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


As you prepare for the beginning of the 2019-2020 school year, we want to thank you for entrusting us with your children for the Summer S.M.A.R.T.S. program.

We are so proud of their hard work and progress this summer, and hope it lays a strong foundation for a successful school year ahead. Thank you also to those who were able to join us for the Arts Showcase on the last day of the session. Enjoy the Summer S.M.A.R.T.S. photos as well as some of the videos from the Arts Showcase!

We hope to see you again next summer. Please mark your calendars for Summer S.M.A.R.T.S. 2020 which will run from June 29-July 24.


SUMMER S.M.A.R.T.S. 2020
JUNE 29 - JULY 24, 2020 
8:00 am - 12:30 pm    COST: $4,890

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.

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 am - 12:30 pm 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

Cost: $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.

Linda Stephenson, Director / Ali Guerrero, Assistant Director

Course Descriptions


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: 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: 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.

2019 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 CULTURE: This 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 ARTS: This immersion class allows students to explore different facets of the performing arts world, each week highlighting a different performing arts discipline.

YOUNG MAKERS LAB: Students will problem solve and engineer solutions to challenges using new technologies and different hands-on experiences each week.

Summer Information Packet (SIP)


  • Program Directors place students in classes according to their learning profile and academic needs.
  • Students enrolling in Summer S.M.A.R.T.S. must have had a recent (within the last three years) Neuropsychological or Psychoeducational Evaluation completed. This includes a district I.E.P.
  • Program Directors can change course schedules based on the individual needs of the student, after the program has begun
  • All participants are required to sign the Summer S.M.A.R.T.S. Enrollment Agreement and submit the required documents, including the Emergency Medical Form and the Authorization for Student Release Form.
  • Students will receive an end of session report that details the progress each student has made.

Summer S.M.A.R.T.S. classes begin promptly at 8:00 am. Students who arrive late must check in at the Main Office. Attendance in the summer program is essential in helping the student both develop and advance their academic skills during the summer; frequent absences will impact student progress and growth. Parents and guardians are asked to call the Main Office at (818) 986-5045 by 8:30 am each day when a child is absent. Teachers will be informed of student absences.

There is no Westmark bus transportation available for Summer 2019 at this time. Campus is available for student drop-off beginning at 7:30 am. All students must be picked up by 12:45 pm daily, unless they are enrolled in Camp Funtime

Students are encouraged to bring a snack to campus. There is a Nutrition/Recess break each day from 10-10:30.

Students are not required to wear their Westmark School uniform during Summer session. Student must wear clothing that is appropriate for the school environment. Students should adhere to the following guidelines.

  • Skirts and shorts must be worn to fingertip length.
  • Shirts and tops must be school appropriate: no strapless, spaghetti straps, or bare mid-drift shirts. Undergarments may not show.
  • Leggings and yoga pants are not permitted.
  • Clothing should not be ripped, overly baggy, or close fitting.
  • No logos or accessories that promote illegal or gang related activities are permitted.
  • No open toed shoes or heels are permitted.
  • No hats or head wear should be worn in class other than those approved for religious purposes.


Should it be necessary for a student to leave campus early, the student must bring a note from his/her parents to the Main Office before school. The student should report to the Main Office and be signed out by a parent or a designee before leaving campus. The school will release a student only to people listed on the emergency forms.

Cell phones may be used before school or after school only. During the day, cell phones must be turned off and stored. Should parents or guardians need to communicate with their child throughout the day, they should contact the Main Office at (818) 986-5045. Students may also contact their parents or guardians through the Main Office. Cell phones beings used during the academic day will be confiscated and will only be returned to a parent/guardian. Westmark reserves the right to review any and all communication that takes place from any electronic device (personal or Westmark-owned) during the school day or on the Westmark campus.

Students are asked to bring the following items to school during the summer:

  • 1.5 inch binder
  • Pencil pouch to keep in binder
  • ruler (to keep in binder)
  • colored pencils
  • Pencils and erasers
  • Lined paper (Middle and Upper Grades)
  • Graph paper (Middle and Upper Grades)
  • Highlighters (Middle and Upper Grades)
  • Pens (Middle and Upper Grades)
  • Scientific Calculators TI30 (Middle and Upper Grades)

Contact Us


Summer S.M.A.R.T.S.
Marissa DeSiena, ext. 318
Program Director

Camp Funtime
Linda Stephenson, Director
Ali Guerrero, Assistant Director

(818) 789-8405