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Thur

By the Book: An Introduction to Criminal Law

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

Class Begins: Sep 14, 2017

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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Price: $300.00

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Do you love watching shows about crimes and trials? Do people tell you that you like to argue and should be a lawyer? Are you interested in a possible career in the Criminal Justice System? If you answered yes to any of these questions, or just have an interest in Criminal Law, this is the class for you. This is essentially an introduction to criminal justice. Students will study the basis of laws, crime, policing, the courts, and punishment. If the class gets at least twelve students in it, we will try to conduct a Mock Trial with the students playing the various roles in the trial from lawyers to witnesses.

Instructor: Laura Forde

Grade Range: 8th - 12th

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

Tues

Exploring American History with American Girls (Session 1)

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

Class Begins: Sep 12, 2017

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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Price: $300.00

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Students will explore United States History from 1764-1824 – dealing with Native American, British, American citizen, and Hispanic. (Kaya, Felicity, Caroline & Josefina) We plan to include the historical events of the country for the time studied. In addition, we will explore the culture, lifestyles, geography and inventions of the time. Students will write short journal entries, create timelines and be involved with one project during the semester, which the students will present. We also begin to talk about some literary terms such as character, setting and conflict as they are used in literary analysis.

Instructor: Eva Goldstein-Meola

Grade Range: 3rd - 6th

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

Tues

Exploring American History with American Girls (Session 2)

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

Class Begins: Jan 16, 2018

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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Price: $300.00

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Students will explore United States History from 1764-1824 – – American, French, Swedish immigrants, and African-American. (Marie-Grace, Cécile, Kirsten & Addy). We plan to include the historical events of the country for the time studied. In addition, we will explore the culture, lifestyle, geography and inventions of the time. Students will write short journal entries, create timelines and be involved with one project during the semester, which the students will present. We also begin to talk about some literary terms such as character, setting and conflict as they are used in literary analysis.

Instructor: Eva Goldstein-Meola

Grade Range: 3rd - 6th

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

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Price: $300.00

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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.

Thur

Understanding the World Around You: An Introduction to Sociology

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

Class Begins: Jan 18, 2018

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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Price: $300.00

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We live in an interconnected society; therefore, understanding that society is imperative. Sociology is the study of the larger society including social interactions, groups, conflicts, and culture. It uses the scientific method to help analyze and understand social behavior. Sociology attempts to explain patterns in society and why those patterns occur. As an introduction to Sociology, this class will cover the major theories of study as well as sociological concepts of culture, socialization, status, deviance and stratification. We will also look at sociological perspectives of race, gender and inequality.

Instructor: Laura Forde

Grade Range: 9th - 12th

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

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Price: $650.00

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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.

Thur

You Decide: Understanding and Applying Contested Rights from the Amendments

Term: Fall 2017     Class Meets: Thur,      11:00 am - 12:30 am ET

Class Begins: Sep 14, 2017

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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Price: $300.00

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This highly interactive class requires students to learn about the Amendments and apply their knowledge of those Amendment and court precedent to a new scenario. The students will gain a thorough understanding of the rights in the 1st, 4th, 5th, 6th, 8th, and 14th Amendments and use that knowledge to analyze new upcoming cases of the Supreme Court.

Instructor: Laura Forde

Grade Range: 8th - 12th

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

Thursday

An Amateur’s Guide to the American Revolution

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

Class Begins: Sep 14, 2017

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 20

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Price: $550.00

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In this course, students will take part in the American Revolution! They will learn about the causes and results of the revolution, and they will learn about the people who held key roles during this period of American History. Students will take an active role in learning about the Declaration of Independence and they will understand why the colonies felt that they needed to separate from Great Britain. Come along as we discover how we became the United States of America!  

Instructor: Charissa Vangi

Grade Range: 5th - 7th

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

Wed

Explorers: Coming to America

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

Class Begins: Sep 13, 2017

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 20

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Price: $550.00

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This class will take the students along for a ride across the Atlantic Ocean. We will learn about many explorers who set out to find the Northwest Passage, and we will discover the challenges that they experienced along the way. As we embark on this voyage together we will participate in class discussions, write in Explorer Journals, study maps, and work together to complete short-term projects. We will ultimately learn how these explorers had a great impact on the land that we now call the United States of America. Climb aboard as we set sail on this exciting journey together!

Instructor: Charissa Vangi

Grade Range: 5th - 7th

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

Tues

History is Spelled with a WHY!

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

Class Begins: Sep 12, 2017

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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Price: $300.00

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Why study History?  Why is it important to know what has happened in the past?  Why do wars happen? This class is designed to explore the basic concepts of the study of history to engage the student’s curiosity and create a thirst for understanding why people are driven to explore the world and why wars happen, setting the stage for a lifetime of interest in history as relevant and not just a bunch of names and dates.

