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Summer Programs 2019

Want more out of summer camp? Try Pacific Ridge Summer Programs!
A summer experience that wraps learning new skills in a whole lot of fun.
 
Sign up for summer at Pacific Ridge! Your kids can:
  • Dive deep into a new passion.
  • Build skills with hands-on activities.
  • Make friends who share their interests.
  • Feel the spark that makes learning fun.
 
The 2019 Summer Program offers morning and afternoon options for 5th-12th grade students, starting on June 17 and running through August 2.

Session 1: June 17 - 21

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  • A.M. Rhythm & Pitch Intensive (Age 10-14)

    Rhythm and Pitch Intensive
    Dates: June 17 - 24
    Time: 9:00 a.m. — 12:00 p.m.
    Ages: 10 - 14
    Instructor: Marko Smith
    Cost: $240
    Rhythm and pitch are the fundamental components of all music. Learn basic music theory to understand why some music reflects beauty and some music inspires fear. Learn the difference between major and minor chords and scales, and instantly begin to craft your own melodies. Employ a simple technique for writing chord progressions, and learn how to hang a melody from the rising and falling chords. Learn how to count rhythms and explore common and unusual time signatures. Take the knowledge of all the above and implement the ideas into workshop pieces. Explore various genres of music, examining the various applications of rhythm and pitch.
  • A.M. Boys Basketball Clinic (Age 10-17)

    Boys Basketball Clinic
    Dates: 6/17- 6/20 (Monday – Thursday)
    Time: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    Age: 10-17 (grouped by age)
    Coach: Chris Burman (Upper School and Middle School Head Basketball Coach)
    Cost: $190
    Click here to register.
    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. Depending on numbers, the Youth Camp (grades 5 – 8) may move to 12:30-3:30.
  • P.M. Percussion Ensemble (Age 10-16)

    Percussion Ensemble
    Dates: June 17 - 24
    Time: 1:00 — 4:00 p.m.
    Ages: 10 - 16
    Instructor: Marko Smith
    Cost: $240
    Regardless of which instrument you have chosen as your primary, a study of rhythm will serve you well. Learn techniques for counting rhythms and ensemble playing that will bolster your skills on any instrument. Whether you are an absolute beginner, or already pressing toward mastery, this course has tools and techniques that will take your playing to the next level. Explore the layered percussion of traditional Afro-Cuban and Brazilian rhythms. Learn composition techniques and explore the art of improvisational soloing. There will be a recital of workshop pieces during the last hour of class on Friday. 

Session 2: June 24 - 28

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  • A.M. Photography (Age 10-13)

    Program Dates: 6/24 – 6/28 (Monday – Friday)
    Time: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    Age: 10-13
    Instructor: Doug Devlin
    Cost: $240 (or $450 to combine with Photo Journalism Camp)
    Click here to register.
    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. Songwriter's Workshop (Age 12-16)

    Songwriter’s Workshop
    Program Dates: June 24 - 28
    Time: 9:00 a.m. — 12:00 p.m.
    Ages: 12 - 18
    Instructor: Marko Smith
     
    Have a song inside of you that wants to come out? There are many approaches to songwriting. This course will survey several techniques to facilitate your creativity. Learn how to craft a melody, using the tried and true tools of basic music theory. Learn how to harmonize that melody with simple chords. Explore variations in timing to add color and expression to your idea. Try new ways of developing lyrical ideas. This course is excellent for anyone who wishes to gain deeper insights into musicality, and to more effectively capture musical ideas on paper, fretboard or tape. All genres welcome.
  • A.M. Tinkering Lab (Age 10-13)

    Program Dates: 6/24 – 6/28 (Monday - Friday) 
    Time: 9:00am-12:00pm
    Age: 10-13
    Instructor: Kim Viernes
    Cost: $240
    Click here to register.
    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. Blogging & the Web (Age 12-15)

