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Algebra I

Quarter 1, 2, 3, 4: Starts on September 7, 2018

Class Time: 2:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Katherine Hoeck

Grade Range: 7th-10th

Prerequisites:

This is a year-long class that is in-progress. Mid-term enrollment may be possible by contacting Compass to discuss placement.

This is a complete course in Algebra I which will cover fundamental concepts in algebra and provide a solid foundation of mathematical literacy, problem solving, and critical thinking skills that are necessary for the exploration of more advanced and rigorous topics in mathematics. This course is designed to emphasize the study of algebraic problem-solving with the incorporation of mathematical reasoning, analysis, communication skills, and real world applications. Students will build on prior knowledge by exploring and understanding our number system, linear systems, rational numbers and proportional relationships, complex numbers, exponents, quadratics, polynomials, factoring, data analysis and probability, and solving, graphing, and writing linear equations and inequalities. Students will discover these topics through hands-on activities, class discussions, and open-ended problem solving. Each assignment will be categorized as either cooperative group investigations, partner collaboration, or individual work. Individual work will consist of periodic checks for understanding and independent-study activities that students are expected to complete outside of class.

Students should have a solid foundation in pre-algebra topics in order to take this class. Students should expect to spend 3 hours on independent study activities for each hour spent in class, or about 6 hours per week.

The required textbook for this class is The Art of Problem Solving: Introduction to Algebra (ISBN# 978-1-934124-14-7) and the corresponding and solutions manual (ISBN# 978-1-934124-15-4). These can be purchased from https://artofproblemsolving.com/store/item/intro-algebra. A calculator is not necessary for this course. Homeschool families may wish to count this course as a complete credit in Algebra for purposes of a high school transcript.

7 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $1099.00

Environmental Science (AP, Honors, or On-Level)

Quarter 1, 2, 3, 4: Starts on September 7, 2018

Class Time: 9:30 am      Duration: 85 min

Instructor: Donna Shackelford

Grade Range: 9th-12th

Prerequisites:

This is a year-long class that is in-progress. Mid-term enrollment may be possible by contacting Compass to discuss placement.

How will this year's La Nina weather pattern affect Mexico's Michoacan maize crop or monsoons in Mumbai? What are some strategies for improving water quality, reducing air pollution, and promoting renewal energy sources and sustainability around the world? Environmental Science is a critical, interdisciplinary study that merges the fields of geology, biology, chemistry, meteorology with geography, politics, economics, and sociology with several unifying themes including earth as an interconnected system with both natural and human-made influences.

Key themes in the year-long study of Environmental Science include Earth Systems consisting of geological processes and natural resources and the Living World comprised of ecosystems and cycles. Environmental Science combines the study of population and land and water usage such as agriculture, pest control, forestry, urban development, mining, and fishing. The field also examines energy resources and consumption including a comparison of types of power generation and various fuel sources. Finally, Environmental Science considers the impacts of humans on the planet including air pollution, water contamination, handling of solid waste, and climatological impacts wish as greenhouse gases, global warming, loss of habitats, reduced biodiversity, endangered/threatened species, and efforts in conservation.

This is a year-long, multilevel high school science course with laboratory and field work components. Environmental Science offers a substantive, full-credit experience. Students can pick their desired workload. They can always do more if they would like, but at any level they are expected to keep up with weekly readings and homework which will prepare them for in-class discussions, labs, and projects. All students should expect to spend 4-6 hours outside of class for reading and homework, regardless of level. All levels use materials written at a college level, but the amount and type of homework varies. Brief summer assignments are due in August for those who elect to take the AP level.

All students will register online for the same course. Students must indicate which level they want to study by e-mail by August 15. Once the course has begun, students may move down a level (from AP to honors, or from honors to on-level) at any time. However, once classes have started, students may not "bump up" a level.

Students will be asked to purchase or rent the select class textbook: Living in the Environment: Principles, Connections, and Solutions by G. Tyler Miller. (15th edition, ISBN #978-0495015987). Students should have a ring binder for notes and handouts and a bound lab book for recording observations and measurements. There is a $160 lab fee due payable to the instructor on the first day of class. The fee to take the AP exam in May 2019 is not included; each family will be responsible for scheduling and paying for their student's AP exam.

7 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $1099.00

Geometry

Quarter 1, 2, 3, 4: Starts on September 7, 2018

Class Time: 1:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Katherine Hoeck

Grade Range: 9th-12th

Prerequisites:

This is a year-long class that is in-progress. Mid-term enrollment may be possible by contacting Compass to discuss placement.

This is a complete course in high school Geometry which will cover the fundamental concepts of Euclidean geometry and focus on developing critical thinking skills as they relate to logical reasoning and argument. This course is designed to emphasize analytical thinking and will include an in-depth analysis of plane, solid, and coordinate geometry through abstract mathematical ideas as well as real world problem solutions. Students will connect concepts from Algebra I to geometric phenomena with the analysis of parallel lines and polygons, perimeter and area, volume and surface area, similarity and congruence, and introductory trigonometry. Students will develop an understanding of these concepts through the study of geometric definitions, theorems, axioms, and postulates by writing reasoned, logical explanations that arrive at the conclusion about the geometric statement. A key focus will be on the development and history of the concepts being studied. Students can expect to spend time in class learning how to articulate the logical progression of concepts in addition to a thorough analysis of the topics. Independent study will involve reading assignments on concepts *before* they are presented in class as well as various problems to support what is covered in class.

Students should have a solid foundation in Algebra I in order to take this class. Students should expect to spend 3 hours on independent study activities for each hour spent in class, or about 6 hours per week.

The required textbook for this class is The Art of Problem Solving: Introduction to Geometry text (ISBN: 978-1-934124-08-6) and corresponding solutions manual (ISBN #978-1-934124-09-3). These can be purchased from https://artofproblemsolving.com/store/item/intro-algebra. Additional resources for the development of geometric proofs will be pulled from Euclidean and Non-Euclidean Geometries: Development and History. Students will be provided with the material used from this book. A calculator is not necessary for this course. Homeschool families may wish to count this course as a complete credit in Geometry for purposes of a high school transcript.

7 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $1099.00

Introduction to Biology (Honors or On-Level)

Quarter 1, 2, 3, 4: Starts on September 7, 2018

Class Time: 9:30 am      Duration: 85 min

Instructor: Tia Murchie-Beyma

Grade Range: 9th-12th

Prerequisites:

This is a year-long class that is in-progress. Mid-term enrollment may be possible by contacting Compass to discuss placement.

This full-year lab science course introduces classic biology topics updated for the 21st century. Biology, the study of life, looks at living things and their relationships, from microscopic to enormous, ancient to modern, arctic to tropic. Our survey includes: (1) cellular and molecular biology, (2) ecology, (3) genetics, (4) biology of organisms (with selected human health and anatomy topics), and (5) evolution and diversity.

You will observe microscopic organisms; identify pill bug species; and give monarch butterflies a health exam before tagging them for their 2,800 mile migration to Mexico. You will extract real DNA, model its processes, and learn how scientists manipulate this magnificent molecule to make mice glow in the dark. You will trick plants, observe animal behavior, and practice identifying and debunking pseudo-science.

By the end of the course, students will be able to explain the nature of science; cite evidence for foundational theories of modern biology; explain basic biological processes and functions; describe structures and relationships in living systems; outline systems of information, energy, and resources; demonstrate principles of valid experimental design; discern ethical standards of responsibility and respect; relate their values and scientific ideas to decision-making; and apply biological knowledge to their own health.

This course is run as a flipped classroom in which students are responsible for new content by completing readings, videos, animations, and written assignments prior to meetings. In-person classes are used for active discussion, clarification, exploration of content, review, modeling, and hands-on activities.

Labs conducted in class address not only technical skills and sequential operations, but also forming testable predictions, collecting data, applying basic math, drawing conclusions, and presenting findings. While some virtual dissections may be assigned, most are hands-on. These include flowers, crayfish, fetal pigs, a sheep heart, and a cow eyeball.

Regarding a few key issues in biology: Human reproduction is not taught as a separate, stand-alone topics, however, in the course/context of other topics, students will learn about chromosomes, sperm, eggs, stem cells, hormones, fetal development, adolescent growth, HIV, practices that harm fetuses (like drugs, tobacco, and alcohol), and benefits of breast-feeding. However, all those items appear in the context of other topics, not human reproduction specifically. The class will include some debate-type discussions on biological topics such as GMO. Abortion will not be debated. Birth control and sexuality education are not covered in this class. However, gender versus biological sex is a concept discussed in detail in the genetics unit. Dissections will be performed in this class, however, they will be optional for any student. Evolution is embedded in every topic, from molecular to ecological, and it not optional. It is addressed in a scientific context, not from a faith standpoint.

All instructor communications and assignments will take place over the password-protected platform, Canvas. On Canvas, students will find weekly homework, reading assignments, and videos; complete automated quizzes and tests; track their grades; and message the instructor and classmates. This class has a weekly, online meeting in addition to in-person sessions at Compass. Online meetings take place live through Canvas, but can be viewed asynchronously if a student has a conflict.

Introduction to Biology is a year-long, multi-level, high school laboratory science course. It offers a substantive, full-credit experience on either an Honors or On-Level track. The Honors level prepares a student to take the SAT Subject Test in Biology E/M. The amount and type of homework varies by track. All class members share core material and participate in the same labs. Honors goes deeper with longer or additional readings, more analytical work, and more thorough and difficult assessments. Brief, required summer assignments are due in August for those who elect to take Honors. All students, regardless of level, are expected to keep up with weekly readings and homework to prepare for in-class discussions, labs, and projects.

Students will register online for the same course, but must indicate which level they wish to study via e-mail by August 15. Once the course has begun, students may move down a level (from Honors to On-Level) at any time. However, once classes have started, students may not "bump up" a level.

Students at all levels should expect to spend 4-6 hours outside of class reading and preparing homework. They should be strong, independent readers and able to understand graphs, tables, percentages, decimals, ratios, and averages. Homework consists of readings (both in the textbook and additional scholarly and popular sources), videos, animated clips and models, term cards, brief written responses, lab reports, online quizzes, and unit tests. Students will sometimes prepare short, in-class presentations; participate in group projects, run simulations, or conduct simple experiments at home.

Students need to purchase or rent the textbook Biology (2010 edition with baby alligator cover) by Stephen Nowicki, published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt/Holt McDougal (ISBN# 9780547219479) An e-book version is also available (ISBN# 9780547221069). By second semester, those who elect to take the SAT Subject Test will also need the College Board s The Official SAT Subject Test in Biology Study Guide (ISBN# 978-1457309205) and a prep book of their choice, such as Princeton Review's Cracking the SAT Subject Test in Biology E/M, 16th Ed (ISBN# 978-1524710750) or Barron's SAT Subject Test Biology E/M, 6th Edition (ISBN# 978-1438009605).

Students will need the following materials and equipment: access to a computer/internet service, a compound microscope with at least 400X magnification and cool lighting (may be shared by up to two students at family discretion), splash goggles, water-resistant/acid-resistant lab apron, transparent metric ruler, kitchen or postal scale, 3-ring binder, a supply of at least 400 3 X 5 index cards, and plain, lined, and graph paper.

There is a $90 lab fee payable to the instructor on the first day of class. The fee to take the SAT Biology E/M Test in June 2019 is not included; each family is responsible for scheduling and paying for their student's exam. The instructor will provide a numerical score in the class which the homeschool parent may consider when assigning a letter grade.

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $895.00

Pre-Algebra

Quarter 1, 2, 3, 4: Starts on September 7, 2018

Class Time: 10:00 am      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Natalie Di Vietri

Grade Range: 7th-9th

Prerequisites:

This is a year-long class that is in-progress. Mid-term enrollment may be possible by contacting Compass to discuss placement.

This is a full year course in Pre-Algebra with an emphasis on problem solving skills and computations of math facts. The major topics covered in this course are variables, expressions, integers, order of operations, solving equations, and multi-step equations. The course will also cover inequalities, factors, fractions, exponents, and rational numbers. Additional Pre-Algebra concepts that will be taught include ratios, proportion, probability, percentages, linear functions, real numbers, right triangles, measurement, area, volume, and data analysis. Students will learn to use formulas to solve a variety of math problems encompassing geometry, probability, and statistics. Students will also be applying their learning to real life scenarios to solve problems.

For this course, students should be capable of basic computation, math facts, and an ability to work with fractions and decimals at the 6th/7th grade level. For anyone who is unsure if their child is ready for pre-algebra, the instructor can recommend one or more assessments or pretests to confirm placement. Students should expect to spend 3-4 hours per week outside of class to complete practice problems, homework, and assessments. Please note, all assessments will be taken outside of class with the parental oversight to maximize in-class instructional time.

For this class, students will need a regular notebook and paper and graph paper or graphing notebook. Students will be required to rent or purchase the class textbook, McDougall Littell s Pre-Algebra (ISBM #978-0618250035), purchase the practice workbook (ISBN # 978-0618257522), and subscribe to the online math platform, IXL (https://www.ixl.com/). As an alternate, parents can purchase the textbook on audio-CD for any students who struggle with reading (ISBN #978-0618478828). Finally, although Pre-Algebra is often taught without the use of calculators, if a student is slow with some math facts or computation by hand, a TI-34 calculator is recommended so the student can keep up with the problems.

7 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $1099.00

Masterworks: Literature Roundtable

Quarter 1, 2, 3, 4: Starts on September 12, 2018

Class Time: 3:30 pm      Duration: 90 min

Instructor: Melanie Kosar

Grade Range: 11th-12th

Prerequisites:

This is a year-long class that is in-progress. Mid-term enrollment may be possible by contacting Compass to discuss placement.

Masterworks is a collegiate-level literature analysis and discussion class for advanced high school English students. Written works will be selected for their contribution to world literature or their influence on society. In the first half of the course, students will read and discuss literature focusing on tales of voyage, revenge, comedy and tragedy from the ancients through 1800, such as Homer s The Odyssey , Swift s Gulliver s Travels , and selections from Shakespeare. Students should expect to see a number of writers of the Western canon before transitioning to Medieval and Renaissance authors, and continuing with the Age of Enlightenment.

During the second half of the course, the class will explore modern works, beginning with the 1800s Romantic Period, and progress to the present. Readings will include pieces from a diverse group of writers, from Faulkner to Hurston, T.S. Eliot to Coelho, Morrison and Orwell, to non-Western writers. Along the way the class will discuss the rise of journalism, popular media, music, and the role of both technology and globalism in the study of literature. Works from other eras and authors will be added as time and interest permit.

For this course, students should be active, engaged, advanced readers who come to class prepared to participate in intellectual discussion. Students should expect to read up to 100 pages per week. Students are also expected to take the lead in weekly class discussions by sharing their reflections/ reactions to the readings, drawing conclusions/ comparisons with other works, and investigating scholarly articles or other writings on the theme, genre, or by the assigned author. The course instructor will serve as a facilitator-moderator and will use Socratic discussion to further the class s analysis of the literature. A goal in the class is to encourage students to think critically about what they are reading and to help them identify patterns and divergences in material that will give them a framework for anything they read in the future. Students will be expected to write one paper per semester and give one oral presentation to demonstrate understanding and interpretation of materials.

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $1129.00

Monty Python Mash-Up

Quarter 2: Starts on November 29, 2018

Class Time: 11:00 am      Duration: 115 min

Instructor: Heather Sanderson

Grade Range: 8th-12th

Prerequisites:

Take a break from the seriousness of Shakespeare and the rigors of fall classwork! Return to England to explore the ground-breaking, uniquely British comedy of Monty Python. Teens will get to know Monty Python in a two-week acting workshop with acting coach Heather Sanderson, Compass s very own expert on all things English! Students will perform hilarious short sketches and famous skits like Monty Python's "The Dead Parrot", "The Killer Joke", "The Lumberjack Song", "The Dirty Fork", "The Argument Clinic", and "Spam."

Monty Python s Flying Circus was a wacky sketch-comedy television series introduced to the UK in 1969 and imported to the US in the early 1970s. The off-the-cuff, stream-of-consciousness, and often unrehearsed style of Monty Python gained a cult-like popularity around the world and culminated in block-buster feature films, albums, books, theater appearances, and specials. Teens will enjoy recreating the legendary, vintage humor of Monty Python and discover why famous comedic writers from The Simpsons to Saturday Night Live all claim inspiration from the famous troupe. Students can end their fall semester on a light note practicing and performing uproarious sketches while also gaining appreciation for this niche aspect of British culture and comedy. A sense of humor is required; acting experience is not. This is a two-week, four hour workshop that meets from 11:00 am - 1:00 pm on November 30 and December 7.

Don't know who Monty Python is? Monty Python (also collectively known as the Pythons) were a British surreal comedy group whose television program will celebrate 50 years in 2019. The highly influential comedy troupe included Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, and Michael Palin.

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $68.00

Acting- Kids' Theater: The Jungle Book

Quarter 3: Starts on January 9, 2019

Class Time: 2:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: John Waldron

Grade Range: 3rd-5th

Prerequisites:

This class will portray the story of Mowgli, a man cub raised by a family of wolves. Mowgli must leave his wolf pack led by Akela and set off to find a new life, when Shere Khan the tiger threatens him with revenge. Mowgli has dramatic adventures with animal friends he meets along the way.

Students will not want to miss the chance to play a part in this delightful classic which generations have enjoyed since it was written by Rudyard Kipling in 1894. This story was made popular by the 1967 Walt Disney animated movie, and its popularity surged again in 2016 with the live-action CGI movie released by Disney.

Young actors will further their theatrical skills and stretch their imaginations by working on characters, envisioning settings, and exploring the plot as they develop scenes in which everyone has a role. Students will benefit from experimenting with public speaking through acting in a safe, supportive environment and enjoy the satisfaction of working as a team. Students will be coached on acting basics such as facing the audience, projecting their voices, and dramatizing their character through body language and movements. The final class will be a class performance which showcases what they have learned.

