conditioning Coach)
    Max: 20 students per session
    Summer Training Cost: $125 for PRS students; $500 for non-PRS students
    PE Credit Cost:  $500 for PRS Students; not available for non-PRS students
    Remote Course:  This class will meet remotely using Zoom
    For athletes looking to transform and maximize their athleticism, Coach Wheel will be leading a virtual group performance training all summer long via Zoom. The program will improve an athlete’s strength, speed, agility, vertical jump, flexibility, and more. Due to the virtual demands, Coach Wheel will work with the athletes based on equipment and space available at their home.
    Pacific Ridge School athletes may work with Coach Wheel throughout the summer for the one-time $125 registration fee.  Once you have registered, you will set up your schedule with Coach Wheel.
    Pacific Ridge School students who want to earn a trimester of PE credit 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.
    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.
    Students who miss more than two arranged sessions without advance notice may be dropped from the course and have to re-register to participate if space remains.

Session 7: July 27-31

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  • A.M. 9th Grade Launch for Success

    Dates: 7/27 - 7/31 (Monday - Friday)
    Time:  9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    Grades: Rising 9th 
    Instructor: Cecilia Shrivistava
    Cost: $275
    On-site/Remote: This course will run remotely if required and on campus if allowed
    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 graders.  Students who attended Pacific Ridge Middle School should not attend this camp.
  • A.M. History of the Sword

    Program Dates: 7/27 - 7/31
    Time: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    Grades: 7-12
    Instructor: Cosmo Cothran-Bray
    Cost: $260 
    On-site/Remote: This course will run remotely if required and on campus if allowed
    Are you a fan of ancient history, high fantasy, military technology, or cool stuff in general? Then look no further than the History of the Sword summer program! One of humanity's oldest and most important weapons, the sword’s purpose and function is summarized well by Jon Snow in Game of Thrones: “Stick ‘em with the pointy end.” Yet from this simple sounding summary springs a world of nuance. Taught by fight choreographer, ancient historian, and PRS alumnus Cosmo Cothran-Bray, this course will examine the evolution and importance of military technology from the ancient world through the 19th century. We will pay specific focus to why slight variations on the same basic concept--sharp, pointy stick--can make a world of difference on the battlefield. And of course, no class studying ancient weapons would be complete without some hands-on (gloved, masked, and socially distanced hands to be sure) training. Using dummy training swords, students will be given an introduction to some of the basic techniques of fight choreography, and the course will conclude with a final performance of originally choreographed duels! So grab your notebooks and your armor, and come join the ranks of the school’s sharpest summer program, The History of the Sword. The fight choreography instruction will still be a part of the program if we are required to meet remotely, but the dueling will not.
  • A.M. AP Chemistry Primer

    Program Dates:  July 27-31
    Time: 9:00am - 12:00pm
    Grades: Rising 11-12
    Instructor: Noel M. Ellis, PhD 
    Cost:  $275
    On-site/Remote: This course will run remotely if required and on campus if allowed
    AP Chemistry is a fast-paced, rigorous science course. Students have roughly 7 months to learn a full year of collegiate chemistry. At the end of this time, they will take a cumulative exam that will often allow them, if successful, to bypass their general chemistry course in college. AP Chemistry sets a high bar, so preparation is essential. This course is designed to facilitate review of the foundational concepts learned in each student’s 10th grade chemistry course, and give each student an understanding of what it means to work at a collegiate level in science. By the end of the course, students will have reviewed important foundational concepts related to atomic structure, the periodic table, and stoichiometry. In addition, students will have completed the majority of their AP Chemistry summer assignment. Most importantly, those who choose to participate in this course will be prepared to learn AP Chemistry with the speed and the level of rigor that the course demands.
  • A.M. Code with Confidence

    Dates: 7/27 - 7/31 (Monday - Friday)
    Time: 9:00 – 12:00 p.m.
    Ages: 12-15
    Cost: $250
    Instructor: TBD
    On-site/Remote: This course will run remotely if required and on campus if allowed.
    Wouldn’t it be cool to create one of the many applications or games that take up so much of our daily lives?  Get started with this camp! Students will have the opportunity to create as they learn real-world coding concepts and techniques and build multiple interactive games and applications.  Campers will leave camp with enough experience to continue building at home and start to utilize those skills across multiple programming languages.
  • A.M. Middle School Skills for Success

