2024 Classes

Dates/Times

June 10 – July 11, 2024

No classes on June 19 or July 4

8:30 am – 12:30 pm

Monday – Thursday (no class on Friday)

After-School Care

McKINLEY & DON BENITO – PEF Afternoon Camp

  • Until 5:30 pm
  • Monday – Thursday only
  • Extra fee – see below
  • Open to all students
  • On-campus

JACKSON

Pasadena LEARNs Boys & Girls Club
until 6:00 pm, additional hours on Friday
fees may apply extra fees
current PUSD students only open to all students
on-campus off-campus w/ transportation
(626) 396-3614 (626) 449-9100 x112
pasadenalearns@pusd.us stephanie.bernal@bgcpasadena.org
Separate registration required – contact program partner for more info and to apply

Locations

Enrollment is based on the grade a student will be entering in Fall 2024.

McKinley

Kinder – 9th Grade

featuring new and old favorites, like Mock Trial, Cooking, and Minecraft

PMTP @ McKinley

The Pasadena Musical Theatre Program is a self-contained morning class for 4th – 9th grade students.

Jackson

TK – 6th Grade

featuring Spanish and French Dual Language Immersion

Don Benito

Kinder – 6th Grade

featuring Mandarin Dual Language Immersion

Tuition & Fees

TK – 9th Grade (Intro & Block Classes)

$495 for PUSD students
$595 for Non-PUSD students

Some classes also charge an additional materials fee, as noted in the course description.

Tuition assistance and sibling discounts are available for qualifying families.

PEF Afternoon Camp

$650

Afternoon Camp tuition is charged separately from the morning program.

Course Catalog

Kinder – 2nd Grade students can enroll in Self-Contained/Intro classes, which prepare them for a successful start to the upcoming school year. Students will spend the entire morning in one class with the same teacher. (Note: The Pasadena Musical Theatre Program at McKinley, for grades 4-9, is also considered Self-Contained.)

2nd – 9th Grade students pick three Block schedule classes to move between throughout the morning.

Enrollment is based on the grade a student will be entering in Fall 2024.

2024 Classes – Sort by Site, Grade Level, and Program Type

Note: Course options might change based on enrollment.

Class NameSubjectsDescriptionMaterials FeeSitesGradesProgram Typeshf:tax:sitehf:tax:gradehf:tax:program
Intro to KindergartenKindergarten

Children prepare for kindergarten by engaging in language arts, mathematics, art, and music. This fun introduction enhances their readiness for both the social and academic settings of elementary school. Students must be five years old by Sept. 1, 2024.

Don Benito, Jackson, McKinleyKSelf-Containeddon-benito jackson mckinleykself-contained
Intro to First GradeFirst Grade

Designed to help ease the transition from kindergarten to 1st grade, students will engage in creative, thematic activities that reinforce reading and mathematics. As students are introduced to a 1st grade curriculum, they will gain skills for academic success. Students must be six years old by Sept. 1, 2024.

Don Benito, Jackson, McKinley1Self-Containeddon-benito jackson mckinley1self-contained
Pasadena Musical Theatre ProgramArt, Drama, Music

Come be a part of this summer’s most fun musical revue led by the Pasadena Musical Theatre Program. Professional teaching artists will lead this conservatory-style format in an original production that will culminate in a grand performance! Students in PMTP must attend every rehearsal in order to perform.

McKinley4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9Self-Containedmckinley4 5 6 7 8 9self-contained
Amazing Authors & ArtistsLanguage Arts

Do you want to be a Twenty-First Century Renaissance person? Build your knowledge and creativity by not only studying literature and art, but creating it. By immersing yourself in contemporary short stories, writing in a variety of genres including fiction, nonfiction, and poetry, you will also learn about the lives of renowned artists and create your own artworks based on their unique styles. Students will leave with a portfolio of work.

McKinley4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9Blocksmckinley4 5 6 7 8 9blocks
Creative ScreenwritingArt, Drama, Music

*NEW!* Students will learn how to express their ideas through writing. We’ll learn techniques for drafting creative stories (both fiction and nonfiction), and we’ll dive into excerpts of fictional novels to see how filmmakers alter these stories to fit the screen.

McKinley5, 6, 7, 8, 9Blocksmckinley5 6 7 8 9blocks
World of AdventuresLanguage Arts

No matter when or where, we can take you there! Students will travel through time and space, study important world events, explore ancient cultures, and marvel at the art they created. Students will share their discoveries in a variety of fun and engaging formats, ranging from hieroglyphics on hand-made papyrus, to art that echoes the masterpieces of earlier days.

