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Pre-College Enrichment Courses

Browse through the complete list of course options available on our Pre-College Enrichment summer programs. Click below to see course descriptions and available programs.

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Advertising, Media & Branding

This course introduces students to the key concepts and practices that underpin successful advertising and brand communications. Students learn how to select appropriate media for these communications and develop an understanding of trends, visual thinking, creative brief development, marketing principles, brand communications, media relations and client/agency relationships.

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Business Entrepreneurship: McGill

Have you ever thought about starting your own business? You will learn the fundamental tools and techniques necessary to launch your own company. After you review all the steps to create and maintain your own business venture, you have the opportunity to try your new skills and will develop and present a professional business plan.

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Business Entrepreneurship: UCLA

This intensive hands-on entrepreneurship program focuses on all facets of business plan development. Learn to assess the competitive entrepreneurial environment, develop a venture concept and growth strategies, create marketing approaches, build a cohesive management team, launch operations and develop financial projections. During the program, participants work as a team to create a business and on the final day, each team presents their business plan and participates in a friendly “shark tank” type competition.

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Business Management

This course is designed to engage you in learning about the importance of management in a global business environment. Develop your managerial skills through case studies, role-plays, in-class discussions, guest speakers and active class participation.

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Business: Entrepreneurship

This intensive hands-on entrepreneurship program focuses on all facets of business plan development. Learn to assess the competitive entrepreneurial environment, develop a venture concept and growth strategies, create marketing approaches, build a cohesive management team, launch operations and develop financial projections. During the program, participants work as a team to create a business and on the final day, each team presents their business plan and participates in a friendly “shark tank” type competition.

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Entrepreneurship

Have you ever thought about starting your own business? You will learn the fundamental tools and techniques necessary to launch your own company. After you review all the steps to create and maintain your own business venture, you have the opportunity to try your new skills and develop a professional business plan.

Limit of 25 students. Offered June 28-July 9 and July 19-30.

International Business & World Financial Markets: Florence

Explore the dynamics of the world financial and business markets. You will be introduced to the Italian family business model in the local Florence community and its significance to the social and economic fabric of Italy in an increasingly global environment. The forming of the European Union, the Euro currency and current events challenging the markets will be covered.

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International Business & World Financial Markets: UCLA

Examine the dynamic world of international business, globalization and how global markets work. You will learn about the international flow of goods and services, trade agreements, investment, foreign currency and regulation. You’ll be introduced to business problems and work on strategies to resolve them in the context of current events, both in the U.S. and abroad.

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International Business & World Markets

Examine the dynamic world of international business, globalization and how global markets work. You will learn about the international flow of goods and services, trade agreements, investment, foreign currency and regulation. You’ll be introduced to business problems and work on strategies to resolve them in the context of current events, both in the U.S. and abroad.

Limit of 25 students. Offered August 2-6 in the afternoon and August 9-13 in the afternoon.

International Business and World Markets

Examine the dynamic world of international business, globalization and how global markets work. You will learn about the international flow of goods and services, trade agreements, investment, foreign currency and regulation. You’ll be introduced to business problems and work on strategies to resolve them in the context of current events, both in the U.S. and abroad.

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International Business in a Globalized World

This course explores the complexities and challenges of running a business in culturally diverse circumstances and examines how cultural diversity can lead to competitive advantages. Topics include company policy and strategy, vision and mission, ethics and human resources management. Other aspects demonstrate a company’s internal environment, joint ventures and international expansion.

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Investing in the Stock Market

Before you invest in the stock market, it’s important that you understand the basics of finance, the components of an investment portfolio and the underlying mechanics of the markets. This course gives you a detailed overview of investing in the stock market and offers you many tools and techniques needed to invest. Get the chance to meet and chat with some investment professionals including a wealth manager and investment analyst. Practice by investing in a simulated stock market competition.

Limit of 25 students. Offered July 19-30.

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Investing in the Stock Market

Before you invest in the stock market, it’s important you understand the basics of finance, the components of an investment portfolio and the underlying mechanics of the markets. This course gives you a detailed overview of investing in the stock market and offers you many tools and techniques needed to invest. Get the chance to meet and chat with some investment professionals including a wealth manager and investment analyst.

Limit of 25 students. Offered July 12-16 in the afternoon and August 2-6 in the morning.

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Leadership & Organizational Behavior

Develop core leadership skills and enhance your ability to communicate effectively with others. This course will help strengthen your people and professional management skills that are key to successful leadership in any field. You will examine individuals’ perceptions, attitudes, and behaviors enabling you as a leader to choose the appropriate leadership style and managerial practices to increase organization effectiveness and positive relationships.

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Leadership & Organizational Behavior

Develop core leadership skills and enhance your ability to communicate effectively with others. This course will help strengthen your people and professional management skills that are key to successful leadership in any field. You will examine individuals’ perceptions, attitudes, and behaviors enabling you as a leader to choose the appropriate leadership style and managerial practices to increase organization effectiveness and positive relationships.

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Online Marketing with Digital Apps

Videos are no longer just entertainment, they are rapidly overtaking traditional marketing techniques. “If a picture is worth a thousand words, then a video has to be worth at least 1.8 million words.” (Forrester Research). This course gives you the key tools to plan and produce your own promotional video using the latest digital apps. You also learn how to promote your video via social media channels.

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Personal Finance for Teens

What is money? How do you manage personal finances?  Many high school students graduate with little understanding of budgeting, assets and liabilities, creating wealth, debt, and setting goals to live the life they want in the future.  This course will set the foundation needed to create responsibility and reach future financial goals.

Limit of 25 students. Offered in the morning August 2-6.

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Personal Finance for Teens: Budgeting, Spending & Saving

What is money? How do you manage personal finances?  Many high school students graduate with little understanding of budgeting, assets and liabilities, creating wealth, debt, and setting goals to live the life they want. Dive into the world of financial literacy and walk away with a better understanding of your own money personality and the financial goals you need for your future

Limit of 25 students. Offered June 28-July 9.