    Dates: 7/27 - 7/31 (Monday - Friday)
    Time: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    Grades: 7 (Only open for incoming Pacific Ridge School 7th graders)
    Instructor: Sarah Peeden (Assistant Head of the Middle School)
    Cost: $275
    On-site/Remote: This course will run remotely if required and on campus if allowed.
    The transition to a new middle school is exciting and fun, but it can also be challenging for students. This course is designed to help new Firebirds get to know their new school and fine-tune some of the skills they will need in the coming year.
     
     "Middle School Skills for Success" is a week-long course designed for incoming 7th and 8th-grade Pacific Ridge students. In the class, students will improve classroom skills such as writing, note taking, active reading, and collaborative learning through Harkness discussion, games, and other engaging and interactive activities. At the same time, students will learn productivity strategies and tools such as digital and physical organization, time management, test preparation, goal setting, motivation and concentration. During the week, students will also be introduced to the technological platforms required of them during the year, such as their Pacific Ridge email account, PowerSchool Learning, Zoom, and Google Drive, students will be ready to hit the ground running with their laptops on the first day of school. Lastly, students will leave the course with a clear understanding of the various academic and student support services available at PRS and where to find these resources on campus and via digital tools.
     
    Course instruction and activities will include group coursework, individual assignments, and one-on-one meetings and support from Ms. Peeden and other PRS faculty. 
     
    This course requires a laptop.
     
    If you have any questions or concerns, please direct them to Ms. Peeden.  
  • A.M. Performance Training

    Dates: 7/27 - 7/30 (Monday, Wednesday, Thursday)
    Time: 9:00 a.m. - 10:15 am
    Grades: 7 - 12 
    Coach:  Casey Wheel (Pacific Ridge Strength & Conditioning Coach)
    Max:  20 students per session
    Summer Training Cost: $125 for PRS students; $500 for non-PRS students
    PE Credit Cost: $500 for PRS Students; not available for non-PRS students
    Remote Course: This class will meet remotely using Zoom
    For athletes looking to transform and maximize their athleticism, Coach Wheel will be leading a virtual group performance training all summer long via Zoom. The program will improve an athlete’s strength, speed, agility, vertical jump, flexibility, and more. Due to the virtual demands, Coach Wheel will work with the athlete’s based on equipment and space available at their home.
    Pacific Ridge School athletes may work with Coach Wheel throughout the summer for the one-time $125 registration fee.  Once you have registered, you will set up your schedule with Coach Wheel.
    Pacific Ridge School students who want to earn a trimester of PE credit 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.
    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.
    Students who miss more than two arranged sessions without advance notice may be dropped from the course and have to re-register to participate if space remains.
  • P.M. SAT Math Preparation & Practice

    Program Dates: July 27 - July 31
    Time: 12:30 - 3:30 p.m.
    Grades: 11-12
    Instructor: Jose Ayala
    Cost:  $320
    Remote Course: This class will meet remotely using Zoom
    Are you ready for the SAT Math? No need to worry, SAT Math Prep is here! The goal of this one-week workshop is to help students prepare for the math sections of the SAT. In addition to reviewing the mathematical skills assessed on the SAT test, this workshop will allow students to take practice tests while collaborating with their peers and instructor to learn test taking strategies and work on challenging questions from the practice test. Upon completion of the course, students will leave with at least 5 practice tests and a list of resources to continue to study on their own if they choose.
  • P.M. Shakespeare - Interpretation and Reimagination

    Program Dates:  7/27 - 7/31
    Time: 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
    Grades: 5 - 9
    Instructor: Claire Tam
    Cost:  $260
    On-site/Remote:  This course will run remotely if required and on campus if allowed
    From 10 Things I Hate About You to Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, it is clear that the works of William Shakespeare have been interpreted and reinterpreted countless times. Taking its inspiration from the popular series for children, Shakespeare Can Be Fun, this one-week class invites students to explore Shakespearean plays and find creative ways of retelling the story for a young audience. Students will read selections from Shakespeare’s most famous works and then use technology, art, creative writing, and performance to reinterpret these scenes and stories. At the end of the week, we will share a multimedia retelling of a Shakespearean classic.
  • P.M. Performance Training

