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Wed

Charge it! Or not...: Personal Finance for High School Students

Term: Full Year     Class Meets: Wed,      9:00 am - 10:30 am ET

Class Begins: Sep 13, 2017

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 20

Syllabus

Price: $550.00

$500.00 before Mar 15

Reg. Opens Mar 1 8:00 am


Understanding the basics of Person Finance and Budgeting, the importance of saving, Debt (how to avoid and manage), Planning for the future (after high school and retirement) and investing is important for High School students today. This class will introduce the student to the language and concepts of Personal finance through reading, video presentations and putting the concepts in practice. This is a practical class that will give the student a good grounding in finance that will be useful for the rest of their life.

Instructor: Margie Mascolino

Grade Range: 8th - 12th

A minimum of 5 students must enroll for this class to be held.

Wed

How do we think about thinking? The History of Psychology

Term: Fall 2017     Class Meets: Wed,      9:00 am - 10:30 am ET

Class Begins: Sep 13, 2017

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

Syllabus

Price: $300.00

$250.00 before Mar 15

Reg. Opens Mar 1 8:00 am


Psychology isn't just about therapy, it is the study of the human psyche (Greek: soul). We have a brain that can think about how it thinks- doesn't that blow your mind?!? Each week we will explore a different era in which people tried out new ideas to explain what it means to be a human being, from the ancient Greeks to modern neuroscientists.

Instructor: Joli Hamilton

Grade Range: 8th - 12th

A minimum of 5 students must enroll for this class to be held.

Wed

Let's Cook up a Storm! Baking

Term: Winter 2018     Class Meets: Wed,      9:00 am - 10:30 am ET

Class Begins: Jan 17, 2018

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

Syllabus

Price: $300.00

$250.00 before Mar 15

Reg. Opens Mar 1 8:00 am


Culinary Arts I is a basic introductory class exploring safety, sanitation, basic cooking and baking techniques, as well as the culture of and behind food. With the completion of this course you will be able to gain an entry-level position in the foodservice branch of the hospitality industry.

Instructor: Kamilah Chajin Faraone

Grade Range: 7th - 10th

A minimum of 5 students must enroll for this class to be held.

Wed

Let's Cook up a Storm! Cooking

Term: Fall 2017     Class Meets: Wed,      9:00 am - 10:30 am ET

Class Begins: Sep 13, 2017

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

Syllabus

Price: $300.00

$250.00 before Mar 15

Reg. Opens Mar 1 8:00 am


Culinary Arts I is a basic introductory class exploring safety, sanitation, basic cooking and baking techniques, as well as the culture of and behind food. With the completion of this course you will be able to gain an entry-level position in the foodservice branch of the hospitality industry.

Instructor: Kamilah Chajin Faraone

Grade Range: 7th - 10th

A minimum of 5 students must enroll for this class to be held.

Tues

Your Right to Swing Your Fist: A Discussion on Ethical Behavior

Term: Fall 2017     Class Meets: Tues,      9:00 am - 10:30 am ET

Class Begins: Sep 12, 2017

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

Syllabus

Price: $300.00

$250.00 before Mar 15

Reg. Opens Mar 1 8:00 am


Your right to swing your fist ends where my nose begins. Many of our ethical decisions are based on what we learned from our parents and teachers. This is all well and good (hopefully, in most cases); but as we become and live as adults, it is imperative that we know what we believe and why, strengthening the good modeling from our parents and understanding it so that we can act according to our ethical beliefs. How do we be true to ourselves and to our values under the stress of real life? And how do we present that truth to the larger world (for example, in social media) without being offensive to others? As the world is becoming a more complex place ethically, deciding to live mindfully is more challenging, and requires self-analysis and forethought.

Instructor: Ruti Eastman

Grade Range: 7th - 12th

A minimum of 5 students must enroll for this class to be held.

Tues

Alphabet Soup: The Origins of the Alphabet

Term: Full Year     Class Meets: Tues,      11:00 am - 12:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Sep 12, 2017

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 20

Syllabus

Price: $550.00

$500.00 before Mar 15

Reg. Opens Mar 1 8:00 am


The letters of the alphabet are the building blocks of our language and our ability to communicate. The ABCs are so familiar to us that we take them almost for granted. Did you know that for most of human history people didn't know how to communicate through writing, and that even once writing started to progress, it would take thousands of years for the alphabet as we know it to develop? We will examine each letter as an entire world onto itself, and trace its development from ancient Egyptian hieroglyphics, to the Phoenicians sea merchants who turned these hieroglyphic pictographs into letters. From there our alphabetic quest will take a detour to the Hebrew alphabet which developed the letters even further, and to the ancient Greek and Latin scripts which added their own unique elements. The class delves into the origins of each letter as it explores is symbolic, linguistic, numeric and philosophical significance. We will also be taking a look at how artists have used the letters of the alphabet for artistic inspiration. Each lesson will culminate with a creative writing and an artistic assignment which will form the building blocks of the end year project; our very own unique alphabet books.