    Program Dates: 6/24 – 6/28 (Monday - Friday)
    Time: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    Age: 12-15
    Instructor: Ellen Wright
    Cost: $240
    Click here to register.
    This one-week course will cover the basics of blogging. Students will learn how to find their niche, start a website and develop a stream of engaging content. During the course, we’ll discuss what makes a blog successful and how to build an audience. For students over the age of 13, we’ll also discuss successful social media techniques to leverage an audience. Students can bring laptops, but computers will be available. At the conclusion of the course, students will understand the practices behind building and running a successful blog and will have a webpage they can use going forward.
  • A.M. Living History of San Diego (Age 10-13)

    Program Dates: 6/24 – 6/28 (Monday - Friday)
    Time: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    Age: 10-13
    Instructor: Claire Tam
    Cost: $240
    Click here to register.
    In this session, students will help bring history to life! Using a multidisciplinary approach, we will explore the San Diego area through a week of local art, literature, history and immersive activities. Step back in time and experience San Diego as our predecessors knew it! We will follow local history through music, games, food, and more. Older students will also have a chance to pursue a small research project and design a 10-minute lesson that shares a piece of local history: for instance, presenting an autobiography as an important player in San Diego's past, designing an art piece that represents a pivotal moment in local history, or guiding us through a poem by a local author. This class is facilitated by history teacher Claire Tam, who based this course off her own childhood experiences attending similar camps at the Louisa May Alcott House in Concord, Massachusetts.
  • P.M. 3D Art (Age 10-14)

    Program Date: 6/24 - 6/28 and 7/29 - 8/2
    Time: 12:30 - 3:30 p.m.
    Age: 10-14
    Instructor: Manisha Phadnis
    Cost:  $240
    Click here to register.
    In this 3D class, students will design and construct abstract sculpture forms using a variety of materials and techniques. They will learn to use the basic principles of design to create, express and analyze their work with their peers. At the conclusion of this class they will have learnt how to use form and space and be ready for presentation.
     
  • P.M. Start Your Own Band (Age 12-16)

    Dates: June 24 - 28
    Time: 1:00 — 4:00 p.m.
    Ages: 12 - 16
    Instructor: Marko Smith
    Cost: $240
     
    Have you always wanted to be in a band, but need some help getting started? This course is designed to help you and your bandmates learn how to put songs together, whether they are popular songs currently on the radio, classics from the past, or original creations. Learn just enough music theory to kick your creativity into high gear, turning a handful of chords into a whole set of music. Learn to play cohesively in an ensemble setting, locking rhythms with your bandmates and supporting each other by creating space for improvisational exploration. There will be a recital during the last hour of camp on Friday. The class will perform a sample of songs and exercises that were learned during the week. You will be able to take away techniques and skills necessary to continue this work on your own, or with your newly-formed band, after this week-long intensive. All genres welcome.
  • P.M. Improv Theater (Age 10-13)

    Program Dates: 6/24 – 6/28 (Monday – Friday)
    Time: 12:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
    Age: 10-13
    Instructor: Claire Tam
    Cost: $240
    Click here to register.
    No script? No problem! Using a series of improvisation games and exercises, students will develop not only their confidence and creativity but also their listening and public speaking skills. We will learn how to trust and support our scene partners, build an ensemble, and provide a full story arc within an improvised sketch. The course will culminate with an informal performance. This class is facilitated by Claire Tam, history teacher and advisor/coach to the Pacific Ridge speech and debate team. In addition to having been active in her high school and children's theater productions, Claire Tam has taught summer theater classes at Concord Youth Theatre (Massachusetts) for students ranging from Pre-K through eighth grade.

Session 3: July 8 - 12

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  • A.M. Skateboard Design & Build Workshop (Age 10-14)

    Program Dates:  7/8 - 7/12
    Time: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    Age: 10-14
    Min/Max Enrollment: 6/10
    Instructor: Ryan Beck
    Cost:  $240 + $50 materials fee
    Click here to register.
    In this program, students will use engineering, technology, math, and art to design and build their own custom skateboard decks! Students first sketch their ideas, then convert them into digital drawings using CAD 3D modeling software. Students will learn about vacuum-forming using Roarockit technology to laminate and bend wood.They will create their own foam molds by hand and laminate and press seven sheets of maple veneers into a molded shape. Once the boards are pressed, students will create templates and cut out their boards, learning the safety and basic operation of power tools. After some final sanding, the students will seal their skateboard decks and can apply art to give their product a fun, custom touch. Each student will leave the course with her/his own custom skateboard deck and foam mold!
  • A.M. Speech & Debate Part 1 (Age 12-15)

