summer at serra
Co-ed Academics + Swim School + Summer Camps
Ready, set, summer!
Summer at Junípero Serra High School is an energetic, eventful time when young people from throughout the Peninsula and beyond converge to take advantage of the many programs offered on campus. Online registration is open now for:
Academic Summer School offers middle school, pre-high, and high school courses for students seeking enrichment, advancement, or remediation. Open to boys and girls from both public and private schools - click here for Summer School Policies and Rules
Serra Swim School, located in our sparkling, state-of-the-art Aquatics Facilities, helps children ages 3-17 learn skills to become happy, life-long swimmers under the guidance of a dedicated, certified staff
Children’s Sports and Recreation Camp, long a summertime staple, continues to delight boys and girls ages 5-12 who are looking for action-packed days to spend with friends, old and new
Next Level Sports Camps, powered by Serra's championship coaches, builds confidence and sportsmanship in young athletes through football, baseball, basketball, and speed, strength, and conditioning camps
Golden State Aquatics Camps, with more than 30 years of professional aquatics coaching, offers competitive swimming and water polo opportunities for boys and girls
Padre Rowing Camps is an introduction to high school crew under the guidance of the Serra crew coaching staff.
MIDDLE SCHOOL ACADEMICS
DATES: June 17 - July 19
COURSE FEES: $500 plus $100 one-time registration fee.
SERIES 6 (8:00 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.)
This dynamic, fast-paced curriculum challenges students in the areas of mathematics and science and is designed for students who will be entering 6th grade. Project-oriented and hands-on, this course seeks to improve a student’s standing in advanced mathematics and science as he or she enters middle school.
SERIES 7 (8:00 a.m. - 10:50 a.m.)
Take time this summer to explore, process, and succeed at the next academic level! Students entering 7th grade will review content, skills, and strategies in the areas of mathematics, English, and study skills in preparation for a successful 7th grade year.
SERIES 8 (8:00 a.m. - 10:50 a.m.)
Students entering 8th grade will review content, skills, and strategies in the areas of mathematics, English, and study skills. This survey class will help students get ready for their critical 8th grade year when they prepare for their transition to high school.
NEW! English as a Second Language (ESL) Intermediate Level
(11:00 a.m. - 1:45 p.m.) - CLOSED
Beat the heat this summer and brush up on your English language skills. ESL Intermediate, intended specifically for middle school learners, follows a carefully developed curriculum with a balance among all four language acquistion skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing. Students will learn to skim and scan reading texts, predict, and listen for the general idea before listening for specific information.
Aimed at developing confidence in English, the course initially focuses on familiar experiences of learners, but then extends the ideas to develop the students' world experience and knowledge.
PRE-HIGH SCHOOL ACADEMICS
DATES: June 17 - July 19
HOURS: Classes meet daily for 50 minutes each day, beginning at 8:00 a.m. Students can register for one, two, or all three courses.
Registration fee: $100 (one-time fee for all classes)
One Course: $260
Two Courses: $500
Three Courses: $650
The pre-high program is designed specifically to provide 8th grade graduates with an introduction to core elements of the high school curriculum. Students must be entering their freshmen year of high school to register.
ESSENTIAL SKILLS OF ENGLISH - CLOSED
A primer for success in high school freshman English, students will focus on essential grammar and critical reading and writing skills. Writing will emphasize paragraph structure including crafting fluid sentences with varied structures, elaborating ideas, using accurate, thoughtful words, and effectively employing transitional words and phrases.
CONCEPTS OF ALGEBRA - CLOSED
This course is designed to reinforce mathematical and algebraic skills in preparation for a high school level math program. Special focus will be placed on order of operations, single variable equations, distributive property, linear equations, rational numbers and polynomials. Students will also work with percent, fractions, proportions and practicing of problem-solving techniques.
CONCEPTS OF SCIENCE
This course is designed to prepare students for the rigors of high school science by introducing them to foundational scientific concepts and principles including the scientific method and correct techniques of experimentation. The Metric System and the importance of accurate measurement in science are covered. Students will be introduced to the sciences of physics, earth science, chemistry, and biology.
HIGH SCHOOL ACADEMICS
Important information about course cancellations: Because our summer school program has an open, rolling enrollment over several months, we will not know our final registration numbers until early June. Please be aware that low enrollment in a specific course may make it necessary for us to cancel the course or combine sections. We will notify you as early as possible should this occur. If a course is cancelled, you will receive a full refund, including the $100 registration fee.
