CLASS CATALOGUE Winter/Spring 2019

(GRADES 6-12)

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MONDAY CLASSES (16 WEEKS)


World History: The Enlightenment, Napoleon, and European Imperialism,   1500-1914

Monday, 9:30 – 11: 00 am (16 weeks)

Jan. 7, 14, (No class 21), 28, Feb. 4, 11, (No class 18), 25, Mar. 4, 11, 18, 25, April 1, 8, (No class 15, 22), 29, May 6, 13, 20

Grades 6 - 12

Today, all humans, whether they are Europeans, Australian Aborigines, or Africans, belong to the same subgroup of human beings, Homo Sapiens Sapiens, or wise, wise humans. We have more in common with our ancestors and each other than we often admit, and we have survived thousands of years because of our ability to adapt and progress. This is the fourth semester of a six semester curriculum, but students can join at any time. We will be covering a lot of material in a short amount of time, so students will be expected to pay keen attention in class, take notes, and do a fair amount of homework, including weekly quizzes and a research paper. Students will not only learn the important events in history, but also learn how the information fits together in terms of human development, time periods, and regions of the world. We will make a timeline so that we can better understand how different societies developed over the course of history with similar stories. The curriculum will be based on the fourth unit of the Glencoe World History book; from around the year 1500 to the beginning of the 20th century.

New students are welcome!

TEACHER: Steve Rachwal

SEMESTER FEE: $445


Ping Pong

Monday, 11:15 am – 12: 15 pm (16 weeks)

Jan. 7, 14, (No class 21), 28, Feb. 4, 11, (No class 18) 25, Mar. 4, 11, 18, 25, April 1, 8, (No class 15, 22), 29, May 6, 13, 20

All ages


Students will learn the basic rules of table tennis, as well as various techniques (proper grasp of the racket, forehand stroke, backhand stroke, etc). They will play competitive games, and have monthly tournaments. 
Besides being an educational sport, table tennis is engaging, enjoyable, and fun. This program will be a great opportunity for students to exercise while taking a break from their studies. 

TEACHER: Bella Livshin, Gilbert Table Tennis Center

SEMESTER FEE: $320


Current Events: A Study Of Today's News

Monday, 11:15am – 12: 15 pm (16 weeks)

Jan. 7, 14, (No class 21), 28, Feb. 4, 11, (No class 18), 25, Mar. 4, 11, 18, 25, April 1, 8, (No class 15, 22), 29, May 6, 13, 20

Grades 6 - 12


We will read articles about current political events and have class discussions about how they impact the world, both globally and domestically. Students will be expected to read articles in a timely manner and do research on the accurateness of the articles and alternative opinions. There will be more homework than last year, as students will be expected to write several essays that compare and contrast the different viewpoints. We will also spend several weeks researching and preparing for a structured debate.

TEACHER: Steve Rachwal

SEMESTER FEE: $400


Sign Language

Monday, 12:15 – 1:15 pm (16 weeks)

Jan. 7, 14, (No class 21), 28, Feb. 4, 11, (No class 18), 25, Mar. 4, 11, 18, 25, April 1, 8, (No class 15, 22), 29, May 6, 13, 20

Grades 6 - 12 


This American Sign Language class is a continuation from last year. New students are welcome.

      It will include:

  • The basic elements of ASL
  • Sign Language vocabulary
  • The uniqueness of a visual language vs a hearing language
  • The use of ASL for communicative interaction      
  • Creative use of ASL through songs and stories.

This class aims to build on student needs, abilities, goals, and interests.  A basic sign language book will be used for standardized learning and reference, along with suggested resources available to be purchased, and accessed on the internet for enrichment.  Hopefully, access to the Deaf Community, and the richness of Deaf culture will be arranged.

TEACHER: Miriam Cantor

SEMESTER FEE: $400


Writing Wonderland

Monday, 12:15 – 1: 15 pm (16 weeks)

Jan. 7, 14, (No class 21), 28, Feb. 4, 11, (No class 18), 25, Mar. 4, 11, 18, 25, April 1, 8, (No class 15, 22), 29, May 6, 13, 20

Grades 6 - 12


Writing words on a page can be exciting and liberating.  It can also be daunting at times for some.  In this Creative Writing class, we explore written narrative forms to express ourselves, share ideas, and tell stories.  Learning how to move beyond our inner critic and gain confidence in our individual expression and writing is a beneficial skill to develop.  Class reading and writing topics assist students in utilizing  various forms of written expression to free their own words on paper.  All writing levels welcome!

