Optimus Learning School



Alphabet Mastery

We all know how crucial a strong foundation is when building language skills. In this class, we start with the basics and make sure students master the ability to identify, sound out, and write each letter of the alphabet through a variety of activities that engage multiple senses for better memory retention.


Building on a firm understanding of the English alphabet, we start exploring how the sounds change when combined with other letters or when using the silent “e” rule. Students use this beginning knowledge to sound out unfamiliar words and read simple stories.

Sight Words

Sight words are made up of the most common helper words that students will see in school books and library books nearly every day. These words cannot be taught with pictures the way other vocabulary often can be at this level. Once they have learned these words and can accurately read them aloud, overall speed and accuracy of reading will greatly improve, and it will become easier to learn new vocabulary words as well. In this class, we help students master the nearly 100 words found on the kindergarten and first grade Dolch sight words list used by most schools.

Aesop’s Fables Picture Books

We understand that, from a young age, it is our personal responsibility to instill not only intelligence, but also a good sense of morals. We seek to achieve both of those goals here at Optimus through the teaching of Aesop’s Fables. These fables use kid-friendly animal characters to teach a myriad of worthwhile life lessons.

Our lower elementary-level book clubs foster an enjoyment of reading while strengthening students’ reading skills. At this beginning level, we focus on vocabulary and understanding. Students often perform an activity in class that is connected to what they read in order to help them better understand the book or its characters. Students will also get feedback on their comprehension and vocabulary homework in class.

Picture Books

Through the use of popular picture books by award-winning authors and illustrators, students are exposed to a wide variety of fun and interesting characters getting themselves in and out of all kinds of situations. The pictures help to feed their imaginations and take them to new places.

Aesop’s Fables Short Stories

These stories are a little longer than traditional picture books and encourage students to work up to longer texts. They continue with the same kinds of great lessons and morals learned in our earlier Aesop’s Fables Picture Books.

Our upper elementary-level book clubs increase reading comprehension, broaden students' vocabulary, and help our students begin a life-long habit of reading. Students read interesting novels and, in addition to understanding what is happening in each book, student begin to look at why things happen. The whole class will engage in discussions about the novel and its characters while reviewing comprehension and vocabulary homework.

Classic Short Stories

The work of authors such as the Grimm Brothers and Hans Christen Andersen is most notable remembered through Disney’s classic animated films. At Optimus, we want our students to know where all of these fantastic stores originated from. We have created adaptations that are appropriate for younger students, so parents need not worry about the darker elements of the original classics. Through these stories, our students will not only improve their academic skills, but they’ll also have fun making comparisons between the original stories and some of their favorite Disney movies!


In these upper elementary grades, learning how to navigate non-fiction text can be just as important as the comprehension skills learned from reading fiction works. But, non-fiction writing can often be boring for students. We created the Biography reading option especially for those students. At this age, students can benefit greatly from familiarizing themselves with some of the most popular figures in history. We’ve chosen Americans with some very interesting and impressive back stories.

Greek and Roman Mythology

Not only do we strive to improve reading comprehension in our students, but we also encourage the development of their imaginations. Through one of our most unique classes yet, we offer Greek and Roman mythology that will help them explore the ancien stories of Greek and Roman gods and goddesses and the vivid places they lived.

Fiction Chapter Books

Once students have built up the necessary foundations by reading selections curated by our teachers and carefully chosen for their merit, students are then encouraged to begin making their own choices about which novels to read in a group Book Club class. The class discusses a variety of comprehension questions about what they read and add to their vocabulary.

Our junior high and high school students often read the classics of the Western canon, including many challenging novels. Junior high students get prepared for the level of vocabulary and comprehension that will be expected of them in high school, while high school students focus on SAT level vocabulary and comprehension skills. There is also a shift in focus to more critical thinking questions. Students complete comprehension and vocabulary homework and are held to a high standard.


Little Writers Penmanship

For our earliest writers, it is important to begin with correct letter shapes for both capital and lowercase letters. Then, we will move on to writing whole words. We practice these skills through a variety of different techniques that engage multiple senses to help them become neat writers.

Little Writers Sentences

After developing basic handwriting skills and a better foundation of letters, we move on to writing common vocabulary words and sight words to make simple sentences. In later lessons, students will start adding adjectives to describe what they are writing about. These are the first steps to being able to express ideas in writing.

Lower elementary students begin with writing fact-based information about themselves and subjects that they are familiar with. They also write many creative stories that help them to add detail and develop a fondness for writing. The majority of our focus at this level is towards sentence structure, correct use of vocabulary, proper punctuation, and overall clarity.