Personal Finance for Teens: Budgeting, Spending & Saving

What is money? How do you manage personal finances?  Many high school students graduate with little understanding of budgeting, assets, and liabilities, creating wealth, debt, and setting goals to live the life they want. Dive into the world of financial literacy and walk away with a better understanding of your own money personality and the financial goals you need for your future.

Social Media Marketing

We all use social media in our daily lives, but how useful is this tool for marketing? Explore how businesses use social media marketing to reach new customers, engage with existing customers, and promote their brand. Learn how to define a target audience and create a strategy. Review the various platforms and evaluate their effectiveness as marketing tools. Discover the current trends and career opportunities in this exciting industry.

Limit of 25 students. Offered June 28-July 9 and July 19-30.

Social Media Marketing

We all use social media in our daily lives, but how useful is this tool for marketing? Explore how businesses use social media marketing to reach new customers, engage with existing customers, and promote their brand. Learn how to define a target audience and create a strategy. Review the various platforms and evaluate their effectiveness as marketing tools. Discover the current trends and career opportunities in this exciting industry.

Limit of 25 students. Offered July 12-16 in the afternoon and August 2-6 in the morning.

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Social Media Marketing

This course looks at the channels of marketing, advertising and communication that make up social media platforms, exploring how these tools fit into a company’s integrated marketing strategy. Using real-world examples from large corporations and small businesses, students explore how marketing professionals embrace online social networks, user-generated content and content sharing to create brand awareness. Learn tips and techniques to successfully leverage your own social media marketing.

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Social Media Marketing

This course looks at the channels of marketing, advertising and communication that make up social media platforms, exploring how these tools fit into a company’s integrated marketing strategy. Using real-world examples from large corporations and small businesses, students explore how marketing professionals embrace online social networks, user-generated content and content sharing to create brand awareness. Learn tips and techniques to successfully leverage your own social media marketing.

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Sports Management

This course provides students with an overview of business for professional sports including finance, marketing and technology. Learn about professional sports entities that make billions of dollars entertaining people around the world. Through lectures, case studies and guest speakers, explore topics such as producing live events, broadcasting rights, athlete marketing, sponsorship, the fan experience, and sports law.

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Sports Management

This course provides students with an overview of the business of sport including marketing, management, finance and technology. Learn about professional sport entities that make billions of dollars entertaining people around the world. Through lectures, real-life examples, case studies and guest speakers, explore topics such as managing live events, broadcasting rights, athlete marketing, sponsorship, Esports and the fan experience.

Limit of 25 students. Offered in the morning July 12-16 and August 2-6.

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Stock Market & Investment Analysis

Before you invest in the stock market, it’s important you understand the basics of finance, the components of an investment portfolio and the underlying mechanics of the markets. This course gives you a detailed overview of investing in the stock market and offers you many tools and techniques needed to invest. Practice by investing in a simulated stock market competition.

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CAMPus Camp

A spoonful of leadership training, a splash of hands on activities, a taste of team building and a whole lot of fun. Everyday is guaranteed to be different as we bring camp to campus. 

College Prep Intensive

Get an extra leg up on the college application process. Combine the morning Navigating College Admissions and afternoon Princeton Review SAT (and ACT too!) courses.

* A supplementary fee of $595 applies for the Princeton Review.

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Navigating College Admissions

Sessions include how to create your college resumé, write a college essay, what to look for on-campus visits, select the college that best fits you, and navigate the application process. Learn how to apply for scholarships and aid, understand the role of extracurricular activities, leadership and community service and make sure you are on the right track. Receive one-on-one counseling to find the school that best suits your academic, social and financial profile.

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Navigating College Admissions

Sessions include how to create your college resumé, write a college essay, what to look for on-campus visits, select the college that best fits you, and navigate the application process. Learn how to apply for scholarships and financial aid, understand the role of extracurricular activities, leadership and community service and make sure you are on the right track.

Limit of 10 students. Offered August 2-6 in the morning and August 9-13 in the afternoon.

Navigating College Admissions

Sessions include how to create your college resumé, write a college essay, what to look for on-campus visits, select the college that best fits you, and navigate the application process. Learn how to apply for scholarships and aid, understand the role of extracurricular activities, leadership and community service and make sure you are on the right track. Receive one-on-one counseling to find the school that best suits your academic, social and financial profile.

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The Princeton Review SAT (And ACT Too!)

Improve your SAT performance by becoming a better test taker. Learn Princeton Review’s exclusive strategies. Your instructor will help you master the test through in-class practice, drills and test reviews. You will better understand math, critical reading and writing concepts tested on the exams and your instructor will teach proven test-taking techniques. In addition to your course, you get the following materials and extras:

  • Talented, dynamic instructor and proven Princeton Review methods and strategies
  • 4 full-length Diagnostic Exams, with detailed computer analysis of the results
  • The Princeton Review Course Material and Workbooks
  • 24/7 access to the new adaptive student portal. With 240 online drills and over 2,000 online practice questions, you’ll have everything you need to practice and familiarize yourself with the test.
  • The Princeton Review ACT Self-Paced Online Prep Course is included with your summer SAT course for no additional fee. It will be available after your summer course.

* A supplementary fee of $595 applies for the Princeton Review.

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Community Service: Santa Barbara

Perform meaningful service in the communities in and around Santa Barbara. You will work on a variety of projects, ranging from environmental sustainability, to organizing donations at the LA Food Bank; projects are finalized in May. A letter recognizing 16 hours of service is issued after the summer. Westcoast Connection is a Certifying Organization for the President’s Volunteer Service Award.

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Community Service: Santa Barbara

Perform meaningful service in the communities in and around Santa Barbara. You will work on a variety of projects, ranging from environmental sustainability, to organizing donations at the LA Food Bank; projects are finalized in May. A letter recognizing 22 hours of service is issued after the summer. Westcoast Connection is a Certifying Organization for the President’s Volunteer Service Award.