TEACHER: Valorie Knutson

SEMESTER FEE: $400

Foundations In Personal Finance

Monday, 1:15 –2:15pm (16 weeks)

Jan. 7, 14, (No class 21), 28, Feb. 4, 11, (No class 18), 25, Mar. 4, 11, 18, 25, April 1, 8, (No class 15, 22), 29, May 6, 13, 20

Grades 6 - 12

Foundations in Personal Finance is designed to teach kids how to properly think about and handle money to avoid debt. Topics include saving and budgeting, life after high school, consumer awareness and shopping, investing,  insurance, and many others.  This class is taught through a combination of video lessons by industry experts, class discussions and activities. The course cost includes a workbook. (All materials are non-sectarian and meet California state standards).  

TEACHER: Traci Tessler

SEMESTER FEE: $400

 

Sewing Intermediate 2 - Create Your Style

Monday, 2:15 –3:45 pm (16 weeks)

Jan. 7, 14, (No class 21), 28, Feb. 4, 11, (No class 18), 25, Mar. 4, 11, 18, 25, April 1, 8, (No class 15, 22), 29, May 6, 13, 20

Grades 5 - 10

For students who have taken sewing or have experience with using a sewing machine.

In this class students will continue to practice and expand upon their sewing technique through choosing garment patterns to make from selected pattern styles, reading patterns, and choosing size, fabrics and other materials to use for projects. Students will also learn about fabric characteristics and practice pattern placement on fabric, pinning, and cutting.  Students will complete two projects, and there may be enough time for a third small project.

  • Sewing machines are provided. You may bring your sewing machine to learn how to use it.
  • The class fee will include two commercial patterns and thread.
  • Students will choose and purchase fabrics at the local fabric store by the second class for the first project. For the second project students will have more time to purchase fabrics.
  • Students are expected to be interested in learning how to sew.
  • Limited to 8 students per class.

TEACHER: Christine Borreaz

SEMESTER FEE: $530


Wednesday CLASSES (17 WEEKS)

 

Math Circle

Wednesday, 9:00 – 10:00am (17 weeks)

Jan. 9, 16, 23, 30, Feb. 6, 13, 20, 27, Mar. 6, 13, (No class 20), 27, April 3, 10, (No class 17, 24), May 1, 8, 15, 22

Grades 6 - 12

The math program at CLP is supported by LAMC, Los Angeles math Circle, a Sunday math school for mathematically inclined children run by UCLA Department of Mathematics. LAMC curriculum covers all levels from K to 12. The topics range from place-value numerals to set theory, geometry, graph theory, Boolean algebra, topology, etc. We use the LAMC curriculum to tailor our classes to the needs and mathematical background of our students. The topics we cover are either missing from, or are not covered in depth, in the standard U.S. school curriculum. Our instructors are trained by the LAMC personnel. The CLP math program not only prepares our students for college, but it also shows that math is one of the most beautiful and entertaining human activities, with the same level of creativity as poetry and music.

To see the samples of the CLP Math Circle Courses for the previous year, please click on the following link:

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/01fakoixq3ef5qw/AAAli-FH7DUGHI7EAgtS0hNBa?dl=0

* Creative Learning Place prides itself on close cooperation with UCLA. The Mathematics program at CLP was founded and is supported by Dr. Oleg Gleizer, the Mathematics Department Chair at Geffen Academy, an on-campus UCLA middle and high school. 

* Interestingly enough, Math preparedness or extensive knowledge are not necessary components of a successful Math Circle. Having said that, it should be acknowledged that the Math Circle is not a substitution for a sequential math curriculum. We encourage our students to study sequential math separately.

