MIDDLE SCHOOL CLASSES


Middle school classes are for students entering grades 6 - 9 in August 2022.

Click here for a PDF of all class descriptions. You can find an enrollment worksheet HERE to help you mape out your classes!


Students are registered by the week and can sign up for a single week, or any number of weeks up to five weeks. Each week has different class offerings, and students register for two classes each week (one in Period A, and one in Period B).

Period A runs from 8:45am to 10:35am, after which there is a 20-minute break.

Period B runs from 10:55am to 12:45pm.


NOTE:

All classes will run subject to enrollment. If a class is canceled due to a lack of enrollment, you will be contacted. Instructors are not guaranteed and may be switched without notice.

 

WEEK 1:
JUNE  20- JUNE 24

 

>>PERIODS A & B (Full Morning)<<


#101AB Adventures in Cooking: The Asian Flare

**This is a two-period class**

Let’s explore some of our favorite foods from the continent of Asia. From sushi to Pad Thai to curry, we will excite your palette. We start with rice and noodles and go from there! All cooking classes will teach knife skills and kitchen safety. There will always be vegetarian options. 

NOTE:  Foods may contain gluten, dairy, and other allergens. Parents of children with allergies are cautioned.



>>PERIOD A<< 


#102A A Beginner’s Guide to Dungeons and Dragons™

Have you ever wanted to go on an epic adventure where you and your best friends travel from town to town, slay monsters, and find long-forgotten treasures? Do you have a saga you have been working on that you are ready to share? If you answered yes, then Dungeons and Dragons™ might be the game for you! Dungeons and Dragons™ teaches skills such as creativity, problem-solving, collaboration, and arithmetic, in a relaxed setting. It is similar to a group project where playing involves joining a group of people with similar interests who are all working towards the same goal. Each member of the group is given the opportunity to contribute, and everyone has an equal say in the outcome.


#103A Bilingual Basics of Sewing

Express yourself with sewing in this bilingual creative class. Learn basic stitches and craft a wonderful pillowcase, apron or tote bag, all while sharpening your Spanish speaking skills in a friendly and supportive environment. All levels of Spanish welcome! This class is brought to you by the Magical Atelier.


#104A Flag Football Fun 1

Flag Football Fun 1 is the perfect program for athletes who want a complete introduction to America's Game or for those who simply want to brush up on their skills in preparation for league play. Athletes will learn skills on both sides of the ball, including the core components of passing, catching, and de-flagging or defensive positioning - all presented in a fun and positive environment.


#106A Lego Robotics

Combine the creativity of building with Lego and the function of coding to create Lego robots that can battle and navigate challenges against other robots. In this class, you will learn how to create a robot and program it to run an obstacle course or push another robot out of the wrestling ring!


#107A Music Production: Make Your Own Song!

Do you like hip-hop, pop, or EDM? Have you ever wanted to create your own song? In this class, you’ll learn how to use GarageBand to make an mp3 that you can share with your friends! Plenty of famous DJs and artists start off at a young age. Don’t wait! You could make the next hit song!



>>PERIOD B<<


#110B Beginning Coding: Make Your Own Game!

Do you want to learn how to code games? Learn how to make games like Pac-Man, Donkey Kong, Angry Birds, and more! Single-player? Multiplayer? No problem! We'll be using the Scratch coding language to program the games that YOU want to play. Prepare to show off your creations to all your friends and create the next best game!


#112B Cupcake & Cookie Decorating

Cookies, cupcakes, and decorating, oh my! In this class, you will learn how to decorate cookies and cupcakes using professional baking tools like piping bags and tips. First, you will create a plan by practicing your designs using star, leaf, rose, small hole, and big hole tips on laminated design boards. Once your piping and design skills are perfected, you will apply your design to cookies and cupcakes. Yum!

NOTE:  Foods may contain gluten, dairy and other allergens. Parents of children with allergies are cautioned.


#113B Film Making

If you are a fan of movies and want to learn more about video editing, then this is the class for you! You and your teammates will have the opportunity to write and script and create a short film using narration, visual footage, sound effects, and more. You will even get to interview a special guest from the film industry. This class is open to all students who enjoy being creative. No prior experience is required!


#114B Fun Field Games

Let's go out to our amazing field and play simple but fun games: Kickball, Capture the Flag, BasketBase (combination of Baseball and Basketball), Steal the Bacon, Team Handball, Gasketball (Combination of Soccer and Basketball), Volleyball, Soccer, Flag Football and more! Fitness + fun = the perfect combination!


