Registration is now open for Lion Engage!

Designed for students entering grades 6-8, Lion Engage is a great summer opportunity to dive into experiential learning. You will learn hands-on from passionate and engaging instructors, interact with high school student mentors, and have fun while doing it!

You may choose morning and/or afternoon sessions, and each one is one week long. Each individual program below is considered one session (e.g. Studio Art is one session, Law and Film/TV are considered two sessions, etc.).

Morning - 9:30 AM-12:30 PM
 Morning - 9:30 AM-12:30 PM
Graphic Design Law
Business Studio Art
Engineering Film/TV Sports Broadcasting - FULL
Theatre Medical
Marine Biology  
Afternoon - 1:00-4:00 PM
 Afternoon - 1:00-4:00 PM
Law Business
Studio Art Digital Photography
Digital Photography Theatre
Engineering Marine Biology
Film/TV Sports Broadcasting - FULL Medical


Business | Mrs. Alexandria Pierce

This workshop includes learning about creating a product and a company mission statement, the basics of financing a product, website construction, and product marketing. Students will attend a presentation by a regional business leader and discuss issues facing a start-up or mature business, as well as participate in a Shark Tank scenario.

Digital Photography | Mr. Mark Chodzko

Course topics include an introduction to digital camera operation and Photoshop CC. Students will learn techniques of photo manipulation while gaining an understanding in the principles of design, composition, color, black and white photography using Adobe Photoshop CC. Students must possess a digital camera to take this course.

Engineering | Mrs. Michele Chenault

Come and spend a week working with bottle rockets, roller coasters, and puzzle cubes this summer! Through the use of bottle rockets, students will explore the principles of aeronautics while manipulating control variables and introducing the concepts of inertia, air resistance, and Newton’s laws of motion. Through roller coasters, students will utilize different building materials and learn about gravity. Both of these units will utilize STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) connections specifically investigating friction, gravity, acceleration and shape/load comparisons. Finally, making puzzle cubes will utilize the skills of constraints, design, and statistical analysis.

Film / TV: Sports Broadcasting | Sara Brechbill

Receive REAL broadcasting experience in the areas of play by play, sideline reporting, hosting, studio interviews and more. Learn about radio and the television production aspects behind sports and entertainment.

Graphic Design | Mr. Jeff Kahl

Graphic Design is an Art class that utilizes the powerful software program, Adobe Illustrator CS6, within the Apple MacIntosh environment. We will explore the role of the artist as a mass communicator — one who seeks bold simplicity of form — as well as touch on the five basic elements of design: line, color, shape, space and texture. Each student will conclude the week by creating an original, professional logo depicting a fictional company.

Law | Mr. Patrick Ahle

Students will learn constitutional law, evidence, and trial law. They will tour a courthouse, participate in an engaging mock trial computer game, conduct a mini-trial, and have current students as mentors.

Marine Biology | Mr. Orion Gardner

Marine Biology will chart a course with experiential labs and hands on investigation into the History, Science, and Ecology of Human exploration into the Ocean. Topics covered will include:

  1. Great Navigators and Explorers - Cook, Haeckel, Cousteau, London
  2. Oceanographic Systems - Wave Dynamics, Water Chemistry, Estuary Ecosystems
  3. Marine Animal Anatomy - Fish, Lobster, Shark, Plankton
  4. Seafood Cooking! - Sushi, Lobster, Scallops

Possible day trips include Dana Point Ocean Institute/San Mateo Estuary. Trips are dependent upon chaperone availability and participation.

Students will be expected to keep a digital log of their investigations using web sites populated with their photos, videos, and observational writings on a daily basis. Students completing these tasks will receive a daily reward for their enthusiasm and dedication.

Medical | Dr. Betty Cappelletti

If you love science and are interested in the medical field, then you will love this workshop! Taught by JSerra’s Medical Magnet director, Dr. Betty Cappelletti, students will receive hands-on experience using medical equipment and discussing science topics. Students will be able to interact with our body simulator, learn how to read an EKG, work with microscopes and a spectrophotometer, and much more!

Studio Art: Creativity Workshop | Ms. Alejandra Germann

If Art is your favorite subject during the school year, then you’re going to love this summer program! Each day we will explore what it’s like to be a real artist by learning to see the world as our inspiration and how to face the challenge of creating original works of art. Students will develop and expand their creativity with a dynamic project each day that will require thinking outside the box and using their imaginations. Experimenting with art techniques in both traditional and contemporary styles, students will use a wide variety of media, such as: pen and ink, graphite, watercolor, acrylic on canvas, and more.

Theater | Ms. Elise Ybarra

Students will delve into the foundations of performance and develop their skills through improvisation play, scene study, and character exploration. The week culminates in a performance of scenes rehearsed and directed in class that showcase their new knowledge of exploring action/objective, characterization, and engaging ensemble performance.


Laura Collins
949.493.9307 Ext. 1122

JSerra Catholic High School

26351 Junipero Serra Road
San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
Phone: 949.493.9307 | Fax: 949.493.9308

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