The Chaminade Center for Excellence creates programs for young minds with goals central to our Marianist philosophy to inspire, engage, and empower young minds in student-centered programs.
 

Academic and Enrichment

Middle School Courses

Middle School Academic Courses

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  • Entering 6th Grade Reading Comprehension and Language Skills

    Entering 6th grade
    This course will help incoming 6th graders with the reading skills necessary for success at Chaminade. Particular attention will be paid to comprehension. Students will use the assigned summer reading novel as a resource. Homework will be assigned and grades will be provided to the administration for review.

    Location: Chatsworth Campus
    Dates: June 29 – July 17
    Time: 8:30 am – 11:30 am
    Tuition: $500
  • Chaminade Summer Reading Boot Camp

    Entering 6th grade
    This class is just what it sounds like: a structured review of the assigned summer reading. Students will have an opportunity to read and discuss the required summer reading book and prepare to take that reading quiz on the first day of English class! For incoming 6th graders only.

    Location: Chatsworth Campus
    Dates: July 20 – July 24
    Time: 8:30 am – 11:30 am
    Tuition: $250
  • Entering 6th/7th Grade Math

    Entering 6th and 7th grades
    Incoming students will benefit from this course emphasizing math skills needed for 6th and 7th grade. This course will include the review and practice of all four basic operations with whole numbers, decimals and fractions. Homework will be assigned and grades will be provided to the administration for review.

    Location: Chatsworth Campus
    Dates: June 29 – July 17
    Time: 8:30 am – 11:30 am OR 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
    Tuition: $500
  • Middle School Research and Study Skills

    Entering 7th and 8th grade
    This is a course designed for students entering 7th or 8th grade. Students will complete a presentation project. Emphasis will be on organizational and research skills. Students will focus on improving their reading comprehension, vocabulary, and writing skills. They will also learn effective study techniques and time management required for success in middle school.

    Location: Chatsworth Campus 
    Dates: June 29 – July 17
    Time: 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
    Tuition: $500

Middle School Enrichment Courses

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  • Advanced Skills Baseball Camp

    Join the Chaminade Varsity Coaching staff and player for a week long intensive adanced skills camp. For entering grades 7-8. 


    Location: West Hills Campus
    Week 2: June 22-26
    Time: 8:30am - 11:30am
    Cost: $200
  • Camp Cricut Create!

    It doesn't take an artist to create one of a kind project.  Join us to tap into that creatitive side that is in all of us! Using the computer program, Design Space, students will create images on table computers.  Watch their designs come to life as they create one of a kind tote bags, water bottles, t-shirts and more.  Creativity and technology come together in this camp as students print out their designs on Cricut Makers. 

    Location: Chatsorth Campus
    Week 2: June 22 – June 26
    Time: 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm

    Week 4: July 6 – July 10
    Time: 8:30 am – 11:30 am

    Fee:
     $180
  • Eagles Take Flight!

    Entering 6th and 7th grade – For Students New to Chaminade Middle School
    This half-day workshop will immerse new students in a daily three-hour experience specially designed to prepare them for starting the new school year off right at Chaminade’ s Chatsworth campus. Each student will attend two classes daily to expose them to the skills and knowledge expected of entering Chaminade students. The classes will include an “Introduction to Chaminade”, a class designed to familiarize students with Chaminade culture, meet program directors, ask pertinent questions and meet their classmates, and “Study Skills”, in which students will learn important skills for organization, time management, note-taking, and test preparation. Students will utilize tablet computers daily in each class to practice keyboarding and learn the basic functions of the laptops in a classroom setting.

    Location: Chatsworth Campus
    Week 1: June 15 – June 26 
    OR
    Week 2: July 6 – July 17 
    Time: 8:30 am – 11:30 am
    Fee: $475
  • GoBabyGo!

    Entering 6th – 10th grade
    GoBabyGo! Is a national, community-based research, design and outreach program that provides modified ride-on cars to children birth to age 3 who experience limited mobility. Chaminade Center for Excellence is excited to be bringing this amazing service based program to our community. Lead by previously trained faculty and student members of the Chaminade High School Eagle Engineering program, students will participate in the entire process of assessing the mobility needs of the individual child to design and then build the vehicle. On the last day of camp, there will be a celebration where all the student will be able to meet and present the ride-on vehicle to the children and families to give the vehicle to the children and family. This is sure to be an amazing experience and space is limited so register early! Chaminade students may claim service hours in compliance with their campus and grade level guidelines.

    Location: West Hills Campus
    Week 4:
     July 6 - July 10
    Time: 8:30 am – 11:30 am
    Fee: $300
  • Camera Magic!

