Lower School Summer Classes

Lower School Summer Experience classes serve students entering grades 2-8.

1st Session Classes: July 8-12

Fierce Females

Date and Time: July 8-12, Morning (8:30-11:30)
Student Age: Girls entering grades 6-9
 
In this course, girls will explore their self-talk and identify when it is coming from their inner-critic versus their inner-mentor. They will use this awareness to acknowledge their strengths and stretches as we work to build a strong foundation of self-confidence. Girls will use these tools and strategies to work from their inner strength to become advocates for themselves and others.

English Language Pronounciation and Speech

Date and Time: July 8-12, Morning (8:30-11:30)
Student Age: Entering grades 2-5
 
Come and explore English as a Second Language with us! This fun, interactive class for beginning to intermediate speakers will help you learn and practice your English. The focus will be on improving pronunciation and speech development. In addition, students will gain experience listening, reading and writing through Mrs. Setoguchi’s self-designed curriculum. Students will be using technology, film, video and music in class.

Clay and Printmaking Workshop

Date and Time: July 8-12, Morning (8:30-11:30)
Student Age: Entering grades 5-12
 
In this class, students will use basic hand-building techniques – pinching, coiling and slabs to create ceramic sculptural and functional pottery and learn about the basics of relief printmaking. By the end of the class students will have created a sculpture and/or functional piece of pottery, and they will have a good understanding of how printmaking works as well as multi-copy editions of their work

Rainy Day Cooking: Food and Art

Date and Time: July 8-12, Afternoon (12:00-3:00)
Student Age: Entering grades 2-4
 
Rainy Day Dinner Club offers week-long, 3-hour cooking camp with a focus on baking. We will discuss the importance of: local ingredients, scratch cooking, and natural preservatives. While our food is cooking we will step out of the kitchen and play with our food! From vegetable stamps to building graham cracker fairy houses, campers will leave with a new appreciation of food! Like Dinner Club, on the last day of class students will take home a dinner that serves 4-6 with baking instructions, providing their family with dinner!

Wonders of the Woods

Date and Time: July 8-12, Afternoon (12:00-3:00)
Student Age: Entering grades 4-6
 
We'll get outside an explore the wonders of the woods here at Forest Ridge and beyond. Hiking to a new location from campus or at Cougar Mountain park, you'll learn to navigate by topographic map, track animals, and identify plants.

Destination Science: Physics Coaster Magic

Date and Time: July 8-12, All day (8:30-3:00)
Student Age: Entering grades 2-5
 
Build a Magnetic Coaster & learn the science behind the magic show! Explore physics while building Magneto-Screamer, your very own roller coaster. Engineer games like mini golf, frog bowling, baseball science and more. Amaze your family and friends as you master the science behind disappearing magic tricks, mirrors, lights, chemical reactions and eye-opening experiments all week!

2nd Session Classes: July 15-19

Wizards on the Ridge

Date and Time: July 15-19, Morning (8:30-11:30)
Student Age: Entering grades 2-5
 
Still waiting for your letter from Hogwarts? Keep your spellcasting sharp at the Ridge School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. You’ll create your own spell book, brew potions, discover the magical properties of plants, and battle the dark arts in our own not-so-forbidden forest. Young witches and wizards of any experience level are welcome!

Little Hands Creations: Machine Sewing

Date and Time: July 15-19, Morning (8:30-11:30)
Student Age: Entering grades 2-8
 
Students are invited to learn a skill they will use for a lifetime and a hobby they will forever enjoy…sewing! No experience necessary for boys and girls to learn the basics and beyond. New students will learn machine safety and beginner sewing techniques, while the more experienced students can expand on skills they already have. The class will begin with a simple project, then students will advance at their own pace to more exciting and challenging projects throughout the session. This class is designed to teach children with both beginning and advanced skills. Projects, which are constantly rotating during the quarter, include backpacks, phone cases, clothing, accessories, bags, games, stuffed animal and more!

Video Production

Date and Time: July 15-19, Morning (8:30-11:30)
Student Age: Entering grades 5-8
 
This class is focused on hands-on collaborative exploration of the film-making process. After a quick mastery of proper camera and tripod use, students will gain a basic understanding of frame composition, practice various types of filming shots, and learn some framing “tricks of the trade.” Students also will learn how to create storyboards to plan and film their original ideas. Much of the class time will be devoted to small group work filming and editing these projects. Students will use Adobe Premiere editing software to practice capturing and cutting footage, using layers of film and audio tracks, adding transitions and credits, and exporting the final productions.

Destination Science: Rocket Science and Beyond

Date and Time: July 15-19, All day (8:30-3:00)
Student Age: Entering grades 2-5
 
3..2..1.. Lift Off! Your mission: Build a Roaring Rocket and a new planetary Rover to investigate endangered animal-like aliens on a distant planet. Time to save our own animal kingdom from extinction. Discover space with sun prints, telescopes, and experiment with much more.

