High School

 

Algebra (Tami Ordonez)

Algebra I is the beginning of transferring concrete mathematics to abstract thinking processes. We will begin by deepening our understanding of our place value system by studying how number systems developed. Students will learn how to think in other number bases (besides base 10). Other topics covered throughout the year are Real & Rational numbers, Expressions, Equations, and Functions, Linear equations: graphing & writing, Linear Inequalities: graphing & writing, Powers & Roots (deepening understanding), Systems of Equations & Inequalities, Polynomials & Factoring, Quadratic equations & functions, Absolute value & piecewise functions, Patterns & sequences, and Irrational numbers.

This is a yearlong course that meets 2 days a week for 1 hour each day. Students are required to attend all classes and do work outside of class. Please make sure your student will have at least 1 hour each day of the week to devote to math outside of attending class on Mondays and Wednesdays.

Pre-requisite for this class: Students must have completed a Pre-Algebra course or equivalent.

This course has a required textbook.

Tami Ordonez
1 hour twice a week, Mondays & Wednesdays, 9 am – 10 am
$544

Biology (Tami Ordonez)

Ages: 12 and up

Pre-requisite: None

Description: This course meets 2 days a week for 1 hour each day.

How does scientific inquiry work? What questions can we ask that stimulate scientific exploration? How can we hone our skills of observation? What do our observations tell us about the natural world around us? What questions are modern scientists asking?

Join us for lively discussions, in depth reading, research, and lab inquiry. Students will engage in forming hypothesis, designing experiments, collecting and analyzing data, and writing up the results of their experimentation. They will also gain valuable background knowledge of the different areas of biological research including but not limited to plants, animals, microscopic life forms, the cell, biological systems, and the human being.

This course will require work outside of class times. It will also require students to participate in some online activities including but not limited to an online discussion forum, online quizzes or assessments, and online assignments. Please do not sign up unless you are willing to support your child in completing these assignments.

Tami Ordonez
1 Hour twice a week, Mondays & Wednesdays, 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm
$544

Chemistry (Tami Ordonez)

Ages: 13 and up

Pre-requisite: Minimum – strong foundation in math with experience solving equations with variables. Preferred – Completion of Algebra 1

Description: This class meets 2 times each week for 1 hour each time.

Chemistry is a study of change. What is the difference between physical changes and chemical changes? How can we tell which type of change happened? Where and how do we use chemistry in everyday life? 

This course is a college preparatory chemistry course designed to give students a foundation in the study of chemistry. We will dissect the periodic table of elements to gain a deeper understanding of how it works. Students will study the fundamental principles of elements, compounds, and mixtures. Models of the atom, molecule, and chemical bonds will help us begin to understand how chemical bonds are formed. The course will include study of molarity, stoichiometry, balancing chemical equations, nomenclature, and more.

This course will require work outside of class times. It will also require students to participate in some online activities including but not limited to an online discussion forum, online quizzes or assessments, and online assignments. Please do not sign up unless you are willing to support your child in completing these assignments.

Tami Ordonez
1 hour, twice a week, Mondays & Wednesday 10:00 am – 11:00 am
$544

Biology Monthly Labs (Tami Ordonez)

Ages: 12 and up

Prerequisite: Be currently enrolled in a biology class. The one above will fulfill this requirement or students may be enrolled in an online biology class that you supervise at home. Please provide proof of course registration when registering for this course.

Description: This lab meets once a month for 4 hours. (1/10, 2/7, 3/7, 4/4 & 5/2)

Labs will flow from classwork and include work with the microscopes, making wet mount and dry mount slides, collecting samples for study, and dissection of multiple species.

In addition to the hands-on skills developed in the lab, students will also gain valuable experience with collecting data, sorting and analyzing data, and writing up the results of their experiments.

New students will be assessed a $112 materials fee after classes begin.

Tami Ordonez
Five sessions, once a month
Tuition $370

Chemistry Monthly Labs (Tami Ordonez)

Ages: 13 and up

Pre-requisites: Be currently enrolled in a chemistry class. The one above will fulfill this requirement or students may be enrolled in an online chemistry class that you supervise at home. Please provide proof of course registration when registering for this course.

Minimum – strong foundation in math with experience solving equations with variables. Preferred – Completion of Algebra 1

Description: This lab meets once a month for 4 hours. (1/24, 2/21, 3/21 34/18 & 5/16)

Labs will flow from classwork and provide hands on experience with lab safety and laboratory procedures necessary to the college bound student.

In addition to the hands-on skills developed in the lab, students will also gain valuable experience with collecting data, sorting and analyzing data, and writing up the results of their experiments.