This class is best suited for students who are active listeners, can follow directions, can collaborate with others, do their best to memorize lines, and enjoy working in a group. Students should be able to read on grade level in order to follow the script. The cost of the class script is included in the class fee. Topics in this year s class series include: Wizard of Oz, Act 1 of 2 (first quarter); Wizard of Oz, Act 2 of 2 (second quarter); The Jungle Book (third quarter), and Treasure Island (fourth quarter).

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $120.00

Acting- Young Peoples' Playhouse: Magical Monsters

Quarter 3: Starts on January 9, 2019

Class Time: 12:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Rebecca Wahls

Grade Range: 1st-3rd

Prerequisites:

Acting is an adventure! Young actors will embark upon an imaginary encounter with Magical Monsters where they will create an original storyline and unique characters. Together, they will create their very own original play about magical monsters, curious creatures, and a silly sequence of events.

Students will think about the actions, voices, and personalities of characters as they develop their own through exercises and games. Students will explore skills such as sensory awareness, listening, stage movement, character development, emotional development, and observation/concentration while learning to perform their own unique character. Young actors will learn aspects of acting by script read-through, blocking, costume/prop discussion, and planning the show. Through individual and group activities, young actors build confidence in preparation for a final sharing for parents.

This program has been specially adapted for Compass from Acting for Young People's curriculum, and is ideal for students with any level of experience.The script will be developed and customized uniquely for this class by the instructor with input from the students. All actors must be at least age 6 to sign up for this class. Topics in this year's class series include: Safari Adventure (first quarter), Outer Space Race (second quarter), Magical Monsters (third quarter), and Our Own Fairy Tale (fourth quarter).

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $95.00

Acting-Teen Stage: Improv Scenes, Long Form

Quarter 3: Starts on January 9, 2019

Class Time: 1:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: John Waldron

Grade Range: 7th-12th

Prerequisites:

This is a fun improvisation class for teens to learn ways to interact spontaneously within character to create a scenes. Students will work on long form improv, which is taking an idea and creating a multi-character and multi-scene play. The art of developing a scene with a partner will be explored. Students will learn the components of scene building such as character development, environment, listening skills, accepting ideas from your partner, and building upon those ideas. A random or unusual setting can be a catalyst for wild and funny ideas.

Popular improvisational techniques such a Scene Jump and Columns will be performed. Students who took the scripted One-Minute Plays class and all new students, will have fun going script -free and strengthening their improvisation skills, with games such as "Two-Minute Stories." Students cooperative work will result in a scene full of fascinating facts, objects, and relationships. Students will improve their ability to think and react "on the fly." Actors' creative thinking and interpersonal skills will be strengthened as they work "out-of-the-box." This class will enhance cognitive development, imagination, and listening skills.

Drawing on their favorite improv games, including long form improv, the students will perform for family and friends at the end of the quarter. There is no prerequisite for this class. This class is best suited for students who are active listeners, are flexible and easily adapt, have a sense of humor, and can work in a collaborative group. Students need to be able to stay in sync with the flow of the class. This is not an "anything goes" or free-for-all class. This class is an excellent warm-up, for the Mystery On Demand class coming in 4th quarter, where students will improvise their way through a mystery story (setting, characters, plot) created cooperatively by the class.

3 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $120.00

Art: Painting with Pastels

Quarter 3: Starts on January 9, 2019

Class Time: 1:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Lori Goll

Grade Range: 3rd-4th

Prerequisites:

Pastels are not just colored chalk! Did you know they are sticks of pure pigment, just like paints, and working with pastels is even considered painting? In soft or "chalk" pastels, the pigment is mixed with binder to form a stick that can be held, and color is applied without a brush or instrument...a more sophisticated version of finger painting! We will explore the medium of pastel, learning techniques of blending, layering, and shading while also learning fundamentals of color theory, value, composition, and perspective. We will experiment with different artistic styles such as realism, surrealism, and abstract painting. Subjects will vary each week and will include basic still lifes (geometric shapes, fruits, vases, flowers, etc), landscape (from photograph or online examples), and animals. Each week students will learn art vocabulary and terms which are relevant to the lesson, and look at the life and work of different artists. Instructor Lori Goll works predominantly in pastels professionally. She will teach and continually stress proper studio techniques since pastels can be dusty!

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $129.00

Art: Painting with Pastels

Quarter 3: Starts on January 9, 2019

Class Time: 2:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Lori Goll

Grade Range: 5th-6th

Prerequisites:

Pastels are not just colored chalk! Did you know they are sticks of pure pigment, just like paints, and working with pastels is even considered painting? In soft or "chalk" pastels, the pigment is mixed with binder to form a stick that can be held, and color is applied without a brush or instrument...a more sophisticated version of finger painting! We will explore the medium of pastel, learning techniques of blending, layering, and shading while also learning fundamentals of color theory, value, composition, and perspective. We will experiment with different artistic styles such as realism, surrealism, and abstract painting. Subjects will vary each week and will include basic still lifes (geometric shapes, fruits, vases, flowers, etc), landscape (from photograph or online examples), and animals. Each week students will learn art vocabulary and terms which are relevant to the lesson, and look at the life and work of different artists. Instructor Lori Goll works predominantly in pastels professionally. She will teach and continually stress proper studio techniques since pastels can be dusty!

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $129.00

Art: Painting with Pastels

Quarter 3: Starts on January 9, 2019

Class Time: 3:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Lori Goll

Grade Range: 7th-9th

Prerequisites:

Pastels are not just colored chalk! Did you know they are sticks of pure pigment, just like paints, and working with pastels is even considered painting? In soft or "chalk" pastels, the pigment is mixed with binder to form a stick that can be held, and color is applied without a brush or instrument...a more sophisticated version of finger painting! We will explore the medium of pastel, learning techniques of blending, layering, and shading while also learning fundamentals of color theory, value, composition, and perspective. We will experiment with different artistic styles such as realism, surrealism, and abstract painting. Subjects will vary each week and will include basic still lifes (geometric shapes, fruits, vases, flowers, etc), landscape (from photograph or online examples), and animals. Each week students will learn art vocabulary and terms which are relevant to the lesson, and look at the life and work of different artists. Instructor Lori Goll works predominantly in pastels professionally. She will teach and continually stress proper studio techniques since pastels can be dusty!

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $129.00

Battle Strategies & Dioramas: Civil War, Gettysburg

Quarter 3: Starts on January 9, 2019

Class Time: 1:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Taliesin Knol

Grade Range: 5th-8th

Prerequisites:

Students will learn the basic history of the Civil war, with a focus on the bloodiest battle ever fought on American Soil, the three days at Gettysburg. Gettysburg would be the last major offensive action of the Confederate Army on Union soil, shattering the myth of Lee s invincibility on the field and signaling the beginning of the Confederacy s downfall.

Students will engage in a hands-on 3D battle strategy game using the military dioramas that they make! Using artistic model-making techniques, hand tools, and historical maps, students will each form a 12 X 18 shaped, foam diorama with landscape elements (hills, valleys, rivers, ridges, vegetation, fences, etc) to represent a scene of a famous historical engagement. Students will each receive 1:72 scale miniature soldiers to populate their scene. Once individual projects are constructed, students will combine their dioramas alongside those of their classmates to approximate the larger battlefield terrain. Students will spend the remainder of the quarter learning about the tactics and outcomes of the military engagement while playing a table-top strategy game. Student strategists will use a simplified version of the Fire and Fury historical war gaming rule system for moving troops and equipment. Along with their classmates, students will see how this battle progressed and test different outcome scenarios that might have occurred with different battlefield choices. The instructor will use maps and visual presentations to explain the historical background and circumstances leading up to the specific battle.

Course documents, such as period maps, game rules and all other instructional media will be available via a Google Drive link which will be emailed to parents. There is a $25.00 materials fee payable to the instructor on the first day of class. Topics in this year s series include: Revolutionary War, Battles of Lexington and Concord (1st quarter), Revolutionary War, Yorktown (2nd quarter), Civil War, Gettysburg (3rd quarter), and Civil War, The Siege of Petersburg (4th quarter).

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $163.00

Beginning Guitar 3

Quarter 3: Starts on January 9, 2019

Class Time: 2:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Lee Nathanson

Grade Range: 5th-8th

Prerequisites:

Students will continue to learn the fundamentals of playing the guitar! In this class, students will learn basic melodies, such as Ode to Joy, Happy Birthday, Jingle Bells, etc. Kids will learn to play chords and strumming patterns for familiar songs chosen by the instructor and students. Students are encouraged to bring in music they are interested in learning. New chords and new songs will be added each week as students also learn to read music and basic music theory. Students will also learn how to hold, tune, and care for their guitars. Students should be able to read at grade level for this class, and should plan to practice at home several times each week. Each student will need a least a beginner level acoustic guitar. There is a materials fee of $5.00 for new students payable to the instructor on the first day of class for a music notebook. Students who wish to enroll 3rd quarter should have at least 12-15 hours of prior instruction in order to match the pace of the enrolled students.

5 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $165.00

Body & Brain Yoga

Quarter 3: Starts on January 9, 2019

Class Time: 10:00 am      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Paula Pierce

Grade Range: K-Adult

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Come in out of the cold! Leave the morning rush behind you. Refresh and reset for the day ahead with Body & Brain Yoga. Body & Brain Yoga is a health and wellness program for participants of all ages and all fitness levels- beginners are welcome. This is not a yoga program based on holding the perfect pose. Instead, physical, emotional, and cognitive activities are designed for all children and adults to improve their own well-being and mindfulness.
Body & Brain Yoga is a holistic approach integrating neuroscience, traditional Asian mind-body training, and emotional wellness training. Each class will consist of stretching (15 mins), followed by a short, experiential health topic (10 mins) and activities or exercises to work on physical health goals such as balance, flexibility, and coordination (15 mins). Each session will conclude with breathing and meditation work (15 mins) to improve mindfulness and help participants focus for the day. Children and adults will learn how taking brain breaks through breathing and meditation will reduce anxiety while increasing focus, creativity, concentration, and positive emotions.
Parents, grandparents, or caregivers: you are welcome to take this class on your own while your child(ren) is in class. Alternatively, consider taking this class alongside your child so you can learn and practice the brain and body techniques throughout the week at home. Children ages 7 and under must register for this class with an adult. Adults who are not comfortable sitting on the floor may participate in the class from a chair- activities are adaptable. All participants should bring either a beach towel or a yoga mat to class and should wear loose, comfortable clothing.

7 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $111.00

Chess: Advanced Beginners 3

Quarter 3: Starts on January 9, 2019

Class Time: 11:00 am      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Peter Snow

Grade Range: 3rd-6th

Prerequisites:

This is the third of a 4-quarter series of classes on advanced, beginning chess. Students will learn skills that build upon those presented in Quarters 1 and 2, including: Later than Beginning Pins; Using more or better attackers; Using more or better defenders; Finding the forcing moves when they are also the best moves; Queen and Bishop teams for attacking; Queen and Knight teams for attacking and, Queen and Rook teams for attacking. Students need an understanding of principles and strategies presented in Advanced Beginner Chess 1 and 2, as preparation for this class. Each class will be spent half on technique and half in practice matches with classmates while instructor coaches. Experts suggest that the game of chess teaches analytical and disciplined thinking skills, while raising self esteem, teaching motivation and determination, and sportsmanship (Kasparov Foundation).

8 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $109.00

Chess: Beginners 3

Quarter 3: Starts on January 9, 2019

Class Time: 10:00 am      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Peter Snow

Grade Range: 2nd-5th

Prerequisites:

This is the third of a 4-quarter series of classes on beginning chess. Students will learn skills that build upon those presented in Quarters 1 and 2, including: discovered checks and attacks; pins and double checks; counting: center squares, squares of control with attackers and defenders; checkmate drills; keeping the King safe in the opening; tactics lesson 1 forks; tactics lesson 2 skewers and x-rays; reviewing opening principles. Students need an understanding of principles and strategies presented in Beginning Chess 1 and 2, as preparation for this class. Each class will be spent half on technique and half in practice matches with classmates while instructor coaches. Experts suggest that the game of chess teaches analytical and disciplined thinking skills, while raising self esteem, teaching motivation and determination, and sportsmanship (Kasparov Foundation).

8 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $109.00

Cooking for Kids: Winter Warm-Ups

Quarter 3: Starts on January 9, 2019

Class Time: 10:00 am      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Mylene Nyman

Grade Range: 3rd-5th

Prerequisites:

Students will enjoy making hearty, warm winter recipes and favorite comfort foods that feature a variety of fruits, vegetables, and fresh ingredients. Winter Warm-Ups are selected to be nutritious, fun, and simple to make. Each class will focus on a portion of a meal including appetizer, salad, soup, side dish, main dish, and dessert. The Compass chefs' culinary adventures will include:
Roasted Squash and Parmesan Tartlet (appetizer)
Winter Fruit Salad (with Kiwi and Orange)
Chicken, Vegetable, and Tomato Soup
Hearty Mac-and-Cheese (side dish)
Cider Chicken with Apples (main dish)
Savory Bread Pudding (dessert)
Swiss Chocolate Roll Cake (dessert)
Polenta Shortbread and Cinnamon Hot Cocoa with Caramel (snack, to coincide with National Hot Cocoa Day)

Students will be eating what they make each week and bringing home the recipes and leftovers. These engaging cooking classes will get students excited about helping in the kitchen, experimenting, and trying new foods. Students will be exposed to healthy ingredients they may not regularly eat. They will learn important kitchen skills such as safety, sanitation, measuring, knife skills, and other tricks of the trade. Culinary vocabulary and terms are introduced each week, with no-pressure verbal review of those words the following week.
Notes: Sorry, but students with allergies to food ingredients or dietary restrictions cannot be accommodated in this class. Recipes may contain dairy, wheat, gluten, and eggs. While no nuts are included in recipes, ingredients may come from factories or machinery that also process nuts. This class is best suited for students who can follow instructions, complete sequential tasks, and work in a group. Students will be asked to bring an apron and plastic storage container with a tight fitting lid. There is a $40.00 material fee for this course payable to the instructor on the first day.

3 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $216.00

Cooking for Kids: Winter Warm-Ups

Quarter 3: Starts on January 9, 2019

Class Time: 1:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Mylene Nyman

Grade Range: 3rd-5th

Prerequisites:

Students will enjoy making hearty, warm winter recipes and favorite comfort foods that feature a variety of fruits, vegetables, and fresh ingredients. Winter Warm-Ups are selected to be nutritious, fun, and simple to make. Each class will focus on a portion of a meal including appetizer, salad, soup, side dish, main dish, and dessert. The Compass chefs' culinary adventures will include:
Roasted Squash and Parmesan Tartlet (appetizer)
Winter Fruit Salad (with Kiwi and Orange)
Chicken, Vegetable, and Tomato Soup
Hearty Mac-and-Cheese (side dish)
Cider Chicken with Apples (main dish)
Savory Bread Pudding (dessert)
Swiss Chocolate Roll Cake (dessert)
Polenta Shortbread and Cinnamon Hot Cocoa with Caramel (snack, to coincide with National Hot Cocoa Day)

Students will be eating what they make each week and bringing home the recipes and leftovers. These engaging cooking classes will get students excited about helping in the kitchen, experimenting, and trying new foods. Students will be exposed to healthy ingredients they may not regularly eat. They will learn important kitchen skills such as safety, sanitation, measuring, knife skills, and other tricks of the trade. Culinary vocabulary and terms are introduced each week, with no-pressure verbal review of those words the following week.
Notes: Sorry, but students with allergies to food ingredients or dietary restrictions cannot be accommodated in this class. Recipes may contain dairy, wheat, gluten, and eggs. While no nuts are included in recipes, ingredients may come from factories or machinery that also process nuts. This class is best suited for students who can follow instructions, complete sequential tasks, and work in a group. Students will be asked to bring an apron and plastic storage container with a tight fitting lid. There is a $40.00 material fee for this course payable to the instructor on the first day.

3 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $216.00

Cooking for Little Kids: Winter Warm-Ups

Quarter 3: Starts on January 9, 2019

Class Time: 12:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Mylene Nyman

Grade Range: 1st-3rd

Prerequisites:

Students will enjoy making hearty, warm winter recipes and favorite comfort foods that feature a variety of fruits, vegetables, and fresh ingredients. Winter Warm-Ups are selected to be nutritious, fun, and simple to make. Each class will focus on a portion of a meal including appetizer, salad, soup, side dish, main dish, and dessert. The Compass chefs' culinary adventures will include:
Roasted Squash and Parmesan Tartlet (appetizer)
Winter Fruit Salad (with Kiwi and Orange)
Chicken, Vegetable, and Tomato Soup
Hearty Mac-and-Cheese (side dish)
Cider Chicken with Apples (main dish)
Savory Bread Pudding (dessert)
Swiss Chocolate Roll Cake (dessert)
Polenta Shortbread and Cinnamon Hot Cocoa with Caramel (snack, to coincide with National Hot Cocoa Day)

Students will be eating what they make each week and bringing home the recipes and leftovers. These engaging cooking classes will get students excited about helping in the kitchen, experimenting, and trying new foods. Students will be exposed to healthy ingredients they may not regularly eat. They will learn important kitchen skills such as safety, sanitation, measuring, knife skills, and other tricks of the trade. Culinary vocabulary and terms are introduced each week, with no-pressure verbal review of those words the following week.
Notes: Sorry, but students with allergies to food ingredients or dietary restrictions cannot be accommodated in this class. Recipes may contain dairy, wheat, gluten, and eggs. While no nuts are included in recipes, ingredients may come from factories or machinery that also process nuts. This class is best suited for students who can follow instructions, complete sequential tasks, and work in a group. Students must be minimum age six (6) by the start of class. Students will be asked to bring an apron and plastic storage container with a tight fitting lid. There is a $40.00 material fee for this course payable to the instructor on the first day.

