Signature Programs

Summer S.M.A.R.T.S

Summer S.M.A.R.T.S.

Summer S.M.A.R.T.S. Overview

Summer S.M.A.R.T.S.

OPEN TO WESTMARK AND NON-WESTMARK STUDENTS

Summer S.M.A.R.T.S. specialized curriculum helps Westmark students further strengthen and develop academic skills during the summer months. It also helps students new to Westmark acclimate to Westmark’s programming and campus culture.

Westmark Program Directors design an individualized schedule of course instruction and curriculum for each student, based on each student’s needs and learning profile. Academic instruction will be balanced with strengths-based electives, based on student interest.

  • All students will receive a midterm and final progress report.
  • All new students will be assessed in Math and Reading prior to summer school in order to determine class placements.

Required for all New Students

Required for all New Students Westmark’s summer academic program, Summer S.M.A.R.T.S., is REQUIRED for all new students. Enrollment is for 4 hours from 8:30 a.m.- 12:30 p.m. each day for four weeks, and includes reading, writing, math and one electives course. Each subsequent year, the summer enrollment requirements will be based on student’s need and performance.

Bus transportation is not available during the summer months, however, Westmark will help families arrange carpools as necessary.

2018 Summer S.M.A.R.T.S. Dates

2018 Summer S.M.A.R.T.S. DatesMonday, June 25, 2018 - Friday, July 20, 2018
*no school on Wednesday, July 4

Academic Program & Tutorials

Academic Program & TutorialsCost (2017): $4,750 for 4 hours of instruction
**Cost for 2018: TBD

Westmark’s Summer S.M.A.R.T.S. summer academic program builds academic strategic learning skills in core math, reading, and writing content areas, combined with a selection of strength-based electives. General courses include instruction in grade-appropriate requirements including study skills, annotation, and organization.

Students are placed by the program directors in reading, writing and math courses. Instruction is offered in small groups of no more than five students, uniquely tailored to individual student needs and based on each student’s learning profile. Students will also take an elective based on student preference.

Westmark’s expert specialists are highly trained in a variety of research-based teaching methodologies, specifically designed to meet the needs of students with language-based learning differences. Our warm, friendly, and supportive environment helps develop confident and engaged learners.

Students enrolled in the Summer S.M.A.R.T.S. program can also take part in Camp Funtime – a full day of academic enrichment and adventure for kids ages 3-13, Younger Summer S.M.A.R.T.S. students can participate in Camp Funtime while preteens can benefit from Camp Funtime’s afternoon Camper in Leadership Training program.

Course Descriptions

Math

Math

The math courses at the Lower, Middle, and Upper school cater to a student’s needs rather than their grade level. Student assessments are used to determine a program that best supports and challenges each learner. All math programs utilize research-based methodologies and programs to ensure each student's individual needs are met.

The Lower School foundational program is designed to teach mastery of mathematical concepts and to ensure maintenance of concepts learned. In small groups, students learn through hands-on experiences, discussions, explorations, and oral/written practice.

Middle School math topics include basic Middle School math skills such as problem solving, working with fractions, and solving algebraic equations.

Upper School math includes pre-Algebra, Algebra, and Intro to Geometry.

Reading

Reading
Our reading remediation classes employ a multisensory approach designed to address student specific needs. Highly-trained teachers work to develop targeted skills in decoding, language comprehension, fluency and sight word development.

Writing

Writing
Designed to improve reading comprehension and text analysis skills, this class teaches students how to use graphic organizers and effective annotating, summarizing, and paraphrasing skills. In addition, students develop comprehensive writing skills – honing key sentence, paragraph and essay writing strategies. This class incorporates the University of Kansas Learning Strategies Curriculum and Jane Schaffer writing methods.

Electives 2017

Summer Art Fun!

Summer Art Fun!
Through hands-on fun, students explore a new art media each week with the help of Westmark’s Art Department chair, Ms. Hersch. When the explorations have been completed, students create an original piece of artwork incorporating one or more of the materials explored throughout the session.

Intro to Performing Arts

Intro to Peforming Arts
This immersion class allows students to explore different facets of performing arts, including acting, theatre design, music, and dance. Each week, Westmark’s performing arts teacher, Mrs. Turpin highlights a different aspect of each performing arts discipline.

Spanish Language and Culture

Spanish Language and Culture

This class offers students an immersion in the sights, sounds, tastes and experiences of the Spanish-speaking world. Students make tasty comida, sing fantastic typical canciones, watch Spanish speaking películas, and learn the cultura from different Spanish-speaking countries

Intro to ASL (Students Entering Grades 9-12)

Intro to ASL (Students Entering Grades 9-12)

In this introductory class, Upper School students learn from Westmark’s ASL teacher, Ms. Brigid Ryan about deaf culture and community, as well as the grammar of American Sign Language (ASL). Students develop a basic ASL vocabulary.

Advanced Conversational ASL (Students currently enrolled in an ASL Class)

Advanced Conversational ASL (Students currently enrolled in an ASL Class)

Westmark’s ASL teacher, Ms. Brigid Ryan works with current ASL students to advance their signing ability, fluency and conversational skills. Basic ASL skills are expanded and students: develop their expressive skills to carry on an extensive conversation on everyday topics; summarize a conversation or story; and make a presentation on a given topic; learn to sign songs; learn ASL storytelling; and role-play different scenarios.

ASL (Lower and Middle School Students)

ASL (Lower and Middle School Students)

In this introductory class for elementary school aged students, Westmark’s ASL teacher, Ms. Brigid Ryan teaches basic ASL vocabulary and grammar using fun and engaging activities, games, stories, movement to music, poetry, and role-playing. Students also learn about Deaf Culture and the Deaf Community.

Electives 2018

Summer S.M.A.R.T.S. Electives for 2018 will be announced soon. Please check back!

Paul Curtis
Program Director
(818) 986-5045 ext. 328
pcurtis@westmarkschool.org

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Marissa DeSiena
Program Director
(818) 986-5045 ext. 318
mdesiena@westmarkschool.org

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