    Entering 4th – 8th grade
    A variety of essential techniques for photography, stop motion animation, and special effects will be covered in this introductory level workshop. Learn how to use a DSLR camera for photography, how to create a stop motion animation short, how to create practical effects with lighting and lenses as well as special effects with a green screen. Taught in Chaminade’s own film studio by the Film Program Director, Karen Thumm.


    Instructor: Karen Ann Thumm, Chaminade Film Program Director
    Location: West Hills Campus
    Week 4:
     July 20 – July 24
    Time: 8:30 am – 11:30 am
    Fee: $250
  • Mock Trial Camp

    Entering 6th, 7th and 8th grade
    Come learn about the criminal justice system from the coaches of the four-time Los Angeles County Champion Chaminade Mock Trial Team. Students will learn the skills of trial advocacy including rules of evidence, how to examine witnesses, give opening statements, and make closing arguments. On the last day of camp, students will have the opportunity to present a criminal trial for parents and family. Open to all 6th, 7th, and 8th graders.

    Location: Chatsworth Campus
    Dates: June 8 – June 19
    Time: 8:30 am – 11:30 am
    Fee: $490
  • Vex IQ Robotics

    Entering 6th, 7th and 8th grade
    VEX IQ is a robotics platform designed to transform STEM learning for the young student. The curriculum offers flexible units of instruction that can be used in sequence, in chunks, or as standalone lessons. The project-based units instill proper engineering and programming practices from an early age while maintaining the fun and excitement that comes from playing with VEX IQ. VEX IQ curriculum is a learning tool that will excite and inspire students. This course is offered to students in grades 4-8. Come for one week, or all four. Students enrolled in multiple weeks will be grouped together to complete more challenging activities.

    Location: Chatsworth Campus
    Week 1: June 15 – June 19
    Week 2: June 22 – June 26
    Week 4: July 6 – July 10
    Week 5: July 13 – July 17
    Time: 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm 
    Fee: $190
  • Robotics for Competition

    Entering 5th – 9th grade only
    In this class presented by Chaminade’s internationally recognized Eagle Engineering robotics team, you will be introduced to basic engineering concepts in a way that’s so fun, you’ll forget that it’s preparing you as the next generation of innovators, inventors, and technicians. Students will work in teams create and operate a robot to compete in a game inspired by this year’s VEX Robotics Competition. No experience necessary. Involves hand tools and light metal work. Closed-toed shoes required. The course fee includes a healthy snack and lunch every day of the week!

    Location: West Hills Campus
    Week 2: June 22 – June 26
    Time: 8:30 am – 3:30 pm

    Week 5: July 13 – July 17
    Time: 8:30 am – 3:30 pm

    Fee:
    $475
  • Electronics and Programming Basics

    Entering 5th – 9th grade 
    Your inventor spirit will be awakened and empowered by this fun and exciting introduction to building circuits and programming microcontrollers! Guided by Chaminade’s Eagle Engineering programming team, students will enter a world of endless possibility and potential inside the Arduino microcontroller and programming platform. No experience is necessary to start plugging in wires, sensors, lights, and motors to unleash the many capabilities of CodeREV’s Creator Bot Kit – built upon the Arduino platform used by hobbyists and inventors all over the world. After just a week of hands-on projects, students will be well on their way to a lifetime of techno-creativity.

    Location: West Hills Campus

    Week 3: June 29– July 2 
    Time: 8:30 am – 11:30 am
    Fee: $280
  • Artistic Crafts Camp

    Entering 1st – 3rd and 4th – 8th grade
    Students will explore ceramics, printing/ stamp making, and acrylic painting and create multiple pieces each week using the designated material. At the end of the camp, students will be able to showcase their work at an “art show” for friends, family, and other summer students to attend.

    Location: Chatsworth Campus
    Week 3: June 29 – July 2
    Week 4: July 6 – July 10
    Week 6: July 20 – July 24
    Time: 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
    Fee: $180
  • Circus Campus

    Entering 1st – 6th grade
    Chaminade Circus camp is perfect for young performers who want to strengthen, stretch, and flex their creative muscles. Each day begins with a warm-up, followed by training and workshops in circus, drama, and movement. Students learn circus and aerial skills; juggling, tumbling, climbing, balance, dance, and more. Circus campers will create and perform their very own circus-theater production at the end of the session!

