Signature Programs

Science Academy

The Science Academy is an after-school enrichment program designed to engage students through hands-on lab experience and inspire a love of science without the stress of formal exams and grades. Exploring a wide spectrum of scientific knowledge, the program motivates even those who have not been science-oriented in the past, allowing students to see science as a process and a tool for innovation. Students engage in scientific research at the university level and obtain a synergistic understanding of science and Judaism.
The Science Academy’s approach is based on the Jewish tradition’s four integral ways to think about science:
  • Ben Adam L’Havero (between person and community),
  • Ben Adam L’Teva (between person and nature),
  • Ben Adam L’Makom (between person and God),
  • Ben Adam L’Atzmo (between person and self).

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Yolanda Hovsepian
Director, Science Academy


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  • Breaking Brain

    This course focuses on common pathologies that affect the human brain. In addition to learning about the pathophysiology involved in strokes, both hemorrhagic and ischemic, and neurodegenerative conditions, including Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, students learn about and critique current diagnostic methods and models of therapy. They will also apply course material to their own lives by learning how to manage risk factors and recognize symptoms.
  • Climate Change

    This introductory course gives students an integrated overview of the science of climate change and offers an analysis of the implications of this change for patterns of daily life in their own circumstance and around the world. We will look back upon the science, social impact, and diplomacy that has surrounded climate issues over this last twenty years in order to clarify how the human community is now positioned to come to terms with Earth's evolving climate.
  • Engineering Competitions

    Students will learn engineering principles, build robots and make objects with 3D printers while tinkering in our high-tech MakerSpace. Engaged by a “Learn-by-Doing” approach, students develop a detailed appreciation of new engineering disciplines and skills. They will have an opportunity to build a rocket, design a 3-D printed gadget, create a puzzle cube, code a basic robot, and explore the Maker Movement utilizing Arduino. Competitions will include, but are not limited to, Bridge Building and Safe Cracking challenges.
  • Forensic Science

    Combining aspects of Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and Computer Science, this course helps students learn the techniques used in Forensic Science.  This lab-based course will cover gel electrophoresis, bullet trajectory and appropriate collection, analysis of footwear impressions, fingerprint identification, and comparative human bone, blood, hair, and fiber identification and documentation. Relevant historical forensic science cases will be discussed.
  • Marine Biology

    This course introduces students to the diverse field of Marine Biology through demonstrations, dissections, and hands-on and interactive activities. Classes have dedicated topics covering marine microorganisms, invertebrates, vertebrates, adaptations, behavior, ecological principles, and human impact on marine environments. The course includes two field trips; a day to the Malibu intertidal zone, and an optional three-day trip to Monterey Bay. (There is a fee for the optional Monterey field trip).
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  • Robotics

    Students have the opportunity to build and program robots, working with advanced equipment and computer software.  The program will cover the basics in computer programming using LEGO Mindstorms software. Robotics provides a fun, hands-on learning experience that builds skills in teamwork, project management, and creativity.
  • Spirulina

    Because of its remarkable effects on malnourished children, Spirulina is a micro-algae with the potential to end world hunger. Students will learn how to grow this “superfood,” using different methods of growing and learning about spirulina. They will, in turn, travel to a part of the world affected by famine in order to teach others how to grow spirulina.
  • 2018-2019 Science Academy Speakers

    Science Academy Speakers
    3:25pm – 4:25 pm
    Room 276

    January 9 Wednesday | “Medical Technology”
    Dr. Sergio Shkrovich
    Global director, Medical Research, Medtronic

    January 22 Tuesday | “Planets and Exoplanets”
    Dr. Luca Ricci
    CSUN Assistant Professor
    Department of Physics and Astronomy

    January 23 Wednesday | “Ocean Preservation”
    Barbara Gentile Crary
    Malibu Divers, Owner, and Director of Education
    PADI Course director, EFR Instructor Trainer, DAN instructor

    February 7 Wednesday | “Mental Health”
    Dr. Lise Spiegel
    Teacher/Lecturer Clinical Psychologist

    February 12 Tuesday | “Geology and Geochemistry”
    Dr. Paul Asimow
    California Institute of Technology
    Professor of Geology and Geochemistry

    March (Day TBA) | “Live Animals” (will be in the auditorium)
    Wildlife Learning Center Live Animals!

    March 17 Sunday (3pm-6pm) | “STEAM Academy Showcase”
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Located in the San Fernando Valley portion of the City of Los Angeles in Northern Los Angeles County. de Toledo High School is accredited by the California Association of Independent Schools (CAIS), the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) and Builders of Jewish Education (BJE,) and financially supported by the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles and the Jim Joseph Foundation.