Humanities & Social Sciences Courses

Art History 

Instructors:

Sylvi Stein

Section 1: Grades 6-8, Wed: 4PM-4:45PM EST, Sun: 6PM-6:45PM EST 
Prerequisites: None 


Why does the Mona Lisa smile like that? Was Vincent Van Gogh a genius, or just crazy? Can a blank sheet of paper be art? In this course, we will tackle all these questions and more. This class is a tour of every artistic breakthrough from a hundred years ago to today, from Pablo Picasso’s crazy Cubist portraits to Andy Warhol’s Pop Art soup cans. Along the way, this class will take you through all the major art movements from Post Impressionism (back when art was a painting of apples and oranges) all the way to the Conceptual Art of today (when a t-shirt with a slogan can be part of a museum exhibition). This course will offer students a comprehensive review of art history up to the modern era. 

Basics of the Stock Market

Instructors:

Akshay Belhe

Section 1: Grades 6-8, Mon: 7PM-7:45PM EST 
Prerequisites: None 


Learn the basics of the stock market while playing a virtual stock market game to apply your knowledge and track your progress. The stock market plays a crucial role in all of our lives, and teaches persistence, patience, and discipline. This course will cover all the basic principles of the stock market including trading, building consistency, and managing long term portfolios. Additionally, this class will briefly touch on the vast world of options trading and review their risks. No prior knowledge is necessary to enroll in this course as we will be developing strategies and skills for stock trading.

Introduction to Creative Writing 

Instructors:

Sudiksha Hajra

Section 1: Grades 1-5, Tues: 6PM-6:45PM EST
Prerequisites: None 


This course is an introduction to creative writing and will focus on developing and improving writing techniques. The course will also offer tips and advice on ways to write passionately, creatively and uniquely.

Creative Writing 

Instructors:

Leya Ivanov

Section 1: Grades 5-8, Mon, Tues: 4PM-4:45PM EST
Prerequisites: None 


Do you have a story that you’re dying to tell? Whether it is a simple poem or a wacky fantasy story, everything is made possible through creative writing. Anything you can imagine can become a reality with a few words. This class will give you a space to explore and build your passion for creative writing. Students will receive instructor feedback on their, partake in fun writing exercises, and more.

Intermediate Creative Writing

Instructors:

Robyn Lindsay 

Section 1: Grades 5-8, Fri: 5PM-5:45PM EST
Prerequisites: None 


Intermediate to Creative Writing is a course in which students will learn the skills of writing and storytelling, which will be helpful both in creative writing and in the real world! We will spend time going over different literary and writing techniques and different types of creative writing, and students will have multiple chances to write their own versions of what they learn using both writing prompts and their imagination. They will also get the chance to share their pieces with fellow classmates!

Intermediate Debate

Instructors:

Diya Perry

Section 1: Grades 7-8, Mon: 8PM-8:45PM EST 
Section 2: Grades 7-8, Wed: 8PM-8:45PM EST 
Section 3: Grades 7-8, Fri: 8PM-8:45PM EST 
Prerequisites: Students should at least have some experience with debate.


This course is for students who have experience with debate and would like to take their skills a step further. We will work on skills such as argument development, refutation, and general stylistic improvements. By the end of this course, students will have full debate rounds on debate topics drawn from real international debate tournaments.

Geography Around the World 

Section 1: Grades 4-6, Tues: 7PM-7:45PM EST 

Section 2: Grades 3-6, Tues: 6PM-6:45PM EST
Prerequisites: None 


What is the capital of Indonesia? Where is Mt. Kilimanjaro? In this course, we will be exploring the people and the places all around the globe from countries to cultures. You will be learning about every continent, its countries, and interesting facts about them. We will accomplish all this through maps and games while having lots of fun. In the end, students will have a better understanding of the fascinating world we live in.

Hunger Games Writing Analysis

Instructors:

Shreya Lokhande

Section 1: Grades 5-8, Mon, Fri: 6PM-6:45PM EST
Prerequisites: Students should have read at least one of the three books in the Hunger Games trilogy.


If you enjoy the Hunger Games and writing, this is a course for you! In this course we are going to analyze the various writing and stylistic techniques that author Suzanne Collins uses in her books and how they impact her story. It is recommended that students have read the first book of the Hunger Games trilogy before joining.

Philosophy

Instructors:

Tanish Kothari 

Section 1: Grades 6-8, Wed: 5PM-5:45PM EST 
Prerequisites: None 


In this course we will be discussing various basic philosophical concepts and thought experiments. From Aretaic to Deontic theories, we will explore the evolution of philosophy from Ancient Greece to the Enlightenment era to today. The course will include lectures as well as group discussions.

Poetry

Instructors:

Eva Marder

Section 1: Grades 4-7, Wed: 5PM-5:45PM EST 
Prerequisites: None 


What makes a poem a poem? What is the difference between prose and poetry? Why does poetry sometimes sound like another language? In this introductory course, we will tackle these questions and more. This class will take you through the basic tools and structures of poetry in order to write full-legnth poems. We will decipher different forms of poetry from sonnets to haikus to find what styles of writing work best for individual students. No prior knowledge is required! 

Introduction to Psychology

Instructors:

Anum Khan,
Alex Lee

Section 1: Grades 5-8, Mon, Wed: 7PM-7:45PM EST 
Section 2: Grades 5-8, Fri: 8PM-8:45PM EST, Sun: 1PM-1:45PM EST
Prerequisites: None 


Why do we behave the way we do in front of people? Are memories reliable? How do we judge things from a moral standpoint? Introduction to Psychology offers a broad, interactive overview of leading concepts in the field of psychology. Students will learn why psychology is truly one of the most thrilling sciences.

Story Writing 

Instructors:

Morgana McLeod

Section 1: Grades 5-6, Fri: 4PM-4:45PM EST 
Prerequisites: None 


An introductory story writing course meant for engaged young children. In this class, we will investigate the process of creating an artful story through plot, voice, and characters. Students will dissect the process of writing through class discussion and individualized attention. 

US Civics and American Government

Instructors:

Kaila Hall

Section 1: Grades 5-8, Sat: 6PM-6:45PM EST 
Prerequisites: None 


Are you interested in the creation of the United States and the foundation of the American Government? If so, this is the course for you! In this class, we will learn about the Revolutionary War, explore an overview of the Constitution, and discuss the essential structure of the American Government. Additionally, students will engage in a variety of fun and interactive projects. If this sparks your curiosity, I look forward to meeting you in class!

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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