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Acting- Kids' Theater: Camping Catastrophe

Quarter 1: Starts on September 6, 2022

Class Time: 11:00 am      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Judith Harmon

Grade Range: 3rd-5th

Prerequisites: None

Kids take to the stage as they collaboratively write and perform their very own play with unique characters and an original storyline. What happens when campers have to deal with tent troubles, campfire calamities, a bothersome bear and other camping catastrophes?

Students will begin with improvisational games to get to know each other, then read through the two, prepared scripts together. Through group activities and guided discussion, they will create new characters, brainstorm variations, craft plot changes, add lines, and cast their parts. The instructor will then update and customize the class script with the students' input.

The class will learn the practical aspects of acting, as they work on script read-through, blocking, costume/prop design, and planning the show. Students will develop their own "actor's toolkit" of voice, body, and imagination in this creative process! Actors will grow in confidence and communication skills in preparation for a final sharing with parents on the final day of the quarter.

Once the script is fully developed with everyone's parts, about half-way through the quarter, it will be emailed to parents. Parents will be expected to help their children memorize their script/lines/cues and assemble a simple make-at-home costume, ideally from clothing items and accessories you already own and a little creativity. Note: Students who are emerging readers (not able to read at a 3rd/4th grade level) would be better suited to the Young Actor's Playhouse class, rather than this level.

Topics in this Series: Camping Catastrophe (Quarter 1), Mystery after Midnight (Quarter 2), Fractured Fairy Tales (Quarter 3), Upside-Down Universe (Quarter 4).

5 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $149.00

Acting- Young Actor's Playhouse: Rainforest Rescue

Quarter 1: Starts on September 6, 2022

Class Time: 10:00 am      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Judith Harmon

Grade Range: 1st-2nd

Prerequisites: None

Acting is an adventure! Young actors work together to create and perform their very own play with unique characters and an original storyline. Will they encounter a silly sloth, a jolly jaguar, a crazy crocodile, an angry anaconda, or other tropical pals on their equatorial escapades?

Students will begin with improvisational games to get to know each other and to begin to brainstorm about their original play. Through group activities and guided discussion, the young actors will decide on characters, conflict, and conclusion, and the story they want to tell. The script will be developed and customized for this class with input from the students.

Young actors will explore skills such as sensory awareness, listening, stage movement, character development, emotional expression, and observation/concentration while learning to portray their original 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.

Students will work from a simple, written script, but emerging readers can be accommodated. Parents will be emailed the script after the 3rd or 4th class and will be expected to help their children memorize their lines and assemble a simple make-at-home costume, ideally from clothing items and accessories you already own and a little creativity. All actors must be at least age 6 to sign up for this class.

Topics in this Series: Rainforest Rescue (Quarter 1), Candy Craze (Quarter 2), Safari Surprise (Quarter 3) and Animal Amusement Park (Quarter 4).

5 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $149.00

Aquatic Biology: Lakes & Ponds

Quarter 1: Starts on September 6, 2022

Class Time: 2:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: The Science Place

Grade Range: 5th-6th

Prerequisites: None

More than 70% of the Earth s surface is water! Understanding the earth s oceans and freshwater systems is critical to understanding life on our planet- from beginnings in the seas to the water cycle that supports ongoing life. The study of aquatic and marine biology provides a basis for understanding much of the chemistry, physics, biology, and meteorology on our planet. Budding marine biologists will travel inland to learn about freshwater systems like lakes and ponds, rivers and streams before returning to the coast to study marshes and estuaries followed by extreme marine environments- all under the guidance of an experienced marine biologist. The focus will be on hands-on, dynamic learning, and students will engage in several demonstrations and experiments in each class.

During first quarter, the class will focus on freshwater lakes and the variety of unique biomes that exist in them. Students will compare major lake systems around the world and learn about general limnological processes such as seasonal turnover and phytoplankton blooms. They will also explore the incredible range of lake biomes, from acidic, volcanic lakes and hot springs, to ancient temperate lakes like Lake Baikal. Students will learn about the extreme chemistry that occurs in some systems, like stratified lakes with toxic gas layers at the bottom, and will study the many unique, endemic species of plants and animals that have evolved in lake systems.

Topics in this Series: Lakes & Ponds (Quarter 1); Roparian Biomes- Rivers and Streams (Quarter 2); Marshes and Estuaries, Where the River Meets the Sea (Quarter 3); and Extreme Marine (Quarter 4). Lab/Supply Fee: A class fee of $10.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class.

8 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $173.00

Art in Action: Media of the Masters (TUE, 12PM)

Quarter 1: Starts on September 6, 2022

Class Time: 12:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Kerry Diederich

Grade Range: 3rd-4th

Prerequisites: None

Elementary artists can get in on the action as they learn about a different artist or artistic style each week and create a representative piece using a wide range of artistic supplies such as tempura and water color paints, pastels, pencils, cray pas, oil pastel crayons, specialty papers, sculpting media, and embellishments.

First quarter, students will meet famous artists such as Grandma Moses, Mary Cassatt, Eric Carle, Patrick Dougherty, Alex Calder, Helen Frankenthaler and River Lobe. They will develop unique projects that highlight the methods, material and media used by each artist such as painting, sculpting, drawing, and inspired creations.

Topics in this Series: Media of the Masters (Quarter 1); Animal Artists (Quarter 2); Murals, Monuments, and Museums (Quarter 3); Stellar Celestial Subjects (Quarter 4). Supply Fee: 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.

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $133.00

Battle Strategies & Dioramas: WWI- The 100 Day's Offensive and the end of Germany (1918) (TUE)

Quarter 1: Starts on September 6, 2022

Class Time: 1:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Taliesin Knol

Grade Range: 6th-8th

Prerequisites: None

In the aftermath of Germany's failed summer offensive on the Eastern Front, all that remained was for the newly bolstered Allied powers to launch their own attack to end the First World War. This offensive was enabled by the torrent of American reinforcements that had arrived in Europe. Backed with airpower, tanks, and fresh troops, the Allies would not only retake all the ground Germany had won in their last gasp attack the previous summer but also break the German war machine and push through the Hindenburg line into Germany itself, finally ending the war.

Using artistic model-making techniques, hand tools, and historical maps, students will each form a 10" X 14" shaped, foam diorama with landscape elements (hills, trenches, rivers, ridges, vegetation, barbed wire, 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 wargaming 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. Topics in this series include: WWI Naval Conflict- Jutland (Quarter 1). WWI- The 100 Day's Offensive and the end of Germany (Quarter 2), WWII- Operation Torch, Invasion of North Africa (Quarter 3), and Battle Strategies & Dioramas: WWII Naval Conflict- The Philippine Sea (Quarter 4).sta Note: This is an 8-week class whose end date overlaps with the start of the typical Compass Quarter 2. There is a $25.00 materials fee payable to the instructor on the first day of class.

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $187.00

Beginner Bots: Under the Sea (TUE)

Quarter 1: Starts on September 6, 2022

Class Time: 10:00 am      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Becca Sticha

Grade Range: 2nd-3rd

Prerequisites: None

Discover the world of robotics using kids' favorite, interlocking building bricks! Students will build and program 3-4 different whimsical, mechanized projects each quarter using the WeDo 2.0 robotics system by LEGO Education.

First quarter, students will build, program, and model fascinating friends from under the sea such as a whale, shark, crab, and sea turtle.

Their robots will be built using special-shaped LEGO components from the WeDo Educational set, motors, motion sensors, tilt sensors and a programmable, Bluetooth control unit ("brain"). Student will use classroom tablets to program the control units using an intuitive drag-and-drop coding modules.

Prior experience with LEGO or coding is not required. All equipment is furnished.

Topics in this Series: Under the Sea (Quarter 1), Wings and Things (Quarter 2); Perfect Pets (Quarter 3), and Reptiles Rule (Quarter 4).

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $183.00

Cover-to-Cover: Adventure (Middle School Book Group)

Quarter 1: Starts on September 6, 2022

Class Time: 11:00 am      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Dr. Anne Taranto

Grade Range: 7th-8th

Prerequisites: None

In Cover-to-Cover, middle school-aged students will read renowned classics and award-winning young adult literature. This book discussion group will examine a different theme each quarter to introduce students to literary analysis. Students will read, examine, and compare two full-length novels that share similar themes through facilitated discussions and extension activities which encourage students to make personal connections to what is read. The group will evaluate themes, characters, setting, and writing style.

First quarter, students will examine the genre of adventure novel with The Lord of the Flies by William Golding and The Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Orczy.

Assigned chapters are expected to be read at home, either as read-aloud, individual silent reading, or listening to the unabridged audiobook. Students should come to class prepared to discuss the reading. Classroom discussions will emphasize the use of textual evidence when explaining thoughts and opinions. Students will be assigned creative, short assignments to enhance and demonstrate their understanding of each novel such as quote explications, thematic questions, or imagining a conversation between characters from different books.

Topics in this Series: Adventure (Quarter 1); Historical Fiction (Quarter 2); Fantasy (Quarter 3); and Sci-Fi (Quarter 4).

Textbook/Materials: Because students will need clean, inexpensive copies of each novel to mark in, and because they must be able to refer to the passages on the same page numbers, copies of mass market paperbacks will be pre-purchased and bundled for students. (See Supply Fee below).

Supply Fee: A class fee of $18.50 is due payable to Compass on the first day of class.

What to Bring: Students should bring the current novel, paper, pen or pencil and highlighter to class each week. Some students may wish to bring paper clips, adhesive flags or post-it notes for marking pages.

7 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $153.00

Crafty Kids Club (Q1)

Quarter 1: Starts on September 6, 2022

Class Time: 3:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Judith Harmon

Grade Range: 2nd-6th

Prerequisites: None

Crafty Kids Club is a weekly after-school meet-up for kids in grades 2-5. Kids gather and socialize while completing a craft around a monthly theme. An experienced Compass art instructor facilitates the crafting each week. Projects are selected to showcase a variety of materials and crafting techniques and to promote creativity and imagination. Each quarter, students will complete projects organized around two themes from among eight craft categories: wooden, wearables, simple sewing, painting, sculpting, paper, beading, and mixed media.

Kids will enjoy the camaraderie of working alongside a group of friends in Crafty Kids Club, and parents will appreciate the break! Parent Notes:

  • All the supplies are provided: No need to search high and low for the needed materials.
  • Reduce waste and clutter: No need to buy large quantities of specialty supplies for a one-time project.
  • Reduce clean-up: Leave the glue, paint, and glitter mess at Compass.
  • Kids get to experiment with a variety of materials and techniques, even if you are not crafty.
  • Crafting improves dexterity and fine motor skills, and an afterschool club makes a great social outlet.

The first quarter project themes are:

  • Amazing Animals (sample projects: bird feeder and clothespin critters)
  • The Great Outdoors (sample projects: pony bead foxes and adventure bags)

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $50.00

Dance Around the World: Egypt & Polynesia

Quarter 1: Starts on September 6, 2022

Class Time: 2:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Various

Grade Range: 3rd-6th

Prerequisites:

Students will tour the globe in this unique world dance workshop! Each quarter, two teaching artists will lead a 3- or 4-week workshops to instruct students on dances from different cultures. Students will learn the role that dance plays in celebrations and storytelling around the world. They will experience the instruments, tempos, and harmonies of the global music accompanying the dances as they learn about the culture, customs, and costumes. This is not a sit-down performance series- students will be stepping, swinging, and swirling as they learn the world dances. This class is suitable for girls and boys as the selected dances are used by all in the respective countries. The world dance tour will feature: Egypt & Polynesia (Quarter 1), Scotland & Mexico (Quarter 2), India & Bolivia (Quarter 3), Korea & Spain (Quarter 4).

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

Decorative Arts Studio: Sculpture Skills for Kids

Quarter 1: Starts on September 6, 2022

Class Time: 1:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Shona D'Cruz

Grade Range: 3rd-5th

Prerequisites: None

Student artists will enjoy working hands-on, in 3-dimensions with a variety of sculpting and crafting materials to create original Decorative Arts. Assembling decorative items is multi-sensory, and students enjoy the tactile experience of shaping, stacking, forming, flattening, and layering a selection of materials to create unique, personal projects. Decorative art engages a different artistic skillset than coloring, drawing, and writing, and encourages creativity to represent objects in three dimensions. In this studio environment, students will create original hand-made pieces using a range of artistic techniques and a myriad of materials to choose from.

First quarter, students will create one-of-a-kind sculptures and will learn to work with materials such as papier mache, air-dry and polymer clays, wire, plaster, etc. Example past projects include a wire wave sculpture, layered paper collage, clay animals, or sculpey flowers. Some projects may take two weeks to complete with one week dedicated to forming and shaping the base sculpture and the second week focused on finishing techniques such as painting and embellishing. A supply fee of $40.00 per student is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class.

Topics in this Series: Sculpture Skills (Quarter 1), Marvelous Mosaics (Quarter 2), Fiber Arts Fun (Quarter 3), and Upcycled, Recycled Projects (Quarter 4).

7 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $185.00

Decorative Arts Studio: Sculpture Skills for Tweens

Quarter 1: Starts on September 6, 2022

Class Time: 2:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Shona D'Cruz

Grade Range: 6th-8th

Prerequisites: None

Student artists will enjoy working hands-on, in 3-dimensions with a variety of sculpting and crafting materials to create original Decorative Arts. Assembling decorative items is multi-sensory, and students enjoy the tactile experience of shaping, stacking, forming, flattening, and layering a selection of materials to create unique, personal projects. Decorative art engages a different artistic skillset than coloring, drawing, and writing, and encourages creativity to represent objects in three dimensions. In this studio environment, students will create original hand-made pieces using a range of artistic techniques and a myriad of materials to choose from.

First quarter, students will create one-of-a-kind sculptures and will learn to work with materials such as papier mache, air-dry and polymer clays, wire, plaster, etc. Example past projects include a wire wave sculpture, layered paper collage, clay animals, or sculpey flowers. Some projects may take two weeks to complete with one week dedicated to forming and shaping the base sculpture and the second week focused on finishing techniques such as painting and embellishing. A supply fee of $40.00 per student is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class.

Topics in this Series: Sculpture Skills (Quarter 1), Marvelous Mosaics (Quarter 2), Fiber Arts Fun (Quarter 3), and Upcycled, Recycled Projects (Quarter 4).

7 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $185.00

Dynamic Dioramas: Myths & Legends- King Arthur

Quarter 1: Starts on September 6, 2022

Class Time: 2:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Taliesin Knol

Grade Range: 3rd-5th

Prerequisites: None

After the Fall of Rome, people kept stories alive of the heroes who defended civilization in the face of barbarian invasions. In Britain, and perhaps all of Europe, there is none more famous than the legend of King Arthur. The Myth of Arthur begins with Saxon invasions and "the last Roman," Artorius Rex, in the 5th century CE, but the tale wasn't written down until the 9th century and not popularized until the 12th century! Cleric Geoffrey of Monmouth adapted earlier legends in his work, "The History of the Kings of Britain" where he introduced characters like Merlin the wizard, Arthur's family, and his sword Excalibur. These would be further "medievalized" by other authors to give us the Knights of the Round Table at Camelot, the Quest for the Holy Grail, and other medieval romances and tales of Chivalry.

Each student will create an individual diorama recreating or interpreting a scene from Arthurian Myth: castles on hills, European battlefields, or dragon's lairs! Students will craft and hand-shape their scene on a 10" x 14" 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 warriors, then combine their dioramas alongside those of their classmates to create larger terrain. Students will then compete in history-based survival strategy games. This will reinforce lessons about the culture, economy, warfare, and mythology 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. Topics in this series include: King Arthur (Quarter 1), 1001 Arabian Nights (Quarter 2), Joan of Arc (Quarter 3), William Wallace and the Scottish Uprising (Quarter 4). There is a $25.00 materials fee payable to the instructor on the first day of class.

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $164.00

Dynamic Dioramas: Prehistory- Ancient Seas

Quarter 1: Starts on September 6, 2022

Class Time: 12:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Taliesin Knol

Grade Range: 2nd-4th

Prerequisites: None

Dive deep, back to the time of some of the first life on Earth, into prehistoric seas filled with monstrous and mysterious creatures that were the ancient ancestors of all life as we know it. This class will cover the early ocean life on Earth, from the darkest depths, where life exists because of geothermal vents, to the shallow inland sea that was the American Mid-West in the Jurassic age through the ancient seas where aquatic dinosaurs, ancient crocodiles, and prehistoric sharks swam.

Each student will create an individual diorama. Students will craft and hand-shape their scene on a 10" X 14" foam board using artistic, model-making techniques. They will customize their dioramas with landscape elements, reefs, geothermal vents, and paint to reflect different ocean depths. Once individual projects are constructed, students will populate them with miniature figures and combine their dioramas alongside those of their classmates to create a larger terrain. Students will then compete in a pre-history-based survival strategy game. Each student will have at least one board and set of miniatures to take home with them.

The class will learn to play "Submarine Safari" to simulate cooperative oceanographic research, exploring and cataloging ocean life, and an aquatic version of Try-To-Survive-Asaurus, where students role play as a shark or prehistoric marine reptile in their very own food chain. Over the course of the class, students should be able to explain the differences in the types of marine life over time and depth, and how these differences are reflected in their very own marine habitat boards.

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. Students must be minimum age 7 to take this class. Topics in this series include: Ancient Seas (Quarter 1), Cretaceous North America and Asia (Quarter 2), Cretaceous South America and Africa (Quarter 3), Ice Age Giants (Quarter 4). There is a $25.00 materials fee payable to the instructor on the first day of class.

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $164.00

Eco Scientist: The Americas and Antarctica

Quarter 1: Starts on September 6, 2022

Class Time: 10:00 am      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: The Science Place

Grade Range: 3rd-4th

Prerequisites: None

Become a world-traveling eco adventurer and earth scientist without leaving Compass! Study the world's most exciting and diverse ecosystems and learn about the incredible biologic and geologic phenomena that shape them. Venture into caves and coasts, tundra and taiga, and forests and fjords. Each week student scientists will begin by locating the fascinating features on a map before learning about these incredible habitats from the ground-up, starting with the geology of a place, then working their way through the climate, biome, flora, and fauna. Hands-on labs and in-class activities will reinforce regional and ecological diversity by examining rock types, classifying plants, observing insects, or modelling weather phenomena. Throughout their journey to fascinating ecosystems, explorers will keep a science log to document their discoveries. Finally, students will link their studies to current events in these regions.

First quarter, students will journey through the tundra, prairies, temperate rain forests, deciduous forests, and deserts of North and South America. We ll learn how global climate patterns form these different ecosystems, and learn about the amazing diversity of plants and animals that inhabit them. We'll investigate the rainshadow effect, and see why it forms deserts on the leeward side of coastal mountain ranges around the world. Then we ll jump from the tip of Chile across the roaring 40 s to explore one of our planet s most extreme ecosystems- Antarctica!

Topics in this Series: The Americas and Antarctica (Quarter 1); Northern Latitudes (Quarter 2); Africa & Asia (Quarter 3); and All About Islands (Quarter 4). Lab/Supply Fee: A class fee of $10.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class.

8 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $173.00

Environmental Science: Geology & Soils

Quarter 1: Starts on September 6, 2022

Class Time: 11:00 am      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: The Science Place

Grade Range: 7th-8th

Prerequisites: None

A powerful hurricane season forecasted. Polar ice caps receding. Hydraulic fracking. Solar power. Everywhere we look, Environmental Science is in the news! Environmental science is an exciting interdisciplinary study that merges the fields of geology, biology, chemistry, and meteorology to explain the earth as an interconnected system with both natural and human-made influences. This year middle schoolers will sample Environmental Science topics in a hands-on, lab-based investigation.

First quarter, students will begin their study of Geology and Soil Sciences and discover the ways geology, paleontology, soil science and agricultural sciences are used in environmental research. The class will learn about techniques such as carbon dating, and sediment and ice core analysis, that scientists use to investigate current environmental issues such as human impacts to carbon and nitrogen cycling, pesticide use, the use of genetically modified organisms to improve agricultural yields, and the ongoing loss of pollinators. Students will do in-class labs to make predictions, collect and graph data, draw conclusions, and develop models of key Environmental Science processes. Topics in this year s class series include: Geology and Soil Sciences (first quarter); Atmospheric Science (second quarter); Water Science (third quarter); and Current Issues in Environmental Science (fourth quarter). There is a $10.00 lab fee due payable to the instructor on the first day of class for consumable materials.

8 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $173.00

FUNctional Fitness and Cross-Training (PE)- TUE (Q1)

Quarter 1: Starts on September 6, 2022

Class Time: 1:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Iman Castaneda

Grade Range: 2nd-5th

Prerequisites: None

FUNctional Fitness is a dynamic kids' PE 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. FUNctional Fitness 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 is on fun, safety, and personal accomplishment rather than competition among classmates. When the weather permits, some exercises may be taken outdoors. The physical challenges of FUNctional Fitness 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. FUNctional Fitness continues each quarter, and students may repeat the class to continue to improve fitness. No two workouts are the same! Students must be minimum age 7 to take this class.

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $126.00

Geo Detective: What a Disaster! Volcanoes, Tsunamis & Earthquakes (12PM)

Quarter 1: Starts on September 6, 2022

Class Time: 12:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: The Science Place

Grade Range: 1st-2nd

Prerequisites: None

Geo-Detectives discover the many mysteries of Earth Science. From large scale disasters that come from inside the planet to microscopic contaminants in the water and soil, Geo-Detectives look high and low to understand the forces, systems, and cycles that continue to shape the Earth, its climates and ecosystems. Geo-Detectives will explore concepts as diverse as fossils to fault lines, ozone to ocean trenches, and trade winds to tundra. Hands-on labs and in-class activities will reinforce geological phenomena such as examining fossils, classifying rocks, reading the seismographic charts, or modelling the water cycle.

First quarter, students will examine natural disasters that come from activity in the earth's layers such as volcanoes, tsunamis, and earthquakes. Students will study the geological forces that shape our planet by tracing the paths of volcanoes, earthquakes and tsunamis around the world. What do these occurrences tell us about tectonic plate theory? Students will learn about the rock cycle, subduction and spreading zones, and different types of earthquake faults. They will learn about fossils and other lines of evidence that support the theory of plate tectonics, and learn how the sizes, shapes and positions of land masses and oceans have changed through our planet's history.

Topics in this Series: What a Disaster! Volcanoes, Tsunamis & Earthquakes
(Quarter 1); Wacky World Weather (Quarter 2); Sensational Cycles and Seasons (Quarter 3); and Exploring Ecosystems (Quarter 4). Lab/Supply Fee: A class fee of $10.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class.

8 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $173.00

Geo Detective: What a Disaster! Volcanoes, Tsunamis & Earthquakes (1PM)

Quarter 1: Starts on September 6, 2022

Class Time: 1:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: The Science Place

Grade Range: 1st-2nd

Prerequisites: None

Geo-Detectives discover the many mysteries of Earth Science. From large scale disasters that come from inside the planet to microscopic contaminants in the water and soil, Geo-Detectives look high and low to understand the forces, systems, and cycles that continue to shape the Earth, its climates and ecosystems. Geo-Detectives will explore concepts as diverse as fossils to fault lines, ozone to ocean trenches, and trade winds to tundra. Hands-on labs and in-class activities will reinforce geological phenomena such as examining fossils, classifying rocks, reading the seismographic charts, or modelling the water cycle.

First quarter, students will examine natural disasters that come from activity in the earth's layers such as volcanoes, tsunamis, and earthquakes. Students will study the geological forces that shape our planet by tracing the paths of volcanoes, earthquakes and tsunamis around the world. What do these occurrences tell us about tectonic plate theory? Students will learn about the rock cycle, subduction and spreading zones, and different types of earthquake faults. They will learn about fossils and other lines of evidence that support the theory of plate tectonics, and learn how the sizes, shapes and positions of land masses and oceans have changed through our planet's history.

Topics in this Series: What a Disaster! Volcanoes, Tsunamis & Earthquakes
(Quarter 1); Wacky World Weather (Quarter 2); Sensational Cycles and Seasons (Quarter 3); and Exploring Ecosystems (Quarter 4). Lab/Supply Fee: A class fee of $10.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class.

8 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $173.00

Junior Art Studio: Imitate the Impressionists (TUE, 10AM)

Quarter 1: Starts on September 6, 2022

Class Time: 10:00 am      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Kerry Diederich

Grade Range: K-2nd

Prerequisites: None

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, artist, or culture and view sample works. Then, they will create a project in the style of the featured artist or culture using a wide variety of materials, 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.

First quarter, Junior Artists will learn about French Artists from the genres of Impressionism and Post Impressionism to include Rodin, Cezanne, Seurat, Degas, Renior, Monet, Matisse and Gauguin. These artists were sculptors, painters, draftsmen, and print makers. Each artist influenced the art world with style, color study and interpretation in their own personal way. Students will discuss which artist featured dancers in his subjects, who experimented in color, and which was multi talented artist using many mediums. Junior artist's projects will vary, from painting, to doing draft drawings, to sculpting, and color study.

Topics in this Series: Imitate the Impressionists (Quarter 1); Famous Photography (Quarter 2); Multi-Media Masters (Quarter 3); Native American Art (Quarter 4). Supply Fee: 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.

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $133.00

Junior Art Studio: Imitate the Impressionists (TUE, 11AM)

Quarter 1: Starts on September 6, 2022

Class Time: 11:00 am      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Kerry Diederich

Grade Range: K-2nd

Prerequisites: None

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, artist, or culture and view sample works. Then, they will create a project in the style of the featured artist or culture using a wide variety of materials, 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.

First quarter, Junior Artists will learn about French Artists from the genres of Impressionism and Post Impressionism to include Rodin, Cezanne, Seurat, Degas, Renior, Monet, Matisse and Gauguin. These artists were sculptors, painters, draftsmen, and print makers. Each artist influenced the art world with style, color study and interpretation in their own personal way. Students will discuss which artist featured dancers in his subjects, who experimented in color, and which was multi talented artist using many mediums. Junior artist's projects will vary, from painting, to doing draft drawings, to sculpting, and color study.

Topics in this Series: Imitate the Impressionists (Quarter 1); Famous Photography (Quarter 2); Multi-Media Masters (Quarter 3); Native American Art (Quarter 4). Supply Fee: 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.

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $133.00

Junior Engineering with LEGO: Fantastic Fliers & Space Racers (TUE)

Quarter 1: Starts on September 6, 2022

Class Time: 2:00 pm      Duration: 85 min

Instructor: Becca Sticha

Grade Range: K-2nd

Prerequisites: None

Students will use LEGO to design and build simple engineering projects out of everyone's favorite building toy! In this 90 minute class, students will explore concepts and vocabulary in physics, mechanical engineering, structural engineering, aerospace engineering, and architecture while playing with their creations.

First quarter, junior engineers will tackle Fantastic Fliers and Space Race with projects inspired by the Space Station, Shuttle, Mars Rover, Gondola Gliders, Helicopeters, and Airplanes.