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Acting for Stage and Screen

Explore a variety of acting tools and techniques while developing your imagination, creativity and self-confidence. Apply what you’ve learned to solo and group scripts and improvisations. 

Architectural Design of Florence

This course introduces students to the analysis and interpretation of architecture and urban design as they learn to apply technical sketching methods and render architectural observational drawings. Students will also develop their understanding of the history of architecture and the visionaries who shaped the skyline of Florence.

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Artist Workshop: Painting & Drawing

Explore watercolor painting by experimenting with various techniques including a variety of brush strokes & brushes, textures, washes, and more. You will create finished pieces as you work through the process from sketching your subject matter and then following through with the painting techniques learned. Walk away with a strong knowledgebase of both drawing and painting.

Artist Workshop: Painting & Drawing

Explore watercolor painting by experimenting with various techniques including a variety of brush strokes & brushes, textures, washes, and more. You will create finished pieces as you work through the process from sketching your subject matter and then following through with the painting techniques learned. Walk away with a strong knowledgebase of both drawing and painting.

Artist Workshop: Printmaking

Printmaking is an exciting art form which enables you to take your image or idea and produce remarkable and unique prints. You’ll use your drawing skills as you explore the techniques of mono printing, a chop, block printing and reduction block. There is endless potential for experimentation within the medium as you use tools, mix printing inks and try new expressive techniques.

Cooking

From learning basic knife skills to creating succulent dishes, if you are a foodie, this course is for you! Whether you’re creating gourmet entrées, delicious desserts or learning quick dishes to whip up in a dorm room for college, this course is guaranteed to make you salivate. Our expert chef will help you develop technical skills in the kitchen in this hands-on culinary experience, where each class focuses on a different theme. 

* A supplementary fee of $195 applies.

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Cooking

From learning basic knife skills to creating succulent dishes, if you are a foodie, this course is for you! Whether you’re creating gourmet entrées, delicious desserts or learning quick dishes to whip up in a dorm room for college, this course is guaranteed to make you salivate. Our expert chef will help you develop technical skills in the kitchen in this hands-on culinary experience, where each class focuses on a different theme. 

* A supplementary fee of $295 applies.

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Cooking with Ateliers & Saveurs

From learning basic knife skills to creating succulent dishes, if you are a foodie, this course is for you! Whether gourmet entrees or delicious desserts, expert chefs in a beautiful, professional kitchen will inspire and help you develop skills in a hands-on culinary experience. You even get a book full of mouth watering recipes you have helped prepare!

* A supplementary fee of $195 applies.

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Cooking: The Food and Culture of Italy

For students with an interest in Italian cooking, classes are interactive and hands-on, and focus on the different aspects of regional food in Italy and the preparation of dishes that distinguish traditional Italian cuisine. During practical cooking lessons, you are introduced to cooking methods, techniques and preparations utilized in Italian cuisine and learn how to use different ingredients to prepare Italian dishes.

* A supplementary fee of $195 applies.

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Cooking: The Food and Culture of Spain

Expert chefs at the Barcelona Cooking School teach you kitchen skills and develop your understanding of Spanish culture as shaped by culinary traditions. In each class, learn about a different region and how to prepare signature dishes, such as Valencian paella and tapas from Catalonia. The contemporary kitchen is located on Barcelona’s famous Las Ramblas, steps from Boqueria Market, one of the most famous food markets in the world.

* A supplementary fee of $195 applies.

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Creative Writing

Learn to write effective narrative and create characters and settings that jump off the page. Through a mix of guided exercises, you will have an opportunity to experiment with style and structure, learn about plot development, and hone your critical skills while giving and receiving helpful feedback with your fellow writers. At the end of this course, you will return home with a portfolio that you will be excited to share.

Creative Writing

Learn to write effective narrative and create characters and settings that jump off the page. Through a mix of guided exercises, you will have an opportunity to experiment with style and structure, learn about plot development, and hone your critical skills while giving and receiving helpful feedback with your fellow writers. At the end of this course, you will return home with a portfolio that you will be excited to share.

Digital Photography

This course if for anyone with a passion for photography with any level of experience. Develop a better understanding of shutter speed, aperture as well as a composition to improve your picture-taking. Allow your creativity to mix with practical skills! A DSLR or bridge camera with manual functions having at least a 12.0 megapixel sensor is required.

Limit of 12 students. Offered in the morning July 12-16 and August 2-6.

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Digital Photography & Graphic Design in One

Have you ever wondered why those models look so good in those magazines you see in the grocery store checkout? Have you ever asked, how can I make my own photography look better? Would you like to learn how to bring these two areas together and graphically design your own magazine? If so, then this course is for you. Students will learn how to use a Digital Single Lens Reflex (DSLR ) Digital Photography camera to photograph their own visual story. They will then use the leading industry-standard graphic design and photography program, Adobe Photoshop to layout and design their own magazine with their photography. Upon conclusion of the course, each student will leave with a customized and beautiful magazine of their own stunning photography to share with family and friends.

* A DSLR or bridge camera with manual functions having at least a 12.0 megapixel sensor is required.

Digital Photography Journal

For anyone with a passion for photography, no matter your level, learn about digital cameras (shutter speed, aperture, ISO, camera modes) and the basics of composition (lighting, exposure, framing, focus and blur).

* A DSLR or bridge camera with manual functions having at least a 12.0 megapixel sensor is required.

Digital Photography Journal: Barcelona

Capture the city of Barcelona from behind the lens. Learn to frame, light and compose photos in the inspiring surroundings of art, architecture and Spanish culture. The backdrop of Barcelona and all that you will learn culminates in your creation of a portfolio of your work.

*A DSLR or bridge camera with manual functions having at least a 12.0 megapixel sensor is required.

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Digital Photography Journal: Florence

This course uses photography to help you record your personal experiences while immersed in the local culture and way of living. Develop a better understanding of shutter speed, aperture as well as a composition to improve your picture-taking skills. Remember your summer in Florence by creating a journal using captions, mixed media, and other techniques.

