9 to 11 Years

Ancient Civilizations Waldorf-Style (Philip Guest)

Any story that has lasted for millennia must have something special about it, so why are “the classics” often such a stodgy porridge to read? The intention with this course is to bring some of those stories to life, and also to try to gain some experience of the power that the spoken word could have in preliterate and emerging-literate cultures.

Most people didn’t read much in the ancient world, but they did listen to and tell tales, boast, brag, challenge each other with riddles, act out dramas, pray, chant and howl as they marched into battle.   We explore such topics as: Norse mythology, Ancient India, Ancient Persia, Mesopotamia, & Egypt.
Philip Guest
1.5 Hours Monday
$335

Beginning Coding (TBA)

Curious about coding? An introductory course to coding using Scratch and Blockly. A laptop is required for in-class use to facilitate coding, project sharing, and collaborative computer science thinking.
TBA
1 hour Monday
$240

California History (Abby Polakow)

This class explores the history of the land that is now California, from the lives of the first people to settle here- after they crossed over the land bridge from Asia thousands of years ago, to the Spanish conquest, the Mexican American War and other developments after California became a state. Students will be able to discover how California’s rich and complex history is still shaping the choices we make today.
Abby Polakow
1 hour Monday
$240

Civics (Pat Collins)

Why did Columbus set sail for the New World? What were the America’s like before he arrived? Who were the first settlers and how did we become the United States? In the Fall term of this class, we learn about the early years of this country and how we developed our constitution. In the Spring, we continue with an exploration of the rights and responsibilities of citizenship and we’ll learn about some of the great citizens who helped shape our country.
Pat Collins
1 hour Wednesday
$260

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… all 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 Wednesday
$260

Grammar (Kirsten Karlsrud)

Writing skills and vocabulary are learned through interactive guided instruction. We learn to proofread with our new knowledge of subjects and objects, predicates, compound sentences, nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs and beyond. Lessons build and develop a working knowledge of language arts skills. Interactive lessons are chosen depending upon the ability and interest of the class. Students need to be able to read directions and short passages. They should be able to write different kinds of sentences, e.g. statements, commands, questions and exclamations. Short passages, poetry, and songs are used as examples – the schoolhouse will rock!
Kirstin Karlsrud
1 hour Friday
$260

Handwriting & Cursive  (Abby Palokow)

Take your writing to a whole new level to preserve this dying and precious art. Students will learn to connect their letters according to the cursive alphabet, with the goal of creating beautiful, flowing script. We do some art projects with this, combining cursive writing with illustrations, as well as creating works where the writing itself is the artistic expression, both in letters and in content. Although seldom used in modern life, cursive handwriting enlivens many important parts and functions of the brain, and we explore ways to incorporate it into our daily lives.
Abby Polakow
1 hour Friday
$260

History of Rock (Christian Nesmith)

A one hour course that teaches the history of rock music, with a backdrop of world events and social change.  An interwoven approach to the history of music that provides historical context: What was happening in the world and how does that shape creative expression?  The course requires listening, not only to music but to historic speeches and news events that define each era studied.  For example, the Kennedy assassination and the early stirrings of Viet Nam as a backdrop for the success of the Beatles and the British Invasion of America in the mid 1960’s.  Another example is Great Britain in the early- to mid-1970’s, and how the divide between rich and poor as a result of the failed policies of conservative politicians such as Margaret Thatcher and Harold Wilson fueled the rise of The Sex Pistols and the Punk Rock movement. By contrast, how Punk Rock in America was a reaction to the failure of the hippies to succeed in providing a durable alternative to the conservative status quo left over from Post WWII America.
Christian Nesmith
1.5 hours Tuesday
$260

Improvisation (Rebecca Martin)

Explore the Elements of Improvisation 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 will carry with them into everyday life!
Rebecca Martin
1 hour Monday
$240

Intermediate Woodworking (Bruce Fleenor)

Designed for students with woodworking experience, this class is for students who want 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 hour Friday
$365 + $35 materials fee

Junior Achievement   (Kirsten Karlsrud)

This class for tweens uses the National Junior Achievement curriculum to learn about business, and about the business of practical experience.  We start with the well respected curriculum, and then tweak it to fit the natural interests of our Homeschool students!
Kirsten Karlsrud
1 hour Friday
$240