Each class begins 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 or in groups. Instructors will provide individual assistance, facilitate challenges, performance testing, competitions, and modifications to projects.

Notes:(1)Students must be minimum age 5 and able to separate from their parents for this class. (2) Projects are built from shared, Instructor-owned components, so students will not bring completed projects home. Parents, however, can step into class 15 minutes before the end of each session to photograph their child's construction.

Topics in this Series: Fantastic Fliers & Space Racers (Quarter 1); Animal Architects (Quarter 2); Winter Workshop (Quarter 3); Amusement Park (Quarter 4)

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $195.00

Kids' Clinic: So You Want to Be a Doctor?

Quarter 1: Starts on September 6, 2022

Class Time: 10:00 am      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Karen Shumway

Grade Range: 3rd-4th

Prerequisites: None

Why do I have to get shots? What is an appendix? Why do I get a fevers? Kids have lots of questions about their own bodies and development. Kids’ Clinic answers these questions and more in the context of fun, age-appropriate medical lessons and in-class activities which will introduce children to themes in science, medicine, anatomy, and biology.
First quarter, kids will learn how to conduct a basic medical examination using the correct tools: stethoscope, blood pressure cuff, otoscope, and thermometer. The class will learn about vaccines, ear infections, colds, and food allergies. Finally, the class will begin human anatomy by learning several major organ systems of the human body- circulatory, respiratory, and musculoskeletal.
There is a supply fee of $18.00 due payable to the instructor on the first day of class for a take-home kit consisting of a medical coat, doctor name tag, class notebook, and a real stethoscope.

Topics in this Series: Doctor (Quarter 1); Nutritionist (Quarter 2), Wilderness Medic (Quarter 3), ENT/Dentist- Hearing, Taste, Smell (Quarter 4).

7 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $153.00

Kids' Clinic: So You Want to Be a Doctor?

Quarter 1: Starts on September 6, 2022

Class Time: 11:00 am      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Karen Shumway

Grade Range: 1st-2nd

Prerequisites: None

Why do I have to get shots? What is an appendix? Why do I get a fevers? Kids have lots of questions about their own bodies and development. Kids’ Clinic answers these questions and more in the context of fun, age-appropriate medical lessons and in-class activities which will introduce children to themes in science, medicine, anatomy, and biology.
First quarter, kids will learn how to conduct a basic medical examination using the correct tools: stethoscope, blood pressure cuff, otoscope, and thermometer. The class will learn about vaccines, ear infections, colds, and food allergies. Finally, the class will begin human anatomy by learning several major organ systems of the human body- circulatory, respiratory, and musculoskeletal.
There is a supply fee of $18.00 due payable to the instructor on the first day of class for a take-home kit consisting of a medical coat, doctor name tag, class notebook, and a real stethoscope.

Topics in this Series: Doctor (Quarter 1); Nutritionist (Quarter 2), Wilderness Medic (Quarter 3), ENT/Dentist- Hearing, Taste, Smell (Quarter 4).

7 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $153.00

Learn to Sing: Best of Disney

Quarter 1: Starts on September 6, 2022

Class Time: 11:00 am      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Wyndy Frederick

Grade Range: 3rd-5th

Prerequisites:

Everyone can learn to sing! If you want to learn to sing like Belle, Ariel, Elsa, Aladdin, or even the Beast, this class is for you! Selections from this quarter come from Hal Leonard's "More Disney Solos for Kids" with select hits from Cinderella, The Lion King, Bambi, Sleeping Beauty, Mary Poppins, Pinocchio, Aladdin, Snow White, Toy Story, and Song of the South.

The quarter's repertoire will include at least one group choral number. Students will work on other music as solos, duets, or small group numbers. This introduction to vocal development and performance includes 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 the joy of singing! Prior to the start of class, the instructor will identify song book(s) and accompaniments for students to purchase. Topics in this Series: Best of Disney (Quarter 1); Holidays Around the World (Quarter 2); Music from the Heart (Quarter 3); and Broadway Bound (Quarter 4). Lab/Supply Fee: A class fee of $25.00 is due payable to Compass on the first day of class for a class songbook. Schedule: This is a 5-week class that does not meet on October 11 or October 18.

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

Machine Makers: Inventions

Quarter 1: Starts on September 6, 2022

Class Time: 11:00 am      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Becca Sticha

Grade Range: 3rd-4th

Prerequisites: None

LEGO Mindstorms components and motors are not just for building robots! These interconnecting pieces can be constructed into an infinite number of unique, mechanized machines- much like an erector set!

Each quarter, students will build three or four unique inventions like a tank, a 4-legged walker, and an inchworm car. Students will incorporate simple machines, complex machines, and small motors into their projects. They will work with wheels, axles, beams, pulleys, tracks, gears, and specialty components used only in these classes.

Topics in this Series: Inventions (Quarter 1); Creations (Quarter 2): Innovations (Quarter 3); and Apparatus (Quarter 4).

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $183.00

Nature Quest: Fall Adventurers (TUE, 12PM)

Quarter 1: Starts on September 6, 2022

Class Time: 12:00 pm      Duration: 50 min

Instructor: Sevim Kalyoncu

Grade Range: 1st-2nd

Prerequisites: None

Have fun the final weeks of summer! Look forward to early fall! Animals are active and sunning themselves. Plants are mature, and flowers have gone to seed. The stream may have slowed down from summer drought, but discoveries at the water's edge abound.

Step outdoors to each week to explore nature with a senior naturalist/outdoor educator. Take a break from sit-down classes, indoor activities, and screen time to explore the natural world, get fresh air, and exercise. The group will explore the southern section of Sugarland Stream Valley Park in Herndon 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 each season. Students will get to know 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. The class will also discuss outdoor skills such as shelter and outdoor safety. Students will play games in the woods to practice outdoor skills.

Visit the Compass Nature Quest class webpage for more information on the program, location, and Frequently Asked Questions. 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. The group exploration/activities in the woods are for enrolled students only, and tag-along parents and siblings cannot be accommodated. Students must be age 6 by the start of the class, and they must be comfortable separating from their parents for the duration of the class.

5 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $131.00

Nature Quest: Fall Adventurers (TUE, 1PM)

Quarter 1: Starts on September 6, 2022

Class Time: 1:00 pm      Duration: 50 min

Instructor: Sevim Kalyoncu

Grade Range: 1st-2nd

Prerequisites: None

Have fun the final weeks of summer! Look forward to early fall! Animals are active and sunning themselves. Plants are mature, and flowers have gone to seed. The stream may have slowed down from summer drought, but discoveries at the water's edge abound.

Step outdoors to each week to explore nature with a senior naturalist/outdoor educator. Take a break from sit-down classes, indoor activities, and screen time to explore the natural world, get fresh air, and exercise. The group will explore the southern section of Sugarland Stream Valley Park in Herndon 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 each season. Students will get to know 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. The class will also discuss outdoor skills such as shelter and outdoor safety. Students will play games in the woods to practice outdoor skills.

Visit the Compass Nature Quest class webpage for more information on the program, location, and Frequently Asked Questions. 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. The group exploration/activities in the woods are for enrolled students only, and tag-along parents and siblings cannot be accommodated. Students must be age 6 by the start of the class, and they must be comfortable separating from their parents for the duration of the class.

5 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $131.00

Nature Quest: Fall Explorers (TUE)

Quarter 1: Starts on September 6, 2022

Class Time: 11:00 am      Duration: 50 min

Instructor: Sevim Kalyoncu

Grade Range: PreK-K

Prerequisites: None

Have fun the final weeks of summer! Look forward to early fall! Animals are active and sunning themselves. Plants are mature, and flowers have gone to seed. The stream may have slowed down from summer drought, but discoveries at the water's edge abound.

Step outdoors to each week to explore nature with a senior naturalist/outdoor educator. Take a break from sit-down classes, indoor activities, and screen time to explore the natural world, get fresh air, and exercise. The group will explore the southern section of Sugarland Stream Valley Park in Herndon 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 each season. Students will get to know 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. The class will also discuss outdoor skills such as shelter and outdoor safety. Students will play games in the woods to practice outdoor skills.

Visit the Compass Nature Quest class webpage for more information on the program, location, and Frequently Asked Questions. 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. The group exploration/activities in the woods are for enrolled students only, and tag-along parents and siblings cannot be accommodated.

(PK-K) Each week, ONE parent volunteer (with no baby/toddler in tow) will be asked to accompany the group into the woods to be the extra set of hands and eyes! Students must be minimum age 4 by the start of class, be comfortable separating from their parents for the duration of class and must be able to stay in a group and follow instructions.

5 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $131.00

Nature Quest: Fall Path Finders (TUE)

Quarter 1: Starts on September 6, 2022

Class Time: 2:00 pm      Duration: 50 min

Instructor: Sevim Kalyoncu

Grade Range: 3rd-4th

Prerequisites: None

Have fun the final weeks of summer! Look forward to early fall! Animals are active and sunning themselves. Plants are mature, and flowers have gone to seed. The stream may have slowed down from summer drought, but discoveries at the water's edge abound.

Step outdoors to each week to explore nature with a senior naturalist/outdoor educator. Take a break from sit-down classes, indoor activities, and screen time to explore the natural world, get fresh air, and exercise. The group will explore the southern section of Sugarland Stream Valley Park in Herndon 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 each season. Students will get to know 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. The class will also discuss outdoor skills such as shelter and outdoor safety. Students will play games in the woods to practice outdoor skills.

Visit the Compass Nature Quest class webpage for more information on the program, location, and Frequently Asked Questions. 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. The group exploration/activities in the woods are for enrolled students only, and tag-along parents and siblings cannot be accommodated. Students must be age 6 by the start of the class, and they must be comfortable separating from their parents for the duration of the class.

5 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $131.00

Puppet Craft Workshop: Finger Puppets

Quarter 1: Starts on September 6, 2022

Class Time: 1:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Judith Harmon

Grade Range: 1st-3rd

Prerequisites: None

Students will discover the art of crafting a cast of playful finger puppets from a variety of materials and techniques! Students will learn how to craft band or ring finger puppets and simple, single finger puppets. They will also transform a glove into five finger puppet friends to tell a tale such as Harry Potter + Hermione, Hagrid, Ron, and McGonagall; Goldilocks + 3 bears and a bed; or their own unique group of 5 story characters. Puppets will begin with a base that students decorate and embellish with facial features such as googly eyes and hair, miniature costumes, and accessories. Students should be able to use scissors for this class.

Throughout the course, the instructor will also share tips and techniques for puppetry performances. At the end of each class, students will show and tell their classmates what they have crafted that week.

By the end of this class, each student should have 7-10 unique finger puppets. Puppets will be kept by the instructor each week to allow glue to dry and to ensure that all puppets are present on the final day. During the final class meeting, students will showcase, from behind a curtain, a brief skit incorporating all of their puppet creations. Due to space constraints in the classroom, their audience will be limited to their teacher and classmates, but their performance will be videotaped and e-mailed to parents.

Pair this class with Creative Storytelling or Acting- Young Actors Playhouse to encourage more creative expression and theatrical basics. There is a $15.00 material fee due payable to the instructor on the first day of class. Topics in this Series: Finger Puppets (Quarter 1); Hand Puppets (Quarter 2); Stick and Shadow Puppets (Quarter 3) and Moving and String Puppets (Quarter 4).

5 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $143.00

Robot Fab Lab: Maze Runner (TUE)

Quarter 1: Starts on September 6, 2022

Class Time: 12:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Becca Sticha

Grade Range: 5th-6th

Prerequisites: None

Student engineers will be challenged to design, build, and program a robot to complete several unique mazes in the fastest possible time. Students will learn to program their robots to make "decisions" when exploring an unfamiliar maze such as "go straight until you encounter a wall" and "turn to the right if you run into an obstacle."

Students will use the LEGO MINDSTORMS Education EV3 robotics sets. They will build with motors, wheels/axles, gears, levers, and special components. Students will have to install touch, sound, color, gyro, ultrasonic, and/or infrared sensors while also learning to program sequences and commands that use input/output devices for controlled movements and precise turns. Using the drag-and-drop EV3 programming menu, students will learn to program their robots while experimenting with key concepts such as fixed values, variables, loops, and logic constructs.

This course integrates science, engineering and computational thinking while introducing physical constraints, units of measurement, and coordinate systems. But, 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 robotic project, so students can progress and customize at their own pace. In general, in this class, students will spend two weeks assembling, three weeks programming, and two weeks testing and re-designing. Topics in this Series: Maze Runner (Quarter 1), Sumo Bots (Quarter 2), Mars Rover (Quarter 3), and Explore Atlantis (Quarter 4).

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $183.00

Swimming- Beginner Shark (TUE)

Quarter 1: Starts on September 6, 2022

Class Time: 12:05 pm      Duration: 40 min

Instructor: YMCA

Grade Range: 4th-6th

Prerequisites:

Compass now offers Homeschool Swim Lessons through Reston YMCA! The YMCA is a clean, bright modern recreation facility located at 12196 Sunset Hills Road, Reston, VA 20190 (0.9 miles/ 3 minute drive from Compass's classroom facility.) Lessons are offered at 3 age levels: "Sunfish" (ages 3.5-5), "Stingrays" (ages 6-8, grades 1-3), and "Sharks" (ages 9-12, grades 4-6) and 2 ability levels: Beginners and Intermediate.

Lessons at the Stingrays and Sharks Beginner level will progress through the YMCA's swimming curriculum to include: water acclimation, water movement, swimming half of the pool (15-20 yards) on front with face in water and becoming comfortable in some level in deep water. Please note that these skills will be introduced and progress at different rates depending on the comfortable level and experience of enrolled students and may take more than one quarter to complete. At times, students might be moved to a different swimming group (same day, same time, different instructor) to better match the experience level of enrolled children.

Lessons are 40 minutes long, running from 0:05 until 0:45 after the hour, leaving enough time to towel dry, change clothes, and return to Compass for your next class. Students should bring a swimsuit, towel, and change of clothes. Googles and swim caps are optional.

A parent (or parent proxy) is required to remain on site. Parents may wait on poolside benches or lobby seating. YMCA waivers must be signed and returned for each swimmer. All registration is completed through Compass. All YMCA swimming classes are taught by certified, experienced, background-checked adult instructors with experience teaching children.

Class sizes are small with 3-5 children. If there is greater interest per hour or per level, please add your child's name to the waitlist because YMCA may be able to add instructors. Consider enrolling your child in both Tuesday and Thursday classes to improve their rate of learning.

3 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $103.00

Swimming- Beginner Stingray (TUE)

Quarter 1: Starts on September 6, 2022

Class Time: 11:05 am      Duration: 40 min

Instructor: YMCA

Grade Range: 1st-3rd

Prerequisites:

Compass now offers Homeschool Swim Lessons through Reston YMCA! The YMCA is a clean, bright modern recreation facility located at 12196 Sunset Hills Road, Reston, VA 20190 (0.9 miles/ 3 minute drive from Compass's classroom facility.) Lessons are offered at 3 age levels: "Sunfish" (ages 3.5-5), "Stingrays" (ages 6-8, grades 1-3), and "Sharks" (ages 9-12, grades 4-6) and 2 ability levels: Beginners and Intermediate.

Lessons at the Stingrays and Sharks Beginner level will progress through the YMCA's swimming curriculum to include: water acclimation, water movement, swimming half of the pool (15-20 yards) on front with face in water and becoming comfortable in some level in deep water. Please note that these skills will be introduced and progress at different rates depending on the comfortable level and experience of enrolled students and may take more than one quarter to complete. At times, students might be moved to a different swimming group (same day, same time, different instructor) to better match the experience level of enrolled children.

Lessons are 40 minutes long, running from 0:05 until 0:45 after the hour, leaving enough time to towel dry, change clothes, and return to Compass for your next class. Students should bring a swimsuit, towel, and change of clothes. Googles and swim caps are optional.

A parent (or parent proxy) is required to remain on site. Parents may wait on poolside benches or lobby seating. YMCA waivers must be signed and returned for each swimmer. All registration is completed through Compass. All YMCA swimming classes are taught by certified, experienced, background-checked adult instructors with experience teaching children.

Class sizes are small with 3-5 children. If there is greater interest per hour or per level, please add your child's name to the waitlist because YMCA may be able to add instructors. Consider enrolling your child in both Tuesday and Thursday classes to improve their rate of learning.

3 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $103.00

Swimming- Beginner Sunfish (TUE)

Quarter 1: Starts on September 6, 2022

Class Time: 10:05 am      Duration: 40 min

Instructor: YMCA

Grade Range: PK-K

Prerequisites:

Compass now offers Homeschool Swim Lessons through Reston YMCA! The YMCA is a clean, bright modern recreation facility located at 12196 Sunset Hills Road, Reston, VA 20190 (0.9 miles/ 3 minute drive from Compass's classroom facility.) Lessons are offered at 3 age levels: "Sunfish" (ages 3.5-5), "Stingrays" (ages 6-8, grades 1-3), and "Sharks" (ages 9-12, grades 4-6) and 2 ability levels: Beginners and Intermediate.

Lessons at the Sunfish Beginner level will progress through the YMCA's swimming curriculum to include: water acclimation, floatation, water movement, putting face in the water, swimming 5 feet without a floatation device, and becoming comfortable on back in water. Please note that these skills will be introduced and progress at different rates depending on the comfortable level and experience of enrolled students and may take more than one quarter to complete. At times, students might be moved to a different swimming group (same day, same time, different instructor) to better match the experience level of enrolled children.

Lessons are 40 minutes long, running from 0:05 until 0:45 after the hour, leaving enough time to towel dry, change clothes, and return to Compass for your next class. Students should bring a swimsuit, towel, and change of clothes. Googles and swim caps are optional.

A parent (or parent proxy) is required to remain on site. Parents may wait on poolside benches or lobby seating. YMCA waivers must be signed and returned for each swimmer. All registration is completed through Compass. All YMCA swimming classes are taught by certified, experienced, background-checked adult instructors with experience teaching children.

Class sizes are small with 3-5 children. If there is greater interest per hour or per level, please add your child's name to the waitlist because YMCA may be able to add instructors. Consider enrolling your child in both Tuesday and Thursday classes to improve their rate of learning.

3 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $103.00

Swimming- Intermediate Shark (TUE)

Quarter 1: Starts on September 6, 2022

Class Time: 12:05 pm      Duration: 40 min

Instructor: YMCA

Grade Range: 4th-6th

Prerequisites: Beginner Level

Compass now offers Homeschool Swim Lessons through Reston YMCA! The YMCA is a clean, bright modern recreation facility located at 12196 Sunset Hills Road, Reston, VA 20190 (0.9 miles/ 3 minute drive from Compass's classroom facility.) Lessons are offered at 3 age levels: "Sunfish" (ages 3.5-5), "Stingrays" (ages 6-8, grades 1-3), and "Sharks" (ages 9-12, grades 4-6) and 2 ability levels: Beginners and Intermediate.

Lessons at the Stingrays and Sharks Intermediate level will progress through the YMCA's swimming curriculum to include: all skills in beginner-level class plus: water stamina, swimming one length of the pool (25 yards), performing elementary backstroke, rotary breathing, becoming comfortable in deep water, and stroke introduction to include: front crawl, backstroke, and elementary breaststroke. Please note that these skills will be introduced and progress at different rates depending on the comfortable level and experience of enrolled students and may take more than one quarter to complete. At times, students might be moved to a different swimming group (same day, same time, different instructor) to better match the experience level of enrolled children.

Lessons are 40 minutes long, running from 0:05 until 0:45 after the hour, leaving enough time to towel dry, change clothes, and return to Compass for your next class. Students should bring a swimsuit, towel, and change of clothes. Googles and swim caps are optional.

A parent (or parent proxy) is required to remain on site. Parents may wait on poolside benches or lobby seating. YMCA waivers must be signed and returned for each swimmer. All registration is completed through Compass. All YMCA swimming classes are taught by certified, experienced, background-checked adult instructors with experience teaching children.

Class sizes are small with 3-5 children. If there is greater interest per hour or per level, please add your child's name to the waitlist because YMCA may be able to add instructors. Consider enrolling your child in both Tuesday and Thursday classes to improve their rate of learning.

3 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $103.00

Swimming- Intermediate Stingray (TUE)

Quarter 1: Starts on September 6, 2022

Class Time: 11:05 am      Duration: 40 min

Instructor: YMCA

Grade Range: 1st-3rd

Prerequisites: Beginner Level

Compass now offers Homeschool Swim Lessons through Reston YMCA! The YMCA is a clean, bright modern recreation facility located at 12196 Sunset Hills Road, Reston, VA 20190 (0.9 miles/ 3 minute drive from Compass's classroom facility.) Lessons are offered at 3 age levels: "Sunfish" (ages 3.5-5), "Stingrays" (ages 6-8, grades 1-3), and "Sharks" (ages 9-12, grades 4-6) and 2 ability levels: Beginners and Intermediate.

Lessons at the Stingrays and Sharks Intermediate level will progress through the YMCA's swimming curriculum to include: all skills in beginner-level class plus: water stamina, swimming one length of the pool (25 yards), performing elementary backstroke, rotary breathing, becoming comfortable in deep water, and stroke introduction to include: front crawl, backstroke, and elementary breaststroke. Please note that these skills will be introduced and progress at different rates depending on the comfortable level and experience of enrolled students and may take more than one quarter to complete. At times, students might be moved to a different swimming group (same day, same time, different instructor) to better match the experience level of enrolled children.

Lessons are 40 minutes long, running from 0:05 until 0:45 after the hour, leaving enough time to towel dry, change clothes, and return to Compass for your next class. Students should bring a swimsuit, towel, and change of clothes. Googles and swim caps are optional.

A parent (or parent proxy) is required to remain on site. Parents may wait on poolside benches or lobby seating. YMCA waivers must be signed and returned for each swimmer. All registration is completed through Compass. All YMCA swimming classes are taught by certified, experienced, background-checked adult instructors with experience teaching children.

Class sizes are small with 3-5 children. If there is greater interest per hour or per level, please add your child's name to the waitlist because YMCA may be able to add instructors. Consider enrolling your child in both Tuesday and Thursday classes to improve their rate of learning.

3 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $103.00

Tweens Acting Out: Haunted House of Horrors

Quarter 1: Starts on September 6, 2022

Class Time: 12:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Judith Harmon

Grade Range: 6th-8th

Prerequisites: None

Tweens take over as they collectively brainstorm and collaboratively write own play. Find out what happens when tweens "act out" the unique characters and an original storyline they created. Just in time for Halloween! What horrors haunt the house on the hill? Will our tweens uncover the undead or greet ghosts and ghouls galore?

Students will begin with improvisational games to get to know each other and to begin to brainstorm about their original play. Through group activities and guided discussion, the actors will decide on characters, conflict, and conclusion, and the story they want to tell. The script will be developed and customized for this class with the students' input.

The class will learn the practical aspects of acting, as they work on script read-through, blocking, costume/prop design, and planning the show. Students will develop their own "actor's toolkit" of voice, body, and imagination in this creative process! Actors will grow in confidence and communication skills in preparation for a final sharing with parents on the final day of the quarter.

Once the script is fully developed with everyone's parts, about half-way through the quarter, it will be emailed to parents. Parents will be expected to help their children memorize their script/lines/cues and assemble a simple make-at-home costume, ideally from clothing items and accessories you already own and a little creativity.

Topics in this Series: Haunted House of Horrors (Quarter 1), Chaos in the Courtroom (Quarter 2), No Exit Escape Room (Quarter 3) and Rock Start Rivalry (Quarter 4).

5 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $149.00

Art in Action: Media of the Masters (WED, 10AM)

Quarter 1: Starts on September 7, 2022

Class Time: 10:00 am      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Kerry Diederich

Grade Range: 3rd-4th

Prerequisites: None

Elementary artists can get in on the action as they learn about a different artist or artistic style each week and create a representative piece using a wide range of artistic supplies such as tempura and water color paints, pastels, pencils, cray pas, oil pastel crayons, specialty papers, sculpting media, and embellishments.

First quarter, students will meet famous artists such as Grandma Moses, Mary Cassatt, Eric Carle, Patrick Dougherty, Alex Calder, Helen Frankenthaler and River Lobe. They will develop unique projects that highlight the methods, material and media used by each artist such as painting, sculpting, drawing, and inspired creations.

Topics in this Series: Media of the Masters (Quarter 1); Animal Artists (Quarter 2); Murals, Monuments, and Museums (Quarter 3); Stellar Celestial Subjects (Quarter 4). Supply Fee: 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.

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $133.00

Ballet Foundations (WED)

Quarter 1: Starts on September 7, 2022

Class Time: 11:00 am      Duration: 50 min

Instructor: Alchemy Ballet Academy

Grade Range: 3rd-8th

Prerequisites: None

Beginning dancers will build their skills in musicality, balance, flexibility, and coordination as they learn to dance as a group. At this level, dancers work to identify, apply, demonstrate, and integrate the following techniques from the Vaganova ballet method such as: 1st-6th positions, marching and skipping, demi plié, grand plié, sauté, bourrée, grand jeté, and tendu, along with pas de chat, pas de bourrée, arabesque, arabesque sauté, and soutenu. Students will develop their physical conditioning by core leg and arm strength.

A demonstration of skills learned will be showcased for parents on the last class each quarter. Registration is for one morning class, however students who wish to further their skills are encouraged to sign up for both Monday and Wednesday morning lessons. Compass ballet students will have an opportunity to audition for the Alchemy Ballet Academy Winter Performance (including excerpts from The Nutcracker).

Ballet students are expected to wear appropriate attire. Young ladies must wear a leotard with skirt (attached or detached), pink tights, and soft pink ballet shoes in canvas or leather. Young men must wear a slim-fitting white t-shirt, black shorts, white socks, and soft black ballet shoes in canvas or leather. Alchemy Ballet offers an optional kit of one leotard with skirt, one pair of tights, and one pair of soft shoes for $25.00 or soft shoes only for $6.50.

3 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $126.00

Ballet Fun (WED)

Quarter 1: Starts on September 7, 2022

Class Time: 10:00 am      Duration: 50 min

Instructor: Alchemy Ballet Academy

Grade Range: PK-2nd

Prerequisites: None

Young dancers will practice skills in musicality, balance, flexibility, and coordination as they learn to dance as a group. At this level, dancers will learn to recognize, understand, and apply techniques from the Vaganova ballet method such as: 1st - 6th positions, marching and skipping, demi plié, grand plié, sauté, bourrée, grand jeté, and tendu. Students will also develop their physical conditioning and learn teamwork. Dancers in this level must be minimum age 4 by the start of class.

A demonstration of skills learned will be showcased for parents on the last class each quarter. Registration is for one morning class, however students who wish to further their skills are encouraged to sign up for both Monday and Wednesday morning lessons. Compass ballet students will have an opportunity to audition for the Alchemy Ballet Academy Winter Performance (including excerpts from The Nutcracker).

Ballet students are expected to wear appropriate attire. Young ladies must wear a leotard with skirt (attached or detached), pink tights, and soft pink ballet shoes in canvas or leather. Young men must wear a slim-fitting white t-shirt, black shorts, white socks, and soft black ballet shoes in canvas or leather. Alchemy Ballet offers an optional kit of one leotard with skirt, one pair of tights, and one pair of soft shoes for $25.00 or soft shoes only for $6.50.

3 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $126.00

Battle Strategies & Dioramas: WWI- The 100 Day's Offensive and the end of Germany (1918) (WED)

Quarter 1: Starts on September 7, 2022

Class Time: 1:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Taliesin Knol

Grade Range: 6th-8th

Prerequisites: None

In the aftermath of Germany's failed summer offensive on the Eastern Front, all that remained was for the newly bolstered Allied powers to launch their own attack to end the First World War. This offensive was enabled by the torrent of American reinforcements that had arrived in Europe. Backed with airpower, tanks, and fresh troops, the Allies would not only retake all the ground Germany had won in their last gasp attack the previous summer but also break the German war machine and push through the Hindenburg line into Germany itself, finally ending the war.

Using artistic model-making techniques, hand tools, and historical maps, students will each form a 10" X 14" shaped, foam diorama with landscape elements (hills, trenches, rivers, ridges, vegetation, barbed wire, 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 wargaming 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. Topics in this series include: WWI Naval Conflict- Jutland (Quarter 1). WWI- The 100 Day's Offensive and the end of Germany (Quarter 2), WWII- Operation Torch, Invasion of North Africa (Quarter 3), and Battle Strategies & Dioramas: WWII Naval Conflict- The Philippine Sea (Quarter 4).sta Note: This is an 8-week class whose end date overlaps with the start of the typical Compass Quarter 2. There is a $25.00 materials fee payable to the instructor on the first day of class.

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $187.00

Beginner Bots: Under the Sea (WED)

Quarter 1: Starts on September 7, 2022

Class Time: 1:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Becca Sticha

Grade Range: 2nd-3rd

Prerequisites: None

Discover the world of robotics using kids' favorite, interlocking building bricks! Students will build and program 3-4 different whimsical, mechanized projects each quarter using the WeDo 2.0 robotics system by LEGO Education.

First quarter, students will build, program, and model fascinating friends from under the sea such as a whale, shark, crab, and sea turtle.

Their robots will be built using special-shaped LEGO components from the WeDo Educational set, motors, motion sensors, tilt sensors and a programmable, Bluetooth control unit ("brain"). Student will use classroom tablets to program the control units using an intuitive drag-and-drop coding modules.

Prior experience with LEGO or coding is not required. All equipment is furnished.

Topics in this Series: Under the Sea (Quarter 1), Wings and Things (Quarter 2); Perfect Pets (Quarter 3), and Reptiles Rule (Quarter 4).

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $183.00

Chess: Advanced Beginners 1

Quarter 1: Starts on September 7, 2022

Class Time: 11:00 am      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Peter Snow

Grade Range: 3rd-6th

Prerequisites: None

Students will enjoy the logic and challenge of the timeless strategy board game as they learn and play chess with classmates. In Advanced Beginner Chess 1, students will learn skills and strategies that build upon each other such as: including a review of castling, pawn promotion, and en passant rules, notation, basic mates, drawing a game and draw rules, battery and back-rank checkmates, development of bishops and rooks in the middlegame, and overextended pieces.

Learning and playing chess supports problem solving, decision making, critical and creative thinking, general cognitive ability, scholastic skills, and mathematical achievement (Univ. of Minnesota). 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). Each class will be spent half on technique and half in practice matches with classmates while the instructor coaches. Students should have 15-20 hours of chess instruction prior to enrolling in Advanced Beginner Chess, or a working knowledge of most skills taught in the Compass Beginner Chess level.

7 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $128.00

Chess: Beginners 1 (WED)

Quarter 1: Starts on September 7, 2022

Class Time: 12:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Peter Snow

Grade Range: 2nd-5th

Prerequisites: None

Students will enjoy the logic and challenge of the timeless strategy board game as they learn and play chess with classmates. In Beginning Chess 1, students will learn beginner basics such as: how all pieces move and capture, castling, pawn promotion, en passant, checks and how to get out of them, checkmate and stalemate, scholars mate, fools mate, notation, and chess etiquette. Skills are taught in progressive levels of challenge as the year progresses.

Learning and playing chess supports problem solving, decision making, critical and creative thinking, general cognitive ability, scholastic skills, and mathematical achievement (Univ. of Minnesota). 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). Each class will be spent half on technique and half in practice matches with classmates while the instructor coaches.

7 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $128.00

Chess: Intermediate Players 1

Quarter 1: Starts on September 7, 2022

Class Time: 10:00 am      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Peter Snow

Grade Range: 4th-8th

Prerequisites: None

Students will enjoy the logic and challenge of the timeless strategy board game as they learn and play chess with classmates. In Intermediate Chess 1, students will learn skills that build upon each other such as: 8 questions to ask before you move, mating nets, piece defenses against common tactics, forcing combinations, king and pawn endings, offensive opening tactics, and review of two-move checkmates tactics.

Learning and playing chess supports problem solving, decision making, critical and creative thinking, general cognitive ability, scholastic skills, and mathematical achievement (Univ. of Minnesota). 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). Each class will be spent half on technique and half in practice matches with classmates while the instructor coaches. Students should have 30+ hours of chess instruction prior to enrolling in Intermediate Chess, a working knowledge of most skills taught in the Compass Beginner and Advanced Beginner Chess levels, or instructor permission.

7 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $128.00

Clean Plate: Allergy Friendly Cooking (Q1)

Quarter 1: Starts on September 7, 2022

Class Time: 10:00 am      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Mimi Nyman

Grade Range: 1st-3rd

Prerequisites: None

In this cooking class, the focus will be on what kids can eat, not what they can't. If kids with food allergies are tired of safe, single ingredient foods and long for creative, "composed" recipes, they will enjoy this class's menus which omit the top 9 food allergens: eggs, milk, nuts/tree nuts, soy, wheat, sesame, and fish/shellfish. Each week, students will make a delicious recipe with fresh ingredients and creative substitutions that the whole family will enjoy. The quarter's menu includes:

  • Rice Balls
  • Tomato Vegetable Chicken Soup
  • Chickpea Salad
  • Roasted Vegetables
  • Pumpkin Lasagna
  • Thai-Inspired Zucchini Noodles
  • Eggless Pancakes with Blueberry Sauce
  • Students will be taste-testing 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.

    Please note that this class is offered first thing in the morning, after the kitchen has been sanitized and before other cooking classes that use conventional ingredients. Every effort will be made to avoid cross-contamination, but students with air-borne sensitivities should know that conventional ingredients, such as flour, milk, and eggs may be stored in closed containers in cabinets in the same kitchen. This class is best suited for students who can follow instructions, complete sequential tasks, and work in a group.

    Lab/Supply Fee: A class fee of $45.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class. What to Bring: None- Disposable aprons and take-home containers provided. What to Wear: Students should wear clean clothes and have long hair tied back, braided, or secured under a bandana (male and female). For more information and FAQs, see the Compass Cooking Classes webpage.

    4 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $186.00

    Cooking for Kids: Fall Fare with Flair (WED)

    Quarter 1: Starts on September 7, 2022

    Class Time: 11:00 am      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Mimi Nyman

    Grade Range: 3rd-5th

    Prerequisites: None

    Students will enjoy making flavorful fall recipes and family favorites that feature a variety of fruits, vegetables, and fresh ingredients. Fall Fare recipes 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:

  • Sweet Pumpkin Dip
  • Chicken Vegetable Soup
  • Caprese Salad Bites
  • Honey Glazed Carrots
  • Spinach Artichoke Meatballs
  • Pineapple Coconut Cupcakes
  • Cheesy Rice Casserole with Green Chilies
  • 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: 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.

    Topics in this Series: Fall Fare with Flair (Quarter 1), Festive Fall Flavors (Quarter 2), Winter Warm-Ups (Quarter 3), Savory Spring Specialties (Quarter 4). Lab/Supply Fee: A class fee of $45.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class. What to Bring: None- Disposable aprons and take-home containers provided. What to Wear: Students should wear clean clothes and have long hair tied back, braided, or secured under a bandana (male and female).For more information and FAQs, see the Compass Cooking Classes webpage.

    4 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $186.00

    Cooking for Little Kids: Fall Fare with Flair (WED)

    Quarter 1: Starts on September 7, 2022

    Class Time: 1:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Mimi Nyman

    Grade Range: 1st-3rd

    Prerequisites: None

    Students will enjoy making flavorful fall recipes and family favorites that feature a variety of fruits, vegetables, and fresh ingredients. Fall Fare recipes 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:

  • Sweet Pumpkin Dip
  • Chicken Vegetable Soup
  • Caprese Salad Bites
  • Honey Glazed Carrots
  • Spinach Artichoke Meatballs
  • Pineapple Coconut Cupcakes
  • Cheesy Rice Casserole with Gren Chilies
  • 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: 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.

    Topics in this Series: Fall Fare with Flair (Quarter 1), Festive Fall Flavors (Quarter 2), Winter Warm-Ups (Quarter 3), Savory Spring Specialties (Quarter 4). Lab/Supply Fee: A class fee of $45.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class. What to Bring: None- Disposable aprons and take-home containers provided. What to Wear: Students should wear clean clothes and have long hair tied back, braided, or secured under a bandana (male and female).For more information and FAQs, see the Compass Cooking Classes webpage.

    4 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $186.00

    Cooking for Tweens: Fall Fare with Flair

    Quarter 1: Starts on September 7, 2022

    Class Time: 12:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Mimi Nyman

    Grade Range: 6th-8th

    Prerequisites: None

    Students will enjoy making flavorful fall recipes and family favorites that feature a variety of fruits, vegetables, and fresh ingredients. Fall Fare recipes 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:

  • Sweet Pumpkin Dip
  • Chicken Vegetable Soup
  • Caprese Salad Bites
  • Honey Glazed Carrots
  • Spinach Artichoke Meatballs
  • Pineapple Coconut Cupcakes
  • Cheesy Rice Casserole with Green Chilies/li>

    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: 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.

    Topics in this Series: Fall Fare with Flair (Quarter 1), Festive Fall Flavors (Quarter 2), Winter Warm-Ups (Quarter 3), Savory Spring Specialties (Quarter 4). Lab/Supply Fee: A class fee of $45.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class. What to Bring: None- Disposable aprons and take-home containers provided. What to Wear: Students should wear clean clothes and have long hair tied back, braided, or secured under a bandana (male and female).For more information and FAQs, see the Compass Cooking Classes webpage.

  • 4 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $186.00

    Creative Storytelling: Once Upon a...Great Race

    Quarter 1: Starts on September 7, 2022

    Class Time: 12:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Judith Harmon

    Grade Range: 1st-3rd

    Prerequisites: None

    Children are full of stories and bubbling over with big ideas! In this class, students will learn how to capture their creative vision into a simple story that they will write and illustrate. First quarter, our storytellers will tell the tale of a great race. They will describe who was in the chase, what was their pace, and why the great haste.

    Students will learn how to build a Story Arc through guided, weekly activities. They will discover the key elements to composing a story such as crafting characters, posing a problem, advancing the action, constructing the climax, and writing the resolution- through brainstorming questions like, "Who is in your story?", "Where does this take place?", "What does that look like?" and "What happened after ____?"

    Emerging writers or readers are welcome and will receive support, if needed, to get their own words written down. Psst- don't tell your child, but this class helps lay the foundation in language arts for more advanced creative writing and composition. Pair this class with Acting: Kids Theater or Writing Well to further encourage communication and storytelling skills. The supply fee is included in the class tuition. Topics in this Series: A Great Race (Quarter 1); A Magical Mountain (Quarter 2); A Time Machine (Quarter 3); and A Fantastical Forest (Quarter 4).

    5 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $151.00

    Dynamic Dioramas: History & Culture- The Saxon Invasions

    Quarter 1: Starts on September 7, 2022

    Class Time: 12:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Taliesin Knol

    Grade Range: 3rd-5th

    Prerequisites: None

    As the Roman Empire was in collapse, and legions were recalled from the British Aisles to defend Italy, a new threat pushed north of Hadrian's Wall. There, "uncivilized" Britons (by Roman standards), faced an onslaught of "Sea Wolves"- Angles, Saxons, Jutes, and Frisian tribes who flooded the undefended shores of Britain and would never leave. These "English" as they would come to be known, would eventually reach almost every coastal nation on Earth.

    Using artistic model-making techniques, hand tools, and historical maps, students will create a 10" X 14" diorama representing the Saxon Conquest of Britain, choosing from coastal villages, crumbling Ruins, or the famous Badon Hill. They will customize their dioramas with landscape elements, waterways, structures of the time, and paint. They will populate the diorama 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 custom historical wargaming 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 maps, game rules and all other instructional media will be available via a Google Drive link which will be emailed to parents. Topics in this series include: The Saxon Invasions (Quarter 1), Persia v. Byzantium (Quarter 2), The 100 Years War, France v. England (Quarter 3), The Wars of Scottish Independence(Quarter 4). There is a $25.00 materials fee payable to the instructor on the first day of class.

    6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $164.00

    Fencing for Beginners & Advanced Beginners

    Quarter 1: Starts on September 7, 2022

    Class Time: 2:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Fencing Sports Academy

    Grade Range: 5th-8th

    Prerequisites: None

    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. Students may enroll any quarter. 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.

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

    Fencing for Young Beginners

    Quarter 1: Starts on September 7, 2022

    Class Time: 1:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Fencing Sports Academy

    Grade Range: 2nd-4th

    Prerequisites: None

    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. Students may enroll any quarter. 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.

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

    French Foundations (Q1)

    Quarter 1: Starts on September 7, 2022

    Class Time: 11:00 am      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Edwige Pinover

    Grade Range: 6th-8th

    Prerequisites: None

    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: $164.00

    French with Friends (Q1)

    Quarter 1: Starts on September 7, 2022

    Class Time: 10:00 am      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Edwige Pinover

    Grade Range: 3rd-5th

    Prerequisites: None

    Salut! French with Friends is an introductory French class for elementary-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, 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: $164.00

    Junior Art Studio: Imitate the Impressionists (WED, 11AM)

    Quarter 1: Starts on September 7, 2022

    Class Time: 11:00 am      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Kerry Diederich

    Grade Range: K-2nd

    Prerequisites: None

    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, artist, or culture and view sample works. Then, they will create a project in the style of the featured artist or culture using a wide variety of materials, 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.

    First quarter, Junior Artists will learn about French Artists from the genres of Impressionism and Post Impressionism to include Rodin, Cezanne, Seurat, Degas, Renior, Monet, Matisse and Gauguin. These artists were sculptors, painters, draftsmen, and print makers. Each artist influenced the art world with style, color study and interpretation in their own personal way. Students will discuss which artist featured dancers in his subjects, who experimented in color, and which was multi talented artist using many mediums. Junior artist's projects will vary, from painting, to doing draft drawings, to sculpting, and color study.

    Topics in this Series: Imitate the Impressionists (Quarter 1); Famous Photography (Quarter 2); Multi-Media Masters (Quarter 3); Native American Art (Quarter 4). Supply Fee: 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.

    6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $133.00

    Junior Art Studio: Imitate the Impressionists (WED, 12PM)

    Quarter 1: Starts on September 7, 2022

    Class Time: 12:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Kerry Diederich

    Grade Range: K-2nd

    Prerequisites: None

    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, artist, or culture and view sample works. Then, they will create a project in the style of the featured artist or culture using a wide variety of materials, 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.

    First quarter, Junior Artists will learn about French Artists from the genres of Impressionism and Post Impressionism to include Rodin, Cezanne, Seurat, Degas, Renior, Monet, Matisse and Gauguin. These artists were sculptors, painters, draftsmen, and print makers. Each artist influenced the art world with style, color study and interpretation in their own personal way. Students will discuss which artist featured dancers in his subjects, who experimented in color, and which was multi talented artist using many mediums. Junior artist's projects will vary, from painting, to doing draft drawings, to sculpting, and color study.

    Topics in this Series: Imitate the Impressionists (Quarter 1); Famous Photography (Quarter 2); Multi-Media Masters (Quarter 3); Native American Art (Quarter 4). Supply Fee: 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.

    6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $133.00

    Junior Engineering with LEGO: Fantastic Fliers & Space Racers (WED)

    Quarter 1: Starts on September 7, 2022

    Class Time: 10:00 am      Duration: 85 min

    Instructor: Becca Sticha

    Grade Range: K-2nd

    Prerequisites: None

    Students will use LEGO to design and build simple engineering projects out of everyone's favorite building toy! In this 90 minute class, students will explore concepts and vocabulary in physics, mechanical engineering, structural engineering, aerospace engineering, and architecture while playing with their creations.

    First quarter, junior engineers will tackle Fantastic Fliers and Space Race with projects inspired by the Space Station, Shuttle, Mars Rover, Gondola Gliders, Helicopeters, and Airplanes.

    Each class begins 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 or in groups. Instructors will provide individual assistance, facilitate challenges, performance testing, competitions, and modifications to projects.

    Notes:(1)Students must be minimum age 5 and able to separate from their parents for this class. (2) Projects are built from shared, Instructor-owned components, so students will not bring completed projects home. Parents, however, can step into class 15 minutes before the end of each session to photograph their child's construction.

    Topics in this Series: Fantastic Fliers & Space Racers (Quarter 1); Animal Architects (Quarter 2); Winter Workshop (Quarter 3); Amusement Park (Quarter 4)

    6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $195.00

    Kids' Confection Kitchen: Decadent Delights (WED)

    Quarter 1: Starts on September 7, 2022

    Class Time: 2:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Mimi Nyman

    Grade Range: 5th-8th

    Prerequisites: None

    Toffee. Taffy. Truffles... End the day on a sweet note! Students will enjoy making and eating delicious confections. Each week they will prepare a fresh, handmade dessert or sweet such as: pies, cakes, cookies, tarts, trifles, mousses, puddings, candies, fudge, brittle, or chocolates. The class will include some icing, decorating, and garnishing techniques for completed desserts. This quarter, the Compass bakers' culinary adventures will include:

  • Eclair Squares
  • Fruit and Cheese Danish
  • Blueberry Zucchini Bread
  • Sweet Fruit Pizza
  • Berry Galette
  • French Crepes with Lemon Sauce
  • Baked Apples
  • Students will be eating what they make each week and bringing home the recipes and leftovers. This engaging sweets class will get students excited about helping in the kitchen and entertaining. They will learn important baking skills such as safety, sanitation, measuring, knife skills, and other tricks of the trade. Culinary vocabulary is introduced each week.

    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 small group.

    Lab/Supply Fee: A class fee of $45.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class. What to Bring: None- Disposable aprons and take-home containers provided. What to Wear: Students should wear clean clothes and have long hair tied back, braided, or secured under a bandana (male and female).For more information and FAQs, see the Compass Cooking Classes webpage.

    4 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $186.00

    Krav Maga Self Defense for Kids- Blue Stripe (Wed)

    Quarter 1: Starts on September 7, 2022

    Class Time: 12:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Sarah Reynolds

    Grade Range: 5th-8th

    Prerequisites: None

    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 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 situation escalates and becomes threatening. Kids are empowered and gain confidence when they rehearse how to handle real-life situations. Exercises and in-class practice incorporate balance, coordination, energy, and other key elements of fitness along with life skills such as confidence, teamwork, respect, discipline, and respect.

    Students may enroll in Krav Maga at any time, and everyone will begin as a white belt. Each quarter, students will practice the full range of skills, but there will be two "featured" moves that a student can earn a belt stripe for being able to demonstrate. Featured moves will include a combative strike and a defensive escape technique. No one stripe is a prerequisite for any other color, and color stripes can be earned in any order.

    First quarter, students will have the chance to earn a Blue Stripe. Featured moves include: cover defense and wrist locks (red stripe); straight punch defense and bear hugs (orange stripe); head movement defense and front 2-handed choke (yellow stripe); round kick defense and back 2-handed choke (green stripe); front kick defense and guillotine choke (blue stripe); clinch defense and rear choke (purple stripe); ground striking defense and head lock defense (brown stripe); and 360 defense and full Nelson (black stripe).

    Students will be able to test for belt promotions to move through the ranks of white belt, yellow belt, orange belt, etc. On average, it is estimated that a student will be ready for a belt test after four quarters/four color stripes. Belt testing will be by coach approval.

    Topics in this Series: Blue Stripe (1st Quarter), Purple Stripe (2nd Quarter), Brown Stripe (3rd Quarter) and Black Stripe (4th Quarter). Assessments: Belt testing for promotion will be by coach recommendation, but on average will take 4 quarters. Lab/Supply Fee: A class fee of $10.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class for the t-shirt and white belt (new students) or $5.00 for the white belt (returning students). A belt test fee of $25.00 is due payable to the instructor when a student is ready to test for promotion. What to Bring: Refillable water bottle. What to Wear: In lieu of a full martial arts uniform, participants should wear their class t-shirt and belt along with shorts, leggings, or loose, comfortable athletic pants, and comfortable athletic shoes or sneakers.Non-Meeting Days: This is a 6-week class that does not meet on October 5.

    8 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $119.00

    Mandarin Chinese for Children (Q1)

    Quarter 1: Starts on September 7, 2022

    Class Time: 2:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Ruth Wood

    Grade Range: 4th-6th

    Prerequisites: None

    Ni hao! Mandarin Chinese is the most commonly spoken language in the world! In this beginning class, the Chinese language will be introduced in a natural learning sequence beginning with nouns (such as colors, numbers, clothing, foods, animals, days/dates, etc), and simple greetings. The class will enjoy songs, games, and stories to reinforce learning. Aspects of Chinese culture such as holidays, foods, and traditions will be introduced in the classes. The class will be run as partial immersion, with the instructor prompting and modelling vocabulary and phrases in Chinese but providing limited cues in English to prevent roadblocks. For elementary-aged students, emphasis will be on spoken Chinese with sounds, tones, and inflection and not on written representation of the language. Students in this level will not be expected to take notes or make written responses. Since the class is taught in "themes", or units, students may join during 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.

    5 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $179.00

    Mini Magic School- Amaze!

    Quarter 1: Starts on September 7, 2022

    Class Time: 1:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Joe Romano

    Grade Range: K-2nd

    Prerequisites:

    Abracadabra! Amuse your friends with simple magic tricks. Amaze your parents with newfound knowledge. Young students will have fun learning from a professional magician using a new curriculum from Discover Magic, makers of our Ultimate Magic Academy "wand" curriculum.

    Activities were developed for students ages 5-7 to help them have fun, make friends, and feel special. The magic makes the fun happen, and the fun makes the learning easy. Many tricks such as Monster Mix-Up!, Presto Paint, Upside Down Art, and The Vanishing Bird will teach students basic math, primary colors, health and hygiene, and more. Kids will create magic with crafts, practice, and in-class demonstrations. All props are provided and by the end of class, each student will have the knowledge and ability to share their tricks for their friends and family. There is a $25.00 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: $225.00

    Modeling the Great Conquests: Viking Invasions

    Quarter 1: Starts on September 7, 2022

    Class Time: 2:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Taliesin Knol

    Grade Range: 6th-8th

    Prerequisites: None

    Centuries after barbarians had settled into the ruined cities of Roman Europe, converted to Christianity, and taken up farming, a new medieval menace, known as The Great Heathen Army, crossed the freezing North Atlantic. The pagan Danes, Swedes, and other Norsemen come as Vikings seeking fortune and battle. For decades they burned down or stole the last vestiges of civilization, taking relics and slaves from coastal abbeys and monasteries. The Great Heathen Army burned a path across the scattered Anglo Saxon Kingdoms for nearly 15 years, and would be stopped only by King Alfred the Great of Wessex. This would make Alfred the first true king of all England, and only English King to be known as The Great. Our class will focus on Alfred the Great s campaigns against the Vikings and specifically his victory at the Battle of Edington in 878.

    Students will choose from among several options for their diorama: a battlefield, and English monastery, or a medieval town. Using artistic model-making techniques, hand tools, and historical maps, students will create a 10" X 14" diorama board and populate it with 1:72 scale Viking raiders and Saxon soldiers. 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 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 battles progressed and test different outcome scenarios that might have occurred with different battlefield choices. Students will also receive dozens of miniatures to re-enact the historical battles! 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. Future topics in this series include: Viking Invasions (Quarter 1), Charlemagne, Rebuilding an Empire (Quarter 2), William the Conqueror 1066 (Quarter 3), Suleiman the Magnificent (Quarter 4). There is a $25.00 materials fee payable to the instructor on the first day of class.

    6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $164.00

    Music Makers: Movement & Melodies (Q1)

    Quarter 1: Starts on September 7, 2022

    Class Time: 11:00 am      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Kathy Preisinger

    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! Students may join Music Makers at any quarter, and they may return again and again since new music, themes, and skills are constantly introduced.

    8 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $145.00

    Nature Quest: Fall Adventurers (WED)

    Quarter 1: Starts on September 7, 2022

    Class Time: 12:00 pm      Duration: 50 min

    Instructor: Sevim Kalyoncu

    Grade Range: 1st-2nd

    Prerequisites: None

    Have fun the final weeks of summer! Look forward to early fall! Animals are active and sunning themselves. Plants are mature, and flowers have gone to seed. The stream may have slowed down from summer drought, but discoveries at the water's edge abound.

    Step outdoors to each week to explore nature with a senior naturalist/outdoor educator. Take a break from sit-down classes, indoor activities, and screen time to explore the natural world, get fresh air, and exercise. The group will explore the southern section of Sugarland Stream Valley Park in Herndon 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 each season. Students will get to know 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. The class will also discuss outdoor skills such as shelter and outdoor safety. Students will play games in the woods to practice outdoor skills.

    Visit the Compass Nature Quest class webpage for more information on the program, location, and Frequently Asked Questions. 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. The group exploration/activities in the woods are for enrolled students only, and tag-along parents and siblings cannot be accommodated. Students must be age 6 by the start of the class, and they must be comfortable separating from their parents for the duration of the class.

    5 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $131.00

    Nature Quest: Fall Explorers (WED)

    Quarter 1: Starts on September 7, 2022

    Class Time: 11:00 am      Duration: 50 min

    Instructor: Sevim Kalyoncu

    Grade Range: PreK-K

    Prerequisites: None

    Have fun the final weeks of summer! Look forward to early fall! Animals are active and sunning themselves. Plants are mature, and flowers have gone to seed. The stream may have slowed down from summer drought, but discoveries at the water's edge abound.

    Step outdoors to each week to explore nature with a senior naturalist/outdoor educator. Take a break from sit-down classes, indoor activities, and screen time to explore the natural world, get fresh air, and exercise. The group will explore the southern section of Sugarland Stream Valley Park in Herndon 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 each season. Students will get to know 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. The class will also discuss outdoor skills such as shelter and outdoor safety. Students will play games in the woods to practice outdoor skills.

    Visit the Compass Nature Quest class webpage for more information on the program, location, and Frequently Asked Questions. 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. The group exploration/activities in the woods are for enrolled students only, and tag-along parents and siblings cannot be accommodated.

    (PK-K) Each week, ONE parent volunteer (with no baby/toddler in tow) will be asked to accompany the group into the woods to be the extra set of hands and eyes! Students must be minimum age 4 by the start of class, be comfortable separating from their parents for the duration of class and must be able to stay in a group and follow instructions.

    5 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $131.00

    Nature Quest: Fall Path Finders (WED)

    Quarter 1: Starts on September 7, 2022

    Class Time: 1:00 pm      Duration: 50 min

    Instructor: Sevim Kalyoncu

    Grade Range: 3rd-4th

    Prerequisites: None

    Have fun the final weeks of summer! Look forward to early fall! Animals are active and sunning themselves. Plants are mature, and flowers have gone to seed. The stream may have slowed down from summer drought, but discoveries at the water's edge abound.

    Step outdoors to each week to explore nature with a senior naturalist/outdoor educator. Take a break from sit-down classes, indoor activities, and screen time to explore the natural world, get fresh air, and exercise. The group will explore the southern section of Sugarland Stream Valley Park in Herndon 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 each season. Students will get to know 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. The class will also discuss outdoor skills such as shelter and outdoor safety. Students will play games in the woods to practice outdoor skills.

    Visit the Compass Nature Quest class webpage for more information on the program, location, and Frequently Asked Questions. 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. The group exploration/activities in the woods are for enrolled students only, and tag-along parents and siblings cannot be accommodated. Students must be age 6 by the start of the class, and they must be comfortable separating from their parents for the duration of the class.

    5 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $131.00

    Outdoor Survivor: Fall

    Quarter 1: Starts on September 7, 2022

    Class Time: 2:00 pm      Duration: 50 min

    Instructor: Sevim Kalyoncu

    Grade Range: 5th-6th

    Prerequisites: None

    Venture outdoors each week to explore the woods with a senior naturalist and mentor while learning valuable survival skills. Students will learn how to construct a temporary debris shelter, make cordage, identify edibles, track animals, purify water, perform basic first aid, and use maps and compass (orienteering). Students will get to know native animals and key types of plants and trees in our area. Emphasis will be on becoming comfortable with things you encounter outdoors, safe exploration of the woods, how to be a good steward of nature, and what to do if you ever became lost or injured in the woods. Skills will be repeated and reinforced each quarter, because the available plants, animals, materials, and water sources change with each season. Students will have a blast, develop greater self-confidence, and build a strong connection to nature and to the real world! Explorations in the woods are for enrolled students only, and tag-along parents and siblings cannot be accommodated. For information on where the class meets, what to wear, and inclement weather, see the webpage for Compass's Nature Quest program.

    5 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $131.00

    Preschool Players: Music and More (Q1)

    Quarter 1: Starts on September 7, 2022

    Class Time: 10:00 am      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Kathy Preisinger

    Grade Range: Ages 3 and 4

    Prerequisites:

    Preschool Players introduces 3-year-olds and 4-year-olds to many facets of the music- 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 (maracas, egg shakers, drums, sticks, triangles, woodblocks and more). Preschool players provide a fun, pressure-free environment to experience music and movement. Preschool Players helps every child acquire the essential building blocks for a future of musical learning! Students may join this class at any quarter, and they may return again and again since new music, themes, and activities are constantly introduced. Preschool Players has 40 minutes of structured activity, running from 10:05-10:45, with time before and after for gathering and transitions.

    8 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $145.00

    Programming Projects Jr: Robotic indi Cars

    Quarter 1: Starts on September 7, 2022

    Class Time: 10:00 am      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Dr. Michele Forsythe

    Grade Range: 1st-2nd

    Prerequisites: None

    Every parent knows that kids are curious, captivated, and quick to learn technology-based products. Programming Projects builds on that curiosity to introduce computer science basics, problem-solving, and computational thinking through play-based learning.

    First quarter, students will work with the Sphero indi car. The indi car is a color-sensing learning robot that encourages open-ended, imaginative solutons, and programming fundamentals for early learners. Indi learning robots have an on-board color sensor that detects the color it travels over. Each color gives a specific instruction to the indi robot (such as red = turn 90 degrees left). Students begin with screenless programming using colored block tiles to direct the travel of the indi car. Once students have mastered the screenless programming, they learn to decode the default responses and recode the indi car to react to new color-activated commands. Using the Sphero Edu Jr app on a phone or tablet, students will learn how to re-program the car by changing its response to each color and adding new features such as lights, sounds, or music. Students will enjoy building custom mazes and solving puzzles with the indi robotic car. All equipment and devices will be provided by the instructor. See the indi car here.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wWo3QBNPRRE

    Topics in this series include: Sphero indi Robotic Cars (Quarter 1), Scratch Coding (Quarter 2), Sphero Robotic Ball Quarter 3) and Tinkercad Design (Quarter 4)

    7 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $194.00

    Programming Projects: Robotic indi Cars

    Quarter 1: Starts on September 7, 2022

    Class Time: 11:00 am      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Dr. Michele Forsythe

    Grade Range: 3rd-4th

    Prerequisites: None

    Every parent knows that kids are curious, captivated, and quick to learn technology-based products. Programming Projects builds on that curiosity to introduce computer science basics, problem-solving, and computational thinking through play-based learning.

    First quarter, students will work with the Sphero indi car. The indi car is a color-sensing learning robot that encourages open-ended, imaginative solutons, and programming fundamentals for early learners. Indi learning robots have an on-board color sensor that detects the color it travels over. Each color gives a specific instruction to the indi robot (such as red = turn 90 degrees left). Students begin with screenless programming using colored block tiles to direct the travel of the indi car. Once students have mastered the screenless programming, they learn to decode the default responses and recode the indi car to react to new color-activated commands. Using the Sphero Edu Jr app on a phone or tablet, students will learn how to re-program the car by changing its response to each color and adding new features such as lights, sounds, or music. Students will enjoy building custom mazes and solving puzzles with the indi robotic car. All equipment and devices will be provided by the instructor. See the indi car here.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wWo3QBNPRRE

    Topics in this series include: Sphero indi Robotic Cars (Quarter 1), Scratch Coding (Quarter 2), Sphero Robotic Ball Quarter 3) and Tinkercad Design (Quarter 4)

    7 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $194.00

    Rhythm Rocks: Drum Jam (Q1)

    Quarter 1: Starts on September 7, 2022

    Class Time: 2:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Daniel Greenberg

    Grade Range: 2nd-6th

    Prerequisites:

    Students of all ages will love the energy and exhilaration of drumming! Students will learn rhythms and drumming patterns from West Africa and other cultures. In this "hands-on" class, students will learn hand-drumming on djembe drums and accompanying percussion accessories such as tambourines, triangles, rhythm sticks, maracas, and bongos.

    Students will learn the difference between steady beat, rhythms, and polyrhythms, which involve patterning, call and response, and different tonal levels. Drummers will be "in the groove" as they learn single stroke rolls, single and double paradiddle, frills, and patterns. They will be encouraged to experiment with different percussion instruments and to improvise.

    New drummers are welcome to enroll any quarter, and returning drummers are encouraged to return and continue to learn more complex drumming techniques. Drummers may be divided by age and/or drumming experience in class with each group taught the same rhythm with varying degrees of difficulty. All instruments are provided by the instructor. Note: Students must be 2nd grade, or minimum age 7-8, to begin this class. First graders may not enroll.

    7 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $166.00

    Robot Fab Lab: Maze Runner (WED)

    Quarter 1: Starts on September 7, 2022

    Class Time: 2:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Becca Sticha

    Grade Range: 5th-6th

    Prerequisites: None

    Student engineers will be challenged to design, build, and program a robot to complete several unique mazes in the fastest possible time. Students will learn to program their robots to make "decisions" when exploring an unfamiliar maze such as "go straight until you encounter a wall" and "turn to the right if you run into an obstacle."

    Students will use the LEGO MINDSTORMS Education EV3 robotics sets. They will build with motors, wheels/axles, gears, levers, and special components. Students will have to install touch, sound, color, gyro, ultrasonic, and/or infrared sensors while also learning to program sequences and commands that use input/output devices for controlled movements and precise turns. Using the drag-and-drop EV3 programming menu, students will learn to program their robots while experimenting with key concepts such as fixed values, variables, loops, and logic constructs.

    This course integrates science, engineering and computational thinking while introducing physical constraints, units of measurement, and coordinate systems. But, 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 robotic project, so students can progress and customize at their own pace. In general, in this class, students will spend two weeks assembling, three weeks programming, and two weeks testing and re-designing. Topics in this Series: Maze Runner (Quarter 1), Sumo Bots (Quarter 2), Mars Rover (Quarter 3), and Explore Atlantis (Quarter 4).

    6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $183.00

    Sew Fun: Zookeeper's Critters

    Quarter 1: Starts on September 7, 2022

    Class Time: 1:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Judith Harmon

    Grade Range: 3rd-4th

    Prerequisites: None

    Kids will learn the basics of hand sewing and discover it is "sew fun" to create items that can play with and use every day.
    First quarter, kids will sew eight small felt stuffies from the zoo including a monkey, panda, elephant, lion, tiger, giraffe, zebra, and red macaw.

    Kids will learn practical sewing skills such as pinning and placement, a running stitch, attaching a button, scissor skills, stuffing, and working with simple patterns. The group will be working with pre-cut felt components from kits that will be enhanced with buttons and embellishments. Since students may work at different rates, some projects may not be completed in class and will be sent home to finish sewing with the newly learned skills. Students should be at age/grade level for fine motor skills for this class. A material fee of $35.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class. Topics in this series include: Zookeeper's Critters (Quarter 1), 3D Decor (Quarter 2), Wearable Accessories (Quarter 3), and Cool Characters- Marvel, Star Wars and Disney Princesses (Quarter 4).

    5 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $143.00

    Sew Simple: Sewing with a Storybook

    Quarter 1: Starts on September 7, 2022

    Class Time: 2:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Judith Harmon

    Grade Range: 1st-2nd

    Prerequisites: None

    Little kids will learn the basics of hand sewing and discover it is "sew simple" to create fun things they can play with and use every day. First quarter, little kids will sew ten backyard buddies as they follow along with a storybook about Wanda's World. Stuffies include: an owl family (3), dogs (2), a cat, mouse, bird, turtle, and duck.

    Kids will learn practical sewing skills such as pinning and placement, a running stitch, attaching a button, scissor skills, and stuffing. The group will be working with pre-cut felt components from kits that will be enhanced with buttons and accessories. Since students may work at different rates, some projects may not be completed in class and will be sent home to finish sewing with the newly learned skills. Students should be at age/grade level for fine motor skills for this class and should be a minimum of age 6. A material fee of $35.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class. Topics in this series include: Sewing with a Storybook (Quarter 1), Shareables (Quarter 2), Silly Sea Stuffies (Quarter 3), and Just for Me (Quarter 4).

    5 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $143.00

    Ultimate Magic Academy: Bewildering Black Wand

    Quarter 1: Starts on September 7, 2022

    Class Time: 2:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Joe Romano

    Grade Range: 3rd-6th

    Prerequisites: None

    Curious coins, baffling balls, confounding cards, and puzzling papers! Students will learn tricks of the trade from a professional magician using the Discover Magic curriculum! This class will present tricks from the Discover Magic curriculum.

    Each week, kids will learn how to perform a unique magic trick, and students will practice and perfect the illusion in class so they can come home and mystify their friends and family. Students will unlock the secrets to eight special magic tricks to earn the top honor of a black wand. For each trick, students will receive a custom magic prop and full color instructions, and at the end of each class, every magician will take home a Top Secret file folder with additional tricks they can practice. Student magicians will be given a secret password each week to gain access to an additional magic trick on the Discover Magic website (parents will need to work the magic to set up the child's online account.) 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. Magicians who complete the class will receive a certificate and magic wand.

    Topics in this Series:Bewildering Black Wand (Quarter 1); Groovy Green Wand (Quarter 2); Baffling Blue Wand (Quarter 3); Orange Wand Wonders (Quarter 4) Lab/Supply Fee: A class fee of $45.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class.

    8 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $245.00

    Vet 'Ventures: Discover Dogs (1 PM)

    Quarter 1: Starts on September 7, 2022

    Class Time: 1:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Karen Shumway

    Grade Range: 3rd-4th

    Prerequisites: None

    A chihuahua needs a check-up. A beagle with a bellyache. Vaccinations for Vizsla pups. Sometimes even our canine friends need medical care! Lots of kids love animals, and some even think about becoming veterinarians and animal specialists. There is a lot of science in the care and keeping of animals.

    In this class, future dog veterinarians will learn all about dog care (nutrition, exercise, grooming), dog anatomy, and dog behavior. Kids will learn to recognize signs that a dog is unfriendly, afraid, aggressive or unwell. They will learn to perform steps of a well-pet check-up and identify some common medical care and preventatives recommended for dogs. The class will also learn about dog behavior and training. Kids will discover some of fun and fascinating facts, similarities, and differences in dog groups and specific breeds. Students will learn about dog's relationship with humans and the many jobs and duties that dogs perform for humans. Finally, students will take one class session to journey to other corners of the continents to meet some wild members of the dog (Canidae) family such as the dingo, jackal, wild dog, fox, and wolf species (and, hey, why aren't hyenas on the list?)

    Each class meeting will include hands-on and interactive demonstrations, simulations, role-playing, activities, games, stories, or short video clips to convey the information. During the first week, students will receive a lab coat and clinic name tag, a plush dog for demonstrations, and a class workbook. They will "adopt" and name their dog, and during the final week, they will receive a diploma. (Pets, lab coats, name tags, and workbooks will remain at Compass between classes so they are not forgotten at home). There is a $31.00 supply fee due payable to the instructor on the first day of class.

    Topics in this series include: Discover Dogs (Quarter 1), Pocket Pets (Quarter 2), Reptile Roundup (Quarter 3) and Wildlife Rescue (Quarter 4).

    7 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $153.00

    Vet 'Ventures: Discover Dogs (2 PM)

    Quarter 1: Starts on September 7, 2022

    Class Time: 2:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Karen Shumway

    Grade Range: 1st-2nd

    Prerequisites: None

    A chihuahua needs a check-up. A beagle with a bellyache. Vaccinations for Vizsla pups. Sometimes even our canine friends need medical care! Lots of kids love animals, and some even think about becoming veterinarians and animal specialists. There is a lot of science in the care and keeping of animals.

    In this class, future dog veterinarians will learn all about dog care (nutrition, exercise, grooming), dog anatomy, and dog behavior. Kids will learn to recognize signs that a dog is unfriendly, afraid, aggressive or unwell. They will learn to perform steps of a well-pet check-up and identify some common medical care and preventatives recommended for dogs. The class will also learn about dog behavior and training. Kids will discover some of fun and fascinating facts, similarities, and differences in dog groups and specific breeds. Students will learn about dog's relationship with humans and the many jobs and duties that dogs perform for humans. Finally, students will take one class session to journey to other corners of the continents to meet some wild members of the dog (Canidae) family such as the dingo, jackal, wild dog, fox, and wolf species (and, hey, why aren't hyenas on the list?)

    Each class meeting will include hands-on and interactive demonstrations, simulations, role-playing, activities, games, stories, or short video clips to convey the information. During the first week, students will receive a lab coat and clinic name tag, a plush dog for demonstrations, and a class workbook. They will "adopt" and name their dog, and during the final week, they will receive a diploma. (Pets, lab coats, name tags, and workbooks will remain at Compass between classes so they are not forgotten at home). Students must be minimum age 6 to enroll in this class (no age 5s). There is a $31.00 supply fee due payable to the instructor on the first day of class.

    Topics in this series include: Discover Dogs (Quarter 1), Pocket Pets (Quarter 2), Reptile Roundup (Quarter 3) and Wildlife Rescue (Quarter 4).

    7 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $153.00

    Writers' Workshop: Creating Colorful Characters

    Quarter 1: Starts on September 7, 2022

    Class Time: 12:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Karen Hickman

    Grade Range: 6th-7th

    Prerequisites: None

    In Writers' Workshop, middle school students will expand essential communication skills- reading, retaining, discussing, composing, revising, and even listening and speaking- by reviewing short selections of renowned literature and putting pen to paper! Each quarter, students will write about a popular theme using the elements they observe in the example classics.

    A bold, boisterous buccaneer. A lonely little llama. A precocious princess: these are colorful characters! The class will read selections of classic literature to define what makes a strong, interesting character in a good story. Creating characters is a complex, cognitive process, so the class will use character sketching, guided imagery, and other in-class activities to envision new and compelling characters and bring them to life in their writing. Students will complete exercises and stepping stones to determine how their colorful characters fit into the story elements in the construction of an original short story. An anthology of student stories will be published at the end of the quarter.

    Imagination and creativity come easily to most young writers, but acquiring technical skills is also important. Each quarter, students will focus on specific skills. The skills are a part of the Writer's Tool Kit that includes: understanding parts and kinds of sentences, plurals, possessives, and punctuation. Across the four quarters of this class, students will also learn how to use a dictionary and a thesaurus, as well as higher-level, middle school level skills such as summarizing, outlining, note taking, writing a book report, or citing sources. In class, students will share drafts and in-progress works to receive peer feedback and promote revising and editing skills.

    Homework: Students are expected to write in a journal for a minimum of four minutes per day and respond to prompts that are sent home on an assignment bookmark. They will also be asked to read short assignments such as a chapter or excerpt in preparation for class discussions.

    Topics in this Series: Creating Colorful Characters (Quarter 1), Fantasy Fun (Quarter 2), Learn to Research- Life in a Castle (Quarter 3) and Prose, Poetry, & Paintings- A Passport Adventure (Quarter 4).

    7 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $153.00

    Number Ninjas: Play with Place Value & Money

    Quarter 1: Starts on September 8, 2022

    Class Time: 10:00 am      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Becca Sticha

    Grade Range: 1st-2nd

    Prerequisites: None

    Does your child learn best by hands-on activities, crafts, games, and stories? Number Ninjas is based on the belief that children need to work with mathematics in a concrete, physical, and tangible way in order to learn fundamental concepts. Young students will love learning numerical concepts in this interactive, exploration-based class where work with numbers feels like a game.

    First quarter, students will explore the concepts of even and odd numbers, comparing and ordering, place value, rounding, counting by 2, 5, 10, 25, and money. Example activites include building an abacus, solving skip counting puzzles, and more!

    This class covers many of the 1st and 2nd grade Standards of Learning for math. Weekly update e-mails to parents will include suggestions for practice at home and extension activities.

    Topics in the Series: Play with Place Value & Money (Quarter 1), Measurement Madness (Quarter 2), Super Shapes (Quarter 3), and Fun with Fractions (Quarter 4).

    Supply Fee: Included

    5 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $140.00

    Acting- Kids' Theater: Medieval Mayhem

    Quarter 1: Starts on September 8, 2022

    Class Time: 12:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Judith Harmon

    Grade Range: 3rd-5th

    Prerequisites: None

    Kids take to the stage as they collaboratively write and perform their very own play with unique characters and an original storyline. Grab your sword and summon the squires. Will we have a mix-up or a masterpiece when we meddle with monarchs, mischief-makers, merry men, and maidens?

    Students will begin with improvisational games to get to know each other, then read through the two, prepared scripts together. Through group activities and guided discussion, they will create new characters, brainstorm variations, craft plot changes, add lines, and cast their parts. The instructor will then update and customize the class script with the students' input.

    The class will learn the practical aspects of acting, as they work on script read-through, blocking, costume/prop design, and planning the show. Students will develop their own "actor's toolkit" of voice, body, and imagination in this creative process! Actors will grow in confidence and communication skills in preparation for a final sharing with parents on the final day of the quarter.

    Once the script is fully developed with everyone's parts, about half-way through the quarter, it will be emailed to parents. Parents will be expected to help their children memorize their script/lines/cues and assemble a simple make-at-home costume, ideally from clothing items and accessories you already own and a little creativity. Note: Students who are emerging readers (not able to read at a 3rd/4th grade level) would be better suited to the Young Actor's Playhouse class, rather than this level.

    Topics in this Series: Medieval Mayhem (Quarter 1), Wacky Wednesday (Quarter 2), Detective Drama (Quarter 3), Kooky Cooking Contest (Quarter 4)

    5 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $149.00

    Acting- Young Actor's Playhouse: Pirate's Paradise

    Quarter 1: Starts on September 8, 2022

    Class Time: 1:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Judith Harmon

    Grade Range: 1st-2nd

    Prerequisites: None

    Acting is an adventure! Young actors work together to create and perform their very own play with unique characters and an original storyline. What happens when a crazy captain, suspicious scallywag, and a precocious parrot meet on a ship sailing the seven seas?

    Students will begin with improvisational games to get to know each other and to begin to brainstorm about their original play. Through group activities and guided discussion, the young actors will decide on characters, conflict, and conclusion, and the story they want to tell. The script will be developed and customized for this class with input from the students.

    Young actors will explore skills such as sensory awareness, listening, stage movement, character development, emotional expression, and observation/concentration while learning to portray their original 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.

    Students will work from a simple, written script, but emerging readers can be accommodated. Parents will be emailed the script after the 3rd or 4th class and will be expected to help their children memorize their lines and assemble a simple make-at-home costume, ideally from clothing items and accessories you already own and a little creativity. All actors must be at least age 6 to sign up for this class.

    Topics in this Series: Pirate's Paradise (Quarter 1), Outback Odyssey (Quarter 2), Suddenly Small (Quarter 3), and Clown College (Quarter 4)

    5 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $149.00

    All About Astronomy: Investigating the Inner Solar System

    Quarter 1: Starts on September 8, 2022

    Class Time: 12:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Becca Sticha

    Grade Range: 5th-6th

    Prerequisites: None

    Which planet rotates backwards? How many moons does the red planet have? Why do the north and south poles of our Sun change every 11 years? Find out the answers to these mysteries and other great discoveries about our Inner Solar System comprised of the four terrestrial (rock) planets- Mercury, Venus, Earth and Mars-, their moons, the Sun, and the asteroid belt. Astronomy enthusiasts will enjoy exploring details about the inner workings of outer space with an amateur astronomer and engineer.

    Each class will explore concepts relevant to our corner of the universe- the inner solar system- with supporting activities such as modeling to understand relative distance and sizes. The class will demonstrate the rotation and orbits of planets and moons and their effects on days, seasons, and the measure of years! The young astronomers will uncover the difference between asteroids, meteors, meteorites, while making a dry ice comet. The class will also examine lunar and solar eclipses, phases of the moon, and tides while also considering our Sun! Finally, the class will discuss the exploration of our inner solar system from satellites, telescopes, probes, landers, rovers, moon landings, and the future, manned expedition to Mars. Future themes in this series include: Inner Solar System (Quarter 1); Outer Solar System (Quarter 2); Stars, Galaxies, and the Cosmos (Quarter 3); and Exoplanets and the Search for Extraterrestrial Life (Quarter 4).

    5 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $140.00

    Best Books for Boys: Bravery

    Quarter 1: Starts on September 8, 2022

    Class Time: 1:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Christina Somerville

    Grade Range: 4th-6th

    Prerequisites: None

    Best Books for Boys is a facilitated book club just for preteen boys. Boys will read high-quality, age-appropriate literature and expand their understanding of what they read through book discussion and hands-on extension activities. Boys will be encouraged to interact with the story and each other through activities such as acting out or illustrating favorite scenes, discussing and writing alternate endings, prequels, origin or spinoff stories, or researching specific aspects of the story. Through guided class discussion, the group will be exposed to beginning literary analysis in a fun, interactive setting by discussing plot, theme, characters, setting, genre, writing style, and artistry using specific examples from the story. They will learn to analyze characters, their actions and motives, respond to hypothetical questions, make predictions, and answer prompts using examples from the book.

    Each quarter, the class will read one book that is teacher's choice and a second book that the students select as a group. Students must read assigned chapters from their books at home, either as individual silent reading, read-aloud with parents' support, or listening to an audiobook edition. Readers will be encouraged to take notes on key passages or questions. All books are selected from among Newbery Medalists and Honor Books, Caldecott Medal books, and proven classics of children's fiction. This year's selected themes and teacher's choice books include: Quarter 1- Bravery: Rifles for Watie (Harold Keith); Quarter 2- Determination: Dragon's Gate (Laurence Yep); Quarter 3- Imagination: Haroun and the Sea of Stories (Salman Rushdie); Quarter 4- Strength: Some Kind of Courage (Dan Gemeinhart). This is a 6-week class that will have one week break in the 7-week quarter. The week off will be announced.

    6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $153.00

    Chemist Kids: Chemistry in the Kitchen

    Quarter 1: Starts on September 8, 2022

    Class Time: 10:00 am      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Dr. Michele Forsythe

    Grade Range: 3rd-4th

    Prerequisites: None

    Kids are naturally curious about chemistry! Chemistry explains the properties, behaviors, and interactions of materials around us: things we eat, drink, clean with, wear, drive, and even play with. Kids can use chemistry to understand how things taste, smell, mix, melt, combust, feel, and whether they are recyclable or rubbish, helpful or harmful, nutritious or not. Chemistry is key to understanding the world around us, including other areas of science. In this class, kids begin to use scientific words to describe their observations and will become familiar with some science apparatus.

    First quarter kids will learn about chemistry using everyday ingredients and techniques from the kitchen! Students will use food products to experiment with the chemical and physical properties of matter and will begin to learn the vocabulary of chemistry with substances that are safe, fun, and yummy to work with! For example, find out just how (and why) seaweed is used as an ingredient in gummy bears! Examine acids and bases using fruit juices and vinegar and find out what happens chemically when milk goes bad. Discover the chemistry involved in making ricotta and mozzarella cheese. Witness supersaturation in solutions in an at-home experiment when making rock candy and find out what happens when you change conditions. Learn about melting point and recording temperatures when making chocolates. Figure out what is gelatin and how is it different from agar. Observe viscosity when working with fats and oils and find out how eggs behave differently in baking versus mayonnaise. The class will discover the chemical behaviors of yeast, baking soda, and baking powder, and more! (Note: this is not a cooking class, and foods will not be eaten.)

    Topics in this series include: Chemistry in the Kitchen (Quarter 1), Chemistry in Action (Quarter 2), Chemistry at Home (Quarter 3), and Chemistry of Toys (Quarter 4). There is a supply fee of $15.00 due payable to the instructor on the first day of classes.

    7 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $194.00

    Chess: Beginners 1 (THU)

    Quarter 1: Starts on September 8, 2022

    Class Time: 10:00 am      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Peter Snow

    Grade Range: 2nd-5th

    Prerequisites: None

    Students will enjoy the logic and challenge of the timeless strategy board game as they learn and play chess with classmates. In Beginning Chess 1, students will learn beginner basics such as: how all pieces move and capture, castling, pawn promotion, en passant, checks and how to get out of them, checkmate and stalemate, scholars mate, fools mate, notation, and chess etiquette. Skills are taught in progressive levels of challenge as the year progresses.

    Learning and playing chess supports problem solving, decision making, critical and creative thinking, general cognitive ability, scholastic skills, and mathematical achievement (Univ. of Minnesota). 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). Each class will be spent half on technique and half in practice matches with classmates while the instructor coaches.

    7 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $128.00

    Colorful Canvas: Watercolor Painting for Kids

    Quarter 1: Starts on September 8, 2022

    Class Time: 12:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Diane Wright Cobb

    Grade Range: 3rd-5th

    Prerequisites: None

    Kids will be introduced to watercolor painting in a small group class under the guidance of a professional painter and art teacher. The class will learn the theory of color mixing and the techniques of blending, building up color, creating gradients, and applying light washes. The class will learn how to select the right brush and how to use water to create different effects. Our new painters will practice using paint and brush strokes to create effects like light and shadow, dimension, and texture, and how to develop backgrounds, foregrounds, and detail work. Students will try techniques such as applying and removing paint, layering, stippling, and dabbing, along with wet and dry brush techniques. Students will complete several paintings on watercolor paper (please note that "canvas" in the class name may in fact be specialty paper, depending on the type of paint). A variety of subjects, such as still life, animals, florals, landscapes, seascapes, fantasy, abstracts, or "mimic the masters" will be introduced to illustrate different painting techniques through in-class projects. Topics in this series include: Watercolor Painting (Quarter 1), Tempera Painting (Quarter 2), Acrylic Painting (Quarter 3), and MultiMedia Painting (Quarter 4). There is an $20.00 supply fee due payable to the instructor on the first day of class.

    5 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $152.00

    Colorful Canvas: Watercolor Painting for Tweens

    Quarter 1: Starts on September 8, 2022

    Class Time: 1:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Diane Wright Cobb

    Grade Range: 6th-8th

    Prerequisites: None

    Tweens will be introduced to watercolor painting in a small group class under the guidance of a professional painter and art teacher. The class will learn the theory of color mixing and the techniques of blending, building up color, creating gradients, and applying light washes. The class will learn how to select the right brush and how to use water to create different effects. Our new painters will practice using paint and brush strokes to create effects like light and shadow, dimension, and texture, and how to develop backgrounds, foregrounds, and detail work. Students will try techniques such as applying and removing paint, layering, stippling, and dabbing, along with wet and dry brush techniques. Students will complete several paintings on watercolor paper (please note that "canvas" in the class name may in fact be specialty paper, depending on the type of paint) . A variety of subjects, such as still life, animals, florals, landscapes, seascapes, fantasy, abstracts, or "mimic the masters" will be introduced to illustrate different painting techniques through in-class projects. Topics in this series include: Watercolor Painting (Quarter 1), Tempera Painting (Quarter 2), Acrylic Painting (Quarter 3), and MultiMedia Painting (Quarter 4). There is an $20.00 supply fee due payable to the instructor on the first day of class.

    5 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $152.00

    Cooking for Kids: Fall Fare with Flair (THU)

    Quarter 1: Starts on September 8, 2022

    Class Time: 1:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Mimi Nyman

    Grade Range: 3rd-5th

    Prerequisites: None

    Students will enjoy making flavorful fall recipes and family favorites that feature a variety of fruits, vegetables, and fresh ingredients. Fall Fare recipes 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:

  • Sweet Pumpkin Dip
  • Chicken Vegetable Soup
  • Caprese Salad Bites
  • Honey Glazed Carrots
  • Spinach Artichoke Meatballs
  • Pineapple Coconut Cupcakes
  • Cheesy Rice Casserole with Green Chilies
  • 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: 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.

    Topics in this Series: Fall Fare with Flair (Quarter 1), Festive Fall Flavors (Quarter 2), Winter Warm-Ups (Quarter 3), Savory Spring Specialties (Quarter 4). Lab/Supply Fee: A class fee of $45.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class. What to Bring: None- Disposable aprons and take-home containers provided. What to Wear: Students should wear clean clothes and have long hair tied back, braided, or secured under a bandana (male and female).For more information and FAQs, see the Compass Cooking Classes webpage.

    4 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $186.00

    Cooking for Little Kids: Fall Fare with Flair (THU, 11AM)

    Quarter 1: Starts on September 8, 2022

    Class Time: 11:00 am      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Mimi Nyman

    Grade Range: 1st-3rd

    Prerequisites: None

    Students will enjoy making flavorful fall recipes and family favorites that feature a variety of fruits, vegetables, and fresh ingredients. Fall Fare recipes 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:

  • Sweet Pumpkin Dip
  • Chicken Vegetable Soup
  • Caprese Salad Bites
  • Honey Glazed Carrots
  • Spinach Artichoke Meatballs
  • Pineapple Coconut Cupcakes
  • Cheesy Rice Casserole with Green Chilies
  • 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: 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.

    Topics in this Series: Fall Fare with Flair (Quarter 1), Festive Fall Flavors (Quarter 2), Winter Warm-Ups (Quarter 3), Savory Spring Specialties (Quarter 4). Lab/Supply Fee: A class fee of $45.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class. What to Bring: None- Disposable aprons and take-home containers provided. What to Wear: Students should wear clean clothes and have long hair tied back, braided, or secured under a bandana (male and female).For more information and FAQs, see the Compass Cooking Classes webpage.

    4 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $186.00

    Cooking for Little Kids: Fall Fare with Flair (THU, 12PM)

    Quarter 1: Starts on September 8, 2022

    Class Time: 12:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Mimi Nyman

    Grade Range: 1st-3rd

    Prerequisites: None

    Students will enjoy making flavorful fall recipes and family favorites that feature a variety of fruits, vegetables, and fresh ingredients. Fall Fare recipes 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:

  • Sweet Pumpkin Dip
  • Chicken Vegetable Soup
  • Caprese Salad Bites
  • Honey Glazed Carrots
  • Spinach Artichoke Meatballs
  • Pineapple Coconut Cupcakes
  • Cheesy Rice Casserole with Green Chilies
  • 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: 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.

    Topics in this Series: Fall Fare with Flair (Quarter 1), Festive Fall Flavors (Quarter 2), Winter Warm-Ups (Quarter 3), Savory Spring Specialties (Quarter 4). Lab/Supply Fee: A class fee of $45.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class. What to Bring: None- Disposable aprons and take-home containers provided. What to Wear: Students should wear clean clothes and have long hair tied back, braided, or secured under a bandana (male and female).For more information and FAQs, see the Compass Cooking Classes webpage.

    4 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $186.00

    Cracking Codes, Cryptology for Kids: Spies

    Quarter 1: Starts on September 8, 2022

    Class Time: 11:00 am      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Becca Sticha

    Grade Range: 3rd-4th

    Prerequisites: None

    Students will learn the language of undercover agents in this children's cryptology class. Cryptology is the science of secret writing which uses math and logical reasoning to decode and create mystery alphabets. Each week, students will learn one or more ciphers and will practice using them to decode messages and write secret messages to each other!

    Student operatives will begin their stealth options by making their own cipher wheels, cipher strips, and experimenting with shift ciphers. They will learn about algorithms and keys and test different recipes for invisible ink. The quarter will culminate in a collaboration to crack a variety of codes to flee a classroom Escape Room which may include challenges such as coded letters, picture clues, mirror image writings, puzzling word searches, and cryptograms. We will also share the stories of famous writers and code-crackers including some female cryptologists and Navajo Code Talkers.

    Topics in the Series: Spies (Quarter 1), Secret Agents (Quarter 2), Sleuths (Quarter 3), and Superheroes (Quarter 4).

    Supply Fee Included.

    5 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $140.00

    Digital Clubhouse: Programming with Pokemon (Intro)

    Quarter 1: Starts on September 8, 2022

    Class Time: 12:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Black Rocket

    Grade Range: 1st-2nd

    Prerequisites: None

    In Digital Clubhouse, our youngest designers will explore computer science by creating and coding their own digital Pokemon-style custom digital card game and learning to model in 3D printing. No prior experience is necessary.

    Digital Clubhouse is a computer lab environment in which students work through the Black Rocket curriculum under the direction of computer science coaches. The lab environment allows students to enroll at any quarter, fosters brand new coders, and encourages those with prior coding experience. In the "Intro" level of a course (i.e., Part 1), students will work through the fundamentals of a new digital skill. In the "Continuing" level (i.e., Part 2), students who continue from "Intro" will develop new skills and will design and code an individual project. New students who enroll in "Intro" will begin with the introductory lessons. In order to differentiate instruction between new and continuing students, coaches work with small pull-out groups, pairs, or individuals to provide additional support as needed. The class tuition includes a student technology fee that covers the use of instructor-provided classroom laptops loaded with the required software, applications, and licenses. At the end of the class, students will receive access to Black Rocket's interactive learning platform to continue their coding journey at home.

    Topics in this Series: Pokemon Masters (Quarters 1, 2); Minecraft Animators (Quarters 3, 4).

    8 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $183.00

    Digital Lab: Video Game Animation (Intro)

    Quarter 1: Starts on September 8, 2022

    Class Time: 1:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Black Rocket

    Grade Range: 5th-6th

    Prerequisites: None

    In Digital Lab, students will explore elements of game design by creating and animating their own character sprites, objects, and backgrounds. Start with a name, develop the character's personality, signature moves, special powers, and a story line. Finish with a fully animated character to be used in future games. Students do not need any prior experience in game design, animation, or sketching.

    Digital Lab is a computer lab environment in which students work through the Black Rocket curriculum under the direction of computer science coaches. The lab environment allows students to enroll at any quarter, fosters brand new coders, and encourages those with prior coding experience. In the "Intro" level of a course (i.e., Part 1), students will work through the fundamentals of a new digital skill. In the "Continuing" level (i.e., Part 2), students who continue from "Intro" will develop new skills and will design and code an individual project. New students who enroll in "Intro" will begin with the introductory lessons. In order to differentiate instruction between new and continuing students, coaches work with small pull-out groups, pairs, or individuals to provide additional support as needed. The class tuition includes a student technology fee that covers the use of instructor-provided classroom laptops loaded with the required software, applications, and licenses. At the end of the class, students will receive access to Black Rocket's interactive learning platform to continue their coding journey at home.

    Topics in this Series: Video Game Animation (Quarters 1, 2); Code Your Own Adventure (Quarters 3, 4)

    8 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $183.00

    Digital Workshop: Python Programmers (Intro)

    Quarter 1: Starts on September 8, 2022

    Class Time: 10:00 am      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Black Rocket

    Grade Range: 3rd-4th

    Prerequisites: None

    In Digital Workshop, students will learn on of the world's fastest-growing programming languages: Python. It is the programming language used by Google, NASA, YouTube, and the CIA! Students will learn how to code with Python to create apps and games.

    Digital Workshop is a computer lab environment in which students work through the Black Rocket curriculum under the direction of computer science coaches. The lab environment allows students to enroll at any quarter, fosters brand new coders, and encourages those with prior coding experience. In the "Intro" level of a course (i.e., Part 1), students will work through the fundamentals of a new digital skill. In the "Continuing" level (i.e., Part 2), students who continue from "Intro" will develop new skills and will design and code an individual project. New students who enroll in "Intro" will begin with the introductory lessons. In order to differentiate instruction between new and continuing students, coaches work with small pull-out groups, pairs, or individuals to provide additional support as needed. The class tuition includes a student technology fee that covers the use of instructor-provided classroom laptops loaded with the required software, applications, and licenses. At the end of the class, students will receive access to Black Rocket's interactive learning platform to continue their coding journey at home.

    Topics in this Series: Python Programmers (Quarters 1, 2); Minecraft Designers (Quarters 3, 4)

    8 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $183.00

    FUNctional Fitness and Cross-Training (PE)- THU (Q1)

    Quarter 1: Starts on September 8, 2022

    Class Time: 11:00 am      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Iman Castaneda

    Grade Range: 2nd-5th

    Prerequisites: None

    FUNctional Fitness is a dynamic kids' PE 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. FUNctional Fitness 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 is on fun, safety, and personal accomplishment rather than competition among classmates. When the weather permits, some exercises may be taken outdoors. The physical challenges of FUNctional Fitness 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. FUNctional Fitness continues each quarter, and students may repeat the class to continue to improve fitness. No two workouts are the same! Students must be minimum age 7 to take this class.

    6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $126.00

    Globetrotters Kids' Geography: Indonesia & Morocco

    Quarter 1: Starts on September 8, 2022

    Class Time: 2:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Danielle Mercadal

    Grade Range: 2nd-3rd

    Prerequisites: None

    Discover geography and diverse cultures in this interactive, imaginary tour of the world. Each quarter, students will take a classroom journey to two distinct nations. They will locate the highlighted countries on the world map and complete a map project before buckling in for a fictional flight to the featured locales. Once they have "arrived" in the country, they will begin with an introduction to home and school life by meeting a child through a story or video. Students will learn to recognize similarities and appreciate differences when they compare that child's home, clothing, food, town, daily activities, and school to their own. In subsequent weeks, our Globe Trotters will learn about the culture and traditions of the country through songs, games, projects, and activities that highlight elements like folktales, customs, celebrations, distinct features, language, points of interest, or native species.

    First quarter, students will journey to Indonesia and Morocco. Did you know that Indonesia is home to over 100 endangered animals? Meet the mouse deer, the "orange tree man" (orangutan), and Komodo dragon, and learn about a land of volcanoes and 17,000 islands. Discover that Morocco is home to camels, elaborate painted tile, and exquisite tea. Learn about the nomadic peoples and massive marketplaces. Example projects from these countries may include: Make Indonesian-inspired shadow puppets, batik printed fabric, detailed henna hand designs and tile painting.

    Students will be excited by geography and culture when approached through this engaging, multi-disciplinary exploration of diverse countries of the globe! Topics in this Series include Indonesia and Morocco (Quarter 1), Sweden and Mexico (Quarter 2), Ireland and Japan (Quarter 4), Peru and India (Quarter 4)A supply fee of $15.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class.

    5 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $117.00

    Go Girl! LEGO Engineering: World Architecture

    Quarter 1: Starts on September 8, 2022

    Class Time: 1:30 pm      Duration: 85 min

    Instructor: Becca Sticha

    Grade Range: K-2nd

    Prerequisites: None

    Young girls will be encouraged to explore STEM through LEGO to design and build simple engineering projects out of everyone's favorite building toy! In this 90 minute class, girls will explore concepts and vocabulary in physics, mechanical engineering, structural engineering, aerospace engineering, and architecture while playing with their creations.

    First quarter, the class will build models of world architecture with projects such as Big Ben, the Eiffel Tower, Great Pyramids, Empire State Building, the Colasseum, and a wind mill.

    Each class begins 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. Throughout the quarter, famous female architects, engineers, and scientists will be introduced. Students build individually or in groups. Instructors will provide individual assistance, facilitate challenges, performance testing, competitions, and modifications to projects. Some projects may have been introduced in prior year's sessions, but each new build is unique, and student's building skills and understanding will have grown.

    Notes:(1) Students must be minimum age 5 and able to separate from their parents for this class. (2) Projects are built from shared, Instructor-owned components, so students will not bring completed projects home. Parents, however, can step into class 15 minutes before the end of each session to photograph their child's construction.

    Topics in this Series:World Architecture (Quarter 1), Farm Fun (Quarter 2), Best Boats (Quarter 3), and Around Town (Quarter 4).

    6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $195.00

    Great Books for Girls: Growth

    Quarter 1: Starts on September 8, 2022

    Class Time: 11:00 am      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Christina Somerville

    Grade Range: 4th-6th

    Prerequisites: None

    Great Books for Girls is a facilitated book club just for preteen girls. Girls will read high-quality, age-appropriate literature and expand their understanding of what they read through book discussion and hands-on extension activities. Girls will be encouraged to interact with the story and each other through activities such as acting out or illustrating favorite scenes, discussing and writing alternate endings, prequels, origin or spinoff stories, or researching specific aspects of the story. Through guided class discussion, the group will be exposed to beginning literary analysis in a fun, interactive setting by discussing plot, theme, characters, setting, genre, writing style, and artistry using specific examples from the story. They will learn to analyze characters, their actions and motives, respond to hypothetical questions, make predictions, and answer prompts using examples from the book.

    Each quarter, the class will read one book that is teacher's choice and a second book that the students select as a group. Students must read assigned chapters from their books at home, either as individual silent reading, read-aloud with parents' support, or listening to an audiobook edition. Readers will be encouraged to take notes on key passages or questions. All books are selected from among Newbery Medalists and Honor Books, Caldecott Medal books, and proven classics of children's fiction. This year's selected themes and teacher's choice books include: Quarter 1- Growth: Catherine, Called Birdy (Karen Cushman); Quarter 2- Imagination: Anne of Green Gables (L.M. Montgomery); Quarter 3- Laughter: Calling on Dragons (Patricia C. Wrede); Quarter 4- The Night Diary (Veela Hiranandani). This is a 6-week class that will have one week break in the 7-week quarter. The week off will be announced.

    6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $153.00

    Harry Potter Handicrafts: Quirrell's Creations

    Quarter 1: Starts on September 8, 2022

    Class Time: 10:00 am      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Judith Harmon

    Grade Range: 5th-8th

    Prerequisites: None

    You've dreamed about going to Hogwarts, and now is your chance to experience a year of magical classes! In this maker class, students will create projects inspired by their core classes at Hogwarts (Charms, Defense Against the Dark Arts, Herbology, Potions, and Transfiguration) and a Hogwarts guest professor. Students learn to work with a variety of materials and learn a broad range of crafting skills such as hand-sewing, painting, papercrafting (including precision cutting, folding, and stenciling) sculpting, and wireworking to create magical pieces inspired by the World of Harry Potter.

    Welcome to the first term at Hogwarts! In addition to your core wizarding classes, special projects will be inspired by guest Professor Quirrell such as a Time Turner, a Constellation Caster, and an Embossed Dragon Box.

    This is a great class for Harry Potter fans who love the magical world, even for those who have not read all of the books or watched all of the movies. Projects and class discussions are geared to not reveal significant series spoilers. Note: A few classes may include a Harry Potter-inspired food creation or personal care product. The ingredients will be identified in advance, and students with food or ingredient allergies or dietary restrictions will need to check before handling/consuming. Substitute ingredients cannot be provided for those with food allergies or restrictions.

    Topics in this Series: Quirrell's Creations (Quarter 1); Pomfrey's Potions (Quarter 2); Flitwick's Favorites (Quarter 3); and Lockhart's Fabrications (Quarter 4) Lab/Supply Fee: A class fee of $35.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class. What to Bring: Students should bring good scissors for cutting paper/fabric, a ruler, and a low temp, mini hot glue gun to class each week.

    5 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $143.00

    Kids' Confection Kitchen: Decadent Delights (THU)

    Quarter 1: Starts on September 8, 2022

    Class Time: 2:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Mimi Nyman

    Grade Range: 5th-8th

    Prerequisites: None

    Toffee. Taffy. Truffles... End the day on a sweet note! Students will enjoy making and eating delicious confections. Each week they will prepare a fresh, handmade dessert or sweet such as: pies, cakes, cookies, tarts, trifles, mousses, puddings, candies, fudge, brittle, or chocolates. The class will include some icing, decorating, and garnishing techniques for completed desserts. This quarter, the Compass bakers' culinary adventures will include:

  • Eclair Squares
  • Fruit and Cheese Danish
  • Blueberry Zucchini Bread
  • Sweet Fruit Pizza
  • Berry Galette
  • French Crepes with Lemon Sauce
  • Baked Apples
  • Students will be eating what they make each week and bringing home the recipes and leftovers. This engaging sweets class will get students excited about helping in the kitchen and entertaining. They will learn important baking skills such as safety, sanitation, measuring, knife skills, and other tricks of the trade. Culinary vocabulary is introduced each week.

    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 small group.

    Lab/Supply Fee: A class fee of $45.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class. What to Bring: None- Disposable aprons and take-home containers provided. What to Wear: Students should wear clean clothes and have long hair tied back, braided, or secured under a bandana (male and female).For more information and FAQs, see the Compass Cooking Classes webpage.

    4 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $186.00

    Kinder Kitchen: Fall Fare with Flair (THU)

    Quarter 1: Starts on September 8, 2022

    Class Time: 10:00 am      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Mimi Nyman

    Grade Range: K (age 5)

    Prerequisites: None

    Kinder-aged cooks will enjoy making flavorful fall recipes and family favorites foods that feature a variety of fruits, vegetables, and fresh ingredients. Festive Fall recipes are selected to be nutritious, fun, and simple to make. In Kinder Kitchen, young chefs will make the same recipes as all other, higher level Compass cooking classes, however, some foods may be pre-cut and some steps may be simplified or completed by the cooking teacher in to support the speed and skills of the younger students. Students must be age 5 for this class. 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:

    • Sweet Pumpkin Dip
    • Chicken Vegetable Soup
    • Caprese Salad Bites
    • Honey Glazed Carrots
    • Spinach Artichoke Meatballs
    • Pineapple Coconut Cupcakes
    • Cheesy Rice Casserole with Green Chilies

    Students will be eating what they make each week and bringing home the recipes and leftovers. These engaging cooking classes will get young 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: 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 age 5 for this class. (3- and 4- year olds cannot be accommodated. No exceptions.)

    Topics in this Series: Fall Fare with Flair (Quarter 1), Festive Fall Flavors (Quarter 2), Winter Warm-Ups (Quarter 3), Savory Spring Specialties (Quarter 4). Lab/Supply Fee: A class fee of $45.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class. What to Bring: None- Disposable aprons and take-home containers provided. What to Wear: Students should wear clean clothes and have long hair tied back, braided, or secured under a bandana (male and female).For more information and FAQs, see the Compass Cooking Classes webpage.

    4 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $186.00

    Preschool Art Adventures: Creative Colors

    Quarter 1: Starts on September 8, 2022

    Class Time: 11:10 am      Duration: 45 min

    Instructor: Diane Wright Cobb

    Grade Range: Ages 3.5-5

    Prerequisites: None

    This class is a multi-media art sampler for our youngest artists! Preschoolers will experiment with a wide variety of materials such as tempera paints, finger paints, watercolors, color pencils, markers, cray pas, oil pastels, charcoals, tissue paper, and specialty papers through a guided, weekly themed project. First quarter, preschool artists will learn all about Color through mixing and experimenting with a variety of media. Students must be a minimum of 3-1/2 years old for this class and be able to work in a small group setting independent of their parent or caregiver. Note: This is a 45 minute class that meets from 11:10 am - 11:55 am (students may not enter classroom until 11:10 am) Topics in this Series: Creative Color (Quarter 1); Super and Shapes (Quarter 2), Terrific Texture (Quarter 3), and Fun with Forms (Quarter 4). Supply Fee: There is a supply fee of $12.00, payable to the instructor on the first day of class.

    5 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $143.00

    Spanish Amigos: Todo Sobre Mi (All About Me)

    Quarter 1: Starts on September 8, 2022

    Class Time: 1:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Sirdley Taborga

    Grade Range: 1st-2nd

    Prerequisites: None

    Buenos dias! Spanish Amigos (Friends) is a fun, play-based, Spanish immersion class for young students. Much like learning their native language, students 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. The teacher will bring toys and objects each week to give kids tangible, hands-on examples of the vocabulary being introduced.

    First quarter, young students will learn Todo Sobre Mi (All About Me) and will practice vocabulary and simple phrases such as saying their name and age, parts of the body, birthdays, and personal descriptors (hungry, sleepy, happy, etc.) Every quarter, basics such as numbers, colors, the alphabet, and greetings will be incorporated.

    Each quarter introduces new themes and new vocabulary in Spanish, so children can continue to build their language basics. However, themes and units are non-sequential, so students may enroll in this level in any quarter. While the theme might be the same as that of a younger level of instruction, more vocabulary will be introduced at the older level. 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. Instruction will be predominantly verbal, but key vocabulary words may be written down for students to begin a sense of spelling. Students will be encouraged to write down new words each week, but reading, writing, spelling, and note-taking will not be expected. Fluency should not be expected at this level.

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

    Spanish Exploradores: Todo Sobre Mi (All About Me)

    Quarter 1: Starts on September 8, 2022

    Class Time: 2:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Sirdley Taborga

    Grade Range: 3rd-4th

    Prerequisites: None

    Buenas tardes! Spanish Exploradores (Explorers) is a fun, immersive introductory Spanish class for elementary students. Much like learning their native language, students will be exposed to the sounds, vocabulary, and phrases in Spanish through songs, games, stories, and hands-on activities. Limited cues in English will be used to prompt students in the first few weeks. The teacher will bring objects each week to give students tangible, hands-on examples of the vocabulary being introduced.

    First quarter, children will learn Todo Sobre Mi (All About Me) and will practice expanded vocabulary and beginning phrases such as saying their name and age, parts of the body, birthdays, and personal descriptors (hungry, sleepy, funny, etc.) Every quarter, basics such as numbers, colors, the alphabet, and greetings will be incorporated. In this level, students will be encouraged to begin to combine adjectives with nouns and nouns with verbs.

    Each quarter introduces new themes and new vocabulary in Spanish, so children can continue to build their language basics. However, themes and units are non-sequential, so students may enroll in this level in any quarter. While the theme might be the same as that of a younger level of instruction, more vocabulary will be introduced at the older level. 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. Instruction will be predominantly verbal, but key vocabulary words may be written down for students to begin a sense of spelling. Students will be encouraged to write down new words each week, but reading, writing, and spelling will not be expected. Fluency should not be expected at this level.

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

    Spanish Para Pequenos (for Little Ones)

    Quarter 1: Starts on September 8, 2022

    Class Time: 12:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Sirdley Taborga

    Grade Range: PK-K

    Prerequisites: None

    Hola! Spanish Para Pequenos (Spanish for Little Ones) is a fun, play-based, Spanish immersion class for young children. Much like learning their native language, children will be exposed to the sounds and words 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. The teacher will bring toys and objects to give young children tangible, hands-on examples of the vocabulary being introduced. Vocubulary covered may include simple greetings, color words, numbers, animals, and articles of clothing, and these will be repeated often due to the young age of the students. The goal of this introductory course is to lay foundations in sounds and basic vocabulary words while having fun and building confidence in a foreign language. All instruction will be verbal in this class. Reading, writing, and spelling will not be expected. Fluency should not be expected at this level.

    Note: Students must be minimum age 4 in order to enroll in this class. (no 3-year-olds). Students must be comfortable speaking to others in English, able to follow directions, and separate from their parent for the 55-minute duration of the class.

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

    Stage Combat: Bare Fists and Brawls (Unarmed Combat)

    Quarter 1: Starts on September 8, 2022

    Class Time: 10:00 am      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Mallory Shear

    Grade Range: 5th-12th

    Prerequisites: None

    From superhero blockbusters to Shakespearian plays, musketeers to mythological heroes, and pirates and princesses, great stories on stage and screen have great fight scenes! Picture buccaneers Barbossa and Blackbeard in Pirates of the Caribbean or Rey versus Ren in the Star Wars sagas. Sometimes they use weapons and sometimes just their bare hands. Fight scenes can be thrilling, heart-breaking, or hilarious. This is the art of Stage Combat- creating the illusion of violence for storytelling in entertainment!

    First quarter, students will explore unarmed fighting techniques, like those used in a one-on-one fist fight or a backstreet brawl. The class will practice basic punches, basic kicks, and a sit-fall. They will also learn a realistic-looking hair pull and ear grab and how to portray realistic pain responses.

    Aspects of stage combat may look like fencing and martial arts, but are instead a different set of theatrical skills that mimic the contact sports, often in a dramatic and choreographed manner meant to convey conflict on stage or screen. Emphasis in stage combat is on safety, so techniques are learned and rehearsed in slow-motion and at increased distance between partners. Students will work with blunt, wooden dowels instead of bladed training weapons. The instructor will present and frequently review class safety rules. This class is best suited for students who are focused, have self-discipline, can follow instructions, and can work in a group.

    Topics in this Series: Bare Fists and Brawls- Unarmed Combat (Quarter 1); Comedy in Combat (Quarter 2), Swashbuckling, Single-Handed Sword (Quarter 3) Dueling, Double-Handed Broadsword (Quarter 4)

    6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $157.00

    Swimming- Beginner Shark (THU)

    Quarter 1: Starts on September 8, 2022

    Class Time: 12:05 pm      Duration: 40 min

    Instructor: YMCA

    Grade Range: 4th-6th

    Prerequisites:

    Compass now offers Homeschool Swim Lessons through Reston YMCA! The YMCA is a clean, bright modern recreation facility located at 12196 Sunset Hills Road, Reston, VA 20190 (0.9 miles/ 3 minute drive from Compass's classroom facility.) Lessons are offered at 3 age levels: "Sunfish" (ages 3.5-5), "Stingrays" (ages 6-8, grades 1-3), and "Sharks" (ages 9-12, grades 4-6) and 2 ability levels: Beginners and Intermediate.

    Lessons at the Stingrays and Sharks Beginner level will progress through the YMCA's swimming curriculum to include: water acclimation, water movement, swimming half of the pool (15-20 yards) on front with face in water and becoming comfortable in some level in deep water. Please note that these skills will be introduced and progress at different rates depending on the comfortable level and experience of enrolled students and may take more than one quarter to complete. At times, students might be moved to a different swimming group (same day, same time, different instructor) to better match the experience level of enrolled children.

    Lessons are 40 minutes long, running from 0:05 until 0:45 after the hour, leaving enough time to towel dry, change clothes, and return to Compass for your next class. Students should bring a swimsuit, towel, and change of clothes. Googles and swim caps are optional.

    A parent (or parent proxy) is required to remain on site. Parents may wait on poolside benches or lobby seating. YMCA waivers must be signed and returned for each swimmer. All registration is completed through Compass. All YMCA swimming classes are taught by certified, experienced, background-checked adult instructors with experience teaching children.

    Class sizes are small with 3-5 children. If there is greater interest per hour or per level, please add your child's name to the waitlist because YMCA may be able to add instructors. Consider enrolling your child in both Tuesday and Thursday classes to improve their rate of learning.

    3 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $103.00

    Swimming- Beginner Stingray (THU)

    Quarter 1: Starts on September 8, 2022

    Class Time: 11:05 am      Duration: 40 min

    Instructor: YMCA

    Grade Range: 1st-3rd

    Prerequisites:

    Compass now offers Homeschool Swim Lessons through Reston YMCA! The YMCA is a clean, bright modern recreation facility located at 12196 Sunset Hills Road, Reston, VA 20190 (0.9 miles/ 3 minute drive from Compass's classroom facility.) Lessons are offered at 3 age levels: "Sunfish" (ages 3.5-5), "Stingrays" (ages 6-8, grades 1-3), and "Sharks" (ages 9-12, grades 4-6) and 2 ability levels: Beginners and Intermediate.

    Lessons at the Stingrays and Sharks Beginner level will progress through the YMCA's swimming curriculum to include: water acclimation, water movement, swimming half of the pool (15-20 yards) on front with face in water and becoming comfortable in some level in deep water. Please note that these skills will be introduced and progress at different rates depending on the comfortable level and experience of enrolled students and may take more than one quarter to complete. At times, students might be moved to a different swimming group (same day, same time, different instructor) to better match the experience level of enrolled children.

    Lessons are 40 minutes long, running from 0:05 until 0:45 after the hour, leaving enough time to towel dry, change clothes, and return to Compass for your next class. Students should bring a swimsuit, towel, and change of clothes. Googles and swim caps are optional.

    A parent (or parent proxy) is required to remain on site. Parents may wait on poolside benches or lobby seating. YMCA waivers must be signed and returned for each swimmer. All registration is completed through Compass. All YMCA swimming classes are taught by certified, experienced, background-checked adult instructors with experience teaching children.

    Class sizes are small with 3-5 children. If there is greater interest per hour or per level, please add your child's name to the waitlist because YMCA may be able to add instructors. Consider enrolling your child in both Tuesday and Thursday classes to improve their rate of learning.

    3 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $103.00

    Swimming- Intermediate Shark (THU)

    Quarter 1: Starts on September 8, 2022

    Class Time: 12:05 pm      Duration: 40 min

    Instructor: YMCA

    Grade Range: 4th-6th

    Prerequisites: Beginner Level

    Compass now offers Homeschool Swim Lessons through Reston YMCA! The YMCA is a clean, bright modern recreation facility located at 12196 Sunset Hills Road, Reston, VA 20190 (0.9 miles/ 3 minute drive from Compass's classroom facility.) Lessons are offered at 3 age levels: "Sunfish" (ages 3.5-5), "Stingrays" (ages 6-8, grades 1-3), and "Sharks" (ages 9-12, grades 4-6) and 2 ability levels: Beginners and Intermediate.

    Lessons at the Stingrays and Sharks Intermediate level will progress through the YMCA's swimming curriculum to include: all skills in beginner-level class plus: water stamina, swimming one length of the pool (25 yards), performing elementary backstroke, rotary breathing, becoming comfortable in deep water, and stroke introduction to include: front crawl, backstroke, and elementary breaststroke. Please note that these skills will be introduced and progress at different rates depending on the comfortable level and experience of enrolled students and may take more than one quarter to complete. At times, students might be moved to a different swimming group (same day, same time, different instructor) to better match the experience level of enrolled children.

    Lessons are 40 minutes long, running from 0:05 until 0:45 after the hour, leaving enough time to towel dry, change clothes, and return to Compass for your next class. Students should bring a swimsuit, towel, and change of clothes. Googles and swim caps are optional.

    A parent (or parent proxy) is required to remain on site. Parents may wait on poolside benches or lobby seating. YMCA waivers must be signed and returned for each swimmer. All registration is completed through Compass. All YMCA swimming classes are taught by certified, experienced, background-checked adult instructors with experience teaching children.

    Class sizes are small with 3-5 children. If there is greater interest per hour or per level, please add your child's name to the waitlist because YMCA may be able to add instructors. Consider enrolling your child in both Tuesday and Thursday classes to improve their rate of learning.

    3 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $103.00

    Swimming- Intermediate Stingray (THU)

    Quarter 1: Starts on September 8, 2022

    Class Time: 11:05 am      Duration: 40 min

    Instructor: YMCA

    Grade Range: 1st-3rd

    Prerequisites: Beginner Level

    Compass now offers Homeschool Swim Lessons through Reston YMCA! The YMCA is a clean, bright modern recreation facility located at 12196 Sunset Hills Road, Reston, VA 20190 (0.9 miles/ 3 minute drive from Compass's classroom facility.) Lessons are offered at 3 age levels: "Sunfish" (ages 3.5-5), "Stingrays" (ages 6-8, grades 1-3), and "Sharks" (ages 9-12, grades 4-6) and 2 ability levels: Beginners and Intermediate.

    Lessons at the Stingrays and Sharks Intermediate level will progress through the YMCA's swimming curriculum to include: all skills in beginner-level class plus: water stamina, swimming one length of the pool (25 yards), performing elementary backstroke, rotary breathing, becoming comfortable in deep water, and stroke introduction to include: front crawl, backstroke, and elementary breaststroke. Please note that these skills will be introduced and progress at different rates depending on the comfortable level and experience of enrolled students and may take more than one quarter to complete. At times, students might be moved to a different swimming group (same day, same time, different instructor) to better match the experience level of enrolled children.

    Lessons are 40 minutes long, running from 0:05 until 0:45 after the hour, leaving enough time to towel dry, change clothes, and return to Compass for your next class. Students should bring a swimsuit, towel, and change of clothes. Googles and swim caps are optional.

    A parent (or parent proxy) is required to remain on site. Parents may wait on poolside benches or lobby seating. YMCA waivers must be signed and returned for each swimmer. All registration is completed through Compass. All YMCA swimming classes are taught by certified, experienced, background-checked adult instructors with experience teaching children.

    Class sizes are small with 3-5 children. If there is greater interest per hour or per level, please add your child's name to the waitlist because YMCA may be able to add instructors. Consider enrolling your child in both Tuesday and Thursday classes to improve their rate of learning.

    3 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $103.00

    The Science of Art: Resins & Polymers

    Quarter 1: Starts on September 8, 2022

    Class Time: 11:00 am      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Dr. Michele Forsythe

    Grade Range: 5th-6th

    Prerequisites: None

    "S" is for science, and "A" is for art in the study of STEAM, but have you thought about the science in art? Artists must understand the science of the materials that the use: how they tint and texturize, mix and melt, dye and dry, blend or bend. There is a complex community of scientists and engineers with specialties in polymers, glass, chemicals, paper, and textiles who design the materials that artists use to create their art. This class will learn about the science and properties of some unique artistic processes and materials and how and why they work.

    First quarter, the class will work with resins and polymers. Students will learn what are polymers and resins and about the chemical and physical properties of special plastics. They will look at real-life applications of resins and polymers such as sealants, countertop construction, molds, and sculptures. Students will work with resin to encase small specimens, such as tiny flowers, small drawings, or objects to make a decorative, durable piece of art. The class will spend 7 weeks examining natural and synthetic resins as well as learning what polymers are and making things with products that have different catalysts for polymerization. Students will make items using epoxy resin, clay, Sculpey or Fimo, Shrinky Dinks, and Perler beads.

    Topics in this series: Resins & Polymers (Quarter 1), Paints & Dyes (Quarter 2), Optical Illusions & Color (Quarter 3), and Paper Engineers (Quarter 4). There is a supply fee of $20.00 due payable to the instructor on the first day.

    7 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $194.00

    Writing Well: Sentences that Speak

    Quarter 1: Starts on September 8, 2022

    Class Time: 2:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Shannon McClain

    Grade Range: 5th-6th

    Prerequisites: None

    Writing is one of the most essential communication skills, and it gives kids a voice! In this class, upper elementary-aged students will learn the FUN-damentals of Writing Well! Kids will learn the foundations of good writing, step-by-step, in manageable, weekly pieces. Students will start the year with learning to formulate strong sentences and eventually move to organized, cohesive paragraphs in this class series. Classes will consist of lessons on writing basics, reading great examples (and weak ones) from literature and publications, and in-class writing practice. The emphasis will be on varying sentence structures, word choice, and correct structure- all with fun, creative topics that will keep kids interested in writing!

    Quarter one, students will learn all about sentences. The class will learn how to choose descriptive words from word lists and avoid dull, overused words (like good, bad, said) in their writing. They will learn about different sentence structures (simple, complex, and compound) and which one works best for different meanings. Each week, students will practice writing descriptive, informative, argumentative sentences in response to a variety of creative and non-fiction prompts in class. By the end of the quarter, students will feel confident writing three to four sentences cohesively and be prepared for constructing full paragraphs in Quarter two.

    The goal for this course is for students to increase their writing fluency, gain confidence, and strengthen their abilities to write clear, cohesive, and grammatically correct sentences and paragraphs. The group will learn the stages of writing--prewriting, drafting, revising, and editing--and various approaches to each stage. Throughout the quarter, mini-lessons on vocabulary and grammar will be presented on topics such as correct capitalization, agreement, tenses, parts of speech, synonyms, etc. Each week, students will have brief homework assignments based on what was covered in class using creative and non-fiction free response prompts to practice techniques at home. Regular writing practice improves fluency and comfort level. Students should expect 45-60 minutes of writing at home throughout the week (3-4 days at 15 minutes per sitting.)

    Topics in this series include Sentences that Speak (Quarter 1), Planning Paragraphs (Quarter 2), Fascinating Fiction Paragraphs (Quarter 3), and Fun Factual Paragraphs (Quarter 4).

    6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $149.00

    Writing Wonders: My Memories

    Quarter 1: Starts on September 8, 2022

    Class Time: 1:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Shannon McClain

    Grade Range: 3rd-4th

    Prerequisites: None

    Writing is a fundamental skill for school and for life, and it gives kids a voice! In this class, third and fourth graders will explore writing in many different ways. They will learn the basics of good writing and the art of revision. Classes will consist of simple lessons on writing plus in-class writing practice. Students will always be encouraged to write about what interests them, but they will also always be given fun, creative writing prompts so no one feels the panic of figuring out "what to write."

    First quarter, students will write about personal experiences and memories. This is one of the easiest themes for children to start writing about, as they are usually bubbling over with stories to tell. They will learn to organize their recollections into a logical structure of what happened first, second, last, etc.

    The goal for this course is for young students to gain confidence, increase writing fluency, and learn how to incorporate writing into everyday work and play. Each week, the instructor will share brief lessons on grammar such as correct capitalization, agreement, tenses, parts of speech, use of adjectives/adverbs, etc. They will also learn the steps of the writing process: prewriting, drafting, revising, and editing, and strategies for each state. Student must be minimum age 8 to take this class and should be on grade level for reading and handwriting.

    Topics in this Series: My Memories (Quarter 1); Transforming Tales (Quarter 2), Fun with Fiction (Quarter 3), and Fact Finder (Quarter 4).

    6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $149.00

    Acrylic Painting: Open Studio

    Quarter 1: Starts on September 9, 2022

    Class Time: 2:00 pm      Duration: 90 min

    Instructor: Pete Van Riper

    Grade Range: 8th-12th

    Prerequisites:

    Students will be introduced to painting with acrylics in a relaxed, informal studio setting under the guidance of a professional art instructor. Students will work on canvas boards and will learn elements of art, principles of design, and color theory in addition to methods in painting. Each week, the instructor will demonstrate a different technique in acrylic painting rather than a different subject. Techniques will include mixing and blending paints, wet and dry brush techniques, sponge techniques, glazing, washing, gradient relief, sgraffito, impasto, smudging, dot techniques, stippling, pouring, splattering, dabbing, underpainting, and detailing. The emphasis will be on methods and effects so that each student has a “toolbox” of techniques for working in acrylics. Students will have the freedom to mix and match the techniques that they have learned to create original pieces. In the open studio concepts, each student will have a different goal and unique project in-progress such as still life, floral, landscape, portrait, fantasy, abstract, or pop art. Student will complete two or three boards each quarter, depending on the level of detailing.

    This class is suitable for beginners who have never painted before, and for experienced art students who have worked in other mediums and are interested in exploring acrylic painting. 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 break from rigorous academic classes and over-scheduled lives in a fun, supportive environment.

    Prerequisites: None

    Workload: Work outside of class is optional, however students who want to continue to practice their painting techniques might want to purchase a tabletop easel (approx. $10.00) and set of basic acrylic paints ($30.00+) for home use.

    Assessments: Individual feedback is given in class. Formal assessments will not be given.

    Lab/Supply Fee: A supply fee of $25.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class for canvas boards and shared class supplies (paints, brushes, paper products, etc.).

    What to Wear: Students may wish to wear an apron, smock, or paint shirt when working with acrylic paints.

    Credit: Homeschool families may wish to count this course as a component (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: $213.00

    Chess for Teens: All-Level (Q1)

    Quarter 1: Starts on September 9, 2022

    Class Time: 2:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Karl Peterson

    Grade Range: 8th-12th

    Prerequisites: None

    Teens will enjoy the logic and challenge of the timeless strategy board game as they learn and play chess with classmates. This is a multi-level class open to Beginners, Advanced Beginners, or Intermediate Players. Instruction will be differentiated based on the make-up of the class, and teens will be placed in pairs or groups depending on experience. Since teens move quickly through lessons and enjoy the interaction of the game, instruction will be approximately 20 minutes, with 35 minutes reserved for weekly in-class matches that are monitored and supported by the coach. Beginners may play as a group against the instructor which is a low-pressure way to learn the game. Teens who are engrossed in their games may continue their play into Friday Teen Game Night.

    Learning and playing chess supports problem solving, decision making, critical and creative thinking, general cognitive ability, scholastic skills, and mathematical achievement (Univ. of Minnesota). 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).

    Credit: Homeschool families may wish to count this course as a component (partial) credit in logic/reasoning or and elective for purposes of a high school transcript.

    7 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $128.00

    Cooking for Teens: Fall Fare with Flair (10AM)

    Quarter 1: Starts on September 9, 2022

    Class Time: 10:00 am      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Mimi Nyman

    Grade Range: 8th-12th

    Prerequisites: None

    Students will enjoy making flavorful fall recipes and family favorites that feature a variety of fruits, vegetables, and fresh ingredients. Fall Fare recipes 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:

  • Sweet Pumpkin Dip
  • Chicken Vegetable Soup
  • Caprese Salad Bites
  • Honey Glazed Carrots
  • Spinach Artichoke Meatballs
  • Pineapple Coconut Cupcakes
  • Cheesy Rice Casserole with Green Chilies
  • 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: 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.

    Topics in this Series: Fall Fare with Flair (Quarter 1), Festive Fall Flavors (Quarter 2), Winter Warm-Ups (Quarter 3), Savory Spring Specialties (Quarter 4). Lab/Supply Fee: A class fee of $45.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class. What to Bring: None- Disposable aprons and take-home containers provided. What to Wear: Students should wear clean clothes and have long hair tied back, braided, or secured under a bandana (male and female).For more information and FAQs, see the Compass Cooking Classes webpage.

    4 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $186.00

    Cooking for Teens: Fall Fare with Flair (11AM)

    Quarter 1: Starts on September 9, 2022

    Class Time: 11:00 am      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Mimi Nyman

    Grade Range: 8th-12th

    Prerequisites: None

    Students will enjoy making flavorful fall recipes and family favorites that feature a variety of fruits, vegetables, and fresh ingredients. Fall Fare recipes 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:

  • Sweet Pumpkin Dip
  • Chicken Vegetable Soup
  • Caprese Salad Bites
  • Honey Glazed Carrots
  • Spinach Artichoke Meatballs
  • Pineapple Coconut Cupcakes
  • Cheesy Rice Casserole with Green Chilies
  • 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: 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.

    Topics in this Series: Fall Fare with Flair (Quarter 1), Festive Fall Flavors (Quarter 2), Winter Warm-Ups (Quarter 3), Savory Spring Specialties (Quarter 4). Lab/Supply Fee: A class fee of $45.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class. What to Bring: None- Disposable aprons and take-home containers provided. What to Wear: Students should wear clean clothes and have long hair tied back, braided, or secured under a bandana (male and female).For more information and FAQs, see the Compass Cooking Classes webpage.

    4 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $186.00

    Drawing Studio: Everyday Objects

    Quarter 1: Starts on September 9, 2022

    Class Time: 12:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Pete Van Riper

    Grade Range: 8th-12th

    Prerequisites:

    Students will draw in a relaxed, informal studio setting, where they will learn the fundamentals of drawing along with the elements of art and principles of design.

    First quarter, teens will begin basic, freehand sketching of simple, everyday objects to learn to represent the objects that they observe. Teen artists will learn techniques such as fading, shading, and blending using crosshatching and smudging. Through the objects study, artists will learn techniques with pencil to help them replicate different effects in light and surfaces.

    The instructor will demonstrate various techniques by developing a sample drawing. Students may elect to follow the class sample or may apply the drawing skills to an entirely unique drawing. This class is suitable for beginners who have never drawn before and for intermediate art students who have worked with other media and are interested in exploring drawing. Drawing can provide a relaxing, needed break from rigorous academic classes and over-scheduled lives in a fun, supportive environment.

    Topics in this Series: Everyday Objects (Quarter 1), Textures & Patterns (Quarter 2), Creating Narrative (Quarter 3), and Imitating Illustration Styles (Quarter 4).

    Workload: Work outside of class is optional for those who wish to practice their drawing techniques.

    Assessments: Individual feedback is given in class. Formal assessments will not be given.

    Lab/Supply Fee: A class fee of $18.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class for a sketchbook, a pencil box with pencils of varying hardness, and an eraser. Returning drawing students do not need to pay a supply fee and are expected to replace their drawing supplies as needed, with similar or better quality.

    Credit: Homeschool families may wish to count this course as a component (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: $142.00

    English: Intro to Literary Genres with Writing- The Novel

    Quarter 1: Starts on September 9, 2022

    Class Time: 2:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Dr. Anne Taranto

    Grade Range: 9th-10th

    Prerequisites:

    In this bridge high school English workshop, students be introduced to the concepts of literary genres and analytical writing. Each quarter, the class will examine one select work or genre. Students will learn to recognize figurative language, tone, subtext and diction, identify symbolism and imagery, and develop an awareness of narrative perspective and of the social-historical contexts in which these works were created. First quarter will feature The Novel: Catcher in the Rye (J. D. Sallinger).

    Composition: Students will also learn the fundamental components of academic writing, including how to construct a thesis statement that makes an argument, how to support their ideas effectively with textual evidence, how to organize an argument logically, and how to cite sources in MLA format. Some class periods will be dedicated Writing Lab session in which students write in-class in order to get on-the-spot support and feedback from the teacher. Students should bring laptops to these class sessions.

    Topics in this Series: The Novel (Quarter 1), The Play (Quarter 2), Poetry (Quarter 3), and Short Fiction (Quarter 4). Students who continue from one quarter to the next will receive priority registration.

    Prerequisites: Students should be able to read at grade level, and it is recommended that students have had a middle school writing class.

    Workload: Students should expect to spend 1-2 hours per week outside of class.

    Assignments: All assignments will be posted in a Google Classroom management site. Students will need their own gmail accounts to access Google Classroom.

    Assessments: Students' written assignments will be graded using a rubric and assigned points that the homeschool parent can use when assigning an overall class grade.

    Textbook/Materials: Because students will need clean, inexpensive copies of each novel to mark in, and they must be able to refer to the passages on the same page numbers, copies of mass market paperbacks will be pre-purchased and bundled for students. (See Supply Fee below).

    Supply Fee: A class fee of $15.75 is due payable to Compass on the first day of class for the select novel.

    What to Bring: Students should bring the current novel, paper, pen or pencil and highlighter to class each week. Some students may wish to bring paper clips, adhesive flags or post-it notes for marking passages/pages.

    Credit: Homeschool families may wish to count this course as a component, or partial credit, in English for purposes of a high school transcript.

    7 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $217.00

    Krav Maga Self Defense for Teens- Blue Stripe (Fri)

    Quarter 1: Starts on September 9, 2022

    Class Time: 12:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Sarah Reynolds

    Grade Range: 8th-12th

    Prerequisites: None

    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 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 situation escalates and becomes threatening. Kids are empowered and gain confidence when they rehearse how to handle real-life situations. Exercises and in-class practice incorporate balance, coordination, energy, and other key elements of fitness along with life skills such as confidence, teamwork, respect, discipline, and respect.

    Students may enroll in Krav Maga at any time, and everyone will begin as a white belt. Each quarter, students will practice the full range of skills, but there will be two "featured" moves that a student can earn a belt stripe for being able to demonstrate. Featured moves will include a combative strike and a defensive escape technique. No one stripe is a prerequisite for any other color, and color stripes can be earned in any order.

    First quarter, students will have the chance to earn a Blue Stripe. Featured moves include: cover defense and wrist locks (red stripe); straight punch defense and bear hugs (orange stripe); head movement defense and front 2-handed choke (yellow stripe); round kick defense and back 2-handed choke (green stripe); front kick defense and guillotine choke (blue stripe); clinch defense and rear choke (purple stripe); ground striking defense and head lock defense (brown stripe); and 360 defense and full Nelson (black stripe).

    Students will be able to test for belt promotions to move through the ranks of white belt, yellow belt, orange belt, etc. On average, it is estimated that a student will be ready for a belt test after four quarters/four color stripes. Belt testing will be by coach approval.

    Topics in this Series: Blue Stripe (1st Quarter), Purple Stripe (2nd Quarter), Brown Stripe (3rd Quarter) and Black Stripe (4th Quarter). Assessments: Belt testing for promotion will be by coach recommendation, but on average will take 4 quarters. Lab/Supply Fee: A class fee of $10.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class for the t-shirt and white belt (new students) or $5.00 for the white belt (returning students). A belt test fee of $25.00 is due payable to the instructor when a student is ready to test for promotion. What to Bring: Refillable water bottle. What to Wear: In lieu of a full martial arts uniform, participants should wear their class t-shirt and belt along with shorts, leggings, or loose, comfortable athletic pants, and comfortable athletic shoes or sneakers.Non-Meeting Days: This is a 6-week class that does not meet on October 7.

    8 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $119.00

    Mosaic Masterpieces Open Studio (Q1, FRI)

    Quarter 1: Starts on September 9, 2022

    Class Time: 2:00 pm      Duration: 115 min

    Instructor: Mimi Nyman

    Grade Range: 8th-Adult

    Prerequisites: None

    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.

    Students who are new to mosaics will complete a quick checkerboard project (complete with wooden checkers) to teach pattern, layout, and lines before starting an individual projects. For each project, students will be able to choose from a variety of substrates- rectangular, square, shaped, or circular backboards (typically first-year students), or special forms or 3D objects (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, millefiori, 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. A broad pallet of colors is always available, and new colors are added each quarter to reflect the season.

    Students will develop a skillset for mosaic artistry over multiple quarters or years. As each student demonstrates mastery of basic skills, safety, and artistic expression, that student will be taught advanced techniques, materials, tools, composition, and color theory. A typical progression in mosaics is:

    -Flat, rectangular substrate, whole tiles, symmetric design, proper spacing and adhesion

    -Flat, circular substrate, tile cutting with nippers, themed design and color choice

    -Flat or curved substrate, cutting sheet glass with pistol grip, breaking pliers, and running pliers, composition and color design

    -3D substrate, adhesion substances, and techniques

    -Porcelain and ceramic cutting, special application, advanced design

    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.

    Workload: Students should expect to spend 0-1 hours per week outside of class.

    Assessments: will not be given.

    Materials Fee: Materials used vary depending on a student's experience with mosaic. Beginner Material Fee: $40.00 for a selection of Beginner Materials, including: vitreous glass, ceramic, mini, eco recycled glass, beach glass, glitter glass, glass gems, ceramic pebble, shells, metallic crystal, subway glass; Adhesive: weld bond; Grout: bone or charcoal color; Cutters: wheeled tile nippers; Substrate: 2D/Flat 12" x 12",10" x 10", 8" X 8", 4" X 4", framed mirrors, ornament shapes. Advanced Material Fee: $50.00 for a selection of Advanced Materials including: All Beginner Materials plus, iridized glass, cathedral sheet glass, opaque sheet glass, color fusion, millefiori, Van Gogh glass, natural stone and minerals, special effects glass, water glass, colored mirror, illumination glass, china plates, rhinestone, ball chain; Adhesives: weld bond, thin-set mortar, silicone; Grout: Custom colors (purple, rose, green, blue, earth, orange); Cutters: wheeled tile nippers, porcelain hand tool, hand file, pistol grip, beetle bits cutting system; Substrates: All flat shapes plus, 3D forms (egg, sphere, cone, pyramid etc),cut out sentiments, trays, glass bottle, mini sleds, flower pot, picture frame, sun catcher. Additional Fee: Tesserae by request and consultation with instructor: mother of pearl, 24 kt gold tiles (market rate), specially cut substrate. All material fees are due payable to the instructor on the first day of class by cash, check or electronic payment.

    What to Bring: In-progress project must be brought back to studio each week.

    Credit: Homeschool families may wish to count this course as a component (partial) credit in Fine Arts for purposes of a high school transcript.

    7 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $186.00

    Mystery Matinee: Murder at Toadwart Inn

    Quarter 1: Starts on September 9, 2022

    Class Time: 1:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Judith Harmon

    Grade Range: 9th-12th

    Prerequisites: None

    Who doesn't love a good "Whodunnit" mystery? In this workshop, teens actors will work together to bring a cast of characters to life through creative adaptations and interpretive improvisation. Using materials from a commercial murder mystery role playing game (RPG), students will assume the personas of outrageous and offbeat characters. As the drama unfolds in rounds guided by clue cards, eclectic evidence, and fictitious forensics, a victim, a motive, and eventually the murderer will be revealed.

    Student actors will be guided through the development of a strong, compelling character, complete with unique ways of speaking, gesturing, and moving, an original costume, a backstory, and of course, an alibi.

    At the annual Witch's Brew Social, the who's who of the supernatural community gather at the historical Toadwart Inn. Magical guests partake in the latest flavors of witch's brew and juicy gossip. Guests arrive on the most outlandish and latest models of brooms in their best hats and capes, and the Merlin's Daily reporters are on the scene recording the festivities. With so many in attendance, it seems unlikely that no one saw the crime. Who could have done it?

    In this workshop, students benefit from experimenting with acting and improvisation and working as a team. This class is best suited for students who are active listeners, are flexible and easily adapt, have a sense of humor, and enjoy working 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.

    Topics in this Series: Murder at Toadwart Inn (Quarter 1), The Greatest Murder on Earth (Quarter 2), Til Death Do We Part (Quarter 3), Murder & Mayhem at the Old Doom Mansion (Quarter 4), etc. Students continuing from the prior quarter will receive priority pre-registration for next quarter.

    Workload: Students should expect to spend 1-1.5 hours per week outside of class.

    Assignments: Will be posted in a Google classroom.

    Assessments: Informal qualitative feedback will be given in class throughout the semester. A quantitative score/grade will not be provided.

    Lab/Supply Fee: A class fee of $25.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class for a script and costs related to props and performance license fee.

    Credit: Homeschool families may wish to count this course as a component (partial) credit in fine arts or performing arts for purposes of a high school transcript.

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

    Natural Leaders: Fall

    Quarter 1: Starts on September 9, 2022

    Class Time: 10:00 am      Duration: 5 Hours

    Instructor: Natural Leaders

    Grade Range: 6th-8th

    Prerequisites: None

    Natural Leaders is an outdoor education and leadership program. Each week, the group will venture into the woods surrounding Lake Fairfax for an authentic, immersive adventure featuring hiking, outdoor skills, leadership, and camaraderie. At each meeting, students take turns in different roles that are key to the group's success, safety, and fun such as: coordinator (plan out the group's schedule for the day); navigator (following the map, practice orienteering); naturalist (investigate and present a lesson about local plants, animals or ecology); skills coaches (research, practice, and demonstrate a skill to others, such as knot tying or whittling); game master (plan and teach an group game or challenge); and safety officer (present on a safety or first aid topic) They will also learn survival skills such as fire-building, outdoor edibles, building shelters, use of knives, and safety/first aid.

    The student-led portions of the program promote group cohesion, cooperation, and friendship, while students benefit from the positive peer pressure to come prepared for their weekly roles and responsibilities. Tweens and teens will also become more confident and comfortable as leaders and outdoor adventurers as their self-reliance skills grow. Natural Leaders is supervised by an experienced Natural Leaders mentor, trained and supported in providing a positive experience and managing safety. They typically have a passion for sharing nature with kids, and may have a background in a range of skills such as wilderness first aid, survival skills, tracking, primitive skills, and experience in hiking, camping, rock climbing, water sports, etc. Natural Leaders meets weekly rain, snow, or shine, in all temperatures. Students should always dress is layers for the forecasted weather conditions. Registered students will receive more detailed instructions about what to wear, what to bring, and where to meet prior to the start of the program.

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

    Sweets Shop: Decadent Delights (FRI)

    Quarter 1: Starts on September 9, 2022

    Class Time: 12:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Mimi Nyman

    Grade Range: 8th-12th

    Prerequisites: None

    The tantalizing aroma of cookies in the oven. A mouth-watering burst of mint. The silky feel of melted chocolate. The sticky sweet of fresh-made caramel. A subtle hint of lemon. Student bakers will enjoy these delicious sensations- and more- as they explore the world of baking homemade desserts.

  • Eclair Squares
  • Fruit and Cheese Danish
  • Blueberry Zucchini Bread
  • Sweet Fruit Pizza
  • Berry Galette
  • French Crepes with Lemon Sauce
  • Baked Apples
  • Sweet Shop treats are scrumptious, fun, and simple to make. Each week they will prepare a fresh, handmade dessert or sweet such as: pies, cakes, cookies, tarts, trifles, mousses, puddings, candies, fudge, brittle, or chocolate. The class will include some icing, decorating, and garnishing techniques for completed desserts. This quarter, the Compass bakers' culinary adventures will include:

  • Students will be eating what they make each week and bringing home the recipes and leftovers. This engaging sweets class will get students excited about helping in the kitchen and entertaining. They will learn important baking skills such as safety, sanitation, measuring, knife skills, and other tricks of the trade. Culinary vocabulary is introduced each week.

    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 small group.

    Topics in this Series: Decadent Delights (Quarter 1); Gooey Goodies (Quarter 2), Best Bon Bons (Quarter 3), and Casual Confections (Quarter 4).

    Assessments: Qualitative Feedback will be given in class. Formal grades/assessment will not be given.

    Lab/Supply Fee: A class fee of $45.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class.

    What to Bring: None- Disposable aprons and take-home containers provided.

    What to Wear: Students should wear clean clothes and have long hair tied back, braided, or secured under a bandana (male and female).

    Credit: Homeschool families may wish to count this course as a component (partial) credit in career exploration, fine arts, or electives for purposes of a high school transcript. For more information and FAQs, see the Compass Cooking Classes webpage.

  • 4 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $186.00

    Ballet Foundations (MON)

    Quarter 1: Starts on September 12, 2022

    Class Time: 11:00 am      Duration: 50 min

    Instructor: Alchemy Ballet Academy

    Grade Range: 3rd-8th

    Prerequisites: None

    Beginning dancers will build their skills in musicality, balance, flexibility, and coordination as they learn to dance as a group. At this level, dancers work to identify, apply, demonstrate, and integrate the following techniques from the Vaganova ballet method such as: 1st-6th positions, marching and skipping, demi plié, grand plié, sauté, bourrée, grand jeté, and tendu, along with pas de chat, pas de bourrée, arabesque, arabesque sauté, and soutenu. Students will develop their physical conditioning by core leg and arm strength.

    A demonstration of skills learned will be showcased for parents on the last class each quarter. Registration is for one morning class, however students who wish to further their skills are encouraged to sign up for both Monday and Wednesday morning lessons. Compass ballet students will have an opportunity to audition for the Alchemy Ballet Academy Winter Performance (including excerpts from The Nutcracker).

    Ballet students are expected to wear appropriate attire. Young ladies must wear a leotard with skirt (attached or detached), pink tights, and soft pink ballet shoes in canvas or leather. Young men must wear a slim-fitting white t-shirt, black shorts, white socks, and soft black ballet shoes in canvas or leather. Alchemy Ballet offers an optional kit of one leotard with skirt, one pair of tights, and one pair of soft shoes for $25.00 or soft shoes only for $6.50. This is a 5-week session that will not meet on Oct 10. 2022.

    3 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $90.00

    Ballet Fun (MON)

    Quarter 1: Starts on September 12, 2022

    Class Time: 10:00 am      Duration: 50 min

    Instructor: Alchemy Ballet Academy

    Grade Range: PK-2nd

    Prerequisites: None

    Young dancers will practice skills in musicality, balance, flexibility, and coordination as they learn to dance as a group. At this level, dancers will learn to recognize, understand, and apply techniques from the Vaganova ballet method such as: 1st - 6th positions, marching and skipping, demi plié, grand plié, sauté, bourrée, grand jeté, and tendu. Students will also develop their physical conditioning and learn teamwork. Dancers in this level must be minimum age 4 by the start of class.

    A demonstration of skills learned will be showcased for parents on the last class each quarter. Registration is for one morning class, however students who wish to further their skills are encouraged to sign up for both Monday and Wednesday morning lessons. Compass ballet students will have an opportunity to audition for the Alchemy Ballet Academy Winter Performance (including excerpts from The Nutcracker).

    Ballet students are expected to wear appropriate attire. Young ladies must wear a leotard with skirt (attached or detached), pink tights, and soft pink ballet shoes in canvas or leather. Young men must wear a slim-fitting white t-shirt, black shorts, white socks, and soft black ballet shoes in canvas or leather. Alchemy Ballet offers an optional kit of one leotard with skirt, one pair of tights, and one pair of soft shoes for $25.00 or soft shoes only for $6.50. This is a 5-week session that will not meet on Oct 10. 2022.

    3 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $90.00

    Crafting for Cosplay: Foam and Plastic

    Quarter 1: Starts on September 12, 2022

    Class Time: 12:00 pm      Duration: 85 min

    Instructor: Judith Harmon

    Grade Range: 9th-12th

    Prerequisites: None

    Kratos wears a leather baldric. Captain America grasps a shield. Harley Quinn sports spiked wrist cuffs, and Lara Croft wouldn't go to war without her weaponry. Great accessories and carefully crafted garments make great cosplay. If you are interested in the world of cosplay and want to bring some of your favorite characters to life, this class will teach you the skills to craft costumes and accessories.

    First quarter, students will learn to work with EVA foam and thermal plastics. They will learn to use patterns, cut, layer, glue, carve, heat-shape, and paint foam and thermal plastic accessories. Projects for the quarter include a dagger and breastplate.

    In this class, students will follow templates and patterns provided by and demonstrated by the instructor. Pieces will be individualized through paint and embellishments, but the goal is for cosplayers to learn specialized crafting techniques that they can use at home to make additional, unique pieces. There is a $55.00 supply fee for in-class materials, the shared use of classroom tools/supplies, and some take-home tools to continue crafting at home. First quarter, students will take home 2 types of Exacto knives, a small cutting mat, patterns, and foam remnants.

    Projects are all-new from the 2021-22, so students may take this course again to hone their proficiency with various crafting techniques and fabricate new accessories. Cosplayers who would like to create original fabric costume elements such as capes, vests, skirts, and more, may want to co-register for this instructor's Learn to Sew classes.

    Topics in this Series: Foam and Plastics (Quarter 1), Resins and Metal Work (Quarter 2), Leather Work (Quarter 3), Mending and Alterations (Quarter 4) etc. Students continuing from one quarter receive priority pre-registration for the next quarter.

    Prerequisites: None

    Workload: Students should expect to spend 0-1 hours per week outside of class.

    Assignments: Will be communicated in weekly e-mails and posted in a Google classroom.

    Assessments: Informal, qualitative feedback will be given in class throughout the semester. A quantitative score/grade will not be provided.

    Textbook/Materials: All materials will be furnished.

    Lab/Supply Fee: A class fee of $55.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class.

    Credit: Homeschool families may wish to count this course as a component (partial) credit in fine arts/theater for purposes of a high school transcript.

    5 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $184.00

    Culinary Foundations: Vegetables

    Quarter 1: Starts on September 12, 2022

    Class Time: 10:00 am      Duration: 90 min

    Instructor: Mimi Nyman

    Grade Range: 9th-12th

    Prerequisites: None

    Students with a curiosity for culinary careers will explore many aspects of cooking for the hospitality industry and for themselves. In this advanced cooking class, students will make delicious, advanced recipes and learn skills that are the foundation for a future career in culinary arts. This class will get students excited about new foods, flavors, and techniques as they gain a working knowledge of food planning and preparation.

    Each quarter, new technical, kitchen skills are introduced, and each week, a new recipe is made in class that demonstrates the featured food group or cooking style. Students will also prepare a base or food pairing that showcases the featured recipe.

    First quarter technical skills will include kitchen essentials, basic kitchen first aid, and knife skills-focusing on the Chef Knife. Chapters covered in the text include Level 1 book, Chapter 3, 4 and 6. First quarter recipes that showcase the lessons on Vegetables include:

    • Table-side Guacamole
    • Caramelized Onion Flatbread
    • Divine Water Chestnuts
    • Hot Spinach Dip
    • Stuffed Mushrooms
    • Corn Cake
    • Swiss Chard Parmesan

    Culinary vocabulary will also be introduced each week. Students will leave this class with an introduction to culinary careers in the hospitality industry and a beginning foundation in culinary arts. Additionally, students will be able to take charge of a home kitchen, prepare advanced dishes, and adhere to safety and hygiene standards. They will have nutrition-planning and cooking skills that will enrich the lives of their friends and families.

    Notes 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. Pork will be used in the proteins unit during 3rd quarter. All food supplies will be conventional, mass market available ingredients. Specialty food preparations/certifications such as halal, kosher, and organic will not be used due to cost and sourcing logistics.

    Topics in this Series: Stocks, Soups and Sauces (Quarter 1), Potatoes, Grains, and Legumes (Quarter 2), Meat, Poultry, and Seafood (Quarter 3), and Fruits and Vegetables (Quarter 4). Students continuing from the prior quarter will receive priority pre-registration for next quarter.

    Prerequisites: Students must be in 9th grade (minimum age 14) to take this class. 7th-8th graders may not enroll. This class is best suited for students who can follow instructions, complete sequential tasks, and work in a group.

    Workload: Students should expect to spend 1-2 hours per week outside of class.

    Assignments: Cooking assignments, practicing skills at home, and related homework will be given in class and e-mailed to students and parents. Brief written assignments may be given, such as recipe modification or development. There will also be a brief summer assignment before the start of Quarter 1.

    Assessments: Individual feedback will be given in class. Formal assessments will not be given. At the end of the second quarter, enrolled students will be required to complete an online Virginia Food Handler Course for food safety certification through the county health department, which will cost $25.00

    https://courseforfoodsafety.com/states/VA?gclid=CjwKCAjw7LX0BRBiEiwA__gNw4AfZHgp_eOVTeiEXudxZhhF11E2UMggiIeYo6qL33xlUaDXbUeB5RoCG1cQAvD_BwE

    Textbook/Materials: Students should purchase or rent the selected textbooks and workbooks. Used copies are acceptable.

    • -Foundations of Restaurant Management & Culinary Arts: Level 1, published by National Restaurant Association (ISBN# 978-0138019389)
    • -Foundations of Restaurant Management & Culinary Arts: Level 2, published by National Restaurant Association (ISBN# 978-0131380226)
    • -Activity Guide for Foundations of Restaurant Management and Culinary Arts Level 1, published by National Restaurant Association (ISBN# 978-0137070503)
    • -Activity Guide for Foundations of Restaurant Management and Culinary Arts Level 2, published by National Restaurant Association (ISBN# 978-0131380714)

    Required Tools/Materials Culinary students will be expected to begin to acquire their own tools. Students should purchase and bring with them each week the following basic, minimum tools and supplies:

     

    4 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $240.00

    Kinder Kitchen: Fall Fare with Flair (MON)

    Quarter 1: Starts on September 12, 2022

    Class Time: 1:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Mimi Nyman

    Grade Range: K (age 5)

    Prerequisites: None

    Kinder-aged cooks will enjoy making flavorful fall recipes and family favorites foods that feature a variety of fruits, vegetables, and fresh ingredients. Festive Fall recipes are selected to be nutritious, fun, and simple to make. In Kinder Kitchen, young chefs will make the same recipes as all other, higher level Compass cooking classes, however, some foods may be pre-cut and some steps may be simplified or completed by the cooking teacher in to support the speed and skills of the younger students. Students must be age 5 for this class. 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:

    • Sweet Pumpkin Dip
    • Chicken Vegetable Soup
    • Caprese Salad Bites
    • Honey Glazed Carrots
    • Spinach Artichoke Meatballs
    • Pineapple Coconut Cupcakes
    • Cheesy Rice Casserole with Green Chilies

    Students will be eating what they make each week and bringing home the recipes and leftovers. These engaging cooking classes will get young 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: 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 age 5 for this class. (3- and 4- year olds cannot be accommodated. No exceptions.)

    Topics in this Series: Fall Fare with Flair (Quarter 1), Festive Fall Flavors (Quarter 2), Winter Warm-Ups (Quarter 3), Savory Spring Specialties (Quarter 4). Lab/Supply Fee: A class fee of $45.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class. What to Bring: None- Disposable aprons and take-home containers provided. What to Wear: Students should wear clean clothes and have long hair tied back, braided, or secured under a bandana (male and female).For more information and FAQs, see the Compass Cooking Classes webpage.

    4 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $160.00

    Mosaic Masterpieces Open Studio (Q1, MON)

    Quarter 1: Starts on September 12, 2022

    Class Time: 2:00 pm      Duration: 115 min

    Instructor: Mimi Nyman

    Grade Range: 8th-Adult

    Prerequisites: None

    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.

    Students who are new to mosaics will complete a quick checkerboard project (complete with wooden checkers) to teach pattern, layout, and lines before starting an individual projects. For each project, students will be able to choose from a variety of substrates- rectangular, square, shaped, or circular backboards (typically first-year students), or special forms or 3D objects (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, millefiori, 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. A broad pallet of colors is always available, and new colors are added each quarter to reflect the season.

    Students will develop a skillset for mosaic artistry over multiple quarters or years. As each student demonstrates mastery of basic skills, safety, and artistic expression, that student will be taught advanced techniques, materials, tools, composition, and color theory. A typical progression in mosaics is:

    -Flat, rectangular substrate, whole tiles, symmetric design, proper spacing and adhesion

    -Flat, circular substrate, tile cutting with nippers, themed design and color choice

    -Flat or curved substrate, cutting sheet glass with pistol grip, breaking pliers, and running pliers, composition and color design

    -3D substrate, adhesion substances, and techniques

    -Porcelain and ceramic cutting, special application, advanced design

    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.

    Workload: Students should expect to spend 0-1 hours per week outside of class.

    Assessments: will not be given.

    Materials Fee: Materials used vary depending on a student's experience with mosaic. Beginner Material Fee: $40.00 for a selection of Beginner Materials, including: vitreous glass, ceramic, mini, eco recycled glass, beach glass, glitter glass, glass gems, ceramic pebble, shells, metallic crystal, subway glass; Adhesive: weld bond; Grout: bone or charcoal color; Cutters: wheeled tile nippers; Substrate: 2D/Flat 12" x 12",10" x 10", 8" X 8", 4" X 4", framed mirrors, ornament shapes. Advanced Material Fee: $50.00 for a selection of Advanced Materials including: All Beginner Materials plus, iridized glass, cathedral sheet glass, opaque sheet glass, color fusion, millefiori, Van Gogh glass, natural stone and minerals, special effects glass, water glass, colored mirror, illumination glass, china plates, rhinestone, ball chain; Adhesives: weld bond, thin-set mortar, silicone; Grout: Custom colors (purple, rose, green, blue, earth, orange); Cutters: wheeled tile nippers, porcelain hand tool, hand file, pistol grip, beetle bits cutting system; Substrates: All flat shapes plus, 3D forms (egg, sphere, cone, pyramid etc),cut out sentiments, trays, glass bottle, mini sleds, flower pot, picture frame, sun catcher. Additional Fee: Tesserae by request and consultation with instructor: mother of pearl, 24 kt gold tiles (market rate), specially cut substrate. All material fees are due payable to the instructor on the first day of class by cash, check or electronic payment.

    What to Bring: In-progress project must be brought back to studio each week.

    Credit: Homeschool families may wish to count this course as a component (partial) credit in Fine Arts for purposes of a high school transcript.

    7 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $160.00

    Sewing Workroom (Q1)

    Quarter 1: Starts on September 12, 2022

    Class Time: 3:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Judith Harmon

    Grade Range: 6th-Adult

    Prerequisites: None

    In the style of an old-fashioned quilting bee or a sewing circle of long ago, Sewing Workroom is a dedicated drop-in sewing work session each week. Participants will enjoy the camaraderie of working alongside other seamstresses and seamsters of all abilities. Chat with others about their sewing projects. Learn tips and tricks from others. Become inspired by the wide variety of sewn items others are working on, and most importantly, ensure that you have a time set-aside each week to pursue your sewing hobby.

    Sewing Workroom will be overseen by an experienced sewing instructor however, detailed individual or on-going instruction is not included. The instructor will walk around the room to provide guidance and assist participants with tips, troubleshooting, or trying a new technique. Those who need more sewing instruction than the instructor can provide in the Workroom are encouraged to take private one-on-one lessons or enroll in the Learn to Sew class. Participants are expected to bring their own fabric, patterns, thread, notions, embellishments, sewing implements, and machine each week. The instructor will have an iron, ironing board, extension cords, and common items on hand (such as machine needles). Learn to Sew students are welcome to enroll in this session to have more dedicated sewing time. Parents are welcome to enroll with their child(ren) or alone, and adult community members are invited.

    5 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $45.00

    Sweets Shop: Decadent Delights (MON)

    Quarter 1: Starts on September 12, 2022

    Class Time: 12:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Mimi Nyman

    Grade Range: 8th-12th

    Prerequisites: None

    The tantalizing aroma of cookies in the oven. A mouth-watering burst of mint. The silky feel of melted chocolate. The sticky sweet of fresh-made caramel. A subtle hint of lemon. Student bakers will enjoy these delicious sensations- and more- as they explore the world of baking homemade desserts.

  • Eclair Squares
  • Fruit and Cheese Danish
  • Blueberry Zucchini Bread
  • Sweet Fruit Pizza
  • Berry Galette
  • French Crepes with Lemon Sauce
  • Baked Apples
  • Sweet Shop treats are scrumptious, fun, and simple to make. Each week they will prepare a fresh, handmade dessert or sweet such as: pies, cakes, cookies, tarts, trifles, mousses, puddings, candies, fudge, brittle, or chocolate. The class will include some icing, decorating, and garnishing techniques for completed desserts. This quarter, the Compass bakers' culinary adventures will include:

  • Students will be eating what they make each week and bringing home the recipes and leftovers. This engaging sweets class will get students excited about helping in the kitchen and entertaining. They will learn important baking skills such as safety, sanitation, measuring, knife skills, and other tricks of the trade. Culinary vocabulary is introduced each week.

    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 small group.

    Topics in this Series: Decadent Delights (Quarter 1); Gooey Goodies (Quarter 2), Best Bon Bons (Quarter 3), and Casual Confections (Quarter 4).

    Assessments: Qualitative Feedback will be given in class. Formal grades/assessment will not be given.

    Lab/Supply Fee: A class fee of $45.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class.

    What to Bring: None- Disposable aprons and take-home containers provided.

    What to Wear: Students should wear clean clothes and have long hair tied back, braided, or secured under a bandana (male and female).

    Credit: Homeschool families may wish to count this course as a component (partial) credit in career exploration, fine arts, or electives for purposes of a high school transcript. For more information and FAQs, see the Compass Cooking Classes webpage.

  • 4 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $160.00

    Aerospace Engineering Apprentice

    Quarter 1,2: Starts on September 6, 2022

    Class Time: 10:00 am      Duration: 90 min

    Instructor: Juan Urista

    Grade Range: 6th-8th

    Prerequisites:

    SpaceX, Blue Origins, NASA’s new Space Launch System! There is a new space race going on, and Aerospace Engineering is a more exciting, dynamic field in 2022 that is has been in 50 years. This class will examine the history of space exploration beginning with WWII rocketry and Operation Paperclip. Next, the group will journey to the 1960 with the manned Mercury and Gemini programs and the Soviet Vostok initiative. Next, the group will look at the Apollo program which took Americans to the moon followed by the Space Shuttle program of the 1980s-2000s. The class will learn about ongoing space research and microgravity experiments that are conducted on the 25-year-old International Space Station, an orbiting lab that is a collaboration among the 15 nations. Students will review the space exploration of other nations such as Russia, China, India, Japan, Israel, and Europe in addition to the US. Discover other space efforts such as long-distance fly-by missions, orbiters, probes, landers, and rovers that have observed or explored every planet in the solar system, asteroids, Kuiper belt, and the moons of other planets. Once our engineers understand past explorations, they will look at the present and future missions such as private efforts and public initiatives like the upcoming return to the moon (Artemis), Dragonfly mission to Saturn’s moon Titan, and future travel to Mars.

    Apprentice aerospace engineers will learn about the principles of rocket design, staging, launch systems, and fuels by building and testing model rockets. Hands-on activities will be integrated into weekly discussions with projects such as building a model of the International Space Station, viewing images of the Hubble Space Telescope, and planning a virtual trip to Mars. Guest speakers from NASA, the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum, and/or the aerospace industry will be invited to present to the class, and students will each prepare a space-related project of their choice.

    7 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $460.00

    Compass Chorale (Fall)

    Quarter 1,2: Starts on September 6, 2022

    Class Time: 10:00 am      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Wyndy Frederick

    Grade Range: 6th-8th

    Prerequisites:

    In the style of “High School Musical” or a glee club, Compass Chorale is for tween singers who want to have fun taking their vocal performance to the next level. This semester-long program will focus on choral arrangements of contemporary pieces with 2- and 3- part harmonies. Singers will be expected to memorize pieces and will be required to participate in the semester performance (December 20).

    This program includes instruction on vocal development and performance such as posture, breathing, intonation, and the principles of blending vocal harmonies. Basic musical notation will be introduced as well as melodic and harmonic intervals.