Important information about requesting transcripts: If you want your grades officially reported to your current high school, you must complete and return the Request for Transcript form to Junípero Serra Summer School Director no later than Wednesday, June 19. Click here to download the Request for Transcript form.
DATES: June 17 - July 19
HOURS: Each 5-unit course meets for two hours and 45 minutes per day for five weeks; class times are noted below.
Registration fee: $100 (one-time fee for all classes)
One 5-unit course: $500
High school classes are offered to students entering 9th – 12th grade from any school, private or public. Students may choose from a variety of courses that align with Serra’s college preparatory curriculum for the regular school year. The classes can be taken for enrichment, remediation or credit. Students are limited to a maximum of two 5-unit courses for the summer session.
Please note: In order to receive credit for a course, students may only miss two (2) days of class and must pass the final exam. Final exams will not be rescheduled to accommodate absences.
All math classes--except for Honors Geometry and Trigonometry--can be taken for credit only by students who are taking the class for makeup; however, all classes are open to students who choose to take them for review or enrichment. Honors Geometry and Trigonometry may be taken for advancement.
ALGEBRA I - FIRST SEMESTER (5 units, 8:00 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.)
Topics covered in this course include properties with real numbers, basic number concepts, fractions, ratio, proportion, percent, operations on real numbers, solving equations, inequalities, relations and functions in one variable, equations with two variables and radicals.
ALGEBRA I - SECOND SEMESTER (5 units, 11:00 a.m. – 1:45 p.m.)
Second semester Algebra I includes further operations on real numbers, powers, roots, polynomials, factoring polynomials, operations on rational expressions, relations and functions in two variables, linear functions, solving systems of equations, systems of inequalities, quadratic equations and the quadratic function.
ALGEBRA II - FIRST SEMESTER (5 units, 8:00 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.)
Students will study quadratic equations, quadratic formulas, linear systems, graphs and linear equations in this Algebra course.
ALGEBRA II - SECOND SEMESTER (5 units, 11:00 a.m. – 1:45 p.m.)
This second semester course focuses on rational exponents, rational equations, logarithms and probability.
GEOMETRY - FIRST SEMESTER (5 units, 11:00 a.m. - 1:45 p.m.)
This course covers the study of angles, parallel lines, triangles, quadrilaterals and right triangles.
GEOMETRY – SECOND SEMESTER (5 units, 8:00 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.)
Students will study similar polygons, circles, areas and volumes, construction and loci.
ALGEBRA REVIEW/GEOMETRY PREVIEW (enrichment only/no credit, 8:00 a.m.- 10:45 a.m.)
This course is designed to meet the needs of students who want a brief review of their
Algebra I course just completed and a preview of the Geometry course they will take in the fall.
HONORS GEOMETRY (10 units, 8:00 a.m. – 1:45 p.m.)
Get ready for a full year of Honors Geometry in five weeks! This course is open to approved Mercy Burlingame, Notre Dame Belmont and Serra students; other students may be admitted on a space-available basis with written approval from their school’s math department chair AND counselor. The Mathematics Department Advancement Contract form must be submitted prior to the first day of class to Mr. Tom Sullivan, Summer School Director, Junípero Serra High School, 451 West 20th Avenue, San Mateo, CA 94403. Click here to download the form.
NEW! TRIGONOMETRY (5 units, 8:00 a.m.- 10:45 a.m.)
This semester course follows the Algebra II course. Topics covered include radian measure, trigonometric functions, inverse trigonometric functions, trigonometric identities, polar coordinates and parametric equations. Priority is given to Serra students; other students may be admitted on a space-available basis with written approval from their school's math department AND counselor. The Mathematics Department Advancement Contract form must be submitted prior to the first day of class to Mr. Tom Sullivan, Summer School Director, Junípero Serra High School, 451 West 20th Avenue, San Mateo, CA 94403. Click here to download the form.
Credit for English classes is given only to students who take the class for makeup, but all classes are open to students who choose to take them for review or enrichment.
FRESHMAN ENGLISH 1-2 (5 units, 8:00 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.) - CLOSED
The course is an integrated study of literature and composition. It will satisfy requirements for one semester of Freshman English.
SOPHOMORE ENGLISH 3-4 (5 units, 11:00 a.m. – 1:45 p.m.) - CLOSED
The course is a continuing study of literature, expository writing, grammar, usage and composition. It will satisfy requirements for one semester of Sophomore English.
JUNIOR ENGLISH 5-6 (5 units, 11:00 a.m. – 1:45 p.m.)
