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 you classmates.  This class will be offered virtually and will be led by a Chaminade English teacher.  Student will be given pages to read before each book club meeting and then will meet virtually with the club members to reflect and discuss on 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 24
    Days: 6th Grade Students will meet on Monday and Wednesdays from 3:00 - 4:00 pm
               7th & 8th Grade students will meet on Tuesday and Thursdays from 3:00 - 4:00 pm
    Tuition: $100
  • "Review and Preview" 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. 

    Due to the latest directives from state and local goverment officials, we will hold these classes online through Schoology.  

    Location: Vitual

    Session options are below - all session cover the same curriculum.

    Session 1
    Dates:July 6-17
    Time: 8:30 am - 9:45 am
    Tuition: No charge

    Session 2
    Dates:July 6-17
    Time:10:15 am - 11:30 am
    Tuition: No charge

    Session 3
    Dates:July 6-17
    Time: 1:00 pm - 2:15 pm
    Tuition: No charge

    Session 4
    Dates:July 20-31
    Time: 8:30 am - 9:45 am
    Tuition: No charge

    Session 5
    Dates:July 20-31
    Time: 10:15 am - 11:30 pm
    Tuition: No charge

    Session 6
    Dates:July 20-31
    Time: 1:00 pm - 2:15 pm
    Tuition: No charge

Middle School Enrichment Courses

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  • Eagles Take Flight! - NEW DATES!

    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.

    Due to the latest directives from state and local goverment officials, we will hold these classes online through Schoology.  

    Location: VIRTUAL
    Session 1: July 6 – July 17 
    Week 2:  July 20 - 31
    Time: 8:30 am – 10:45 am
    Fee: $455
  • NEW - Virtual Performing Arts Conservatory

    This summer, we realize that although we are unable to come together physically as an artistic community, we can come together virtually and continue to connect and grow in the performing arts that bring us joy and feed our soul. There is value in holding on to what nourishes us as human beings and can prepare us for the future when we are back in the studio and on the stage. You may sign up for one class, two classes or as many as you desire. You may create your performing arts experience online here at Chaminade with our resident teaching artists! After all, this is just an extended intermission. All sessions will be on zoom.  Please see brochure below to see instructor bios.

    Summer Session I  (June 15- July 2)

    Mondays (June 15, June 22, June 29)

    Contemporary Ballet (grades entering 9th- 12th)
    10-11:30 am
    Chaminade is thrilled to welcome Lillian Barbeito as the Director of our new Dance Program. She is a graduate of The Juilliard School and founder of BODYTRAFFIC, a world-class, professional contemporary dance company based in Los Angeles. Her contemporary dance background permeates her ballet classes for a fun "off the barre" progressive ballet experience. Popular and world music will accompany exercises that emphasize healthy alignment, movement, precision, and expressivity. Each class will culminate in a contemporary ballet phrase work that builds every week. At the end of the 3 classes, there will be a "virtual showing" for friends and family to observe the contemporary ballet phrases that have been taught, learned, and explored on Monday, June 29th from 11:30-12:00pm.
    (Instructor: Introducing Lillian Barbeito, Chaminade Director of Dance Program)
    14 student maximum
    Fee: $125
    Mondays (June 15, June 22, June 29)

    Vocal Technique (grades entering 9th-12th)
    12:30-2:30 pm

    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. 

    (Instructor: Introducing Sara Greenberg, Chaminade HS Choral Director)
    14 students maximum
    Fee: $125

    Tuesdays (June 16, June 23, June 30)

    Improv (grades entering 6th-8th)
     9 -10 am 
    This course will offer an introductory approach to the beginning elements of improvisational theatre, including the 5 Rules of Improv.  Through a series of improvisational games and exercises, students will learn the basics of how to create a living, breathing character by using facial expressions, body language and voice.
    (Instructor: Michael Russ, Chaminade MS Drama Director)
     14 students maximum
     Fee: $90
    Improv (grades entering 9th-12th)
     10:30 am- 12 pm
    This course will focus on character creation through improvisation as the way to uncover the truth in your acting. Emphasis is placed on the combination of personal discovery, proper technique and a healthy attitude through a variety of improvisational games and team-building exercises.  Students will be encouraged to explore self-expression as fully and creatively as possible in order to discover your authentic voice. 
    (Instructor: Michael Russ, Chaminade MS Drama Director)
     14 students maximum
     Fee: $100
    Wednesdays (June 17, June 24, July 1)