    Program Dates: Speech 7/8 – 7/12 (Monday - Friday), Debate 7/15 – 7/19 (Monday - Friday)
    Time: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    Age: 12-15
    Instructor: Claire Tam
    Cost: $240 for each week or $450 for both
    Click here to register.
    Public speaking and knowing how to express oneself persuasively are skills that will serve young people both in the classroom and beyond. In this two-week sequence, students will develop these abilities in two ways. During the first week, 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). In the second week, we will build on these skills with an introduction to debate. 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. For both weeks, the final day of the session will conclude with an opportunity for students to showcase their work for parents, friends, and other guests. While this has been designed as a two-week track (week 2 will use many of the pacing, enunciation, and projection skills we practice in week 1), students are welcome to enroll in one or both weeks. This class is facilitated by Claire Tam, history teacher and advisor/coach to the Pacific Ridge Speech and Debate team. She also competed in both speech and debate events while in high school and worked as a public speaking tutor for three years at Wellesley College.
  • A.M. Photo Journalism (Age 10-13)

    Photo Journalism
    Program Dates: 7/8 – 7/12 (Monday – Friday) 
    Time: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    Age: 10-13
    Instructor: Doug Devlin
    Cost: $240 (or $450 to combine with Photography Camp)
    Click here to register.
    This is an introductory course in photojournalism presented in a multimedia context. The course will be taught as a hands-on workshop. Instruction will progress from basic camera operation and the news “one shot” to more comprehensive visual storytelling that may incorporate audio, video or other multimedia components. We will cover the essential elements of good visual storytelling and how to photograph the single-image news and feature assignment.  At the conclusion of the course, students will compile a portfolio of their work.
  • A.M. Creative Writing: Creating a Graphic Novel (Age 10-14)

    Program Dates: 7/8 – 7/12 (Monday – Friday)
    Time: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    Age: 10-14
    Instructor: Alison Lahl
    Cost: $240
    Click here to register.
    In this week-long course, you will have the opportunity to develop and construct a short graphic novel. You will brainstorm ideas relating to plot, character, and art; learn about various storytelling, storyboarding, and fiction writing techniques; engage in meaningful peer critique as you move through the revision process; and learn how to bind a book. By the end of the week, you will have a bound graphic novel of your own creation!
  • P.M. Woodworking (Age 10-14)

    Program Dates: 7/8 – 7/12 (Monday – Friday)
    Time: 12:30-3:30
    Age: 10-14
    Class Maximum: 12 students
    Instructor: Peyton Bray
    Cost: $240
    Click here to register.
    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.
  • P.M. Theater (Age 10-13)

    Program Dates: 7/8 - 7/12 (Monday – Friday)
    Time: 12:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
    Age: 10-13
    Instructor: Claire Tam
    Cost: $240
    Click here to register.
    "Hey, my uncle has a barn. Let's put on a show!" Based on age and experience level, this course will take one of two tracks: either students will dramatize well-known stories through a combination of script-based work and improvisation, or we will develop a short showcase featuring monologues, scenes, and student-written work. Depending on class interest, there is the possibility of incorporating songs and basic movement. Regardless of the track, in this course, students will receive coaching in 
    acting, movement, stage presence, delivering lines, and working as a cast. The course will culminate with an informal performance. This class is facilitated by Claire Tam, history teacher and advisor/coach to the Pacific Ridge speech and debate team. In addition to having been active in her high school and children's theater productions, Claire Tam has taught summer theater classes at Concord Youth Theatre (MA) for students ranging from Pre-K through eighth grade.
  • P.M. Outdoor Fun (Age 10-13)

    Program Dates: Weeks of June 24, July 8, July 15, July 22, July 29
    Time: 12:30-3:00pm
    Age: 10-13
    Instructor: TBD
    Cost: $160 (Select “+ Afternoon” prices for morning electives to add this option)
    Click here to register.
    The Outdoor Fun program gets campers moving with a wide variety of outdoor activities that will include PE-style games, sports, hikes on local trails around campus, water-balloon battles, gardening, and more. Instructors will focus on fun, fair play, cooperation, and enjoying the outside world. The program will move into the gym in inclement weather.