A literature and writing course, Junior English acquaints students with the historical, social, and literary aspects of American literature and requires them to be critical readers. Writing assignments are based on the literature; further study of expository and personal writing is also incorporated into the curriculum.
Credit for world language classes is given only to students who take the class for makeup, but all classes are open to students who choose to take them for review or enrichment.
SPANISH 1-2 (5 units, 11:00 a.m. – 1:45 p.m.)
This first-year Spanish course is a review of basic grammar, including simple verb tenses, basic conversational vocabulary and sentence formation.
SPANISH 3-4 (5 units, 11:00 a.m. – 1:45 p.m.)
Topics in this second-year Spanish course include verb formation, sentence structure, vocabulary and the historical and cultural aspects of the Hispanic world.
FRENCH 1-2 (5 units, 8:00 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.) - CLOSED
A first level of French study for secondary school beginners, the emphasis is placed on basic development of the four language skills: understanding, speaking, reading and writing. Students focus on mastering vocabulary and integrating conversational skills in the classroom.
Credit for history classes is given only to students who take the class for makeup, but all classes are open to students who choose to take them for review or enrichment.
WORLD HISTORY I (5 units, 8:00 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.) - CLOSED
World History is a one-semester survey course designed to present an overview of important historical developments of mankind with emphasis on the Western World. Students will develop study, reading and writing skills in addition to building their knowledge of basic social science concepts. This course will satisfy makeup requirements for one semester of World History.
UNITED STATES HISTORY (5 units, 8:00 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.)
Please note: This class has been rescheduled for the morning session, 8 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.
This one-semester course in United States history addresses a range of topics and issues in the political, economic, social and cultural history of the United States, from the Colonial Era to the late-20th Century.
Credit for science classes is given only to students who take the class for makeup, but all classes are open to students who choose to take them for review or enrichment.
BIOLOGY – FIRST SEMESTER (5 units, 8:00 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.)
Students will study topics including biology and you, chemistry of life, cells and their environment, cell structure, photosynthesis and cellular respiration as well as an introduction to cellular reproduction.
BIOLOGY – SECOND SEMESTER (5 units, 11:00 a.m. – 1:45 p.m.) - CLOSED
The second semester of biology will explore meiosis and sexual reproduction, heredity, DNA and the production of proteins. Students will also study principles of evolution, ecology, kingdoms of life, and human biology.
CHEMISTRY – FIRST SEMESTER (5 units, 8:00 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.)
First semester chemistry students explore how to analyze what they observe in the world with their eyes in terms of the invisible behavior of an atomic reality. Problem solving in both a mathematical sense and hands-on learning is taught while exploring atomic structure, geometry, electron movement, basic molecular interaction, and laws that govern what we can see, touch, and feel.
CHEMISTRY – SECOND SEMESTER (5 units, 11:00 a.m. – 1:45 p.m.)
Second semester chemistry studies types and properties of chemical reactions. Students learn to measure, quantify, and predict the relationships among atoms, molecules, and ions as they interact with one another. Concepts of the mole, stoichiometry and net ionic equations are taught while students explore the scientific method making observations of molecular theory in the laboratory.
DIRECTED STUDY - THEOLOGY (5 units, time arranged with instructor)
This course is for Serra students only who are in need of improving their knowledge base and overall performance in one of the Serra theology courses. It does not replace an entire semester of theology, but will allow students to improve one semester grade through directed study in particular areas or units within the course design.
NEW! English as a Second Language (ESL) Upper Intermediate (8:00 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.) - CLOSED
Move from an Intermediate ESL student to an Upper Intermediate ESL student! This multi-sensory course, intended specifically for teenage learners, follows a carefully developed curriculum to improve all four language acquisitions skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing. It introduces frequently used idioms and phrasal verbs, uses up-to-date text types to stimulate learning, and covers fundamental academic learning skills such as scanning, predicting, listening for the general idea and for detail, along with work aimed at improving paragraph and essay writing.
NEW! College Essay Prep PLUS (8:00 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.) JUNE 17 - JULY 12 (4 weeks)
Want to get a jump on the college application process this summer? Students entering their senior year can do just that with our new course, College Essay Prep PLUS. This four-week intensive admissions prep program is designed to tackle the parts of the admissions process that truly help to distinguish an applicant. Students willl develop a complete resume and work on essays and activities statements. College admissions essays, in particular, are a new challenge for many college applicants. Students will start by reflecting on their own experiences, values and relationships which will become the basis for a number of essays that tell the writer's unique story. Senior year is busy enough, so get this critical part of the college application process completed. No boring lectures here -- this is a highly interactive and participatory course, so come prepared to be involved.
