SLICE summer registration open, Prius raffle tickets for sale

Registration has begun for the Claremont Educational Foundation’s SLICE of Summer enrichment program. An array of classes will be offered beginning on June 17, with courses ranging from academics to sports to activities like sculpture, cooking, coding, drumming, music video production and much more.

There are three sessions with a few online/hybrid courses also available. All classes are $160 unless otherwise noted. Those who register between April 1 and April 7 will get a 10 percent discount on all classes—use the code: early10. The following are just a few of the classes that can enhance your child’s education and enliven their summer.


In Legos: Master Builders Across the Curriculum, first through eighth grade students use Legos to explore math, writing, critical thinking and imaginative play. The first term runs June 22 through July 3.

In Storytelling through Claymation, students in fourth through eighth grade develop storytelling skills while using digital photography to create stop-motion animation shorts. They will employ the iMovie software as well as clay, art materials, Legos and whatever else they can think of.

In Hip-Hop Dance Party, students in fifth through eighth grade learn the history of hip-hop and the connection between rap and poetry while writing their own rap song. By the end of the class, they will produce a dance to showcase and share with other SLICE participants.

In Law School for Kids, kids in fifth through eighth grade get their feet wet with the history and structure of the legal system and begin briefing their own cases and conducting mock trials in class. The class is taught by Oakmont teacher and former lawyer Scott Boen.

In CSI: Claremont, students learn the science behind crime scene investigation, exploring (fake) blood splatter, fingerprints, DNA, etc. Students will also write their own mystery story to be shared with the class.

There are also a number of sports offerings including volleyball and basketball for students in fourth through eighth grades and Li’l Buzzer Beaters: Basketball & Other Games for kids in first through third grade.  


Some classes provide students with course credit. These include physical education, which gives students in the ninth through twelfth grades the chance to complete a semester of PE in four weeks and meets the CHS graduation requirement for physical education.

Other credit classes include Spanish 1 ($660), driver’s education ($185), speech and debate ($310), music appreciation ($410), pre-calculus ($660), tech education ($105) and health and fitness ($105).


SLICE also offers bridge classes that, while they don’t provide school credit, prep students for upcoming classes or situations that may prove challenging.

The Calculus AB Bridge Class helps students in ninth through twelfth grade prepare for the calculus challenge examination students must pass in order to enroll in AP Calculus BC in the fall. Tuition is $660.

A class called Welcome to El Roble is designed to ease the tension of elementary students transitioning to intermediate school. Incoming seventh graders and new eighth graders will get an inside look at their new campus and learn the tools needed to become successful secondary students at El Roble, all while having fun, playing games and meeting new friends.

Another class is called Strategies for Middle School Success which focuses—along with getting acquainted with the El Roble campus—on skills enabling students to thrive academically and socially. Topics include organization and time management, studying and test-taking strategies, identifying and capitalizing on your learning style, conflict management and dealing with stress and anxiety.

Teens in ninth through twelfth grade might also want to take the College Essay Writing Workshop, which will address essential skills and creative approaches to improving their college application essay.  

For information about the SLICE program or to register, visit (click on SLICE) or call (909) 399-1709.

Along with organizing the SLICE program, CEF helps fund art, music and technology in the Claremont Unified School District. Want to help this impactful organization? Get your tickets today for CEF’s yearly Prius raffle, with the car courtesy of Claremont Toyota.

Tickets, which are $20 or 6 for $100, are available at Coates Cyclery, Rio de Ojas and Heirloom. The raffle will be held on Sunday, April 19 at Claremont Toyota.

—Sarah Torribio


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