Little Writers Club

We want to encourage students to begin telling their stories through writing. In this class, students will work on multiple sentence responses, working towards correct spelling, grammar, and simple punctuation. Students will also start getting more detailed teacher feedback.

Junior Writing Club Beginner

This class focuses on easy-to-understand grammar lessons with related essays that both review the previous weeks’ grammar lessons and work with the current week’s lesson. These writing assignments then receive feedback on the student’s proper use of grammar, mechanics, and overall structure.

Junior Writing Club Intermediate

Our intermediate level writing class is a pivotal point at which students start learning how to incorporate what they’ve learned into their essays. They begin by reading a non-fiction passage, from which they will learn some valuable vocabulary words. Then, they write an essay on a related prompt and receive feedback on their work. At this level, we also focus on student content and creativity. Students complete a final draft for homework.

Junior Writing Club Advanced

After completing the intermediate level, students move on to non-fiction passages with more difficult vocabulary words in them. Again, student content and creativity are looked at, as well as the amount of detail that is used and how well the writing structure flows from one idea to the next. Students receive teacher feedback on their rough drafts. Students complete a final draft for homework.

Students in upper elementary grades will continue writing creative stories and will also begin writing expository essays to introduce them to the idea of explaining in greater detail. These students work on using more complex sentence structures and more varied vocabulary.

Middle school students will prepare for the rigors of high school writing by being introduced to the more formal writing structure that will be expected of them in high school. They will also experience the full writing process, with each step being outlined and explained so that students understand the importance of an organized writing process. Grammar, punctuation, and word choice will still be a large focus in order to make sure students are strong in these areas before entering high school.

Grammar Club

This course goes over a total of 24 grammar lessons with everything from parts of speech to sentence types. At the end of each section (approximately every 4 weeks), students are given an in-class quiz to check their understanding of the grammar concepts they have been learning. Students will also write one essay per week that will help them practice and be mindful of that week’s grammar concept. They will receive teacher feedback on their rough drafts and will complete a final draft for homework.

Writing Styles Composition

In preparation for middle school and high school essay writing, it is important to review and preview the different writing styles students encounter and will be asked to write in school. We will be going over the 4 main types and will spend multiple class sessions discovering more about them, seeing examples of them, and writing some of our own. Rough drafts will be written outside of class and will be edited by peers and the teacher in class.

Critical Thinkers’ Writing Club

Here we return to the practice of incorporating what we’ve learned from a non-fiction passage into our writing. However, the focus here moves from simply writing a short response to paying more attention to the prewriting process (i.e., brainstorming, outlining, etc.) and writing true essays. Rough drafts will be started in class and finished at home. They will receive teacher feedback the following week and will be expected to complete a final draft for homework.

Current Events Writing Club

Each week, students will read about a current event (local or global) to help improve their reading skills and give them a starting point for their multi-paragraph essays. They will still be expected to use prewriting techniques to organize their writing, but they will work more independently on that part. Teacher feedback will include suggestions to improve writing beyond simply correcting errors in grammar, mechanics, or structure.

At this level, we focus on the various essay types used in high school classes. These types include expository, persuasive/argumentative, and analytical essays. Each new essay type is discussed and modeled before students begin brainstorming their responses to the topic, which allows students to have a clearer idea of the goal and see a good example. Students receive personal feedback on their writing and individualized coaching on the writing process. Students may also sign up for a writing class specific to SAT study.

In this creative writing class, students will begin working on pieces that require them to use their imagination. Although inspiration will be the main determinant of what students write about each week, students will also be guided by themes and specific writing exercises to help keep their creativity flowing. Peer evaluation and class discussions of each student’s work will play a major role in this class. In many cases, stories completed in this class will be eligible for entry into various writing competitions for students who are looking for an extra challenge.


While the newly adopted Common Core State Standards have not necessarily made math more difficult, these methods can be tricky because they involve a different style of instruction that incorporates new ways of approaching the problems with critical thinking skills. Ultimately, this will improve the student’s skills on many levels, but this also makes it particularly hard for parents who have learned traditional methods to help their children with Common Core math homework. For this reason, all of the Homework Club and Math Club teachers have received special training in how to teach Common Core math, and we provide ongoing professional development to make sure we are staying current in the best practices

Math becomes a lot more fun for little ones when it involves colorful Lego pieces. Word problems are a lot easier when students are able to see the units right in front of them. This program is designed for students in kindergarten or 1st grade.

We cover the technical skills needed to evaluate math questions using the four basic operations of addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. The difficulty increases as we introduce new kinds of numbers and notations. In addition to teaching the students how to perform more complex operations in class and working through examples from previous homework, we correct misconceptions and improve their comprehension of the material continuously.