* A DSLR or bridge camera with manual functions having at least a 12.0 megapixel sensor is required.

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Digital Photography Journal: L.A.

For anyone with a passion for photography, no matter your level, learn about digital cameras (shutter speed, aperture, ISO, camera modes) and the basics of composition (lighting, exposure, framing, focus and blur). The course includes fieldwork in L.A. to delve into the art of street photography. The course also focuses on portraiture, as you step into a professional studio to learn about different lighting techniques.

* A DSLR or bridge camera with manual functions having at least a 12.0 megapixel sensor is required.

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Digital Photography

For anyone with a passion for photography, no matter your level, learn about digital cameras (shutter speed, aperture, ISO, camera modes) and the basics of composition (lighting, exposure, framing, focus and blur). 

* A DSLR or bridge camera with manual functions having at least a 12.0 megapixel sensor is required.

Digital Photography: Barcelona

Develop your technical skills as well as your artistic vision. Learn about digital cameras, the basics of composition, how to retouch images and be inspired by the masters of photography. The skills you master will culminate in an individual photography project to be completed by the end of the course.

* A DSLR or bridge camera with manual functions having at least a 12.0 megapixel sensor is required.

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Digital Photography: Montreal

This in-the-field course is for all levels, all you need is an interest in photography. Learn about shutter speed, aperture, ISO, camera modes and the basics of composition (lighting, exposure, framing, focus and blur) through workshops and assignments in different areas of the city. Capture the city of Montreal from behind the lens. Creativity mixes with practical skills and culminates in an individual photography project completed by the end of the course.

* A DSLR or bridge camera with manual functions having at least a 12.0 megapixel sensor is required.

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Fashion Design

This course is an introduction to the world of fashion design. It will show you the process and strategies of making a new collection. It includes trend research, color story, fabric selection, draping design concepts and innovation. You will create a collection of your own with illustrations, drawings and collages. This introduction class does not include sewing or actual garment creation.

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Florence Studio Arts: Drawing and Painting

This course offers you the chance to navigate the artistic process under the mentorship of teachers who will cover drawing, color theory and painting. You will find inspiration from the vibrant city around you, as well as from previous artists who have made Florence the artistic center it is today.

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Gourmet Cooking

From learning basic knife skills to creating succulent dishes, if you are a foodie, this course is for you! Whether you’re creating gourmet entrées or delicious desserts, this course is guaranteed to make you salivate. Our expert chef will help you develop technical skills in the kitchen in this hands-on culinary experience, where each class focuses on a different theme. You even get to take away a book full of mouth-watering recipes you helped prepare!

* A supplementary fee of $195 applies.

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Gourmet Cooking

If you are a foodie, this course is for you! Prepare gourmet entrees, tasty appetizers and delicious desserts. Our expert chef will inspire you from their professional kitchen while you follow along and prepare amazing recipes from your home. You'll get a copy of all of the mouth watering recipes you have prepared!

Recipes include: barley risotto with mushrooms, roasted tofu, ricotta cheese and cilantro, slow cooked salmon with hollandaise sauce with fresh chives and quinoa, cordon bleu chicken breast with green beans and sun-dried tomatoes, gourmet cookies and financier almond cakes..

All recipes are subject to change but will be similar to above. Additionally, recipes can be modified for most allergies; speak to us if you have any questions or concerns.

Limit of 16 students. Offered July 19-30.

* This course is 90 minutes per session.

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Gourmet Cooking

If you are a foodie, this course is for you! Prepare gourmet entrees, tasty appetizers and delicious desserts. Our expert chef will inspire you from their professional kitchen while you follow along and prepare amazing recipes from your home. You'll get a copy of all of the mouth watering recipes you have prepared!

Recipes include: barley risotto with mushrooms, roasted tofu, ricotta cheese and cilantro, slow cooked salmon with hollandaise sauce with fresh chives and quinoa, cordon bleu chicken breast with green beans and sun-dried tomatoes, gourmet cookies and financier almond cakes..

All recipes are subject to change but will be similar to above. Additionally, recipes can be modified for most allergies; speak to us if you have any questions or concerns.

Limit of 16 students. Offered in the morning July 12-16 and August 2-6.

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Graphic Design

Learn how to use Photoshop and create abstract designs from scribbles and transform these into concrete designs. Refine your masking skills, ability to transform and manipulate images, page layout and typography.

History of Art

Develop an understanding of the cultural revolution of the Renaissance. Through on-site visits, you will become familiar with the Romanesque and Gothic styles in which the first Renaissance painters, sculptors and architects had their roots and from which they were dramatically to diverge. The focus will be on Florentine artists including Donatello, Botticelli, Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo.

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Introduction to Modern Art

Modern artists studied are known for a spirit of political revolt and artistic experimentation and include van Gogh, Picasso, Dalí and Warhol. Students visit the Museum of Fine Arts, the Museum of Contemporary Art and a number of modern galleries.

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TikTok Dance

Bring the energy! Infused with the latest styles of street dancing, you’ll be breaking, popping, and locking in this Hip hop dance class aimed to have you learning all the moves to your favorite TikTok dances. Bring your own style and personality to the movements. Stepping outside of the box is encouraged!

Social Justice and Human Rights Forum

Climate change, bans on religious freedoms, racial injustice, gender-based violence… the list of human rights violations, and social and ecological injustices are seemingly endless in the world around us.  Join this forum on social justice and human rights where we will explore a number of topics through a systems thinking lens to examine why and how unequal distributions of rights and freedoms manifest.  We will also consider our personal identities, positions and power within these systems challenging our ideas of how to make positive social change in the world in which we live. This forum will involve participant discussion, media such as podcasts and videos, guest speakers from around the world and a facilitation team of staff and students from the University of British Columbia.

Limit of 25 students. Offered July 19-30.

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Women's Leadership Forum

This course focuses on how skills and abilities in leadership have helped shape the personal roads to success among female mentors. You’ll have the chance to listen to, interact with and partake in learning activities with a variety of women as they share their stories and give guidance on how to understand your own leadership in order to achieve long term goals.