TEACHER: Eric Kogan

SEMESTER FEE: $490

 

Marine Science

Wednesday, 9:00– 10:00am (17 weeks)

Jan. 9, 16, 23, 30, Feb. 6, 13, 20, 27, Mar. 6, 13, (No class 20), 27, April 3, 10, (No class 17, 24), May 1, 8, 15, 22

Grades 6 - 12


This is NOT my Marine Biology course. This class will focus on the physical, chemical, and geological aspects of the ocean (oceanography). We'll focus on waves, tides, currents, ocean sediments, ecology, resources, and more! We'll be doing several labs as well throughout the semester

TEACHER: Mary Middlebrook

SEMESTER FEE:  $515


Middle School English 

Wednesday, 10:00 – 11:30am (17 weeks)

Jan. 9, 16, 23, 30, Feb. 6, 13, 20, 27, Mar. 6, 13, (No class 20), 27, April 3, 10, (No class 17, 24), May 1, 8, 15, 22

Grades 6 - 8

From Shakespearian plays to spooky poetry by Edgar Allan Poe, and the dystopian worlds of Ray Bradbury to the allegorical novellas of George Orwell, this class will explore the richness and variety that the literary world has to offer. Students will learn how to analyze literature, and think critically about different ideas and themes. They will learn to write creatively as well as academically. Writing skills include richer word choices, stronger sentences, idea brainstorming, organizational tools, description enrichment, the five-paragraph essay format, and editing strategies. No textbook required. All readings will be accessible online or at the public library. 

TEACHER: Hyla Rachwal

SEMESTER FEE: $465

 

High School English - World Literature

Wednesday, 11:30am – 1:00pm (17 weeks)

Jan. 9, 16, 23, 30, Feb. 6, 13, 20, 27, Mar. 6, 13, (No class 20), 27, April 3, 10, (No class 17, 24), May 1, 8, 15, 22

Grades 9 - 12

This year, we will study some of the world's greatest literature focusing on representative works by major authors cited in the AP® English Course Description with an emphasis on British classics.  A rich body of course reading will include authors such as Charles Dickens, the Bronte sisters, Jane Austen, George Orwell, Mary Shelley, Christopher Marlowe, Geoffrey Chaucer, Oscar Wilde, George Bernard Shaw and others, incorporating novels, short stories, poetry from the sixteenth century to contemporary times, and a wide range of essays. All works selected for the course are widely recognized as essential college-bound texts.

Through discussion, collaboration, and creative and interpretive writing experiences, students will learn and apply literary and rhetorical analysis.  Students will write interpretive, exploratory, expository, and argumentative essays through the writing workshop process.

Class consists of a mini-lesson, reflection, discussion, and interaction with the readings, vocabulary and sentence structure development, and a variety of writing activities to develop students’ skills and unique voices as writers and thinkers. 

No textbook purchase is required. All readings are readily accessible from the local library or will be provided as handouts. 

This course intentionally shares reading and contextual materials with the College-Bound Literature and Theatre Lab course to to enhance the learning experience for students in both classes. 

TEACHER: Heidi Joyce

SEMESTER FEE: $465


Women In History: Famous Females

Wednesday, 11:30am – 12:30pm (17 weeks)

Jan. 9, 16, 23, 30, Feb. 6, 13, 20, 27, Mar. 6, 13, (No class 20), 27, April 3, 10, (No class 17, 24), May 1, 8, 15, 22

Grades 5 - 8

Dust off your monocle and step into the time machine as we travel through history to learn about women who have changed the world. From famous faces to hidden figures, we will immerse ourselves in the lives of these women, the time periods in which they lived, important events that they took part in, their contributions in their fields, and how life would be different without them. This semester we will be specifically focusing on historical and modern-day representations of women in film, television, advertisements, and other forms of media. Are women accurately represented on screen and in print? How have these representations changed over time? Do they reflect our changing societies? Which women specifically were instrumental in these industries? 

This class will be tailored to fit each student's academic level as we expand upon our reading and writing skills. Every student can learn something from these important women so girls and boys are both encouraged to be a part of this class.

Note: For those of you who took my class last semester, this semester will not overlap with what we previously learned. 

TEACHER: Hyla Rachwal

SEMESTER FEE: $425


US History

Wednesday, 11:30am – 12:30pm (17 weeks)

Jan. 9, 16, 23, 30, Feb. 6, 13, 20, 27, Mar. 6, 13, (No class 20), 27, April 3, 10, (No class 17, 24), May 1, 8, 15, 22

Grades 3 - 6

A 17 week course in US History for 3rd-6th graders. We will be covering 8 major events in US History. One week we will have a presentation, discussion, and homework, the next week we will have an in depth, hands-on activity to bring history to life!

