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Enrichment Courses

Summer Knights Enrichment Courses

Are you a filmmaker, debater, or linguist!   Maybe you are an aspiring dancer or photographer?  Maybe you need a little extra help in math or language arts?   If so, register for our Enrichment Courses today!  

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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  • Dance Exploration & Theatre Camp

    Faculty: Leticia Alcuran 
    Grades: Students entering 5th-8th grade in Fall 2020
    Duration: June 15-26, 2020 (2 Weeks)
    Time: 8:00 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
    Cost: $600
    Course Material Fee: None.

    Course Description: This is a class for incoming 5th and 8th graders.  This class combines many styles of dance with fitness exercises along with pilates and yoga. Class will help dancers with posture, flexibility, fitness, balance, self-discipline, and self-confidence. This class serves as an introduction to dance for younger and older students. Using games, music, and workouts, the class focuses on rhythm, musicality and cardiovascular workout through basic footwork. Combinations with musical and emotional expression with proper techniques (contractions and release, off-center balances and suspension) as well as musicality and self-expression will be learned. Dancers will use both barre and centre floor and fundamental acrobatic techniques to increase flexibility, strength, balance, coordination, endurance, timing, body awareness, self-discipline, and confidence. It is a great way to get moving and increase motor skills and to increase range of motion in the body.
  • Language Exploration Camp

    Faculty: Dr. Reese Hatcher & 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 Dr. Reese Hatcher
    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!”
  • STEM Camp

    Faculty: Sabitha Chanduri
    Grades: Students entering 5th-8th grade in Fall 2020
    Duration: June 29-July 2, 2020
    Time: 1:00-4:00 p.m.
    Cost: $250

    Course Description: This camp highlights the practices of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics and provide students with logical and authentic connections between and across the individual STEM disciplines. STEM camp will help enhance valuable 21st-century skills, such as complex problem-solving skills, critical thinking skills, creativity, collaboration, and engineering skills. Students will be exposed to 3D printing, Virtual and Augmented reality and many more hands-on projects where students will learn the engineering design process and make data-driven decisions. 
  • Middle School Debate Camp

    Middle School Debate Camp 
    Josh Michael and Vivienne Pismarov
    Grades: Students entering 5th-9th grade in Fall 2020
    Duration: June 15-19, 2020
    Schedule: 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. (with time for a lunch break)
    Cost: $400 (Includes Field Trip to the Reagan Library)
    Description: Does your son or daughter love to argue? Or do they just want help shaking off shyness? Send them to train with the nationally and internationally competitive Notre Dame Debate Team!  Students will work on logical thinking and public speaking skills. Each student will also be able to show parents a video recording of their progress. Students will be grouped by ability level based on prior camp attendance and experience.
  • Coding Camp

    Faculty: Sabitha Chanduri 
    Grades: Students entering 5th-8th grade in Fall 2020
    Duration: July 6-10, 2020
    Time: 1:00-4:00 p.m.
    Cost: $250

    Course Description: The Creative Coding camp highlights how computer science concepts students learn have an impact on their everyday lives in areas such as app development and cybersecurity. It introduces students to JavaScript, Scratch Programming Language, and Hypertext Markup Language. Students learn about different applications of JavaScript programming including interactivity, algorithms, and procedural art. Students will use Scratch Programming for creating animations and a game. The text editor Microsoft Notepad will be used to create an HTML document and enhance a Web page using HTML tags. Along the way, students will create interactive videos, a name generator, and web pages and a website using a text editor and a website builder!
  • Introduction to Creative Writing

    Faculty: Sydney Shaw 
    Grades: Students entering 5th-8th grade in Fall 2020
    Duration: June 15-July 2, 2020
    Time: 9:30-10:45 a.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.
  • Filmmaking 101

