12 Years & Up

Anatomy Waldorf-Style (Philip Guest)

In this Waldorf-based course, we board the rocket ships of our imaginations and embark on a journey to explore this “inner space”. The course uses art and imagination to create symbolic pictures of the various organs, systems and processes that combine to make up the greatest mystery and miracle of all–ourselves!  (. . . and it won’t be icky at all!)
Philip Guest
1.5 hours Mondays, 10:30 am – 12 pm

Artistic Journaling   (Jeanie Frias)

Hate to write, but want to keep a journal?  Or Love to write, but tired of the typical journal entry that just embarrasses you later on? In this class, we explore ways to keep a meaningful journal/diary with few or no words needed.
Jeanie Frias
1 hour Wednesdays, 9 – 10 am
$340 + $25 materials fee

Contemporary Middle School Literature (Debby Berman)

How do our personal attributes and our circumstances of race, class, gender, and timing affect freedom, equality, and opportunities in our lives  We’ll explore this essential question together through readings, class discussions, and writing. Readings include classic short stories, contemporary journal articles, and a novel.

We will read short works by Alex Tizon, Kurt Vonnegut, and Malcolm Gladwell. The novel will be selected from among the following: All American Boys, co-authored by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely; or Chains, by Laurie Halse Anderson; or I Will Always Write Back: How One Letter Changed Two Lives, co-authored by Caitlin Alifirenka, Martin Ganda, and Liz Welch.
Debby Berman
1 hour, Fridays, 10:30 – 11:30 pm

Creative Writing (Josh Mann)

Writing is about telling a story. What is your story? What story would you like to share with the world? Using our imaginations and personal experiences, we explore the world of creative writing through a series of exercises that help you grow. This is a wonderful opportunity to enjoy the writing process, whether it’s a special concept you’ve always had or a personal experience you would like to explore, this class allows us to learn what it means to be a dynamic storyteller. We also read passages from published material, so we can learn from the great writers of our time. We discuss what you love about writing and what you look for in a compelling story. You not only learn tools to become a better writer, but you also learn how to have fun during the process.
Josh Mann
1.5 hour Mondays, 4 pm – 5:30 pm

Current Events: Documentary Film Making (Linda Slade)

Learn how to produce a seven-minute drama or documentary. In the process you’ll learn how to deliver an elevator speech and make a pitch, write a short script, develop a story, and edit an idea or concept. We’ll also cover topics like working on a production team, communicating, and general marketing concepts.
Linda Slade    
2 hours Wednesdays, 2:30 – 4:30 pm

Digital Photography   (Jeanie Frias)

Develop skills of visual communication. Express your unique point of view. Communicate your thoughts and feelings.  Explore the world around you . . .  through the camera lens. With help from fun weekly assignments, we explore metaphor, point of view, composition, movement, abstraction, self-expression, and more!  Students need to bring a digital camera to class (or a phone with an extra large view screen) and have the ability to print at least one image at home each week.
Jeanie Frias
1 hour Wednesdays,11:30 am – 12:30 pm

History of Rock  (Christian Nesmith)

History of Rock includes a more immersive understanding of music, its construction, its execution, and how that has impacted world events including politics, style and fashion, cultural evolution, and the rethinking of art itself. This will include examining music of last 100 years.

In addition to reviewing various artists, discussing their contributions and what effect they had on our culture, a basic understanding of music theory will also be taught, as well as a familiarization of the tools used throughout the history of music. This includes various instruments AND recording devices and techniques. We plan on giving the students a hands-on experience.

The goal is to impart a more comprehensive understanding of music, its creators and listeners, and how it has changed and been changed by important historical, technological, and cultural events.

Christian Nesmith      
1.5 hours Tuesdays, 12 – 1:30 pm

History of WW I and WW II (Abby Polakow)

This is a World History class which establishes the social and political conditions in Europe that triggered the first World War. The class extends for the duration of the school year, with the first semester focusing on the causes and conclusion of World War I, and the second semester focusing on how the outcome of World War I set the stage for World War II, how the second World War played out, including the Holocaust, and how the United States came to use the first nuclear weapons in warfare. The exploration of the events of both wars will include links to the present and an examination of how these events might have been altered or prevented.
Abby Polakow
1.5 hours Fridays, 9 – 10-30 pm

Improv (Rebecca Martin)

Explore the elements of improv in this engaging class. You learn some of the core fundamentals and principles of improv, focusing on various games and exercises that encourage trust, communication, agreement (“yes and”); active listening, character, status, and making your scene partner look good.  All of these practices are things kids can carry with them into everyday life!
Rebecca Martin
1 hour Mondays, 12 – 1 pm

Junior Achievement – Entrepreneurship, Career Success and Personal Finance (Kirsten Karlsrud)

This class for young teens uses the National Junior Achievement Program curriculum to teach about personal finance, business finance, careers, and entrepreneurship.  It’s a terrific curriculum, which we tweak to meet the needs and interests of our Homeschool kids.
Kirsten Karlsrud
1.5 hours Mondays, 9 – 10 am