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Mock TrialLanguage Arts

Order in the court! Students will learn how our justice system works through role-playing key court players, like judges, lawyers, and witnesses. Class will include two mock trials structured like real criminal and civil cases. Students will also develop critical-thinking and public-speaking skills.

McKinley6, 7, 8, 9Blocksmckinley6 7 8 9blocks
Narrative Film ProductionArt, Drama, Music

*NEW!* Dive into the foundations of digital film production! Students will learn the fundamentals of screenwriting, script development, filming scenes, and editing to create a short film. Equipment provided.

$15McKinley6, 7, 8, 9Blocksmckinley6 7 8 9blocks
Documentary FilmmakingArt, Drama, Music

Students will develop ideas for engaging stories and learn how to communicate through the art of documentary filmmaking. They will be guided through the process of concept development, production, editing techniques, music and sound design, and final presentation. Equipment provided.

$15McKinley6, 7, 8, 9Blocksmckinley6 7 8 9blocks
Digital PhotographyArt, Drama, Music

*NEW!* Discover the creativity of photography by exploring fun projects with genre themes including portraiture, nature, still life, and landscape. We will work with black-and-white as well as color imagery during our daily class shoots. Students will learn the basics of using a digital camera including composition, lighting, and how to choose great subjects to create a personal portfolio of expressive images. Equipment provided.

$15McKinley6, 7, 8, 9Blocksmckinley6 7 8 9blocks
Fantasy Worlds & GamingArt, Drama, Music

Students will see how fantasy worlds are created and look at the characters and mythology of Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, Pokémon, and more. Various board games and adventures will be used to inspire students to create their own fantasy world, and we’ll see the connections between different media and careers. Students will also create a role playing character and learn how to paint fantasy miniature figures.

$10McKinley4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9Blocksmckinley4 5 6 7 8 9blocks
Imaginary LandsArt, Drama, Music

Using papier-mache, glitter, paint, and a variety of other feathery and fun materials, students will create a fantasy landscape and the creatures that live there.

$10McKinley2, 3, 4, 5Blocksmckinley2 3 4 5blocks
International Film StudyArt, Drama, Music

*NEW!* Students will watch and discuss the differences of film storytelling from around the world, including Bollywood, Asian film, European film, and more! We’ll think critically about films with group discussion and even write our own movie reviews.

McKinley6, 7, 8, 9Blocksmckinley6 7 8 9blocks
Screen ActingArt, Drama, Music

*NEW!* Budding performers will build their acting instincts with improv and ice breaker games, as well as working on monologues and scenes. Their work culminates in a showcase at the end of the program, where students will watch each other’s scenes come to life on the screen.

McKinley6, 7, 8, 9Blocksmckinley6 7 8 9blocks
Stitches and ThreadsArt, Drama, Music

*NEW!* Students will practice the basics of sewing, learning to thread and knot needles, sew on buttons, and sew running and whip stitches. They will create several projects such as pillows, stuffed animal pouches, and pot holders.

$10McKinley6, 7, 8, 9Blocksmckinley6 7 8 9blocks
Summer Art StudioArt, Drama, Music

Come and experiment and build art skills with a wide range of media, techniques and “concepts in art” from drawing and painting to sculpture and mixed media. Students will learn by looking at the work of historical and contemporary artists, focusing in particular on underrepresented and less well-known artists as inspiration for self-expression and communication.

$10McKinley2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8Blocksmckinley2 3 4 5 6 7 8blocks
BizMaticsScience, Technology, Engineering, Math

Ever wonder how you will manage your personal finances and excel in the professional world? In this course, students become entrepreneurs and start their own business. Students will review and apply mathematical operations with whole numbers, decimals, fractions, ratios, and percent as they work their way into becoming successful summer leaders!

McKinley4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9Blocksmckinley4 5 6 7 8 9blocks
Chess [Beg./Int./Adv.]Science, Technology, Engineering, Math

The ancient game of chess develops skills in spatial relationships, awareness of consequences, and planning ahead. Beginners learn the basics of the game that can lead to a lifetime of study. Students who already possess a working knowledge of the game can take intermediate chess, while more experienced players can continue to hone their skills in advanced chess.

McKinley2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9Blocksmckinley2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9blocks
LEGO EngineersScience, Technology, Engineering, Math

*NEW!* Calling all LEGO enthusiasts! Explore your creativity and join us for the perfect combination of learning and fun! Come and learn about different building strategies as we create our own LEGO masterbuilds. Students will learn how to work in teams, problem-solve, create their own LEGO models, and communicate their ideas through creation in a world of STEM.