    Dates: 7/27 - 7/30 (Monday, Wednesday, Thursday)
    Time: 1:30 - 2:45pm
    Grades: 7 - 12 
    Coach: Casey Wheel (PRS Strength & Conditioning Coach)
    Max: 20 students per session
    Summer Training Cost: $125 for PRS students; $500 for non-PRS students
    PE Credit Cost:  $500 for PRS Students; not available for non-PRS students
    Remote Course: This class will meet remotely using Zoom
    For athletes looking to transform and maximize their athleticism, Coach Wheel will be leading a virtual group performance training all summer long via Zoom. The program will improve an athlete’s strength, speed, agility, vertical jump, flexibility, and more. Due to the virtual demands, Coach Wheel will work with the athletes based on equipment and space available at their home.
    Pacific Ridge School athletes may work with Coach Wheel throughout the summer for the one-time $125 registration fee.  Once you have registered, you will set up your schedule with Coach Wheel.
    Pacific Ridge School students who want to earn a trimester of PE credit 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.
    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.
    Students who miss more than two arranged sessions without advance notice may be dropped from the course and have to re-register to participate if space remains.

Session 8: August 3-7

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  • A.M. Honors Algebra II Preparation

    Dates:  8/3 - 8/7 (Monday - Friday)
    Time: 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    Instructor: Jose Ayala
    Cost: $200
    Remote Course: This class will meet remotely using Zoom
    Start Honors Algebra 2 on the right foot! After a rocky end of the year, the foundational concepts covered in Advanced Algebra can be a bit rusty. The goal of this workshop is to provide a strong review of some of the important concepts of Advanced Algebra and Honors Geometry. Problem-based exercises from Phillips Exeter Academy alongside collaborative strategies will be used to review these concepts as students work on many models represented by linear, quadratic, and absolute value functions as well as systems of equations. Desmos, GeoGebra and the graphing calculator Texas Instrument (TI-84) are used as learning tools. Don’t be stressed at the beginning of your next math class! Note: This course is intended for students who will be taking Honors Algebra 2/Trig during the 2020/2021 school year.
  • A.M. Introduction to Ornithology & Birdwatching

    Dates:  8/3 - 8/7 (Monday - Friday)
    Time: 9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
    Grades: 7 - 12
    Instructor: Julian Jones
    Cost: $250
    Special Remote Course Format: This course will only happen at the birdwatching locations, and families are responsible for transporting students to the sites.  Due to social distancing requirements, PRS cannot provide transportation to or from the birdwatching locations.
    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 in North County San Diego, 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 this area, how to interact with the natural world without disturbing it, and how to get involved in the citizen science world.  Take advantage of the opportunity to get outside during these days of social distancing and take flight on a tweet-worthy adventure!
  • A.M. Solving Equations and Working with Variables

    Dates:  8/3 - 8/7 (Monday - Friday)
    Time: 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    Grades: 7 & 8
    Instructor: Ann Zerlaut
    Cost: $200
    Remote Course: This class will meet remotely using Zoom
    Are you taking Algebra I this fall?  Feel a little shaky on working with variables and solving equations?  This course will focus on the two most important Pre-algebra skills you will need for success in Algebra I.  After reviewing simplifying expressions by combining like terms and using the algebraic properties (including the distributive property), we will shore up our equations solving skills with guided practice for all types of equations from one-step to multi-step.  Additionally, we will work with fractional coefficients, discuss what it means to find a solution and how to check it, recognize equations with no solutions and infinitely many solutions, and develop confidence in isolating a variable.  The aim of this course is to help you start the school year as a confident equation solver who is more prepared for Algebra I. Please have a calculator ready to use.  
  • A.M. Tinkering Camp

