Classes, Sessions and Periods

All the classes for 2020 season are posted and available for enrollment!

Whitney Summer Academy 2020 consists of 7 camps and two sessions of classes. Some camps are part-day and allow enrolling into classes as well. Other camps are taking a full day but run for only 1 week, providing an option to enroll into other camps and classes during other weeks. Each of two sessions of classes allows students to enroll into up to four classes.

1st session of classes is Monday June 15 to Tuesday June 30, and 2nd session is Wednesday July 1 to Friday July 17 (with Friday July 3 off). All classes are modular, so that a student can sign up for a class in only one session (to take half of the class’s program), or take both sessions of the same class (to have the entire curriculum). Note that classes in different periods within one session offer same material (e.g. Math 7 class running at 8am and the same class running at 10:15am); but 1st and 2nd sessions don’t repeat the same material. If a student can attend both sessions, we recommend signing up for the same class in both sessions.

Special start and end dates apply to Camps – 2 Performing Arts Camps, 2 RoboCamps, 2 Ceramics Camps and 1 STEM Camp – see their dates below, along with the Camp description.

Each session runs for 12 days, with Saturdays and Sundays off. A day consists of three periods, to which most classes are aligned:

  • Early morning (8:00am-10:00am), ending with a 15-minute break
  • Late morning (10:15am-12:15pm), ending with a 30-minute lunch break
  • Afternoon (12:45pm-2:45pm), ending with a student pick-up or an optional extended 1-hour activities session for 2:45-3:45pm

Every student needs to be picked up no later than 3:55pm.

Classes for Whitney Summer Academy 2020

Math & Natural Science

  • Math 7 Headstart

    This class is intended for students entering 7th grade in the fall  
    Session 1 – the focus of this session is on algebraic equations. Significant emphasis will be placed on word problems that ask students to create equations and solve for the unknown. Other topics covered in this session include operations with negative numbers, multiplying and dividing exponents, and inequalities.
    Session 2 – topics covered in this session include unit rate and proportions, word problems involving percent, markup, and discount, and basic geometry concepts such as angle relationships and areas of polygons. Then the more advanced topic of linear equations is introduced. Students learn how to transform formulas that have more than one variable, and then practice graphing linear equations.
    Available at 8am and 10:15am
    Teacher: to be announced

  • Math 8 Headstart
    This class is intended for students who have completed Math 7
    Session 1 – The students are guided through daily discussions and exercises based to the following topics: Functions and graphing, Linear functions graphs (slope intercept form), Multiple representations of linear equations, System of equations with their possible solutions, and Word problems.
    Session 2 – The students are guided through daily discussions and exercises implying the following topics: Exponents/square roots, Pythagorean Theorem, Translation, Reflection, Rotation, Congruence of triangles, and Similarity of triangles.
    Available at 8am and 10:15am
    Teacher: to be announced

  • Math I Algebra Foundation

    This class is intended for students who completed Math 8 or Advanced Math 7 Honors as it covers Function notation, Relations, and Variables.
    Session 1 – An introduction of basic algebraic functions: Linear, exponential, absolute value, and quadratic. Graphing and analyzing the characteristics of different function graphs. Sequences and functions.
    Session 2 – Graphing and applying Linear and exponential functions: simple interest, compound interest, population growth. Solving system of equations, and system of inequalities using graphs and algebra.
    Available at 8am
    Teacher: Mrs. Renuka Madhavan (experienced substitute Math teacher with ABC USD)

  • Geometry

    The class is set to broaden the knowledge of geometric principles.
    Session 1 – Covers the Math I Geometry Foundation in the Coordinates Plane.
    Session 2 – Introduces the Math II Geometry Focus of the Geometric Proofs, Logical Reasoning with conditional statements.
    Available at 10:15am
    Teacher: Mrs. Renuka Madhavan (experienced substitute Math teacher with ABC USD)