    Compass Chorale is for students who took Learn to Sing class(es) at Compass, those who have other musical theater experience. First time new singers and younger students who have choral experience must receive instructor approval to enroll. Students are encouraged to enroll early because the number, ages, experience, and vocal parts of the students will determine which songs selected. This is a 12-week program with no class meetings on October 11 or October 18. There is a $25.00 fee for a music notebook due payable to the instructor on the first day of class.

    5 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $268.00

    English: American Literature with Writing Lab- Rhetorical Analysis

    Quarter 1,2: Starts on September 6, 2022

    Class Time: 1:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Dr. Anne Taranto

    Grade Range: 11th-12th

    Prerequisites: Intro to Literary Genres or Equivalent

    This full-credit English course is designed to prepare students for college level academic writing. It will deepen student’s critical reading and textual analysis skills by asking students to think critically about the “American Dream” and what it means to be an American by reading texts that engage with these topics from the 18th century to today. In this course, students will read and respond in writing to both fiction and non-fiction texts, and our analytical method will focus on rhetorical context (subject, purpose and audience).

    Fall Semester will feature The House of Mirth (Edith Wharton), Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl (Harriet Jacobs), A Raisin in the Sun (Lorraine Hansberry) and Beloved (Toni Morrison).

    Writing Lab: An essential component of this course will be an in-class Writing Lab. Students in this class should have mastered the basics of academic writing, such as constructing a thesis statement that makes an argument and organizing their thoughts through effective topic sentences and transition statements. This class will deepen students' textual analysis skills with a focus on developing rhetorical analysis, the study of how a text makes meaning. Over the course of the year, students will develop familiarity with a variety of writing styles and forms including rhetorical analysis, literary analysis, critical response, close reading, opinion essay, and personal essay. Students should bring a laptop to class one day per week for in-class writing.

    Prerequisites: Students taking this class should have mastered the foundations of Introduction to Genre and British Literature (or similar English courses), are expected to take an active role in discussion and complete all writing assignments.

    Topics in this Series: American Literature, Part I (Semester 1) and American Literature, Part II (Semester 2). Students continuing from first semester receive priority pre-registration for second semester.

    Workload: Students should expect to spend 2-3 hours per week outside of class.

    Assignments: All assignments will be posted in a Google Classroom management site. Students will need their own gmail accounts to access Google Classroom.

    Assessments: Students' written assignments will be graded using a rubric and assigned points that the homeschool parent can use when assigning an overall class grade.

    Textbook/Materials: Because students will need clean, inexpensive copies of each novel to mark in, and they must be able to refer to the passages on the same page numbers, copies of mass market paperbacks will be pre-purchased and bundled for students. (See Supply Fee below).

    Supply Fee: A class fee of $41.00 is due payable to Compass on the first day of class for the class pack of books and handouts.

    What to Bring: Students should bring the current literature, paper, pen or pencil and highlighter to class each week. Some students may wish to bring paper clips, adhesive flags or post-it notes for marking passages/pages.

    Credit: Homeschool families may wish to count this course as a half-credit (one semester) or full credit (both semesters) in English for purposes of a high school transcript.

    8 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $644.00

    English: British Literature with Writing Lab: Literary Analysis, Part 1

    Quarter 1,2: Starts on September 6, 2022

    Class Time: 12:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Dr. Anne Taranto

    Grade Range: 10th-11th

    Prerequisites: Intro to Literary Genres or Equivalent

    This full-credit high school English class will focus on developing critical reading and writing skills through the study of a range of canonical and post-colonial genres and texts written in English. Through exposure to a variety of voices across time periods and geographical regions, students will investigate major themes, such as the importance of language as a locus of power, the continuity of human nature, and the role of the imagination.

    Fall semester will focus on canonical British texts such as the epic poem Beowulf, Milton’s Paradise Lost, selections from Canterbury Tales (Chaucer), Shakespeare’s Macbeth, and a selection of Augustan and Romantic poetry.

    Writing Lab: An essential component of this course will be an in-class Writing Lab. Students will write two or three critical response papers and a full-scale literary analysis essay each term. Students will continue to hone the components of academic writing, including how to construct a thesis statement that makes an argument, how to support their ideas effectively with textual evidence, how to organize an argument logically, and how to cite sources in MLA format. Students should bring a laptop to class one day per week for in-class writing.

    Topics in this Series: British Literature, Part I (Semester 1) and British Literature, Part II (Semester 2). Students continuing from first semester receive priority pre-registration for second semester.

    Prerequisites: Students should be able to read at grade level and have completed Introduction to Genre or equivalent high school level writing class. Students are expected to take an active role in discussion and complete all writing assignments.

    Workload: Students should expect to spend 2-3 hours per week outside of class.

    Assignments: All assignments will be posted in a Google Classroom management site. Students will need their own gmail accounts to access Google Classroom.

    Assessments: Students' written assignments will be graded using a rubric and assigned points that the homeschool parent can use when assigning an overall class grade.

    Textbook/Materials: Because students will need clean, inexpensive copies of each novel to mark in, and they must be able to refer to the passages on the same page numbers, copies of mass market paperbacks will be pre-purchased and bundled for students. (See Supply Fee below).

    Supply Fee: A class fee of $43.00 is due payable to Compass on the first day of class for the class pack of books and handouts.

    What to Bring: Students should bring the current literature, paper, pen or pencil and highlighter to class each week. Some students may wish to bring paper clips, adhesive flags or post-it notes for marking passages/pages.

    Credit: Homeschool families may wish to count this course as a half-credit (one semester) or full credit (both semesters) in English for purposes of a high school transcript.

    8 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $644.00

    Inquiry-Based Research Writing

    Quarter 1,2: Starts on September 6, 2022

    Class Time: 1:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Shannon McClain

    Grade Range: 9th-12th

    Prerequisites: None

    High school research paper. The mere mention strikes dread into the heart of most teens and perhaps even their parents. Yet inquiry-based research writing is a foundational high school skill for any teen who intends to pursue higher education. The good news is that research writing can be broken down into manageable, easy-to-master steps.

    In this course, students will learn to write a research paper through guided inquiry. They will explore areas of interest (or a topic from another class) and learn to find answers to their questions and synthesize them in their writing. Students will explore print and electronic resources while refining their ability to determine informational needs. In addition, they will learn how to select the best and most reliable resources for their investigation and not merely the first one that "pops up."

    Students will practice crafting effective questions to focus their research. In order to spot and avoid plagiarism, students will learn note-taking skills and discuss how to summarize, paraphrase, and correctly cite sources. The class will discuss the ethical use of information and learn how to create an accurate bibliography through an online bibliography generator. Finally, students will learn how to bring all of the information from different sources together cohesively. In addition to shorter pieces, the goal for each semester will be a 3-5 page research paper with proper source citation.

    Each class session will include dedicated investigation or writing time. Some weeks, the instructor will ask students to bring laptops or tablets to class to research online sources. After writing, students may break up into groups of three to four to share their drafts and receive feedback from peers. That feedback will inspire further revision, refinement, and clarification of their writing. Revision is a vital step in the writing process in which writers consider what they have accomplished and what they can do to make their work more effective. Each week the writing coach will provide writing tips and guidance on everything from organizing big ideas and writing mechanics to how to give and receive constructive feedback.

    Topics in this Series: Inquiry-Based Research Writing (Semester 1),
    Writing Lab (Semester 2). Continuing students from first semester receive priority pre-registration for second semester.

    Workload: Students should expect to spend 1-2 hours outside of class writing, however the time will vary based on the student's stage of research and writing.

    Assignments: Students will be assigned shorter works, research assignments, drafts/in-progress pieces, and a 3-5 page paper.

    Assessments: The writing coach will provide individual feedback on pieces that a student brings to work on in lab.

    Credit: Homeschool families may wish to count this course as a component (partial) credit in English for purposes of a high school transcript.

    6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $299.00

    PenPoint: Literary Magazine Board- Creative Writing *ONLINE*

    Quarter 1,2: Starts on September 6, 2022

    Class Time: 11:00 am      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Anne Sharp

    Grade Range: 9th-12th

    Prerequisites: None

    The PenPoint writing board 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.

    First semester will focus on building a personal and creative writing portfolio to strengthen students' passions for genres and forms they are 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 the homeschool 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. They will explore publishing options through online platforms and hardbound journals.

    Note:This is an online class with some meetings in a virtual classroom providing live, synchronous collaboration.

    Topics in this Series: Creative Writing (Semester 1), Publishing (Semester 2) Students continuing from first semester receive priority pre-registration for second semester.

    Prerequisites: Advanced reading, writing, and analytical skills.

    Workload: Students should expect to spend 2-3 hours per week outside of class on investigation, writing, or editing for this class. Assignments: Writing and editing assignments will be delegated by the student board. Assessments: In lieu of a teacher-provided assessments, writers will receive peer feedback on their own work, and the finished product will be a printed anthology for their portfolio.

    Lab/Supply Fee: None

    What to Bring: Students should bring laptops to class to work collaboratively and real-time on shared documents and the class portal.

    Credit: Homeschool families may wish to count this course as a component (partial) credit in English for purposes of a high school transcript.

    6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $341.00

    World History: Medieval Upheaval 1066

    Quarter 1,2: Starts on September 6, 2022

    Class Time: 10:00 am      Duration: 105 min

    Instructor: Taliesin Knol

    Grade Range: 8th-12th

    Prerequisites: None

    First semester begins with the last successful occupation of Britain, the Norman Conquest by William, Duke of Normandy. The class will examine the background of Normandy and how the conquest succeeded in eliminating the existing Saxon nobility. Students will learn how the Normans were able to maintain control of the countryside with a comparatively small occupying force, using control of language, law, and lethal force. In addition, we will study the resistance, both the real forces and the legends the resistance inspired in the English people. The class will evaluate the history of resistance with the earlier British peoples, comparing how previous conquests affected their culture. The class will transition to where the refugees of William’s purges fled, the Byzantine Empire, but at an earlier date, when mega empires still vied for control of the Middle East. We will see how once again a new religion would inspire a total cultural overhaul with the Arab Conquests.

    Students will examine case studies taken from primary source documents in art and literature to learn how warfare, architecture, politics, law, and religion interplay to create the history of the world. The class will create a mock feudal system in which students will take collaborative and/or competitive roles with classmates to better understand medieval society.

    Topics in this Series: Medieval Upheaval 1066 (Semester 1), Crusades and Conquests (Semester 2). Students continuing from first semester receive priority pre-registration for second semester. Prerequisites: None Workload: Students should expect to spend 1-2 hours per week outside of class on readings. Assignments: Reading assignments will be assigned in class and noted in the weekly e-mail. Assessments: Short, open note in-class quizzes will be given. In addition, students will complete a semester project based on the Bayeux Tapestry. Textbook/Materials: A list of needed texts will be e-mailed to students mid-summer.What to Bring: Paper or notebook; pen or pencil; assigned texts. Credit: Homeschool families may wish to count this course as a component (partial) credit in world history for purposes of a high school transcript. For a more complete high school credit in Medieval History, students could take Fall 2022 courses in Ancient Justice and Art History.

    8 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $492.00

    Writers @ Work: Paragraphs with Purpose

    Quarter 1,2: Starts on September 6, 2022

    Class Time: 2:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Shannon McClain

    Grade Range: 7th-8th

    Prerequisites: None

    Writers @ Work is a fundamental writing class that will prepare seventh and eighth grade students for high school level composition. The class will progress from getting started on learning how to effectively structure purposeful paragraphs) (first semester) to multiple paragraphs linked into articulate and organized essays (second semester).

    First semester will be all about paragraphs! Early in the term, the goal will be writing fluency- encouraging students to get ideas onto paper. The class will introduce not only sentence structure, paragraph structure, and effective language, but will also help students define the objective of their paragraph. Students will be given broad prompts and a variety of writing options to encourage them to write about things they care about. Over the course of the semester, writers will compose descriptive and informative paragraphs encompassing fiction and non-fiction themes.

    Grammar concepts will be introduced throughout the year, and students will be encouraged to incorporate the technique in their next writing or revision. Grammar concepts will include a "toolbox" of writing techniques and rules such as sentence structure, complex and compound sentences, independent and dependent clauses, parts of speech, agreement, tense, use of dialogue and quotation marks, and correct use of punctuation. Students will also be taught techniques for brainstorming and outlining before beginning to write and will be given tips on choosing creative, interesting, and powerful words over mundane, vague, and over-used words.

    In both semesters, there will be an emphasis on revision. Writing is seldom just the way the author hopes in the first draft. At times, students will be encouraged to use the same paragraph for several weeks to build-upon their first draft, incorporate feedback, apply writing and grammar techniques, in order for them to see the benefits of revision. They will learn to read their own writing from a reader's perspective and develop strategies for improving it. Students will give and receive feedback from class peers and receive regular feedback from the instructor. Time will be set aside in most classes for dedicated, in-class writing (8-10 minutes.)

    6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $299.00

    Acting: Characters Wanted! *ONLINE*

    Quarter 1,2: Starts on September 7, 2022

    Class Time: 10:00 am      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Keely Kirk

    Grade Range: 9th-12th

    Prerequisites: None

    The prickly private eye; the upwardly mobile mobster; or the coquettish cocktail waitress. Who will you invent? In this class, student actors and improv artists will be guided through the process of developing an original character! In this introduction to character work, students will invent and discover a strong, compelling character, complete with unique ways of speaking, moving, body language, and a unique, individual presence. Students will develop a back story to justify and solidify the character's point of view and interactions with other characters. Students will be guided to think through choices about their character so they can create a natural, believable embodiment of the individual they are portraying. This is a skill that is needed by both improvisational actors and those who work from a script. Students will be coached on how to break the mold and step out of the comfort zone from characters they may have portrayed previously and from their own reality. They will learn how to convey their character through first impressions, possibly even before speaking and without costuming, and then eventually transition between characters with smooth and subtle changes in voice, posture, or movement.

    Character actors will improve their ability to think on-their-feet, play off each other, and react with spontaneous wit, sarcasm, and irony. Actors' creative thinking and communication skills will be strengthened as they work "outside-of-the-box" and learn to read their audience. No previous experience is needed. Beginners are welcome, and experienced students will further develop their skills. This class is best suited for students who are active listeners, flexible, and easily adapt, have a sense of humor, and can work collaboratively in a 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.

    Format: All class meetings will be in a virtual classroom, providing synchronous online instruction via videoconferencing

    Topics in this Series: Characters Wanted! (Semester 1), What a Character! (Semester 2), etc. Students continuing from first semester receive priority pre-registration for second semester.

    Workload: Students should expect to spend 0-1 hour per week outside of class.

    Assignments: If any, will be sent to parents and students by e-mail.

    Assessments: Informal, qualitative feedback will be given in class throughout the semester. A quantitative score/grade will not be provided.

    Credit: Homeschool families may wish to count this course as a component (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: $295.00

    Art History: Renaissance to Recent, Western Art Part 2 *ONLINE*

    Quarter 1,2: Starts on September 7, 2022

    Class Time: 12:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Dr. Erica Hughes

    Grade Range: 9th-12th

    Prerequisites:

    Students will travel through time and around the world in this survey of the history of art! The class will look at images of art as religious icons, records of historical events, myths, portraits, propaganda, conveyors of power and authority, and fantasy to answer the big question, "What is the function of art aside from being aesthetically pleasing?" Students will be asked to predict how their definition of art will change throughout the course of the year.

    This unique exploration of art history will be enlivened by rich class discussions, projects, visits to exhibits, and the instructor's own creative style and personal experience at significant historical sites throughout the ancient world. Students will learn about the people and concepts behind each type of art, considering that the conditions of the time influenced the art and architecture: physical location, settlement, innovation, warfare, politics, beliefs, religion, funerary practices, and interconnections to other, contemporary cultures.

    This study of the history of art will begin with the early Renaissance in Northern Europe and the innovation of oil painting. This technique was used to evoke different ideas in Burgundy, Flanders, France and the remains of the Holy roman Empire. Students will discover how etching and engraving are different and explore the illustration of printed books. Next, the investigation turns to Quattrocento Florence and the influence of Humanistic principles and innovations in perspective. Women's participation in Italian art during the High Renaissance will be introduced through the works of several female artists. The allegorical symbols and minute details of the North will be contrasted with the joyful mythologies of Italy. The class will then examine the changes brought about by Mannerism, and how these were expressed in both Italy and the North, as well as the difference in focus of Protestant and Catholic artists. Looking at spectacular Baroque art, the class will discuss the continuation of patronage with an art market and without royalty. The study of the Dutch vanitas paintings will open a discussion of the importance of the household and of personal contribution to society and science. After a century of revolutions, European art has a quick dalliance with the Rococo, then the enlightenment focuses artists on a more austere neoclassicism. Next, the exploration will take students to the effects on art of the Industrial Revolution through materials, technologies and subjects. Students will learn about the political and artistic revolutions that led to the Romantic spirit, the Realist reaction against Romanticism, and how landscape painting was somewhere between the two. The 19th century brings the first public art museum, prefabricated architecture, and the advent of photography. Finally, we will investigate the end of the 19th century and the beginning of Modernism in art: Impressionism, Post-Impressionism, symbolism, and the first skyscrapers.

    Note:All class meetings will be in a virtual classroom, providing synchronous online instruction via videoconferencing.

    Topics in this Series: Renaissance to Recent, Western Art Part 2 (Semester 1), Asia to Africa, Non-Western Art (Semester 2)

    Workload: Students should expect to spend 1-2 hours per week outside of class.

    Assignments: The Canvas online class management system will be used to post assignments, quizzes, and scores. Students should have their own e-mail address to be set up users of the Canvas system. Parents can also be set up as Canvas guests/observers for purposes of tracking the student's progress and workload. For each chapter, there will be open book quizzes, and students should be able to describe their three favorite works. There will be a semester project based on the creation of one's own myth and culture. Image recognition is key to learning art history. Each semester, students will be assigned approximately 60 images to identify on the midterm and final.

    Assessments: Points will be assigned for projects, quizzes, chapter summaries, and exams, and parents may use the total points earned to assign a class grade. Quizzes will be administered through Canvas.

    Textbook: Students should purchase or rent Gardner's Art through the Ages: A Global History, 15th Edition by Fred Kleiner (ISBN 13- 978-285754994).

    Credit:Homeschool families may wish to count this course as a component (partial) credit in History or Fine Arts for purposes of a high school transcript.

    7 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $280.00

    Experiments in Engineering: Simple Machines & Structures

    Quarter 1,2: Starts on September 7, 2022

    Class Time: 11:30 am      Duration: 85 min

    Instructor: Karen Shumway

    Grade Range: 5th-7th

    Prerequisites: None

    Tween builders will use a LEGO construction components in this hands-on engineering class. Each week, students will build a different project from the LEGO Education 9686 curriculum which will introduce concepts in simple machines, mechanical engineering, or structural engineering. Using the engineering design process, students will build a basic mechanism, test it, gather data, and then modify their design to improve performance. Students will gain experience in taking measurements such as distance traveled, using the stopwatch, and recording their findings on paper. This approach introduces applied physics concepts in a subtle way, encouraging observation of physical phenomena such as forces and relationships without being bogged down by equations. Students will work with ordinary LEGO bricks, beams, and plates along with specialized components such as gears, toothed elements, wheels and axles, pulleys, and motors. First semester projects will be simple machines and structures such as a crane, fishing rod, and sail car. Topics in this series include Simple Machines & Structures (Semester 1) and Powered Machines & Mechanisms (Semester 2). There is a $50.00 supply and equipment 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: $332.00

    French II (Semi-Private Instruction)

    Quarter 1,2: Starts on September 7, 2022

    Class Time: 1:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Edwige Pinover

    Grade Range: 9th-12th

    Prerequisites: None

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    Bonjour and welcome to the second year of high school French. This is a conversation-focused program in which students will build their vocabulary quickly and learn essential grammar skills in French. Students will cover the broad themes and vocabular for: my family and my friends, celebrations, shopping, high school, a typical day, and the good old days. The class will begin with a review of adjective-noun agreement, negations, and regular -er, ir-, and -re verbs. They will review and continue to expand their list of irregular verbs such as avoir (to have) and etre (to be). Students will be introduced to the passe compose and Imparfait (imperfect) tenses, and they will learn how to use negations, direct and indirect pronouns, and reflexive verbs with present, past, and imperfect tenses. They will practice comparative and superlative statements, and will continue to have brief cultural lessons integrated in their units.

    Class will be conducted primarily in French and will focus on listening and speaking skills, asking and answering questions, and correct use of grammar. At home, students will be responsible for memorizing vocabulary and grammar, completing homework assignments, and watching both grammar instruction and language immersion videos.

    French I: None

    Level: This class will be offered on two levels: Honors and On-Level. French I offers a substantive, full-credit experience taught at either level. All class members share core material and participate in the same class activities, but honors students will be given homework that requires higher level reasoning and advanced application of various grammar skills. All students will register online for the same course. Students must indicate which level they want to study by the end of the first month of class.

    Workload: Students should expect to spend 30-45 minutes per day, 4 days per week on homework outside of class.

    Assignments: Are sent by e-mail to parents and students. Students must have access to a computer and internet service for computer-based videos and practice tools that are assigned as homework and are essential to success in the class.

    Assessments: Quizzes, tests, and individual performance reviews will be given to all students at regular intervals to provide parents with sufficient feedback to assign a grade.

    Textbook: Students should purchase or rent the required textbook for this class: Bien Dit! Level II: Student Edition Level 1 2018 edition (ISBN-13 978-0544861343)

    Credit: Homeschool families may wish to count this course as a full credit in Foreign Language for purposes of a high school transcript.

    2 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $0.00

    Geography Spotlight: The Old World- Europe, Middle East & Africa *ONLINE*

    Quarter 1,2: Starts on September 7, 2022

    Class Time: 1:00 pm      Duration: 90 min

    Instructor: Judy Okun

    Grade Range: 9th-12th

    Prerequisites:

    Geography Spotlight is virtual class facilitated by a college professor of geography and history. Through live, online presentations and rich discussions, teens will examine the globe, region-by-region, to gain an understanding of each corner of the world. Geography is much more than just political boundaries, bodies of water, and land forms! Physical geography will be reviewed, but the class will also take students on a tour of ethnic groups, languages, religions, population trends, migrations, trade, economy, agriculture, natural resources, cultural highlights, and the history that shaped the region. The group will review today's news to understand headlines and hot spots in the region and how happenings there impact the rest of the world. First semester will include a detailed tour through the Old World consisting of Europe, Middle East, and Africa. This is a survey course in which students are expected to be active online participants, but there is no homework or assessments.

    Note:All class meetings will be in a virtual classroom, providing synchronous online instruction via videoconferencing.
    Topics in this Series: The Old World: Europe, Middle East & Africa (Semester 1), The New World: South, Central & North America (Semester 2). Students continuing from first semester receive priority pre-registration for second semester.
    Credit: Homeschool families may wish to count this course as a component (partial) credit in geography or humanities for purposes of a high school transcript.

    7 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $420.00

    Guitar for Advanced Beginners I

    Quarter 1,2: Starts on September 7, 2022

    Class Time: 1:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Ney Mello

    Grade Range: 6th-8th

    Prerequisites: Guitar for Beginners I and II, or equivalent

    Students will learn more advanced techniques of playing the guitar! In this class, students will continue to learn melodies, chords, and strumming patterns for familiar songs from a variety of genres chosen by the instructor and students. Students are encouraged to bring in music they are interested in learning. Students will learn more advanced chords, beyond pure major and minor chords. Songs with more than 3 chords will be covered, and songs in 3/4 and 6/8 will be introduced. Each student will need a least a beginner level acoustic guitar. Students should be able to read at grade level for this class and should plan to practice at home several times each week. Students should expect to spend 20-30 minutes per day most days practicing chords and melodies from class. There is a materials fee of $8.00 payable to the Compass on the first day of class for a tablature notebook for any student who does not have one from a prior class. New students who wish to enroll in Advanced Beginner should have approximately 24-30 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: $340.00

    Guitar for Beginners I

    Quarter 1,2: Starts on September 7, 2022

    Class Time: 12:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Ney Mello

    Grade Range: 5th-8th

    Prerequisites:

    Learn the fundamentals of playing the guitar! In this class, students will learn basic melodies such as Happy Birthday, Jingle Bells, Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, as well as classic rock favorites like Smoke on the Water, 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. Each student will need a least a beginner level acoustic guitar. Students should be able to read at grade level for this class and should plan to practice at home several times each week. Students should expect to spend 20-30 minutes per day most days practicing chords and melodies from class. There is a materials fee of $8.00 payable to the Compass on the first day of class for a tablature notebook.

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

    Homeschool String Ensemble (Fall)

    Quarter 1,2: Starts on September 7, 2022

    Class Time: 11:00 am      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Monica Dorosheff

    Grade Range: 6th-12th

    Prerequisites: See description for proficiency level needed

    Students who play violin, viola, cello, or bass are invited to join this homeschool string ensemble! Musicians will have an opportunity to develop orchestral skills and enjoy the experience of practicing, playing, and performing as a group. The class will start each week with tuning and warm-ups such as playing musical scales and simple exercises. Then the class will work on several group songs each semester where they will improve musical literacy, learn to follow the directions from the conductor, and learn to play in different keys-- as a group. During the final class of the semester, a concert will be held for friends and family.

    This orchestra is intended for advanced beginner, intermediate, and advanced strings students who are currently and concurrently enrolled in private lessons. As a guideline, a student should be able to play a D major scale in two octaves on his/her instrument. Students are expected to be able to locate notes on their instruments, read music and be able to identify all rhythmical patterns. Students with less experience will be asked to play for the conductor or to submit a brief video to help establish placement.

    The instructor will provide the ensemble repertoires, and these arrangements will be specially composed to accommodate the range of abilities of all stringed players in the orchestra. Participants are expected to prepare and practice at home for at least 15 - 20 minutes per day. The cost of the class music is included. This is a 13-week semester program, and the week off will be announced by the instructor.

    5 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $356.00

    Starting with Strings: Beginning Violin I

    Quarter 1,2: Starts on September 7, 2022

    Class Time: 10:00 am      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Monica Dorosheff

    Grade Range: 2nd-6th

    Prerequisites:

    Learn to play the violin! Students will learn the fundamentals of playing the violin using the Suzuki method. They will begin by learning how to hold the instrument, how to correctly grasp the bow, parts of the instrument, and the names of the open strings. Students will be taught sequential techniques by adding one finger at a time to each string until they can play a complete scale. The class will be taught to play in unison from a songbook of arranged works. At the end of the semester, the class will be able to play several simple tunes and will demonstrate for the parents.

    Music education enhances teamwork and cooperative learning and provides children with a path for self-expression. Scientific research has shown that music lessons not only improve organizational skills and executive functioning but that they also develop self-confidence.

    Class Expectations: Students will be asked to bring their violin, bow, and case to every class. In order to fully benefit from the in-class instruction, daily, at-home practice is expected. A student violin can be purchased or rented from most music stores and should be set up professionally by a local music store or a string luthier. The cost of the class sheet music is included. This is a 13-week semester class, and the week off will be announced by the instructor.

    5 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $405.00

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