We work on textual mathematics questions that employ technical skills and problem solving strategies. We will work with probability, geometric figures, and finding unknown values. Word problems are analyzed in class, and students are taught how to interpret text and convert it into mathematical equations that they are already familiar with solving. They are taught to use a process that makes sense out of each question and breaks them up into easier steps.

At this level, we focus on the fundamentals of algebraic relationships of equations, inequalities, graphs, and functions. Courses include Pre-Algebra, Algebra 1, and Geometry. Students will use algebraic operations to find solutions and, later, how to impose algebraic concepts on more complex questions. This will allow them to learn a more logical approach to problem solving.

Thsese classes involve a more rigorous manipulation, analysis, and understanding of functions and their graphs. Courses include Geometry, Algebra 2, Pre-Calculus, Statistics, and Calculus. Students are taught functions combining polynomials and trigonometry as well as mathematical analysis for graphing complex equations. In Calculus, they are taught the fundamentals of using the derivative of an integration that is used in application problems.

Math Competition Class

More than 40 countries around the world participate in this logic-based mathematics competition for students in grades 1 through 12. Participants have 75 minutes to complete up to 30 multiple choice questions with a maximum score of 150 points.

MATHCOUNTS is a national program for middle school students that gauges their mathematical abilities and involves them in enrichment, coaching, and competition. Students can compete individually or as part of a team in an environment that stimulates mathematical success. People who do well in MATHCOUNTS do well on the SAT.

This is a day-long event sponsored by the Orange County Math Council to promote excellence in mathematics, teamwork, goal achievement, and school spirit.

AMC stands for American Math Competition. The AMC 8 is an exam consisting of 25 multiple choice questions, varying in duration from 40 to 75 minutes based on difficulty. It is designed to promote the development and enhancement of problem solving skills as well as to distinguish exceptional students.

Science / Technology / Engineering / Mathematics

STEM is a program that promotes study in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (as well as their related fields). These fields are frequently on the cutting edge of innovation and discovery all over the world in higher academics and, as such, have been noted as being necessary for the future prosperity and success of the United States as a global leader. As part of the Obama administration, these subjects have been given an additional emphasis, with many new programs, competitions, and awards popping up recently as a result.

Students will learn a lot about shapes, forms, structures, and building principles in this hands-on, interactive class. They will develop their spatial and logical reasoning skills, as well as make some impressive structures, through the exploration of ten different “gifts”. Then, they will participate in some integrated building activities that will help them better understand how the knowledge they’ve gained applies in their everyday lives.

Using a variety of Lego pieces, students will be able to recreate nearly any element from their community, including buildings and outdoor areas, to help them understand what it takes for a community to function well. This also gives students a springboard from which they can discuss what goes on around them in their community and the different roles and responsibilities for each part of their community.

With the new common core standards set forth by the state of California, abacus classes are in high demand. It is now a primary goal in all math classes to present students with mathematical concepts in a visual way. Taking an abacus class will prepare your son or daughter to learn visually. Students will begin by studying the features and uses of the abacus. Once they know how to do basic counting from 1 to 100 on the abacus, they will move on to learn basic adding and subtracting. They will also be introduced to the concept of tens and how to add or subtract by tens.

Students will develop their fine motor skills through the use of smaller pieces to build more technical structures. Motorized elements will also be incorporated to add interest and help students understand how the building design affects movement and vice versa.

The goal of this class is to implement the functional applications of robotics and technology through projects that use everyday components and simple engineering principles.

In this C++/ Java Programming class, students will learn how to create object-oriented programs. They will learn how to store data in data-types and arrays, as well as how to access date using pointers and references. They will also learn how to direct program flow using functions and loops.

Computer Programming

An introduction to the concept of logic and objects that governs most of computer science. Usually catered to younger students, this fun and easy way of programming allows anyone to perform complex tasks usually reserved to more advanced languages. Almost all block programming software utilizes easy to understand interfaces with drag and drop simplicity—perfect for anyone seeking a good introduction to programming.

A relatively new programming language designed for beginning programmers and seasoned veterans alike. Python is a powerful fully-fledged computer language capable of anything from simple calculators to complex cloud-based databases. Python was invented with one thing in mind—readability. It is very easy to understand with most of its syntax written in plain English. Straightforward and streamlined, Python is an excellent programming language for all ages.

Some students can choose to have a multi concentration of hardware and software but the majority of beginners will require some practice with hardware design. This course will demonstrate how to write software to control interactive hardware with real world uses. It will also touch on basic circuit design which includes AC/DC power, resistors, capacitors, and LEDs.

