About the Course

Decoding Our World

How do we see, perceive, and describe the world around us? We can use mathematics to measure, calculate, and find patterns. We can use technology to expand what we see and observe. And we can tell stories to capture details and create meaning from our experiences. This course sampler gives students an opportunity to explore and describe the world from new and different perspectives. 

The sampler will be designed with three cohorts of 3rd and 4th grade students using the following courses as a basis: 

Math: Geometry and Spatial Sense 

Spatial understanding is necessary for interpreting, understanding, and appreciating our inherently geometric world. Many everyday tasks such as designing a treehouse, solving a jigsaw puzzle, or laying out a garden require spatial reasoning abilities. This course will help students develop those abilities through hands-on investigations and discussions about big ideas as they learn practical and fun ways to apply geometric foundations and spatial sense to the larger world.

In this course, students will learn how to: 

  • Use coordinates (scale drawing) to develop enlarged images
  • Classify and categorize angles and geometric shapes 
  • Define and calculate perimeter, area, and volume 
  • Compare geometric objects to determine best fit 
  • Construct figures using a protractor, compass, and straight edge 
Science: Through the Microscope 

Today’s 3D microscopes that can capture the nerve connections inside a brain are a far cry from the magnifying lenses ground by hand in the 13th century. Yet both can help us think critically about microscopic worlds. In this course, we’ll learn to identify the parts of a microscope and how they work together to serve as a window into another world. We’ll learn how scientists use microscopes and we’ll record our own observations —such as the color, shape, and features of different cells and multicellular organisms—in a lab notebook. Along the way, students will learn to think and do research like real scientists and gain an introduction to the field of biology.

In this course, students will learn how to: 

  • Explain how light, refraction, and magnification make a microscope work
  • Examine and identify the parts and functionality of a microscope, and calculate magnification
  • Use microscopes to make observations and record specific details in a lab notebook, such as the color, shape, and features of different cells and multicellular organisms 
  • Model scientific techniques for using microscopes as a tool to investigate cell responses to changes in the cell’s environment 
Writing: Being a Reader, Becoming a Writer 

How do writers effectively capture the people and places they observe? In this course, we’ll read pieces of fiction and nonfiction and begin to explore the elements of good storytelling. Students will learn to provide details that develop character and a sense of place, and to think inwardly as they write a short story or personal narrative based on people and places they know.

In this course, students will learn how to:

  • Keep a writer’s journal
  • Create a story using the writing process
  • Explain the basic elements of narrative writing
  • Understand and apply the concept “show, don’t tell”
  • Illustrate and apply elements of character development
  • Apply various writing techniques for creating a setting of a story
  • Explain the importance of the use of the five senses and realistic details in a story
  • Provide constructive feedback to peers in a writers’ workshop setting

Summer Dates & Locations

Registration deadline:

After May 31, 2024, registration is available upon request pending eligibility and seat availability. To request placement, email [email protected] after submitting a program application.

Session One

Image of Mirman School
Los Angeles, California
Commuter cost: $3,599
Additional fees: $50
Session in Progress

Session Two

Image of Mirman School
Los Angeles, California
Commuter cost: $3,599
Additional fees: $50

Testing and Prerequisites

  Math Verbal
Required Level Not required Not required
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Cost and Financial Aid

  • Tuition
    • Varies
  • Application fee
    • Nonrefundable Application Fee - $50 (Waived for financial aid applicants)
    • Nonrefundable International Fee - $250 (outside US only)

Financial Aid

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