    Program Dates: 8/3 - 8/7
    Time: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    Grades: 5-8
    Instructor: Kim Viernes
    Cost:  $260
    On-Site Course:  This course will only run if able to do so on-site.  Registration fees will be fully refunded if on-site classes are not allowed by the County Health Department.
    In this session students will use their imagination to become creators and innovators. Students will engage in open-ended design challenges using real machine parts, hardware, and construction 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 San Diego. Kim Viernes has been inspired by and trained at #tinkeringschoolsf. Curious? Watch the TED talk by Tinkering School founder, Gever Tulley.
  • A.M. Middle School Skills for Success

    Dates: 8/3 - 8/7 (Monday - Friday)
    Time: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    Grades: 7 (Only open for incoming Pacific Ridge School 7th graders)
    Instructor: Sarah Peeden (Assistant Head of the Middle School)
    Cost: $275
    On-site/Remote: This course will run remotely if required and on campus if allowed.
    The transition to a new middle school is exciting and fun, but it can also be challenging for students. This course is designed to help new Firebirds get to know their new school and fine-tune some of the skills they will need in the coming year.
     
     "Middle School Skills for Success" is a week-long course designed for incoming 7th and 8th-grade Pacific Ridge students. In the class, students will improve classroom skills such as writing, note taking, active reading, and collaborative learning through Harkness discussion, games, and other engaging and interactive activities. At the same time, students will learn productivity strategies and tools such as digital and physical organization, time management, test preparation, goal setting, motivation and concentration. During the week, students will also be introduced to the technological platforms required of them during the year, such as their Pacific Ridge email account, PowerSchool Learning, Zoom, and Google Drive, students will be ready to hit the ground running with their laptops on the first day of school. Lastly, students will leave the course with a clear understanding of the various academic and student support services available at PRS and where to find these resources on campus and via digital tools.
     
    Course instruction and activities will include group coursework, individual assignments, and one-on-one meetings and support from Ms. Peeden and other PRS faculty. 
     
    This course requires a laptop.
     
    If you have any questions or concerns, please direct them to Ms. Peeden.  
  • A.M. Upper School Essay Writing Workshop

    Dates: 8/3 -8/7 (Monday - Friday)
    Time: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
    Grades: 9 – 11 
    Instructor: Claire Tam
    Cost: $275
    On-site/Remote: This course will run remotely if required and on campus if allowed
    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.
  • A.M. Performance Training

    Dates: 8/3 - 8/6  (Monday, Wednesday, Thursday)
    Time: 9:00 a.m. - 10:15 am
    Grades: 7 - 12 
    Coach: Casey Wheel (Pacific Ridge Strength & Conditioning Coach)
    Max: 20 students per session
    Summer Training Cost: $125 for PRS students; $500 for non-PRS students
    PE Credit Cost: $500 for PRS Students; not available for non-PRS
    Remote Course:  This class will meet remotely using Zoom
    For athletes looking to transform and maximize their athleticism, Coach Wheel will be leading a virtual group performance training all summer long via Zoom. The program will improve an athlete’s strength, speed, agility, vertical jump, flexibility, and more. Due to the virtual demands, Coach Wheel will work with the athletes based on equipment and space available at their home.
    Pacific Ridge School athletes may work with Coach Wheel throughout the summer for the one-time $125 registration fee.  Once you have registered, you will set up your schedule with Coach Wheel.
    Pacific Ridge School students who want to earn a trimester of PE credit 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.
    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.
    Students who miss more than two arranged sessions without advance notice may be dropped from the course and have to re-register to participate if space remains.
  • P.M. Photography

    Dates: 8/3 - 8/7 (Monday - Friday)
    Time: 12:30 - 3:30 p.m.
    Grades: 5-8
    Instructor: Doug Devlin
    Cost: $260
    On-site/Remote: This course will run remotely if required and on campus if allowed
    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.
  • P.M. Algebra Brush-up

    Dates:  8/3 - 8/7 (Monday - Friday)
    Time: 1:00 - 2:30 p.m.
    Instructor: Jose Ayala
    Cost: $200
    Remote Course: This class will meet remotely using Zoom
    Start Algebra II on the right foot! After a year of Geometry, the foundations of Algebra can be a bit rusty. The goal of this workshop is to provide a strong review of the important concepts of Algebra I. Analytical skills are stressed more than simple mechanical skills, as students work on many models represented by linear, quadratic, and exponential functions as well as systems of equations. The graphing calculator Texas Instrument (TI-84) is used as a learning tool. Don’t be stressed at the beginning of your next math class!
  • P.M. Senior Intensive: College Essay Writing Workshop