Instructor: Geula Twersky

Grade Range: 5th - 9th

A minimum of 5 students must enroll for this class to be held.

Mon, Wed

Bon Voyage! World Geography for Grades 4 - 6

Term: Full Year     Class Meets: Mon, Wed,      11:00 am - 12:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Sep 11, 2017

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 40

Price: $650.00

$600.00 before Mar 15

Reg. Opens Mar 1 8:00 am


This year long course will take you on a voyage of discovery as we explore the diversity of both the physical and cultural aspects of this globe. Using interactive games, personal geography notebooks, culture studies, 3-D map creations, ethnic foods, and much more we will embark upon a journey discovering the fascinating world we live in. Would you like to join us on our voyage?

Instructor: Sophia Arroyo

Grade Range: 4th - 6th

A minimum of 5 students must enroll for this class to be held.

Mon, Wed

American Sign Language 1B – High School Level

Term: Fall 2017     Class Meets: Mon, Wed,      1:00 pm - 2:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Sep 11, 2017

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 20

Syllabus

Price: $550.00

$500.00 before Mar 15

Reg. Opens Mar 1 8:00 am


Everyday communication is the centerpiece of every lesson. Topics revolve around sharing information about our environment and us. Grammar is introduced in context, with an emphasis on developing question and answering skills. You learn conversational strategies to help you maintain a conversation. Interaction activities allow you to rehearse what you’ve learned.

Instructor: Elyssa Brecher

Grade Range: 7th - 12th

A minimum of 5 students must enroll for this class to be held.

Mon, Wed

Introduction to Deaf Culture

Term: Winter 2018     Class Meets: Mon, Wed,      1:00 pm - 2:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Jan 15, 2018

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 20

Syllabus

Price: $550.00

$500.00 before Mar 15

Reg. Opens Mar 1 8:00 am


Can hearing people be a part of the Deaf community? Why are cochlear implants so controversial? Are Signed Exact English, American Sign Language, and Pidgin Sign all the same thing? In what ways are Deaf people and people with disabilities similar and different? What type of careers can I obtain working with Deaf people? These are a few of the many questions we will dialogue, debate, and answer this semester. This course is designed to introduce you to the most important aspects of the American Deaf experience. We will expose the history, contributions, and contemporary lives of Deaf people in America. Using an interdisciplinary approach, we will address topics such as the diversity of Deaf people, Deaf cultural norms, Deaf arts, and Deaf international communities. This course will provide you will a foundation on which future Deaf Studies classes will expand.

Instructor: Elyssa Brecher

Grade Range: 7th - 12th

A minimum of 5 students must enroll for this class to be held.

Mon

Present Yourself: A Course in Public Speaking

Term: Full Year     Class Meets: Mon,      1:00 pm - 2:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Sep 11, 2017

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 20

Syllabus

Price: $550.00

$500.00 before Mar 15

Reg. Opens Mar 1 8:00 am


After animals and death, public speaking is one of the most common fears people experience. Yet, being able to speak publicly is a skill that is required in so many areas of life – teaching, interviewing for a job and sales, just to name a few. Learning how to present yourself well and with confidence is crucial to success in life.  This course, taught by a public speaker and life coach, covers all of the basic pieces needed for you to learn to speak in public with confidence and effectiveness.

Instructor: Penina Taylor

Grade Range: 7th - 12th

A minimum of 5 students must enroll for this class to be held.

Mon

World Religions: An Introduction to Reading and Writing Across the Liberal Arts, Across Time, and Across the Globe

Term: Full Year     Class Meets: Mon,      1:00 pm - 2:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Sep 11, 2017

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 20

Syllabus

Price: $550.00

$500.00 before Mar 15

Reg. Opens Mar 1 8:00 am


The Comparative Study of Religions is a topic that people spend their lives on and write PhD dissertations about. But if done correctly and carefully, it can also be made into an appropriate liberal arts/social studies class for middle and high school aged students. In this class I will bring students through five basic areas: 1) tribal/primitive religions, 2) ancient India-Iran, 3) East Asia (China, Japan, Korea etc.), 4) Middle Eastern (Judaism, Christianity, Islam), 5) Religion in Modernity and Globalization and give them a vocabulary and set of themes for brining what is seen in each area into relation with the areas we move through progressively in the class, as well as mark differences.

