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Rising Grades TK – 9 Programs

Campers choose from a variety of sessions, which are priced separately. All classes will be delivered virtually.
  • Writing Skills

    Grade (rising): TK – 1

    The goal of this course is to create a writing community by getting students excited about writing. Children enjoy writing when they are given the freedom to choose their topics or topics that are of importance to them. The instructor will teach students the writing craft through a step by step process of Writer’s Workshop.

    Students will follow the basic steps of the creative writing process: Prewriting, drafting, revising, editing and publishing. In the end, the goal is to make sure that every student is ready to publish a book.

    Dates: June 15 – July 10 (No class on July 3)

    Time: 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

    Fee: $380

  • Creative Writing Across the Genres

    Grade (rising): 3 – 8

    Creative writing class will be designed for students to create original forms of descriptive writing, poetry, drama, and fiction. We will look at different works of literature from different genres and cultures, and students will share their own personal favorite works of literature. Students will present their stories orally daily/weekly.

    Creative writing not only improves students’ writing, but also the quality of reading. It plays an important role in a child’s literacy development. They enjoy writing more, having to choose their own subjects and methods of writing; they also develop better reading habits from reading their own stories to their peers.

    Dates: June 15 – July 10 (classes will meet on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays only)

    Time: 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM

    Fee: $240

  • Chinese Listening and Writing Skills

    Grade (rising): 4 – 9

    This course will enable students to become more confident in Chinese interactive activities, especially Chinese listening and writing skills. During three weeks of intensive classes, students will be exposed to a large amount of authentic Chinese audio and videos. Students will receive tips in understanding the materials and improve their overall listening and writing skills. Additionally, students will be guided on understanding questions mainly designed to be consistent with AP style exams.

    The course is open to non-native Mandarin students who have at least one year of Chinese learning experience, and native speakers who have some Chinese language background.

    Session 3: Festivals

    In this week, students will experience and learn different perspectives of Chinese Culture and Mandarin words based on Chinese festivals. Students will write poems about festivals, then sing and dance to their poems. Students will practice visual learning by enjoying clips from “Travel to the West” and also read the picture-story book of the myth. Students will do comparisons between Chinese festivals and Western festivals.

    Estimated Cost of Materials: $10

    Required Materials: Basic cooking items

    Dates: July 20 – July 24

    Time: 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM

    Fee: $200

  • Mad Science

    Grade (rising): K – 3

    Children are natural scientists. With engaging, kinesthetic projects spearheaded by the campers, they have the time and environment to put their natural (and learned) science skills to the test. Layers of learning in our daily meetings will include: purpose, hypothesis, experiment, observation, and conclusion.

    Adult supervision is needed for young students while doing the hands-on activities.

    Estimated Cost of Materials: $35

    Required Materials: Dry Yeast, Food Coloring, Alka-Seltzer Tablets, Liquid Glue, Borax, Foam Shaving Cream, 2 – 4 Sheets of White Construction Paper, Baking Soda, Clear Vinegar, Liquid Dish Soap, Funnel, Water Bottle, Clear Vegetable Oil, Clear Jar, Plastic Cups, Measuring Cups, Measuring Spoons, Spoons, Milk, Q-Tips, Wide Bowl.

    Dates: July 20 – July 24

    Time: 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

    Fee: $100

  • Art History and Appreciation

    Grade (rising): 3 – 5

    Students will look at the work of a particular artist (ex: Vincent Van Gogh, Paul Gauguin, Georgia O’Keeffe, Henri Matisse, Leonardo da Vinci, Emily Carr), examining their style and the materials they used. Each student will then have the opportunity to create his or her own work in the style of the selected artist.

    Estimated Cost of Materials: $15

    Required Materials: Student Supplies, Paper (Printer paper will be fine), Pencils, Colored Pencils, Scissors, Glue, Markers, and Crayons

    Dates: June 15 – June 26

    Time: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

    Fee: $410

  • Introduction to Knitting: Making a Scarf

    Grade (rising): 6 – 9

    This course is for students who have never knitted or have very little experience in knitting. Students will be taught how to read basic knitting instructions, select materials for a project, and the four basic techniques: casting on, knit, purl, and binding off. After one week, students will have the skills necessary to create a scarf (it may take a few weeks to complete the entire project!). No experience necessary.

