Humanities & Social Sciences Courses

Introduction to Creative Writing

Section 1: Grades 5-8, Fri: 7PM-7:45PM EST
Section 2: Grades 1-5, Tues: 6PM-6:45PM EST
Section 3: Grades 1-5, Thurs: 6PM- 6:45PM EST

Prerequisites: None

This course will focus on the elements of storytelling, grammar, and cleaning up rough prose. We will examine excerpts from real authors and learn how to read like a writer. Students will be encouraged to stretch their imaginations while improving their general writing abilities.

Introduction to Psychology


Alex Lee

Section 1: Grades 5-8, Mon, Wed: 4PM-4:45PM 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.

Global Current Events


Julia Monteiro

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

Do you want to learn more about the world? During this introductory course students will learn about the histories of various countries and how they have affected where these countries stand today. This course is recommended to kids interested in learning more about global events and how they impact our society.

Introduction to Grammar


Marla Bingcang

Section 1: Grades 5-8, Sun: 7PM-7:45PM EST
Prerequisites: None

Want to improve your essays? Or maybe you're interested in creative writing? In Introduction to Grammar we will delve into various new and familiar concepts and how these may be used to strengthen your overall writing.

Media Communications


Kaoruko Naniwa

Section 1: Grades 6-8, Sat: 8PM-8:45PM EST

Prerequisites: None

This course explains how and why we are affected by media, and how we can identify those influences. Students will learn several concepts and ideas in order to do so. We will develop the ability to interpret the encoded meanings in advertisements and media through various projects and activities. 

Introduction to Debate

Section 1: Grades 4-6, Thurs: 6PM-6:45PM EST
Section 2: Grades 6-8, Wed: 6PM- 6:45PM EST

Prerequisites: None

This course offers initial exposure to the fundamentals of debate including the foundation of an argument, argument generation skills, fundamentals of research while emphasizing critical thinking and logical analysis. Students will follow a paced learning path while accommodating individual students to help them understand specific areas of knowledge. Students will have an introduction to the activity, followed by an introduction to the framework, argument structure, research, rhetoric, and other specific skills, ending with students understanding the activity and having the ability to construct and debate with an affirmative and negative case. 

Introduction to American History


Evan Proctor

Section 1:  Grades 5-8, Sun: 2PM-2:45PM EST
Section 2 Grades 5-8, Sun: 8PM-8:45PM EST

Prerequisites: None

This course will focus on American history from the early British colonies to present day America. It will be a fun and fast-paced class designed to educate students about the United States and its involvement on the world stage. The class will highlight every individual aspect that makes up America, from documents such as the Bill of Rights to the people that have made our country what it is today. It will also look at America during times of war, a particularly important aspect of American history. We will look at history from an objective and truthful perspective, rather than from a political standpoint. Students do not have to have any prior knowledge about American history to participate in the class. 

Intro to Public Speaking and Model United Nations


Anvita Kalpande

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

This course will lay the foundations for a bright future in public speaking! Through drills and fun games, students will become strong oratory speakers. Students will also learn about and participate in Model United Nations. Culminating in a final competitive committee, this course will ensure that students become confident speakers and master many new declamatory and interpersonal skills. 

Literary Techniques


Shreya Lokhande

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

If you like writing and want a clearer picture of the literature around you, this is the course for you! We'll be diving into different writing techniques, finding them in popular literature, and connecting them to the world around us. You'll spend time in Ancient Greek philosophy, Shakespearean plays, and modern art and architecture. Come and join us to gain a better understanding of the world around you!

Harry Potter Book Club


Audrey Lin

Section 1: Grades 5-7, Mon: 7PM-7:45PM EST
Prerequisites: Having read Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone is highly recommended.


Escape the reality of everyday life and take a deep dive into the magical world of Harry Potter! Students in this course will get a chance to discuss the books and their underlying messages and themes, while learning new and interesting information about the story and its origin. The class will be largely student driven, giving them the opportunity to take a closer dive into what they find interesting, while also learning more about the series in general. They will get a chance to discover what makes the stories so magical, and leave with a long-lasting love for the world of Harry Potter!

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