TEACHER: Mary Middlebrook

SEMESTER FEE: $490


Hands-On With The Scientific Method (Section 1)


Wednesday, 12:30 – 1:30pm (17 weeks)

Jan. 9, 16, 23, 30, Feb. 6, 13, 20, 27, Mar. 6, 13, (No class 20), 27, April 3, 10, (No class 17, 24), May 1, 8, 15, 22

Grades 5 - 8

Priority registration this class, section 1,  will be given to students registered for Speaker's League.

This is a BRAND NEW CLASS!! This isn't my typical lecture style classes. We will learn all about the scientific method, why it is the standard, and how it is used in the first week. From there, we will begin a series of discussions and hands-on labs that utilize the scientific method. We will work as a class to come up with questions. Students will then do the research part of the scientific method at home, and be prepared to discuss their findings with the class. From there, we will form a hypothesis, create an experiment to test our hypothesis, run experimental trials, analyze our data, and come to a conclusion. We will be using this method in a multi-disciplinary approach- covering topics in physics, earth science, biology, chemistry, and more. THIS CLASS REQUIRES OUTSIDE RESEARCH. If your student is not interested in putting in time outside of class to do the parts of the scientific method for each of our labs that require research, then please do not sign up for this class. They will not be allowed to participate in labs that they have not done the proper research for!

TEACHER: Mary Middlebrook


SEMESTER FEE: $515


Hands-On With The Scientific Method (Section 2)

Wednesday, 1:45 – 2:45pm (17 weeks)

Jan. 9, 16, 23, 30, Feb. 6, 13, 20, 27, Mar. 6, 13, (No class 20), 27, April 3, 10, (No class 17, 24), May 1, 8, 15, 22

Grades 5 - 8

This is a BRAND NEW CLASS!! This isn't my typical lecture style classes. We will learn all about the scientific method, why it is the standard, and how it is used in the first week. From there, we will begin a series of discussions and hands-on labs that utilize the scientific method. We will work as a class to come up with questions. Students will then do the research part of the scientific method at home, and be prepared to discuss their findings with the class. From there, we will form a hypothesis, create an experiment to test our hypothesis, run experimental trials, analyze our data, and come to a conclusion. We will be using this method in a multi-disciplinary approach- covering topics in physics, earth science, biology, chemistry, and more. THIS CLASS REQUIRES OUTSIDE RESEARCH. If your student is not interested in putting in time outside of class to do the parts of the scientific method for each of our labs that require research, then please do not sign up for this class. They will not be allowed to participate in labs that they have not done the proper research for!

TEACHER: Mary Middlebrook


SEMESTER FEE: $515


Speaker's League

Wednesday, 1:30 – 3:00pm (17 weeks)

Jan. 9, 16, 23, 30, Feb. 6, 13, 20, 27, Mar. 6, 13, (No class 20), 27, April 3, 10, (No class 17, 24), May 1, 8, 15, 22

Grades 4 - 8

 

Come join the fun and take the fear out of public speaking. Modeled after Toastmasters, Speaker's League offers kids the opportunity to hone their public speaking skills through hands-on activities including the preparation and presentation of speeches, impromptu speaking, the use of visual aids, gestures, and vocal variety. The meetings are run by the students and they progress through levels as they master specific skills. 

New members are welcome!

TEACHERKaren Golden

SEMESTER FEE: $350


Model United Nations

Wednesday, 1:00 – 3:00pm (17 weeks)

Jan. 9, 16, 23, 30, Feb. 6, 13, 20, 27, Mar. 6, 13, (No class 20), 27, April 3, 10, (No class 17, 24), May 1, 8, 15, 22

Grades 8 -12


Model United Nations is well-known for its emphasis on leadership, public speaking, debate, consensus-building, community service, and global awareness for students.  Model UN participation is also a highly regarded and valuable asset for college preparation and admission.  This dynamic Model UN experience involves creative explorations and simulations of current and historical global issues. Students are immersed in and debate major world issues, taking on the role of UN delegates, leaders and historical figures, learning to write position papers and speeches, as well as public speaking, negotiation, conflict resolution, problem solving, and presentation skills.  Students also learn elements of parliamentary procedure, geography, and the history and functioning of the United Nations, developing a deeper understanding of our world, its history, its peoples, and the ways governments can work together to solve problems and promote peace and understanding among nations.  

