The Great Books  Summer Academy 2018 - in Chatsworth & West Hills

June 18-July 20, 2018




The Great Books Academy is Chaminade’s featured summer camp aimed at educating the whole child. Each day, students have an opportunity to exercise their minds, bodies, and creative spirits. The Great Books K-12 curriculum is the cornerstone of the academy and is specially designed to help students become independent readers and thinkers ready for the diverse demands of the 21st century. Each academy student is enrolled in a 55-minute grade-leveled Great Books course which will be taught using the ‘Shared Inquiry’ method. This research-proven strategy combines rich texts and active, collaborative problem-solving that increases achievement in reading comprehension, critical thinking, and communication skills. Each week students read, write, and create with a unique combination of three classes in morning sessions on both of Chaminade’s safe and beautiful campuses.



  • AM Session 8:30 – 11:30 a.m.
  • LUNCH 11:30 – noon
  • PM Session: 12:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Extended care and lunch programs are also available.

Online Registration begins February 15, 2018.

$165 per week ½ day AM or PM
$315 per week FULL DAY

Tuition includes:

  • Highly qualified instructors and excellent curriculum
  • 5 days of fun and learning
  • All books and instructional materials
  • A healthy snack everyday
  • A Be Excellent t-shirt 




GREAT BOOKS Entering K – 2nd and 3rd – 5th Grade The Great Books program is a superb framework for teaching reading comprehension, critical thinking, vocabulary, and writing, all in the context of students sharing ideas about great literature. The diverse selection of folktales, stories, and poetry in the Great Books program captivates young students and helps them develop the skills they need to become good readers.  Each week the Great Books class is offered with new stories, so no week is the same!


ART AROUND THE WORLD Entering K – 2nd grade Introduction to art from different times and places. Students create Persian miniatures, Japanese prints, Native American Kachina masks, and Byzantine mosaics, exploring how people from different cultures incorporate art into their lives. Students also learn to draw basic shapes, patterns, faces, and landscapes using tempera paint, oil pastels, chalk pastels, and collage materials.


ART TELLS A STORY Entering K – 2nd grade Discover the story in a work of art. Students learn to analyze clues in a composition to interpret the message of the artist. Students master techniques such as drawing contour figures, employing pointillism and printing repeated designs inspired by Polynesian tapa cloths.


TINY BOOKS Entering K – 2nd and 3rd – 5th Grade Students will explore the world of tiny books as they design and create original tiny books for themselves, and others, to enjoy.  


SUPER SENTENCES Entering K – 2nd Grade In this fun and engaging class, early elementary students learn to write and revise their own complete sentences with descriptive details. Gaining knowledge on the four sentence types as well subject-verb agreement, students write sentences correctly and with confidence.


GET ONBOARD! Entering K – 2nd and 3rd – 5th Grade This class uses Jon Gordon’s book, The Energy Bus for Kids, and shows children how to overcome negativity, bullies and everyday challenges to be their best and share their positive energy with others.


OPERATION SUPERHERO Entering K-2nd grade and 3th-5thCalling all superhero fans! A fun-filled class exploring the world of superheroes.  You will learn the backstories about different superheroes, the art that was used to create the comic book crusaders and go on missions to test your “super-hero” skills.


ALL AROUND THE WORLD Entering K-2nd grade and 3th-5thWorld cultures activities centered around different cultural practices and holidays not only broaden perspectives, but also help youth appreciate their peers. From crafting mosaics to creating a Tibetan prayer flag, students will love world cultures activities which both celebrate and educate about the world’s many different cultures.


DANCE Entering K – 2nd and 3rd – 5th Grade This special summer introductory class for boys and girls, gives students the opportunity to experience dance which combines techniques and skills from a variety of dance styles.


MODERN ART Entering 3rd – 5th Grade Learn about artists who use abstraction to emphasize the importance of feelings and ideas, rather than trying to capture a realistic scene. Students draw abstract animals, sculpt wire into action figures, and stencil organic shapes while exploring the work of modern artists.


AMERICAN ART Entering 3rd – 5th Grade Learn about the work of American artists throughout history portrays aspects of national and cultural life. Students learn how to draw proportional figures by studying painting techniques of the American Masters.


INTRODUCTION TO SIGN LANGUAGE Entering K – 2nd and 3rd – 5th Grade Exposes students to basic American Sign Language. Readiness activities are conducted focusing on visual/receptive skills and basic communication. Introduces basic alphabet, numbers, fingerspelling, and simple vocabulary. After the students are able to sign and read the alphabet and numbers 1-20, we will move on to basic vocabulary and conversation.


PERFECT PARAGRAPH Entering 3rd – 5th grade This is your chance to get a step-up on your classmates before you return to school in the fall. The course is designed to help elementary students become proficient with the basics of creating an outstanding paragraph. Students will be exposed to the elements of writing including sentence structure, grammar principals, and vocabulary in order to develop the perfect paragraph.


WRITING WORKSHOP Entering 3rd – 5th grade As in a professional writer’s workshop, each student in the class is a working author. The teacher is a writing professional and peer coach, guiding authors as they explore their craft. Instead of spending the majority of class time on spelling tests, grammar worksheets, handwriting practice, and other isolated sub-skills of writing, Writing Workshop is designed to emphasize the act of writing itself—students spend most of their time putting pencil to paper, not just learning about it.