Two of the most widely used programming languages. Both based on the industry standard C programming language, C++ and Java utilizes efficient and powerful data control that makes many modern technologies possible. Java’s flexibility allows it to run on most devices including smart phones, while C++ remains to be excellent choice for someone who needs fast and efficient programs. Student seeking to learn these languages will be presented with great challenges but the results are well worth the trouble.

This course goes in-depth with databases and search methods. Students will learn how to construct databases using advanced concepts such as nodes, switches, queues. Students can choose Java, C++, or Python but a strong background in programming is required to fully understand this course. Students who complete this course can move on to basic software and mobile application design complete with graphical user interfaces (GUI).


This course introduces the Pinyin chart. Students are exposed to a list of elementary vocabulary and beginning grammar. The class consists of daily conversation and listening practices. No previous experience required. (2hrs/class, 48 classes required)

Since this course enlarges the student’s Chinese vocabulary and furthers the student’s understanding of Chinese grammar, it is required that you take Level 1 Chinese before stepping into Level 2. We include listening practice with radio broadcasts and TV news. We practice composition by working on writing short paragraphs in Chinese, and more! (2hrs/class, 48 classes required)

The most advanced level of vocabulary and grammar will be presented. We will introduce idioms and popular slang words to catch up with your Chinese friends. Students are expected to complete whole articles or essays on their own after finishing this course. (2hrs/class, 48 classes required)

Test Prep

The SAT is an educational aptitude test that assesses how well-formed a student’s reasoning and verbal abilities are. It is composed of 3 parts: Critical Reading, Mathematics, and a required Writing test. The math section covers Algebra, Geometry, Probability, and Statistics.
Students are penalized for wrong answers, which means that guessing can be dangerous. Students should be familiar with the types of questions that are asked because they can only score positive points from answering correctly. This test is widely used throughout the United States and is great for students who excel at problem solving and reasoning.
We teach all sections of the SAT: writing & grammar, critical reading, and math. Students can sign up for individual sections or take all three. Students who sign up for our Saturday session will study all three sections as well as take a weekly practice test to assess their progress and prepare them to take the real test.

This test is similar to the SAT, with the main difference being that the ACT measures what a student has learned in school. The ACT also has a few more components. It consists of 5 test areas: English (mechanics and rhetoric), Mathematics, Reading, Science, and an optional Writing Test (which may be required by some universities). The math section here is more advanced than the SAT math because it also includes some Trigonometry.
For this test, students are not penalized for wrong answers. This test, although more common in the Southern and Midwestern parts of the U.S., is now accepted at nearly every university as well and is a wonderful option for those students who do well in school but don’t do as well in high-pressure critical thinking situations.

The Advanced Placement (AP) program was created by the College Board to expose high school students to college-level curricula and examinations. Taking these classes allows students to take an end-of-course exam for which a passing grade counts as college credit at many American colleges and universities. Getting early college credits permits these students to partially or completely bypass the equivalent college course, giving them a head start.

IB stands for International Baccalaureate, which is a non-profit educational foundation that develops the intellectual, personal, emotional, and social skills that students aged 3 to 19 need to live, learn, and work in a rapidly globalizing world. It prepares students for success in college and their lives beyond. Students who enter the program must choose certain classes to fulfill program requirements. In order to be a part of the IB program, you must have a good academic record and pass the IB Test with a satisfactory grade.

The Secondary School Admission Test is used by many independent and private schools to determine whether or not to admit students grades 3-11. It measures a student’s verbal, quantitative, and reading skills with an emphasis in critical thinking and problem-solving skills.

This class is designed to help students meet and exceed their goals for the TOEFL test. Students will be counseled in any of the four areas (reading, listening, speaking, or writing) that they need to improve in. Sample tests are used to get students used to the format and difficulty level of the test, as well as to familiarize them with the type of material that the questions and prompts will be based off of. For the reading portion of the test, teachers will help students use techniques that will get them through the reading more quickly and efficiently. For the listening and speaking portions of the test, students will be given tips on how to take notes that will help them to answers the associated questions. Also, students will record many speaking responses in class, listen to them together with the teacher, and receive feedback on what could be done better. Finally, the writing portion will be worked on through at-home writing followed by in-class correction and feedback.

The Test of English for International Communication measures the everyday English skills of people working in an international environment. Students can take either the TOEIC Listening & Reading Test or the TOEIC Speaking & Writing Test. Scores are used by employers to determine a potential employee’s English fluency.