Limit of 25 students. Offered July 12-16 in the morning, August 2-6 in the afternoon and August 9-13 in the morning.

French Language

Did you know Montreal is the second largest primarily French-speaking city in the world after Paris? Separate course levels from beginner to advanced are offered. Attention is given to grammar, vocabulary, reading and writing with the primary goal of enhancing your verbal skills. You will have many opportunities to practice French in this incredible city.

* A supplementary fee of $195 applies.

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Italian Language (Introduction)

Develop your conversational, reading and writing skills. An equal focus is given to grammatical structures, vocabulary and conversational skills. Vocabulary is intended to engage in simple, but useful, everyday conversations to enhance and support your Italian experience.

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Spanish Language

While attention is given to grammar, vocabulary, reading and writing, the main emphasis and goal is enhancing your verbal skills. We don’t just want you to know Spanish, we want you to be able to use it.

*Open to students of all levels of Spanish, from beginner to advanced.

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Spanish Language Immersion

The city of Barcelona becomes your classroom while immersing yourself in “out-of-the-class” language activities (rather than formal classes) under the guidance of a Spanish teacher. Participate in real life Spanish interactions such as bargaining at a local market, interviewing local community leaders and other fun, learning activities.

* Open to students with at least two years of previous Spanish study.

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Introduction to U.S. Law

This interactive course combines an introduction to the framework of the U.S. legal system with an exploration of special topics in law. Through lectures, case studies, evidence-based exercises and simulations, students will learn about the scope of laws, how they evolve, and apply these lessons to current legal issues relevant to their everyday lives. Students also have an opportunity to observe a court hearing, present an oral argument, and meet attorneys and judges. After an investigation of some of the complexities, challenges and strengths of the U.S. legal system, the program concludes with an interactive panel on legal career pathways.

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U.S. Law

This interactive course combines an introduction to the framework of the U.S. legal system with an exploration of special topics in law. Through engaging activities and lectures, you will learn about current and practical legal issues, such as your rights and responsibilities when you turn 18, discrimination, immigration, criminal law, and First Amendment rights. We'll also look at career options in the legal field.

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U.S. Law: Constitution, Courts and Case Studies

This interactive course combines an introduction to the framework of U.S. constitutional law with an exploration of special topics in public policy and legal debate. Students will explore the legal foundations of political decision making by participating in discussions, case studies, evidence-based exercises and simulations. Learn about the scope of laws, how they evolve, and apply these lessons to current legal debates. 

Limit of 25 students. Offered June 28-July 9.

Youth Rights and the Law

What are the limits of free speech in schools? Should schools be able to limit some rights of students in order to prevent disruption to the learning community? What are the rights of youth in America? This course will explore these questions and will take a closer look at criminal sentencing for minors as well as the 1st and the 4th amendments.  Review and discuss the ruling of past cases all while growing your future interest in the law.

Limit of 25 students. Offered July 12-16 in the morning.

Animation for Video Games

The video game industry in Montreal is thriving and has attracted leading studios to the city, including EA Sports (Montreal), Warner Brothers Interactive, and Ubisoft. Visit a studio and explore the various steps of 3D Animation. An introduction to illustration, sketching and animation techniques prepares you to create your own avatar and begin your animation.

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Aviation: Drones, Planes, and Jets

The world of aviation is changing. From drones to commercial air travel to space exploration. This course is designed to introduce students to all things aviation. The course will be taught by a licensed private pilot and commercial drone pilot, this allows students to have the opportunity to experience flying drones, using a flight simulator, and interacting with real-life general aviation aircraft. The course incorporates curriculum including meteorology, aviation physiology and pilot psychology, aerodynamics, aircraft design, navigation, and flight planning. This fun, hands-on experience class will provide students with both theory and practice in all areas of aviation both current and future.

*A supplementary fee of $195 applies.

Blockchain: Cryptocurrencies & Beyond

Blockchain. Bitcoin. Mining. Tokens. Smart contracts. Get in the know with the lingo you want to be familiar with. Learn about the foundations of blockchain technology, including key terms like decentralization, proof of work and consensus algorithms, and discover their various applications in multiple industries. Hyped as the newest transformative technology, you’ll dive into a deeper understanding of blockchain technology, including an exploration into the world of cryptocurrencies, their rise, their fall and their seemingly endless possibilities for the future.

Limit of 25 students. Offered July 12-16 in the morning and August 2-6 in the afternoon.

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Blockchain: From Cryptocurrency to Beyond

Blockchain. Bitcoin. Mining. Tokens. Smart contracts. Get in the know with the lingo you want to be familiar with. Learn about the foundations of blockchain technology, including key terms like decentralization, proof of work and consensus algorithms, and discover their various applications in multiple industries. Hyped as the newest transformative technology, you’ll dive into a deeper understanding of blockchain technology, including an exploration into the world of cryptocurrencies, their rise, their fall and their seemingly endless possibilities for the future.

Coding & Web Development: McGill

If you have a desire to improve your computer science skills and learn to code, this course is for you! You will learn more about the business needs of coding and work in teams to develop web programs with basic front-end and back-end programming technologies. At the conclusion of the program, each team presents their project in front of a panel of experts.

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Crime Scene Investigation: CSI Montreal

Experience the world of forensic science through hands-on training exercises and theoretical lessons. Examine CSI procedures along with forensic anthropology, biology and bloodstain pattern analysis. A scenario is staged and you work in investigative teams to identify, collect and interpret the evidence before you act as a forensic expert witness and testify in a mock-court setting.

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CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

For those true crime enthusiasts, experience the world of forensic science through hands-on training exercises, engaging lessons, and Q&As with leading experts in the field. Learn about real-life CSI procedures, death investigation, decomposition, and much more. This course is associated with Ontario Tech University and their accredited Forensic Science program.

Limit of 25 students. Offered July 12-16 in the afternoon.