    Estimated Cost of Materials: $25

    Required Materials: Size 11Circular Knitting Needles and at least 270 yards of size 5 “bulky” yarn. Here are a couple examples of yarn you can purchase: Lion Brand – Alpaca, Lion Brand – Cotton

    Please contact Dr. Sadrian at stephanie.sadrian@basisindependent.com if you need help selecting materials for the project. Avoid yarn that contains wool if your skin is sensitive.

    Dates: June 15 – June 19

    Time: 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

    Fee: $100

  • Knitting, Level 2: Making Fingerless Gloves

    Grade (rising): 6 – 9

    In this class, students will learn how to use double pointed needles (DPN) to make a pair of fingerless gloves or wristwarmers. Using DPN requires a little more dexterity, but once mastered, students will be able to create hats and mittens with ease. The class will briefly review the basic knitting techniques (cast on, knit, purl, bind off) but students should already have some familiarity with these techniques prior to the class, through the Intro to Knitting class OR some prior experience in basic techniques such as casting on, knit, purl, and binding off.

    Estimated Cost of Materials: $20

    Required Materials: Size 8 DPN Needle Set  and at least 270 yards of size 5 “bulky” yarn. Here are a couple examples of yarn you can purchase: Bernat Satin Solid Yarn, Sugar Bush Yarn

    Please contact Dr. Sadrian at stephanie.sadrian@basisindependent.com if you need help selecting materials for the project. Avoid yarn that contains wool if your skin is sensitive.

    Dates: July 20 – July 24

    Time: 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

    Fee: $100

  • Backyard Arts & Crafts Class

    Grade (rising): 2 – 9

    Enjoy nature in your backyard as we create easy-to-build arts and crafts projects for the outdoors! Ms. Peterson will lead a one-week class with a different activity every day, so let’s get ready for summer with the Backyard Arts & Crafts Class!

    Estimated Cost of Materials: $60

    Required Materials: Journal, Scissors, Superglue, Acrylic Paint Pens, Contact Paper, Sculpey Polymer Clay, Twine, Mason Jar Lid Bands, Bamboo BBQ Skewers, 2 L Clear Soda Bottle

    Dates:

    Session 1: July 6 – July 10

    Session 2: July 13 – July 17

    Note: Instruction will be the same in both session 1 and 2.

    Time: 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM

    Fee: $106 each session

  • Hogwarts Online

    Grade (rising): 3 – 5

    This class will use math, science, and humanities concepts to bring magic alive in the real world. We will be creating magical creatures and studying their environments, learning to make “potions,” taking quizzes to determine our Houses, and writing our own poetic “magic spells” using Harry Potter author JK Rowling’s Latin-derived technique as a template.

    Dates:

    Session 1: June 15 – June 26

    Session 2: July 6 – July 17

    Note: Instruction will be the same in both session 1 and 2.

    Time: 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM

    Fee: $600 each session

  • Power Hour

    Grade (rising): 4 – 9

    Join Ms. Shirley this summer for a culinary and crafty adventure! Students will learn a variety of practical skills, including baking, cooking, and even the art of origami! This wide range of skills strike the balance between artistic expression and the precision often needed to achieve results.

    The activities students will do have been chosen to provide a mindful, sometimes meditative experience, and an end result that can be enjoyed by the whole family.

    This interactive class teaches the importance of life skills through baking delicious sweet treats; food preparation/cooking techniques that will leave you feeling confident to create and share many more meals to come; origami making– a fun way to learn how to make crafty items such as boxes and bow ties! Let’s see how creative we can be together! Students MUST know how to use a knife and stove top. The goal is to inspire, share, and recognize what we have learned together whether that may be enjoying a meal with a family member, exchanging origami creations, or recognize one another, and have a sense of togetherness. Come learn and smile with Ms. Shirley this summer!

    Estimated Cost of Materials: $35 – $40

    Required Materials: Recipes and ingredient lists will be sent out after determining student’s food allergies and/or food restrictions.

    Dates:

    Session 1: June 22 – July 2

    Session 2: July 13 – July 24

    Classes will meet on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays only.