$10McKinley2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9Blocksmckinley2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9blocks
Math ManiaScience, Technology, Engineering, Math

Students will discover the joys of learning math by engaging in creative hands-on activities such as playing cards and using spinners. They will reinforce their use of basic math skills and learn strategies to boost their confidence in a fun, stress-free, and supportive environment.

McKinley2, 3, 4Blocksmckinley2 3 4blocks
Robotics [Beg./Int./Adv.]Science, Technology, Engineering, Math

Students will learn the exciting art and technology of robotics, from mechanical design to programming, and strengthen their knowledge of algebra. Students will build important teamwork and problem-solving skills as well. This class is available for all levels of experience.

$15McKinley4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9Blocksmckinley4 5 6 7 8 9blocks
Action SportsHealth and Fitness

Get moving in this class designed to build flexibility, muscle strength, and endurance through fun, outdoor activities. Students will develop teamwork skills and build self-confidence as they take on new physical challenges and play games including capture the flag, circle run, soccer, and much more!

McKinley2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7Blocksmckinley2 3 4 5 6 7blocks
Basketball CampHealth and Fitness

Students will learn the basics of the great game of hoops. Players will practice dribbling, passing, and shooting, and learn the importance of teamwork.

McKinley6, 7, 8, 9Blocksmckinley6 7 8 9blocks
Joy of Cooking [Beg.]Health and Fitness

Through hands-on culinary exploration students are introduced to the joys of cooking and learn about nutrition through the use of math and science. Each student will participate in the preparation of basic recipes from many cultures and, of course, taste their creations. Students with food allergies should contact us before registering.

$15McKinley2, 3, 4, 5Blocksmckinley2 3 4 5blocks
Chef University [Int./Adv.]Health and Fitness

Take your cooking to the next level! Students will build on culinary skills and techniques, craft delectable delicacies inspired by cuisine of various cultures, and participate in a Master Chef challenge that will amaze the judges. Creativity, imagination, and application are keys to this cooking class. Students with food allergies should contact us before registering. This class is intended for students who already understand the basics of cooking and food prep.

$15McKinley6, 7, 8, 9Blocksmckinley6 7 8 9blocks
YogaHealth and Fitness

Students will build their strength, balance, and focus through fun yoga games, basic poses, and calm breathing. They will reflect on their experience through journaling, discussions, and more.

McKinley2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9Blocksmckinley2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9blocks
Intro to Transitional Kindergarten – SpanishSpanish, Transitional Kindergarten

Designed to prepare students for school readiness in the Spanish Immersion program by creating learning opportunities in language arts, mathematics, science, and in physical and social-emotional development. The inclusion of art, music, and play will make learning fun! Students must be four years old by June 2, 2024, and must be potty-trained.

JacksonTKSelf-Containedjacksontkself-contained
Intro to Kindergarten – SpanishKindergarten, Spanish

Designed to prepare students entering into PUSD’s Spanish Immersion Program, students will have fun learning basic instructions and vocabulary in Spanish. Activities will involve language arts, mathematics, art, and music. Students must be five years old by Sept. 1, 2024.

JacksonKSelf-Containedjacksonkself-contained
Intro to First Grade – SpanishFirst Grade, Spanish

Reinforces the reading, math, and language skills learned in the kindergarten year of PUSD’s Spanish Immersion Program. Class is open to any student who has already completed one year of a Spanish Immersion Program. Students must be six years old by Sept. 1, 2024.

Jackson1Self-Containedjackson1self-contained
Intro to Second Grade – SpanishSecond Grade, Spanish

Reinforces reading, math, and the language skills learned in the first two years of PUSD’s Spanish Immersion Program. Class is open to any student who has already completed two years of a Spanish Immersion program. Students must be seven years old by Sept. 1, 2024.

Jackson2Self-Containedjackson2self-contained
Intro to First/Second Grade – FrenchFirst Grade, French, Second Grade

Reinforces reading, math, and the language skills learned in the first and second year of PUSD’s French Immersion Program. Class is open to any student who has already completed at least one year of a French Immersion program. Students must be six years old by Sept. 1, 2024.

Jackson1, 2Self-Containedjackson1 2self-contained
California National ParksLanguage Arts

*NEW!* California is home to over 28 National Parks and thousands of historical landmarks. Students will choose their own destinations and take a journey through research, writing, and art.

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Festival of StoriesLanguage Arts, Spanish

Through the use of verbal expression, body language, improvisation, and other techniques, students learn the ancient art of oral storytelling. Students will discover their own unique talent and expressiveness as they “command the stage” and bring characters to life. Spanish Only.

