High School Electives Summer Offerings

    Laurel Springs' high school electives summer offerings feature a variety of elective courses to help students explore their interests and passions outside of core academic subjects. These courses may include Animation, Coding, Fashion & Design, Marketing and more. Laurel Springs elective courses help students develop their skills with the flexibility of online learning - students can choose the elective courses that align with their interests and goals, and explore new areas of study.

    Electives

    • Health and Personal Wellness

      In this course, you will learn about the four domains of health—physical, mental, emotional, social—and their interconnection, how to set goals for healthy living, and how relationships and choices can impact your health. You’ll also explore different entities and influences and their role in your daily health as well as how to build healthy communities to help you thrive. Let’s build the foundation for well-rounded, healthy living so you can flourish: mind, body, and spirit!

      4 Weeks (Semester): $600

    • Physical Education and Fitness Foundations

      In this course designed especially for the summer program, students will learn how to establish and maintain a healthy lifestyle. Students will explore a variety of foundational topics regarding physical fitness and health, including the benefits of fitness, overviews of body systems and functions, and practical strategies to improve overall fitness and health. In addition to course work, students will engage in and share about their regular fitness routines.

      4 Weeks (Semester): $600

      8 Weeks (Full Year): $850

    • SAT Preparation

      Students will use adaptive content that builds on each section of the redesigned SAT. Students will take a diagnostic for each section and then complete lessons and practice questions before taking a practice exam. Students will take three full length SAT practice exams. This course is taken as Pass/Fail only.

      College Prep

      4 Weeks (Semester): $1,200

    • ACT Preparation

      Students will use adaptive content that builds on each section of the ACT exam. Students will take a diagnostic exam for each section and then complete lessons and practice questions before taking a practice exam. Students will take three full length ACT practice exams. This course is taken as Pass/Fail only.

      College Prep

      4 Weeks (Semester): $1,200

    • Digital Photography

      Have you wondered how professional photographers manage to capture that perfect image? Gain a better understanding of photography by exploring camera functions and the elements of composition while putting theory into practice by taking your own spectacular shots! Learn how to display your work for exhibitions and develop skills important for a career as a photographer. In the second semester, further develop your photography skills by learning more professional tips, tricks, and techniques to elevate your images. Explore various photographic styles, themes, genres, and artistic approaches. Learn more about photojournalism and how to bring you photos to life. Using this knowledge, build a portfolio of your work to pursue a career in this field!

      College Prep • UC Approved Visual and Performing Arts

      4 Weeks (Semester): $1,200

      8 Weeks (Full Year): $1,600

    • Studio Arts 1

      With the right foundation, creativity can flourish. In Studio Arts 1, students build the groundwork for their art by practicing unique exercises to develop drawing, painting and mixed media skills. Incorporating their understanding of composition, design, colors and forms, students will use the appropriate materials and tools to work from realism to abstract.

      College Prep • UC Approved Visual and Performing Arts

      4 Weeks (Semester): $1,200

    • Entrepreneurship

      Starting a business is more than just having a good idea. Successful entrepreneurs know how to use and apply fundamental business concepts to turn their ideas into thriving businesses. Explore topics such as identifying the best business structure, business functions and operations, finance, business laws, regulations, and more! If you have ever dreamed of making a business idea a reality, take the time to establish a solid foundation of business skills to make your business dreams come true!

      College Prep • UC Approved Elective

      4 Weeks (Semester): $1,200

      8 Weeks (Full Year): $1,600

    • AP® Art History

      Within AP® Art History, students will explore the interconnections between art, culture, and historical context using critical analysis through the critical lenses of artistic expression, cultural awareness, and purpose. Using a defined art historical skill set and reflective learning, students will analyze relationships across cultures with a global lens. The examination of how people have responded to and communicated their experiences through art will enable students to think conceptually about art ranging from prehistoric to contemporary. Students will be active participants, engaging with art and its context as they read, research, and collaborate to learn about art, artists, art making, and responses to and interpretations of art. 

      Advanced Placement • UC Honors Approved Visual and Performing Arts

      4 Weeks (Semester): $1,500

      8 Weeks (Full Year): $2,100

    • Art History 1

      Interpreting the origins of art gives students a unique perspective on their own work. In Art History 1, students will analyze various art forms including painting, sculpture, and architecture over changing periods of time. Beginning with the study of the earliest cave paintings, students will create art to immerse themselves in the content and study movements and masters over changing periods of time. NOTE: This course covers many works of fine art over the centuries. Often, great artists portrayed the male and female form in various positions and clothing. Efforts have been made to be as conservative as possible. However, some artists and their works could not be represented without allowing partial nudity or suggestive positions.

      College Prep • UC Approved Visual and Performing Arts

      4 Weeks (Semester): $1,200

    • Art History 2

      Appreciating the cultural context of art in the modern era relies on analyzing artistic principles, abstract symbolism, and design techniques. Students in Art History 2 will explore trends from Post-Impressionism to street art and understand the formal and conceptual issues that foster changes in art throughout history.

