Summer 2022 course offerings will be available in early 2022.
Below are the course offerings for Summer 2021! During the registration process, you will be asked to designate one for each period. Not all courses are offered each week. Please read the descriptions for each course for details and use this worksheet to help you schedule your courses.
This course will help dancers explore contemporary movement practices in a technique class. Contemporary dance fuses elements of modern dance, contemporary ballet and jazz. This class will consist of a warm-up followed by center technical exercises working on strength, balance and musicality. Class will then transition into traveling combinations across the floor before finishing with a fun class combination.
What’s the formula for great content? In this course, campers will learn what it takes to create content for social media, from posts to photos and videos and more. Students will learn about the different between sales posts and engagement posts, and how to balance the two, and the importance of tailoring messages to fit platforms. Campers will learn to create and identify powerful imagery that stands out in a crowded digital world.
Learn all about the science behind investigating crime scenes! This study of forensic science will include fingerprinting, blood spatter analysis, DNA evidence, and more. At the end of the week, students will be given the opportunity to solve a crime by collecting and analyzing evidence left behind at a crime scene.
Who draws boundaries? Who decides who is allowed entrance, and who is excluded? This class will participate in Socratic Seminars crossing disciplines, including short readings and mini-research presentations examining constructed realities. For example, students will look at physical lines in the form of gerrymandering and social lines in the consideration of historical archives and social networks.
Students will be introduced to the basic concepts of statistics in a data-driven fashion. Topics covered will include variables and variable classification, data collection, data summary and organization, visual displays, and contingency tables. No prerequisites required.
An introduction to many of the math courses actually offered at LSMSA. Topics include Algebra, Geometry, Trigonometry, Calculus, Linear Algebra, Modern Algebra, and more. There are no educational prerequisites required, and content will be presented in a way that is accessible to all students.
The goal of this course is to foster financial literacy. Students will examine the deductions on a pay stub to determine net pay, explore credit card debt and how to become savvy, and the concept of wealth-building through investments.
Students will get to experiment with comedic improvisation forms through various performance games and improvised scenes (as in “Whose Line is it Anyway?”). Listening, responding, and working with partners will be crucial for this class.
This course will help campers explore ways to spontaneously create movement in the moment through fun improvisational games. Build self-confidence, create joy, and find your “flow” as you create community within a dance class. No previous dance experience is needed to enjoy this course!
This course will acquaint campers with music of the great composers through a combination of lecture and listening. Some class time will include music of other styles. Towards the end of the week, campers will have the opportunity to present and discuss a musical selection of any type.
An introduction to the technical and aesthetic properties of digital photography. Students will learn the technical aspects of photography as well as how to use the camera (digital or on their phones) as a tool for creating art and idea expression. Students will compare and contrast cameras on phones, lower-end cameras, and high-dollar DSLRs.
A course for campers who already have some music background. Campers should know how to read music in treble and/or bass clef. The course will cover notation of pitch in treble and bass clef, basic rhythmic notation and analysis and writing of intervals, scales, and chords.
Learn what type of leader you are, how to be a role model, how to make an impact in the lives of others. This class focuses on following a vision, encourages collaboration with a team, and promoting positive self-image.
Students will bring prepared performances (any sort of variety - singing, dancing, acting, etc) to work on and rehearse in class throughout the session. Students will perform for the other campers at the end of the week.
Learn about different scientific ideas and principles through fun activities. Campers will explore how science is applicable to everyday life and spend time in the lab doing experiments. Among the variety of experiments will be creating pH indicators, bouncy balls, slime, and many others.
Students will consider the multifaceted role that music plays in defining culture, inspiring change, and promoting world view. Emphasis is placed on how musicians use their art to communicate beyond aesthetics. Students are encouraged to find examples and write their own lyrics.
This course will combine elements of a traditional jazz technique class while also exploring the world of musical theatre. Class will have a beginning jazz warm-up, center phrases, traveling phrases, and ends with learning fun choreography in the musical theatre genre. This course is ideal for campers interested in combing dance and theatre.
A hands-on introduction to programming using R as a calculator, a skill that is of critical importance to careers in data science. This class will also discuss R popularity and R functions. There are no prerequisites required for this course.
Through listening, lecture, and collections of stories, students will explore the roots and progression of Rock’n’Roll music through the 20th century and how it impacts storytelling, music, and style as we know them today.
Who is considered a great writer? Who is remembered? Who tops the charts on “classics” in school curriculum? This course is a critical dive into the process of mainstreaming specific authors and literary works. Students will learn to broaden their idea of legendary authors and cultural masterpieces.
Students will explore various ways to express themselves - through artwork, storytelling, writing, and public speaking. No prior experience or skill is necessary, but it will be important that students can identify a topic about which they are passionate or have strong feelings to express.
Enabling students to troubleshoot basic issues in a Windows Operating System, learn key cybersecurity techniques to protect their data, familiarize themselves with the general structure and purpose of computer hardware, and use their cellular devices more efficiently.
LSMSA is often compared to a famous boarding school: Hogwarts. This course will focus on some of the similarities between the real and imagined, as well as doing a deep dive into the books and films. A prior knowledge of the Harry Potter series is ideal, but not required.
How does a journalist write a news story? What’s the difference between news and feature stories? This course introduces the concepts and techniques of media writing while students learn some of the history of journalism and the function of print, electronic, and online news media. Topics will include media ethics, media bias, and the media’s impact on global communications. This course will also delve into the relationship of media to advertising and much more!
Students will learn how to troubleshoot general maintenance issues with vehicles, make more informed decisions about themselves and others on the road, understand a vehicle’s basic components and their functions, and become more familiar with their vehicle in general.
Louisiana School for Math, Science, and the Arts (LSMSA) is the preeminent state-supported residential high school with competitive admissions for Louisiana's high-achieving, highly-motivated sophomores, juniors, and seniors. As a public school, there is no tuition to attend, and assistance from the LSMSA Foundation ensures the program is available to all qualifying students regardless of family financial need.