Through this course, students may choose to participate in the Los Angeles Youth UNICEF Club, which won 15 Presidential Service Awards for its community service work.

This year, our Model UN class focus will be:

Migrant, Refugee, Asylum-seeker: The current and historic large-scale movements of people and their international impact and implications

This year’s in-class and joint summit topics will include explorations of current hotly debated international issues such as Brexit, the European Union’s Refugee and Migrant Crisis, US Immigration Policy, Terrorism and the International Refugee Crisis, China’s Politburo and the repatriation of North Korean asylum-seekers, and historical issues like Jewish refugees fleeing Nazi Germany on the S.S. St. Louis, The Lost Boys of Sudan, the Boat People of Indochina, refugees of the Soviet-Afghan War, and refugee issues of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Understanding the five critical factors underpinning most refugee crises, we will explore the international community’s response from the creation of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees in 1950 through the UN General Assembly’s 2016 New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants as refugee and migrant crises dominate global headlines today. 

TEACHER: Heidi Joyce

SEMESTER FEE: $490


Sewing Two

Wednesday, 1:30 – 3:00 pm (17 weeks)

Jan. 9, 16, 23, 30, Feb. 6, 13, 20, 27, Mar. 6, 13, (No class 20), 27, April 3, 10, (No class 17, 24), May 1, 8, 15, 22

Grades 4 - 8 

Students will learn all the basics of sewing including learning about fabric, how to read a pattern, how to place a pattern on fabric, pin, and cut, and how to thread, sew and care for a machine. 

Sewing machines are provided. You may bring your machine in, to learn how to use it, after your first project is complete.

TEACHER: Christina Borraez

SEMESTER FEE: $560



Sewing One and Two

Wednesday, 3:15 – 4:45 pm (17 weeks)

Jan. 9, 16, 23, 30, Feb. 6, 13, 20, 27, Mar. 6, 13, (No class 20), 27, April 3, 10, (No class 17, 24), May 1, 8, 15, 22

Grades 5 -10

Students will learn all the basics of sewing including learning about fabric, how to read a pattern, how to place a pattern on fabric, pin, and cut, and how to thread, sew and care for a machine. 

Sewing machines are provided. You may bring your machine in, to learn how to use it, after your first project is complete.

Limited to 8 students per class.

New Students welcome!

TEACHER: Christina Borraez

SEMESTER FEE: $560



Thursday CLASSES (17 WEEKS)


College - Bound Literature And Theater Lab: "Chaos, Reason, Soul: British Literature And The Meaning Of A Civilization"

New students welcome!!!

The College-Bound Literature and Theatre Lab includes a fully integrated language arts curriculum using theatre, music, dance, literature, writing, film, and visual arts to explore and interpret significant themes and concepts in college-prep literature geared for high school age and upper middle school students. Involving in-depth creative and interpretive explorations, this year focuses on the British literary classics college-bound students should read and know, including works by Charles Dickens, the Bronte sisters, Jane Austen, George Orwell, Mary Shelley, Christopher Marlowe, Geoffrey Chaucer, Oscar Wilde, and George Bernard Shaw. Some of the works we will explore in whole or part include Great Expectations, Jane Eyre, Wuthering Heights, Pride and Prejudice, Frankenstein, Dr. Faustus, The Importance of Being Earnest, Beowulf, The Canterbury Tales, Pygmalion, Lord of the Flies, and 1984.

Students can participate in all three classes for a complete integrated literature and performing arts curriculum or choose those classes they prefer. 

Music and dance classes will provide opportunities to explore the literature through music and movement, as well as exploring British classical works, the British Invasion in rock and roll (including The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Queen, The Who, Pink Floyd, Elton John, The Moody Blues, and David Bowie) and related musical theatre such as Cats, My Fair Lady, Oliver!, Damn Yankees, and West Side Story.