    Faculty: Nathaniel Tupas
    Grades: Students entering 5th-8th grade in Fall 2020
    Duration: July 6-10, 2020
    Time: 8:00 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
    Cost: $200
    Course Materials: Students must bring a 32 Gig USB Drive to class each day.
    Course Description: Throughout the class, students will learn the most basic forms of pre-production, film production, and post-production. From how to properly record video and audio systems to the editing using iMovie, students will go through the whole 3 production processes and create their own 1-minute promotional video, or make a Public Service Announcement.
  • Welcome to Notre Dame

    Faculty: Luella Wagner
    Grades: Students entering grades 5 - 8 in Fall 2020
    Duration: June 29 - July 2 OR July 6 - 10  (1 week, Course offered multiple weeks)
    Time: 8:00am - 12:15 pm
    Cost: $250
    Course Description: This class will introduce students to the history of Notre Dame High School and the Holy Cross tradition. Students will become familiar with the signs and symbols of the Spanish style-architecture of the Notre Dame campus along with those benefactors who have contributed to its development. Students will also learn about the current courses, programs, clubs, and opportunities that are offered at Notre Dame High School. Outdoor activities, art projects, and movies that capture and express the spirit of Notre Dame High School will also be incorporated into the class.
  • Study Skills

    Faculty: Jessica Lewis
    Students entering 5th-8th grade in Fall 2020
    Duration: June 15 - July 2, 2020 (3 weeks)
    Monday-Friday (except July 3) 11:00 a.m-12:15 p.m
    Cost: $210
    Course Book/Material Fee: $15

    Course Description: Students will spend time on learning style assessments to better understand how to best take in information. Class time will also be spent on goal setting, learning how to get (and stay!) organized, time management, effective note-taking, study habits, and long-term goal setting and project planning. While students entering 5th grade are welcome, the course is most effective for students entering 6th, 7th, or 8th grade this fall. 
  • Math Enrichment

    Grades: Students entering 5th-8th grade in Fall 2020
    Duration: June 15-July 10, 2020 (No Class 7/3) (4 weeks)
    Monday-Friday (except July 3) 12:45-1:45 p.m
    Cost: $250 
    Course Material Fee: $20

    Course Description: This is a math lab course in which students work at their own pace to facilitate remediation or acceleration using ALEKS, an artificially intelligent assessment and learning system. Students are guided by the teacher who provides additional instruction and explanation as students work.
  • Language Arts Enrichment

    Grades: Students entering 5th-8th grade in Fall 2020
    Duration: June 15-July 10, 2020 (No Class 7/3)
    Monday-Friday (except July 3) 2:00-3:00 p.m
    Cost: $250
    Course Material Fee: $20

    Course Description:  In this course, students will be introduced to and practice effective reading and writing skills.  Students will read, analyze, and discuss literature as well as learn how to write a cohesive, well structured analytical paragraph in response to literature.  

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 and application.
    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!


    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.
    LIVE 5-Day Essay Boot Camp!
    5 Days. 6 Hours Per Day. Completed Essays and Application.
    Cost: $1079 per student

    What’s Included:
    • Includes everything in 4-Day Essay Camp, PLUS:
    • Completed UC and/or Common Application
    • Completed 4 Essays for UC application (350 words each)
    • Completed Personal Statement for Common Application (500-650 words)
    • Advise which UC campuses are appropriately matched for each student
    • Advise and review all resume/ co-curricular portions of applications
    • Advise, and prep supplemental essays
    • Advise, and prep supplemental essays
    • 1 Hour of 1-1 Final review and feedback in Fall 2020 ($300 value)

    Week of July 13: (offered at Notre Dame HS, Sherman Oaks)
    LIVE only
    4-Day Camp: Noon-4:00 p.m.
    5-Day Camp: Noon-6:00 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.
    5-Day Camp: 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

    • To register click here.
    • Priority will be given to NDHS students. Space permitting, non-NDHS students are invited to join.  
  • Film School Intensive: Research, Film School Applications & Portfolio Work