3 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $216.00

Cooking for Little Kids: Winter Warm-Ups

Quarter 3: Starts on January 9, 2019

Class Time: 3:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Mylene Nyman

Grade Range: 1st-3rd

Prerequisites:

Students will enjoy making hearty, warm winter recipes and favorite comfort foods that feature a variety of fruits, vegetables, and fresh ingredients. Winter Warm-Ups are selected to be nutritious, fun, and simple to make. Each class will focus on a portion of a meal including appetizer, salad, soup, side dish, main dish, and dessert. The Compass chefs' culinary adventures will include:
Roasted Squash and Parmesan Tartlet (appetizer)
Winter Fruit Salad (with Kiwi and Orange)
Chicken, Vegetable, and Tomato Soup
Hearty Mac-and-Cheese (side dish)
Cider Chicken with Apples (main dish)
Savory Bread Pudding (dessert)
Swiss Chocolate Roll Cake (dessert)
Polenta Shortbread and Cinnamon Hot Cocoa with Caramel (snack, to coincide with National Hot Cocoa Day)

Students will be eating what they make each week and bringing home the recipes and leftovers. These engaging cooking classes will get students excited about helping in the kitchen, experimenting, and trying new foods. Students will be exposed to healthy ingredients they may not regularly eat. They will learn important kitchen skills such as safety, sanitation, measuring, knife skills, and other tricks of the trade. Culinary vocabulary and terms are introduced each week, with no-pressure verbal review of those words the following week.
Notes: Sorry, but students with allergies to food ingredients or dietary restrictions cannot be accommodated in this class. Recipes may contain dairy, wheat, gluten, and eggs. While no nuts are included in recipes, ingredients may come from factories or machinery that also process nuts. This class is best suited for students who can follow instructions, complete sequential tasks, and work in a group. Students must be minimum age six (6) by the start of class. Students will be asked to bring an apron and plastic storage container with a tight fitting lid. There is a $40.00 material fee for this course payable to the instructor on the first day.

3 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $216.00

Cooking for Tweens: Winter Warm-Ups

Quarter 3: Starts on January 9, 2019

Class Time: 11:00 am      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Mylene Nyman

Grade Range: 6th-8th

Prerequisites:

Students will enjoy making hearty, warm winter recipes and favorite comfort foods that feature a variety of fruits, vegetables, and fresh ingredients. Winter Warm-Ups are selected to be nutritious, fun, and simple to make. Each class will focus on a portion of a meal including appetizer, salad, soup, side dish, main dish, and dessert. The Compass chefs' culinary adventures will include:
Roasted Squash and Parmesan Tartlet (appetizer)
Winter Fruit Salad (with Kiwi and Orange)
Chicken, Vegetable, and Tomato Soup
Hearty Mac-and-Cheese (side dish)
Cider Chicken with Apples (main dish)
Savory Bread Pudding (dessert)
Swiss Chocolate Roll Cake (dessert)
Polenta Shortbread and Cinnamon Hot Cocoa with Caramel (snack, to coincide with National Hot Cocoa Day)

Students will be eating what they make each week and bringing home the recipes and leftovers. These engaging cooking classes will get students excited about helping in the kitchen, experimenting, and trying new foods. Students will be exposed to healthy ingredients they may not regularly eat. They will learn important kitchen skills such as safety, sanitation, measuring, knife skills, and other tricks of the trade. Culinary vocabulary and terms are introduced each week, with no-pressure verbal review of those words the following week.
Notes: Sorry, but students with allergies to food ingredients or dietary restrictions cannot be accommodated in this class. Recipes may contain dairy, wheat, gluten, and eggs. While no nuts are included in recipes, ingredients may come from factories or machinery that also process nuts. This class is best suited for students who can follow instructions, complete sequential tasks, and work in a group. Students will be asked to bring an apron and plastic storage container with a tight fitting lid. There is a $40.00 material fee for this course payable to the instructor on the first day.

3 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $216.00

Cooking for Tweens: Winter Warm-Ups

Quarter 3: Starts on January 9, 2019

Class Time: 2:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Mylene Nyman

Grade Range: 6th-8th

Prerequisites:

Students will enjoy making hearty, warm winter recipes and favorite comfort foods that feature a variety of fruits, vegetables, and fresh ingredients. Winter Warm-Ups are selected to be nutritious, fun, and simple to make. Each class will focus on a portion of a meal including appetizer, salad, soup, side dish, main dish, and dessert. The Compass chefs' culinary adventures will include:
Roasted Squash and Parmesan Tartlet (appetizer)
Winter Fruit Salad (with Kiwi and Orange)
Chicken, Vegetable, and Tomato Soup
Hearty Mac-and-Cheese (side dish)
Cider Chicken with Apples (main dish)
Savory Bread Pudding (dessert)
Swiss Chocolate Roll Cake (dessert)
Polenta Shortbread and Cinnamon Hot Cocoa with Caramel (snack, to coincide with National Hot Cocoa Day)

Students will be eating what they make each week and bringing home the recipes and leftovers. These engaging cooking classes will get students excited about helping in the kitchen, experimenting, and trying new foods. Students will be exposed to healthy ingredients they may not regularly eat. They will learn important kitchen skills such as safety, sanitation, measuring, knife skills, and other tricks of the trade. Culinary vocabulary and terms are introduced each week, with no-pressure verbal review of those words the following week.
Notes: Sorry, but students with allergies to food ingredients or dietary restrictions cannot be accommodated in this class. Recipes may contain dairy, wheat, gluten, and eggs. While no nuts are included in recipes, ingredients may come from factories or machinery that also process nuts. This class is best suited for students who can follow instructions, complete sequential tasks, and work in a group. Students will be asked to bring an apron and plastic storage container with a tight fitting lid. There is a $40.00 material fee for this course payable to the instructor on the first day.

3 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $216.00

CrossFit Kids

Quarter 3: Starts on January 9, 2019

Class Time: 2:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Origin Health and Fitness

Grade Range: 2nd-6th

Prerequisites:

CrossFit Kids is a dynamic kids' fitness program that incorporates well-rounded exercises to get kids up and moving mid-day! No two workouts are the same, but each day's activities incorporate exercises that target 10 areas: cardio-vascular endurance, stamina, strength, flexibility, power, speed, coordination, agility, balance, and accuracy. CrossFit Kids focuses on functional movements that are fundamental to all aspects of play and exercise- pulling, pushing, running, throwing, climbing, lifting, and jumping. Work-outs are scalable and adaptable to different individual's own level, and the emphasis in on fun, safety, and personal accomplishment rather than competition among classmates. Kids will use a variety of small equipment and gear in their workouts such as mat, dumbbells, kettlebells, jump ropes, medicine balls, slam balls, rope ladders, and more. When the weather permits, some exercises may be taken outdoors. The physical challenges of CrossFit Kids will foster self-confidence, focus, and help instill a foundation for a lifetime of fitness. All equipment is furnished. Students are asked to wear loose, comfortable clothing, such as running pants or sweatpants, and comfortable, supportive athletic shoes.

8 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $123.00

Dynamic Dioramas: Titans of the Mediterranean- Rome vs Carthage

Quarter 3: Starts on January 9, 2019

Class Time: 2:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Taliesin Knol

Grade Range: 2nd-4th

Prerequisites:

Travel back, across the Sea in the Middle of the Earth, or on the backs of elephants across the frozen Alps, into a war torn Ancient Italy. This struggle would set the course of European history for a thousand years, two very different empires intertwined by history and dead set upon the total annihilation of the other. The victor will rule the known world almost unopposed, and leave a legacy still respected today. The loser, will be all but forgotten.

Each student will create an individual diorama of ancient Carthage or Italy. Students will craft and hand-shape their scene on a 10" x 12" foam board using artistic, model-making techniques. They will customize their dioramas with landscape elements, waterways, structures of the time, and paint. Once individual projects are constructed, students will populate them with 1:72 scale miniature figures and combine their dioramas alongside those of their classmates to create a larger terrain. Students will then compete in a history-based survival strategy game. This will reinforce lessons about the culture, economy, warfare, and politics of the time.

Each student will have at least one board and set of miniatures to take home with them. Course documents such as maps, game rules and all other instructional media will be available via a Google Drive link which will be emailed to parents. There is a $15.00 materials fee payable to the instructor on the first day of class. Topics in this year s series include Sumerian Settlement (1st quarter), Ancient Greece, The Iliad & Odyssey (2nd quarter), Roman Republic, Hannibal & The Punic Wars (3rd quarter), and Ancient China and The Three Kingdoms (4th quarter).

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $163.00

Engineering Lab: Arduino Controlled Robots

Quarter 3: Starts on January 9, 2019

Class Time: 3:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Dan Gallagher

Grade Range: 7th-8th

Prerequisites:

Learn all about electronics in this practical, hands-on workshop! Electronics are fundamental to lots of things that kids want to build such as automated toys, robots, and computers. In this electronics lab, students will build an Arduino-controlled robot. Students will use their prior knowledge of electronic circuits, the Arduino microprocessor, and sensors: motion, temperature, light, humidity, and tilt sensors. They will add new components such as motors and shields combined with mechanical construction to build an arduino-controlled robot. There is a $65.00 supply fee for robotics kits for new and returning students.

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $165.00

Fencing for Beginners & Advanced Beginners

Quarter 3: Starts on January 9, 2019

Class Time: 3:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Fencing Sports Academy

Grade Range: 4th-8th

Prerequisites:

Fencing is the clashing of steel and competitive spirit combined with the battle of the wits. Apply the rules of Olympic fencing, and you have a physically and mentally challenging game of strategy, often called, "physical chess." In Beginning Fencing, students will learn the rules of the sport as well as footwork, attacks, parries, responses, and how to judge matches. Beginning students will use the epee, a thin, lightweight sword with broad hand guard and will wear a wireless electronic scoring sensor over layers of protective gear. Returning students will work with both the epee and foil. The physical benefits of fencing are an increase in agility, balance and coordination. Fencing also provides mental benefits such as improved focus, strategy and confidence. Fencing is safety-oriented with blunt tip weapons, chest protectors, chest/sleeve pads, fencing jacket, gloves, and face mask. All equipment is provided by the instructor. Students are asked to wear comfortable athletic pants such as running pants or sweatpants (no jeans, no dresses), and low-heeled athletic shoes.

  Price: $149.00

French Foundations

Quarter 3: Starts on January 9, 2019

Class Time: 12:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Edwige Pinover

Grade Range: 6th-8th

Prerequisites:

Bonjour! French Foundations is an introductory class for middle school-aged students. The class will be taught in a predominantly immersion environment. Limited cues in English will be used to prompt students or explain difficult concepts. French language instruction will be presented in a natural learning sequence beginning with nouns (such as colors, numbers, clothing, foods, animals, days/dates, etc), adjectives, greetings, and simple phrases. Students will learn beginning grammatical constructions such as noun-verb agreement, noun-adjective agreement, adjective placement, and the rules of regular verb conjugation. Students will be encouraged to speak aloud and converse with classmates, but also to learn to sound out, spell, and read beginning, written French. Aspects of Francophone culture such as holidays, foods, and traditions will be incorporated in the classes.

Each quarter introduces new themes and new vocabulary in French, so continuing students can continue to build their language basics. However, themes and units are non-sequential, so students may enroll in this level in any quarter. The goal of this introductory course is to lay foundations in sounds, vocabulary, grammar, and usage while having fun and building confidence in a foreign language. Students should be at grade level in their reading. Fluency should not be expected at this level."

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $171.00

French with Friends

Quarter 3: Starts on January 9, 2019

Class Time: 1:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Edwige Pinover

Grade Range: 3rd-5th

Prerequisites:

Salut! French with Friends is an introductory class for elementary aged beginner. The class will be taught in a predominantly immersion environment. Limited cues in English will be used to prompt students or explain difficult concepts. French language instruction will be presented in a natural learning sequence beginning with nouns (such as colors, numbers, clothing, foods, animals, family members, days/dates, etc), adjectives, beginning verbs, greetings, and simple phrases. Songs, games, stories, and hands-on activities will be used in class to review vocabulary and phrases. Emphasis will be on conversation, but students will be encouraged to learn to spell and sound out written French. Aspects of Francophone culture such as holidays, foods, and traditions will be incorporated in the classes.
Each quarter introduces new themes and new vocabulary in French, so continuing students can continue to build their language basics. However, themes and units are non-sequential, so students may enroll in this level in any quarter. The goal of this introductory course is to lay foundations in sounds, vocabulary, and simple phrases while having fun and building confidence in a foreign language. Fluency should not be expected at this level.

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $171.00

Hands on History: Island Nations- Polynesia

Quarter 3: Starts on January 9, 2019

Class Time: 3:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Kouthar Muttardy

Grade Range: 3rd-5th

Prerequisites:

Discover the island culture of Polynesia and its contributions to the modern world in this vibrant hands-on history class! Learn about the cultural development and traditions of Polynesia (such as homes, architecture, clothing, food, transportation, and beliefs) through weekly projects. Students will make Maori pendants, Polynesian medicine sticks, Tiki statues, Siapa cloth, and Malihini Poi as they learn about life in historic Polynesia! The class will sample the oral traditions and literature of the period through read-alouds of fables and folklore. Students will also learn how the cultural traditions of ancient Polynesia continue to endure today.

Students will be excited by history when approached through this engaging, multi-disciplinary exploration of historical connections and integrated concepts rather than memorizing dates and disconnected facts! There is a $15.00 per student material and supply fee payable to the instructor on the first day of class. Topics in this year s class series include: Japan (first quarter), Indonesia (second quarter), Polynesia (third quarter),and Australia (fourth quarter).

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $135.00

High Energy Hip Hop

Quarter 3: Starts on January 9, 2019

Class Time: 11:00 am      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Velocity Dance Studio

Grade Range: 4th-6th

Prerequisites:

Get moving to high-energy Hip Hop mid-day! Break-up your child's sit-down, quiet, or serious time with this popular urban dance class. Focusing on Hip Hop and Street Jazz styles, while using clean edits of popular music (rated E for everyone), students will learn new choreography each week. We begin with a welcome, stretching and across the floor dancing. A game transitions to center floor work of choreography combinations, techniques, and tricks. Over the session dancers will put together video clips to create a class music video to showcase their new skills to family and friends. The last class of the quarter, students will perform a group routine for parents. Hip Hop is a co-ed dance style that accommodates kids who have not danced before and those who don't want the structure of more traditional dance formats while providing a fun, creative physical and cardio work out.

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $147.00

Jr. Engineering: Colossal Construction with LEGO

Quarter 3: Starts on January 9, 2019

Class Time: 2:00 pm      Duration: 90 min

Instructor: PlayWell Teknologies

Grade Range: K-2nd

Prerequisites:

Students will use LEGO to dig into engineering with monster trucks, giant construction vehicles, and super machines in this 90-minute class. Students will be exposed to engineering terms, concepts, and vocabulary behind large-scale building projects while playing with their favorite building system: LEGO! Each class session opens with 10-minutes of free build from tubs of LEGO components followed by a short discussion and demonstration of the day's project and concepts. Students build individually and in groups depending on the projects. Students will learn about unitized construction when each constructor builds a section, and then all components will be linked together for a colossal construction. Will the group construct a towering skyscraper, a massive waterfront development, or a hulking space station? Instructors will provide individual assistance, facilitate challenges, and encourage performance testing, competitions, and modifications to projects.

8 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $200.00

Junior Art Studio: Famous Abstracts

Quarter 3: Starts on January 9, 2019

Class Time: 10:00 am      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Kerry Diederich

Grade Range: K-2nd

Prerequisites:

This class is a multi-media art sampler for our youngest artists! Each week students will learn a few fun facts about a type of art or artist, view sample works, and then will create a project in the style of the artist using a wide variety of materials and representative colors, patterns, textures, and embellishments. Young artists will have the opportunity to work with a different media each week such as tempera paint, various papers, color pencils, markers, tissue paper, translucent tracing paper, cray pas, oil pastels, charcoals, and watercolors.

Third quarter, Junior Artists will learn about famous abstract and geometric artists and their art- what designs and patterns will we be able to see in their works? Through weekly projects, Junior Artists will learn about and make their own abstract and geometric art while learning about the artist, the technique, and the subject matter. We will do projects focusing on artists such as Miro and his geometric abstract art; Calder with his whimsical abstract sculptures; Klee and his childlike colorful designs; and Mondrian with his Yellow, Blue, Red and Black Line art. There is a supply fee of $20.00, payable to the instructor on the first day of class which covers consumable class materials such a specialty papers, watercolor pencils, and paints. Topics in this year s studio series include: Unique Craft Art (first quarter); Seascape Art (second quarter); Famous Abstract-Inspired Projects (third quarter); and Animals in Art (fourth quarter).

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $129.00

Junior Art Studio: Famous Abstracts

Quarter 3: Starts on January 9, 2019

Class Time: 11:00 am      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Kerry Diederich

Grade Range: K-2nd

Prerequisites:

This class is a multi-media art sampler for our youngest artists! Each week students will learn a few fun facts about a type of art or artist, view sample works, and then will create a project in the style of the artist using a wide variety of materials and representative colors, patterns, textures, and embellishments. Young artists will have the opportunity to work with a different media each week such as tempera paint, various papers, color pencils, markers, tissue paper, translucent tracing paper, cray pas, oil pastels, charcoals, and watercolors.

Third quarter, Junior Artists will learn about famous abstract and geometric artists and their art- what designs and patterns will we be able to see in their works? Through weekly projects, Junior Artists will learn about and make their own abstract and geometric art while learning about the artist, the technique, and the subject matter. We will do projects focusing on artists such as Miro and his geometric abstract art; Calder with his whimsical abstract sculptures; Klee and his childlike colorful designs; and Mondrian with his Yellow, Blue, Red and Black Line art. There is a supply fee of $20.00, payable to the instructor on the first day of class which covers consumable class materials such a specialty papers, watercolor pencils, and paints. Topics in this year s studio series include: Unique Craft Art (first quarter); Seascape Art (second quarter); Famous Abstract-Inspired Projects (third quarter); and Animals in Art (fourth quarter).