    Location: West Hills Campus
    Week 1: June 15-19
    Time: 8:30 am – 11:30 am
    Fee: $295
  • Aerial Camp Junior

    Entering 4th – 8th grade
    This camp is designed for the camper that has had previous instruction in dance, gymnastics or martial arts. This camp is a great way to improve skills and techniques in aerial dance while also having some fun! Each day will include designated warm-up exercises as well as time on the apparatuses, plus other fun activities and games to strengthen your skills. Friday will finish off with a little performance highlighting the weeks’ successes.

    Location: West Hills Campus
    Week 2: June 22 - 26
    Time: 8:30 am – 11:30 am
    Fee: $295
  • Introduction to Aerial Dance Technique

    Entering 6th –12th grade
    This course for young dancers is designed to give students the foundational skills to set them on a journey toward becoming an aerialist. The focus of the class will include learning aerial safety and etiquette, stretching and conditioning techniques, standard climbs and footlocks, and appreciation of the art form. Students will have an opportunity to work with silks, hammock, and lyra in this fun and exciting workshop.

    Location: West Hills Campus
    Weeks 1 & 2: June 15-19 and June 22-26
    Time: 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
    Fee: $600 for the 2-week program
  • Dance Intensive

    Entering 6th –12th grade
    Taught by Chaminade’ s High School varsity dance coaches, this dance intensive will allow participants to receive training in all areas of dance including, jazz, ballet, and hip-hop as well as intense technical training in the form of leaps and turns. Dancers will also be taught a series of dances with new, cutting edge choreography. All of these new skills will come together in the form of a show which will be presented on the last day of the intensive.

    Location: West Hills Campus
    Week 1: June 15 - June 19
    Time: 8:30 am – 11:30 am
    Fee: $295
  • Introduction to Musical Theater

    Entering 1st – 6th grade
    This one-week course is designed to give students the opportunity to develop their skills and techniques in the following areas: music, movement, and acting. Students will work on scenes and songs from the hit musical DISNEY’S HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL. This course will use musical theatre repertoire appropriate for the age, skill, talent, and ability of the students. Students will develop basic skills and knowledge in the rehearsal process and promote confidence in their performance abilities. Students will have an opportunity to show off their talents to friends and family at the end of the workshop on the main stage of the Tutor Family Center for the Performing Arts.

    Location: West Hills Campus
    Week 5: July 13 – July 17
    Time: 8:30 am – 12:30 pm with performance on Friday, July 7th at 2 pm
    Fee: $300
  • Musical Theater Intensive

    Entering 7th – 12th grade
    This summer, students in grades 7-12 will present the hit musical DISNEY’S HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL. It’s the first day after winter break at East High. The Jocks, Brainiacs, Thespians and Skater Dudes find their cliques, recount their vacations and look forward to the new year. When a basketball team captain/ resident jock, Troy and a brainy girl, Gabriella meet up and decide to audition for the high school musical, many students resent the threat posed to the “status quo,”  But, this alliance might just open the door for others to shine as well and a chance for them all to remember that they’re all in this together!!

    Three weeks of hard work daily from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. will culminate in TWO performances on the main stage of the Tutor Family Center for the Performing Arts on Wednesday, July 1st and Thursday, July 2nd at 7:30 pm.  Guided by Broadway professionals, students will sharpen their skills and have fun in a supportive, non-competitive environment.

    Casting will take place on Sunday, June 7th with a placement audition from 1pm-6pm. There will be Sign Up Genius on www.chaminadeplayers.org on the Summer Musical Theatre page.
     
    Director: Yvette L. Bishop, Chaminade Drama Director (Broadway Beauty and the Beast, Falsettos, Nick & Nora, and more)
     
    Choreographer: Kim Morgan Green (Broadway Chicago, Fosse, Sweet Charity and more)
     
    Music Director: To Be Determined

    ONE SESSION ONLY!
     
    Space is Limited!
     
    26 students maximum
     
     
    Date: June 15th- July 2nd
    Time: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
    Fee: $1025

General Information

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  • Faculty

    Highly qualified teachers, who are certified by Chaminade’ s administration, teach all courses. Whenever possible, members of Chaminade’ s regular faculty are employed.
  • GPA Calculation

    If a student received a “D” or an “F” grade during the school year, the grade earned during Summer School WILL NOT REPLACE the “D” or “F” grade. For Chaminade students, Summer School grades will appear in addition to your original grade in your official transcript. Chaminade will use both of these grades in the calculation of your Chaminade GPA. Non-Chaminade students should contact their school administration as to their policy on how classes at Chaminade will calculate in their GPA and whether or not the course and grade will appear on that school’s transcript. For further clarification, please contact the Guidance Office at 818.347.8300.
  • Grades and Transcripts