#116B Middle School Masters (recommended for incoming 6th graders)

Are you hoping for a smooth transition from 5th to 6th grade? Then this class is for you! Middle School Masters will prepare and organize you for your middle school experience, both academically and socially. You will begin to master how to be a successful student by learning strategies for managing both the triumphs and challenges of middle school. By the end of this course, you will feel more confident, better prepared, and totally excited for the upcoming school year.

 

WEEK 2:
JUNE  27 - JULY  1

 



>>PERIODS A & B (Full Morning)<<


#201AB Adventures in Cooking: Tapas and Treats with a Twist

**This is a two-period class**

Little bites are always fun for a quick snack, party picks, or the beginning or end of a meal. Plant-based or meat-based, you will enjoy making these for yourself, your friends, and your family. We are going to add a little something to make each tapa or treat pop! All cooking classes will teach knife skills and kitchen safety. There will always be vegetarian options. 

NOTE:  Foods may contain gluten, dairy, and other allergens. Parents of children with allergies are cautioned.



>>PERIOD A<< 


#202A Film Making

If you are a fan of movies and want to learn more about video editing, then this is the class for you! You and your teammates will have the opportunity to write and script and create a short film using narration, visual footage, sound effects, and more. You will even get to interview a special guest from the film industry. This class is open to all students who enjoy being creative. No prior experience is required!


#203A Science Myth Busters

Want to find out what really happens if you lick a frozen pole? Will your head explode if you drink a Coca-Cola with pop rocks? Does swallowed gum really stay in your stomach for seven years? Ever wonder if these myths are true or just made up to scare you? In this class, you will use science to bust some common myths once and for all.


#204A Smart Photography with a Smartphone

Would you like to learn how to create amazing pictures with your smartphone or iPhone? It’s easier than you think! Learn the latest tips and tricks on how to create amazing photos from your phone. You will learn to create different effects when you take a photo with your smartphone and how to edit images in interesting and creative ways. Please note: a smartphone, iPhone, or tablet is required.


#205A Soccer Fun 1

Play, Practice, Play. This week of soccer is designed to provide you with a first-class soccer experience, with play at the center of our time together. We will begin our sessions with a game. Next, players will be exposed to creative soccer exercises that will enhance their technical ability. Finally, we will end our time with another game applying what we learned during skill development! This will all be done in a fun and entertaining way, and every player will finish the week with a greater understanding and appreciation of the game.


#206A The Magic of Pastels

Calling all artists! Use your creativity and learn the basics of pastel drawing. We will be using various types of pastels, including standard pastels, metallic pastels and chalk pastels. There will be instruction in shading, blending colors, and creating texture in this fun and engaging class. This class is brought to you by the Magical Atelier.

>>PERIOD B<<


#210B Advanced Coding: Web Programming

Have you always wanted to design your own website? No matter if it's for your latest lemonade stand, pet walking business, or an online game, with this class you will be able to design and program any website using HTML, CSS, and Javascript.


#212B Cupcake & Cookie Decorating

Cookies, cupcakes, and decorating, oh my! In this class, you will learn how to decorate cookies and cupcakes using professional baking tools like piping bags and tips. First, you will create a plan by practicing your designs using star, leaf, rose, small hole, and big hole tips on laminated design boards. Once your piping and design skills are perfected, you will apply your design to cookies and cupcakes. Yum!

NOTE:  Foods may contain gluten, dairy and other allergens. Parents of children with allergies are cautioned.


#213B DJ 101

DJ 101, powered by TheDJCoach.com in partnership with Santa Monica Music Center, is a week-long exploration into the world of DJing with hands-on lessons on scratching, beat mixing, remixing, and even music production. Students will learn about the history of the DJ art form dating back to 1973 in the Bronx with Kool Herc, and will gain insight into how Marshmello, Skrillex, and DJ Khaled are using turntables on stages across the world. All students will have access to try out the different rigs that are available and will participate in an incredibly interactive and engaging experience that brings more light to the role of the DJ.


#216B The Magic of Watercolors/La Magía de Acuarelas

Calling all artists! This class, taught in Spanish by a bilingual instructor, explores the creative joys of working in a variety of watercolor mediums. Class includes traditional watercolor paints, watercolor inks, and explorations in mixed mediums. Paint, create, and learn a little Spanish along the way! Each week the projects will be inspired by a different Latinx artist. All levels of Spanish welcome! This class is brought to you by the Magical Atelier.


#217B Volleyball Fun

Bump, set, spike! You'll learn the basic fundamentals of this wonderful game and progress to gameplay, including indoor 6 v 6, 4 v 4, and beach-style 2 v 2. This class is for all levels.

