Overview & Schedule

The weekly Lower School Program is a blend of summer fun, academic enrichment, artistic expression, and athletic enjoyment for students entering Grades 1 - 5.

8:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. daily
Lunch is included.

Classes are taught by a combination of dedicated and creative Brentwood School faculty and other outstanding professional educators. Group activities and games are led by trained young adult counselors from the Brentwood School community. For each "track" of the day, students are divided by grade level and have four unique classes weekly!

All of our summer programs are adapted to reflect the COVID-19 safety protocols given by the Los Angele County Department of Health and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

*For the week of July 6-9, the Lower School Program will be $400.

Summer 2021 Program Descriptions

Lower School Program: All Aboard!

June 28 - July 2, 2021

Join us for a travel-themed adventure week as students explore planes, trains, and automobiles (and more!) in places around the world. Activities include...

Things that Go
Read all about the people and technology that make travel possible--from pilots and captains to mega-machines.

Math Blast Off
Solve riddles, escape room, games, and puzzles to blast off to another world!

Build and Soar
Study the science of flight and build paper and model airplanes. 

Expeditions in Writing
Hear about those who have conquered the seemingly insurmountable. Then write journal entries, articles, and short stories about your own adventures.

Lower School Program: The Great Outdoors

July 6-9, 2021

(please note there are no activities on Monday, July 5)

From National Parks to a stroll in the garden, getting outdoors teaches us about who we are and how we contribute to the world around us. Activities include...

The Land of the Lorax
Reading Seussical Stories, students will learn the importance of preserving the world around them.

Monumental Math
Examine the mathematical magic that underlies natural wonders and human-made monuments.

Wild Science
From digital scavenger hunts to real-life explorations, students will observe, make predictions, perform experiments, and reflect on outcomes.

You Belong Here
Based on the short story by the same name, students will write their own stories about making friends in different communities and environments.

Lower School Program: SuperYOUman

July 12-16, 2021

Being your best self means learning about others and understanding how your skills and talents make you extra special. Activities include...

Rebel Girls
Inspired by the book of the same name, this class is guided by the 100 profiles of girls and women who “dream bigger, aim higher, fight harder” to make a lasting impact on their world.

The Math, the Myth, the Legend
Explore how mathematical reasoning—including scale, proportions, and geometry play a role in proving (or disproving!) the existence of some of Greek mythology’s greatest heroes.

Super-Nutritious Delicious Dishes
Cook up something healthy that gives you the power to take on the world, one day at a time.

Comic Book Heroes
Guided through the writing process, students will hear and read heroes that will help them write and illustrate their own superhero.

Lower School Program: Summer Wonderland

July 19-23, 2021

It's Winter in July! Do you wonder about winter? What makes a perfect snow crystal? How do animals survive in the arctic? Join us for a super snow day, too! Activities include...

The Story of Snow
Inspired by the book of the same name, this activity takes reading to another level.

Snow Angles
When the temperature drops, study geometry, ratios, and integers with snowflakes.

Science is Cool
Why do different substances have unique boiling and melting points? Learn chemistry and do fun experiments.

Message in a Snow Globe
Practice writing skills by crafting poems and words of encouragement to share in a snow globe!

Lower School Program: Surfin' Safari

July 26-30, 2021

From crashing waves to the blistering desert, animals survive through adaptations. Explore the land and sea and find ways to support animals around the globe. Activities include...

Reading is Wild
Inspiring students to become lifelong readers, this class explores a variety of animal books-from fiction to non-fiction.

Chasing Waves
How do meteorologists measure waves? How deep is the ocean? Use math to calculate everything about surf and sea.

Aquatic Aliens
Learn all about unique creatures that live in our oceans—from vampire squids and frilled sharks to the warty frogfish and giant isopods.

Safari, So Good
Based on the book by the same name, students will write and illustrate their own adventures.

Lower School Invention Program: *Belldegrun Center for Innovative Leadership*

August 2-6, 2021

Teaming up with the National Inventors’ Hall of Fame, Belldegrun Center for Innovative Leadership brings back our Invention program with Elevate! From identifying needs and pitching ideas to building prototypes and developing marketing plans, students will engage in modules designed to create value and generate interest in finding solutions to real-world challenges.

Students rotate through all of the modules, so no course selection is needed.

Duck Chuck
In Duck Chuck, children let physics fly as they launch rubber ducks to far-flung locations around the globe!  They reconstruct famous landmarks and add detail.  Putting trajectory, velocity, and geometry to practical use, children engineer upcycled items to invent the ultimate Duck Chucking Device.  Quack Coins give them a competitive advantage, and coupled with their new marketing skills, they fine-tune their devices to land at the center of fun!

Open Mic
Children get ready to voice their ideas as they look inside a wireless microphone to discover the parts and pieces that will inspire their invention pitch!  They amplify their ideas by using the Camp Invention Design Thinking Process to identify, explore, sketch, prototype, protect, and pitch a one-of-a-kind invention and land a deal.  Inspired by unique DIY prototyping tips combined with insights from Our Nation’s Greatest Innovators, children step up to the mic to share their original ideas with the world!

Road Rally
In Road Rally, children apply nature-based discoveries to design their own unique vehicle that morphs!  They build a propeller-operated and a pulley-operated version of their vehicle to explore its capabilities on land, and then prototype features that demonstrate its abilities to morph for traveling in their air and underwater.  Along the way, participants explore energy, fuel, and movement while collecting energy points to spend on special materials for their vehicles.  After maximizing the dynamic morphing capabilities of their transportation designs, children participate in a Super Road Rally and take their vehicle home for continued morphing, racing, and fun!

Inspired by live crickets, SolarBot blends the life of insects with robots and the power of solar energy.  Children build and adopt their very own solar-powered cricket.  They experience a cricket’s point of view as they design habitats, cricket-inspired inventions, and protective gear to outsmart predators.  Children employ sustainability, physics, and engineering to design tire swings, trampolines, and other playground equipment to help save the day.  They jump into cricket anatomy, including how crickets create sound, and build musical instruments to compete in a grand finale Chirp-Off!

Camp Invention Games
Camp Invention Games allows participants to practice teamwork, cooperation, and coordination skills during fun, energetic games.  Creative problem-solving skills are emphasized, rather than winning or losing.  Participants play and then reinvent classic games.  These activities are based on the premise that, like inventions, traditional games can be modified and reimagined.  Camp Invention Games encourages strategic thinking and builds 21st-century skills through physical games that enrich and energize.  Participants explore out-of-the-box thinking and physical fun while playing new games and revolutionizing recess.