Summer Knights

Enrichment Courses

Summer Knights Enrichment Courses

Enrichment classes and camps are for students entering grades 5-8 and 9-12 in Fall 2020. 

Students may sign up for as many (or as few) courses as they would like, but they may not sign up for multiple classes within the same period.

Some Enrichment classes and camps begin as early as June 15, 2020, while others begin July 6, 2020.

Grades 5-8

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  • Language Exploration Camp (ONLINE)

    Faculty: Mme. Katie Ludden
    Grades: Students entering 5th-8th grade in Fall 2020
    Duration: June 15-July 2, 2020 (3 weeks)
    Time: 9:30-10:45 a.m.
    Cost: $270
    Course Description: Bonum mane! Buenos días! Bonjour! Notre Dame’s language camp introduces middle school students to a few of the many languages that Notre Dame offers for study. Taught by ND’s own language teachers, this camp is a great opportunity for students to meet potential teachers and explore a language they are interested in.  See what our teachers have in store for you! 

    Week 1: Latin with Mme. Katie Ludden
    Welcome to Rome! Week 1 will offer students an introduction to the beautiful Latin language and enable participants to read simple stories taken from Roman myth and history. Participants will explore several aspects of Roman culture, including art, architecture, music, recreation, and literature, enriching their understanding through hands-on activities such as sculpture, drawing, mosaic-making, games, and sports. We will also discover how the Latin language and culture has lived on and flourished throughout the ages and up to the present day. Come home to Rome!
    Week 2: Spanish with Mme. Katie Ludden
    Celebración! Spend a week diving into some of the most popular Spanish culture celebrations from around the globe.  Learn about the traditions, fun, and food that are associated with these cultures along with some key language to get you speaking and celebrating like a "hispanohablante"!
    Week 3: French with Mme. Katie Ludden
    French Unlock! Students will spend a week discovering the four “keys” to unlocking French-speaking skills.  These four keys are four action words that are most used in French and help us talk about all of our daily activities: “To be”, “To have”, “To do”, and “To go”! Students will use these verbs to play games, imagine scenarios, sing songs, and be able to answer “Oui, Je parle français!”
  • Introduction to Creative Writing

    Faculty: Sydney Shaw 
    Grades: Students entering 5th-8th grade in Fall 2020
    Duration: June 15-July 2, 2020
    Time: 11:00 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
    Cost: $300
    Course Description: A middle-school introductory creative writing course with a focus on developing voice and learning to apply different techniques. Daily assignments focus on writing prompts to help students generate ideas. Students read a mixture of poetry and prose and learn to identify poetic forms and figurative language. Prose assignments will focus on story structure and include one memoir-based story and one fictional story. In-class poetry assignments would include limerick, haiku, and sonnet. The class will teach basic workshop etiquette and editing tips; Students will have time to share their work and provide respectful feedback to one another.
  • Intro to Digital Photography and Photoshop

    Faculty: Joshua James
    Grades: Students entering 5th-8th grade in Fall 2020
    Duration: June 22-26, 2020
    Time: 8:00 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
    Cost: $250

    Course Materials: Students should bring any camera of their choosing (digital, a phone with a camera, disposable, etc) and a 32 Gig USB Drive to class each day.
    Course Description: This course will help the students become well rounded in the fundamentals of digital photography.  Four areas of instruction will be emphasized: How cameras work, how composition works, how lighting works, how to use photo editing software. Students will, generally, receive basic instruction, demonstration, and see samples of the desired outcomes, at the beginning of each class.

Grades 9-12

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  • College Essay Writing Program for Rising Seniors

    Faculty: Dr. Cynthia Colon and NDHS English Teachers, Beth Moulton and Deneen Grist
    Grades: Students entering 12th grade in Fall 2020 

    Imagine, Thanksgiving 2020. The UC application deadline is four days away. Where is your child? Sleeping in. Why? Her applications are completed. His essays have been reviewed and submitted. Your teen is sitting pretty with one or more letters of acceptance and possibly a scholarship to college. Where are you? Enjoying your favorite fresh brewed coffee or chai latte. No nagging. No stress. Just the sound of silence. Imagine. 

    But seriously, whether you are a college graduate, had four kids go through the process already, or you are a newbie, this college application process is new to your child. S/he will need guidance on what to do, how to choose an essay topic, and how to craft the essays.
    That’s what we are here for. Leave the nagging, coaching, and kick in the pants to us. What do you get?  A confident, relieved, and happy teen. AND, as a bonus, your teen will actually thank you. Yep. You heard correctly. Sound Good???
    Sign Up For Essay Camp today!

    STEP 1: LIVE 4-Day Essay Boot Camp!
    4 Days. 4 Hours Per Day. 4 Essays Completed.
    Cost: $679 per student

    What’s Included:
    • 16 hours of Guided Daily Instruction
    • 1-1 Personalized Feedback.
    • Assigned Counselor/Essay Coach.
    • No Student Homework: All Writing Completed In Class.
    • Homework (edits and feedback) for Writing Coaches only.
    • Packet of 30+ Sample Essays.
    • In the event of lost essays and/or computer crashes, essays are kept on file for 1 full year.

    Week of July 13: (offered at Notre Dame HS, Sherman Oaks)
    LIVE only
    4-Day Camp: Noon-4:00 p.m.

    Week of July 20: (offered at Notre Dame HS, Sherman Oaks)
    LIVE only
    4-Day Camp: 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

    • To register click here.
    • Priority will be given to NDHS students. Space permitting, non-NDHS students are invited to join.  
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