Session 4: July 15 - 19

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  • A.M. Dance: The Greatest Showman (Age 10-13)

    Program Dates: 7/8 – 7/12 (Monday – Friday)
    Time: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    Age: 10-13
    Instructor: Michelle Clark
    Cost: $240 ($450 to combine with The Greatest Showman Musical Theater camp)
    Click here to register.
    Get ready for this summer’s dance camp….The Greatest Showman!  During this fun, high energy camp you will learn routines using various styles of dance including jazz, ballet, hip hop, and contemporary to songs from the hit movie The Greatest Showman!  This program will allow you to improve your technique while also learning how to pick up choreography quickly.  The week wouldn’t be complete without a performance opportunity, so we will end the week with a live show Friday for parents to come watch!
  • A.M. Photography (Age 10-13)

    Program Dates: 7/15 – 7/19 (Monday – Friday)
    Time: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    Age: 10-13
    Instructor: Doug Devlin
    Cost: $240 (or $450 to combine with Photo Journalism Camp)
    Click here to register.
    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. Speech & Debate Part 2 (Age 12-15)

    Program Dates: Speech 7/8 – 7/12 (Monday - Friday), Debate 7/15 – 7/19 (Monday - Friday)
    Time: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    Age: 12-15
    Instructor: Claire Tam
    Cost: $240 for each week or $450 for both
    Click here to register.
    Public speaking and knowing how to express oneself persuasively are skills that will serve young people both in the classroom and beyond. In this two-week sequence, students will develop these abilities in two ways. During the first week, 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). In the second week, we will build on these skills with an introduction to debate. 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. For both weeks, the final day of the session will conclude with an opportunity for students to showcase their work for parents, friends, and other guests. While this has been designed as a two-week track (week 2 will use many of the pacing, enunciation, and projection skills we practice in week 1), students are welcome to enroll in one or both weeks. This class is facilitated by Claire Tam, history teacher and advisor/coach to the Pacific Ridge Speech and Debate team. She also competed in both speech and debate events while in high school and worked as a public speaking tutor for three years at Wellesley College.
  • A.M. Creative Writing: Time Travel Historical Fiction (Age 10-14)

    Program Dates: 7/15 – 7/19 (Monday – Friday)
    Time: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    Age: 10-14
    Instructor: Alison Lahl
    Cost: $240
    Click here to register.
    In this week-long course, you will have the opportunity to research a particular historical moment and write a short story in which a modern-day character travels back in time to that moment. You will study and research various historical events, places, and people; brainstorm ideas relating to plot and character; learn about various storytelling and fiction writing techniques; engage in meaningful peer critique as you move through the revision process; and learn how to bind a book. By the end of the week, you will have a bound short story of your own creation!
  • P.M. Magic the Gathering Camp (Age 10-14)

    Magic the Gathering Camp
    Dates: 7/15 – 7/19 (Monday - Friday) and 7/22 – 7/26 (Monday - Friday)
    Time: 12:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
    Grades: 5 – 9
    Instructor: Cosmo Cothran-Bray
    Cost:
     
    $220 for each week or $400 for both
    Friendship? Fun? Fantasy? Magic! In this two-part camp, you will have the opportunity to delve into the history, tactics, and enjoyment of Magic: The Gathering, the world’s most popular strategy TCG (trading card game). Ever played Yu-gi-Oh or Pokémon? Find out what they were all based off of! Over the course of either one or two weeks, we will spend time studying realistic deck building, in-game strategies, how to compete in a healthy, enjoyable manner, and so much more! Whether you’ve never touched the game before or are a tournament-grinding veteran, come test your skills against other members of the Magic community and be prepared to teach, learn, play, and have a great time.  Cosmo Cothran-Bray (PRS Class of 2016) has played tournament Magic for over ten years and has competed in Grand Prix events in Los Angeles and Las Vegas.
  • P.M. Musical Theater: The Greatest Showman (Age 10-13)