    Dates: 8/3 - 8/7 (Monday – Friday)
    Time: 12:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. 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: $325
    On-site/Remote: This course will run remotely if required and on campus if allowed
    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.
  • P.M. Middle School Skills for Success

    Dates: 8/3 - 8/7 (Monday - Friday)
    Time: 12:30 - 3:30 p.m.
    Grades: 7 (Only open for incoming Pacific Ridge School 7th graders)
    Instructor: Sarah Peeden (Assistant Head of the Middle School)
    Cost: $275
    On-site/Remote: This course will run remotely if required and on campus if allowed.
    The transition to a new middle school is exciting and fun, but it can also be challenging for students. This course is designed to help new Firebirds get to know their new school and fine-tune some of the skills they will need in the coming year.
     
     "Middle School Skills for Success" is a week-long course designed for incoming 7th and 8th-grade Pacific Ridge students. In the class, students will improve classroom skills such as writing, note taking, active reading, and collaborative learning through Harkness discussion, games, and other engaging and interactive activities. At the same time, students will learn productivity strategies and tools such as digital and physical organization, time management, test preparation, goal setting, motivation and concentration. During the week, students will also be introduced to the technological platforms required of them during the year, such as their Pacific Ridge email account, PowerSchool Learning, Zoom, and Google Drive, students will be ready to hit the ground running with their laptops on the first day of school. Lastly, students will leave the course with a clear understanding of the various academic and student support services available at PRS and where to find these resources on campus and via digital tools.
     
    Course instruction and activities will include group coursework, individual assignments, and one-on-one meetings and support from Ms. Peeden and other PRS faculty. 
     
    This course requires a laptop.
     
    If you have any questions or concerns, please direct them to Ms. Peeden.  
  • P.M. Middle School Essay Writing Workshop

    Dates: 8/3 - 8/7 (Monday - Friday)
    Time: 12:30 - 3:30 p.m.
    Grades: 7 – 8
    Instructor: Hilaire O'Hallaron
    Cost: $275
    On-site/Remote: This course will run remotely if required and on campus if allowed.
    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.
  • P.M. Performance Training

    Dates: 8/3 - 8/6 (Monday, Wednesday, Thursday)
    Time: 1:30pm - 2:45pm
    Grades: 7 - 12 
    Coach: Casey Wheel (PRS Strength & Conditioning Coach)
    Max: 20 students per session
    Summer Training Cost: $125 for PRS students; $500 for non-PRS students
    PE Credit Cost: $500 for PRS Students; not available for non-PRS students
    Remote Course: This class will meet remotely using Zoom
    For athletes looking to transform and maximize their athleticism, Coach Wheel will be leading a virtual group performance training all summer long via Zoom. The program will improve an athlete’s strength, speed, agility, vertical jump, flexibility, and more. Due to the virtual demands, Coach Wheel will work with the athletes based on equipment and space available at their home.
    Pacific Ridge School athletes may work with Coach Wheel throughout the summer for the one-time $125 registration fee.  Once you have registered, you will set up your schedule with Coach Wheel.
    Pacific Ridge School students who want to earn a trimester of PE credit 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.
    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.
    Students who miss more than two arranged sessions without advance notice may be dropped from the course and have to re-register to participate if space remains.

Session 9: August 10 - 14

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  • A.M. Chinese Language Primer: Beginner - Chinese 2

    Dates:  8/10 - 8/14 (Monday - Friday)
    Time: 9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
    Grades: 7-10
    Instructor: Amy Fu
    Cost:  $200
    Remote Course: This class will meet remotely using Zoom
    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.
  • A.M. Spanish Language Primer: Beginner Spanish 2

    Program Dates:  August 10 - 14 (Monday - Friday)
    Time: 9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
    Grades: 7-10
    Instructor: Cecilia Shrivastava 
    Cost:  $200
    Remote Course: This class will meet remotely using Zoom
    ¿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 have taken Spanish A and/or B at PRS, and any student who has had Spanish class or tutoring 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.

Questions?

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