    Time: 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

    Fee: $125 each session

Summer Programs from Our Partners

In addition to our wonderful BASIS Independent Fremont camps, we have partnered with a few of our extracurricular service providers to continue offering programs for the summer!
  • Learn2Code.Live

    Click here to register for any of the Learn2Code.Live courses below. These courses are open to BASIS Independent students only.

    Contact: info@learn2code.live

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    Scratch Programming

    Grade (rising): 2 – 4

    Students will learn the fundamentals of programming by designing stories, games, and animations using Scratch. No prior coding experience is required to participate in this camp. A computer, laptop, or Chromebook with Internet connectivity is required to join the camp.

    Dates: June 15 – June 26

    Time: 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM (with a break between 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM)

    Fee: $400

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    Scratch Junior

    Grade (rising): K – 2

    Students will learn the fundamentals of programming by designing stories and animations using Scratch Junior. No prior coding experience is required to participate in this camp. A tablet with internet connectivity is required to join the camp.

    Dates: July 6 – July 10

    Time: 9:00 AM –11:00 AM

    Fee: $200

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    Web Development

    Grade (rising): 4 – 5

    Students will develop their own website using HTML/CSS. No prior coding experience is required to participate in this camp.  A computer, laptop, or Chromebook with Internet connectivity is required to join the camp.

    Dates: June 22 – June 26

    Time: 9:00 AM –11:00 AM

    Fee: $200

  • Rose Debate Institute

    These courses are available to BASIS Independent Fremont students only.

    Contact: programs@rosedebate.com

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    Confident Speaking

    Grade (rising): 3 – 6

    This course is designed to establish a foundation for effective speaking and will include both assigned speeches from history and literature, and original speeches written by the students themselves. Students will cultivate a range of skills: articulation, declamation, persuasion, leadership, critical thinking, listening, writing, reading aloud, acting, gesturing, and many more.

    Here are just some of the topics covered in two of our public speaking workbooks:

    Mechanics of Delivery: Posture, Clarity, Prosody, First Impressions, Gestures

    Leadership & Rhetoric: Campaign Speech, Multimedia, Sales Pitch, Interview, Persuasive Speech

    Dates:

    Session 1: June 22 – June 26 Click here to register.

    Session 2: July 13 –July 17 Click here to register.

    Time: 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM

    Fee: $240 each session

  • The Golden State Academy

    Click here to learn more about The Golden State Academy and their courses below. These courses are available to BASIS and non-BASIS students!

    Register by 6/14 and use the code BASIS2020 to receive a 10% discount on the Elementary School programs!

    Register by 6/20 and use the code SUMMERBASIS to receive a 10% discount on the High School/Middle School programs!

    Contact: info@tgsastaff.com

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    Introduction to Speech and Debate: Interpretive Speech, Impromptu and Debate

    Grade (rising): 4 – 6

    In this class, students will get a chance to learn to develop their public speaking skills by learning about basic techniques and particular speech formats. Students will get a chance at impromptu speaking and to pick one of the many interpretive events from humor/drama to oratory. This along with various speech exercises will allow students to strengthen their ability to speak and express themselves. Students will also get a chance to learn to debate via the spar argumentation format. Students will learn the difference between simply arguing and presenting a well-structured argument. Students will learn about the various aspects of persuasion that orators and debaters require to convince their audience. Students will culminate the class with some fun debate exercises where students will test their wit and speaking skills with their peers. Sessions 1 and 2 will be taught by Acari Kinerman. Session 3 will be taught by Sammay Sharifi. Both instructors have taught at The Golden State Academy for the previous year in our elementary and middle school speech classes. Mark Mabie will join Acari in teaching the debate portion of the class. Mark is a veteran coach of The Golden State Academy having taught Lincoln Douglas and Public Forum for the past five years at the organization, and recently having taught our introductory course to debate at the academy. No experience or knowledge of speech and debate is required. If you have speech and debate experience, we would recommend another program, as this is meant for completely new individuals.

    Dates:

    Session 1: June 15 – June 26

    Session 2: July 13 – July 24

    Session 3: July 27 – August 7

    Time: 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM

    Fee: $450 each session

    Register for any of these sessions here!

