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. See below for descriptions of this year’s courses. Please contact us with any questions: Scott Smith, Summer Academy Coordinator 510-936-5527 or ssmith@csb-cde.ca.gov.


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Summer Academies 2019

Registration is currently closed for the 2019 Summer Academies.


Week 1

June 10-14, 2019
(Middle School and High School students)
Registration Deadline: April 29th

Coding and Competition: A Technology & Sports Academy

Come have fun at CSB playing sports and using an easy iOS app to code. Students will participate in competitive team sports, individualized fitness, and a variety of recreational activities. Using iPads, tactile graphics, and hands-on activities students will be introduced to coding, including SWIFT and robotic basics. The emphasis of this course in on compensatory access, recreation and leisure, and assistive technology.

Access Through Transit, O&M Style

CSB is proud to bring back this O&M themed short course designed to expose participants to a wide variety of Bay Area public transportation including AC Transit, SF MUNI, BART, & Paratransit. Basic O&M skills will be reviewed and supported as students explore and have fun with a peer group! Content will be shaped to meet the interests, skill level and needs of applicants, but likely activities will include a trip made on public transportation to the new Lighthouse for the Blind in San Francisco, exploration of a BART train, hands-on access to a parked AC transit bus, and lessons that support trip planning and the use of smartphone apps to support access to safe, efficient and successful public transportation travel. There will be a walking component with each activity and it is recommended that applicants be able to walk one-quarter of a mile without needing to rest. Emphasis of this course is on improving O&M skills and also social skills and self-advocacy.

Ready, Set, Go: Swim and Cook

A trained lifeguard will be present at all times
Ready, Set, Go: Swim and Cook is going to be an opportunity to get in the pool for swimming lessons, as well as into the kitchen for cooking lessons! We will be learning about nutrition, swimming, pool safety, cooking, and more. You will learn how much and what kinds of foods your body needs and how to prepare them. We will teach you ways to stay safe in and around the pool and specific stroke technique for those who want to join a team or swim for exercise. When you are not in the pool swimming, you will be in the kitchen preparing healthy recipes to stay fueled for a day of exercise! Increase your independent living skills and learn new sources of recreation and leisure.

Week 2

June 17-21, 2019
(9-13 year old students)
Registration Deadline: May 6th

Coding and Competition: A Technology & Sports Academy

Come have fun at CSB playing sports and using an easy iOS app to code. Students will participate in competitive team sports, individualized fitness, and a variety of recreational activities. Using iPads, tactile graphics, and hands-on activities students will be introduced to coding, including SWIFT and robotic basics. The emphasis of this course in on compensatory access, recreation and leisure, and assistive technology.

Fine Arts Academy

Get ready to embark on a five-day journey into the arts! Students will participate in Reader’s Theater, an interactive experience that promotes listening skills, role-playing, and reading with expression. Additionally, students will have the opportunity to engage in hands-on art and music activities throughout the week relating to the theme of the final production. The week will culminate in a performance on the last day of the camp. This week is sure to be a delight while focusing on and improving students’ performance and arts skills with the always-present focus on social skills and independence.

Week 3

June 24-28, 2019
(Middle School and High School students)
Registration Deadline: May 13th

Robotics and Engineering

Technology can be fun, interesting, and useful to solve problems. In Computer Science Academy you will learn to design and program LEGO robots in small teams. Robotics will let you explore computers and engineering design in a fun and engaging way. There will be some initial activities to explore the hardware and programming. Then the main focus will be interesting activities where you will need to design and program a LEGO robot in a way to best solve problems. Experimentation with ideas is fun, and you will learn from mistakes and successes as you refine your work. No experience is needed.

Goalball Summer Academy

Welcome to the 2019 Goalball Summer Academy! Test your strength, endurance, orientation, and sportsmanship during a fun filled week of Goalball. Students will engage in a variety of different individual and group goalball activities. Learn the history of goalball and find out where you can play goalball in your own community. Students will hear from professional goalball players who will be volunteering throughout the week. We will discuss how a sport like goalball can help prepare you for adulthood. We will visit local community adaptive sports and recreation organizations. Sign up for a week of friendly competition, meet new friends and learn how playing goalball can energize your summer!

Media Makers Workshop - Making Media that Matters to You!

Become a media maker.
Join this week-long media making workshop where participants will learn how to produce fun, informative, and authentic media that matters! Together, we’ll go through the basics of storytelling, and will embark on the beginning steps of iPad movie production. Throughout the week, students will be engaged in the creation of their own individual video. Students will strengthen functional skills and increase self-determination while they interact with their environment in new and exciting ways, all the while capturing the adventure using technology!