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $129.00

Krav Maga Self Defense for Kids

Quarter 3: Starts on January 9, 2019

Class Time: 12:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Premier Marshal Arts of Manassas

Grade Range: 4th-8th

Prerequisites:

Krav Maga is the Israeli martial art which teaches self defense and fitness. Students of Krav Maga are taught a series of strategies to assess and respond to common situations, such as facing a bully. Kids are always taught to first and foremost to get away, to get help, and to try to deescalate the situation. When that fails, students practice a technique that includes a warning strike followed by escape, and finally, they learn how to stand up for themselves and how to counterattack if a sitation escalates and becomes threatening. Kids are empowered and gain confidence when they rehearse how to handle real-life situations. Exercises and self defense practice in class incoporporate balance, coordination, energy, and other key elements of fitness along with life skills such as confidence, teamwork, respect, discipline, and respect. In lieu of a full martial arts uniform, students will be asked to wear a class t-shirt that the instructor will furish for $10.00 on the first day of class. Students should also wear shorts, leggings, or loose, comfortable athletic pants, and comfortable athletic shoes or sneakers with their class t-shirt.

8 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $129.00

Little Hands Music

Quarter 3: Starts on January 9, 2019

Class Time: 12:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Kathy Priesinger

Grade Range: Ages 0-4

Prerequisites:

Little Hands is a family music and movement classes for parents and children, aged infant to 5 years old. Be part of an engaging musical world while building confidence, coordination, and communications skills. Singing, imitating sounds, rhyming, and object identification foster language skills. Creative movement to various musical moods develops a sense of balance, timing and spatial awareness. Listening and taking turns encourage blossoming social skills. Children and parents meet weekly for a 30-minute class and enjoy singing, moving, listening, and playing simple, specially designed instruments. Structured time runs from 12:15-12:45 pm, with time before and after for gathering and transitions.

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $109.00

Modelling the Great Conquests: Edward the Black Prince & the 100 Years War

Quarter 3: Starts on January 9, 2019

Class Time: 3:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Taliesin Knol

Grade Range: 5th-8th

Prerequisites:

The history of Modern England and France has been closely intertwined since before the Duke of Normandy conquered England. It has also been an often violent history, notably with nearly 100 years of almost continuous medieval warfare. On the fields of Crecy and Agincourt, the English Army would shatter the most renowned and noble army in Europe, but time and progress would eventually favor the French Kings, who would in turn forge one of the strongest and most modern nations in Europe. We ll be starting well before that however, at the beginning of the Hundred Years War.

Using artistic model-making techniques, hand tools, and historical maps, students will create a 12 X 18 diorama board of a 100 Years War battle, and populate it with 1:72 scale invading armies and their adversaries for historical re-enactments. Once individual projects are constructed, students will combine their dioramas alongside those of their classmates to approximate a larger battlefield terrain. Students will spend the remainder of the quarter learning about the tactics and outcomes of the conquest while playing a table-top strategy game. Student strategists will use a simplified version of the Fire and Fury historical war gaming rule system for moving troops and siege equipment. Along with their classmates, students will see how battles progressed and test different scenarios that might have occurred with different battlefield choices.

Course documents, such as period maps, game rules and all other instructional media will be available via a Google Drive link which will be emailed to parents. There is a $25.00 materials fee payable to the instructor on the first day of class. Topics in this year s series include: Genghis Khan (1st quarter), Alexander Nevsky, Russia's Hero (2nd quarter), Edward the Black Prince & Henry V, The 100 Years War (3rd quarter), and French King Charles VIII, The Italian Wars (4th quarter).

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $163.00

Money Matters: Entrepreneurship

Quarter 3: Starts on January 9, 2019

Class Time: 10:00 am      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Jen DesRoches

Grade Range: 7th-8th

Prerequisites:

Explore the real life "money matters" of entrepreneurship through fun, interactive activities! Middle schoolers will investigate aspects of what it takes to be an entrepreneur and how to take a great idea and turn it into a marketable new product. The class will explore facets of entrepreneurship and innovation such as pitching a new concept and attracting mock investors. Find out how you protect your new product or idea from copycats! Discover the difference among a patent, a trademark, a copyright, and how to get them. Students will work individually or with partners to conceptualize an all new product or an improvement to an existing one. Students will brainstorm how to get the word out about their innovation and will consider well known marketing techniques and ad campaigns. They will design a logo, slogan, and mock-up a marketing campaign of their own. The class will touch on the concepts of supply and demand, and students will define and research the potential market or end users. Student entrepreneurs will research prices of similar products, consider fixed and variable costs and mark-ups, and set a price point for their product. The class will culminate in a Shark Tank style presentation where student entrepreneurs will pitch their ideas to a parent audience. Students should expect to spend 1 hour each week investigating costs on the internet or other resources. On several weeks, students will be asked to bring a laptop or tablet device to look up information in class.

7 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $161.00

Music Makers- Tempos

Quarter 3: Starts on January 9, 2019

Class Time: 1:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Kathy Priesinger

Grade Range: K-2nd

Prerequisites:

Music Makers explores many facets of the musical experience- singing, moving, dancing, listening, and playing instruments. The class will explore musical stories, famous composers, and different genres of music while playing a variety of percussion instruments (drums, sticks, triangles, woodblocks and more!). Students will learn to play a beginning pitched instrument on glockenspiels (a small barred instrument like the xylophone). Using an Orff-based approach, students will learn to read and write beginning musical notation and learn musical terminology all in the context of fun and play. Music Makers classes provide a fun, pressure-free environment to experience music and movement with the goal of general musicianship and excellent preparation for further, individual instrument lessons if desired. Music Makers helps every child acquire the essential building blocks for a future of musical learning!

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $141.00

Nature Quest: Adventurers

Quarter 3: Starts on January 9, 2019

Class Time: 11:00 am      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Nick Grenier

Grade Range: 1st-3rd

Prerequisites:

Hooray for winter! It's a great time of year for active outdoor games and exploration, to make fires and enjoy the cozy warmth of our earth shelter. Bundle up and look for signs of how animals live in the winter- wth a little luck we will have snow to track in. Many students consider this their favorite session of the year!
Step outdoors to each week to explore nature with a seasoned naturalist, mentor and survivalist, Mr. Nick. This program will be run similar to a mini-version of Ancestral Knowledge program that the instructor has led for several years. Students will follow the paths or create their own through the wooded campus at Compass while they discover all the secrets that woods hold when you stop, look, listen, smell, touch, turn-over, and peek under!
A portion of each session will be seeking and discussing what is found with the changing winter season. The class will also learn valuable outdoor skills such as constructing a temporary shelter, building a fire, or purifying water. Students will play games to practice skills like stillness, camouflage, agility, and stalking. Students will have a blast, develop greater self-confidence, and build a strong grounding in, and connection to nature, to the real world!
Students will get to know about native animals, and key types of plants and trees in our area. Emphasis will be on becoming comfortable with things they encounter outdoors, observing and appreciating discoveries in nature, safe exploration of the woods, and how to be a good steward of nature. Students should come prepared for class with outdoor/play clothes, closed-toe shoes, sunscreen and/or insect repellent, a hat, and jacket or layered outerwear depending on the weather/temperature. Sorry, but the explorations in the woods are for enrolled students only, and tag-along parents and siblings cannot be accommodated.

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $127.00

Nature Quest: Adventurers

Quarter 3: Starts on January 9, 2019

Class Time: 2:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Nick Grenier

Grade Range: 1st-3rd

Prerequisites:

Hooray for winter! It's a great time of year for active outdoor games and exploration, to make fires and enjoy the cozy warmth of our earth shelter. Bundle up and look for signs of how animals live in the winter- wth a little luck we will have snow to track in. Many students consider this their favorite session of the year!
Step outdoors to each week to explore nature with a seasoned naturalist, mentor and survivalist, Mr. Nick. This program will be run similar to a mini-version of Ancestral Knowledge program that the instructor has led for several years. Students will follow the paths or create their own through the wooded campus at Compass while they discover all the secrets that woods hold when you stop, look, listen, smell, touch, turn-over, and peek under!
A portion of each session will be seeking and discussing what is found with the changing winter season. The class will also learn valuable outdoor skills such as constructing a temporary shelter, building a fire, or purifying water. Students will play games to practice skills like stillness, camouflage, agility, and stalking. Students will have a blast, develop greater self-confidence, and build a strong grounding in, and connection to nature, to the real world!
Students will get to know about native animals, and key types of plants and trees in our area. Emphasis will be on becoming comfortable with things they encounter outdoors, observing and appreciating discoveries in nature, safe exploration of the woods, and how to be a good steward of nature. Students should come prepared for class with outdoor/play clothes, closed-toe shoes, sunscreen and/or insect repellent, a hat, and jacket or layered outerwear depending on the weather/temperature. Sorry, but the explorations in the woods are for enrolled students only, and tag-along parents and siblings cannot be accommodated.

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $127.00

Nature Quest: Explorers

Quarter 3: Starts on January 9, 2019

Class Time: 12:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Nick Grenier

Grade Range: K-2nd

Prerequisites:

Hooray for winter! It's a great time of year for active outdoor games and exploration, to make fires and enjoy the cozy warmth of our earth shelter. Bundle up and look for signs of how animals live in the winter- wth a little luck we will have snow to track in. Many students consider this their favorite session of the year!
Step outdoors to each week to explore nature with a seasoned naturalist, mentor and survivalist, Mr. Nick. This program will be run similar to a mini-version of Ancestral Knowledge program that the instructor has led for several years. Students will follow the paths or create their own through the wooded campus at Compass while they discover all the secrets that woods hold when you stop, look, listen, smell, touch, turn-over, and peek under!
A portion of each session will be seeking and discussing what is found with the changing winter season. The class will also learn valuable outdoor skills such as constructing a temporary shelter, building a fire, or purifying water. Students will play games to practice skills like stillness, camouflage, agility, and stalking. Students will have a blast, develop greater self-confidence, and build a strong grounding in, and connection to nature, to the real world!
Students will get to know about native animals, and key types of plants and trees in our area. Emphasis will be on becoming comfortable with things they encounter outdoors, observing and appreciating discoveries in nature, safe exploration of the woods, and how to be a good steward of nature. Students should come prepared for class with outdoor/play clothes, closed-toe shoes, sunscreen and/or insect repellent, a hat, and jacket or layered outerwear depending on the weather/temperature. Sorry, but the explorations in the woods are for enrolled students only, and tag-along parents and siblings cannot be accommodated. Students must be age 5 by the start of the class, and they must be comfortable separating from their parents for the length of the class.

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $127.00

Nature Quest: Pathfinders

Quarter 3: Starts on January 9, 2019

Class Time: 1:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Nick Grenier

Grade Range: 3rd-5th

Prerequisites:

Hooray for winter! It's a great time of year for active outdoor games and exploration, to make fires and enjoy the cozy warmth of our earth shelter. Bundle up and look for signs of how animals live in the winter- wth a little luck we will have snow to track in. Many students consider this their favorite session of the year!
Step outdoors to each week to explore nature with a seasoned naturalist, mentor and survivalist, Mr. Nick. This program will be run similar to a mini-version of Ancestral Knowledge program that the instructor has led for several years. Students will follow the paths or create their own through the wooded campus at Compass while they discover all the secrets that woods hold when you stop, look, listen, smell, touch, turn-over, and peek under!
A portion of each session will be seeking and discussing what is found with the changing winter season. The class will also learn valuable outdoor skills such as constructing a temporary shelter, building a fire, or purifying water. Students will play games to practice skills like stillness, camouflage, agility, and stalking. Students will have a blast, develop greater self-confidence, and build a strong grounding in, and connection to nature, to the real world!
Students will get to know about native animals, and key types of plants and trees in our area. Emphasis will be on becoming comfortable with things they encounter outdoors, observing and appreciating discoveries in nature, safe exploration of the woods, and how to be a good steward of nature. Students should come prepared for class with outdoor/play clothes, closed-toe shoes, sunscreen and/or insect repellent, a hat, and jacket or layered outerwear depending on the weather/temperature. Sorry, but the explorations in the woods are for enrolled students only, and tag-along parents and siblings cannot be accommodated.

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $127.00

Pottery Workshop: Funny Faces

Quarter 3: Starts on January 9, 2019

Class Time: 10:00 am      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Andrew Cummins

Grade Range: 1st-3rd

Prerequisites:

Young sculptors will enjoy working hands-on with clay and experiencing the many forms this medium can take. Working with clay is multi-sensory, and young sculptors enjoy the tactile experience of pounding, pinching, rolling, flattening, squeezing, coiling, stretching, squashing, and bending clay into many forms. Working with clay engages a different artistic skillset than coloring, drawing, and writing and encourages creativity to sculpt and represent objects in three dimensions. In this workshop, students will create original hand-made pieces inspired by different themes and clay construction techniques.

During third quarter, students will be creating faces of many styles! The first project will be in honor of the abstract, cubist, and surrealist movements where the faces shape and features will be loosely representative of a face with dimensional pieces added. The second project will be a self-portrait, and will build on the skills learned in the previous class and quarters to produce a more lifelike representation of a face. For the third project, we will be going into the third dimension and adding the facial characteristics we learned to a pinch pot that will be a small planter, where a cactus or succulent will be the hair! The fourth and final project for the third quarter will be a sculpted 3D bust. Students will sculpt projects in weeks 1, 3, 5, and 7, and paint/glaze projects in weeks 2, 4, 6, and 8.

Students will use natural, low fire white clay and non-toxic glazes on their pieces. They will experiment with different textures and patterns formed in clay with tools, found objects, and with a variety of glaze colors. Clay projects will be taken to back to a studio to dry and be fired. All pieces are considered food safe once they are glaze fired and returned to students. Each quarter, students will further develop hand building techniques and painting skills with each new lesson and project. Topics in this class series include: Ancient Vessels and Modern Vases (first quarter); Hanging Creations (second quarter); Funny Faces (third quarter), and Springtime Sculptures (fourth quarter.) There is a $40.00 per student material fee due payable to the instructor on the first day of class."

8 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $204.00

Pottery Workshop: Funny Faces

Quarter 3: Starts on January 9, 2019

Class Time: 11:00 am      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Andrew Cummins

Grade Range: 4th-6th

Prerequisites:

Young sculptors will enjoy working hands-on with clay and experiencing the many forms this medium can take. Working with clay is multi-sensory, and young sculptors enjoy the tactile experience of pounding, pinching, rolling, flattening, squeezing, coiling, stretching, squashing, and bending clay into many forms. Working with clay engages a different artistic skillset than coloring, drawing, and writing and encourages creativity to sculpt and represent objects in three dimensions. In this workshop, students will create original hand-made pieces inspired by different themes and clay construction techniques.

During third quarter, students will be creating faces of many styles! The first project will be in honor of the abstract, cubist, and surrealist movements where the faces shape and features will be loosely representative of a face with dimensional pieces added. The second project will be a self-portrait, and will build on the skills learned in the previous class and quarters to produce a more lifelike representation of a face. For the third project, we will be going into the third dimension and adding the facial characteristics we learned to a pinch pot that will be a small planter, where a cactus or succulent will be the hair! The fourth and final project for the third quarter will be a sculpted 3D bust. Students will sculpt projects in weeks 1, 3, 5, and 7, and paint/glaze projects in weeks 2, 4, 6, and 8.

Students will use natural, low fire white clay and non-toxic glazes on their pieces. They will experiment with different textures and patterns formed in clay with tools, found objects, and with a variety of glaze colors. Clay projects will be taken to back to a studio to dry and be fired. All pieces are considered food safe once they are glaze fired and returned to students. Each quarter, students will further develop hand building techniques and painting skills with each new lesson and project. Topics in this class series include: Ancient Vessels and Modern Vases (first quarter); Hanging Creations (second quarter); Funny Faces (third quarter), and Springtime Sculptures (fourth quarter.) There is a $40.00 per student material fee due payable to the instructor on the first day of class."

8 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $204.00

Programming Lab: Creating Games

Quarter 3: Starts on January 9, 2019

Class Time: 12:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Coder Kids

Grade Range: 2nd-3rd

Prerequisites:

Our youngest coders learn to program simple video games using the block-based and text-based programming languages of Scratch, Roblox, and Lua. Students learn to create their very own game worlds and animate their own characters. They learn to add scripting logic to make their games interactive. Programming skills at this level include conditionals, loops, if-statements, multiple branches, and variables. Other computer science skills at this level include predicting outcomes, sequencing activities, debugging code, and incorporating responsive elements such as game objects that respond to an event or condition or keeping score. Students may program one simple video game each quarter, or may continue to build on and enhance their original game concept over many quarters.
Programming Lab is a computer lab environment in which students work through the Coder Kids curriculum under the direction of computer science coaches. Work in the Programming Lab is self-paced which allows students to progress through skill-building activities and instructional coding modules at their own rate of learning. The Lab environment allows students to enroll at any quarter, fosters brand new coders, and encourages those with prior coding experience. Coder Kids coaches work with small pull-out groups, pairs, or individuals to provide additional instruction and support on the skillset each needs each week.
Coder Kids proprietary curriculum is designed to meet and exceed the standards of the Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA). Students work on modern MacBook Air laptops. Students may enroll in a Programming Lab course at any quarter, as they can start with initial lessons at any time. Coaches send prompts for parents in the weekly e-mail updates to encourage discussion and reflection about what the student learned in class each week. The class tuition includes a $35.00 per student, per quarter technology fee that covers repair/maintenance of hardware, software, and licenses.

8 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $267.00

Programming Lab: Minecraft Mods

Quarter 3: Starts on January 9, 2019

Class Time: 11:00 am      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Coder Kids

Grade Range: 4th-6th

Prerequisites:

Students are introduced to coding in the virtual world they already know and love. Students learn to enhance their Minecraft world through mods (modifications) that they program themselves. Young coders begin by creating custom structures, teleporting, and cool new effects through Python. Later they create mods that add custom items, armor, tools, and blocks to the game using Java. Students use their imaginations to make Minecraft do what they want it to do- through the power of coding. The custom features that each coder develops create one-of-a-kind mods for an enhanced gaming experience. When students learn Python to code mods, they add functions, loops, conditionals, predefined constructs, and parameters to their programming. They also gain a basic understanding of Minecraft s client-server architecture and the iterative design process. In learning to program with Java, students learn about hierarchy in coding languages, instruction sets, and logic circuits. They learn to create computational models and to program interactive elements that respond to an event or condition.
Programming Lab is a computer lab environment in which students work through the Coder Kids curriculum under the direction of computer science coaches. Work in the Programming Lab is self-paced which allows students to progress through skill-building activities and instructional coding modules at their own rate of learning. The Lab environment allows students to enroll at any quarter, fosters brand new coders, and encourages those with prior coding experience. Coder Kids coaches work with small pull-out groups, pairs, or individuals to provide additional instruction and support on the skillset each needs each week.
Coder Kids proprietary curriculum is designed to meet and exceed the standards of the Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA). Students work on modern MacBook Air laptops. Students may enroll in a Programming Lab course at any quarter, as they can start with initial lessons at any time. Coaches send prompts for parents in the weekly e-mail updates to encourage discussion and reflection about what the student learned in class each week. The class tuition includes a $35.00 per student, per quarter technology fee that covers repair/maintenance of hardware, software, and licenses.

8 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $267.00

Programming Lab: Mobile Apps

Quarter 3: Starts on January 9, 2019

Class Time: 10:00 am      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Coder Kids

Grade Range: 7th-8th

Prerequisites:

Tweens and teens love their phones and tablets and have fun writing custom apps (applications) for them. Students start with the Swift programming language which is used for iOS devices like the iPhone and iPad. Later students move into programming responsive web design to create hybrid apps for both desktop and mobile devices using Web App Maker. In all app programming languages, students practice the iterative design process to define a problem, generate ideas, build, test, and improve their app.
Programming Lab is a computer lab environment in which students work through the Coder Kids curriculum under the direction of computer science coaches. Work in the Programming Lab is self-paced which allows students to progress through skill-building activities and instructional coding modules at their own rate of learning. The Lab environment allows students to enroll at any quarter, fosters brand new coders, and encourages those with prior coding experience. Coder Kids coaches work with small pull-out groups, pairs, or individuals to provide additional instruction and support on the skillset each needs each week.
Coder Kids proprietary curriculum is designed to meet and exceed the standards of the Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA). Students work on modern MacBook Air laptops. Students may enroll in a Programming Lab course at any quarter, as they can start with initial lessons at any time. Coaches send prompts for parents in the weekly e-mail updates to encourage discussion and reflection about what the student learned in class each week. The class tuition includes a $35.00 per student, per quarter technology fee that covers repair/maintenance of hardware, software, and licenses.

8 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $267.00

Real Life Math: Exploring Exponents

Quarter 3: Starts on January 9, 2019

Class Time: 1:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: David Chelf

Grade Range: 7th-8th

Prerequisites:

How have video game console speeds changed over time? How much do you really pay when you use a credit card? How long does it take a disease to infect the entire population? How much can you trust your memory? Exponents are used in a variety of ways in everyday and scientific applications. Whether describing computer memory, measuring long distances, or recording the strength of earthquakes, exponents are necessary to understand and quantify phenomena that occur in the real world. In this class, students will learn to represent numbers as exponents, as well as add, subtract, multiply, and divide exponents and move between different representations using real life examples to demonstrate and answer the question, "Why do I have to learn this?"
In Real Life Math, each skillset is reviewed independently, with tips and tricks given and sample word problems worked. In addition to improving specific math skills, students will become more comfortable moving between word problems and abstract mathematical representation by working with tangible examples. The class serves as a solid complement to middle school math. Topics in this year's class series include: Investigating Integers (2nd quarter), Exploring Exponents and Orders of Magnitude (3rd quarter), and Rates/Ratios (4th quarter).

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $132.00

Robot Fab Lab: Sumo Bots

Quarter 3: Starts on January 9, 2019

Class Time: 2:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Dan Gallagher

Grade Range: 3rd-4th

Prerequisites:

Student engineers will be challenged to design, build, and program Sumo robot to compete in our tabletop version of battlebots. Each week students will improve their robot as they learn about better construction techniques and sensors, as well as programming their winning strategy Students will have to install touch, gyro, and ultrasonic sensors and multiple motors on their robots from the range of modular Lego Mindstorms components. Using the drag-and-drop EV3 programming menu, students will learn to program their robots while experimenting with key concepts such as constants, variables, loops, and logic constructs. Don't worry, this is a beginning robotics class! Prior experience is not expected, but returning students are welcome. Each student will build his/her own robot project, so students can progress and customize at their own pace. In general, in this class, students will spend three weeks designing building, three weeks programming, and two weeks testing and making modifications as necessary.

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $165.00

Science of Human Body Systems: Circulatory, Musculo-Skeletal, Respiratory & Digestive

Quarter 3: Starts on January 9, 2019

Class Time: 12:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Ed Max

Grade Range: 6th-8th

Prerequisites:

In this course students will examine the circulatory, musculo-skeletal, respiratory and digestive systems of the human body (with other systems to be addressed in the 4th quarter). The class will cover the basic anatomy and physiological function of each system, with some in-class demonstrations performed by students, some dissections (heart, lung, and intestine, mostly performed by the instructor), and examination of cells and tissues under a microscope. We will discuss methods scientists use to learn about how the body works, what can go wrong when body systems malfunction, and strategies to correct these malfunctions. There is a $20.00 lab supply fee due payable to the instructor on the first day of class.

7 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $172.00

Singing: Compass Chorale- Broadway Bound

Quarter 3: Starts on January 9, 2019

Class Time: 10:00 am      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Wyndy Frederick

Grade Range: 6th-8th

Prerequisites:

This is a singing class, focused on the vocal development, using music from stage and screen. Repertoire will include at least one chorus number from a major Broadway musical, and students will work on other music as solos, duets, or small group numbers. This introduction to vocal performance will include posture, breathing, intonation, and the principles of blending vocal harmonies. Basic musical notation will be introduced as well as melodic and harmonic intervals. No previous musical experience is required just joy in singing! It is recommended that students have at least one of the following books with CD or computer accessible accompaniments:
- Kids Musical Theatre Audition, Boys Edition (HL00001125)
- Kids Musical Theatre Audition, Girls Edition (HL00001124)
- Kids Musical Theatre Collection, Vol 1 (HL00230029)
- Kids Musical Theatre Collection, Vol 2 (HL00230031)
- The Singer's Musical Theatre Anthology, Children's Edition (HL00159518)

Fourth quarter will feature greatest hits of Disney. A performance will be held in May at the end of fourth quarter and will showcase students' songs from both 3rd and 4th quarter.

This is a 7-week class that will not meet on January 30 due to instructor's travel. There is a $10.00 materials fee for copies, purchased sheet music, and CDs.

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $91.00

Singing: Compass Jr. Chorale- Broadway Bound

Quarter 3: Starts on January 9, 2019

Class Time: 11:00 am      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Wyndy Frederick

Grade Range: 3rd-5th

Prerequisites:

This is a singing class, focused on the vocal development, using music from stage and screen. Repertoire will include at least one chorus number from a major Broadway musical, and students will work on other music as solos, duets, or small group numbers. This introduction to vocal performance will include posture, breathing, intonation, and the principles of blending vocal harmonies. Basic musical notation will be introduced as well as melodic and harmonic intervals. No previous musical experience is required just joy in singing! It is recommended that students have at least one of the following books with CD or computer accessible accompaniments:
- Kids Musical Theatre Audition, Boys Edition (HL00001125)
- Kids Musical Theatre Audition, Girls Edition (HL00001124)
- Kids Musical Theatre Collection, Vol 1 (HL00230029)
- Kids Musical Theatre Collection, Vol 2 (HL00230031)
- The Singer's Musical Theatre Anthology, Children's Edition (HL00159518)

Fourth quarter will feature greatest hits of Disney. A performance will be held in May at the end of fourth quarter and will showcase students' songs from both 3rd and 4th quarter.

This is a 7-week class that will not meet on January 30 due to instructor's travel. There is a $10.00 materials fee for copies, purchased sheet music, and CDs.

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $91.00

Smart Start: Thinking Fun for Young Learners

Quarter 3: Starts on January 9, 2019

Class Time: 11:00 am      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Megan Reynolds

Grade Range: K-2nd

Prerequisites:

Stretch your child's brain with this metacognitive class! In Smart Start, children will sharpen their critical and creative thinking skills to become more independent and effective learners. Using in-class readings of high quality literature, children will be introduced to a broad range of thinking strategies such as de Bono's Thinking Hats, SCAMPER, and FFOE (Fluency, Flexibility, Originality, and Elaboration). Through facilitated discussion and community inquiry, children will learn to ask their own questions and raise issues for discussion, explore and develop their own ideas and theories, and give creative reasons.
Each week, students will complete engaging activities that require them to apply what they have learned. For example, the class might consider, What happens when Max returns to Where the Wild Things Are the next day? Next year? How about 10 years from now? (Green Hat Thinking). They may expand to discuss what would happen if another character from literature, like Curious George or Cinderella, visited Where the Wild Things Are? (SCAMPER approach "C" for combining two things that do not normally go together). Young learners will have fun on this engaging, creative class which will boost their ability to use higher order thinking skills, predict outcomes, and solve problems! New stories and activities are introduced each week and not repeated from previous sessions. Students must be able to think independently, work collaboratively, and enjoy a good challenge. Emerging readers and writers can be accommodated.

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $146.00

Spanish Amigos

Quarter 3: Starts on January 9, 2019

Class Time: 10:00 am      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Jeanniffer Denmark

Grade Range: K-2nd

Prerequisites:

Hola! Spanish Amigos is a fun, play-based, Spanish immersion class for young children. Much like learning their native language, children will be exposed to the sounds, vocabulary, and phrases in Spanish through songs, games, stories, interactive and hands-on activities. Limited cues in English will be used to prompt students in the first few weeks. Spanish language instruction will be presented in a natural learning sequence beginning with themes about colors, numbers, clothing, foods, animals, family members, days/dates, parts of the house, common objects, body parts, etc. Greetings and simple phrases will be woven into the day's activities, as well as cultural traditions when applicable. Writing, spelling, and grammar will not be emphasized in this class. Each quarter introduces new themes and new vocabulary in Spanish, so continuing students can continue to build their language basics. However, themes and units are non-sequential, so students may enroll in this level in any quarter. The goal of this introductory course is to lay foundations in sounds, vocabulary, and simple phrases while having fun and building confidence in a foreign language. Fluency should not be expected at this level. Students may join Spanish Amigos during any quarter.

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $154.00

Stage Combat: Found Weapons- Fights with Everyday Objects

Quarter 3: Starts on January 9, 2019

Class Time: 1:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Bette Cassatt

Grade Range: 5th-8th

Prerequisites:

Duels? Swords? Daggers? NOPE! You may find yourself unprepared when you meet your nemesis. Sometimes you realize,"Whoops! I forgot my sword today!" Yet, the villain must be stopped. You look around the room- a book, a jacket, a baguette - perfect! You have three potential weapons with which to fight off your enemy. Found weapons are objects not typically used in a fight that can be "improvised" as a weapon in a moment of need.

Stage combat is the art of creating the illusion of violence for storytelling in theatre and film. With an emphasis on safety, students will learn to mix techniques from fisticuffs and swordplay to apply to random objects a character might be forced to fight with, if they find themselves in a fight without a proper weapon. Find out whether the pen really is mightier than the sword!

This class is best suited for students who are focused and have self-discipline, can follow instructions, complete sequential tasks, and work in a group. This class is for beginning and experienced students. Topics in this year's class series include: Brawls, Grappling, and Fisticuffs- Unarmed Combat (first quarter); Weapons of Long Ago and Far Away- broadsword, lightsaber, and rapier (second quarter); and Found Weapons- fights with everyday objects (third quarter ); and Swashbuckling (fourth quarter).

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $163.00

Ultimate Magic Academy: Classic Magic Marvels

Quarter 3: Starts on January 9, 2019

Class Time: 3:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Joe Romano and Mike Hummer

Grade Range: 3rd-6th

Prerequisites:

Linking rings, magic with coins, illusiuons with rope, and tricks with cards! Students will learn "tricks" of the trade from a duo of professional magicians! Each week, kids will receive a magic prop and learn how to perform a classic magic trick. Students will practice and perfect the illusion in class so they can come home and mystify their friends and family. Along with the actual magic, students will discuss a life skill each week that is essential to a good magician (and student) such as public speaking, presentation skills, practicing, being prepared, and reading your audience.
Note: These are all new tricks a from those taught at Compass previously. Previous students are invited back to learn new illusions. Rather than coming from the Discover Magic curriculum, the tricks are coming directly from real-life performers and magicians, Joe Romano and Mike Hummer. Prior magic classes are not a prerequisite, and new magicians may enroll. There is a $50.00 supply fee due payable to the instructor on the first day of class.

8 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $220.00

VR (Virtual Reality) Science

Quarter 3: Starts on January 9, 2019

Class Time: 2:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Donna Shackelford

Grade Range: 7th-8th

Prerequisites:

Maneuver the Curiosity Mars Rover over rugged terrain. Climb through the structures of a human cell. Hold a beating human heart in your hand. Yes, these scientific explorations and others will be possible in the comfort of a Compass classroom through cutting edge AR/VR (augmented reality/virtual reality) technology! Tweens will engage in a variety of discoveries using the Merge Cube and virtual reality goggles. The Merge Cube and its miniverse of apps project holographic images in the palm of the user s hand. When viewed through a smart phone or VR goggles, students can rotate the Cube in their hands to actually see what is on the underside of the human brain or hurling through the Kuiper Belt beyond Neptune. Other apps allow the user to experience 360 degree environments such as NASA s Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory (NBL) for space walk training. Not just for gaming, these AR/VR devices have dozens of educational apps that reveal the scientific possibilities of modern imaging.
Each week students will view different AR/VR apps and will engage in a lesson about the concepts they are seeing in three dimensions. Mini lessons will encompass a sampling of earth and biological sciences and engineering. The class will engage in thoughtful discussion about the possibilities and future applications of AR/VR and holographic imaging for education and science. Because of the instructor s relationship with the Merge company software development, the class s explorations will also serve as Beta testing of not-yet-commercially-released applications. Students should bring an iOS or Android smart phone to class. Students may want to purchase their own Merge cube (approx. $7.00) and/or VR googles (approx. $25.00). Otherwise, the instructor will provide one Merge cube per every two students and cardboard viewers. This class topic will continue in the third quarter. Second and fourth quarters will introduce middle schoolers to Citizen Science applications.

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $204.00

Where in the World? Human Geography

Quarter 3: Starts on January 9, 2019

Class Time: 11:00 am      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Christine Keen

Grade Range: 5th-8th

Prerequisites:

Geography is our window into understanding the world around us. It helps us make sense of history and economics, peoples and culture, politics and current events. The focus of this class will be human geography. We'll design cities and trace historic trails, explore patterns of food production and language dispersal, even investigate our laundry and favorite sports teams. Each week will feature a variety of hands-on activities, games, and at-home projects designed to enrich students understanding of both U.S. and world geography. Prior geographic knowledge is welcome but not assumed. Students must be able to read at or above grade level and be prepared to complete projects at home to present during class time. This is a 7-week class, that begins on January 16, 2019, and then follows the Compass winter calendar.

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $150.00

Word Masters: Verbal Analogies and Vocab Challenges

Quarter 3: Starts on January 9, 2019

Class Time: 10:00 am      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Megan Reynolds

Grade Range: 4th-6th

Prerequisites:

Word Masters is a language challenge for students who enjoy word games, spelling, building their vocabulary, and verbal adventures. Why study lists of words if you can make a game of it? The best way to learn new words is to use them! This class is inspired by the annual Word Masters Challenge (www.wordmasterschallenge.com). Each week students will tackle new vocabulary words and practice them through analogies and critical thinking challenges. Students will examine word meanings, relationships, synonyms and antonyms with in-class activities and games such as Pictionary, Scategories, Charades, and Apples-to-Apples. Word Masters will improve a student's reading comprehension, verbal reasoning, logic skills, and the ability to think analytically and metaphorically. Word Masters will continue each quarter with all new word lists, analogies, and activities.

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $146.00

Cooking for Teens (Fri): Winter Warm-Ups

Quarter 3: Starts on January 11, 2019

Class Time: 10:00 am      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Mylene Nyman

Grade Range: 7th-12th

Prerequisites:

Students will enjoy making hearty, warm winter recipes and favorite comfort foods that feature a variety of fruits, vegetables, and fresh ingredients. Winter Warm-Ups are selected to be nutritious, fun, and simple to make. Each class will focus on a portion of a meal including appetizer, salad, soup, side dish, main dish, and dessert. The Compass chefs' culinary adventures will include:
Roasted Squash and Parmesan Tartlet (appetizer)
Winter Fruit Salad (with Kiwi and Orange)
Chicken, Vegetable, and Tomato Soup
Hearty Mac-and-Cheese (side dish)
Cider Chicken with Apples (main dish)
Savory Bread Pudding (dessert)
Swiss Chocolate Roll Cake (dessert)
Polenta Shortbread and Cinnamon Hot Cocoa with Caramel (snack, to coincide with National Hot Cocoa Day)

Students will be eating what they make each week and bringing home the recipes and leftovers. These engaging cooking classes will get students excited about helping in the kitchen, experimenting, and trying new foods. Students will be exposed to healthy ingredients they may not regularly eat. They will learn important kitchen skills such as safety, sanitation, measuring, knife skills, and other tricks of the trade. Culinary vocabulary and terms are introduced each week, with no-pressure verbal review of those words the following week.
Notes: Sorry, but students with allergies to food ingredients or dietary restrictions cannot be accommodated in this class. Recipes may contain dairy, wheat, gluten, and eggs. While no nuts are included in recipes, ingredients may come from factories or machinery that also process nuts. This class is best suited for students who can follow instructions, complete sequential tasks, and work in a group. Students will be asked to bring an apron and plastic storage container with a tight fitting lid. There is a $40.00 material fee for this course payable to the instructor on the first day.

3 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $216.00

Cooking for Teens (Fri): Winter Warm-Ups

Quarter 3: Starts on January 11, 2019

Class Time: 11:00 am      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Mylene Nyman

Grade Range: 7th-12th

Prerequisites:

Students will enjoy making hearty, warm winter recipes and favorite comfort foods that feature a variety of fruits, vegetables, and fresh ingredients. Winter Warm-Ups are selected to be nutritious, fun, and simple to make. Each class will focus on a portion of a meal including appetizer, salad, soup, side dish, main dish, and dessert. The Compass chefs' culinary adventures will include:
Roasted Squash and Parmesan Tartlet (appetizer)
Winter Fruit Salad (with Kiwi and Orange)
Chicken, Vegetable, and Tomato Soup
Hearty Mac-and-Cheese (side dish)
Cider Chicken with Apples (main dish)
Savory Bread Pudding (dessert)
Swiss Chocolate Roll Cake (dessert)
Polenta Shortbread and Cinnamon Hot Cocoa with Caramel (snack, to coincide with National Hot Cocoa Day)

Students will be eating what they make each week and bringing home the recipes and leftovers. These engaging cooking classes will get students excited about helping in the kitchen, experimenting, and trying new foods. Students will be exposed to healthy ingredients they may not regularly eat. They will learn important kitchen skills such as safety, sanitation, measuring, knife skills, and other tricks of the trade. Culinary vocabulary and terms are introduced each week, with no-pressure verbal review of those words the following week.
Notes: Sorry, but students with allergies to food ingredients or dietary restrictions cannot be accommodated in this class. Recipes may contain dairy, wheat, gluten, and eggs. While no nuts are included in recipes, ingredients may come from factories or machinery that also process nuts. This class is best suited for students who can follow instructions, complete sequential tasks, and work in a group. Students will be asked to bring an apron and plastic storage container with a tight fitting lid. There is a $40.00 material fee for this course payable to the instructor on the first day.

3 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $216.00

Cooking for Teens (Fri): Winter Warm-Ups

Quarter 3: Starts on January 11, 2019

Class Time: 12:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Mylene Nyman

Grade Range: 7th-12th

Prerequisites:

Students will enjoy making hearty, warm winter recipes and favorite comfort foods that feature a variety of fruits, vegetables, and fresh ingredients. Winter Warm-Ups are selected to be nutritious, fun, and simple to make. Each class will focus on a portion of a meal including appetizer, salad, soup, side dish, main dish, and dessert. The Compass chefs' culinary adventures will include:
Roasted Squash and Parmesan Tartlet (appetizer)
Winter Fruit Salad (with Kiwi and Orange)
Chicken, Vegetable, and Tomato Soup
Hearty Mac-and-Cheese (side dish)
Cider Chicken with Apples (main dish)
Savory Bread Pudding (dessert)
Swiss Chocolate Roll Cake (dessert)
Polenta Shortbread and Cinnamon Hot Cocoa with Caramel (snack, to coincide with National Hot Cocoa Day)

Students will be eating what they make each week and bringing home the recipes and leftovers. These engaging cooking classes will get students excited about helping in the kitchen, experimenting, and trying new foods. Students will be exposed to healthy ingredients they may not regularly eat. They will learn important kitchen skills such as safety, sanitation, measuring, knife skills, and other tricks of the trade. Culinary vocabulary and terms are introduced each week, with no-pressure verbal review of those words the following week.
Notes: Sorry, but students with allergies to food ingredients or dietary restrictions cannot be accommodated in this class. Recipes may contain dairy, wheat, gluten, and eggs. While no nuts are included in recipes, ingredients may come from factories or machinery that also process nuts. This class is best suited for students who can follow instructions, complete sequential tasks, and work in a group. Students will be asked to bring an apron and plastic storage container with a tight fitting lid. There is a $40.00 material fee for this course payable to the instructor on the first day.

3 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $216.00

Fabricating Fiction: SciFi Short Stories

Quarter 3: Starts on January 11, 2019

Class Time: 11:00 am      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Anne Sharp

Grade Range: 7th-8th

Prerequisites:

Middle school writers will explore the evolution of science fiction and combine personal research with creative writing to create worlds beyond our present time and place. Students will investigate current and future innovations/advances in the fields of science, technology, and medicine then apply their findings to the question "What if?", to build a sci-fi plot and create an original short story. Each week the class will analyze excerpts from well-known science fiction to identify key elements of the genre as well as the elements of a short story-characters, setting, plot and tone. Students will examine passages from classic and modern literature such as Frankenstein, stories by Jules Verne, H.G. Wells, Isaac Asimov, Ray Bradbury and Rod Serling, detective magazines, comic books and more, along with film clips, art, or photographs for inspiration in their writing. A portion of each class will be dedicated to sharing students' working drafts and refining their stories with collaboration and in-class feedback. Students will be expected to conduct some research, writing, and reading at home each week. Literature selections will not be assigned in their entirety, but students may want to continue reading the complete story. The culmination of the students work will be a bound class literary magazine.

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $171.00

Krav Maga Self Defense for Teens (Fri)

Quarter 3: Starts on January 11, 2019

Class Time: 11:00 am      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Tim Rook

Grade Range: 7th-12th

Prerequisites:

Krav Maga is the Israeli martial art which teaches self defense and fitness. Students of Krav Maga are taught a series of strategies to assess and respond to common situations, such as facing a bully. Teens are always taught to first and foremost to get away, to get help, and to try to deescalate the situation. When that fails, students practice a technique that includes a warning strike followed by escape, and finally, they learn how to stand up for themselves and how to counterattack if a sitation escalates and becomes threatening. Teens are empowered and gain confidence when they rehearse how to handle real-life situations. Exercises and self defense practice in class incoporporate balance, coordination, energy, and other key elements of fitness along with life skills such as confidence, teamwork, respect, discipline, and respect. In lieu of a full martial arts uniform, students will be asked to wear a class t-shirt that the instructor will furish for $10.00 on the first day of class. Students should also wear shorts, leggings, or loose, comfortable athletic pants, and comfortable athletic shoes or sneakers with their class t-shirt.

8 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $129.00

Mosaic Masterpieces: Winter Works in Ceramic and Porcelain

Quarter 3: Starts on January 11, 2019

Class Time: 1:00 pm      Duration: 115 min

Instructor: Mylene Nyman

Grade Range: 7th-Adult

Prerequisites:

Mosaics is run as a studio art class where students create unique compositions and work at their own pace under the guidance of an experienced mosaic artist. Each quarter, students are taught new design, cutting, layout, and finishing techniques and are introduced to new mosaic materials which they can incorporate into inspired, original pieces. Throughout the quarter, the instructor will suggest possible themes for projects based on the featured materials, but students are always welcome to pursue a different direction.

Third quarter, students will practice and improve their skills with a pistol grip scorer, breaking pliers, and running pliers to custom cut ceramic and porcelain tiles. Students who are new to mosaics will complete a quick checkerboard project (complete with wooden checkers) to teach pattern, layout, and lines before starting their specialized projects. For each project, students will be able to choose from a variety of substrates- rectangular, square, shaped, or circular backboards (new students), or special forms such as mirrors, pots, small boxes, a 3D dress form, or top hat (experienced students).

Each project will expand a student's understanding of color, pattern, rhythm, texture, and spacing as they complete rich, dimensioned compositions. Students will be able to incorporate other glass, ceramic, and porcelain tiles into their projects and may select feature elements such as beautiful glass gems, millifiori, sliced stone, metallic ornaments, mirrored bits, or shells, to serve as focal points in their mosaic piece. The mosaic can be monochromatic, complimentary, or contrasting colors.

There is no prerequisite for this class. The number of projects completed each quarter depends on the student s work speed and attendance in class. Compass parents are welcome to register for the class to work alongside their teens, or to work on their own, while their teen is in another Compass class.
Each project will expand a student's understanding of color, pattern, rhythm, texture, and spacing as they complete rich, dimensioned compositions. Students will be able to incorporate other glass and ceramic tiles into their compositions and may select feature elements such as beautiful glass gems, sliced stone, metallic ornaments, mirrored bits, or shells, to serve as focal points in their mosaic piece. For each project, students will be able to choose from a variety of substrates- rectangular, square, shaped, or circular backboards, or special forms such as mirrors, pots, or small boxes.

There is no prerequisite for this class. Students who are new to mosaics will complete a quick checkerboard project (complete with wooden checkers) to teach pattern, layout, and lines before starting their specialized projects. The number of projects completed each quarter depends on the student s work speed and attendance in class. Compass parents are welcome to register for the class to work alongside their teens, or to work on their own, while their teen is in another Compass class.
There is a $40.00 per student material and supply fee payable to the instructor on the first day of class. Topics in this year s studio series include: Whimsical Works in Wavy Glass (1st quarter), Creative Compositions with Curvy Glass (2nd quarter), Winter Works in Ceramic and Porcelain (3rd quarter), and Spring Sampler with Cut China (4th quarter). Homeschool families may wish to count this course as a component, or partial, credit in fine arts for purposes of a high school transcript.

5 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $170.00

Paint Studio: Landscape Composition-Unity & Repetition

Quarter 3: Starts on January 11, 2019

Class Time: 10:00 am      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Luc Atangana

Grade Range: 7th-Adult

Prerequisites:

Students will be introduced to painting with acrylics in a relaxed, informal studio setting under the guidance of a professional paint instructor. Students will work on framed canvas and easels and will learn elements of art and principles of design in addition to methods in painting.

Third quarter, students will begin landscapes including trees, rivers, mountains, and moons. Through this landscape study, painters will learn techniques with acrylic paints such as shading, blending, stippling, and broad stroke to help them replicate the different effects in landscape subjects with contrasting textures. Elements of art taught in the third quarter projects include unity and harmony to create a dynamic composition, as well as line, shape, form, space, color, value, and texture. Students will complete two 16 X 20 canvases this quarter.

This class is suitable for beginners who have never painted before, or returning art students who have worked in any medium and are interested in expanding their knowledge and abilities with acrylic paint. Compass parents are welcome to register for this class to work alongside their teens, or to work on their own, while their teen is in another Compass class. Painting can provide a relaxing, needed mid-day break between rigorous academic classes and over-scheduled lives in a fun, supportive environment with an instructor who will meet students where they are with art skills.

There is a $18.00 per student material and supply fee due, payable to the instructor on the first day of class for two canvases, acrylic paint, a sketchbook, and use of shared class supplies (desktop easels, brushes, paper products, etc.). Students who are continuing in this class from first quarter can continue using their sketchpad, but there is still a $14.00 fee for the other materials. Topics in this year s class (or studio) series include: Botanicals Line, Color, Shape, and Texture (first quarter); Still Life- Values, Form, and Space (second quarter); Landscape Composition, Unity, and Repetition (third quarter) and Create Your Own- Balance, Emphasis, and Proportion (fourth quarter). Homeschool families may wish to count this course as a component, or partial, credit in fine arts for purposes of a high school transcript.

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $116.00

Shakespeare Off the Page: As You Like It

Quarter 3: Starts on January 11, 2019

Class Time: 11:00 am      Duration: 115 min

Instructor: Heather Sanderson

Grade Range: 8th-12th

Prerequisites:

Read it! Act it! Students will enjoy this two-hour class with Shakespearian coach Heather Sanderson who hails from England and is known for instilling a love of Shakespeare into the hearts of students throughout the Greater DC area. The class will explore Shakespeare's pastoral comedy, As You Like It, and analyze its characters, plot, themes and motives. Students will take on the personas of an exiled Duke, his banished daughter, her beloved cousin, an usurping twin brother, a love-sick hero, a scornful shepherdess and her forlorn suitor, and a cast that includes a clown, a wrestler, a goddess, and numerous lords, including the brooding Jaques whose words "all the world's a stage" are known the world over.

Students will read various roles, study and act out scenes, practice monologues, and work through the literature while having fun with fellow teens. Theatre games will be used to encourage collaboration, and specially designed improv exercises will be used to stretch teens' imaginations and help them get "in character". The class will use read-aloud and in-class dramatization to decipher the original language, word choices, and to identify the serious undertones in this work. The class will work from complete texts (not redacted, abridged, or simplified school versions) to hear and practice Elizabethan lingo. (How did someone of Shakespeare's time hurl insults or woo a woman?) Students will learn how the Bard crafted scenes and conveyed the primary storyline and sub-plots in this tale of betrayal, love, and redemption that has endured for over 400 years.

Several scenes will be shared with parents on the last day of class as a way for students to demonstrate their appreciation and understanding of what they have learned about Shakespeare. Instructor Heather Sanderson shares a teaching style based on actions and interactions, developed from years of experience coaching Shakespeare in a way that appeals to students. Her approach brings abstract concepts, complex themes, and difficult language to the students' level, so that they can relate to and appreciate Shakespeare.

This is an 8-week workshop that meets for two hours per week, coinciding with Compass s 3rd quarter schedule. The course fee includes the cost of the selected paperback edition of the play. Homeschool families may wish to count this course as a component, or partial, credit in English (British Literature) or Fine Arts (drama) for purposes of a high school transcript. The 2018-19 series for this class, includes: First Semester, 10-week Session - MacBeth; 3rd Quarter, 8-week Session As You Like It.

8 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $228.00

Stage Combat Masters: Dual Wielding

Quarter 3: Starts on January 11, 2019

Class Time: 11:00 am      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Bette Cassatt

Grade Range: 7th-12th

Prerequisites: Audition or instructor approval

We're used to having a sword in one hand, but what about the other? No lazy hands here! Put a weapon in each hand! Now, let the fun begin! In this class, students will explore what it's like to use a weapon in their non-dominant hand along with a sword in their main hand. Whether you have a second sword, a dagger, a cloak, or a buckler, it's a game-changer and new techniques must be learned. Have fun exploring all the moves you thought you knew, but on a whole new level! Add onto the skills you learned last quarter and try to choreograph for both hands!

This class demands a high level of personal discipline and focus from the student. Stage Combat Masters is 'by invitation/audition only" for students who have been recommended by or performed for the instructor. Former students who wish to be considered for this advanced class should contact Compass to inquire. Topics in this year's class series include: From Sticks to Steel, Practice Precision, and Perfection (first quarter); Advanced Choreography (second quarter); Dual Wielding (third quarter); and Multiple Opponent Battles (fourth quarter). Prerequisites: Evaluation from the instructor. The student needs a thorough command of stage combat basics (ex. Cuts, parries, footwork, vocabulary, etc.) as well as demonstrate consistency in targeting, weapon handling, and self-discipline.

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $163.00

American History Illuminated: The Complete Civil War

Quarter 3,4: Starts on January 9, 2019

Class Time: 9:30 am      Duration: 145 min

Instructor: Hugh Gardner

Grade Range: 7th-12th

Prerequisites:

Students will be immersed in detail and fully engaged in this intensive history course led by well- known homeschool instructor and historian Hugh Gardner. This history class is unlike other high school American history courses. Instead of learning a sequential set of names, dates, and battles, students will learn how to analyze and interpret history. Much like a college seminar, this approach to American History incorporates historiography (the history of the history.) Mr. Gardner does not teach a narrow view from a single textbook or static set of prepared notes. Instead, he presents the back story and multiple interpretations for the "why" questions in American history. Class discussion considers interpretations from a wide array of scholars and is updated as new sources are published. Rather than running through a timeline of outcomes, students will evaluate contributing factors (the "how" questions) and will learn about the personalities, prejudices, and biases of the people involved ("who").
Second semester will cover the rise of Lincoln, the complete Civil War, and the aftermath of the Civil War. The class will discuss the effects on the political, social, economic, and religious climate as well as influences on the arts, science, literature, and warfare. This is no ordinary history class as Mr. Gardner surrounds the students with vivid posters, maps, charts, primary sources, and artifacts to supplement his story-telling style. Students will be able to examine and handle period pieces such as antique and replica weapons and military accoutrements of the era while learning how these tools helped shape the battlefields and turning points in history. With an emphasis on primary sources, students will scrutinize historical atlases and original writings, all in a fun and interactive setting. Just for fun, students earn historical trading cards for class participation.
This class meets for 2.5 hours, one time per week on Wednesdays. Students should expect to spend 1-2 hours outside of class each week completing assigned reading. For those families who want to investigate the course themes at a deeper level, an optional reading list will be furnished. Based on the format and rich content of this class, homeschool families could count two semesters of this series as a full credit in American History for purposes of a high school transcript.
The book list for the 2018-19 year is:
(1) The American Heritage Pictorial Atlas of American History
Hardcover 1966
by Hilde Heun, ed KAGAN
Publisher: American Heritage; First Edition edition (1966)
ASIN: B000ANASDG
Hardcover: 424 pages
(2) Illustrated Atlas of The Civil War (Echoes of Glory)
Paperback 1998
by Time-Life Books Editors
Paperback: 320 pages
Publisher: Time-Life Books (1998)
ISBN-13: 978-0737031607
(3) Arms and Equipment of the Civil War
Paperback April 2, 2004
by Jack Coggins
Paperback: 160 pages
Publisher: Dover Publications; Dover Ed edition (April 2, 2004)
ISBN-13: 978-0486433950
(4) Atlas of Slavery
1st Edition
by James Walvin (Author)
Paperback: 160 pages
Publisher: Routledge; 1 edition (August 27, 2005)
ISBN-13: 978-0582437807
(5) Introduction to Civil War Photography
2nd Edition
by Ross J. Kelbaugh (Author)
Paperback: 48 pages
Publisher: Thomas Pubns; 2nd Edition edition (August 1, 1991)
ISBN-13: 978-0939631360

10 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $475.00

Building Blocks of American Lit: A Trio of American Genres

Quarter 3,4: Starts on January 9, 2019

Class Time: 1:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Anne Sharp

Grade Range: 9th-10th

Prerequisites:

We leave behind our studies of British literature and cross the Atlantic into America. American literature is closely aligned with advances in printing technology and the railroad industry. In order to explore a new land in person and in print, fledgling Americans built an empire of magazines, newspapers and journals. These publications fostered the development of essays, poetry, and short stories as the beginnings of American Literature.

The first part of this course will focus on essay as among the first American genre. Our struggle for independence from England required putting thoughts and opinions into words in writing and in speeches. We will look at the development of the essay from Revolutionary times to now.

As part of an independent study, students will work in partnerships or small groups to discover additional writers and essays on topics of personal interest. Through this research, students will see that essayists draw on their personal lives, yet find a way to focus their experiences on public matters and connect to the interests, concerns and events of their society.

Broadening the concept of an essay beyond the five paragraph construction, students will discover that essays exist not just in academia, but everywhere in daily life: op-ed pieces in newspapers, letters, speeches, blogs, columns. They will also learn that the best essays do not follow a formula, but are a creative and unique reflection of a writer s voice, mind and passions.

The second portion of this course will focus on the genre of the short story. Short stories emerged from fresh young writers who created a body of literature to chronicle the settlement and development of a new country its land, its people and its economy.

Short stories provide a wonderful opportunity to explore themes, and this course will introduce American writers chronologically and by the themes of their works. We will begin with America s Puritan roots and Nathaniel Hawthorne, then move to the pioneering of the Midwest with Mark Twain and Willa Cather. We ll explore modern social class through the writings of F. Scott Fitzgerald and Katherine Anne Porter. And we ll blast off into the universe with the stories of Ray Bradbury. As part of an independent/partner study, students will be given the mission of discovering additional stories and writers and reinventing another thematic grouping. Through this regrouping, students will see that themes defy time, place, gender, and social class and truly reflect the diverse America our country is. Students will examine the ways writers create narrative conflicts and develop characters. Students will identify and analyze pivotal scenes.

America had just begun to develop a sense of culture and the beginnings of a literary society when The Civil War broke out, bringing a halt to entertainment and reading for enjoyment. The sense of pathos that developed during this time for soldiers, slaves, one half of the country against the other highlighted a need for written expression that touched emotions. Poetry emerged, and writers like Whitman, Emerson, Thoreau, Dickinson and Julia Ward Howe used stanzas to capture the feelings of a nation. We will move from these voices to those of the Harlem Renaissance and the mid 20th century to explore how poetry has always been at the forefront of American Literature.

Emphasis in this class will be on critiquing literature, forming a thesis statement, keeping a reading response journal, writing literary commentary, and citing examples to defend position. Literary criticism is higher-level writing necessary for a student to transition from a casual writer to an academic and ultimately college-level writer. Criticism follows an analytical structure that parallels how scientists approach problem-solving by selecting an area of study, developing a thesis or theory, and then supporting it with evidence. The student should expect to spend 2-3 hours per week on writing homework, investigation, or reading for this class. The class will meet twice a week with Wednesdays introducing the concepts and vocabulary of the literature and authors, and Fridays serving as a writing lab to explore the mechanics of writing criticism.

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $684.00

History Investigators: Ancient Eastern Civilizations

Quarter 3,4: Starts on January 9, 2019

Class Time: 2:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Kouthar Muttardy

Grade Range: 7th-10th

Prerequisites:

History Investigators will examine formative events in Eastern Civilization through guided inquiry and evidence-based analysis. These topics are posed as a series of thought-provoking questions that students will research, debate, discuss, and form opinions about. Second semester will examine three big questions: Hammurabi's Code: Was It Just? How Did the Nile Shape Ancient Egypt? Asoka: Ruthless Conqueror or Enlightened Ruler?

History Investigators is an interactive, multi-disciplinary examination of some of most significant events in ancient history using sources from The DBQ Project. DBQs, or document based questions, are derived from AP History exams and help develop high school level critical thinking skills. Students will review an array of primary sources such as letters, journal entries, inventories, ship's manifestos, newspaper articles, period maps, and court documents along with selected secondary sources like excerpts, charts, and graphs. Students will be guided through analyzing the documents, interpreting the data, drawing inferences, and forming conclusions. In some historical scenarios, the class will consider conflicting perspectives and be able to defend and debate multiple sides of a key issue. To demonstrate comprehension and a deeper understanding of the class themes, students will use factual findings to develop structured, evidence-based essays. Students should expect to spend 1-2 hours per week on homework, investigation, or reading for this class. Topics in this year's class series include: Ancient Western Civilizations (first semester) and Ancient Eastern Civilizations (second quarter). Homeschool families may wish to count this course as a component, or partial, credit in World History for purposes of a high school transcript.

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $289.00

Nonfiction Seminar: The 21st Century Essay & Its Role in Media

Quarter 3,4: Starts on January 9, 2019

Class Time: 12:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Anne Sharp

Grade Range: 11th-12th

Prerequisites:

Sometimes form follows function, and this course focuses on how the classic essay transposes in today s technology. Students will examine the role of nonfiction in our emerging century as they explore how new media, with its rapid and fluid access to information influences writing, reading, and viewing. Shifting from the personal essay to other forms of sharing what you know blogs, posts, reviews, TED Talks, for example students will analyze how form is shaped by purpose, audience, time, space and other elements. As they continue to search for examples of strong narrative voice and good storytelling in our survey new media, students will work to discern fact from opinion, observation from inference vetting information for accuracy, truth, bias, credibility, documentation and reliable sources. They will become more critical, discriminating readers, who are better able to separate the realms of fiction and nonfiction. It s hard to do these days. Course content will come from appropriate online sources--blogs, websites, social media, podcasts as well as from traditional publications--newspapers, magazines, television, radio. We will listen, view and read material by modern essayists such as Marilynne Robinson, Sarah Vowell, David Sedaris, Sloan Crosley, Neil deGrass Tyson, Anna Quindlan, Peggy Noonan, David Brooks, Malcolm Gladwell, Jason Weiser and others who influence what we think, read, consume and do.

The student should expect to spend 2-3 hours per week on writing homework, research, or reading for this class. The class will meet twice a week with Wednesdays introducing writing concepts and literature for the the week and Friday serving as a writing lab designed to revise and refine drafts. Students will be expected to keep a journal and a portfolio to organize their writings and class handouts.

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $684.00

Outbreak! The Microbiology of Disease: Viruses & Parasites (Honors, On-Level)

Quarter 3,4: Starts on January 9, 2019

Class Time: 12:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Dr. Kathleen Olsen

Grade Range: 9th-12th

Prerequisites:

Out of breath, sudden fever, rash! What could be wrong with this patient? This class is a case-based approach to the many infectious diseases that humans share and contract from domestic animals. Each week, students will be presented with a sick patient, and will follow that person's case through diagnostics, progression, treatments, and outcome.

The class will integrate principles of microbiology, immunology, physiology, and pharmacology within the framework of each individual case. We will also discuss the historical, economic, and societal impacts that plagues and pestilence resulting from these infectious agents have wrought over the course of recorded history.

The class will include laboratory activities in microbiologic techniques. Students will become familiar with principles of laboratory safety, light microscopy, biologic stains, culture techniques, and common immunologic tests.

Second semester lectures and labs will cover viral and parasitic diseases, including Smallpox, Rabies, HIV/AIDS, Hookworm, Toxoplasma, and others.

This class will be offered on two levels: Honors and On-Level. All students will be expected to keep a lab manual for notetaking, lab reports, and assigned homework questions. On-level students should expect to spend 1-2 hours per week on assigned readings and lab reports. Honors students will be assigned additional readings, homework questions, and lab reports. Honors students should expect to spend 2-3 hours per week on work outside of the classroom. At the end of the semester, the instructor will review student notebooks and assign numerical scores to their notebooks, if requested, for the parents use in assigning letter grades.

Although previous classwork in Biology and Chemistry will be helpful, they are not prerequisites. Students should purchase or rent the required class textbook: Microbiology: A Systems Approach, 5th Edition" by Marjorie Kelly Cowan (ISBN # 978-1259706615). A lab fee of $100 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class. Topics in this year s class series include: Bacteria and Prions (first semester) and Viruses and Parasites (second semester).

7 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $423.00

3D History: WWII Downfall

Quarter 3,4: Starts on January 11, 2019

Class Time: 1:00 pm      Duration: 115 min

Instructor: Taliesin Knol

Grade Range: 7th-12th

Prerequisites:

Why read about key military battles on maps or in books when you can learn about them hands-on, in three dimensions, using historical miniature gaming? In 3D History, pivotal engagements come alive for new and experienced students, as they navigate a table-top terrain, deploy hundreds of miniature soldiers, ships, and tanks... all while playing a military strategy game. Each student will have the opportunity to fight a battle from both sides, allowing them to test various strategies, try multiple scenarios, predict different outcomes, and rewrite history- an effective way to gain a deeper understanding of what actually happened and why!

After Germany s disaster at Stalingrad the Wehrmacht was being pushed back on all fronts. From Crimea to Poland, all the ground Germany had gained in two years of fighting was once again falling into Soviet hands. Their leadership knew they had just one chance to regain the initiative and do what they had done best: Attack. In 1943, with a re-armed and still formidably manned war machine, the Summer Germans would once again launch one of the largest offensive the world had ever seen, across a wide front of the Kursk salient. The Soviets knew they were coming. In an unmatched feat of military deception, they dug in more than a million men, thousands of tanks and guns and waited for the inevitable German attack. From the North and South, two armored German pincers struck the prepared lines of the Soviets, gaining ground slowly. They ground away at the Red Army, defeating massed counter attacks of T-34 tanks and infantry, but still they came, roaring Tiger and Panther tanks killing 5 tanks for every one of their own lost. The seemingly endless waves of Russian resistance proved too much, and with news of Allied landings in Sicily, Operation Citadel was called off. The rest of the war would be defensive, Soviets grinding away bitter Nazi strongholds until the final devastating battle of Berlin.

This semester will study the Eastern Front, from Kursk to Berlin. Course documents including period maps, photographs and recreations will be made available through a class Google Drive link emailed to parents (and students who provide their email address), as well as a class YouTube playlist for any videos watched in class or assigned as homework. Homeschool families may wish to count this course as a component, or partial, credit in American or World History for purposes of a high school transcript.

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $365.00

3D History: WWII Downfall

Quarter 3,4: Starts on January 11, 2019

Class Time: 3:00 pm      Duration: 90 min

Instructor: Taliesin Knol

Grade Range: 7th-12th

Prerequisites:

Why read about key military battles on maps or in books when you can learn about them hands-on, in three dimensions, using historical miniature gaming? In 3D History, pivotal engagements come alive for new and experienced students, as they navigate a table-top terrain, deploy hundreds of miniature soldiers, ships, and tanks... all while playing a military strategy game. Each student will have the opportunity to fight a battle from both sides, allowing them to test various strategies, try multiple scenarios, predict different outcomes, and rewrite history- an effective way to gain a deeper understanding of what actually happened and why!

After Germany s disaster at Stalingrad the Wehrmacht was being pushed back on all fronts. From Crimea to Poland, all the ground Germany had gained in two years of fighting was once again falling into Soviet hands. Their leadership knew they had just one chance to regain the initiative and do what they had done best: Attack. In 1943, with a re-armed and still formidably manned war machine, the Summer Germans would once again launch one of the largest offensive the world had ever seen, across a wide front of the Kursk salient. The Soviets knew they were coming. In an unmatched feat of military deception, they dug in more than a million men, thousands of tanks and guns and waited for the inevitable German attack. From the North and South, two armored German pincers struck the prepared lines of the Soviets, gaining ground slowly. They ground away at the Red Army, defeating massed counter attacks of T-34 tanks and infantry, but still they came, roaring Tiger and Panther tanks killing 5 tanks for every one of their own lost. The seemingly endless waves of Russian resistance proved too much, and with news of Allied landings in Sicily, Operation Citadel was called off. The rest of the war would be defensive, Soviets grinding away bitter Nazi strongholds until the final devastating battle of Berlin.

This semester will study the Eastern Front, from Kursk to Berlin. Course documents including period maps, photographs and recreations will be made available through a class Google Drive link emailed to parents (and students who provide their email address), as well as a class YouTube playlist for any videos watched in class or assigned as homework. Homeschool families may wish to count this course as a component, or partial, credit in American or World History for purposes of a high school transcript.

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $325.00

American Sign Language (ASL) 1B for Tweens

Quarter 3,4: Starts on January 11, 2019

Class Time: 2:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Natalie Di Vietri/ Lisandrea Wentland

Grade Range: 6th-8th

Prerequisites:

Middle school students will continue to learn American Sign Language (ASL) to learn this intriguing moden langauge that has no written form yet is used right here in America!. Students will continue to refine basic skills, add to vocabulary, practice fundamental grammar, expand their ability to converse in ASL, and improve comprehension. Students will continue to use a high school curriculum and follow the thematic units of the text which are supplmented with videos and additional vocabulary. Each unit will include presentations and readings on Deaf culture and Deaf history. Students will have the option to take the course at an "on-level" or "honors" level. At the end of the year, middle school students will be assessed and may be recommended to enroll in the high school level ASL II next year. A student who wishes to enroll in ASL 1B (second semester) without having had first semester will be asked to meet with the instructor to show an understanding and fluency similar to what was covered first semester.

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $325.00

Ancient Justice: Crime and Punishment in Early Modern Europe

Quarter 3,4: Starts on January 11, 2019

Class Time: 12:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Taliesin Knol

Grade Range: 9th-12th

Prerequisites:

This class will explore the judicial processes of mainland Europe and their divergence from English Common Law. Real historical cases will be studied and trial parts assigned to the class. Students will be expected to debate from the perspective of Englishmen, from commoners to nobility, and other Europeans in criminal and church courts. The class will serve as the jury and, if necessary, select period-appropriate verdicts and explain how they arrived at their decisions, while striving for period accuracy. This semester will examine the justice systems of Renaissance Europe up to Colonial Brittan. This course tuition includes the cost for the printed case studies and course materials. Homeschool families may wish to count this course as a component, or partial, credit in Civics or American Government for purposes of a high school transcript

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $338.00

Civics Critic: Current Controversies

Quarter 3,4: Starts on January 11, 2019

Class Time: 10:00 am      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Kouthar Muttardy

Grade Range: 7th-10th

Prerequisites:

Civics Critics will explore specific queries related to the US Bill of Rights through guided inquiry and evidence-based analysis. These topics are posed as a series of thought-provoking questions that students will research, debate, discuss, and form opinions about. Second semester will examine three big questions: Should Schools Be Allowed to Limit Students' Online Speech? Search and Seizure: Did the Government Go Too Far? Is the American Jury System Still a Good Idea?

Civics Critic is an interactive, multi-disciplinary examination of some of the key issues in American Government using sources from The DBQ Project. DBQs, or document based questions, are derived from AP History exams and help develop high school level critical thinking skills. Students will review an array of primary sources such as letters, journal entries, inventories, ship's manifestos, newspaper articles, period maps, and court documents along with selected secondary sources like excerpts, charts, and graphs. Students will be guided through analyzing the documents, interpreting the data, drawing inferences, and forming conclusions. In some historical scenarios, the class will consider conflicting perspectives and be able to defend and debate multiple sides of a key issue. To demonstrate comprehension and a deeper understanding of the class themes, students will use factual findings to develop structured, evidence-based essays. Students should expect to spend 1-2 hours per week on homework, investigation, or reading for this class. Topics in this year's class series include: Constitutional Queries (first semester) and Current Controversies (second semester). Homeschool families may wish to count this course as a component, or partial, credit in Civics or American Government for purposes of a high school transcript.

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $289.00

Compass Literarians: A Creative Writing & Literary Magazine Board

Quarter 3,4: Starts on January 11, 2019

Class Time: 2:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Anne Sharp

Grade Range: 8th-12th

Prerequisites:

This semester-long course is a home for students who love to write, who love to read writing, and who love to share writing with others. Writing is often a solitary act, but writers also need a community in which to grow. Mirroring the design of famous writing salons/groups like The Bloomsbury Group, The Algonquin Round Table, and The Inklings, this course fosters a Compass community that will encourage individual writers, promote literary collaboration and provide challenging feedback to boost creativity and artistic development.
Our first semester will focus on building a personal writing portfolio strengthening students' passions for genres and forms they re comfortable with as well as trying writing that is new to them. Using writing workshops to capitalize on what they already know and to encourage experimentation in unfamiliar areas, students can expect to grow as writers, editors and leaders in our Compass community.
Students will use their own work and the works of professional authors to understand what makes good writing, to improve technique, to experiment with new forms/genre and to understand the drafting, editing and publishing process.
Using the InkBlot Writers website that we built last year, students will have an internal and ongoing method for publishing. This portal will serve as both a place for students to explore their own fiction and nonfiction writing and to begin the process of creating online writing materials (columns, blogs, tutorials, videos, TED-type talks) for others.
Our second semester will focus on editing and publishing. Students in this course will select writings from their portfolios and prepare them to submit to contests, anthologies and publications beyond our Compass campus. While continuing to draft and explore their own personal writing, InkBlot students will assume editorial roles in the production of InkBlot, a beyond-our-classroom anthology. As editors, students will design and build an anthology, advertise the publication, solicit manuscripts and artwork, develop selection criteria, review/select/edit material, and learn the principles of layout and design. Embedded in this process are real-world experiences, and students will improve their communication and organization skills through goal-setting, time management, meeting deadlines, emailing, confirmations, proofreading, etc.
Students should expect to spend 2-3 hours per week out side of class on investigation, writing, or editing for this class. Homeschool families may wish to count this course as a component, or partial, credit in English or language arts for purposes of a high school transcript.

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $342.00

Cultural Anthropology

Quarter 3,4: Starts on January 11, 2019

Class Time: 11:00 am      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Tia Murchie-Beyma

Grade Range: 9th-12th

Prerequisites:

The Mosuo in southwestern China are led by grandmothers who do not practice marriage; power, prestige, and property are passed through daughters, and children live with their mothers -- forever. Every seven years, some Malagasy of Madagascar exhume the bodies of loved ones, then dance with their perfumed and silk-wrapped remains. Tsimané infants in Amazonian Bolivia are not given names until after their first birthday. How do we know about these practices? Cultural anthropologists are experts who study and record such customs.

However, anthropologists work not just in far-off, rural places, but also cities and suburbs, including here in the United States. Right now, they are studying the human hair trade, street food, health care, love, migration, garbage dumps, ghost stories, and graffiti. Cultural anthropology is a multi-disciplinary field that examines past and present societies and their cultures. A "society" is a group of people organized along such lines as gender, age, class, caste, and occupation. "Culture" means a way of life, including language, values, beliefs, and behaviors. Cultural anthropologists use “ethnography” to record and analyze the life ways of a group, often by living with and sharing the daily experiences of the people they observe; then publishing their findings as revealing case studies.

In this semester-long high school course, students will explore culture and social structure, mainly through hands-on participant-observation and other tools of ethnography. Students will also read selections from classic ethnographies -- learning, for example, when is it socially acceptable to steal a hammock in the Amazon! What teens may remember most from this class will be the practical field methods they use to create a collaborative profile of a fascinating and sometimes mysterious group: homeschoolers!

Students will sharpen their powers of perception and discernment to better understand others. They will employ fieldwork methods such as interviews, mapping and other spatial analysis, audio-visual recording, questionnaires, sketching, pedigree charts, linguistic analysis, time-use studies, and more.

This is an interactive course in which participation is critical; it is not a lecture-based. Students are expected to come to class having already completed their readings and outside assignments and prepared to discuss challenging questions together. This is an academically rigorous course that would be a good fit for students who are strong, independent readers; able to follow through on group commitments; and both curious and respectful about cultural and social variation. There is no core textbook. Families might budget approximately $30 for research-related supplies and possibly a few readings the instructor might not be able to provide (those needs will be identified as the class ethnography evolves). Students should expect 3 hours per week to complete homework before class meetings. Students must have regular, reliable internet access, as weekly assignments and quizzes are posted and accessed in an online classroom management system.

Cultural anthropology continues themes from the fall Physical Anthropology class, but the latter is not a prerequisite. Students may take Cultural Anthropology without having had Physical Anthropology. Homeschool families may wish to count this class as a component, or partial credit, in social sciences or humanities for purposes of a high school transcript.

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $342.00

Debate-Able: Debate for Teens

Quarter 3,4: Starts on January 11, 2019

Class Time: 11:00 am      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Mo Hamilton

Grade Range: 9th-12th

Prerequisites:

Desmond Tutu once said, Don't raise your voice, improve your argument." Do you have what it takes to strategically win an argument? We live in a world where you will be challenged to think for yourself, defend opinions, and question conventions in society. Learn how to respond with evidence and enthusiasm when your opinion is challenged in this fun and interactive class!

Effective debate is a life skill that incorporates logic, communication, and public speaking skills. Being able to debate helps teens improve reasoning, conflict resolution, and confidence. In this class, students will learn the fundamentals of debate including persuasive appeals, a brief history of debate, and different styles of debate.

Desmond Tutu once said, Don't raise your voice, improve your argument." Do you have what it takes to strategically win an argument? We live in a world where you will be challenged to think for yourself, defend opinions, and question conventions in society. Learn how to respond with evidence and enthusiasm when your opinion is challenged in this fun and interactive class!

Effective debate is a life skill that incorporates logic, communication, and public speaking skills. Being able to debate helps teens improve reasoning, conflict resolution, and confidence. In this class, students will learn the fundamentals of debate including persuasive appeals, a brief history of debate, and different styles of debate.

Over the semester, students will learn how to prepare and deliver three types of argument: The traditional, prepared, on-on-one, Lincoln-Douglas style debate; a researched and practiced Public Policy debate on a current topic affecting the country or community; and the off-the-cuff, think-on-your-feet Extemporaneous style debate in which students are paired to argue a specified topic with limited preparation time. Each week, students will practice giving brief impromptu speeches, delivering prepared presentations, and debating classmates.

Debaters will learn how to structure an argument, build their evidence, and best practices for researching a topic. Students will learn techniques for quoting sources, presenting statistics, acknowledging opposing views, and incorporating visual aids in debate. The class will also practice stylistic elements of public speaking such as using transitional words, timing, gestures, and eye contact. In this class, students will learn how to really listen to their opponent and how to craft a rebuttal. At the same time, debaters will be taught to read their audience, hold their attention, and establish credibility. Students will practice evaluating classmates and giving, receiving, and incorporating constructive feedback. For purposes of a high school transcript, homeschool families might chose to count this class as a component, or partial credit, in communication.

7 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $322.00

Director's Chair: Behind the Scenes of 'Baskervilles: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery'

Quarter 3,4: Starts on January 11, 2019

Class Time: 10:00 am      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Bette Cassatt

Grade Range: 8th-12th

Prerequisites:

Velcome to Baskerwille; a funny, mad-capped, physical comedy version of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle s 'The Hound of the Baskervilles.' Have you ever wondered how the team behind the scenes brings a production to stage? The answer is anything but elementary! It takes a team of people to put on a show: stage managers, costume designers, set designers, props designers, lighting designers, sound designers, choreographers, actors, and a director to guide them all. This class will explore the different elements of production team, designers, and crew responsibilities as students analyze a script and make decisions as if they were the director and design team. Students will learn how a production and design team bring a show to life while working with a professional director/fight choreographer/actor/costumer/playwright/dramaturg.

Students will begin with script analysis and developing the director s vision. The group will consider stage management, casting, set design, costume design, and dialect work (selecting & learning accents for the various characters). As their vision takes shape, the class will continue to explore the jobs of director and stage manager. They will consider the roles of working with actors, planning fight/dance choreography, selecting props, and designing technical elements such as lighting, sound, and music. Example activities for our student design team include creating and aesthetic concept, setting casting requirements, and writing an audition notice. The team may sketch set concepts, design character costumes, and figure out accents. The group will learn to block scenes, create moments of physical comedy, and figure out sound effects. This class is good for beginners as well as continuing theatre and production students. Every play is different and offers new sets of challenges. The emphasis in this course is on the vision, design decisions, and the teamwork required to bring a performance to stage, but the class will not be putting on an actual production.

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $340.00

Intermediate Guitar for Teens/Adults

Quarter 3,4: Starts on January 11, 2019

Class Time: 12:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Lee Nathanson

Grade Range: 7th-Adult

Prerequisites:

Intermediate guitar students will continue to build on the fundamentals of playing the acoustic guitar! In this class, students will continue learn basic melodies to familiar songs and will add new chords and strum patterns each week. Students are encouraged to bring in music they are interested in learning. The class will continue to learn to read music, use tablature notations for guitar, and cover basic music theory. As an intermediate level class, most students will have had 14-30 weeks of instruction through Compass, or equivalent. The pace of the class and material covered will be adapted by the instructor once he has assessed enrolled students. Students should plan to practice at home several times each week. Each student will need a least a beginner level acoustic guitar. There is a materials fee of $5.00 payable to the instructor on the first day of class for a music notebook if the student does not have one. Compass parents are welcome to enroll in this class

5 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $330.00

Introduction to Digital Photography

Quarter 3,4: Starts on January 11, 2019

Class Time: 12:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Angela Goodhart

Grade Range: 7th-12th

Prerequisites:

Learn the art of photography, including photographic composition, lighting, portraits, nature photography, black and white photography, and special projects. Students will have hands-on practice in every class. They will be encouraged to develop a special project of their own and share it with the class. On the last day, there will be an art show for the parents. Students are encouraged to bring SLR cameras, but any digital camera that is better than a phone camera will be adequate. There is a material fee of $10.00 payable to the instructor on the first day of class for a beautiful 12x18 frame-worthy, composite print of each student's favorite photographs from the semester. This is a 13-week class that will end on April 26.

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $237.00

Physics Phenomena (Full Course, Honors): Heat, Sound/Waves, Light/Optics, Electricity, Etc.

Quarter 3,4: Starts on January 11, 2019

Class Time: 11:00 am      Duration: 115 min

Instructor: Katherine Hoeck

Grade Range: 9th-12th

Prerequisites: Algebra, Trigonometry

Heat/Temperature, Sound/Waves, Electricity/Magmetism, Light/Optics : Fascinating physics phenomena are found everywhere! In this course, students will explore everyday phenomena from our physical world and develop an in-depth conceptual and analytical understanding of these principles such as fluid dynamics, heat and kinetic theory, thermodynamics, harmonic motion, waves and sound, light and optics, and electricity and magnetism, and an introduction to relativity and nuclear physics.
This course will use algebra- and trigonometry-based mathematical models to introduce the fundamental concepts that describe the physical work. The course is designed to emphasize scientific thinking and reasoning, problem solving, and experimentation. Students can expect to spend most of the time in class performing labs and collecting data relative to the current topic of discussion.

A significant independent study component will focus on reading chapters and taking detailed notes about concepts before they are presented in class, completing various problem-solving activities, and analyzing data and writing formal laboratory reports. Students should expect to spend 3 hours of independent study/homework for every 1 hour in class (or about 6 hours per week) for the full course at the honors level.
First semester Newtonian Mechanics is not required for second semester, but a basic understanding of mechanics and trigonometry is advised. If a student is interest in exploring these physics concepts but lacks the math background or time for independent study of the complete course, he/she can take the lab only portion of this class for enrichment.

Students will be asked to rent or purchase the textbook Physics Fundamentals by Vincent Coletta (2010 ed.) ISBN #978-0971313453. There is a $125.00 lab fee due to the instructor on the first day of class. Students will also need a scientific calculator for this course.

4 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $845.00

Physics Phenomena (Lab Only): Heat, Sound/Waves, Light/Optics, Electricity, Etc.

Quarter 3,4: Starts on January 11, 2019

Class Time: 11:30 am      Duration: 115 min

Instructor: Katherine Hoeck

Grade Range: 8th-12th

Prerequisites:

Heat/Temperature, Sound/Waves, Electricity/Magmetism, Light/Optics : Fascinating physics phenomena are found everywhere! In this course, students will explore everyday phenomena from our physical world and develop an in-depth conceptual understanding of these principles through the study of fluid dynamics, heat and kinetic theory, thermodynamics, harmonic motion, waves and sound, light and optics, and electricity and magnetism.

Students who wish to explore physics at an enrichment level may take the lab portion of this course only. The lab section meets for 90 minutes each week, and the emphasis will be on lab protocols, measurements, and data collection. The labs are designed to encourage scientific thinking and reasoning, problem solving, and experimentation. After each lab, students will discuss their data and findings qualitatively and will be encouraged to make predictions for the phenomena they observe. Where math is needed for lab data, formulas will be given rather than derived.

For the lab-only class, students should have a beginning understanding of Algebra. Homework, problem sets, projects, and chapter readings will NOT be required of lab-only students. Written lab reports will be optional. There is a $125 lab fee due payable to the instructor on the first day of class.

4 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $635.00

Robotics Tech Challenge: Disaster Response Robots

Quarter 3,4: Starts on January 11, 2019

Class Time: 12:00 pm      Duration: 115 min

Instructor: Dan Gallagher

Grade Range: 7th-12th

Prerequisites:

Disaster response in environments dangerous to human responders calls for robots with unique capabilities. In this project-based class we will work in small teams to design, build, and program disaster response robots that can maneuver through or clear rubble, find survivors (using temperature and IR sensors), turn off leaking valves, retrieve unsafe materials, and other emergency response tasks.

The class will focus on construction and programming, with heavy emphasis on design. The robots will be programmed to sense and react to the environment and to complete a series of missions on a pre-defined course. Students will build with Tetrix metal components, incorporate sensors, electronics, and motors from Tetrix Prizm, and will program using the Arduino IDE. Teams will conduct research, apply the engineering design process, follow the general rules and conventions of the engineering profession, including maintaining an engineering notebook

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $595.00

Success Skills for School: High School and Beyond

Quarter 3,4: Starts on January 11, 2019

Class Time: 10:00 am      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Sarah Fraser

Grade Range: 9th-12th

Prerequisites:

Quizzes, tests, homework, projects, reports, teams, clubs, jobs, internships, volunteer work, applications, life decisions arghhh! The demands of high school can be overwhelming or downright intimidating to most teens, even those who are homeschooled! And guess what? That variety of new responsibilities and expectations doesn t go away. They will likely increase in the later years of high school and into college. But don t worry- there are strategies and core skills that will help prepare a teen for success in high school and beyond.

Study skills and college success basics include a toolbox of key life skills that will help your teen tackle high school and prepare for college. These skills are taught through in-class activities, some at-home trials, and by evaluating best practices. They are not taught as a one-size-fits all, but rather a range of options to accomplish the same thing for individual learners and different learning styles. Skills that will be addressed in this class include time management skills and tools like planners, to-do lists, calendars, and reminders- paper or electronic- what are the options, and what works best? Students will look at ways to manage short-term and long-term assignments; setting goals; how to break a bigger project into manageable steps and milestones; and how to avoid procrastination. The class will also learn fundamentals such as how to tackle a new chapter, read to retain, recall details, annotate, make margin notes, and take notes from readings, lectures, or videos; outline, and the art of brainstorming. Students will learn how to study and prepare for tests.

In their toolbox, teens will also learn soft skills needed in school such as communicating and coordinating with a team on group projects and how to ask for information from teachers, employers, and other adults. The group will complete a career inventory and think about what they might be interested in doing in the future and will get tips on internships, mentor relationships, and options for junior/senior summer or a gap year. Finally, the class will look at sleep, diet, stress, screen time, and other personal habits that can impact a teen's work and effectiveness.

7 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $293.00

Veterinary Science: Medical Mysteries- General Practice & Behavior

Quarter 3,4: Starts on January 11, 2019

Class Time: 2:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Dr. Kathleen Olsen

Grade Range: 8th-12th

Prerequisites:

Discover the science (and art) of small animal medicine! Find out how vets- and even human physicians and other medical professionals- use clues to form a diagnosis. Analyze actual cases and make predictions based on health history, exam findings, and diagnostics. See how anatomy, physiology, pharmacology, and biochemistry come together!

Each week students become "veterinarians for an hour." Using real veterinary cases from general practice including topics on canine and feline allergy, behavior, trauma and inherited diseases, the group will work together to evaluate a patient's history, consider various diagnostic tests, interpret results, and form a treatment plan. Students will work with a practicing veterinarian and use deductive reasoning and logic to piece together the clues of the medical mystery. Will they be successful clinicians?

This class is geared towards students interested in pursuing any career in the biological sciences, but will be interesting for anyone curious to learn more about the health of their furry friends. A basic understanding of biology and anatomy is recommended for this class. Students will receive a printed notebook with essential information to be reviewed before the first class. They will also be responsible for some research at home each week as they analyze their findings and formulate a diagnosis. There is a $20.00 material fee for the class notebook and in-class supplies for new students and a $5.00 fee for returning students. The topics in this class series include Emergency Medicine (first semester) and General Practice (second semester), the latter of which will include topics on canine and feline behavior. Students should expect to spend 1-2 hours per week on investigation and reading for this class.

7 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $423.00

Mission Possible: Global Solutions 2025

Quarter 3,4: Starts on January 16, 2019

Class Time: 10:00 am      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Christine Keen

Grade Range: 8th-12th

Prerequisites:

Want to fix the world? Of course you do! This highly interactive class will engage students in running the world they will inherit. As officials of imaginary countries, they will employ critical thinking skills, negotiation techniques, and problem solving methods to lead their people towards peace and prosperity. (Or will they?) Working individually and in teams, they will decide when to cooperate and when to compete, when to bargain and when to take a stand, how systems are interrelated and how to adjust to life s surprises. Short readings in political science, international affairs, people management, and moral philosophy provide discussion points and context for the simulation. Based on the instructor's experience working with groups on scenario-based planning, this class promotes outside-the-box thinking about world problems and how to solve them. The simulation is different every time.

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $320.00

Your Future World: Spotlight on the Top 12 Nations of 2050

Quarter 3,4: Starts on January 16, 2019

Class Time: 12:15 pm      Duration: 100 min

Instructor: Christine Keen

Grade Range: 8th-12th

Prerequisites:

Which country has more than 10X the linguistic diversity of all of Europe put together? Which country may pass the U.S. as the world’s 3rd most populous by 2050? On which continent will 1/3 of the people be over age 60 by 2050? Why does it matter? Your Future World focuses on the physical and human geography of the countries that the U.N. has forecasted to be the world's most populous in the year 2050. After all, that is the world in which our kids will live.

After the introductory week, students study a different country each week. We consider each country's physical geography, cultural geography, history, politics (including its relations with its neighbors), economics, and demographics. Each week, students read assigned articles, conduct research, and prepare a simple cultural assignment in advance of our in-class discussion. We conclude each week with a country-specific game to reinforce learning.

Each week, the instructor will provide an "international snack" such as guava wafers from Brazil, spicy chickpeas from India, and coconut cookies from Indonesia, subject to students dietary restrictions. Investigating where the week's snack is from and then sampling something that teens in another country might enjoy is favorite student activity.

For students who have taken a previous human geography class (including AP Human Geography), "Your Future World" builds on these themes through country-specific case studies. For those who have not, although prior geographic knowledge is helpful, it is not assumed.

For this class, students must have excellent reading skills (high school+ level) and the ability to work cooperatively. This class is taught at an advanced high school/college level, with content that may touch on potentially troubling topics (e.g., war, poverty, terrorism) and involves a fair amount of (interesting, fun!) homework weekly to support the discussion, games, and activities during the meeting time. Students should expect to spend 2-3 hours per week on the class. For purposes of a high school transcript, homeschool families may wish to count this course as a component, or partial credit, in geography or world humanities.

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $535.00

Parent Proxy Form 2018 - 2019

Quarter : Starts on September 6, 2018

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Fill out this form to allow an authorized adult to drop off, pick-up, or care for your kids on campus while you are away.

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Teen Drop-Off Form 2018 - 2019

Quarter : Starts on September 6, 2018

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Please fill out this form for each teen you have taking classes on campus.

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