The labs will explore several topics in general chemistry including the chemical processes of digestion and metabolism, single and double replacement reactions, oxidation/reduction reactions, pH, gas laws, decomposition reactions, reaction rates, and more.

Continuing students will not have a lab fee this term. New students will be charged a $125 lab fee.

Tami Ordonez
Five sessions, once a month.
Tuition $370

Contemporary High School Literature (Debby Berman)

Navigating Adolescence while the world gets in the way. Take a deep dive into three modern classic novels and various short stories about teenagers growing up amidst life-shaping current events. These novels are intense page-turners that openly explore complicated topics of police brutality, racism, divorce, mental disabilities, love, teen pregnancy, natural disasters, poverty, and more. Writing activities will include a reader’s response journal and essays. Short stories will be handed out in class. Students will need to purchase their own copies of the required novels:

All American Boys, by Jason Reynolds and Brian Kiely
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime, by Mark Haddon
Salvage the Bones, by Jesmyn Ward

Debby Berman
1 hour, Mondays, 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
$340

Geometry (Tami Ordonez)

Geometry is the study of the characteristics and applications of common geometric figures. Also, geometry develops logical reasoning through proofs. We will begin by learning to construct many geometric shapes using the tools of compass and straightedge. With these tools we will construct visual proofs before we get into the logical reasoning and written proofs. Topics covered include geometric drawing, visual proofs, logical reasoning, paragraph, flow, & two-column proofs, triangles, triangle congruence, special triangles, similarity, angle of elevation/depression word problems, polygons, circles, perimeter, area & volume, similarity ratios, transformations, solid geometry, and analytic geometry

This is a yearlong course that meets 2 days a week for 1 hour each day. Students are required to attend all classes and do work outside of class. Please make sure your student will have at least 1 hour each day of the week to devote to math outside of attending class on Mondays and Wednesdays.

Pre-requisite for this class: Students must have a working understanding of basic algebra.

This course has a required textbook.

Tami Ordonez
1 hour,  twice a week, Mondays & Wednesdays, 11 – 12 pm
$544

History of Rock (Joe Giddings)

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.

Joe Giddings
1 hour Tuesdays  11:30 am – 12:30 pm
$340

Model UN (Angelia Robinson)

What is Model United Nations
Our MUN program introduces young people to the field of international affairs. Students step into the role of ambassadors as they simulate the actual United Nations in debate and negotiation, all in an effort to address a variety important issues facing the world today.

What we do in Model United Nations
Our MUN students become immersed in timely global issues all while studying a blend of history, political science, and current events. They engage in rigorous academic preparation to understand the countries they will represent, the UN committees in which they will represent them, and the key issues to be debated and addressed. Successful students will learn to walk in another’s shoes and fully represent the positions of their adopted countries.

Model United Nations builds skills for college and beyond:

  • Research and writing
  • Debate and public speaking
  • Advocacy and problem solving

This class requires regular work outside the classroom. Please be prepared to support your student in getting that work accomplished. This year we will attend MUN conferences at local universities such as UCLA and USC. In addition, our MUN team will also participate in the National High School Model United Nations (NHSMUN) conference in located at the UN in New York. Please note: Conference fees are not included in the tuition and will be assessed as needed. 

Angelia Robinson  
1.5 hours Wednesdays, 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm
$476 (extra fees for summits are assessed as needed)

Rock Band (Advanced) (Christian Nesmith & Joe Giddings)

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
Joe Giddings
1.5 hours Tuesday 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
$476

Rock Band (Beginning) (Christian Nesmith & Joe Giddings)

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
Joe Giddings
1.5 Hours, Tuesday 10:00 am – 11:30 am
$476

Social Action (Julie Leary)

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 political action projects. This class is not only philosophical–it’s hands-on action.

Julie Leary
1 hour Monday 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
$340

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.

*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 and it is assessed after classes begin.

Angelia Robinson
2 hours Mondays, 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm
$544 + materials fee $25 = 569

Spanish 1 (Liz Travieso)

Spanish 1

TBD

Liz Travieso
1 hour twice a week, Tuesday & Friday 9 – 10 am
$697

World History (Abby Polakow)

Follow the growth of some of the greatest and most legendary civilizations on earth, and all over the earth! This class will explore far eastern cultures as well as western and pre-Columbian civilizations (oh, and what it means to be a civilization while we’re at it!) including China, Japan, India, Egypt, Mesopotamia, Greece, Rome, the Maya, Aztec, Inca, and possibly others as well, if the fancy takes us! The focus will be on social and economic developments and wars and conflicts will be slightly secondary.

Abby Polakow
2 hour, Mondays & Wednesdays, 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm
$544