 

WEEK  3:
JULY  5 – JULY  8
(NO CLASS JULY 4)

 

>>PERIODS A & B (Full Morning)<<


#301AB Adventures in Cooking: Feasting and Fiestas

**This is a two-period class**

Which foods do you include in your feasts and use to celebrate the important moments in your life? From a Thanksgiving meal to a birthday dinner, cultural traditions bring us together around the table, so let’s get cooking. All cooking classes will teach knife skills and kitchen safety. There will always be vegetarian options. 

NOTE:  Foods may contain gluten, dairy, and other allergens. Parents of children with allergies are cautioned.



>>PERIOD A <<


#303A A Beginner’s Guide to Dungeons and Dragons™

Have you ever wanted to go on an epic adventure where you and your best friends travel from town to town, slay monsters, and find long-forgotten treasures? Do you have a saga you have been working on that you are ready to share? If you answered yes, then Dungeons and Dragons™ might be the game for you!
Dungeons and Dragons™ teaches skills such as creativity, problem-solving, collaboration, and arithmetic, in a relaxed setting. It is similar to a group project where playing involves joining a group of people with similar interests who are all working towards the same goal. Each member of the group is given the opportunity to contribute, and everyone has an equal say in the outcome.


#304A Bilingual Basics of Sewing

Express yourself with sewing in this bilingual creative class. Learn basic stitches and craft a wonderful pillowcase, apron, or tote bag, all while sharpening your Spanish speaking skills in a friendly and supportive environment. All levels of Spanish welcome! This class is brought to you by the Magical Atelier.


#305A Flag Football Fun 2

Flag Football Fun 2 is a continuation of Flag Football Fun 1, but you're welcome to attend Flag Football Fun 2 without having attended Flag Football Fun 1. Flag Football Fun 2 will continue with the development of fundamentals, as well as gameplay. This includes learning skills on both sides of the ball, like the core components of passing, catching, and de-flagging or defensive positioning - all presented in a fun and positive environment.


#307A Music Production: Make Your Own Song!

Do you like hip-hop, pop, or EDM? Have you ever wanted to create your own song? In this class, you’ll learn how to use GarageBand to make an mp3 that you can share with your friends! Plenty of famous DJs and artists start off at a young age. Don’t wait! You could make the next hit song!



>>PERIOD B<<


#312B Basketball Fun 1

Dribble, pass, shoot, score (and more) in Basketball Fun 1. The class will begin with the basics and progress to complex skills and theory. Emphasis will be on individual skills and how to incorporate them into a team setting. Competitions will include Hot Shot, 3-Point Shootout, One-on-One, and more!


#313B Beginning Coding: Make Your Own Game!

Do you want to learn how to code games? Learn how to make games like Pac-Man, Donkey Kong, Angry Birds, and more! Single-player? Multiplayer? No problem! We'll be using the Scratch coding language to program the games that YOU want to play. Prepare to show off your creations to all your friends and create the next best game!


#316B Don't Try This at Home: Totally Dangerous Experiments

What can be better than a science experiment that goes POW!? Explosions are not only very cool, but they are also very instructive as well. In this class, you will learn the fundamentals of physics and chemistry while being fascinated and entertained. So grab your goggles and join the fun!


#317B Middle School Masters (recommended for incoming 6th graders)

Are you hoping for a smooth transition from 5th to 6th grade? Then this class is for you! Middle School Masters will prepare and organize you for your middle school experience, both academically and socially. You will begin to master how to be a successful student by learning strategies for managing both the triumphs and challenges of middle school. By the end of this course, you will feel more confident, better prepared, and totally excited for the upcoming school year.

 

WEEK 4:
JULY 11 – JULY 15

 

>>PERIODS A & B (Full Morning)<<


#401AB Adventures in Cooking: Mediterranean Cuisine

**This is a two-period class**

Who doesn’t love some hummus and pita or a great piece of flatbread pizza? Learn how to make your favorite Mediterranean dishes and make them with flair. Learn to make fresh red sauce, tzatziki, falafels, and more. All cooking classes will teach knife skills and kitchen safety. There will always be vegetarian options. 

NOTE:  Foods may contain gluten, dairy, and other allergens. Parents of children with allergies are cautioned.