    Grades will be available via Netclassroom. For non-Chaminade students, an official transcript will be mailed to your high school on or about August 8. This transcript serves as proof of completion of credits toward graduation. For Chaminade students, summer grades are automatically entered into Chaminade transcripts. If an additional transcript is needed, please contact the Chaminade Registrar at 818.347.8300 ext. 314.
  • Attendance

    Attendance in summer school courses is MANDATORY. Since classes are intensive, a semester consisting of only 6 class meetings, absences must be for emergency situations only. Absences may result in the student being dropped from the course with no credit and no refund of tuition. Tardiness will not be tolerated. Two unexcused class tardies will count as one full absence. Chaminade maintains a closed, secure campus at all times. No students may leave the campus during school hours for any reason without checking out through the office with a parent’s note. Students MAY NOT leave campus during class breaks.
  • Dress Code

    Students are expected to dress appropriately and casually for Summer School. The following is not acceptable attire: No sleeveless/tank tops; No bare midriffs; No short skirts; No hats of any kind; No baggy pants; No swimsuits; No brief tops; No sandals (shoes must have a closed toe and heel). Additionally, NO FACIAL HAIR and NO UNNATURAL HAIR COLOR are permitted. Students violating the dress code will be sent home at the discretion of the Summer School Director, and an absence will be recorded for that day.
  • Student Handbook Applicability

    All school rules, policies and discipline structures that are contained in the current Chaminade Student Handbook are to be followed by the students and enforced by the faculty and administration. This includes the Interquest drug/alcohol/weapon deterrent program. Chaminade and non-Chaminade students are responsible for being aware and abiding by the rules and policies of Chaminade College Preparatory. The handbook is available online at chaminade.org for review.
  • Food Service

    Light snacks, breakfast and lunch will be available daily from 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Food service and vending machines are in the Bob Hope Student Center will be available during breaks. No food is allowed in class.
  • Scheduling

    Scheduling is done on a first-come-first-served basis. Student schedules will be made available as soon as their class is full and confirmed for the summer semester. Classes and times are subject to change. No accommodations can be made for special requests such as specific teachers or vacation absences. Classes meet as scheduled in this guide.
  • Schedule Changes and Refunds

    Schedule changes may be requested through the summers school. The add/drop deadline is the start of the first day of the session. No schedule changes will be made once summer school classes have begun. Fees are nonrefundable and tuition is non-refundable once the class meets for the first time. In order to be eligible for a refund of course fees, classes must be canceled in writing at least one week prior to the first day of the class.
  • Course Cancellation

    Chaminade reserves the right to cancel any class that does not meet a minimum enrollment. A full refund will be made to students in any classes canceled by Chaminade. Course cancellations are made at the latest possible time to allow the greatest chance for opening the class. Final course decisions for Semester I will be made on or before June 4. Final course decisions for Semester II are made on or before July 2.
  • Text Books

    Some remedial classes will use the same text as is used during the school year. Students remediating courses should retain their books for use in summer. Book purchase information will be available online as well. Textbooks are purchased through an online vendor. Textbooks are purchased by the student. Chaminade does not provide textbooks. Textbooks are mandatory. Each student must own his or her own text.
  • Application for Registration

    Registration for all summer programs must be completed online through the following link https://chaminade.campbrainregistration.com/.
  • Registration Deadlines

    Registration closes on the day of the first class meeting. For Session 1 Monday/Wednesday classes, June 10 at 8:00 am and Tuesday/Thursday Classes, June 11 at 8:00 am. For Session 2 Monday/Wednesday classes, July 8 at 8:00 am and Tuesday/Thursday Classes, July 9 at 8:00 am. No student may attend a class meeting without tuition paid in full. There is a one - time registration Fee: $50.00 Registration guarantees a spot in the class if the class is offered. Registration fees are nonrefundable.
  • Tuition and Fees

    Tuition is per semester/session as noted in each course description. Tuition is due in full before a student may attend a class. Tuition for Session 1 is DUE BY JUNE 10. Tuition for Session 2 is DUE BY JULY 8. REGISTRATIONS MADE AFTER THE TUITION DUE DATE ARE CONSIDERED LATE AND WILL BE SUBJECT TO A $100 LATE FEE IN ADDITION TO OTHER COURSE AND REGISTRATION FEES. Tuition is non-refundable after the first day of class.
Michelle Abbinanti
Chatsworth Site Director
mabbinanti@chaminade.org

Wendy Cowgill

Director of Center for Excellence
wcowgill@chaminade.org
 


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