Classes Offered

THE 2021-22 YEAR

Please message me directly if you are interested in any classes for next steps.  Classes planned for in person with a zoom option for those who can’t be in person (with some entirely online exceptions)– check in with me for updates on each one!

CIVIL RIGHTS

11 AM-12:30 PM Mondays ONLINE
What were the struggles and achievements of the Civil Rights movements? This class covers the fight for human rights, focusing on post World War II movements, but also including earlier Reconstruction and muckraker movements. For fall semester, we take a close analysis of the fight for African American rights. Other movements include women’s rights, Chicano rights, Asian American rights, the American Indian Movement (AIM), Young Lords, LGBTQ+ Rights, and more.

13 sessions, beginning September 13 and ending December 20 $350

Winter Session includes a closer, student led focus on some of the civil rights leaders and issues (Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X, Fred Hampton, Angela Davis, Stonewall, the Alcatraz Occupation, etc), and Spring Session addresses the modern, and future, civil rights movements. Look for these dates as we approach the end of Fall Term.

APUSH (AP style US History)

10:30-12 PM Tuesdays  FULL, waitlist available
This American History class is for 15 and up, or otherwise mature students ready for a challenge. AP style US History (APUSH) is a college prep, honors level course that satisfies the requirements for the AP US History exam, but also offers opportunities for research papers on student-directed topics. We work on primary source documents, historiography, art and artifacts, and also engage in history-based games for stronger recall. Topics for fall include American prehistory to the beginnings of the Industrial Revolution. Strong focus on African American and Native American perspectives.

13 sessions, beginning September 14 and ending December 14 $350

One winter/spring session concludes the class in January, moving to the end of the 19th century and then the 20th century (with some 21st century material). Look for these dates as we approach the end of Fall Term.

SCHOOLS OF PHILOSOPHY 

12:30-2 PM Tuesdays AND 5-6:30 PM Thursdays! (Thursdays is priced slightly lower due to schedule/holidays). TUESDAY is FULL for in person (online spaces available)
Contemplate the meaning of life with us! We ask some of the ineffable questions regarding human existence, and attempt to address them through the schools of philosophy. Students help shape the scope and design of the class. We begin with the Pre-Socratics, philosophies of India, Plato and Aristotle, African conceptions of time, and issues in metaphysics, ethics, epistemology, logic, and existential thought systems.

13 sessions, beginning September 14 and ending December 14 $350

Winter Session and Spring Session continue our philosophical investigations. Look for these dates as we approach the end of Fall Term

WORLD LITERATURE

2:30-3:30 PM Tuesdays AND an older teen section on Fridays 4-5 PM

We move through some of the classics in world literature by discussion, optional writing assignments, close reading, character analysis, plot analysis, and historical context. Fall semester begins with Franz Kafka’s The Metamorphosis, followed by a work voted on by students. Selections are those usually read in high school or college literature classes.

13 sessions, beginning September 14 and ending December 14 $250

Look out for a Winter Semester and Spring Semester announcement as we approach the end of Fall Semester.

AP STYLE EUROPEAN HISTORY

4-5:30 PM  TUESDAYS

This European History is for 15 and up, or otherwise mature students ready for a challenge. AP style European History is a college prep, honors level course that satisfies the requirements for the AP Europe exam, but also offers opportunities for research papers on student-directed topics. We work on primary source documents, historiography, art and artifacts, and also engage in history-based games for stronger recall. Topics for fall include the history of Europe from 1300s to roughly the French Revolution.

13 sessions, beginning September 14 and ending December 14 $350

One winter/spring session concludes the class in January, moving to the 19th century and then the 20th century (with some 21st century material). Look for these dates as we approach the end of Fall Term.

LORD OF THE RINGS IN HISTORY AND MYTHOLOGY

10-11 AM WEDNESDAYS. FULL, waitlist available
Read, or re-read, the trilogy with us this year, but in conjunction with the inspirations guiding J.R.R. Tolkien. We begin with the Fellowship of the Ring (The Hobbit summer read is optional), but compliment it with the Volsung Saga, Beowulf, Prose Edda, and other works. We also consider the role World War I played in Tolkien’s writing.

13 sessions, beginning September 15 and ending December 15 $250

We continue with the rest of the books, possibly reaching The Silmarillion, in a Winter Semester and Spring Semester, dates to be announced

CIVILIZATIONS OF THE ANCIENT WORLD

11 AM-12:30 PM WEDNESDAYS – FULL, waitlist available

Fridays 5:30-7 PM older teens (16 and up)

This is the class that started my work with the NYC homeschool community! It forms the first part of a four-year cycle (Year 2: Greece, Rome, China; Year 3: Medieval Western and Eastern Perspectives and Renaissance; Year 4: Ages of Revolutions to the Modern). We focus on Egyptian, Mesopotamian and Persian civilizations, and their various interconnections. Art, primary source texts, architecture, religion, archaeology, linguistics, anthropology, and sociology are covered, as well as various modern interpretations.

