Signature Programs

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

Monday, June 25 - Friday, July 20, 2018
*no school on Wednesday, July 4

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

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

Cost: $4,890

Monday, June 25, 2018 - Friday, July 20, 2018
*no school on Wednesday, July 4
8:00 a.m.- 12:30 p.m.

Open to Westmark and non-Westmark students.
Non-Westmark students will be required to submit an application and documentation to help determine if the Summer S.M.A.R.T.S. program can meet the student’s needs.

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 participants will enroll in 4 hours of instruction each day.
  • All students will receive a 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 Westmark’s summer academic program, Summer S.M.A.R.T.S., is REQUIRED for all new students. Enrollment is for 4 hours from 8:00 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.

Academic Program & Tutorials

Academic Program and TutorialsCost: $4,890 for 4 hours of instruction

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.

Camp Funtime
Linda Stephenson, Director / Ali Guerrero, Assistant Director

Course Descriptions


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.

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.

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.

2018 Elective Offerings

Summer S.M.A.R.T.S.' offering of diverse Electives courses underscores our mission to build on our students' strengths and affinities and allows students to further cultivate their interests.

Spanish Language and CultureThis class will offer students an immersion in the sights, sounds, tastes, and experiences of the Spanish-speaking world.

Summer Art Fun!Through hands-on fun, students explore art through different mediums each week.

Intro to Performing ArtsThis immersion class allows students to explore different facets of the performing arts world, each week highlighting a different performing arts discipline.

Young Makers LabStudents will problem solve and engineer solutions to challenges using new technologies and different hands-on experiences each week.

Paul Curtis
Program Director
(818) 986-5045 ext. 328


Marissa DeSiena
Program Director
(818) 986-5045 ext. 318