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STEM Intensive

Combine Animation for Video Games in the morning with Coding & Web Development or Crime Scene Investigation: CSI Montreal in the afternoon for an intensive STEM Full-Day Track.

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Community Service: L.A.

Perform meaningful service in the communities in and around LA. You may work with the children at the Boys & Girls Club and organize donations at the LA Food Bank; projects are finalized in the spring. A letter recognizing 16 hours of service is issued after the summer. Westcoast Connection is a Certifying Organization for the President’s Volunteer Service Award.

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Community Service: L.A.

Perform meaningful service in the communities in and around LA. You may work with the children at the Boys & Girls Club and organize donations at the LA Food Bank; projects are finalized in the spring. A letter recognizing 22 hours of service is issued after the summer. Westcoast Connection is a Certifying Organization for the President’s Volunteer Service Award.

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Community Service: L.A.

Service is offered as a Full-Day Track or afternoon option. As a Full-Day Track, perform meaningful service in the communities in and around LA. Projects are finalized in the spring; those currently planned are several days working with the children at a youth club and a few days helping to maintain and beautify gardens in local schools with Enrich LA. You make a difference in the lives of those we serve. A letter recognizing 40 hours of service is issued. We are a Certifying Organization for the President’s Volunteer Service Award.

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Community Service: L.A.

Service is offered as a Full-Day Track or afternoon option. As a Full-Day Track, perform meaningful service in the communities in and around LA. Projects are finalized in the spring; those currently planned are several days working with the children at a youth club and a few days helping to maintain and beautify gardens in local schools with Enrich LA. You make a difference in the lives of those we serve. A letter recognizing 60 hours of service is issued. We are a Certifying Organization for the President’s Volunteer Service Award.

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Community Service: Montreal

You can make a real difference to local communities in Montreal. Projects may include working with youth and families, sorting through donations for families in need, as well as serving meals to the homeless. A letter of completion recognizing 16 hours of service and detailing the projects accomplished will be issued after the summer. Westcoast Connection is a Certifying Organization for the President’s Volunteer Service Award.

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Community Service: Montreal

You can make a real difference to local communities in Montreal. Projects may include working with youth and families, sorting through donations for families in need, as well as serving meals to the homeless. A letter of completion recognizing 22 hours of service and detailing the projects accomplished will be issued after the summer. Westcoast Connection is a Certifying Organization for the President’s Volunteer Service Award.

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Community Service at the Martí-Codolar Youth Center

For more than fifty years, Barcelona’s Martí- Codolar Youth Center has been providing disadvantaged children, young people and families a place to participate in educational and recreational programs after school and during the summer. You can make a real difference by facilitating programs, games, computer education and English classes for these children. Westcoast Connection is a Certifying Organization for the President’s Volunteer Service Award.

21-day and 28-day program: a certificate for 22 hours of community service will be provided. 14-day program: a certificate for 14 hours of community service will be provided.

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Emotional Intelligence & Professional Communication Skills

What better way to prepare you for college and a future career than to improve your interpersonal and professional communication skills? This course allows you to develop those skills and increase your performance. Case studies include conflict management, nonverbal communication and effective listening through experiential exercises and discussions. Increase your understanding of emotional intelligence and use this ability to guide your thinking and behavior. Learn how to define personal goals and how to leverage your skills, knowledge and experience to create success in new situations.

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Emotional Intelligence and Professional Communication Skills

What better way to prepare you for college and a future career than to improve your interpersonal and professional communication skills? This course allows you to develop those skills and increase your performance. Case studies include conflict management, nonverbal communication and effective listening through experiential exercises and discussions. Increase your understanding of emotional intelligence and use this ability to guide your thinking and behavior. Learn how to define personal goals and how to leverage your skills, knowledge and experience to create success in new situations.

Emotional Intelligence for Personal and Leadership Development

Tom Peters, leadership author of ‘’In Search of Excellence’’ and nicknamed the ‘’Red Bull’’ of management thinking, wrote ‘’Success in business today is 15% technology and 85% Emotional Intelligence.” If this is true, what better way is there to prepare you for college and a future career than to improve your Emotional Intelligence skills? This course has been designed to increase your understanding of emotional intelligence and will empower you to use E.I. to increase your self-confidence, and guide your thinking and behavior. Using experiential exercises, discussions and group collaboration you will learn how to define personal goals and how to leverage your skills, knowledge and experience to create success in new situations both personally and professionally.

Limit of 25 students. Offered July 19-30.

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Fuel Your Body: Health & Wellness for Teens

Develop, deepen and enhance your knowledge of what it means to live a healthy lifestyle. As you gain a better understanding of wellness you'll spend time focusing on nutrition, movement vs exercise, stress management, community and positive habits. This course will get you moving, cooking and thinking! Connect with like-minded peers on the first step to a lifetime of healthy habits.

Limit of 25 students. Offered in the afternoon July 12-16 and August 2-6.

Journalism in the 21st Century

Modern digital technology now enables anyone to create and distribute stories for global audiences. This development has seen the rise of citizen journalists – freelancers who report remotely or in person, outside traditional media channels. Find out the basics of catchy content for print, electronic and digital outlets, while avoiding the pitfalls of ‘fake news.’ Learn about journalism’s professional standards for gathering, processing and disseminating information. Hone your writing, editing and interviewing skills to deliver remote or in-person reports for news sites, blogs, postings and podcasts.

Limit of 10 students. Offered in the morning July 12-16, August 2-6 and August 9-13.

Mastering Public Speaking

This hands-on course of workshops helps students become comfortable, confident and masterful presenters. The principles presented apply to business settings as well as other activities in daily life. Learn to focus, prepare and deliver a presentation. Students make brief presentations, receive constructive feedback and personal coaching to help them overcome emotional and mental blocks.

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Mastering Public Speaking

This hands-on course of workshops focuses on skills for students to become comfortable, confident, and dynamic presenters. The principles presented apply to business settings as well as other activities in daily life. Learn to focus, prepare, and deliver presentations and improve upon your impromptu speaking abilities. Students will make brief presentations, receive constructive feedback and personal coaching to help them overcome emotional and mental blocks.