  • Math II Algebra Focus

    This class is intended for students who completed Math I or Advanced Math 8 Honors
    Session 1
    – The focus of this session is on quadratic functions and related topics followed by a brief introduction of number systems and types of polynomials with their graphs.
    Session 2 – The focus of this session is on other functions such as piecewise functions and inverse functions followed by the concept of complex numbers and the complex solutions for quadratic equations. Circle and parabolic equations will also be covered.
    Available at 8am
    Teacher: to be announced

  • Science Over The Ages
    Think of a holistic study of the Universe, from the Big Bang to early life to modern society to the potentials of the future. In this study, students will get to synthesize fundamental academic skills from all subject matter, integrating the data analysis and critical reading and writing necessary to study this unique combination of Science and Social Science. This course will be taught via hands-on activities, and readings and other media sources provided by https://www.bighistoryproject.com/home. Though the material is complex, highly motivated students as early as 8th grade could successfully complete the course with a deep understanding of the topics presented. The course follows through all of history, with an emphasis on the 8 different events where complexity arose in the Universe. It starts with the Big Bang and an overview of how scientists today study an event billions of years past. From there, students will learn the basics of Chemistry as they learn about the first elements and how they fused into massive early stars. The first half of the course wraps up with the formation of our solar system and how the process of dying stars led to the fundamental elements that allowed the beginnings of life. The second half of the course starts at the beginnings of life and the biological and ecological processes that led to early humans. Then students will compare and contrast early civilizations that arose due to the beginnings of agriculture. Finally we will look at the expansion and rapid advancement of humankind in modern times. The culminating work for this course will be for students to look at the progression of the universe from the beginning in order to predict what might come next.
    Part 1 is available in one period in the first session – 10:15am, and Part 2 is available in the same period for the second session – 10:15am.
    Teacher: to be announce

  • How Satellites Work?
    Today, there are more than 1,000 operational satellites in orbit around Earth. Satellites come in all shapes and sizes, and play a variety of roles including Weather Satellites (Geostationary Operational Environment Satellite – GOES) that help us with our daily weather forecast, Navigational Satellites (GPS) that help cars, ships and planes to navigate, Communications Satellites that allow telephone and data conversations, Scientific Satellites like the Hubble Space Telescope looking at sunspots and gamma rays, and many others. Ever wonder how Satellites work? What are the major components in a satellite?
    Take this fun introduction into hands-on STEM. With this class, you will learn about the basic science, technology, engineering, and math about satellites, basic rocketry, how satellites operate, why do we have different satellites in different orbits, what the space environment is like, how satellites get power in space, what does it take to build a satellite, and how satellites are being used in our everyday lives.  In-class demonstration and hands on experience will be included as appropriate.
    The class is available only in one period in the first session – 8am Teachers: a group of real rockets scientists (names to be announced later)
  • Whitney STEM Camp
    For  Incoming 6th, 7th and 8th graders – this year, we are offering a hands-on science and engineering camp based on the Next Generation Science Standards.
    Students will have an opportunity to participate in:
    – Hands-on Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, and Physics labs and activities,
    – Forensic Science
    – Engineering cars, rockets, and towers
    A Science teacher from Whitney High School and Whitney High Science Olympiad team members will guide and train the students.
    On  the last day, students will be able to participate in a mini Science Olympiad competition.
    This camp will run 9am-3:45pm Monday July 13- Friday July 17.

Language Arts

  • Critical Writing and Reading I
    This course, optimized for 7th-8th grades, is designed to enhance critical reading and writing skills. Students will be exposed to several writing types including expository, literary analysis, and persuasive. Students will develop reading comprehension of both fiction and non-fiction texts, as well as academic thinking skills.
    Part 1 is available in two periods in the first session – 10:15am and 12:45pm, and Part 2 is available in the same two periods in the second session – 10:15am and 12:45pm.
    Teacher: Mrs. Eunice Kim (English Teacher at Eastside Christian Schools, Whitney Alum)
  • Fun and Friendly Public Speaking