Instructor: R. Todd Godwin

Grade Range: 7th - 12th

A minimum of 5 students must enroll for this class to be held.

Mon, Wed

American Sign Language 1: High School Level

Term: Full Year     Class Meets: Mon, Wed,      3:00 pm - 4:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Sep 11, 2017

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 40

Syllabus

Price: $650.00

$600.00 before Mar 15

Reg. Opens Mar 1 8:00 am


Everyday communication is the centerpiece of every lesson. Topics revolve around sharing information about our environment and us. Grammar is introduced in context, with an emphasis on developing question and answering skills. You learn conversational strategies to help you maintain a conversation. Interaction activities allow you to rehearse what you’ve learned.  ASL 2 will be offered in 2018 - 2019.

Instructor: Elyssa Brecher

Grade Range: 7th - 12th

A minimum of 5 students must enroll for this class to be held.

Tues

Better than Hollywood: Focusing on the Morals in Various Biblical Stories

Term: Fall 2017     Class Meets: Tues,      3:00 pm - 4:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Sep 12, 2017

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

Syllabus

Price: $300.00

$250.00 before Mar 15

Reg. Opens Mar 1 8:00 am


Samson. Samuel. Saul. David. Solomon. Elijah. Jeremiah. Daniel. Who knew these stories would travel the test of time helping humanity with the underlying messages they offer us? Together, we will be studying some of the most well know Biblical stories in greater depth, with a moral message to take away. We will be starting from the book of Joshua and working our way through the end of the prophets.

Instructor: Kenny Weinblatt

Grade Range: 6th - 12th

A minimum of 5 students must enroll for this class to be held.

Mon

Hollywood, History, and Heroes: A Cinematic Journey

Term: Full Year     Class Meets: Mon,      3:00 pm - 4:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Sep 11, 2017

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 20

Syllabus

Price: $550.00

$500.00 before Mar 15

Reg. Opens Mar 1 8:00 am


This course will examine different examples of how classic and contemporary Hollywood filmmakers covered (and re-interpreted) important events and heroic personalities during various periods in our country’s history. Each week, the students will be assigned a film to view. Prior to viewing, students will be provided with a study guide to use while watching the film; this will require the student to take notes on several specific elements covered within. The student will also be required to research (via the internet, after instruction on how to properly do so) the historical event(s) that are depicted in the assigned film, and prepare a written report to be submitted for grading. During the session prior to each film, a lecture and presentation will introduce the student to the historical subject of the film, by providing background to the events and time periods depicted. Following viewing each film, class time will allow for some discussion of what we have learned each week. This unique approach to studying history will introduce the student to serious study, utilizing a medium with which they are very familiar, and allow them to understand the challenges those in the entertainment industry faced (and still faces) when conveying the important people and events of our nation's past. Each family will be required to have access to Netflix or Amazon film services to provide for streaming or DVD rental of every film. Alternatively, the films may be purchased or rented from a vendor of your choice. Most of these films are rated PG-13; however, several of them are rated R, mostly due to strong violence or language depicted on screen.

Instructor: Jonathan Meola

Grade Range: 8th - 12th

A minimum of 5 students must enroll for this class to be held.

Wed

Intentionally Me: A Workshop in Mindfulness and Intentionality

Term: Full Year     Class Meets: Wed,      3:00 pm - 12:43 pm ET

Class Begins: Sep 13, 2017

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 20

Syllabus

Price: $550.00

$500.00 before Mar 15

Reg. Opens Mar 1 8:00 am


Why do you keep doing what you are doing even though you know its self-defeating?  What are the keys to getting unstuck and getting everything you want out of life?  What does my value as a human being come from?  These and many other questions will be explored in a deep and profound way over the course of the year, building a foundation for healthy relationships and a wonderfully meaningful life.

Instructor: Penina Taylor

Grade Range: 9th - 12th

A minimum of 5 students must enroll for this class to be held.

Thur

Knitting it Forward

Term: Fall 2017     Class Meets: Thur,      3:00 pm - 4:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Sep 14, 2017

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

Syllabus

Price: $300.00

$250.00 before Mar 15

Reg. Opens Mar 1 8:00 am


In beginning knitting, we will learn the basics of knitting, some history of knitting and spinning and produce at least one finished sampler project by the end of the course. We will discuss ways you can use your knitting skills to help various charities throughout the world and how to organize a knitting group to hand knit items for your favorite cause.