Life Science  (Rachel Rosenstein-Sisson)

This year-long science class begins with life science for the first half of the year, and physical science the second half of the year. There are hands-on activities that focus on the respiratory system, circulatory system, cells and their functions, invertebrates, photosynthesis, ecosystem, pollution, human population, weather, materials and their properties, physical and chemical changes, air and water, gravitational and frictional forces, energy conversion, light and heat, sound and more!
Rachel Rosenstein-Sisson
1 hour Wednesday
$260

Magic of Story Telling  (Abby Polakow)

In this class students begin to learn the basic elements of storytelling. Writing is a major focus, but students who are more visually oriented are encouraged to work with images to whatever degree suits them. We share and discuss stories that have inspired us as individuals and find ways to turn that inspiration into stories of our own.
Abby Polakow
1 hour Wednesday
$260

Math Like The Greeks Waldorf-style  (Philip Guest)

Philip Guest
1.5 hours Monday
$335

Mind Math (Kirsten Karlsrud)

We start our class with a weekly warm-up. This is a time when students have some straightforward math problems, and can get help with the functions that may be troubling them. Then, we focus on brain teasers, estimations, and deductions. We use place value base-ten blocks for all sorts of activities. They help illustrate expanded form, patterns, numbers in words, and a hands-on way of expressing ourselves using math. Money, making change, understanding decimals, and organizing data are on the horizon. Area and perimeter are covered as well. We love our games, and we now have a full shelf devoted to the ones we’ve learned and the ones to come. Get your game on!
Kirsten Karlsrud
1 hour Wednesday
$260

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 hour class  Wednesday
$365 + $35 materials fee

Odyssey of the Mind  (Bruce Fleenor)

Odyssey of the Mind is an international problem-solving challenge that encourages creative problem solving. There is a strong emphasis on collaboration and positive feedback.  New challenges are given every year, and student groups compete in local competitions. The challenges range from story-telling, to problem-solving, to building something out of wood or other material. There is a $25 material fee that includes the competition entry fee.
Bruce Fleenor
1 hour Friday
$365

Physical Education 9-11 ( Bruce Fleenor)

We play old time favorites like Capture the Flag, Sharks and Minnows. During the game, you must think steps ahead to plan your moves. We have fun as we get exercise working as individuals, with partners, or on teams during our classes. We emphasize fairness and the advantages of working with your teammates. We work on strategies, how to make a game plan, and implementing it.
Bruce Fleenor
1 hour Friday
$260

Robotics (TBA)

TBA
1 hour Monday
$240

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.

Two bands have been formed by members of this class in past years, and one of them is currently writing their own songs, and playing out in Los Angeles.
Christian Nesmith
1.5 hours Tuesday
$365

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?  Christian helps you find you inner Rock God (or Goddess)!

Two bands have been formed by members of this class in past years, and one of them is currently writing their own songs, and playing out in Los Angeles.
Christian Nesmith
1.5 hours  Tuesday
$365

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.  But this class isn’t stuck in the philosophical–it’s hands on action!
Angelia Robinson
1 hour Monday
$240

Super Heroes Past and Present (Abby Polakow)

With increasing frequency, we find ourselves surrounded by the stories of superheroes in movies, television and comic books. Who are these heroic figures? Where did they come from and why have they become such a strong presence in 21st century American culture? What can we learn from them? This is a story and reading-based class, with group discussion as a major element. It will also involve some artistic projects.
Abby Polakow
1 hour Wednesday
$260

Theatre Magic   (Rebecca Martin)

This class is a great way to explore theater arts with physical and vocal techniques, improv games, scene study, audition techniques, musical theater performance, storytelling, and more. Theatre Arts helps kids develop confidence, trust, playfulness and creativity, and helps them learn how to create together.
Rebecca Martin
1 hour Monday
$240

Where Was…?  (Kirstin Karlsrud)

We center our studies on interesting places chosen by the “Where Was” series published by The Penguin Group. The places we choose to study are from different geographical areas and are famous for various reasons. Some general choices and ideas are Stonehenge, The Coliseum, Taj Mahal, The Great Wall of China, The Parthenon, and Mount Rushmore.
Kirstin Karlsrud
1 hour Wednesday
​$260

Woodworking (Beginning) (Bruce Fleenor)

This class introduces more 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 Friday
$260 + $35 materials fee