INTRO TO WEIGHTS & CONDITIONING (5 units P.E. credit, may be taken for advancement; 8:00 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.)
This co-ed course is for high school students of all ages and experience levels interested in learning the fundamentals of weight training and basic conditioning. Students will be taught the proper form required to safely lift weights, the principles of how to set up a weight training program and methods of combining weight training with cardiovascular work to improve overall health.
HOURS: 11:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
COURSE FEE: $260 plus $100 one-time registration fee
This course satisfies 30 hours of classroom instruction required by the California Department of Motor Vehicles. The session prepares students for obtaining their driver’s permit.
Consider the benefits of taking a teacher-instructed course rather than an online course:
Experienced instructor who will provide insightful tips and techniques, clarify information, answer questions, and challenge students to think critically about becoming safe, responsible drivers
Thorough coverage of the various aspects of driving and driver accountability
In-depth class discussions that delve into laws, practices, consequences, and more
Video support materials
DMV practice tests
Consistently high pass rate on DMV driver test
Online learning is an excellent alternative for many subjects, but with such a serious skill on the line, the time and effort invested in classroom-based instruction for driver education may outweigh the low cost and convenience of online education.
SERRA SWIM SCHOOL
Session 1: June 17 - 27
Session 2: July 1 - 11
Session 3: July 15 - 25
Serra Swim School instructors specialize in teaching swimming to children ages 3 and older. Instructors and staff -- all of whom have a love for teaching swimming and a deep understanding of the fundamentals of swimming -- are dedicated to developing their students into confident and happy life-long swimmers. The teaching philosophy is centered on providing a caring, supportive environment in which the swimmers' enjoyment and love for swimming are encouraged to grow. All instructors are certified in both first aid and CPR.
CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION AND TO REGISTER FOR SERRA SWIM SCHOOL
CHILDREN’S SPORTS AND RECREATION CAMPS
Six Camp Sessions
(June 17 - July 26)
$105 for half day (9 a.m.- 12 p.m. or 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.)*
$210 for full day (9 a.m. - 4 p.m.)*
An action-packed day camp for boys and girls ages 5-12. Recreation activities, arts and crafts, sports skills and Camp Olympics are all a part of this fun, energetic camp. Activities are designed to promote fitness while encouraging fun and the development of social skills. Campers are grouped by age. High school and college aged counselors and adult supervisors provide guidance and support, and make the camp experience a memorable one.
*Both morning and afternoon extended care is also available.
Six sessions available.
CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION AND TO REGISTER ONLINE
NEXT LEVEL SPORTS CAMPS
Next Level Football Camps began in 2001 with 25 middle school players on the Serra football field. The camp has grown over the past 12 years and now hosts more than 300 young athletes in Next Level Football, Speed, Strength and Conditioning, Basketball, and Baseball camps! Next Level Camps are powered by Serra High School's championship coaches who have extensive coaching experience at the Next Level. They also hire young aspiring coaches and former prominent athletes to assist with drills. Next Level is confident that the coaching staffs of all sports camps are the best on the Peninsula. Please note: Attendance at a Next Level Camp does not secure a spot for any participants on a high school or youth team.
Next Level Camps sell out quickly; submit your registration early to reserve your spot!.
ClICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR NEXT LEVEL CAMPS TODAY
GOLDEN STATE AQUATICS CAMPS
Golden State Aquatics brings over 30 years of professional aquatics coaching to its competitive swimming and water polo teams. Summer swim teams for boys and girls ages 5-18 compete against other San Mateo-area teams; swimmers focus on four different strokes of competitive swimming plus starts and turns. Water polo teams compete in tournaments throughout Northern California. Boys and girls ages 8-18 – with skill levels from beginner through advanced – are grouped by age for team play that takes their game to a higher level. Register now to reserve your spot on a Golden State Aquatics competitive team!
Questions: email Aquatics Director Bob Greene
Water Polo starts May 28
Summer Swim Team starts June 17
REGISTRATION BEGINS AT THE END OF APRIL
PADRE ROWING CAMPS
Padre Rowing Camp is an introduction to high school crew under the guidance of the Serra crew coaching staff. The camp is an opportunity for rising 7th-9th graders to preview a unique sport that normally begins at the high school level. No prior experience is needed! Campers will learn the technical and physical elements of rowing through on-water training in state-of-the-art racing shells. Gain the skills and insight necessary to become a successful rower!
Click here for more information and registration.
Questions?: email Head Crew Coach Adam Jones