Instructor: Beth York

Grade Range: 4th - 12th

A minimum of 5 students must enroll for this class to be held.

Wed

The Killer Queen: Chess

Term: Fall 2017     Class Meets: Wed,      3:00 pm - 4:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Sep 13, 2017

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

Syllabus

Price: $300.00

$250.00 before Mar 15

Reg. Opens Mar 1 8:00 am


Students will learn the history and meaning behind the game of Chess as well as the pieces. During class, we will focus on mastering the rules and guidelines for setup and play. Students will receive explanations on how each piece is set up, moves, is valued as well as the strategic benefit of each. In addition, a focus will be on visualizing the board along with actual play will come as new pieces are learned. Finally, starting moves will be discussed and mastered as well as played out with explanations.

Instructor: Keith Brooks

Grade Range: 5th - 12th

A minimum of 5 students must enroll for this class to be held.

Wed

The Killer Queen: Chess

Term: Winter 2018     Class Meets: Wed,      3:00 pm - 4:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Jan 17, 2018

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

Syllabus

Price: $300.00

$250.00 before Mar 15

Reg. Opens Mar 1 8:00 am


Students will learn the history and meaning behind the game of Chess as well as the pieces. During class, we will focus on mastering the rules and guidelines for setup and play. Students will receive explanations on how each piece is set up, moves, is valued as well as the strategic benefit of each. In addition, a focus will be on visualizing the board along with actual play will come as new pieces are learned. Finally, starting moves will be discussed and mastered as well as played out with explanations.

Instructor: Keith Brooks

Grade Range: 5th - 12th

A minimum of 5 students must enroll for this class to be held.

Thur

Do You Know How To Think? Critical Thinking and Decision Making

Term: Fall 2017     Class Meets: Thur,      5:00 pm - 6:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Sep 14, 2017

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

Syllabus

Price: $300.00

$250.00 before Mar 15

Reg. Opens Mar 1 8:00 am


Have you ever thought about thinking? How do you think? Do you like puzzles? How about the puzzle of better thinking? The puzzle of better thinking is called critical or creative thinking that leads to better decision-making. Purposeful thinking. We will explore how to be more purposeful about our thinking and practice these methods. We will also learn why we make mistakes, and how to correct them!

Instructor: Leo McCormick

Grade Range: 8th - 12th

A minimum of 5 students must enroll for this class to be held.

Tues

Is there a Real Threat or am I being Paranoid? Terrorism and Homeland Security

Term: Full Year     Class Meets: Tues,      5:00 pm - 6:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Sep 12, 2017

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 20

Syllabus

Price: $550.00

$500.00 before Mar 15

Reg. Opens Mar 1 8:00 am


The world around us is rapidly changing and growing more ominous every day. Or is it? Terrorism as it exists today seems to be increasing at alarming rates, but terrorist threats have truly existed throughout history. There is a plethora of misinformation and opinions available. This class will strive to provide fact-based information of the history and current trends of terror movements and attitudes on a variety of fronts.

Instructor: Leo McCormick

Grade Range: 9th - 12th

A minimum of 5 students must enroll for this class to be held.

Tues, Thur

Psychology

Term: Full Year     Class Meets: Tues, Thur,      5:00 pm - 6:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Sep 12, 2017

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 40

Syllabus

Price: $750.00

$700.00 before Mar 15

Reg. Opens Mar 1 8:00 am


This course is designed to introduce students to the science of human beings and other animals. We will look at the psychological facts, principles, and phenomena associated with each of the major subfields within psychology. Students will also learn about the ethics and methods psychologists use in their science and practice.

Instructor: Michelle Rapchik-Levin

Grade Range: 10th - 12th

A minimum of 5 students must enroll for this class to be held.

Wed

Sew it Seams: Beginning Sewing

Term: Fall 2017     Class Meets: Wed,      9:00 pm - 10:30 am ET

Class Begins: Sep 13, 2017

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

Price: $300.00

$250.00 before Mar 15

Reg. Opens Mar 1 8:00 am


Are you interested in learning how to sew? Then this class if for you! Even if you have never touched a sewing machine or a hand needle and thread, our class starts with the very basics of machine and hand sewing! This class will give you the confidence to try out some simple Pinterest crafts and projects. We will touch on elements of Fashion Design and explore the field for those interested in a career in fashion. This is the perfect opportunity to gain the skills that will last you a lifetime!

Instructor: Sophia Arroyo

Grade Range: 6th - 12th

A minimum of 5 students must enroll for this class to be held.