    This class will help your child to develop the highest-paid skill in the world: public speaking. The course is designed to improve the overall verbal communication and presentation skills of future leaders. Professional speaker Brian Tom, known as “America’s Visionary Speaker,” and his Team will coach the class on words, vocal variety, body language, improvisation, media usage, and the art of interviews. In addition, students will learn various kinds of speeches including informative, persuasive, demonstration, sales, and impromptu. Through individual lessons and group activities, students can confidently implement the techniques in their school, community, and career.
    Part 1 is available in one period in the first session – 12:45pm, and Part 2 is available in the same period in the second session – 12:45pm.
    Teacher: Brian Tom, CEO of California Educational Centers (CEC)

Life/Study Skills and Time Management

  • Time Management and Study Skills to excel in Middle/High School

    Session 1 – The first session focuses on motivation and time-management skills.  It takes on tackling procrastination and other school work avoidance strategies.  It teaches how to take control of you mood so you can actually feel like getting to work.  It also teaches how to maximize your workday through the Pomodoro method, goal setting, bullet journals, and other time-management strategies.  At the end of the session, students will be equipped to take on the new school year with a stronger, more positive attitude and will have the tools needed to sustain it through the year and into their adult lives.
    Session 2 – The second session focuses on the practical classroom skills that all student need in order to be academic success with less effort and better results.  Among its focuses is learning and practicing memorization skills, including memory theater and the “Major Method” to easily memorize dates and numbers. It teaches and give practice with better note-taking strategies, test-taking techniques, preventing test-anxiety, general study skills, and much more.
    Open to all students determined to make next year their best academically, but especially recommended for those just entering Middle School or High School for the first time.
    Available at 10:15am
    Teacher: Steve Rosenberg, Whitney Teacher

Computer Science/Tech

  • Intro to Programming I

    Part 1 – Every day computers are making decisions for engineers, doctors, lawyers, and even parcel delivery drivers. Every hospital, every factory floor, and every courtroom is having more and more decisions made by the logic contained inside algorithms. Understanding algorithms and computer logic is becoming necessary for more and more professionals.
    This course is designed to be an introduction to creating computer algorithms as well as an introduction to developing the mindset of a programmer. The course will start with flowcharting, devising the steps needed to solve a problem.  Then using easy-to-implement programming tools, we will look at program flow by creating animations, decision-making with some simple logical puzzles, and variables with some handy everyday applications. By the end of the course, students will be developing games and applications that incorporate all the fundamentals they picked up throughout the course.
    This course will use the MIT-developed Scratch computing language, a block-based online platform and is suitable for students middle school and older.

    Part 2 – In the second part, the course will move away from the controlled environment of block-based programming and look at JavaScript, the most popular programming language among developers.  Similar to part 1, students will be looking at basic programming topics like logic, program flow, and variables but in a text-based environment. When using a programming language a student will be exposed to the detail-oriented mindset needed to succeed in programming. Because the language is JavaScript the student will also get a better understanding of how the Internet works.
    This course is designed for middle school and above students, and although session 1 is recommended it is not necessary for session 2.
    The class does not fulfill the prerequisite for the AP Computer Science class.
    Available at 8:00am
    Teacher: Mr. Roy Marchant (former Adjunct Professor in Computer and Business Information)

  • Intro to Programming II

    Part 1
    This course will be an introduction to computing using the text-based computer language Python. Python and is the most popular language taught to beginning programming students because it is easy to learn and easy to read. The course starts with some basic computing literacy and functionality. We then go into programming, starting with “Hello World” then moving into variables, input/output, and logic. Because Python is text-based, students will start to develop the attention to detail needed to avoid common syntax and programming errors.
    For this course it is recommended that students have had some exposure to programming.

    Part 2
    In the second part the course will continue exploring Python programming with more advanced topics including error-handling, arrays and advanced data types, and functions. By the end of the course students should be able to create applications with user interfaces and external libraries.
    This course is a continuation of the topics in part 1.

    The class does not fulfill the prerequisite for the AP Computer Science class.

