Planning is Underway for the 2021-22 School Year

In-person Enrichment Courses will be back in Fall 2021
with new courses & returning favorites

Our enrichment courses provide middle school and high school students with the opportunity to explore new or developing interests with highly-qualified, dynamic instructors. From computer coding to writing and from business to critical thinking, we have many options for varying interests. Courses in the fall, winter, and spring are offered in 9-week sessions that meet once a week for 60 minutes. 

Examples of enrichment courses previously offered

Coding: Intro to Python

For students in grades 7-10

Coding is now considered by many to be a basic computer literacy skill. This course is an introduction to the concepts of programming – output, input, variables, graphics using python turtles, and basic arithmetic operations. No experience in programming is necessary or expected for this course.

Coding: Continuing Python

For students in grades 7-10

This course will explore Pygame, a set of Python modules designed to create fully featured video games and multimedia programs. Completion of the first course or previous Python experience is required.

Coding: Intro to Java

For students in grades 8-12

Get practical experience developing programs with the Java programming language. We will look at ways to get and store information provided from the user in message dialog boxes and in the command line. We will also explore how computers make decisions in Java and the social responsibility of the people who program them. No prior experience with coding is necessary.

Intro to Research

For students in grades 9-12

Students will learn basic concepts designed to get them thinking about questions from a research perspective. They will learn about forming research questions, conducting literature reviews, creating testable hypotheses, and designing research processes. Students will strengthen their critical thinking and communication skills through group discussions and the design of their own research questions. This course is intended to be the first in a series of research courses and opportunities.

Continuing Research

For students in grades 9-12

Students will learn how to apply knowledge learned in Intro to Research to complete a micro-scale research study from beginning to end. From creating a class-wide research question to collecting data and drawing conclusions from basic statistical analyses, students will immerse themselves in the full research process. Completion of Intro to Research or similar experience is required.

Intro to Business

For students in grades 9-12

This course will teach students the foundations of a variety of business topics including business operations, finance, marketing, and economics. Students will also participate in discussions, projects, and a stock market simulation competition.

Creative Writing Flash Fiction

For students in grades 6-8

Creative writing with word limits can be challenging and yet still effective in accomplishing character and plot development. Sharpen your writing skills through the art of flash fiction including the six-word story, dribbles, drabbles, and more.

Creative Nonfiction Writing

For students in grades 6-8

In this course, students will read, discuss, write, and share creative nonfiction pieces. From research-based and hermit crab essays to writing inspired by nature, travel, photography, and more, students will dive into various forms of memoir writing.

Problem Solving with Probability 1

For students in grades 7-10 who have completed Algebra 1

Challenge yourself with critical thinking in math. In this introduction to probability, students will explore permutations, combinations, sums of various series and their proofs, the Birthday paradox, and other essential foundations of probability, which is itself the key to statistics.

Playing Politics

For students in grades 7-10

Do you want to run for President or solve international crises someday? Examine the world of politics - from campaigns & elections to running a government to fighting fake news - all while playing games. Each week we will examine a new aspect of government & play a game to learn fundamental principles in an engaging way.

Women in Media

For students in grades 9-12

Students will explore and analyze the presence and representation of women in film, television, theatre, and pop culture. How does cultural representation affect or create stereotypes of femininity? Students will learn to question and affirm the ways in which the media we consume every day shapes society and reflects ideas of power.

Minecraft Missions

For students in grades 6-8

Students will use Minecraft to explore different scenarios that test their problem-solving & creativity skills while collaborating with their peers. Each week, the course will start with a scenario introduction (a role & a task in a set environment), brainstorming, ample build time, & reflection for students to review each other’s creations. * Minecraft Bedrock edition and a device that supports Minecraft play are required. Students will also need to connect through Zoom & have some previous experience playing Minecraft.

Our enrichment instructors are teachers, tutors, and career professionals with in-depth knowledge and experience to share with students. Many have designed the enrichment courses they teach or have extensive experience teaching in a subject area. They are also life-long learners who are always growing their own knowledge as they work to develop and teach interesting enrichment topics.

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