Campus: CSU, Northridge -- July 23, 2001
CSUN Offers Special Summer Classes for Youngsters
For many youngsters, summer vacation means hanging out at the local
swimming pool and ignoring schoolwork. But for about 1,350 elementary
and secondary school students, vacation this year means taking special
classes at Cal State Northridge.
More than 800 sixth through twelfth graders are getting a head start toward
their high school degrees this month in CSUN's Summer Academic Enrichment
Program (SAEP), which is now in its 23rd year. Sponsored by the Department
of Secondary Education, the five-week program on the university campus
costs $375 to $425.
Many of the students are enrolled in two, two-hour classes each weekday,
earning elective credit in a wide variety of subjects. The 35 classes
offered include topics in mathematics, reading, computers, dance, drivers
education, journalism, martial arts, Spanish, psychology and SAT preparation
"One of the goals of these programs is that the students begin to
plan early to set high educational goals and attend college," said
Bonnie Ericson, director of the program and chair of CSUN's Secondary
Meanwhile, about 450 first through sixth graders are working on their
skills in math, writing and reading, and taking classes such as art, dance
and science in a similar program sponsored by CSUN's Elementary Education
Department. CSUN has offered the Summer Academic Program for Elementary
School Students (SAPESS) for the past 19 years.
"Our summer program was created to fill a void, since the university
did not provide a summer program for elementary students" in the
early years while hosting the secondary program, said Philip Kligman,
associate professor in the Elementary Education Department and director
of the elementary program.
The program allows "students to develop their own program of work,"
said Arlinda Eaton, associate dean of CSUN's College of Education, which
oversees both programs.
For a $400 fee, elementary students are allowed to select four classes.
"Some students elect to take classes that complement those that are
offered at their regular schools. Others elect to take classes that will
reinforce and expand upon classes offered at their regular schools,"
"Through a creative and secure environment, the program introduces
students into the university community," Kligman added.
Most instructors in both programs are public and private school teachers
who have been credentialed after attending CSUN, are enrolled in CSUN
master's programs, or have already received master's degrees from the
The Monday through Friday programs began July 2 and will continue through
Enrollment for this year's programs is closed. But to be placed on the
mailing list for next year or for additional program information, contact
Glenn Bailey at (818) 677-3333.