Summer Institute + La Salle Academy (grades 5-6)

The La Salle Academy is a series of one-week enrichment courses for motivated students entering the 5th and 6th grades.

These courses are specifically designed for students to explore exciting topics not typically offered at their grade level, and to collaborate with others who share a similar intellectual curiosity. Weeks are filled with project-based assignments, labs and field trips. Courses run from 9 am–3 pm daily with a lunch break from noon–1 pm. Lunch is included!

Please note that these courses are NOT for students interested in traditional grade level reinforcement or grade recovery. Students must be motivated to learn in a project-based, collaborative learning environment in order to have a meaningful experience in the La Salle Academy.

Summer 2018 information is now available! Registration available on February 15, 2018 at noon.

Cost Per Week (includes lunch)

Early Bird Special: $325
After April 19, 2018:

View 2018 Courses:

June 11-15, 2018 | 9 am to 3 pm

Young artists will explore a diversity of expression through a range of mediums, playful exercises and fun-filled projects. Beginning and advanced students will get an opportunity to develop skills in watercolor, acrylic painting, stamping, colored pencil and more. With an emphasis on... Read More

June 18-22, 2018 | 9 am to 3 pm

Scratch is a popular block programming tool created by MIT, used worldwide by hundreds of thousands of students to create games and other programs. This class is recommended for Scratch newbies. It begins with the basics of block programming, moves to creating games and character interactions,... Read More

June 25-29, 2018 | 9 am to 3 pm

Enjoy an introduction to musical theater through hands-on improvisation and acting techniques, rudimentary study of the mechanics of a song and the exploration of dance techniques. Participants will learn individually and as members of a group. The workshop will culminate with an open... Read More

July 2-6, 2018 (Holiday on July 4) | 9 am to 3 pm

In this course we will take a look at how new media helps shape the field of journalism. Students will be exposed to examples of how the immediacy of the digital age has changed the way we read and write about the news. Students will get the chance to develop their interviewing skills by asking... Read More

July 9-13, 2018 | 9 am to 3 pm

Living in the Bay Area, we are surrounded by a seasonal bounty of foods. Help your family make the most of your surroundings by learning to think critically and creatively about the food you eat. Learn to incorporate whole, natural and local foods into everyday cooking. Students will learn to... Read More

July 16 - 20, 2018 | 9am - 3pm

A picture is worth a thousand words! Knowing how to manipulate images through both camera and production techniques is the key to telling intriguing stories through photographs. Students will learn the fundamentals of composition, depth of field, and lighting, then take their skills to the... Read More