High School

Algebra (Rachel Rosenstein-Sisson)

Class time is spent learning new material, working through examples, asking clarifying questions, and joining in math discussions. Home time is spent reinforcing class learning with practice questions from Khan Academy. Rachel checks in with students throughout the week via Khan. Prerequisite skills: 1) Arithmetic (addition, subtraction, multiplication, division) of integers, decimals, and fractions. 2) Factors (listing integers that when multiplied result in the number). 3) Familiarity with exponents and square roots. This class requires regular 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.
Rachel Rosenstein-Sisson
1 hour twice a week, Mondays 11:30 am – 12:30 pm / Wednesdays, 11:30 am – 12:30 pm
$508

Art & Social Change: From Early American Life to the Civil Rights Movement (Megan Sanchez)

This is a powerhouse of a class! There is much to explore and discuss — and of course make art. We explore early Social and Political Sciences through the Arts, starting with pre-colonization and ending with the Civil Rights Movement. Through the art of the day, we examine movements and social changes in American history. We see what life was like in the US for people through a visual lens. We decode art and read poetry, dissect songs, and make our own art to express what we are learning about these very swift changing and emotionally charged times in American History. This class requires regular 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.
Megan Sanchez
1.5 Hours Mondays, 1 – 2:30 pm
$448

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

Biology (Rachel Rosenstein-Sisson)

Ready to perfect your scientific thinking in the Science of Life through inquiry-based lab experimentation and journaling? Come pursue answers to questions about structure and function, inheritance, matter and energy in organisms and ecosystems, and natural selection. Labs start with interesting questions and build student confidence in applying questions, hypothesis, materials, procedures, data analysis, conclusions, and recommendations. This class meets twice a week. Both days are mandatory. This class requires regular 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.
Rachel Rosenstein-Sisson
1.5 Hours twice a week: Mondays 10 – 11:30 am / Wednesdays 10 – 11:30 am. Total of 3 hours.
$580

Biology Monthly Labs (Rachel Rosenstein-Sisson)

These monthly 4-hour labs are designed to supplement your at-home biology bookwork, and fulfills A-G requirements. These are full-year programs, and will continue into the Spring Semester. For a complete description of the course contents and the class schedule, visit Science Labs.
Rachel Rosenstein-Sisson
4.5 hours, Thursdays, 9:30 am – 1:00 pm, 9/21, 10/19, 11/16 & 12/14
$295 + $112 materials fee

Chemistry Monthly Labs (Rachel Rosenstein-Sisson)

These monthly 4-hour labs are designed to supplement your at-home chemistry bookwork, and fulfills A-G requirements. These are full-year programs, and will continue into the Spring Semester. For a complete description of the course contents and the class schedule, visit Science Labs.
Rachel Rosenstein-Sisson
4.5 hours, Thursdays, 9:30 am – 1:00 pm, 9/21, 10/19, 11/16 & 12/14
$275 + $125 materials fee

Citizen’s History of America (Megan Sanchez)

This history class uses the book, A People’s History of the United States, by Howard Zinn, to explore the history of our country through the lens of America’s women, factory workers, African Americans, Native Americans, working poor, and immigrant laborers. This is a year long class that covers America’s history from Christopher Columbus’ arrival through President Clinton’s first term. This class requires regular 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
Megan Sanchez
1.5 Hours Mondays, 2:30 – 4 pm
$448

Contemporary High 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 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, Shirley Jackson, and Malcolm Gladwell. The novel will be selected from among the following: Kindred, by Octavia Butler; or Lord of the Flies, by William Golding; or Of Mice and Men, by John Steinbeck.
Debby Berman
1 hour, Fridays
11:30 am – 12:30 pm
$340

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 to 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 to 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 in the process. This class requires regular 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.
Josh Mann
1.5 hour Mondays, 4 pm – 5:30 pm
$448

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
1.5 Hours Wednesdays, 2:30 – 4 pm
$508

Digital Photography (Jeanie Frias)

Develop visual communication skills. Express your unique point of view. Communicate your thoughts and feelings. Explore the world around you . . . all through a 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
$340

Essay Writing (Abby Polakow)

This class begins with basic organization, drilling the fundamentals of brainstorming, outline, rough draft, edit and final draft. Learning organization helps students break down a project into bite-sized pieces and confidently move step-by-step to complete the writing assignment. Repetition of the basics reinforces the concepts until they are learned, while lively and personal subjects keep things fun. This class requires regular 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.
Abby Polakow
1 Hour Wednesdays 4 – 5 pm
$340

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 pm
$476

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
$320

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 painting, and found object sculpture.
Jeanie Frias
1.5 hr class Wednesdays, 1 – 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 criminal or civil case provided by a Mock Trial organization. Students experience first-hand 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
$448

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. This class requires regular 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. Extra fees for Summits are assessed as needed. Attendance at the weekend Summits is highly encouraged.
Angelia Robertson  
2 hours Wednesdays, 12:30 – 2:30 pm  
$476

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 hr class Wednesdays, 10 – 11:30 am
$476 + $50 materials fee

Pre-Algebra (Rachel Rosenstein-Sisson)

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Rachel Rosenstein-Sisson
1 hour twice a week, Mondays 9 – 10 am / Tuesdays 9 – 10 am, 
$508

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 hours Tuesday
$476

Rock Band (Beginning) (Christian Nesmith)

Learning an instrument? Wan 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, Tuesday
$476

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
$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 political action projects. This class is not only philosophical–it’s hands-on action.
Angelia Robinson
1 hour Monday
$320

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 Hours Friday
$476 + $35 materials fee

World History | Elizabethan England (Abby Polakow)

A class that will be rich in student participation, blending history with theatrical performance work. Students will discover the unique social and political conditions that led to England being ruled by an unmarried queen and the rich artistic culture that flourished during that time, with some studies of Shakespeare’s work, popular dances and songs as well as a thorough look at the politics of the time. This fascinating period tells us a great deal about the country whose government was the initial basis for American government, and whose people crossed the Atlantic to seek a better life.
Abby Polakow
1 hour Friday
$340