Below are the course offerings for Summer 2022! 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.
Class includes elements of exploring the visual arts through paper and drawing materials. Projects include, but are not limited to, collage, watercolor, graphite, and pen & ink. Session 1, 2, 3 | Period 1, 2, or 3
This class is for students with no piano background. Using the electronic piano lab, campers will learn keyboard orientation, reading from the grand staff, and basic terminology and repertoire. Session 1, 2, 3 | Period 2
Enabling students to 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 in the modern world. Session 1, 2, 3 | Period 1
What's the formula for great content? In this course we'll cover what it takes to create content for social media from posts and photos to videos and more. We'll discuss the need for balance between sales posts versus engagement posts, and the need to tailor messages to fit the platform. Students will learn to create/identify powerful imagery that stands out in the crowded digital world and create authentic content that engages users. Session 1 | Period 2
Do you find the required reading in school boring? Are you tired of reading the same books that your parents studied in school? Have you ever thought of writing your own work? This class will consider issues of access and representation in literature. Students are encouraged to find their own creative expression in the forms of long-form fiction, short story, creative non-fiction, poems, songs, etc.
In this one-week course in Data Analysis, students will be introduced to the basic concepts of statistics in a data-driven fashion. Topics to be covered include variables, variable classification, data collection, data summary or organization, visual displays, and contingency table. This course requires no prerequisites.
Like puzzles? In this course you'll learn how to design your very own escape room. We will discuss the parts of the brain used in solving rooms and working on puzzles. You'll build out your own escape room scenario and clues and give other campers the chance to escape. Session 1, 2, 3 | Period 3
This course is an introduction to the French language and culture. Students start learning how to communicate in French at a basic level both orally and in writing. They also gain some knowledge and understanding of French culture. Topics include the alphabet, greetings, numbers, colors, animals, days of the week, talking about oneself (name, age, hobbies, likes/dislikes). Culture themes include regions of France, Paris, French speaking countries, holidays, and sports.
Learn to identify the letters of the Greek alphabet and practice pronouncing ancient Greek words. Explore ancient Greek art and mythology. Learn common Greek roots found in modern scientific terminology. Try out some ancient Greek sports.
This course will acquaint students with the history of European classical music from the 17th century to the present. Through lecture and A/V presentations, campers will become familiar with the leading composers and stylistic trends during this era. Session 1, 2, 3 | Period 3
This course is 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 and cell phones as a tool for creating art and idea expression. We’ll discuss the difference between and capabilities of cameras on phones, lower end cameras and high dollar DSLRs. We’ll also experiment with lighting for portrait photography and creating displays for product/food photography.
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. Session 1, 2, 3 | Period 2
This course will enable students to think critically and discuss common themes related to motor vehicles, motorsports, engine modification, and everyday driving. In addition, students will become familiar with the physics, engineering, and mechanics of different types of everyday vehicles on the road.
Students will perform improvised exercises and create characters through the comedic improvisation form, "LaRonde". Through the week, students will get to attempt various versions of the form as well as develop clear but improvised storylines through the form. A must for any would be actors or comedians!
You are a medieval scribe. Our scriptorium has been tasked with creating an illuminated manuscript for our wealthy patron. Learn how to form and write several ancient and medieval scripts with quill pens on parchment. Learn the ins and outs of manuscript book production: parchment stretching and papermaking, quire ruling, miniature painting, and sewn binding. Session 1, 2 | Period 3. Session 3 | Period 2
Have you ever heard of "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" Students will get to develop and perform numerous comedic improvisation games, some taken from the hit show and some from other sources. The end of the week will culminate in an evening performance for interested campers! Session 1, 2, 3 | Period 3
THIS CLASS IS NOW FULL FOR ALL THREE SESSIONS. Students will get to create their own hero to fight hordes of goblins, zombies and other enemies. Another aspect of D&D is that players get to aid in the creation of the game by role-playing their characters in order to guide and act out narrative decisions in the gameplay.
This class is for students with some music background, including reading music in at least one clef. Campers will have an overview of notation of pitch and rhythm, scales and tonality, intervals, chords, and musical form. Sessions 1, 2, 3 | Period 1
Students learn to broadcast a big message in a short amount of time. Using the framework of TED Talks, students choose an issue (personal or political) that they're passionate about and present their topic.
This class is for all people curious about how power works in the world. This is a beginning class on an incredibly diverse field. Topics include the patriarchy and the intersections of race, gender, sexuality, class. Students are encouraged to share their own viewpoints and experiences. The personal is the political.
Session 2, 3 | Period 3
Optional activities for campers include a variety of on-campus and off-campus options.
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.