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 the 2020 courses. 2021 course descriptions will be available in Spring 2021. Please contact us with any questions: Scott Smith, Summer Academy Coordinator 510-936-5527 or ssmith@csb-cde.ca.gov.

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See the Summer Academies Frequently Asked Questions for more information.


Summer Academies 2020

Registration for the 2020 Summer Academies will open on February 3, 2020. To begin the application process, please complete the interest form External link opens in new window or tab. .


Week 1

June 8 - 12, 2020
Registration Deadline: April 27
Ages: 13+

Programming and Personal Fitness: A Technology and Sports Academy

This course will feature tech, team sports, and tons of fun! Students will learn about coding with iOS and compatible tools, participate in team sports as well as individual fitness, and other recreational activities. Coding will be presented at a level that is comfortable for all students, with the intention that they learn the basics on coding and robotics. Expanded Core Curriculum skills addressed in this course include but are not limited to assistive technology, recreation and leisure, social interaction, and self-determination.

Cook, Eat, and Work It Off

Students attending this course will leave with foundational kitchen and cooking skills. Students will prepare meals from beginning to end; including researching recipes, writing shopping lists, shopping for needed ingredients, preparing food, cooking, eating and the all-important cleaning! Students will have the opportunity to use a variety of accessible kitchen appliances. Some of the key elements that will be covered in this course are etiquette and kitchen safety. In order to "work it off" students will participate in adapted physical activities. Expanded Core Curriculum skills addressed in this course include but are not limited to social interaction, recreation and leisure, independent living skills, assistive technology, and self-determination.

Dungeon Master's Academy

Learn to become a Dungeon Master! During CSB's Dungeons and Dragons (DND) Summer Academy, students will gain the knowledge needed to take on the most crucial and sought after role in this creative and interactive role-playing game. Participants will learn to draft and edit colorful adventures that come to life. They will find out how to use mathematical ratios to create a balance of power between DND good and evil. They will enhance both their social interaction and leadership skills as they practice dramatic speech and play a variety of one shot adventures. Some will be those that they created themselves! By the end of the week, students will celebrate their moments of glory with a presentation. And finally, they will go home with a DND dictionary in their reading medium, a DND character token, the skills and knowledge to run their own group adventures, and of course memories of a fun filled week. Expanded Core Curriculum skills addressed in this course include but are not limited to social interaction, self-determination, and recreation and leisure.


Week 2

June 15-19, 2020
Registration Deadline: May 4
Ages: 9 -13

Programming and Personal Fitness: A Technology and Sports Academy

This course will feature tech, team sports, and tons of fun! Students will learn about coding with iOS and compatible tools, participate in team sports as well as individual fitness, and other recreational activities. Coding will be presented at a level that is comfortable for all students, with the intention that they learn the basics on coding and robotics. Expanded Core Curriculum skills addressed in this course include but are not limited to assistive technology, recreation and leisure, social interaction, and self-determination.

Cook, Eat, and Work It Off

Students attending this course will leave with foundational kitchen and cooking skills. Students will prepare meals from beginning to end; including researching recipes, writing shopping lists, shopping for needed ingredients, preparing food, cooking, eating and the all-important cleaning!! Students will have the opportunity to use a variety of accessible kitchen appliances. Some of the key elements that will be covered in this course are etiquette and kitchen safety. In order to "work it off" students will participate in adapted physical activities. Expanded Core Curriculum skills that will be covered in this course include social, recreation and leisure, independent living skills, assistive technology, and self-determination.


Week 3

June 22-26, 2020
Registration Deadline: May 11
Ages: 13+

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 and MacOS movie production. 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! Expanded Core Curriculum skills addressed in this course include but are not limited to assistive technology, sensory efficiency, self-determination, recreation and leisure, and compensatory skills.

Access Through Transit

CSB's Access Through Transit course is designed to expose students to a variety of public transportation systems while basic O&M skills, self-advocacy skills, and social skills are reviewed and supported. Participants will plan transit routes using apps and websites, practice communicating with bus operators/BART station agents, learn about transit systems in their home area, and most importantly take multiple trips on AC Transit, BART, and SF Muni. Events and activities will likely include: a trip to SF Lighthouse for the Blind, meeting with AC Transit bus operators and explore parked buses, and community service/ volunteer experience. Additionally, there will be a 2-hour "Teenpower" workshop provided by Kidpower (www.kidpower.org). The workshop will expose participants to skills and techniques designed to increase safety, confidence, and how to deescalate conflicts. There will be a walking component with each activity so it is recommended that applicants be able to walk one-quarter of a mile without needing to rest. Expanded Core Curriculum skills addressed in this course include but are not limited to orientation and mobility, compensatory skills, recreation and leisure, and assistive technology.

Goalball, Part of a Balanced Lifestyle

Welcome to the 2020 balanced lifestyle course featuring Goalball. During this week long course, students will learn the 5 keys to a balanced lifestyle. The 5 areas are; social skills, exercise/fitness, eating healthy, managing stress, and getting rejuvenating sleep. By playing goalball, students are already addressing 3 areas; social skills, exercise/fitness, and managing stress. When students are not in the gym, they will be engaged in preparing nutritious meals, meditating, and learning how to create the ideal sleep environment. Come be more balanced at CSB. Expanded Core Curriculum skills addressed in this course include but are not limited to recreation and leisure, independent living skills, and self-determination.