Summer at CSUN

  • Sunny Days Camp

    Students enjoy arts and crafts activities during the Sunny Days Camp. About 270 campers participated in this CSUN’s Sunny Days Camp. Photo by Lee Choo.

  • Rock climbing

    Sunny Days campers climb the 40-foot indoor rock climbing wall in CSUN’s Student Recreation Center. Photo by Lee Choo.

  • Teenage Drama

    Teenage Drama Workshop participants rehearse “Disney’s Aladdin Jr.” More than 90 students enrolled in CSUN’s annual theatrical summer program. The students also performed “Jack and the Beanstalk.” Photo by Nestor Garcia.

  • science class

    Students perform science experiments during a class offered by the Summer Academic Enrichment Program (SAEP). Dozens of students in sixth through 12th grade participated in CSUN’s annual summer enrichment program. Photo by Nestor Garcia.

  • Algebra camp

    Rev. James Thomas, pastor of Living Word Church, engages students during this summer's Culturally Based Algebra Camp at CSUN. Dozens of students enrolled in this six-week camp for students in first through 12th grade. Photo by Nestor Garcia.

  • student display

    Algebra camp students display projects aimed at enhancing their understanding of African culture and math. The camp’s curriculum, produced in tandem with CSUN’s departments of mathematics and Pan African studies, aims to improve college readiness and cultural awareness. Photo by Nestor Garcia.

Summer at California State University, Northridge shined brightly with more than 1,500 eager pupils filling classrooms. But unlike the regular school year, these stellar minds were K-12 students who enjoyed making arts and crafts, swimming, learning about outer space and dinosaurs and performing in musicals.

CSUN offers several summer programs for youth.

Sunny Days Camp filled the summer with fun for 270 campers between the ages of 5 and 12 for nine weeks. Their curriculum included sports, field trips to such educational spaces as the Los Angeles Zoo and California Science Center, arts and crafts, games and swimming. Campers got to explore where Matadors play with visits to the Student Recreation Center, including an exploration to the top of the “Ridge” and use of the new turf field, and the University Student Union Game Room.

On the other end of the spectrum, students enrolled in CSUN’s summer academic programs spent the summer learning about various topics, including computer skills, foreign languages and visual performing arts. The Summer Academic Program for Elementary School Students (K-5) and the Summer Academic Enrichment Program (6-12) cultivated the desire to learn in its participants through use of fun techniques prepared by credentialed teachers.

Students attending the Culturally Based Algebra Camp spent six-weeks focusing on enhancing student skills and success in mathematics. Rooted in increasing math comprehension for Valley-resident students, the camp’s curriculum, produced by Living Word Church, CSUN’s department of mathematics and Pan African studies, fosters high-academic achievement and strives to improve college readiness among its participants.

The Teenage Drama Workshop also returned for its 56th year of teaching and production. With more than 90 students enrolled, the program hosted two large productions—“Disney’s Aladdin Jr.” and “Jack and the Beanstalk”—and the “10-Minute Play Festival,” which allowed student playwrights to bring their pages to the stage in six-weeks.

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