Forensic Biochemistry

Date and Time: July 15-19, Afternoon (12:00-3:00)
Student Age: Entering grades 6-8
 
In this camp, you'll use chemistry, biology, the tools of forensic science and--most importantly--critical thinking to solve crimes. Learn how to identify mystery substances with a microscope, isolate DNA, and run gel electrophoresis match a suspect’s DNA to the crime.

Little Hands Creations: Jewelry Making

Date and Time: July 15-19, Afternoon (12:00-3:00)
Student Age: Entering grades 2-8
 
Take your accessory game to the next level with our Jewelry design class! Students will start with simple projects like shrinky dinks, clay beads, and macrame, before moving on to more complex techniques with wire wrapping, chain and leather work, beading and weaving. Students will be creating layered necklaces, chandelier earrings, gemstone rings, and anything else they can dream up! We’ll be using organic and re-purposed materials, fun gemstones, studs, and rhinestones.

Experiment: Hands on Science

Date and Time: July 15-19, Afternoon (12:00-3:00)
Student Age: Entering grades 2-6
 
Do you love the kind of science that requires a labcoat and goggles? Do you love exploring new questions and ideas about the world around you? This class will focus on a different area of science every day, but will always be about active and hands-on discovery. From exploding volcanoes to dancing raisins to edible comets, we will be busy having fun with our learning, and we will leave room to explore some of your questions as well. Come with an open mind and lots of energy, and you will leave confident in yourself as a scientist!

3rd Session Classes: July 22-26

Engineering Design

Date and Time: July 22-26, Morning (8:30-11:30)
Student Age: Entering grades 5-7
 
Engineers solve problems. In Engineering Design, students will work together to solve creative design challenges, build structures, and create beautiful, functional products. The Innovation and Fabrication Shop at Forest Ridge will give your engineer access to high- and low-tech tools that allow them to ask big questions, imagine and plan solutions, and create and improve products.

ChickTech Robotics for Girls

Date and Time: July 22-26, Morning (8:30-11:30)
Student Age: Entering grades 2-8
 
Ready, set - Go, robot! Join ChickTech for a class that will focus on exploring and programing small robots (Ozobots). We'll have a range of robots available - including special guest, Rosie from Forest Ridge! This class will include lots of hands-on learning and tinkering. We hope to see you there!

Little Hands Creations: Fashion Design

Date and Time: July 22-26, All day (8:30-3:00)
Student Age: Entering grades 2-8
 
Get ready for Project Runway, Forest Ridge Edition! This week, your student will be tapping into their fashion design abilities by drawing, designing, and sewing a complete look from their own imagination! After sketching their design, students will consult with a personal shopper who will scour local fabric stores to pick out their materials. Students will the have the rest of the week to ‘make it work!’ On the final day of class, there will be a fashion show in the classroom. Please note this class has a prerequisite of a beginners sewing class from Little Hands Creations.

Rainy Day Cooking: Advanced Baking

Date and Time: July 22-26, Afternoon (12:00-3:00)
Student Age: Entering grades 3-5
 
From pastries to pies to mousses and lava cakes, students will brainstorm and vote on what they want to learn to make. Exploring the importance of: local ingredients, scratch cooking and natural preservatives, we will discuss the science of baking and the roles ingredients play in making our baked goods. While our confections are cooking, we will cover basic knife skills and food safety. We end the week by making dinner that will be baked at home to be enjoyed by their families!

Science, Cooking, and Nutrition

Date and Time: July 22-26, Afternoon (12:00-3:00)
Student Age: Entering grades 7-12
 
In this hands-on science class, we’ll study the fundamental biological, chemical, and physical scientific principles of food while cooking delicious and nutritious recipes. Each day we’ll create a dish and explore the chemical reactions taking place within the foods as well as the nutrients they provide for our bodies. Examples of topics include: elasticity of bread dough, the chemistry of ice cream, and creating a healthy brownie. The fee includes ingredients.

4th Session Classes: July 29-August 2

Little Hands Creations: Fiber Arts and Crafts

Date and Time: July 29-August 2, Morning (8:30-11:30)
Student Age: Entering grades 2-8
 
Expand your imagination and get creative! This class will explore different techniques in fiber arts and other unique crafts. Fun new projects each quarter! Students will have the opportunity to work with both 2D and 3D materials to create unique and exciting artwork. Projects range from textile art, including knitting, weaving, and fabric printing, to paper crafts and stamp making. This class is designed to explore students' creative minds and teach both beginning and advanced techniques. Kids spend each class learning a new skill and get to take home a handmade piece of art, that they can be proud of. All supplies included, let’s get creative!