    Program Dates: 7/15 – 7/19 (Monday – Friday)
    Time: 12:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
    Age: 10-13
    Instructor: Claire Tam
    Cost: $240 (or $450 to combine with The Greatest Showman Dance Camp)
    Click here to register.
    What does it take to be the Greatest Showman? In this week-long course, we will explore storytelling through a combination of script work, improvisation, music, and movement. You will receive coaching in acting, movement, stage presence, delivering lines, and working as a cast. Taking inspiration from the hit 2017 film, we will develop our own story, characters, and dialogue supported by actual songs fromThe Greatest Showman. Throughout the week, we will work towards mounting informal performance in collaboration with ensemble members from the morning’s'The Greatest Showman' Dance Camp for family and friends. This class is facilitated by Claire Tam, history teacher and advisor/coach to the Pacific Ridge Speech and Debate team. In addition to having been active in her high school and children's theater productions, Claire Tam has taught summer theater classes at Concord Youth Theatre (MA) for students ranging from Pre-K through eighth grade.
  • P.M. Woodworking (Age 10-14)

    Program Dates: 7/15 – 7/19 (Monday – Friday)
    Time: 12:30-3:30
    Age: 10-14
    Class Maximum: 12 students
    Instructor: Peyton Bray
    Cost: $240
    Click here to register.
    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.
     
  • P.M. 9th Grade Launch for Success (Grade 9)

    Dates: 7/15 - 7/19 (Monday - Friday) 
    Time: 12:30 - 3:30 p.m.
    Grades: Incoming Pacific Ridge 9th graders only
    Instructor: Richard Masland (9th Grade Dean)
    Cost: $260
    Click here to register.
    This week-long course enhances academic skills that foster a successful transition to high 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. While this class is an excellent introduction for students new to Pacific Ridge, returning students can benefit from the skills and strategy review as well.
  • P.M. Outdoor Fun (Age 10-13)

    Program Dates: Weeks of June 24, July 8, July 15, July 22, July 29
    Time: 12:30-3:00pm
    Age: 10-13
    Instructor: TBD
    Cost: $160 (Select “+ Afternoon” prices for morning electives to add this option)
    Click here to register.
     
    The Outdoor Fun program gets campers moving with a wide variety of outdoor activities that will include PE-style games, sports, hikes on local trails around campus, water-balloon battles, gardening, and more. Instructors will focus on fun, fair play, cooperation, and enjoying the outside world. The program will move into the gym in inclement weather.
     

Session 5: July 22 - 26

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  • A.M. Code Confidently (Age 12-15)

    Dates: 7/22 - 7/26 (Monday - Friday)
    Time: 9:00 – 12:00 p.m.
    Ages: 12-15
    Cost: $240
    Instructor: Alfi Hobbs
    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. Creativity in the Kitchen Part 1 (Age 10-13)

    Program Dates: 7/22 – 7/26 (Monday - Friday) and 7/29 – 8/2 (Monday - Friday)
    Time: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    Age: 10-13
    Instructor: Olga Koroleva
    Cost: $240 ($450 for both weeks)
    Click here to register.
    Want to start cooking like a chef? This class will start you on your way! You will be chopping, frying, sautėing and exploring flavors to unleash your creative side. "Playing with your food” is A-okay when creating and decorating your dishes!

    During this week, we will learn how to prepare terrific breakfast, lunch and dinner recipes. We will prepare a sweet surprise to share with parents on the last day of camp. Yum!
  • A.M. Middle School Skills for Success (Grade 7-8)

    Dates: 7/22 – 7/26 (Monday - Friday) 
    Time: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    Grades: Incoming Pacific Ridge 7th and 8th graders only
    Instructor: Sarah Peeden (Assistant Head of the Middle School)
    Cost: $260
    Click here to register.
    This week-long course is designed to help incoming 7th 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.
  • P.M. 9th Grade Launch for Success (Grade 9)