Limit of 12 students. Offered  July 19-30.

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Mastering Public Speaking

This hands-on course of workshops helps students become comfortable, confident and masterful presenters. The principles presented apply to business settings as well as other activities in daily life. Learn to focus, prepare and deliver a presentation. Students make brief presentations, receive constructive feedback and personal coaching to help them overcome emotional and mental blocks.

Mindfulness For A Lifetime

How can individual mindfulness impact our larger communities? Students will investigate and experience a variety of mindfulness strategies and activities that can be used throughout life to reduce stress and enhance overall wellness. Additionally, students will understand the neuroscience behind mindfulness and its benefits.

Montreal Culture: Behind the Scenes

A “field trip” around Montreal to learn about the French-Canadian culture that makes this city so unique. Explore the “Place des Festivals”, the historic Old Montreal with its 17th century cobblestone streets, and the city’s Mount Royal Park which was designed by the same designer as New York’s Central Park. Uncover multiple museums and artistic venues. Discover Montreal’s unique culinary experience and indulge in their famous poutine and smoked meat.

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Psychology of Human Behavior

This course introduces basic concepts in psychology including behavioral, cognitive and clinical psychology. Through the use of discussion, film and in-class activities, explore topics such as how to improve emotional intelligence, limitations in perception, cognitive distortions and how to improve memory. Other topics included are mental illness, stereotyping and prejudice.

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Psychology of Human Behavior

This course introduces basic concepts in psychology including elements of behavioral, cognitive, social, and clinical psychology. Through the use of discussions, demonstrations, short films, and activities, students will explore topics such as memory, attention, and perception. Other topics included are emotions, cognitive distortions, mental health, and tips from positive psychology on what we can do to live happier, more fulfilling lives.

Limit of 25 students. Offered July 12-16 in the afternoon and  August 2-6 in the morning.

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Psychology of Human Behavior

This course is designed to give students an introduction to topics in psychology. The course takes an active learning approach, which is fun and makes the concepts come alive. Given the subject matter, students will also discover a lot more about themselves. Topics will include the scientific method, classical and operant conditioning, sensation and perception, emotions, mental illness, prejudice, positive psychology, memory and how to improve relationships.

Psychology of Human Behavior

This course introduces basic concepts in psychology including behavioral, cognitive and clinical psychology. Through the use of discussion, film and in-class activities, explore topics such as how to improve emotional intelligence, limitations in perception, cognitive distortions and how to improve memory. Other topics included are mental illness, stereotyping and prejudice.

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Public Health and Medicine

Public Health is a crucially important area of concern and never more so than during a pandemic. This program explores Public Health first hand with our MEDLIFE instructors touching on the real social determinants of health and the tools that most public health professionals have to make an impact. This will come to life with real examples of how these themes are incorporated into international work. This is a great introduction for anyone interested in learning more about Public Health or exploring a health related future career.

NOTE: Westcoast Connection’s partner on our travel programs in Peru and Ecuador is MEDLIFE, which stands for Medicine Education and Development for Low-Income Families Everywhere. MEDLIFE is our partner instructor for this course bringing to life real communities and situations of medical care.

Limit of 25 students. Offered June 28-July 9 and July 19-30.

Public Health and Medicine

Public Health is a crucially important area of concern and never more so than during a pandemic.  This program explores Public Health first hand with our MEDLIFE instructors touching on the real social determinants of health and the tools that most public health professionals have to make an impact. This will come to life with real examples of how these themes are incorporated into international work. This is a great introduction for anyone interested in learning more about Public Health or exploring a health related future career.

NOTE: Westcoast Connection’s partner on our travel programs in Peru and Ecuador is MEDLIFE, which stands for Medicine Education and Development for Low-Income Families Everywhere.  MEDLIFE is our partner instructor for this course bringing to life real communities and situations of medical care.

Limit of 25 students. Offered in the afternoon July 12-16, August 2-6 and August 9-13.

Social Justice & Leadership Forum

Climate change, bans on religious freedoms, racial injustice, gender-based violence… the list of human rights violations, and social and ecological injustices are seemingly endless in the world around us.  Join this forum on social justice and human rights where we will explore a number of topics through a systems thinking lens to examine why and how unequal distributions of rights and freedoms manifest.  We will also consider our personal identities, positions and power within these systems challenging our ideas of how to make positive social change in the world in which we live. This forum will involve participant discussion.

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Spanish Culture

Explore several aspects of Spain’s incredibly rich and varied culture including:

  • Diversity: the languages, food, geography and folklore of Spain’s regions
  • Spain’s most popular fiestas
  • Music & cinema: classical and modern
  • Social customs: gain insight into the Spanish way of life and compare it with your own
  • Flamenco: a look beyond the music and dance to the culture of flamenco
  • Modernist architecture: including the work of Gaudí in Barcelona

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Sport Psychology: Techniques to Maximize Your Potential

It is often said that an athletes’ success is 80% mental.  This is true in sport and life. The interdisciplinary field of Sports Psychology involves the scientific study of people and their behaviors in sport contexts and the practical applications of that knowledge in daily life. Learn how psychology influences sports, athletic performance and life performance.  Analyze how skills and knowledge about sport psychology can be applied both inside and outside of sport. Walk away with the mental edge over the competition.

Limit of 25 students. Offered August 2-6 in the morning.

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The Italian Mafia: Culture, History & Politics

Explore the fundamental aspects of the Italian mafia, including the relationship between the mafia and Italian politics, its history, contemporary issues, and social relationships within the organization. Learn about the differences between the Italian and American mafia and the mafia’s influence on Italian culture.

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Football Playbook

What goes into the creation of a playbook for football? The game of football has changed in every aspect, including the rules, the equipment, and especially the schemes. Have the schemes changed that much though? Students will look at the evolution of the game, the techniques used, and the way coaches attack opposing schemes.

