Summer Academy Program

Summer Academy programs provide students with the opportunity to have fun, address elements of the Expaned Core Curriculum, utilize technology, and build social skills. Courses offered for June 2022 will be announced after the start of the upcoming calendar year. You can see the course descriptions below to get an idea about the programs that were offered last summer.

Please contact Scott Smith our Short-Term programs Coordinator at or 510-936-5527 with questions about Summer Academy Programs.

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See the Summer Academies Frequently Asked Questions for more information.


Introduction to Tabletop Role Playing Games

Session 1: June 14 - June 22
Time: Daily 1:00pm-5:00pm (June 22 ends at 3:00pm)
Session 2: June 22 - June 30
Time: Daily 1:00pm-5:00pm (June 22 begins at 3:00pm)
Ages: 14+

Take part in a Grand Adventure! Students will participate in a one-week course consisting of a four-hour virtual meeting each day. During this time, the students will receive instruction on how to play Tabletop Role-Playing Games using Swords and Wizardry Light as the example ruleset. Students will participate in one long adventure which will play out over several sessions wherein they will learn about telling stories, teamwork, and creative problem-solving; all while making use of their mathematics, social interaction, and organization skills. At the end of the course, students will also be instructed on how to create an encounter and be shown the similarities and differences between Swords and Wizardry Light and the most popular Tabletop Role Playing Game, Dungeons and Dragons 5th Edition. All sessions will be conducted via Zoom meetings. Students will receive copies of the Swords and Wizardry Light rules as a PDF. Versions more appropriate for screen reader programs can also be provided. Core Curriculum skills addressed in this course are mathematical ratios, basic statistics, writing, and history. Expanded Core Curriculum skills addressed in this course are social interaction, self-determination, as well as recreation and leisure. Students should be of high school age or older and bring a creative and open mind.

Come Cook with Us

Session 1: June 14 - June 22
Time: Daily 1:00pm-3:00pm
Ages: 9 - 13
Session 2: June 22 - June 30
Time: Daily 10:00am -12:00pm
Ages 14+

Boost your cooking skills and confidence in an innovative format. Learn how to make fun, easy, and sometimes healthy meals together with a family member. This interactive experience will combine YouTube instructional videos followed by live group Zoom conversations, in order to best assist you in your cooking journey. The Zoom conversations will provide students with a chance to discuss their cooking experiences with each other and problem-solve together with the instructors. Prior to the class, accessible versions of the recipes, shopping lists, and the class schedule, as well as a no-cut glove, will be mailed to your home. Learn to mix, cut, pour, and measure ingredients in your own kitchen with the support and guidance of the CSB cooking team. This course will cover the Expanded Core Curriculum Areas of Independent Living.

Tacos, Disasters, and my BFF: Personal Storytelling, Inspired by The Moth Radio Hour

Combined Sessions 1 & 2: June 14 - 30
Time: Daily 9:00am-11:00am
Ages: 12+

Do you love listening to stories? Do you love telling them? Learn how to create and share your own true personal tales: from that funny thing that happened the other day, to the saddest, scariest, or most shocking event you have been wanting to get off your chest. Together we will build a safe space and community for crafting your tales. Get ready to be inspired by not only your peers but yourself, as well!

Modeled after the internationally acclaimed NPR The Moth Radio Hour, this Summer Academy will create a supportive space in which you can identify, perform, and record personal narratives, listen to peers’ stories, and be heard as a storyteller. You will have an opportunity to hear published stories and learn and practice the elements of storytelling, including story craft and performance tools. The class will also offer opportunities for story sharing with an audience of peers (and beyond).

Wait a minute, what if I'm not "dramatic" or a "poet?"

No problem! The great thing about storytelling is that there's no wrong way to be or perform- it's just about being yourself. Areas of the Expanded Core Curriculum will include Compensatory Skills, Social Interaction and Recreation and Leisure.

CSB's Amazing Race: Virtual Edition

Session 1: June 14 - June 22
Time: Daily 9:00am-11am/11:30am
Ages: 14+
Session 2: June 23 - June 30 (Six Days)
Time: Daily 9:00am-11:00am
Ages: 9 - 13

Join us for a virtual race across the continents of Earth! Explore different countries, cultures, and cuisines. You will be divided into teams and given daily challenges that will put your creativity and research skills to the test. Use tactile maps, graphics, and assistive technology to solve puzzles and trivia and complete physical challenges to accomplish this amazing race to the finish line! There will be mandatory assignments to be completed prior to each new day. During the daily Zoom meetings, students will share their discoveries and what they have learned from their assignments. Bring your teamwork and we will provide your passport! Areas of the Expanded Core Curriculum will include Orientation and Mobility, Social Interaction and Recreation and Leisure.

Achieving Your Best Self

Session 1: June 14 - 22
Time: Daily 10:00am-12:00pm (Only for 6/22: 10:00am-11:00am)
Ages: 14+
Session 2: June 22 - 30
Time: Daily 10:00am-12:00pm (Only for 6/22: 11:00am-12:00pm)
Ages: 9 - 13

Welcome to the 2021 balanced lifestyle course! During this weeklong virtual course, students will be exposed to a variety of important elements to leading a balanced lifestyle. Some areas that will be addressed are social skills, exercise/fitness, eating healthy, managing stress, and getting a good night's sleep. Everyday our team of 'Health Nuts' will guide students in a variety of activities to promote holistic wellness. Some possible activities would include preparing nutritious snacks, social skills-playing games and telling a good joke, meditating, how to stay active and learning ways to reduce stress. Find your balance with the CSB Health Nuts Team. Expanded Core Curriculum skills addressed in this course include but are not limited to social skills, recreation and leisure, independent living skills, and self-determination.

I'm Ready! How to be Prepared for an Emergency

Session 1 ONLY: June 14 - 22
Time: Daily 9:00am-11:00am
Ages: 9 - 13

Not sure what to do when the going gets tough? This virtual course is designed to help students feel empowered and be prepared for emergencies. Using FEMA's Student Tools for Emergency Planning (STEP) Curriculum (adapted), students will learn about natural disasters, emergency kits, and how to keep their family as safe as possible through fun, interactive activities. Through honing in on map skills, role playing 911 calls, and a Q and A panel with first responders, students will build confidence in how to act and react in an emergency. Students will complete this course ready for the unexpected! This course will include areas of Orientation and Mobility, Self-Determination and Social Interaction, of the Expanded Core Curriculum.

Additional Summer Program

Coding Course

Date: June 22-30, 2021
Times: 10am -12pm (+individual time)
Ages: High School, Middle School, and transition age students

The California School for the Blind and APH are proud to announce our Coding Camp running this summer, June 22-30 2021!! If you are in middle school or high school and want to get started with coding, come sign up! This virtual camp is offered to students nationwide. Students will learn basics and principals of coding in HTML and CSS as we build our own text-based game like an escape room or a choose your own adventure story! We will use a computer with JAWS to access the curriculum and create our website using Google Drive, Notepad, and a lot of creativity.

To apply, please complete the Coding Course Application External link opens in new window or tab. .