      NOTE: This course covers many works of fine art over the centuries. Often, great artists portrayed the male and female form in various positions and clothing. Efforts have been made to be as conservative as possible. However, some artists and their works could not be represented without allowing partial nudity or suggestive positions.

      College Prep • UC Approved Visual and Performing Arts

      4 Weeks (Semester): $1,200

    • Art in World Cultures

      Who is the greatest artist of all time? Is it Leonardo da Vinci? Claude Monet? Michelangelo? Pablo Picasso? Is the greatest artist of all time someone whose name has been lost to history? You will learn about some of the greatest artists while also creating art of your own, including digital art. We will explore the basic principles and elements of art, learn how to critique art, and examine some of the traditional art of the Americas, Africa, and Oceania in addition to the development of Western art.

      College Prep • UC Approved Elective

      4 Weeks (Semester): $1,200

      8 Weeks (Full Year): $1,600

    • Explorations in Film and Television

      The culture of cinema and television tells a unique story of history and innovation. Students in Explorations in Film and Television will be introduced to industry icons and stars of the big and small screen. By studying and writing about film and television, students will analyze trends in technology and culture and better understand how to be an informed viewer.

      College Prep • UC Approved Visual and Performing Arts

      4 Weeks (Semester): $1,200

    • Explorations in Studio Arts

      Drawing and painting are two of the most basic forms of self-expression. In Explorations in Studio Arts, students will elevate those skills and develop an understanding of colors, shapes, composition, and design. By studying renowned artists and their styles, students will investigate their own forms of expression and build a vocabulary of tools and materials to enhance their creativity.

      College Prep • UC Approved Visual and Performing Arts

      4 Weeks (Semester): $1,200

    • Explorations in Dance

      Grace, beauty, and the pursuit of excellence are hallmarks of ballet and modern dance companies. In Explorations in Dance I, students will study the foundations of ballet style from clothing and training to rehearsal and performance. Students will meet the artists on stage and behind the scenes who help to create the magic of ballet and modern dance.

      4 Weeks (Semester): $1,200

    • Digital Media Fundamentals

      Discover your talent for building digital media applications using text, graphics, animations, sounds, videos, and more! Learn about the elements that make impressive media, such as typography, color theory, design, and manipulation. Explore careers to apply your digital media skills and find your place in this fast-paced and exciting field! In the second semester, polish your digital media skills and learn all about web design. Incorporate your ideas into websites and dabble in the basics of marketing to understand how your work is used. Finally, explore the world of podcasts and audio editing to construct a solid foundation from which you can pursue a career!

      4 Weeks (Semester): $1,200

      8 Weeks (Full Year): $1,600

    • Photojournalism

      A powerful image can tell an eloquent story without words. Students in Photojournalism will be introduced to some of the pioneers who set the standards for this unique way of storytelling. As they study the principal types of photojournalism and the ethical responsibilities a photojournalist has behind the lens, students will develop their own storytelling skills through their writing and their photographs.

      College Prep • UC Approved Visual and Performing Arts

      4 Weeks (Semester): $1,200

    • Personal and Family Finance

      How do our personal financial habits affect our financial future? How can we make smart decisions with our money in the areas of saving, spending, and investing? This course introduces students to basic financial habits such as setting financial goals, budgeting, and creating financial plans. Students will learn more about topics such as taxation, financial institutions, credit, and money management. The course also addresses how occupations and educational choices can influence personal financial planning, and how individuals can protect themselves from identity theft.

      College Prep • UC Approved Elective

      4 Weeks (Semester): $1,200

    • Nutrition

      This course takes students through a comprehensive study of nutritional principles and guidelines. Students will learn about worldwide views of nutrition, nutrient requirements, physiological processes, food labeling, healthy weight management, diet-related diseases, food handling, nutrition for different populations, and more. Students will gain important knowledge and skills to aid them in attaining and maintaining a healthy and nutritious lifestyle.

      College Prep • UC Approved Elective

      4 Weeks (Semester): $1,200

    • Sports and Entertainment Marketing

      The bright lights. The roaring crowds. The chants and cheers and applause. If you are drawn to the electricity of large events and the challenge of making events successful, a career in sports and entertainment marketing may be for you! In this course, you will trace the development of these industries, dissect their dual nature, and discover what it takes to pitch, promote, and deliver on these services. You ‘ll also explore the necessary steps to chart your own career path from among the professional roles that these industries need to operate. Let’s get off the sidelines and hop into the primetime of the sporting and entertainment worlds! In the second semester, get ready to drop your spectator status for an all-access pass to enter the exciting world of sports and entertainment marketing! You’ll secure a solid foundation of effective marketing by studying the different roles and levels and how they relate to one another. Then, you’ll explore the modern marketing methods professionals use to take an event concept and make it successful. Finally, you’ll get up to speed on industry terminology and touchpoints with the help of HR. Get ready to flash that pass and gain all-star access to the stage and arena!

      4 Weeks (Semester): $1,200

      8 Weeks (Full Year): $1,600

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