Middle School English (Abby Polakow)

This class will focus on learning to use grammatical terms correctly and understanding what they mean, but through the process of writing. Students will familiarize themselves with parts of speech and other grammatical structures while imitating the style of great writers past and present, and will have abundant opportunities to develop their own style of writing for various purposes. Writing and word games will be involved. Fun will be had!
Abby Polakow
1 hour Mondays, 1 – 2 pm

Mixed Media Art (Jeanie Frias)

A class for those who want a little variety in their artistic pursuits. Some of the projects you tackle include collage, plaster gauze mini sculptures, layering wet media, drawing into wet paint, and found object sculpture.
Jeanie Frias
1.5 hr class  Wednesdays, 1 pm – 2:30 pm
$476 + $35 materials fee

Mock Trial (Pat Collins)

Students get an understanding of  the law, practice critical thinking, and gain greater confidence with public speaking, by assuming the roles of attorneys and witnesses in a fictional criminal or civil trial. Students experience first-hand the difficulties that judges, lawyers and juries face in determining which facts are relevant, and what legal arguments are effective. This class requires work outside the classroom.  Please do not sign up for this class unless you are willing to support your student in getting that work accomplished.
Pat Collins
1.5 hour Mondays, 2 – 3:30 pm

Model UN   (Angelia Robinson)

In a simulation of the United Nations General Assembly, students become ambassadors as they debate important global issues. We learn about the world, about diplomacy, about international relations, and about problem solving. Students participate in regular in-class “Summits”, and regularly attend 3-4 larger Model U.N. events throughout the Los Angeles area on weekends. Both independent and group work is expected outside of class.  Please do not register unless you are planning to support your student with this work.  Attendance at the weekend Summits is highly encouraged.
Angelia Robinson
2 hour Wednesdays, 12:30 – 2:30 pm
$543 (Extra fees for summits are assessed as needed.)

Painting (Jeanie Frias)

Ready to get creative? Maybe a little messy?  In this class, we work with acrylic, water color, ink wash, and some dry materials that can be mixed with water to create different look.  Group critique is an important part of this class – both giving and receiving positive and measured feedback is a huge part of growing as an artist and a human.
Jeanie Frias
1.5 hour Wednesdays, 10 – 11:30 pm
$476 + $50 materials fee

Rock Band (Advanced)  (Christian Nesmith)

This class is designed for musicians of all instruments who have mastered the fundamentals of playing, and now want to explore the very different skill of playing in a band.  If your student would like to take this class, please contact us to arrange a tryout.
Christian Nesmith     
1.5 Hour Tuesdays, 1:30 – 3 pm

Rock Band  (Beginning) (Christian Nesmith)

Learning an instrument?  Want to be in a band? Grab your friends and come join Christian Nesmith(of our popular History Of Rock classes.)  This class is created for younger kids to have fun together while learning the art of band-hood.  Do you play guitar?  Learn the difference between your role as rhythm and lead.  Play bass?  Find out why you need to become very close friends with the drummers! Play piano?  Keyboard is incredibly versatile in a band.  Are you a singer?  Dan helps you find you inner Rock God (or Goddess)!
Christian Nesmith   
1.5 Hours Tuesdays, 10 – 11:30 pm

Sewing Lab (Angelia Robinson)

Jump start your sewing savvy! In this weekly class we will get to know your sewing machine, learn to use commercial sewing patterns, create your own simple sewing patterns, discover the secrets of fabric selection, and much more. Students will work on class projects or bring in their own.

Tools and Materials
Sewing machine or optional equipment fee*, fabric scissors, tape measure, 18” transparent ruler, tailor’s chalk and/or fabric marker, straight pins, pin cushion, seam ripper. Pattern and fabric requirements will be discussed in class.

Materials Fee $25

*Optional Equipment Fee $35 – For students who opt to use a classroom machine instead bring in their own. This fee covers wear/tear and servicing of classroom sewing machines.)

Angelia Robinson     
2 hours Tuesdays, 10 am – 12 pm
$543 + $25 materials fee and optional equipment fee, $35

Social Action   (Angelia Robinson)

Let’s explore social problems and issues, their root causes, and society’s response. Students work together to make a difference, locally and globally, through a series of philanthropic and community service projects.  This class is not only philosophical;–it’s hands-on action!
Angelia Robinson
1 hour Mondays, 10:30 – 11:30 am

Woodworking (Beginning) (Bruce Fleenor)

This class introduces basic woodworking skills like measuring, marking, cutting and screwing using boards the students cut themselves. The emphasis is on learning skills and developing safe work habits with tools.
Bruce Fleenor
1 hour Fridays, 12 – 1 pm
$340 + $35 materials fee

Woodworking (Intermediate) (Bruce Fleenor)

Designed for students with woodworking experience, this class is for students looking to expand their skill set. In this class, students build projects of their own design, or use others’ plans. Students are introduced to a wide range of tools and are encouraged to begin collecting their own tools.
Bruce Fleenor
1.5 Hour Fridays, 3 – 4:30 pm
$476 + $35 materials fee