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English Language DetectivesLanguage Arts

Use your detective skills to hunt for context clues and discover new vocabulary. English language learners will be immersed in a supportive environment with an emphasis on reading, writing, listening, and speaking. Engaging games and daily discussions will prepare students for proficiency in English. By principal recommendation only – contact PEF if interested.

Jackson2, 3, 4, 5Blocksjackson2 3 4 5blocks
Writer’s CircleLanguage Arts

Unleash your imagination through the amazing world of reading and writing. Students will uncover the secrets of good writing skills as they create and share their own stories. Along the journey, students will publish their own book of poetry with watercolor illustrations that bring their books to life.

Jackson2, 3, 4, 5, 6Blocksjackson2 3 4 5 6blocks
Exploration of ArtArt, Drama, Music

Calling all artists! Come and learn about different artists as we create our own masterpieces. We will investigate different elements of art including color, shape, form, and much more. If you love being creative, this is the class for you.

$10Jackson2, 3, 4, 5, 6Blocksjackson2 3 4 5 6blocks
Latin America Arts TourArt, Drama, Music, Spanish

Let’s embark on an artistic adventure and explore the creativity of Hispanic cultures and countries! Through hands-on practice, students will create art inspired by cultural traditions, and even build some Spanish vocabulary. English & Spanish.

$10Jackson2, 3, 4, 5, 6Blocksjackson2 3 4 5 6blocks
Music AdventuresArt, Drama, Music

Music Adventures is a dynamic course blending music and movement to foster rhythm, coordination, and teamwork. It offers an introduction to music theory and a foundation for greater learning. The class culminates in a showcase where students demonstrate their skills. Instruments provided. Partnership with Minibop Music.

$10Jackson2, 3, 4, 5, 6Blocksjackson2 3 4 5 6blocks
All About Prehistoric AnimalsScience, Technology, Engineering, Math, Spanish

*NEW!* Travel millions of years back in time, and learn about animals like dinosaurs and mammoths! As students study life on Earth and its different time periods, they will create art and presentations to share their findings. English & Spanish.

Jackson2, 3, 4, 5, 6Blocksjackson2 3 4 5 6blocks
Computer WizardsScience, Technology, Engineering, Math

Students will practice different computer skills like coding, keyboarding, word processing, and slide presentations to master the art of being a digital learner.

Jackson2, 3, 4, 5, 6Blocksjackson2 3 4 5 6blocks
Rocketing Through the CosmosScience, Technology, Engineering, Math, Spanish

*NEW!* Join us as we blast off to outer space and learn all about the universe! Students will research, test, and investigate as they create their own rockets and “Mars Landers.” English & Spanish.

$10Jackson3, 4, 5, 6Blocksjackson3 4 5 6blocks
S.M.Art – Science, Math, and ArtScience, Technology, Engineering, Math

Explore math and science concepts through exciting art projects! Students will experience a variety of science experiments, learn new concepts in math through games, and create unique works that involve both science and art. Whether you’re an artist, scientist, or mathematician, this class is for you!

Jackson2, 3, 4, 5Blocksjackson2 3 4 5blocks
Garden to Table CookingHealth and Fitness

Ever wonder what it takes to grow your own food? Students will build enthusiasm for fresh fruits and vegetables as they make connections between nutrition and the environment. Come investigate agriculture and build healthy eating habits!

$10Jackson2, 3, 4, 5, 6Blocksjackson2 3 4 5 6blocks
Tennis Fun-damentals [Beg./Int.]Health and Fitness

Learning the fundamentals of tennis such as footwork, grip, and stance, are essential to becoming a competitive player, but it’s only the beginning in this tennis camp! As players build on basic strokes, practice their serve, and test their skills against each other, they will study the game of tennis, journal their findings, and learn about healthy habits!

Jackson2, 3, 4, 5, 6Blocksjackson2 3 4 5 6blocks
ZumbaHealth and Fitness, Spanish

This lively cardio dance class gets students moving and grooving! Student self-esteem and body awareness will grow as we learn to dance salsa, merengue, cumbia, and hip-hop. English & Spanish.

Jackson2, 3, 4, 5, 6Blocksjackson2 3 4 5 6blocks
Intro to Kindergarten – MandarinKindergarten, Mandarin

Designed to prepare students entering into PUSD’s Mandarin Immersion Program, students will have fun learning basic instructions and vocabulary in Mandarin. Activities will include language arts, mathematics, art, and music. Students must be five years old by Sept. 1, 2024.

