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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  • Summer Reading Book Club

    Join the Chaminade Summer Reading Book Club - read this summer's assigned reading at the same time as your classmates.  This class is offered virtually and led by a Chaminade English teacher. Students are given pages to read before each book club meeting and then meet virtually with the club members to reflect and discuss the assigned reading.  Don't leave your summer reading until the last minute but join in on the fun with your friends!

    Location: Virtual/Chatsworth Campus
    Dates: July 6 – July 20
    Days:   Tuesday/Thursday
    Time: 3:00 - 4:00 pm
    Tuition: $125

Middle School Enrichment Courses

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  • Eagles Take Flight! - (NEW Students Entering 6th, 7th and 8th grades)

    Entering 6th, 7th and 8th grades - 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 (Middle School)
    Session 1: June 20 – June 30
    Session 2:  July 11 - 21
    Time: 8:30 am – 11:30 am

    Fee: $475
  • Make Your First Video Game ( Grades 6-8)

    If you love playing video games, this is the camp for you! Make your first video game in this one-of-a-kind class that shows you the keys to designing your first 2D platformer game. Conceptualization, play experience, level design, graphics, sounds, and simple coding are just some of the concepts that we’ll explore. No prior experience is necessary, just a desire to have fun. Student projects will be available on a password protected Black Rocket website to share with friends and family. Games are only compatible on PC computers. Returning students can create more advanced projects that build on previous years. 
    Grades: 6-8
    Location: Chatsworth Campus
    Dates: June12-16
    Time: 12:00 - 3:00 p.m.
    Cost: $250
  • Minecraft Modders (Graders 6-8)

    Customize your own Minecraft world and mod the classic game in this one of a kind class. Learn scripting and logic statements as you create your first mods. Students will create a wide variety of new elements, gameplay mechanics, and world generating mods to change the way you play Minecraft. Projects will be available on a password protected Black Rocket website to share with friends and family.  Tablet, phone, and game console versions of Minecraft are not compatible. Returning students can create more advanced projects that build on previous years. 
    Grades: 6-8
    Location: Chatsworth Campus
    Dates: June 26-30
    Time: 12:00 - 3:00 p.m.
    Cost: $250
  • Python Programmers (Grades 6-8)

    Want to learn the world's fastest-growing programming language favored by Google, NASA, Youtube, and the CIA? Learn how to code with Python to create engaging apps and games. Each lesson takes you step-by-step on a programming path that will let you challenge friends with fun content you create from start to finish! Returning students can create more advanced projects that build on previous years.
    Grades: 6 - 8
    Location: Chatsworth Campus
    Dates: July 10-14
    Time: 12:00 - 3:00 p.m.
    Cost: $250
  • ROBLOX Coders & Entrepreneurs! (Grades 6-8)

    Discover the Lua language through a visual block coding system while designing worlds in ROBLOX®, an online universe where you can create anything you dream of. This new class combines game design concepts, coding, and fun! Young entrepreneurs will also learn how to navigate ROBLOX’s fast-growing marketplace to publish their games. Student-created games will be available on a password protected Black Rocket website to share with friends and family.
    Grades: 6-8
    Location: Chatsworth Campus
    Dates: July 17-21
    Time: 12:00 - 3:00 p.m.
    Cost: $250
  • LEGO Films and Stop Action! (Grades 6-8)

    Make your LEGOs come to life! Bring in your favorite action figures or LEGOs and create a short film with your friends. Whether you want to recreate a scene from Star Wars or design a world of your own, this class brings your dreams to the screen. Students will need to bring in LEGOs and/or action figures from home, but all other equipment is provided. Student-created films will be available on a password protected website to share with friends and family. Returning students can create more advanced projects that build on previous years.

    Grades: 6 - 8
    Location: West Hills Campus
    Dates: July 17 - 21
    Time: 12:00 - 3:00 p.m.
    Cost: $250
  • Mock Trial Camp (Grades 6-8))

    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.

    This program will meet in person on the Chatsworth Campus.

    Dates: July 5th - July 14th
    : 8:30 am – 11:30 am
    Fee: $525
  • Dance and Cheer Camp (6th Grade)

    Let’s dance and cheer now that summer is near!  Dance fundamentals and cheer will be the foundation of this camp.  Learn cheers and fun choreography to perform for your friends and family at the end of the week.  Join Chaminade’s Dance Director and L.A. Ram’s cheerleader, Jacquelyn Ward, to experience this fun filled funky week of dance!

    Dates: June 20 – 24
    Time: 8:30 am  - 11:30 am
    Location: West Hills Tutor Center Dance Studio
  • Dance Intensive (Grades 6-9)

    Don’t miss you chance to work with our Chaminade Dance Director and L.A. Rams Cheerleader, Jacqueline Ward.  This dance intensive will assist dancers on refining their technique in multiple styles of dance.  Master guest instructors and choreographers will also be a part of the instructional team.  We hope to have you join us to boost your fundamental techniques to a more advanced level.

    Dates: July 17 – July 21
    Time: 8:30 am – 11:30 am
    Location: West Hills Tutor Center Dance Studio
  • Robotics for Competition

    Entering 5th – 12th grade
    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!
    Instructor: Tommy Smeltzer, Robotics Director
    Session 1: June 12-16
    Time: 8:30 am – 3:00 pm

    Session 2: July 10 - July 14
    Time: 8:30 am – 3:00 pm
    Fee: $525 per week
  • Summer Musical Intensive Theater

    Entering 7th – 12th grade
    The Summer Musical Theater Intensive is thrilled to offer a performance-based workshop in the summer of 2023. This is a wonderful opportunity for your rising stars who are interested in refining their acting, singing, and dancing skills. This summer, you will not want to miss this chance to work with Yvette Lawrence Bishop, so don't delay, register today! This program is open to the public. Both current Chaminade students and guests are welcome.

    This summer, students in grades 7-12 will present: Grease (School Version)
    Three weeks of rehearsing daily from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., beginning July 17th, will culminate in THREE performances on August 3rd, 4th, & 5th.
    Travel back to the rockin' 1950s and join Sandy, Danny, the Pink Ladies, the Greasers, and all the students of Rydell High as they sing about "Summer Lovin", "Greased Lightnin", experience "Those Magic Changes", dance to "Born to Hand Jive" and more!! This is definitely the show that you want to be in this summer!

    Guided by Broadway professionals, students will sharpen their skills and have fun in a supportive, non-competitive environment. Casting will take place by Saturday, July 15th, with a placement audition. Information will be emailed upon registration.

    Director: Yvette Lawrence Bishop, Chaminade Drama Director (Broadway Beauty and the Beast, Falsettos, Nick & Nora, and much more)
    Choreographer: Michelle Elkin (Five Star Theatricals Something Rotten, Hunchback of Notre Dame, Sister Act, and much more)
    Music Director: Dan Redfeld (Five Star Theatricals Hunchback of Notre Dame, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Peter Pan, and much more)
    Dates: July 17 - August 4 with performances on August 3, 4 and 5th
    9am- 4pm Monday thru Friday


    Space is Limited!

    25 students maximum

    Fee: $1200
  • Introduction to Musical Theater

    Entering 2nd – 6th

    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 Peter Pan with music by Jule Styne, lyrics by Betty Comden, Adolf Green & Carolyn Leigh. 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.
    INSTRUCTOR: Yvette L. Bishop, Chaminade Players Director
    DATE: June12-16
    TIME: 8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Performance on June 16th at 2 pm.
    Fee: $350
  • Advanced Skills Baseball Camp for Grades 6 - 8

    This advanced skills camp is for students entering 6th - 8th grade in the fall of 2023

    Join the varsity coaching staff as well as the Chaminade Eagle baseball players at an advanced skills camp aimed to get you ready to compete at the next level, high school baseball.  Both offensive and defensive skills will be addressed, including hitting, base running, pitching, and outfield and infield defensive skills. Come see what it's like to be part of Eagle baseball! You can attend one session or both!

    Location: West Hills Campus Baseball Field (High School)

    Session 1 Dates:
    June 12 – 15 (M-TH)
    Time: 8:30 – 11:30 am
    Cost: $250

    Session 2 Dates: July 17 – 20 (M-TH)
    Time: 8:30 – 11:30 am
    Cost: $250
  • Rising 8th Grade Basketball Camp

    Entering 8th and  9th grade

    This camp is specifically designed for rising 8th and 9th graders planning on attending Chaminade College Preparatory who are interested in playing basketball. Coach Cantwell and his staff will be conducting the camp over the course of the entire summer session. For more information, please email Coach Bryan Cantwell.

    Location: West Hills Campus Gym
    Dates: June 20 & 21                      6:00 pm - 800 pm
               June 26, 27, 28 and 29       12:00 - 3:00 pm
               July 11 & 12                        6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
               July 18 & 19                        6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

  • Softball Camp

    Join CIF winning Coach Gina, her staff and players in a camp designed to strengthen players offensive and defensive skills.  This camp will include skills drills and simulated game play. 
    Location: Chatsworth
    Dates: June 26 - June 30
    Time: 8:30am-11:30am
    Cost: $185
  • Field Hockey (6-8)

    Come join Coach Whitehead, his staff and current Chaminade Field Hockey player on our blue turf field.  Players will go through skill drills, simulate game play as well as a few actual games in this week long camp.

    Location: West Hills camps, football field
    Dates: June 26 - 30
    Time: 8:30 am - 11:30 am
    Cost: $185
  • Beach Volleyball Camp

    Join us on our new beach volleyball courts with the varsity coaching staff and players this summer to learn the skills needed to compete at the next level. Players will learn ball control skills, offensive and defensive game strategies.  Players will be grouped according to ability.

    Grades: 5-9
    Location: Nade Beach, Chatsworth Campus
    Session 1: June 12 - 16
    Session 2: June 26 - 30
    Session 3: July 10 - 14
    Session 4: July 17 - 21
    Session 5: July 24 - 28
    Time: 8:30 - 11:30 a.m.
    Cost: $250

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 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
  • 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.

April Risteff
Chatsworth Site Director

Wendy Cowgill

Director of Center for Excellence

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