In-Person Summer Camp

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 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.

Weekly Theme

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!

Book Club

We read one book per week during the 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.

**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.

Presentation

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.

Science Projects

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.

Cooking

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. In 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.)

Art

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!

Summer Program Morning Schedule Details
Schedule
Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
9:00am - 10:00am Writing Club: Grammar Lesson or Plan & Write Essay Book Club: Comprehension Questions and Discussion Writing Club: Grammar Lesson or Plan & Write Essay Book Club: Vocabulary Homework Review Quiz Outdoor or Indoor Activity
10:00am - 12:00pm Math Club: Daily Lesson Math Club: Daily Lesson Math Club: Daily Lesson Math Club: Daily Lesson Outdoor or Indoor Activity
Summer Program Morning Schedule Details
Schedule
Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
9:00am - 10:00am Writing Club: Grammar Lesson or Plan & Write Essay Book Club: Comprehension Questions and Discussion Writing Club: Grammar Lesson or Plan & Write Essay Book Club: Vocabulary Homework Review Quiz Outdoor or Indoor Activity
10:00am - 12:00pm Math Club: Daily Lesson Math Club: Daily Lesson Math Club: Daily Lesson Math Club: Daily Lesson Outdoor or Indoor Activity
K-6th Summer Schedule I

Tuition $175 / week (Limited to 10 students / Class)

Schedule
Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
9:00am - 10:00am Grammar / Writing Book Grammar / Writing Book
10:00am - 12:00pm Math Math Math Math
12:00pm - 1:00pm Math Math Math Math
1:00pm - 3:00pm Presentation Science Presentation Cooking
K-6th Summer Schedule II

Tuition $200 / week (Limited to 10 students / Class)

Schedule
Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
9:00am - 10:00am Grammar / Writing Book Grammar / Writing Book
10:00am - 12:00pm Math Math Math Math
12:00pm - 1:00pm Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch
1:00pm - 3:00pm Presentation Science Presentation Cooking
3:00pm - 6:00pm Homework Homework Homework Homework
K-6th Summer Schedule III

Tuition $200 / week (Limited to 10 students / Class)

Schedule
Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
9:00am - 10:00am Grammar / Writing Book Grammar / Writing Book Outdoor / Indoor Activity
10:00am - 12:00pm Math Math Math Math Outdoor / Indoor Activity
12:00pm - 1:00pm Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch
1:00pm - 3:00pm Presentation Science Presentation Cooking Movies at OLS
K-6th Summer Schedule IV

Tuition $225 / week (Limited to 10 students / Class)

Schedule
Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
9:00am - 10:00am Grammar / Writing Book Grammar / Writing Book Outdoor / Indoor Activity
10:00am - 12:00pm Math Math Math Math Outdoor / Indoor Activity
12:00pm - 1:00pm Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch
1:00pm - 3:00pm Presentation Science Presentation Cooking Movies at OLS
3:00pm - 6:00pm Homework Homework Homework Homework Art
7th - 8th Summer Schedule I

Tuition $200 / week (Limited to 10 students / Class)

Schedule
Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
9:00am - 10:00am Grammar / Writing Book Grammar / Writing Book
10:00am - 12:00pm Math Math Math Math
12:00pm - 1:00pm Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch
1:00pm - 3:00pm Homework Homework Homework Homework
7th - 8th Summer Schedule II

Tuition $225 / week (Limited to 10 students / Class)

Schedule
Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
9:00am - 10:00am Grammar / Writing Book Grammar / Writing Book
10:00am - 12:00pm Math Math Math Math
12:00pm - 1:00pm Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch
1:00pm - 3:00pm Homework Homework Homework Homework
3:00pm - 6:00pm Self-study Self-study Self-study Self-study
7th-8th Summer Schedule III

Tuition $225 / week (Limited to 10 students / Class)

Schedule
Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
9:00am - 10:00am Grammar / Writing Book Grammar / Writing Book Outdoor / Indoor Activity
10:00am - 12:00pm Math Math Math Math Outdoor / Indoor Activity
12:00pm - 1:00pm Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch
1:00pm - 3:00pm Presentation Science Presentation Cooking Self-Study
7th - 8th Summer Schedule IV

Tuition $250 / week (Limited to 10 students / Class)

Schedule
Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
9:00am - 10:00am Grammar / Writing Book Grammar / Writing Book Outdoor / Indoor Activity
10:00am - 12:00pm Math Math Math Math Outdoor / Indoor Activity
12:00pm - 1:00pm Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch
1:00pm - 3:00pm Presentation Science Presentation Cooking Self-Study
3:00pm - 6:00pm Self-Study Self-Study Self-Study Self-Study Self-Study