Don BenitoKSelf-Containeddon-benitokself-contained
Intro to First Grade – MandarinFirst Grade, Mandarin

Reinforces the reading, math, and language skills learned during the kindergarten year of PUSD’s Mandarin Immersion Program. Class is open to any student who has already completed one year of a Mandarin Immersion Program. Students must be six years old by Sept. 1, 2024.

Don Benito1Self-Containeddon-benito1self-contained
Island SurvivalLanguage Arts

*NEW!* Come learn what it takes to survive on an island! Through project-based learning, students can develop their reasoning and problem-solving skills. They can build their creative capacity with lessons including reading, writing, math, and science, plus lifelong skills for survival in the real world.

$10Don Benito2, 3, 4, 5, 6Blocksdon-benito2 3 4 5 6blocks
The Hero’s JourneyArt, Drama, Music

Come and discover the hero’s journey as you’ll learn about theatre arts, literature, and storytelling! Class combines elements of theatre and acting with reading by learning about the hero’s journey plot structure and writing by developing our very own script! In addition, students will hear tales of real-life heroes and heroines throughout history. Join this adventure that cultivates creativity, collaboration, and confidence and culminates in their very own play performance!

Don Benito2, 3, 4, 5, 6Blocksdon-benito2 3 4 5 6blocks
Make Your Mark!Art, Drama, Music

Let your imagination soar by creating various art projects inspired by diverse, contemporary artists. This course is designed to promote personal self-esteem and self-expression. We will be using materials like paint, watercolors, oil pastels, markers, clay, and fabrics.

$10Don Benito2, 3, 4, 5, 6Blocksdon-benito2 3 4 5 6blocks
String Orchestra [Beg./Int.]Art, Drama, Music

Students will continue to practice with string instruments they began learning about in elementary school, like the violin, viola, cello, and bass, culminating in a performance at the end of the program. Instruments provided. At least one year experience preferred, but not required.

Don Benito4, 5, 6Blocksdon-benito4 5 6blocks
Marching Band [Beg./Int.]Art, Drama, Music

*NEW!* Students will continue to practice with instruments they began learning about in elementary school, and gain exposure to the real concert and marching band experience that awaits them in middle school. Instruments provided. At least one year of experience is preferred, but not required.

Don Benito4, 5, 6Blocksdon-benito4 5 6blocks
Guitar Band [Beg./Int.]Art, Drama, Music

Rock out in this course designed for the young musician and learn the basics of the guitar. Instruments provided. No experience needed.

Don Benito3, 4, 5, 6Blocksdon-benito3 4 5 6blocks
3D PrintingScience, Technology, Engineering, Math

Welcome to the future! Students will be introduced to the software and hardware of this ever-expanding technology, and will learn to design, collaborate, and think critically to make designs come to life.

$10Don Benito3, 4, 5, 6Blocksdon-benito3 4 5 6blocks
Coding 101 [Beg.]Science, Technology, Engineering, Math

*NEW!* Students will learn the basics of coding using Scratch, a block-based visual programming language. This beginner-level course will engage students to learn the basics of coding to create web-based games, and to collaborate with other students as part of the design process. Course will end with students presenting a capstone of one of their projects.

Don Benito3, 4, 5, 6Blocksdon-benito3 4 5 6blocks
STEAM 360Science, Technology, Engineering, Math

From LEGOs to cardboard, let’s build! STEAM 360 will include science, technology, engineering, art, and math through exploration and building projects using a variety of materials. This 360 course will support students’ conception through design to finished product using their imaginations.

$10Don Benito2, 3, 4, 5, 6Blocksdon-benito2 3 4 5 6blocks
Team SportsHealth and Fitness

A class designed around movement, teamwork and core P.E. skills, like throwing, balance, agility, and more. We will use sports to help build strength and confidence, and we’ll work as team members to improve and practice great sportsmanship during movement.

Don Benito2, 3, 4, 5, 6Blocksdon-benito2 3 4 5 6blocks
MinecraftScience, Technology, Engineering, Math

*NEW!* Students will create natural and human environments in Minecraft inspired by the world all around us. They’ll practice their design and teamwork skills as they build and play together.

$15McKinley4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9Blocksmckinley4 5 6 7 8 9blocks

How to Choose Classes

  • Get ready to register by reviewing the class descriptions and schedules at each campus.
  • Make a list of your class choices and one or two backups in case the class you want fills up.
  • Use the class grid (at the top of this page) to figure out which class you want to take in each block. Some classes are only available in one block, and the same class might be open to different grades from one block to another.
  • If a block class you want is full, please pick another class and complete the registration process. For self-contained classes, you can join a waitlist directly from the registration site.
  • After you have completed registration, you can’t change your registration directly. Please visit pased.org/changes to request a different class. Requests are subject to availability.