Golf

Improve your golf game. With time split between instruction and play you’ll be able to focus on improving your short game, driving, approach shots and putting. You will have access to the driving range and be able to play a round before dinner.

*A supplementary fee of $295 applies. 

Golf

Improve your golf game. With time split between instruction and play you’ll be able to focus on improving your short game, driving, approach shots and putting. You will have access to the driving range and be able to play a round before dinner.

*A supplementary fee of $195 applies. 

Golf

Improve your golf game. With time split between professional instruction and play you’ll be able to focus on improving your short game, driving, approach shots and putting. You will have access to the driving range and be able to play a round before dinner. Participants must have experience playing on a 18-hole course.

*Each golfer is required to bring their own set of clubs to the program.

* A supplementary fee of $195 applies.

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Golf

Improve your golf game. With time split between professional instruction and play you’ll be able to focus on improving your short game, driving, approach shots and putting. You will have access to the driving range and be able to play a round before dinner. Participants must have experience playing on a 18-hole course.

*Each golfer is required to bring their own set of clubs to the program.

* A supplementary fee of $295 applies.

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Health & Fitness

Focus on your health and fitness as you follow your own independent workout regime or join in with the group. Learn to be active and listen to your body. From running, yoga, HIIT, strength training and more, you’ll complete challenges focused on helping you live a healthy and balanced lifestyle. 

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Health & Wellness

This course combines theory and practical sessions on nutrition, anatomy, mindfulness and yoga to help you live a healthy and balanced lifestyle. Learn to be active and listen to your body. Harness your personal power and handle the challenges that come your way with more ease and confidence.

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Independent Workout

Enjoy access to the DiR Diagonal Fitness and Pool Club facilities. Plan a workout regimen including weight training and cardio to help meet your fitness goals.

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Martial Arts: Self Defense

Gain an understanding of the various origins & styles of martial arts as you learn how to defend yourself and to keep yourself out of dangerous situations. The course will focus on traditional martial arts’ kicks, punches as well as other techniques and defensive moves.

Mountain Bike Tune Up and Ride

Students will be introduced to the major bike systems (wheels, brakes, and drive train). Students will have a mix of lab time to learn the basics of bike mechanics with plenty of trail time to advance their biking skills. Over 100 miles of the famous Kingdom Trails are available for beginner to advanced riders.

*A supplementary fee of $295 applies.  

*Students must bring their own bike and helmet.

* This is an extended course which will continue through the student's choice late afternoon time period.

Mountain Bike Tune Up and Ride

Students will be introduced to the major bike systems (wheels, brakes, and drive train). Students will have a mix of lab time to learn the basics of bike mechanics with plenty of trail time to advance their biking skills. Over 100 miles of the famous Kingdom Trails are available for beginner to advanced riders.

*A supplementary fee of $195 applies.  

*Students must bring their own bike and helmet.

*This is an extended course which will continue through the student's choice late afternoon time period. 

Organized Sports & Games

Of course we’ll play soccer, volleyball, football and basketball but we’re also going to challenge you to kickball, dodgeball and more!

Outdoor Adventures

 “Get Out!” The beautiful Vermont trails await as your local guide leads you on hikes through lush forests, by pristine lakes, and up mountain paths. The images of Willoughby Lake, Arugula Falls, Binney Woods and Burke Mountain will remain with you well past the summer.

*This is an extended course which will continue through the student's choice late afternoon time period.

Outdoor Pursuits

Get Outside and dig deep. Get ready to explore some of the most fascinating features of the Great Northern Forest Ecosystem, while honing your backcountry skills: trekking mountain trails, paddling crystal-clear lakes, examining rich bogs and backwaters on rivers and streams. Each day will be a mini-field science expedition where your naturalist/wilderness guide will help you navigate the backcountry. We'll learn to read tracks, search out elusive plants, watch eagles and osprey soar over the river bends, and occasionally, after a hot day's hike, we might plunge into the cold waterfall-fed pools deep in the mountains.

*This will be an extended course which will continue through the student's choice late afternoon period.

Personal Fitness: Strength Training & Conditioning

A sound mind and body are crucial for a healthy and productive lifestyle. Strength and conditioning are part of forming a sound body. Students will learn the basics of weight training techniques and develop their own workout routine in an environment that is supportive and non-judgemental. No matter what fitness level students are at presently, it can be improved.

Surfing

Want to hang ten and ride the waves like a pro? This course heads to Santa Monica Beach where you learn how to improve balance and technique and perfect your form in no time. All levels of ability are welcome.

* A supplementary fee of $195 applies.

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Surfing

Want to hang ten and ride the waves like a pro? Head to the beach in Santa Barbara where you learn how to improve balance and technique and perfect your form in no time. All levels of ability are welcome.

* A supplementary fee of $195 applies.

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Surfing

Want to hang ten and ride the waves like a pro? Head to the beach in Santa Barbara where you learn how to improve balance and technique and perfect your form in no time. All levels of ability are welcome.

* A supplementary fee of $295 applies.

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Workshop: Choosing the Right School & College Application Process

Choosing the right college for your academic and personal interests is the first step in the application process. It requires careful research and self-evaluation. This interactive workshop provides you with tools and resources to help you develop a list of criteria integral in choosing appropriate colleges. Explore the basic elements of the college application and learn the ins and outs of the Common Application. Develop your academic/co-curricular profile, learn how to craft a high caliber application and set up your timeline for completion of applications, supplements and essays.

Workshop: College Essay Writing

Explore different essay topics and strategies to write a proper admission essay that distinguishes you. As one of the top qualitative measures in the admissions process, your personal essay is an integral part of your application. As a critical aspect of your first impression to an admissions officer, the essay is an opportunity for you to share your stories, adding greater depth and dimension to your application. This workshop includes an overview of fundamental writing skills using real examples of college essays. The focus is on practical tips for writing a great college essay, including finding your voice, brainstorming essay ideas, understanding the prompts, focusing on a theme and the importance of editing and proofreading.