College Application

At Optimus, we are here to provide you with the best possible opportunity to gain entrance into the college of your choice by completing your application for you. Whether you want to attend an Ivy League school or a UC, we will apply for admission to the school of your choice. At Optimus, we want to make your transition to higher level education as easy and as memorable as possible. Let us take the stress of college applications off of you by letting us complete your application to a top college.
We can even take care of your Early Admission application for you. The application can be submitted to the College of your choice while you are still attending High School. This type of application is very important because you can only submit one Early Admission application to the school that you want to attend. Let us help you with your pursuit of a great college experience by helping you get into the college of your dreams!

At Optimus, we understand that college is quite expensive these days. We can search for the best methods to pay for the college of your choice. We can submit a FAFSA (free application for federal student aid) to see if you are eligible for government help with your college tuition. Federal subsidized and unsubsidized loans may also be an option. With a subsidized federal loan, the government will pay the loan’s interest while you are attending school. With an unsubsidized student loan from the government, you will be responsible for the interest on your loan but will have the option of deferring payments until after graduation. Additionally, you may be best suited for a Parent Plus loan or Perkins loan. Optimus can help you find the most beneficial way to help you fund your college journey.

There are scholarships available if you meet certain requirements, and at Optimus, we will find you the scholarships that you qualify for. Scholarships that are offered are most often related to your racial or financial background, field of study, sports, skills, interests, achievements, or other attributes--not only your G.P.A.. There are many opportunities for scholarships, and we will find the ones that can help you lessen the financial burden that is associated with attending a top college. Grants are another option you may have. Grants are a great way to make sure you finish college with as little debt as possible. When we file your FAFSA application, you will be informed of every possible grant that you qualify for.

When you choose the college that you want to attend, we will help you write your Personal Statement. The purpose of a personal statement is to show college admissions who you are as a person. This gives them a better idea of whether or not you would be a good fit at their school. This is an essay that is part of your application package and will be sent to the college you are applying to. When writing your personal statement essay, we will focus on two important items that most admission officers look for: 1). Providing evidence of your achievements that are not reflected in other parts of your admission application, and 2). How and why the events that you describe have shaped your attitude, focus, creativity, and intellect.

Nearly all high schools in California now have a community service requirement included. This means that a certain number of community service hours must be performed and recorded by the time students reach the end of their senior year. For most students, school schedules only become more hectic the closer they get to graduation. So, we always recommend that students begin working on their community service hours during their freshman year and complete them as soon as possible. We can help students get these hours in a consistent, reliable way. Join an Optimus instructor once a month to complete 4 hours of community service. At the end of the year, students will receive a certificate from Someone Cares Soup Kitchen for their completed hours. This is an easy, fun, and meaningful way for students to fulfill their community service requirement.

Competitions & Awards

The Congressional Award is a prestigious award that colleges love to see on applications because it is Congress’ only award for youth and recognizes student initiative, service, and achievement. In order to earn this award, students must engage in voluntary public service, personal development, physical fitness, and expedition/exploration. Optimus has options to help students meet all four of these requirements. Our instructors will act as your advisors who will review the requirements and guidelines, help you set goals, approve your goals, make sure you have qualified Validators, review your progress, and sign your Record Book.

In order to be eligible to participate in the Johns Hopkins CTY Summer Program, students must first achieve at least the minimum required score on an eligibility test (SAT, ACT, Advanced SCAT, and/or STB). We can help them reach that goal enrolling in one of our SAT classes or getting private help to practice.

Qualifying for the Julian C. Stanley Study of Exceptional Talent (SET) requires reaching a score of at least 700 on either the Mathematical or Verbal (Critical Reading) part of the SAT before the age of 13 (or score an additional ten points for each additional month of age). These are very difficult standards to meet, but they are made more achievable through help from one of our excellent Optimus teachers.

While being guided through the full writing process, students will learn what it takes to write works that meet competition guidelines. Students will read submissions from past winners of Scholastic Writing Awards and analyze what made these writers and their works successful. Multiple projects will be completed before choosing the final submission piece. Along the way, students can also enter other writing contests for additional feedback.

This class will prepare students to compete in local spelling bees by giving them the tools they need to help them spell both familiar and unfamiliar words. Students will keep a notebook in which they will write their new word list each week. Word lists are organized by levels and by themes, and there will be in-class spelling bees each week to quiz students on their list words from the prior week. Rather than merely spending every class spelling random words, teachers will go over language rules that will assist students in making educated guesses when spelling words they haven’t heard before. We will also be discussing the meanings of the words on our word lists each week so that students will not only know how to spell them but will also be able to understand and use them in their daily lives.

More than 40 countries around the world participate in this logic-based mathematics competition for students in grades 1 through 12. Participants have 75 minutes to complete up to 30 multiple choice questions with a maximum score of 150 points.