During the ongoing workshop, students create theatre pieces, write monologues and other pieces, interpret scripts, poems, and stories, incorporate personal experiences and opinions, and work with a myriad of interactive and dynamic tools for exploring and comprehending challenging ideas.   No prior training in dance, music or theatre is necessary.   From the material generated by the class throughout the year, a theatre piece is created including music and dance, which is presented in a final performance that celebrates a year of experiential learning.  

What they are saying about Theater Lab: 

"That show was spectacular.  The level of depth you get into with these students is remarkable. The history, the politics, the commentary, the complexity, the progressiveness...it's all incredible.” – Mayim Bialik
 

“To say I was blown away is a huge understatement. I was moved beyond words. What you drew out of your young performers was nothing short of extraordinary. Their commitment to the work was beauty in motion. I was entertained, educated and enlightened. But more than all that, much more than all that, I was inspired.” – Cullen Douglas     

We’re so impressed, moved and inspired by the kids’ talent and energy, and the beautiful and creative ways they showcased their knowledge. What an incredible experience for them to be involved in! The show has made a huge impact on us and we are so grateful to have seen it! – Nina Mercer

PLEASE NOTE:

The semester fees pay for the classes, but not the tech week or performance at the theater. We will be selling tickets and advertising in a play bill. 

  • There will be a mandatory tech week : May  27 - 31 from 10:00 - 3:30 and  the shows will either be June 2, 3 and 4 or June 3, 4 and 5. On opening day the call time will be 2:00 and on the subsequent show days the call time will be 4:00 - 10:00 pm. There will be a parent meeting to discuss fund raising to pay for the theater space during tech week and the shows. 

Theater Lab Dance

Thursday, 9:00 – 10:00 am (17 weeks)

Jan. 10, 17, 24, 31, Feb. 7, 14, 21, 28, March 7, 14, (No class 21) 28,  April 4, 11, (No class 18, 25), May 2, 9, 16, 23

Grades 6 - 12\

TEACHER: Heidi Joyce

SEMESTER FEE: $405

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Theater Lab Music

Thursday, 10:00 – 11:00 am (17 weeks)

Jan. 10, 17, 24, 31, Feb. 7, 14, 21, 28, March 7, 14, (No class 21), 28,  April 4, 11, (No class 18, 25), May 2, 9, 16, 23

Grades 6 - 12\

TEACHER: Heidi Joyce

SEMESTER FEE: $405


Theater Lab Literature

Thursday, 11:15– 12:45 am (17 weeks)

Jan. 10, 17, 24, 31, Feb. 7, 14, 21, 28, March 7, 14, (No class 21) 28,  April 4, 11, (No class 18, 25) May 2, 9, 16, 23

Grades 6 - 12\

TEACHER: Heidi Joyce

SEMESTER FEE: $535

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Combo Discount for all three classes:$1275

(Please note, the combo discount is worth three classes with Inspire Charter School Specialty program)

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Friday CLASSES (18 WEEKS)


Escape Room Design

Friday, 9:30 – 10:30am (13 weeks)

Jan. 11, 18, 25, Feb. 1, 8, 15, 22, Mar. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, April 5, 12, (no class 19, 26), May 3, 10, 17, 24

Grades 6 - 12


Escape rooms have rapidly become an exceptionally popular entertainment form over the last decade. This class examines the history, style, and structure of escape rooms as well as puzzle creation, narrative design, and business models for this growing, fun diversion. Students will practice creating their own escape rooms individually and in groups. 

TEACHER: Aaron Vanek

SEMESTER FEE: $480

Chess Championship

Friday, 9:30 – 10:30am (18 weeks)

Jan. 11, 18, 25, Feb. 1, 8, 15, 22, Mar. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, April 5, 12, (no class 19, 26), May 3, 10, 17, 24

All Ages


This highly competitive class will challenge the students to face off in a series of tournament style Chess battles to determine who are the ultimate Chess Champions! The tournaments will include Round Robin, Knockout, Blitz, Bughouse, Puzzle, Simul, and more. In addition all game results will be recorded and the player with the most wins at the end of the session will be crowned the King or Queen of Chess! *All students should be confident in the basic rules of Chess. This is a perfect follow up class for any students who previously attended Beginners Chess and/or Chess 2.0*