Entrepreneurship: Pop Up Shop

Date and Time: July 29-August 2, Morning (8:30-11:30)
Student Age: Entering grades 4-6
 
Being an entrepreneur isn't really a job, it's a mindset. Entrepreneurs know how to define problems, brainstorm widely, build empathy with their customers, evaluate opportunities with a critical eye, and prototype quickly. Throughout the week you'll work through the many stages of starting a business, including doing customer research and developing a marketing strategy, so that you're ready for our Friday Pop-Up Shop, where you'll share your products with the Forest Ridge community.

Rainy Day Cooking: Advanced Baking

Date and Time: July 29-August 2, Afternoon (12:00-3:00)
Student Age: Entering grades 4-8
 
From pastries to pies to mousses and lava cakes, students will brainstorm and vote on what they want to learn to make. Exploring the importance of: local ingredients, scratch cooking and natural preservatives, we will discuss the science of baking and the roles ingredients play in making our baked goods. While our confections are cooking, we will cover basic knife skills and food safety. We end the week by making dinner that will be baked at home to be enjoyed by their families!

Forest Ridge Theater

Date and Time: July 29-August 2, Afternoon (12:00-3:00)
Student Age: Entering grades 2-5
 
Forest Ridge Summer Drama is a student-centered experience focused on working together to hone basic acting skills, create characters, cultivate creativity, and improve confidence, all while experiencing the vital art of collaboration. This high-energy class will act as a springboard for students who know they love the theater!
 
Throughout the week, we will focus on becoming an ensemble through dynamic and challenging games and exercises. Simultaneously we will work with a script, rehearse our skit, and perform it for our friends, family, and community. Shows under consideration include Aladdin, Peter Pan, and The Little Mermaid. Regular attendance is required and there will be some practice needed at home. All levels are welcome!

Girls Who Code: Introduction to Computer Science

Date and Time: July 29-August 9, All day (9:00-4:00)
Student Age: Girls ages 10-14
 
Join Girls Who Code, a national leader in closing the gender gap in technology, for a two-week intensive learning experience. In this course, girls use Scratch and Makey Makey to explore the fundamentals and creative power of computer science and physical computing. During week one, girls build projects designed to teach core programming concepts like loops, variables, conditionals, and functions. In the afternoons, they dive into the world of physical computer with Makey Makey, learning, about circuits, and creating devices that interact with the programs they code. In week two, girls design, build, and present a team project about a topic that matters to them. Other topics covered: debugging, prototyping and testing, project management, bravery, and resilience.
 
To register for this class, please click HERE.

Dance Intensive

Date and Time: July 29-August 2, All day (9:00-2:00)
Student Age: Entering grades 7-12
 
This one-week Intensive is perfect for the student who has a full summer but wants to include a bit of the Artist Life! Come dance, grow, laugh, sweat your way through a challenging week with classes including, but not limited to: Hip Hop, Turns and Progressions, Musical Theater Dance, Ballet, and more! This intensive is focused on physical confidence and experiential training.

Destination Science: Robot Challengers and Reaction Racers

Date and Time: July 29-August 2, All day (8:30-3:00)
Student Age: Entering grades 2-5
 
Construct your own Volcanic Robot Crawler & Motocross Racer. Enter the world of volcanic eruptions and accept the challenge to excavate crystal minerals with your very own Robot Lava Crawler. Design, construct & operate a criss-cross Racer on a kid-made motocross track. Delve into electricity with light-up Lego blocks and technic light spinners, bubble machines, drones and much more.

5th Session Classes: August 12-16

Girl Boss Sports Soccer Camp

Date and Time: August 12-16, 9:00-4:00
Student Age: Girls entering grades 5-12
 
The Girl Boss Sports Soccer Camp is designed for the 5th - 12th grade female soccer player in your life who is ready to take her game to the next level. Campers will learn different (age and developmentally appropriate) technical skills each day with an additional focus on soccer-specific body movements and developing the mentality to be successful as a female athlete both on AND off soccer field. The camp is entirely led by female soccer coaches who can become dynamic role-models for your daughter and help her learn to "play like a girl." Drop-off is between 8:30-9:00 and pick-up time is 4:00.

FR Explorations: August 21-22

MS New Student Orientation

Date and Time: August 21-22, 8:30-3:00
Student Age: Girls entering Forest Ridge grades 5-8
 
New students, get a jump start on your FR experience with Summer Explorations. Explore what is means to be part of a Sacred Heart community. Learn about traditions like cache-cache, gouter, conge, and more! Play team-building games, learn your way around campus and get to know the other girls at your new school. Explore the technology and tools available to you in the middle school. Practice using Forest Ridge laptop and try out some new programs. Spend some time getting acquainted with the Fabrication and Innovation Shop and our Digital Media Lab and learn how you can use these spaces to create stop-motion films, 3-D models and more to create projects for you classes. It's a great way to gear up for the beginning of the school year!