Instructor: Penina Taylor

Grade Range: 3rd - 5th

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

Wed

Twentieth Century Wars and the Rise of the Superpower

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

Class Begins: Sep 13, 2017

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 20

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Price: $550.00

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In this class, we will explore World War 1, World War 2, the Cold War, and the rise of Super Powers in the 20th Century. We will examine the causes of the First World War and how alliances between countries caused the first global war. From there, we will look at how the after effects of World War 1 planted the seed that became World War 2. From there we will look at the post World War 2 division of Germany, the creation of NATO and the Warsaw Pact and the effects of the Cold War.

Instructor: Jim York

Grade Range: 8th - 12th

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

Wed

United States History: Pre-History – 1860 (Part One)

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

Class Begins: Sep 13, 2017

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 20

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Price: $550.00

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Thousands of years ago, long before Christopher Columbus set sail, wandering tribes of hunters make their way from Asia across the Bering land bridge to North America through the stories of mountain men, railroad builders and gold rush hopefuls; simply put, prehistory (pre-1600) until 1860, are the time periods this United States History (Part One) class will explore. Using the thought provoking narrative and award winning series, A History of US by Joy Hakim, students will unfold the magic of United States history. Together, we will read, analyze, discuss, dig deeper using Joy Hakims’ first five books (as listed below). Not only will we learn about the time period, we will also explore the music, people, events of these time periods. NOTE: Part two of this course, covering 1860 – present, will be offered during 2018 – 2019.

Instructor: David Eastman

Grade Range: 8th - 12th

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

Thurs

We the People: United States Government

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

Class Begins: Sep 14, 2017

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 20

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Price: $550.00

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We will study the foundations of the United States Government, beginning with Jamestown and proceeding to the modern era. Our in-class discussion will focus on critical thinking, judging the worth of claims or arguments as pertaining to the study of our government.

Instructor: Dawn Guckavan

Grade Range: 9th - 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

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Price: $550.00

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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

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

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Price: $550.00

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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.

Wednesday

Let’s Talk about the Original 13 Colonies

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

Class Begins: Sep 13, 2017

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 20

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Price: $550.00

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The course will bring students into the thirteen original colonies. They will find themselves experiencing the challenges and rewards of colonial life. As they enter the new world they will keep a journal that will help them to demonstrate and track their knowledge and understanding. The students will gain experience working with maps, examining primary and secondary sources, and participating in class discussions. Welcome to the New World!

Instructor: Charissa Vangi

Grade Range: 5th - 7th

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

Thurs

The Civil War for Middle Schoolers

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

Class Begins: Sep 14, 2017

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 20

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Price: $550.00

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This class will examine the Civil War. We will discuss the events that led up to the war as well as the effects of the war on American Life. As we take a look at places and events we can’t help but talk about the important people and their influence on this turbulent time in American History. The road will be rocky and we’re sure to face some challenges along the way, but this will be a learning experience the students will not forget! So choose a side and prepare yourself for a bumpy ride!

Instructor: Charissa Vangi

Grade Range: 5th - 8th

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

Wed

Western Philosophy: Solving Mysteries with Our Minds

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

Class Begins: Sep 11, 2017

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 20

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Price: $550.00

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Philosophy is unlike any other subject you will take in school. For starters, there are no tests or quizzes. You won’t be asked to memorize any facts, though you will be expected to learn the principals that philosophers have suggested and think about how (and whether) they apply. Philosophy is analytical and critical, speculative and creative, exciting and mysterious. It is an activity more than a collection of knowledge. The goal is to combine the adventure of ideas with the rigorous analysis of them. It is serious, yet playful, thought. Throughout this course we will be studying the history of thought from ancient times through current philosophers. While we do this, we will be solving the mystery of Sophie’s existence along with her.

Instructor: Sara Moore-Gruver

Grade Range: 9th - 12th

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

Wed

Where in the World are We?? Explore the Geography of our Great Big Planet

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

Class Begins: Sep 13, 2017

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 20

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Price: $550.00

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In this class, we will study the physical and cultural geography of the earth. We will talk about the continents, the countries on the continents, the major mountain ranges and bodies of water/rivers. We will discuss the different cultures in the regions and how the physical geography of the region played a role in the development of societies (i.e. the role that rivers played in the movement of goods).

Instructor: Jim York

Grade Range: 7th - 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

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Price: $550.00

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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

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Price: $750.00

$700.00 before Apr 30

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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

Holocaust & Human Behavior

Term: Winter 2018     Class Meets: Wed,      7:00 pm - 8:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Jan 17, 2018

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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Price: $300.00

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In this semester course, students will learn about the history of the Holocaust from a sociological perspective. Participants will study the complex dynamics of human behavior and how it affected the choices of the people living at the time. We will grapple with decisions and behaviors which shaped our history in the past and struggle with ensuring that humanity makes wiser choices in the future.

Instructor: Michelle Rapchik-Levin

Grade Range: 9th -12th

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