In this class we explore the incredible complex nature of the Los Angeles Metropolitan Area by meeting the people and encouraging the city to tell us its story.

This class does not take place in a school-room! We meet and return to an assigned transit hub each week, from which we navigate the city in order to meet it as our teacher.

Particular themes may be returned to or taken up  for a period of weeks and explore different (even contradictory!) aspects of that theme each week by visiting key sites, meeting the people who live and work there and encouraging them to share their stories.

My goal is not to find packaged guided tours, but genuine human encounters.

Sample Themes:

Infrastructure; transport, water, food, waste.

Cultures & Communities, both Ethnic and Cultural/Religious; Armenia? Ethiopia? Korea? Vietnam? India? Jewish Diaspora? . . . .

Historical & Future Development; including Building Sites & City Planning

Trades & Crafts; Glass, stone, metal, leather, clay, wood, fabric . . . . .

The possibilities are manifold. The hope is that the students will start to contribute and define their own themes as the program develops.

6.5 hrs. Thursdays, 9:30 am - 4:00pm

What is Model United Nations?
Model United Nations 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. Think of it as cosplay for ambassadors.

Model United Nations builds skills for college and beyond:

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

Urban Homeschoolers Model United Nations 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. 

Please note: This program requires a significant commitment. UHSMUN students must be willing to complete research and writing assignments in a timely fashion and be available to attend at least two off campus conferences per semester. These conferences are held at local high schools and Universities throughout the Los Angeles metropolitan area.

Also note: There is an additional MUN class for students 14 and up, who are interested in traveling to out of town and out of state competitions. Please refer to Special Programs for High School students for more information.

1.5 hr, Mondays, 3:00pm – 4:00pm

Quinceañeras…  Bar and Bat Mitzvahs…  Bullet and Ant Initiations…  Most cultures celebrate the transition from childhood to adulthood with Coming of Age traditions. The age at which this happens and what the rites of passage look like, however, are very different and unique to each culture. Some focus on religion. Others focus on readiness for manhood and the responsibilities that come with it. Some hold parties and celebrate. And still others test weaknesses and challenge the boys to get out of their comfort zone. 

Designed specifically for the boys and young men of our community, this class learns about other cultures' coming of age rituals, our culture's traditions, and even design rites of passages of our own.

1hr, Wednesdays,  9:00 am-10:00 am

An immersive, full day program.

Key themes from the Humanities, Mathematics, Arts & Sciences will be worked with intensively for a three- or four-week period. Topics will be drawn from those encountered in the Waldorf Curriculum between 6th and 10th grades, presented with a multi-disciplinary and integrated approach suitable for a "village school" of mixed ages and abilities.

Projects will be both practical and artistic, with plenty of scope for research and debate.

Students will be encouraged to undertake individual research projects and presentations where appropriate, creating space for peer education. There may be an expectation for students to undertake additional work outside class contact time.

Topics are not selected from some academic checklist, but rather for the opportunity they offer us to engage in a personally meaningful way with the achievements, mistakes and consciousness of the past that have created the riddles and challenges of today and the opportunities of the future.

5 hr, Tuesdays, 10:30am – 3:30pm