    Part 1 is available in one period in the first session – 10:15am, and Part 2 is available in the same period for the second session – 10:15am.
    Teacher: Mr. Roy Marchant (former Adjunct Professor in Computer and Business Information)

  • Whitney RoboCamp
    Students will work on the Whitney campus, designing, building, and programming their very own robot for an exciting finale camp competition. This enables cooperative participation and a hands-on learning experience with the engineering process, mathematical and scientific concepts, FIRST core values, and teamwork and leadership skills.
    Age limitation: the student must be at least 3rd grader for the current 2019/20 school year. Younger students may be enrolled on an exceptional basis – please connect with us at robocamp@whitneyrobotics.org to provide supporting information about a younger student and request a waiver.
    This camp runs on its own schedule of 2 available sessions – Monday June 15-Friday June 19 for LEGO, Monday June 22-Friday June 26 for Advanced LEGO.

History

  • Model United Nations (MUN) Bootcamp
    Model United Nations (MUN) is fast becoming the “go to” course all over Southern California for students who want to explore World Affairs, International Relations, Speech, and Debate. Great for any student who is going into or thinking about going into MUN in high school, it is also the perfect jumping off place for careers in international business, law, and government! Students will learn about the fundamentals of the United Nations system, how to prepare and give speech, caususing, and how to research and write a “position paper”. In addition, students will have the opportunity to compete in an actual MUN conference this summer with other students in the Southern California area. Open to all students interested in world affairs, speech and debate, but especially for those who are planning to go into MUN next school year. This class is most useful for current 6th or 7th graders who want to start MUN track early and advance to the highest levels.
    Part 1 is available in one period in the first session – 12:45pm, and Part 2 is available in the same period for the second session – 12:45pm.
    Teacher: Steve Rosenberg, Whitney Teacher

Arts and Fitness

    • Performing Arts Camp
      Whitney Summer Performing Arts Camp is producing Aladdin, Jr.!!
       
      The camp will be held Monday through Friday from June 15th until July 10th.
       
      A.M. camp is from 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. and will have performances at 4:00 p.m.and 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 11th. Camp is limited to 60 participants.
       
      P.M camp is from 12:45 until 3:45 and will have performances at 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. on Friday, July 10th. Camp is limited to 60 participants.
       
      Students ages 7 to 16 may enroll in either a morning or afternoon camp where they will learn singing, dancing and acting while rehearsing for a production of Aladdin, Jr. The show will be performed in the Grace Hu Auditorium which is equipped with state-of-the-art sound and lighting equipment. 
       
      The program fee is $350 per student, and $250 for a second family member. Camp includes arts instruction, costumes, and a show t-shirt. Students may be asked to bring basic wardrobe items such as black pants or shoes. Auditions will be held for lead roles, but every child enrolled will be in the musical.
      Instructors include Jodi Improta, Linda Bon and Ariel Improta, all of whom are professional theatre teachers and directors. If you have questions, please contact Jodi Improta: Jodi.Improta@abcusd.us
    • Sport and Fitness
      – The class is for 6th through 11th grade students (current 2019-20 school year).
      – The purpose of this class is to balance Summer Academy study with fun in the recreational period by engaging in sports with a little fitness element to it. Team play of various sports and the teaching of skills to properly play them will be introduced (basketball, volleyball, badminton, soccer, etc.) Weekly lesson focus may also include off campus Friday trips (bowling alley, CPE swimming) and in-classroom training (CPR and first aide and basic athletic training). The course will conclude with team play competitions with prizes. The course also may have local high school and college coaches and athletes coming in to speak and teach. An emphasis of having fun and learning sports is the outcome expected.
      – Whitney HS athletics and physical education department members will conduct the course, which also will include head start for CIF SS interscholastic sports programs.
  • Brain Power Activities
    (2:45pm-3:45pm)
    Engaged and mindfulness exercises achieved by focusing on the present moment and motivating the students to use the full potential of their brain.
    Builds focus, endurance, creativity, confidence, and more.
    The activity is available for 1st session and 2nd session. It is an optional extension of the classes and has an extra fee of $60.
    Coach: Fadia Breik, Whitney Teacher (retired)

Courses are for enrichment and preparation only. No official credit or subsequent course advancement will be offered.

Courses except Performing Arts Camp are designed for students in grades 6 through 11 according to their enrollment for current 2018-2019 school year. Younger students’ applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis.