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 5 – July 22
    Days:  Monday/Wednesdays (6th-grade students) 
               Tuesday/Thursday (7th and 8th-grade students)
    Time: 3:00 - 4:00 pm
    Tuition: TBD

Middle School Enrichment Courses

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  • Advanced Skills Baseball Camp

    This advanced skills camp is for students entering 7th and 8th grade in the fall of 2021. 

    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!

    Location: West Hills Campus Baseball Field (High School)
    Date: June 20 – 23  OR  July 18 – 21
    Time: 8:30 – 11:30 am
    Cost: TBD
  • 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
    Date: TBA
    Time: 8:30 - 11:30 a.m.
    Cost: TBD
  • Camera Magic!

    Camera Magic!
    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.

    Date: July 12 - 16
    Time: 8:30 am - 11:30 am
    Fee: $TBD
  • 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.

    Currently this program is planned to be held in person on the middle school campus with safety measures in place.  

    Location: Chatsworth Campus (Middle School)
    Session 1: June 21 – July 2 
    Week 2:  July 12 - 23
    Time: 8:30 am – 11:30 am
    Fee: TBD
  • Introduction to Musical Theater

    Introduction to Musical Theatre
    (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 Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat with music by Andrew Lloyd Webber. 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: July 5-9
    8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Performance on July 9 at 2 pm.
    Fee: TBD
  • 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.

    This program will meet in person on the Chatsworth Campus.

    Dates: June 7th - June 18th
    : 8:30 am – 11:30 am
    Fee: TBD
  • 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

    Week 1: June 14-18
    Time: 8:00 am – 3:00 pm
    Location: West Hills Campus

    Week 3: June 28-2
    Time: 8:00 am – 3:00 pm
    Location: West Hills Campus
    Fee: TBD
  • 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 2021. 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 the hit musical JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT with music by Andrew Lloyd Webber.  A fun-filled musical that follows the biblical rags to riches story of Joseph, his eleven brothers, and his amazing coat of many colors with hit songs that include Go Go Go Joseph, Close Every Door To Me, and Any Dream Will Do. Fun for the whole family!
    Three weeks of rehearsing daily from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. will culminate in THREE performances on June 24th, 25th, 26th.
    Guided by Broadway professionals, students will sharpen their skills and have fun in a supportive, non-competitive environment. Casting will take place by Friday, June 4th 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 more)
    Choreographer: Nancy Dobbs Owen (Phantom of the Opera, Sweeney Todd, and much more)
    Music Director: Dan Redfeld (Five Star Theatricals Hunchback of Notre Dame, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Peter Pan, and more)
    Space is Limited!
    25 students maximum
    Fee: TBD
    Date: June 7- June 26
    Time: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • Vocal Technique Workshop

    This workshop is open to students entering the 6th grade and takes place on the West Hills (High School Campus)

    Welcome to our BRAND NEW Vocal Techniques Summer Workshop! Our Vocal Technique class will explore the different colors of the voice and teach students how to effectively transition to the three different areas of the voice: chest voice (belt voice), middle voice, and head voice. This course is an intensive vocal arts class that will focus on performance technique and expressiveness, confidence building, and song selection. This class is suited for singers of all musical levels and will allow students to be exposed to several genres of music including: musical theatre, art songs, pop, jazz, and rock. Our Vocal Technique class will focus on each singer’s strengths, and cultivate their love of music. Come watch our singers perform live on our last day Monday, July 12th! Our Vocal Workshop will start on Monday, June 28th through Monday, July 12th from 12-2:30 pm. This summer workshop will take place primarily on campus, with virtual learning support. All students will be singing outdoors, socially distanced, with N95 masks, and we will follow the CDC Guidelines for safe singing. We look forward to singing with you!
    Fee: TBD
    Dates: June 28th - July 12 (no class on July 5th)
    Time: 12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
    Location: West Hills Campus
    Sara Greenberg-Hart is a Los Angeles based choral conductor and vocal music instructor, and has been teaching music for the last ten years to students ages 3-adults. Ms. Greenberg-Hart received her B.A. in music from California Lutheran University and her M.A. in music education from San Jose State University. She has worked with some of the best vocal music educators and choral conductors in the music field, including: Donald Brinegar, Wyant Morton, and Jeffrey Benson. Ms. Greenberg-Hart founded and directed several gold award-winning vocal music programs around the San Fernando Valley that have appeared on KTLA and were asked to audition for the hit television show America’s Got Talent! She is passionate bout sharing her love of music with students of all ages and all skill levels.

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.

Michelle Abbinanti
Chatsworth Site Director

Wendy Cowgill

Director of Center for Excellence

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