MATHCOUNTS is a national program for middle school students that gauges their mathematical abilities and involves them in enrichment, coaching, and competition. Students can compete individually or as part of a team in an environment that stimulates mathematical success. People who do well in MATHCOUNTS do well on the SAT.

This is a day-long event sponsored by the Orange County Math Council to promote excellence in mathematics, teamwork, goal achievement, and school spirit.

AMC stands for American Math Competition. The AMC 8 is an exam consisting of 25 multiple choice questions, varying in duration from 40 to 75 minutes based on difficulty. It is designed to promote the development and enhancement of problem solving skills as well as to distinguish exceptional students.


Optimus works together with some local charter schools to provide classes for homeschooled students. Each of these programs requires a background check on our instructors (in addition to the background check that Optimus performs upon hiring). We are currently accepting students from the following homeschool/charter school programs: If your child is enrolled in a different charter school program, or if you homeschool your child without affiliation to any public or private school program, please contact us at info@optimuslearningschool.com for more information about what classes we may be able to provide for your child.

Registration Procedure

Procedure A (Listed Charter Schools):

If you are currently part of one of the charter schools listed above, you may start by contacting us directly to choose which class option fits best for your child. Then, you will need to get your class request approved by the school before attending so that we may bill them accordingly. Once you've received approval, you can begin taking class and we will take care of the billing.

Procedure B (Unlisted Charter Schools):

If your charter school is NOT on the list above, you can contact your charter school and request that Optimus Learning School become a vendor. Optimus will go through the process of becoming a vendor, and you will then be able to follow procedure A for listed charter schools.

Procedure C (No Program Affiliation):

For students who are being homeschooled that are NOT involved in a charter school program, you may contact us directly. Regular tuition rates will apply.

Summer / Winter Schedule

Summer Calendar

Important Dates

First day of Summer Program Independence Day Last day of Summer Program
June 19, 2017 July 4, 2017 CLOSED August 25, 2017

There are four summer programs to choose from: Summer Schedule I that runs Monday-Thursday from 9:00am to 3:00pm, Summer Schedule II that runs Monday-Thursday from 9:00am-6:00pm, Summer Schedule III that runs Monday- Thursday from 9:00am-3:00pm, and Summer Schedule IV from Monday- Friday 9:00am to 6:00pm. All programs include instruction in reading, writing, math, science, presentation, and cooking. We also offer an early drop off at 8:00am during the Summer. Summer Schedule II and IV also adds homework help Monday-Thursday to make sure students get all the time and assistance needed to complete their summer OLS homework, as well as an art class and field trip that will take place on Fridays. The OLS Summer Program is a great way to keep students learning all through summer and prevent them from forgetting what they learned at school!

Each week is organized by a theme (such as Sci-Fi Week, History Week, and Around the World Week) that guide the activities students do in each of their classes that week. We have had great success using themes and find that students really look forward to finding out the next theme!

Most adults are terrified of public speaking. Optimus wants to get students comfortable with talking in front of their peers so that they will be better prepared to face the challenge later in life. Students must present something in front of the class. Sometimes, they can bring an item from home or choose an item from the classroom. However, we often ask students to complete a project (usually writing, drawing, or creating a prop for a skit) based on the topic of the day to present to their classmates.

Students love to get hands-on in this class! We get students thinking about how and why things work the way they do, how technology and products have changed over time, or what might happen in a certain experiment. Many of our experiments use common materials so that students can recreate the experiment at home if desired.

This is usually students’ favorite class! The instructors choose and prepare a food that fits the theme of the week. Students learn about where the dish originated, what each ingredient is, and how the food is usually prepared/served/eaten. Before the food is made, students will create their own recipe card for the recipe. After the food has been made, students sample the food and discuss their thoughts about it. On the last week of the summer program, each student’s recipe cards will be bound together and turned into a recipe book that they can take home. (Note: For safety reasons, students are not always allowed to participate in the actual preparation of the food, but the process is always demonstrated and explained before students are given a sample to try.)

Each week, students will learn about and practice a new type of art, using that week’s theme for inspiration. Students enjoy the chance to be creative and let their imaginations run free!

Past field trips have included places such as the beach, the zoo, the OC Fair, Sky Zone, and the movies. Locations for field trips are decided based on the number, ages, and interests of students who are attending. (Note: Students who are NOT signed up for Summer Schedule II may still attend field trips if space is available. Please speak to the Director to find out what the extra cost will be.)