    Faculty: Elisia Harkins-James
    Grades: Students entering 9th-12th grade in Fall 2020 
    Duration: 1 Week Intensive Camp from June 22-26, 2020 
    Time: 8:00 a.m.-12:15 pm (some days until 2:00 depending on visit schedule)
    Cost: $300 
    Course fee: $100 (includes transportation for field trips)

    Course Description: This camp is designed for students in grades 9-12, who are interested in applying to Film School. We will review the admissions process at various institutions, and will spend time visiting local colleges and their film programs.  We will attend presentations from local community colleges and art schools. In addition, we will also take field trips to USC School of Cinematic Arts, Chapman’s Dodge College of Film and Media Arts, and Columbia College, just to name a few. We will also have Skype Q&A sessions with admissions officers from NYU Tisch School of the Arts, Emerson College, and several others. 
  • Career Exploration

    Faculty: Jessica Lopez
    Grades: Students entering 10th-12th grade in Fall 2020 
    Duration: June 15-19, 2020
    Time: 9:00-11:30 a.m.
    Cost: $135
    Course Book Fee: $15 

    Course Description: What are your interests and how can we link them to potential career paths? Do you need help with building your resume and preparing for an interview? This course will assist you to do some self-exploration (interests, personality styles, skills) through self-assessments and how they align to potential career paths. You will develop skills to locate career information, be exposed to resume writing and develop interview strategies through mock-up interviews.  Further, learn about average salary information, education requirements and skills for your career. 
  • Hollywood Geology

    Faculty: Jason Bissell
     Students entering 9th-12th grade in Fall 2020
    Duration: June 15-July 2, 2020 (3 Weeks, No class 7/3)
    Time: 8:00-10:00 a.m.
    Cost: $300
    Course Description: This course will be an interdisciplinary study between geology and film studies, that requires film analysis and essay writing skills. The course will bounce between geological science and the film industry's interpretation of these geological events. A typical unit will be laid out as follows:  students will learn/study geological events (such as earthquakes, volcanoes, tsunami, hurricanes, global ice age, prehistoric environment, etc), then watch Hollywood’s interpretations of these events. Students will be responsible to understand the science behind these events and be able to apply knowledge in a critical way to the film industry's interpretation of these happenings. A climate change unit will also be critical (perhaps the culmination project of the course).  All films will be appropriate for minors.
  • Native American Experience

    Faculty: Luella Wagner
    Grades: Students entering 9th-12th grade in Fall 2020 
    Duration: June 29-July 17, 2020 (3 weeks)
    Time: 12:45-2:45 p.m.
    Cost: $300

    Course Description: In this class students will learn about Native American culture and tradition through readings, rituals, and ceremonies. Students will read The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie and participate in discussions and group activities that complement the text.  Students will also learn about Native American ceremonies including smudging ceremonies and Medicine Wheel rituals, all in accordance with Catholic teaching. In addition, students will learn about various tribes in the United States and their distinct histories, traditions, and beliefs. Students will have the opportunity to participate in Native American flute playing. Notre Dame High School will also welcome a member of the Los Angeles Kateri Circle to speak to the class.
  • Algebra Boot Camp

    Faculty: Lisa Nelson
    Grades: Students entering grades 9th Grade
    Duration: June 15 - July 10, 2020 (4 Weeks, No class 7/3)
    Time: 8:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
    Cost: $650

    Course Description: This four-week course offers substantial enrichment for students desiring to master the essential topics from algebra I. Topics include:  simplifying algebraic expressions of many forms, solving one-step and multi-step equations, solving word problems (including percent word problems, consecutive integer word problems, and geometry word problems), functions, the domain and range of a function, linear equations, slope as a rate of change, graphing lines, writing equations of lines, direct variation, systems of equations, exponents, and polynomials, factoring (including the difference of squares and trinomials with lead coefficients greater than one), rational expressions and equations, radicals, and quadratics.

    The following students would benefit from this course:
    • Incoming freshmen that have completed a yearlong algebra I course but continue to seek improvement in core areas of the course.
    • Current high school students that have completed a yearlong geometry course but wish to review essential topics from Algebra I
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