THE MERE MENTION of "summer school" is enough to give some people the willies, but some local institutions are offering film and video courses that promise to be educational and fun. Here's a sampling of what's cookin' on the summer school menu:

*"The Way of the Dream -- A Jungian Journey," a film seminar on June 21 sponsored by the Smithsonian's Resident Associate Program at the Natural History Museum's Baird Auditorium. The day-long event includes 20 half-hour films of dream interpretations by Jungian authority Marie-Louise von Franz and discussions led by Jungian analyst Fraser Boa. The program repeats the following day. Cost to RAP members is $125; $150 nonmembers. To register, call 357-3030.

*"Language of Film: Narrative Strategies," a two-day seminar on the visual and narrative elements. It's taught by author Thomas Schatz at the American Film Institute June 21-22. Schatz, whose books include "Hollywood Genres" and "Old Hollywood/New Hollywood," will screen Kiss of the Spider Woman and Rear Window plus clips from Casablanca, Stagecoach, Annie Hall and others. Cost, $70 for AFI members; $90 nonmembers. Call 828-4000.

*"Reviewing Movies" Well, it sounds easy enough, but just try it! This six-session crash course is taught by Davey Marlin-Jones and begins June 24. Cost is $76 for Writer's Center members; $84 nonmembers. Call 654-8664.

*"Independent Filmmaking," taught by Washington director Paul Wagner, whose 1985 The Stone Carvers captured an Oscar for Best Short Documentary. His 2 1/2-hour course will be offered on June 24 by Open University in the Woodley Park area. Cost is $25. Call 966-9606.

*"Acting In Commercials," a six-week intensive "on-camera" workshop to help local actors get work in the Baltimore-Washington market, begins June 25 at the Film Actors' Workshop in Rockville. Cost $275. Call 762-1164.

*"At the Movies," a film expedition with American Film Institute associate film programmer Eddie Cockrell and independent filmmaker Robert Mugge, who'll unveil his new, feature-lenth documentary, "The Return of Ruben Blades" at the AFI. A question-and-answer period follows at Wolensky's bar in Foggy Bottom. It's July 18. Cost is $16 and includes movie and cocktail. Call 797-5102.

*"Great Hollywood Directors: Film Retrospective For VCR Users," a six-part, weekly movie appreciation course taught by Washington film critic Gary Arnold. From July 14 through August 18, he'll lead the class in informal, general discussions while examining directors' works and contributions to American cinema. Among the topics included in the 90-minute programs will be Charlie Chaplin's The Gold Rush and Modern Times; Frank Capra's It Happened One Night and Mr. Deeds Goes to Town. The course costs $50 for RAP members; $65 for nonmembers. (Some individual classes may be available). Call 357-3030.

*The fifth annual summer program of the American University Film & Video Institute. Sessions start on July 29 and on August 5. The institute offers intensive "Production Masters Classes" with six days of instruction spread over over eight days. The course cover such topics as "Advanced Location Lighting," "Audio Recording for Film and Video," "On-Line Video Editing" and "Advanced Film Editing." Prices range from $465 to $685. Call 885-2046.

With all the young, high school girls eagerly gathered outside the manager's office at the Uptown Theater on Monday evening, anyone could easily have mistaken it for a visit by Tom Cruise, or some other teenage idol.

"We are, like, two of his all-time greatest fans," swore Eileen Schmidt, posed for a courtroom oath.

"We love Norman. We doooo!" cooed Susan Shannon.

But inside the office overlooking Connecticut Avenue was actor Tony Perkins, an unlikely teenage idol and, looking a little too much like Norman Bates as he prepared to introduce his latest film, Psycho III, to 700 invited guests.

Last week, Schmidt and Shannonrented Psycho and Psycho II on videotape in preparation for Monday's premiere and got their parents bring them in from Springfield to the special screening. But their folks weren't as tickled to see the picture.

"They weren't half as excited as we were," admitted Shannon. "They think he's a little strange."

For nearly four decades Sheilah Graham filed her nationally syndicated column "Hollywood Today" from Tinsel Town, each day giving movie fans an inside look at the people and the politics that made fantasy land possible. On Tuesday evening at 8, Graham makes a rare public appearance in a lecture at Baird Auditorium. Graham, who lived with writer F. Scott Fitzgerald during his final years, has written 11 books, including Beloved Infidel, the story of her relationship with Fitzgerald. The story was made into a film in 1959 and starred Gregory Peck, Deborah Kerr and Eddie Albert. Tuesday's program is sponsored by the Smithsonian Resident Associate Program and costs $7 for members; $9 for nonmembers. Call 357-3030 for reservations.