Summer Program Morning Details**

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Book Club:

Comprehension Questions Discussion

Book Club:

Vocabulary Homework Review and Quiz

Writing Club:

Grammar Lesson or Plan & Write Essay

Math Club:

Common Core Word Problems Focus
Field Trips or Special Projects
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Math Club:

Daily Lesson

Math Club:

Daily Lesson

Math Club:

Daily Lesson

Math Club:

Daily Lesson

Book Club: We read one book per week during summer program. All of the books are chosen during the first week by the teacher with student input and students are responsible for getting their own copies of the books ahead of time (either by purchasing them or by checking them out at the public library). Students are required to read the whole book, answer approximately 20-30 short answer comprehension questions, and define and create sentences for approximately 20-30 vocabulary words from the book. This homework is completed online and then discussed in our Book Club classes.

Writing Club: The work completed in this class varies depending on the grade. For lower grades, the focus is often on simple grammar and personal narratives or creative stories. As the grade increases, so do the expectations, with more complex grammar lessons and emphasis on a combination of expository and persuasive writing.

Math Club: We will be previewing the material they will be seeing in the next grade. We aim to preview approximately 2/3 of next year’s curriculum using the same Common Core curriculum and instruction methods used by the local districts. Because so many students struggle the most with word problems, we have added an extra hour on Thursdays dedicated to learning techniques to help students correctly interpret and solve Common Core word problems.

**Our official summer program coincides with the schedule of our local Brea Olinda Unified School District. Students whose districts get out early and who begin our summer program prior to the official start date will be working in combined grade classes and will be reviewing the math they just learned that year. This will help them to prepare for the preview of next year’s math concepts, which will begin the first official week of our summer program.

Preschool Summer Schedule

Time Mon Tue Wed Thurs
9:00-12:00 GABE/ART Phonics LEGO Building Phonics

Kindergarten Summer Schedule

Time Mon Tue Wed Thurs Fri
9:00-12:00 LEGO Math BOOK LEGO Math BOOK Art OR Field Trip
12:00-1:00 Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch
1:00-3:00 Presentation Science Presentation Cooking Art OR Field Trip
3:00-6:00 Homework Homework Homework Homework

1st-6th Summer Schedule I

Time Mon Tue Wed Thurs
9:00-10:00 Grammar/Writing BOOK Grammar/Writing BOOK
10:00-12:00 Math Math Math Math
12:00-1:00 Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch
1:00-3:00 Presentation Science Presentation Cooking

1st-6th Summer Schedule II

Time Mon Tue Wed Thurs
9:00-10:00 Grammar/Writing BOOK Grammar/Writing BOOK
10:00-12:00 Math Math Math Math
12:00-1:00 Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch
1:00-3:00 Presentation Science Presentation Cooking
3:00-6:00 Homework Homework Homework Homework

1st-6th Summer Schedule III

Time Mon Tue Wed Thurs Fri
9:00-10:00 Grammar/Writing BOOK Grammar/Writing BOOK Art OR Field Trip
10:00-12:00 Math Math Math Math
12:00-1:00 Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch
1:00-3:00 Presentation Science Presentation Cooking Art OR Field Trip

1st-6th Summer Schedule IV

Time Mon Tue Wed Thurs Fri
9:00-10:00 Grammar/Writing BOOK Grammar/Writing BOOK Art OR Field Trip
10:00-12:00 Math Math Math Math
12:00-1:00 Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch
1:00-3:00 Presentation Science Presentation Cooking Art OR Field Trip
3:00-6:00 Homework Homework Homework Homework

7th-8th Summer Schedule I

Time Mon Tue Wed Thurs
9:00-10:00 Grammar/Writing BOOK Grammar/Writing Book
10:00-12:00 Math Math Math Math
12:00-1:00 Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch
1:00-3:00 Homework Homework Homework Homework

7th-8th Summer Schedule II

Time Mon Tue Wed Thurs
9:00-10:00 Grammar/Writing BOOK Grammar/Writing Book
10:00-12:00 Math Math Math Math
12:00-1:00 Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch
1:00-3:00 Homework Homework Homework Homework
3:00-6:00 Independent Study Independent Study Independent Study Independent Study

7th-8th Summer Schedule III

Time Mon Tue Wed Thurs Fri
9:00-10:00 Grammar/Writing BOOK Grammar/Writing Book Current Event Reading & Writing
10:00-12:00 Math Math Math Math
12:00-1:00 Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch
1:00-3:00 Homework Homework Homework Homework Independent Study

7th-8th Summer Schedule IV

Time Mon Tue Wed Thurs Fri
9:00-10:00 Grammar/Writing BOOK Grammar/Writing Book Current Event Reading & Writing
10:00-12:00 Math Math Math Math
12:00-1:00 Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch
1:00-3:00 Homework Homework Homework Homework Independent Study
3:00-6:00 Independent Study Independent Study Independent Study Independent Study

SAT Summer Schedule

Time Mon Tue Wed Thurs Fri
9:00-12:00 W & G Math C.R. Test (9:00-1:00) Test Review (9:00-1:00)
Time Mon Tue Wed Thurs Fri
3:00-6:00 W & G Math C.R. Test (3:00-7:00). Test Review (2:00-6:00))

Winter (IB Prep)

This program is offered for two weeks in December and will prepare students to pass the International Baccalaureate Entrance Exam that takes place in January. Students who wish to attend Troy High School, Sunny Hills High School, Sonora High School, or Valencia High School will need to pass this exam in order to be placed in the IB program.