13 sessions, beginning September 15 and ending December 15 $350

Winter Session includes more of a focus on Persia and the beginnings of Hellenism, and Spring Session addresses Ancient Americas (Olmec, Teotihuacan, Mayan, Andean, and some Aztec and Inca). Look for these dates as we approach the end of Fall Term.

Note:  If there is interest in continuing the older teen class at 5:30-7, I could arrange it, but many of the teens have already taken this course and some would prefer an EGYPTIAN LANGUAGE class.  Please let me know!

TWEEN/TEEN CIVILIZATION OF ANCIENT EGYPT

10-11:30 AM  THURSDAYS. FULL, waitlist available

We focus on Egyptian Civilizations, with its interconnections and Persian civilizations, and their various interconnections. Art, primary source texts, architecture, religion, archaeology, linguistics, anthropology, and sociology are covered, as well as various modern interpretations.

12 sessions, beginning September 23 and ending December 16 $325

Ages are 10ish to 13ish, with exceptions made for serious students who also enjoy games and deep conversations.

Mesopotamia and even more Persia become the focus of Winter Semester, and Spring Semester takes us to the Ancient Americas. Look for these dates as we approach the end of Fall Term.

LOSERS of HISTORY

10:30-12 PM. Fridays. FULL waitlist available

History is “written by the winners,” but what about the losers? We will spend the fall semester exploring world history, and focusing on the individuals whose decisions brought about disastrous outcomes. We will discuss ancient figures and events such as the Pharaoh Akhenaten, Necho II, losses during the Persian and Peloponnesian Wars, Hannibal Barca, Pyrrhus of Epirus, Cleopatra, decision-making at the Battle of Carrhae and the Battle of Teutoborg Forrest, many “loser” Roman Emperors and consuls, and, in losing with grace, Porus of India and Midtirades, the “Poison King”. We will continue through the Medieval World by looking at victims of Viking attacks, the losing and winning of Jerusalem, the shrinking Mongol Empire, and, later, Napoleon, the Irish kingdoms and the Scottish, especially at the Battle of Culloden, but also the loss of the British Empire. Students will help design the syllabus based on their interests. Note: “loser” doesn’t have to be insulting, but a reflection of a loss of power, status, and privilege. Thanks to Felicity and Santiago for suggesting this!

13 sessions, beginning September 17 and ending December 17 $350

Winter Session will include, and Spring Session will include more “losers”. Look for these dates as we approach the end of Fall Term.

GEOLOGY AND HISTORY 

12:30 PM-2 PM Fridays. FULL, waitlist available
This is not a typical earth science, geology, or “big history” course. We will discuss the beginnings of planet Earth, from its formation to its changes today, but also focus on how we interact with the rocks and minerals that make up the planet. Topics include the Proterozoic and Precambrian periods and ancient fascination with fossils, Pangaea and Gondwana, Chichxulub and human interpretation of dinosaurs, colliding mountain belts and the meaning behind these mountains in local religions, making the Meditteranean, and more.

13 sessions, beginning September 17 and ending December 17 $350

Winter Session and Spring Session will include more rocks, some natural disasters, and fossil fuels, among other topics. Look for these dates as we approach the end of Fall Term.

SECULAR BIBLE

2:30-3:30 PM Fridays, FULL, waitlist available
Why read the Bible, from a secular perspective? Literature, history, law, politics, comparative religion, and current events reference the books that make up the Bible, so it’s important to have a grasp of it! We pick up from where we left off in the Spring 2021 term, with Psalms (new students always welcome!), and move into Proverbs. Parallel texts from neighboring cultures, as well as art and artifacts, complement the course.

13 sessions, beginning September 17 and ending December 17 $250

Winter Session and Spring Session continue the readings. Look for these dates as we approach the end of Fall Term.

OPEN TO ARRANGEMENTS

 Senior and Gap Year Capstone

 For seniors and gap year students, this is an opportunity to meet up with other seniors and homeschool educators to work on your final projects.  This is a student driven opportunity.  Dates and times tbd.

Some General Information

  • Ages for all classes: High School, with mature middle schoolers accepted and Middle Schoolish for the Thursday Egypt.  If there is interested in sessions for younger students, please let me know
  • Homework is always presented, but not mandatory (with the exception of AP style classes, which require a lot of preparation). Each family may set the work expectations.  For the literature classes, I expect students to have the book that we’re reading.
  • Students are expected to be courteous to each other, and to me. This means engaging in meaningful discussions relating to the material, not using class time for personal means, staying off phones, and acting in a respectful manner to me and to classmates, which includes students’ names and pronouns.  Note that this is an anti-racist, anti-homophobic and transphobic, anti-antisemitic, and anti-sexist space.
  • Please feel free to reach out concerning your child’s progress and participation in classes