    Dates: 7/22 – 7/26 (Monday-Friday)
    Time: 12:30 - 3:30 p.m.
    Grades: Incoming Pacific Ridge 9th graders only
    Instructor: Richard Masland (9th Grade Dean)
    Cost: $260
    Click here to register.
    This week-long course enhances academic skills that foster a successful transition to high 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. While this class is an excellent introduction for students new to Pacific Ridge, returning students can benefit from the skills and strategy review as well.
  • P.M. Middle School Essay Writing (Grade 7-8)

    Dates: 7/22 - 7/26 (Monday - Friday)
    Time: 12:30 - 3:30 p.m.
    Grades: 7 – 8
    Instructor: Allison Lahl
    Cost: $260
    Click here to register.
    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. Outdoor Fun (Age 10-13)

    Program Dates: Weeks of June 24, July 8, July 15, July 22, July 29
    Time: 12:30-3:00pm
    Age: 10-13
    Instructor: TBD
    Cost: $160 (Select “+ Afternoon” prices for morning electives to add this option)
    Click here to register.
    The Outdoor Fun program gets campers moving with a wide variety of outdoor activities that will include PE-style games, sports, hikes on local trails around campus, water-balloon battles, gardening, and more. Instructors will focus on fun, fair play, cooperation, and enjoying the outside world. The program will move into the gym in inclement weather.
     

Session 6: July 29 - August 2

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  • A.M. Girls Volleyball Camp (Age 14-17)

    Dates: 7/29 - 8/1 (Monday - Thursday)
    Time: 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    Age: 14-17
    Cost: $130
    Instructor: Jed Stotsenberg
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    This clinic is for athletes who will compete in a position on their high 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.
  • A.M. Creativity in the Kitchen Part 2 (Age 10-13)

    Program Dates: 7/22 – 7/26 (Monday - Friday) and 7/29 – 8/2 (Monday - Friday)
    Time: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    Age: 10-13
    Instructor: Olga Koroleva
    Cost: $240 ($450 for both weeks)
    Click here to register.
    Want to start cooking like a chef? This class will start you on your way! You will be chopping, frying, sautėing and exploring flavors to unleash your creative side. "Playing with your food” is A-okay when creating and decorating your dishes!

    During this week we will learn to make several courses, from soup and salad to main dishes and desserts. We will prepare a sweet surprise to share with parents on the last day of camp. Yum!
  • A.M. Tinkering Lab (Age 10-13)

    Program Dates: 7/29 – 8/2 (Monday - Friday) 
    Time: 9:00am-12:00pm
    Age: 10-13
    Instructor: Kim Viernes
    Cost: $240
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    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 (Grade 7-8)

    Dates: 7/29 - 8/2 (Monday - Friday)
    Time: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    Grades: Open to incoming Pacific Ridge 7th and 8th Graders only
    Instructor: Sarah Peeden (Assistant Head of the Middle School)
    Cost: $260
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    This week-long course is designed to help incoming 7th 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.
  • A.M. Upper School Essay Writing (Age 14-17)

    Dates: 7/29 – 8/2 (Monday - Friday)
    Time: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
    Age: 14-17
    Instructor: Allison Lahl
    Cost: $260
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    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.
  • P.M. Coed Youth Volleyball (Age 11-13)

    Dates: 7/29 - 8/1 (Monday - Thursday)
    Time: 12:30 - 2:30 p.m.
    Age: 11-13
    Cost: $130
    Instructor: Jed Stotsenberg
    Click here to register.
    This clinic is for athletes who will compete in 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.
  • P.M. Algebra Brush-up

    Dates:  7/29 - 8/2 (Monday - Friday)
    Time: 12:30 - 3:30 p.m.
    Instructor: Olga Koroleva
    Cost: $260
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    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. Outdoor Fun (Age 10-13)

    Program Dates: Weeks of June 24, July 8, July 15, July 22, July 29
    Time: 12:30-3:00pm
    Age: 10-13
    Instructor: TBD
    Cost: $160 (Select “+ Afternoon” prices for morning electives to add this option)
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    The Outdoor Fun program gets campers moving with a wide variety of outdoor activities that will include PE-style games, sports, hikes on local trails around campus, water-balloon battles, gardening, and more. Instructors will focus on fun, fair play, cooperation, and enjoying the outside world. The program will move into the gym in inclement weather.
     

Questions?

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