    Musical Theatre Master Class Series (grades entering 10th- college)
    12- 2 pm

    Students may come prepared with questions about the business of working as an actor, with a focus on musical theatre, song interpretation, bringing yourself to your work, mastering your auditions and sustaining a career. Bring your best 32 bars.
    (Moderator: Yvette L. Bishop, Chaminade Director of Performing Arts/ HS Drama Director)
    June 17thJoanna Gleason (Bdway: Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (Tony Award Nom.), Nick & Nora, Into the Woods (Tony Award Winner for The Baker’s Wife), A Day in the Death of Joe Egg (Tony Award Nom.), The Real Thing by Tom Stoppard, I Love My Wife; Film: Hannah and Her Sisters, Heartburn, Crimes and Misdemeanors, Mr. Holland’s Opus, Boogie Nights, The Boys, The Good Wife, The Wedding Planner. Blue Bloods, Newsroom; Television:Love & War, The West Wing, The Practice, King of the Hill, Friends, Murphy Brown, ER and more.
    June 24th— Ben Davis (Bdway: Dear Evan Hansen, Violet, Les Miserables, Thoroughly Modern Millie, La Boheme; National Tours: Sound of Music, Spamalot, Les Miserables; Opera, Regional, Recordings; Film/TV: Law & Order SVU, Blue Bloods, Woman in the Window, Boogie, 3rd Rock and more.
    July 1st— Susan Egan (Bdway: Beauty and the Beast (Tony Award Nom.for Belle), Thoroughly Modern Millie, Cabaret, Triumph of Love, State Fair, Putting it Together; National Tours: Bye Bye Birdie; Film: 13 Going on 30, Gotta Kick it Up. Falling in Love, Extreme Close Up, and more; Television, Concerts, Recordings and more; Voice Over: Meg in Disney’s Hercules, Lin in Hayao Miyazaki’s Spirited Away and more.
    Space is limited.
    14 students maximum
    Fee: $150
    Wednesdays (June 17, June 24, July 1)

    Musical Theatre Workshop (grades entering 6th-9th)
    3-5 pm

    Students will work on audition technique! How to tell a story and effectively communicate with an audience through monologue work and song interpretation. Students will sharpen their skills and have fun in a supportive, non-competitive environment. Students will learn to focus on creating truthful characters and making acting choices to craft multilayered performances. The first session, students are to come prepared with a one minute monologue and a one- two minute musical theatre song of their choice. The workshop will culminate in a final showcase of their newly learned material on July 1st from 5- 5:45 pm.
    (Instructor: Yvette L. Bishop, Chaminade Director of Performing Arts/ HS Drama Director)
     14 students maximum
     Fee: $125
    Thursdays (June 18, June 25, July 2)

    Contemporary Dance
    10-11:30 am
    Chaminade is thrilled to welcome Lillian Barbeito as the Director of our new Dance Program. She is a graduate of The Juilliard School and founder of BODYTRAFFIC, a world-class, professional contemporary dance company based in Los Angeles. This series of 3 classes catapults students through time. Week One will explore pioneering modern dance from the 1960s and 70s with exercises derived from dance luminaries such as Martha Graham, Jose Limon, and Paul Taylor. Commonly referred to as Release Technique, Week Two leaps into post-modern dance that was popular in the 1980s and 90s and includes inversions and floorwork. Week Three students will fall and fly into a cutting-edge movement system called Countertechnique. Mrs. Barbeito is one of 32 teachers in the world who is certified in Countertechnique, developed by Dutch choreographer Anouk van Djik for dancers to move bigger and faster with more ease and enjoyment. At the end of the 3 classes, there will be a "virtual showing" for friends and family to observe the contemporary dance phrases that have been taught, learned, and explored on Thursday, July 2nd from 12:30-1:00pm. 
    (Instructor: Lillian Barbeito, Chaminade Director of Dance Program)
    14 students maximum
    Fee: $125
  • Virtual 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. This presentation will be held on Zoom. Open to all 6th, 7th, and 8th graders.

    This class will be running in an online format through Zoom.

    Time: 8:30 am – 11:30 am
    Fee: $490

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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