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    Introduction to Speech and Debate: Interpretative Speech and Debate

    Grade (rising): 4 – 6

    Students in this class will get a quick crash course through some of the speech and debate formats that require little to no memorization, but do require the use of particular persuasion and speaking techniques to be utilized. Students will learn about interpretation via storytelling and other interpretation speaking events as they learn about volume, diction, and body language and their importance on conveying your point and persuading the audience. Students will also learn debate via spar argumentation. Students will learn the difference between arguing and presenting a structured argument. They will learn about the various methods of persuasion and their application in writing, what you say, and how you say it. This will all culminate in some fun debate exercises in classes where students will test their wit and speaking abilities with their peers. This class will be taught by Akram Nour, who has taught for the past year in our elementary and middle school speech classes at the Golden State Academy. He will be joined by Mark Mabie, who is a veteran of 5 years at The Golden State Academy, where he has primarily taught Lincoln Douglas and Public Forum. He has recently begun to introduce students to spar debate and other limited prep formats to our students at The Golden State Academy.

    No experience required. We encourage those with experience to explore the other options.

    Dates:

    Session 1: June 15 – June 26

    Session 2: July 13 – July 24

    Time: 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM

    Fee: $350 each session

    Register for any of these sessions here!

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    Beginner Educational Speech and Debate

    Grade (rising): 6 and up

    Pre-Requisites: NONE! This camp is designed for students with little to no experience in speech & debate, and who are looking to improve their public speaking skills, confidence, and critical thinking skills.

    Students will be introduced to basic elements of public speaking and debate. One week will cover public speaking via impromptu and OI and another week will cover basics of debate via Spar debate/argumentation, congressional debate and/or parliamentary debate.

    • Daily guided lectures for their respective speech and events.
    • NSDA & CHSSA approved speech events will be offered: IMP (Impromptu Speaking) OI (Oratorical Interpretation), HI (Humorous Interpretation), DI (Dramatic Interpretation) – limited to 5 – 7 minutes. As well as: Campaign Speech, Young Activist, How-To (3 – 4 minutes).
    • Tournament-style Showcase on the final day of camp. All parents and family members are highly encouraged to attend.

    Dates:

    Session 1: June 29 – July 10

    Session 2: July 13 – July 24

    Session 3: July 27 – August 7

    Time:

    AM option: 8:30 AM – 12:00 PM

    PM option: 1:00 PM – 4:30 PM

    Fee: $600 each session

    Register for any of these sessions here!

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    Beginner Competitive Speech and Debate

    Grade (rising): 7 and up

    Pre-Requisites: ​This camp is designed for students with little to no experience in speech, but who are preparing to compete at tournaments during the school year.

    Students will choose between Lincoln Douglas and Public Forum for one week of debate. On the other week, they will learn impromptu in speech along with the opportunity of choosing between the following speech events: OI, HI, DI.

    • Daily guided lectures for their respective speech and events.
    • NSDA & CHSSA approved speech events will be offered: IMP (Impromptu Speaking) OI (Oratorical Interpretation), HI (Humorous Interpretation), DI (Dramatic Interpretation).
    • Tournament-style Showcase on the final day of camp. All parents and family members are highly encouraged to attend.
    • Will be presented a series of lectures on the debate format and structure of argumentation within the format.

    Dates:

    Session 1: June 29 – July 11

    Session 2: July 13 – July 25

    Session 3: July 27 – August 8 (Full day only)

    Time:

    AM: 8:30-12:00 PM (Session 1 and 2 only)

    PM: 1:00-4:30 PM (Session 1 and 2 only)

    Students will be required to take two weeks of class (one week of speech and one for debate)

     Fee:

    $725 half day camps

    $1075 full day camps

    Register for any of these sessions here!

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    EXPERIENCED PROGRAMS FOR GRADES 7 & UP

    Are you…
    ✔ A RETURNING STUDENT AND/OR HAVE EXTENSIVE EXPERIENCE IN SPEECH AND DEBATE?
    ✔ PLANNING ON COMPETING IN TOURNAMENTS THE FOLLOWING ACADEMIC YEAR?
    ✔ EXCITED TO ADVANCE EVEN FURTHER IN SPEECH AND DEBATE?

    ​If you tick all of the boxes above, you should sign up for our experienced classes by clicking here!

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