#402AB Cartooning

**This is a two-period class**

This class will introduce you to a variety of cartoons with two goals in mind. The first is to understand the secret structure that is hidden in humor writing, including how to "set-up" and "pay off" a joke. The second goal is to learn some of the tips and tricks that cartoonists and illustrators use to make their drawings look professional, including different pen types, character design do’s and don'ts, and perspective drawing shortcuts, to name a few. By the end of the class, you will be able to turn any idea into your own cartoon.



>>PERIOD A<<


#403A Kitchen Chemistry

Learn your chemistry and eat it, too! Discover different chemical properties and processes through the art of cooking. We will use chemistry to answer burning questions like "Why do pancakes turn brown?" and "Why are gummies so chewy?"


#404A Smart Photography with a Smartphone

Would you like to learn how to create amazing pictures with your smartphone or iPhone? It’s easier than you think! Learn the latest tips and tricks on how to create amazing photos from your phone. You will learn to create different effects when you take a photo with your smartphone and how to edit images in interesting and creative ways. Please note: a smartphone, iPhone, or tablet is required.


#408A   Twisted Sports

Twisted Sports provides a unique and comprehensive physical education program designed for the youth of today by combining practices from sports with innovative games. Students improve their athletic performance through team-building activities and games. Let's stay healthy while creating connections!



>>PERIOD B<< 


#411B Advanced Coding: Web Programming

Have you always wanted to design your own website? No matter if it's for your latest lemonade stand, pet walking business, or an online game, with this class you will be able to design and program any website using HTML, CSS, and Javascript.


#415B Make a Film, Tell a Story

3-2-1 Action! In this fun and creative film-making class, you will learn how to make videos that show how YOU see your world. You will learn how to interview, write scripts, and use a smartphone or tablet to shoot your movie. Next, you will learn how to use iMovie to record narration and finally, you will add graphics to put it all together to share with your family and friends! The way you see the world is important, so come make a movie and tell a story.

#418B   Twisted Sports

Twisted Sports provides a unique and comprehensive physical education program designed for the youth of today by combining practices from sports with innovative games. Students improve their athletic performance through team-building activities and games. Let's stay healthy while creating connections!

 

WEEK 5:
JULY 18 – JULY 22

 

>>PERIODS A & B (Full Morning)<<


#501AB Adventures in Cooking: Asian Appetizers

**This is a two-period class**

Take a trip to China, Japan, Thailand, and more, bite by bite across Asia, in this Asian Appetizer cooking class. You will learn how to make delicious dumplings, succulent satays, and more! There will always be vegetarian options. 

NOTE:  Foods may contain gluten, dairy, and other allergens. Parents of children with allergies are cautioned.


>>PERIOD A<< 

#505A Lego Robotics

Combine the creativity of building with Lego and the function of coding to create Lego robots that can battle and navigate challenges against other robots. In this class, you will learn how to create a robot and program it to run an obstacle course or push another robot out of the wrestling ring!


#506A Music Production: Make Your Own Song!

Do you like hip-hop, pop, or EDM? Have you ever wanted to create your own song? In this class, you’ll learn how to use GarageBand to make an mp3 that you can share with your friends! Plenty of famous DJs and artists start off at a young age. Don’t wait! You could make the next hit song!


#507A Soccer Fun 2

Soccer Fun 2 is a continuation of Soccer Fun 1, but you're welcome to attend Soccer Fun 2 without having attended Soccer Fun 1. Designed for players of all abilities, this class emphasizes both team play and individual skill development. Through skills, drills, and thrills, we work to develop the full range of soccer techniques, including dribbling and passing with different surfaces of the foot, receiving the ball on the ground and in the air, and shooting techniques.

>>PERIOD B<< 


#510B Basketball Fun 2

Basketball Fun 2 is a continuation of Basketball Fun 1, but you're welcome to attend Basketball 2 without having attended Basketball 1. Basketball 2 will continue with the development of fundamentals, as well as gameplay. More games will be included, like H-O-R-S-E, 3-on-3, Around the World, and more!


#511B Beginning Coding: Make Your Own Game!

Do you want to learn how to code games? Learn how to make games like Pac-Man, Donkey Kong, Angry Birds, and more! Single-player? Multiplayer? No problem! We'll be using the Scratch coding language to program the games that YOU want to play. Prepare to show off your creations to all your friends and create the next best game!


#512B Don't Try This at Home: Totally Dangerous Experiments

What can be better than a science experiment that goes POW!? Explosions are not only very cool, but they are also very instructive as well. In this class, you will learn the fundamentals of physics and chemistry while being fascinated and entertained. So grab your goggles and join the fun!


PLEASE NOTE: ALL CLASS OFFERINGS DEPEND ON ENROLLMENT.