Summer Academy Program


Summer Academy programs provide enrichment classes for students with visual impairments of varied ages and ability levels. Students frequently apply for and attend more than one week of Academies. The schedule of course offerings changes each year. See below for descriptions of courses we offered during the past two years. Next summer’s course offerings and application will be available in February 2019. Feel free to contact us with any current questions: James Rudder 510-936-5506 or jrudder@csb-cde.ca.gov or Scott Smith, Summer Academy Coordinator 510-936-5527 or ssmith@csb-cde.ca.gov.


See the Summer Academies Frequently Asked Questions for more information.


Cane to Canine: Is a Guide Dog Right for You?

Ages: Middle School and High School

CSB is excited to partner with Guide Dogs for the Blind (GDB) to offer an Orientation & Mobility Immersion Program! Students will work on O&M skills important for guide dog mobility such as the use of non-tactile feedback, auditory information, and time-distance estimation for indoor and outdoor travel. They will also experience Juno (simulated guide dog) routes in preparation for a trip to GDB and a walk with a working guide dog! Students will participate in daily hands-on activities with dogs and learn about the responsibilities of dog ownership. Get ready for a tail-wagging good week, and find out if a guide dog is right for you.

Activities in this course will support developing orientation and mobility, independent living skills, self-determination, sensory efficiency, and social interaction skills.


A Healthy Lifestyle; It's Your Choice

Ages: Middle School and High School

Explore a variety of activities and food experiences to enhance your knowledge in making educated choices. Students will participate in various activities geared towards planning and preparing balanced snacks and meals, as well as learning about opportunities for physical fitness. Includes instruction in the Expanded Core Curriculum areas of Recreation and Leisure, Social Interaction Skills and Independent Living Skills.


Technology and Sports

Ages: Middle School and High School

Tech and Sports Olympics
Welcome to the 2018 CSB Olympics! Test your limits both on the court and using technology to compete against each other in this action-packed week. During this one week program, students will break into groups and participate in various adapted sports such as track and field, biking, rock climbing, and goal ball or beep kickball. Additionally, they will use technology to measure and keep track of their strength and successes using google drive and explore other accessible technologies that may not typically be used in the classroom. Come push yourself and expand your skills!


Fine Arts

Ages: 9 - 13

Discover or expand upon your creativity while performing in the style of a radio program! The show will be presented on the last day of the academy. Students will have the opportunity to engage in hands-on art activities such as painting and drawing. Music activities will include singing and playing musical instruments. Performances will also include reading in groups or individually. Join us for this exciting venture into old (and new!) fashioned radio while focusing on and improving students' performance skills, art skills, social skills, and independence.


Technology and Sports

Ages: 9 - 13

Tech and Sports Olympics
Welcome to the 2018 CSB Olympics! Test your limits both on the court and using technology to compete against each other in this action-packed week. During this one week program, students will break into groups and participate in various adapted sports such as track and field, biking, rock climbing, and goal ball or beep kickball. Additionally, they will use technology to measure and keep track of their strength and successes using google drive and explore other accessible technologies that may not typically be used in the classroom. Come push yourself and expand your skills!


Ready, Set, Get Fit

Ages: Middle School and High School

Are you READY? Because we are! We are Ready, Set, GET FIT!
Ready, Set, GET FIT! is going to be an opportunity to get your mind and body in shape! We will be learning about nutrition, networking, gym memberships, apps, cooking, physical activities, and more! At the beginning of each day, we will practice mindfulness and stretching to get prepared for the many activities we have planned. You will learn how much and what kinds of foods your body needs and how to shop for them. We will teach you ways to get motivated and stay motivated to keep yourself healthy using people in your life in addition to apps on your smart devices.


Advanced Computer Science

Ages: Middle School and High School

Computer Science Academy is based on the Exploring Computer Science (ECS) curriculum and is designed to introduce students to the breadth of the field of computer science through an exploration of engaging and accessible topics. Rather than focusing the entire course on learning particular software tools or programming languages, the course is designed to focus on the conceptual ideas of computing and help students understand why certain tools or languages might be utilized to solve particular problems. The goal is to develop in students the computational practices of algorithm development, engineering design, problem solving and programming within the context of problems that are relevant to the lives of today's students. Students will also be introduced to topics such as interface design, limits of computers, and societal and ethical issues.


Experience Camping and Backpacking

Ages: Middle School and High School

Do you have dreams of adventure camping or backpacking through parks or the wilderness? Get a glimpse of what backpackers do. This course will offer an overview of what is required for camping and backpacking trips, including gear, food and nutrition, and discussions about safety, environment, and seasonal considerations.

This course will include several morning hikes and one night camping out on the beautiful CSB campus. Learn how to light a fire, pitch a tent, pack a backpack, navigate a trail and spend a night under the stars. Students should be comfortable walking a few miles each day.

Activities in this course will support developing social interaction, teamwork, recreation and leisure, and self-determination.


Ready, Set, Go: Survivor Edition! (O&M and Daily Living Skills)

Ages: 13-17

Have you ever thought about how a trash bag can save you in an emergency? How about simple ways to defend yourself? "Survivor"week is packed with a punch! Learn ways to expect the unexpected in rural and urban areas. Embark on an adventure, learning community awareness, self-defense moves, and techniques to survive a natural disaster. Pack a lunch and put your wilderness survival skills to use on a trek through the redwoods. Build a cane out of trash and test its ability through an obstacle course. Get ready to create your own emergency kit, practice conversations with emergency responders, learn ways to access public transit and escape in an emergency, and practice last resort self-defense moves. Leave this course feeling resourceful and prepared for whatever life throws your way!


Let's Get Active

Ages: 13-17

Want to have the best summer ever? Want to meet new friends and be part of an active community? Join "Let's Get Active" at CSB where we plan to take you on a journey to explore the community, it's resources for blind and VI sports, recreation and leisure activities. Learn to play Goalball, ride tandem bikes, use weight/cardio machines and begin healthy habits that will last a lifetime!