Distance Learning Solutions


Distance Learning Academy

Tutoring – Virtual and ON-SITE (when Fresno County enters Orange Tier)


Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the regular programs held at SAM Academy will not take place at this time. Instead, we are offering limited spaces for the Tutoring. Please request registration information on the link above (Registration).

Distance ‘Tutoring’ available. Grandes 3-12. Rates are $24/hour. Waiver applications accepted contingent on Measure S funding. 

ON-SITE Tutoring also available. Tutoring and supervision is by experienced credentialed teachers that are also CPR and First Aid certified. 

SAM Academy is following the safety measures recommended by the County of Fresno Department of Health. Only students that are able to maintain physical distancing from other students and wear a face mask will be admitted for ON-SITE Tutoring. 

STEM and Art activities will be offered as time allows. 


Dr. Valadez and staff. 

Registration Form in pdf



Summer 2019 STEM, Art & Scout Camp

Bots to Biology Camps 2019

2019 Bots to Biology Camp: Fun, and engaging one-week camps with a focus on learning science, engineering, and ecosystems of local habitats, rivers and ponds. Students will learn about biomimicry and how scientists and engineers through history have used nature in their inventions and designs. Travel to local ponds included (permission form required). Recommended for grades 1-8. Registration – $175.00 per 5 day camp.  Each camp will be 5 days (M-F) from 8:30 am to 2:00 pm. Students must bring lunch. A mid-morning snack will be provided. Two weeks only offered this summer as listed below. Registration online by going to links. Pre-registration required. Sanger resident discount – $50. Hardship questions refer to Dr. Valadez – 559-288-4953. 

July 8-12, 2019 – go to link or email media@cvsamacademy.org for registration forms. 

July 22-26, 2019 – go to link or email media@cvsamacademy.org for registration forms. 


Art & Maker Camp 2019

2019 Art/Maker Camp: The Art/Maker design camp will introduce color theory, Kandinsky water color circles, and other elements of art through Art History.  Nature journaling of organic and geometric shapes that integrating art, making, and design. Children will draw, paint, and make beautiful items such as collage birds and other items of their own design and imagination. Learn about Mayan art history and importance of masks and create your own mask and other unique projects. Recommended grades 1-8. Students must bring lunch. A mid-morning snack will be provided. Pre-Registration required. $175.00 per 5 day camp from 8:30 am to 2:00 pm Monday – Friday. Sanger resident discount – $50. Hardship questions refer to Dr. Valadez prior to start of camp. 

July 15-19, 2019 – go to link or email media@cvsamacademy.org for registration forms. 


COMPLETED – Cub Scout Recruitment Camp for Pack 322: Grades K-5 from the Sanger and Del Rey areas are invited to attend this FREE camp as a registration boost for Cub Scouts. Learn about Cub Scouts and work on activities and projects while earning merits in Scouting, the outdoors, team building, earning awards, and completing the Bobcat rank. A mid-morning snack will be provided. 

June 10-14, 2019 – 9:00 am – 12:00 pm each day. Shuttle pick-up and returns from Del Rey to SAM Academy in Sanger by arrangement. Registration – contact Bobbi-Ann Phillips – 559-753-3646 (call/text)


2018 Bots to Biology Camps

Kids will have fun and learn in unique one-week camps with a focus on science, art, engineering, making habitats, and ecosystems of rivers and wetlands. Will involve use of data collection tools and observation tools such as microscopes, bug viewers, hand lens, and digital scopes. Students will document their own work in a field journal just as real scientists and engineers to in the real world. 

Sample Agenda

Monday – Tinkering with circuits; Science Notebooks; Simple Machines; Bots; transfer of energy; Nature Journaling

Tuesday – Walkabout outdoors; Observation of habitats; collection of living and non-living; microscopy (digital and compound); Bug Viewers; Magnifiers; scopes; nature journaling

Wednesday – Pond and water studies; macro-invertebrates collections; bird observations; nature journaling; Habitat studies; drawing birds and animals; Animal bots

Thursday – Nature journaling; habitats; energy transfer in ecosystems; human impact on the environment; Scribble bots; camp shirts

Friday – Nature journaling; air dynamics; things that float in air; flight and aeronautics;

2018 Coding & Robotics Camps

Computer Science, Coding, and Robotics Camps teach basic computer science principles, coding, programming, logic, and robotics design and the use of a Micro:bits and  Raspberry Pi microcomputer. Engineering, making, and critical thinking will drive student work around several key challenges. Students will also be challenged to design and build a Mars rover from scratch as the concluding project. 

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Summer 2017  

SAM Academy (Science, Art & Music) offered three different 5-day summer camps for kids ages 6-17. Bots to Biology and River and Coastal exploration which included a free trip to Morro Bay, and Santa Cruz to sail aboard the O’Neill Sea Odyssey where kids got to study and explore coastal ecology.

In each camp, studies were designed for the grade level span of each group. Students observed and contrasted coastal ecosystems, observed sea otters, harbor seals, migrating birds, and other amazing creatures. Focused learning modules on coastal ecology and riparian ecology preceded each of the trips and students practiced using the tools and instruments used during the field studies (compass, sensors, probes, cameras). Students also learned about the various landforms and environmental issues that impact both the Central Valley and coastal regions of California.