If you haven't seen all three pictures in George Lucas' "Star Wars" trilogy, this is the weekend to go for broke and still not spend a bundle. Starting at 4:30 on Saturday and Sunday, the American Film Institute offers a special triple bill beginning with the one that started it all in 1977, Star Wars, with Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Alec Guinness and Peter Cushing. The come the 1979 The Empire Strikes Back and the 1983 Return of the Jedi. There'll be ten-minute breaks between each flick, and movie goers are invited to bring a bag lunch. Admission to all three films is $6 for members; $7 guests of members; and $8 nonmembers. Call 785-4600 or 785-4601.

The Sidwell Cinema opens its fifth summer season on Friday with Alfred Hitchcock's 1948 thriller, Rope, featuring James Stewart, Farley Granger and Cedric Hardwicke. For the next eight weeks the 400-seat repertory cinema will screen such films as Desperately Seeking Susan (June 19-21), Vertigo (July 1-3), and the French-made Breathless. On July 15 & 16, the Sidwell Cinema will present its annual baby- boomer special, the "Great American Nostalgia Festival," with such hard-to-find items as Nixon's Checkers Speech, an interview with James Dean, a 1943 film clip featuring singer Kate Smith from God Bless America. In early August the theater will show all of the 1985 Cleo Awards, given for the most creative and imaginative commericals. Films rotate every two or three days at 3901 Wisconsin Avenue NW, with two screenings nightly through August 10. All seats are $3.50; the Friends Cafe opens 30 minutes before showtime. For a schedule, call 537-8178. SHORT TAKES -- "John F. Kennedy, 1917-1963," a 30-minute film narrated by David Wayne and written and produced by Academy Award-winning filmmaker Charles Guggenheim, screens Friday at noon at the National Archives Theater, Eighth Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW. Guggenheim used rare archival footage to make this film especially for the JFK Library in 1979. Also on Friday's "American Lives" series program are "Person to Person," a 1953 interview by broadcaster Edward R. Murrow with Senator and Mrs. Kennedy; and "That Was the Week That Was" from November 23, 1963. Hosted by David Frost, this often satirical British television program pays tribute to Kennedy the day after his assassination in Dallas. All three screenings are free. Call 523-3000.

*The Baltimore Film Forum kicks off a five-week series, "Film Noir: Decay in an Age of Hope," with Billy Wilder's 1944 Double Indemnity on Friday evening at 8 at the Baltimore Museum of Art, 516 North Charles St. Call 301/685-4170 for a complete series schedule.

*Anna Lawton, of the Kennan Institute for Advanced Russian Studies, will open the National Gallery's Saturday screening of Andrei Tarkovsky's Nostalghia, with a slide lecture at 2:30 in the East Wing Auditorium. The program runs in conjunction with the Impressionist exhibition from the Soviet Union. It's all free.

*The Martin Luther King Library's Audiovisual Division examines the early works of Goddard, Truffaut, Polanski and Bunuel on Monday at 7 with free showings of four shorts: All Boys are Called Patrick (1958); Les Miston (1957); The Fat and the Lean (1963); and Un Chien Andalou (1928). The program will be held in Room A-5, 901 G Street NW. Call 727-1271.

*The Variety Club of Washington sponsors the benefit premiere of Ralph Macchio's and Pat Morita's return in The Karate Kid Part 2 on Wednesday at 7:30 at the Avalon. Tickets are $5. Call 737-2927. The film opens nationwide on June 20. FILM HISTORY -- Friday marks the day in 1927 that a ticker-tape parade welcomed aviator Charles A. Lindbergh to New York after making the first nonstop solo trans-Atlantic flight, from New York to Paris. It was 20 years ago on Friday that the U.S. Supreme Court issued its landmark Miranda vs. Arizona decision. The court held that a criminal suspect cannot be interrogated by police until he is informed of his constitutional rights, including the right to remain silent and to seek legal counsel. On June 13, 1967, President Lyndon B. Johnson nominated Solicitor General Thurgood Marshall to become the first black justice on the U.S. Supreme Court. Actor Richard Thomas is 35 on Friday.

Saturday is Flag Day, and the day in 1777 that the Continental Congress in Philadelphia adopted the Stars and Stripes as the national flag.

It was 64 years ago on Saturday that Warren G. Harding became the first president to be heard on radio. Baltimore station WEAR broadcast Harding's speech dedicating the Francis Scott Key memorial at Fort McHenry.

Saturday's birthday celebrants include singer-actor Burl Ives, who turns 77; actress Dorothy McGuire, 68; actor Sam Wanamaker, 67; actor Gene Barry, 65; and British rock singer Boy George, 25.

Sunday is Father's Day and marks the day in 1520 that Pope Leo X threatened to excommunicate Martin Luther if he did not recant.