Summer Registration Deadline

The deadline to sign up for guaranteed enrollment in our summer program is March 31st! Past this date, we reserve the right to stop enrolling students once our space limits are met. So, if you want to make sure your students will be able to attend our fantastic summer program, be sure to enroll them before the registration deadline!

Summer Lunch Menu & Policy

Students can choose to purchase lunch for a fee of $5 per meal ($25 per week of attendance). Lunches are catered from local restaurants and come prepackaged. We cannot take special requests. Students with allergies may sign up for the lunch program at their own risk. Lunches must be prepaid at the start of summer. For this reason, you must sign up for all of the days you will attend in summer or none at all. We cannot accommodate requests for lunches on only certain days of the week. For students who choose to bring packed lunches from home instead of signing up for the lunch program, we do not order extra lunches and therefore cannot accommodate last minute lunch requests (even if you send your child to Optimus with $5 one day).

Please read our blog to see how Optimus students spend their lunch time. Click here to see the summer lunch menu.

Online Classes

Online book clubs focus heavily on discussion. Students will read half of the chosen book each week and complete the comprehension questions and vocabulary homework on our website prior to class. During class, the teacher will use the comprehension questions as a guide to get students talking about the book and point them towards more critical thinking. Following the book discussion, vocabulary will be discussed to correct any misunderstandings about the meaning or usage of each word. Students will also be quizzed on past words.

This class begins with a short discussion of the topic to explain any concepts from the prompt that students might be unfamiliar with and get students brainstorming about the subject. Students are then given approximately 30 minutes to write. Following the writing period, essays are revised by the teacher and students are given feedback on how they can improve their writing. If time permits, a second essay will be written.

1. Get an Optimus Account

Contact Optimus Learning School to receive a username and password that will give you access to the placement test on our website.

2. Take a Placement Test

This test will help us to determine your level and place you with other students who are around the same level. This test was NOT designed by Optimus. We use the CST (the California Standards Test), which is used by the entire state of California to assess if students are performing at grade level. We use it because it is an extremely reliable test.
Take the test by going to http://optimuslearningschool.com.
In the upper right-hand corner, click “MyOLS”. This will take you to the sign-in page. Type in your email address and the password you received when you made your account with Optimus. Click on “Placement Test” to begin the test. You are limited to 120 minutes (2 hours). After you finish the test, complete it by clicking “submit.”

3. Get Your Result

The placement test measures a student’s reading and writing abilities. Reading is tested through Word Analysis, Vocabulary Development, Reading Comprehension, and Literary Response and Analysis. Writing is tested through Written Conventions, Writing Strategies, and Writing Application. Your score will be emailed to you. We will call you to confirm your score and discuss the result in detail.

4. Make a Google+ Account

If you already have a Google email account (gmail), you can use it to sign in to Google+. If you don’t, please follow the steps below. First, visit https://plus.google.com. You may need to install a program in order to use Google+ hangouts. Below the sign-in box, click “Create an Account”. This will create an email account through gmail and let you choose a password. Return to https://plus.google.com and use your gmail address and password to sign in. We will contact you by phone and help you test Google+ hangouts to make sure everything is working.

5. First Class Observation

For the first class, you will just observe to see how the class works, what the teacher is like, and if you would like to sign up to take the class.

6. Pay

Once you have decided to join the class, you can pay and have the class added to your class schedule. Payments can be made using a credit card. A receipt will be directly emailed to

you after a payment is made.

7. Take the Class

Sign in to Google+ on the day of your class at the specified time. Wait for the teacher to invite you to the Google+ hangout. Enjoy the class!.

e-Learning Program

We have launched an online program to help students of all ages work on vocabulary and reading comprehension from the comfort of their own homes and on their own schedules. Choose from many popular titles as well as fantastic children’s classics and Greek and Roman myths. For more information, please read our blog and check out our e-Learning website.

F-1 Student Visa

Did you know that our sister company, Optimus Language School, can issue I-20 forms for F-1 visa students? If you or a family member wants to study English, or if you are an F-1 student already studying at another school and wanting to transfer, let us serve you! For more information, please check out our language school website.