TEACHER: Brian Julian

SEMESTER FEE: $445


LARP Science

Friday, 10:30 – 11:30am (18 weeks)

Jan. 11, 18, 25, Feb. 1, 8, 15, 22, Mar. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, April 5, 12, (no class 19, 26), May 3, 10, 17, 24

Grades 6 - 8

Learn science by playing interactive role-playing games. Solve mysteries using forensics as a police detective, fight villains as superheroes powered by the periodic table, and enjoy a pre-French Revolution garden party discussing and debating scientific theories. Each game benefits from student research both in and out of class. The curriculum adheres to California Science Standards for 8th grade and fulfills many Common Core standards as well. Each unit features three parts: Preparation, play, and debriefing, each part being one class period. :

TEACHER: Aaron Vanek

SEMESTER FEE: $475

 

Chess4Everyone

Friday, 10:30 – 11:30am (18 weeks)

Jan. 11, 18, 25, Feb. 1, 8, 15, 22, Mar. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, April 5, 12, (no class 19, 26), May 3, 10, 17, 24

All Ages 


This is neither a beginner nor an advanced class; it’s both! In this course Kids To Kings welcomes students of all ages and experience levels. Players that are new to Chess will be introduced to The Game of Kings, and learn everything from the names of the Chessmen all the way up to special moves, like Castling. For more experienced players we will go beyond the basics to explore Chess strategy, technique and style! The class will be fun and upbeat, and will include gameplay, puzzles, technology, and group activities. There will be something challenging for all involved. This is truly Chess 4 Everyone!

TEACHER: Brian Julian

SEMESTER FEE: $445


Ping Pong

Friday, 10:30 – 11:30am (18 weeks)

Jan. 11, 18, 25, Feb. 1, 8, 15, 22, Mar. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, April 5, 12, (no class 19, 26), May 3, 10, 17, 24

All Ages


Students will learn the basic rules of table tennis, as well as various techniques (proper grasp of the racket, forehand stroke, backhand stroke, etc). They will play competitive games, and have monthly tournaments. 

Besides being an educational sport, table tennis is engaging, enjoyable, and fun. This program will be a great opportunity for students to exercise while taking a break from their studies. 

TEACHERGilbert Table Tennis Center

SEMESTER FEE: $360

 

Story Circle

Friday, 11:30am – 12:30pm (18 weeks)

Jan. 11, 18, 25, Feb. 1, 8, 15, 22, Mar. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, April 5, 12, (no class 19, 26), May 3, 10, 17, 24

Grades 6 - 12

Access your personal and original stories while discovering what makes a good story and how to tell it well. Students will learn the fundamentals of plot development and participate in each other's stories through role playing and acting. This class will enhance writing, public speaking, and performance skills while providing a safe forum for interpersonal communication, self discovery and friendship. The process is both fun and deeply rewarding. This session we will also focus on how folktales can be a catalyst for personal stories.  his class is for newcomers and seasoned veterans.

TEACHERKaren Golden

SEMESTER FEE: $430


 Art: Artist On The Border 

Friday, 12:30 – 2:30pm (18 weeks)

Jan. 11, 18, 25, Feb. 1, 8, 15, 22, Mar. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, April 5, 12, (no class 19, 26), May 3, 10, 17, 24

Grades 4 - 9

This  session we will focus on art that emerges from artists crossing the borders into the the United States. We will explore artists that found themselves in new cultures and new worlds; migration stories in visual art. We will create a suitcase that contains artifacts representing our most valued possetions as we imagine leaving one place for a far off land.

TEACHER: Julianna Ostrovsky

SEMESTER FEE: $570

Math Circle Olympiad

Friday, 2:00 – 3:00 pm (18 weeks)

Jan. 11, 18, 25, Feb. 1, 8, 15, 22, Mar. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, April 5, 12, (no class 19, 26), May 3, 10, 17, 24

Grades 3-10

Do you like math? Do you want to participate in math activities with your peers? Then join our Math Olympiad Class. This class serves as a bridge between the theory and ideas learned during Math Circle Classes and 'Hands-On' problem solving presented at Math Competitions. It will also prepare students for Math Olympiads, such as Math Kangaroo and AMC (American Math Competition).

*What is math circle?
Mathematical enrichment activities in the United States have been around for at least thirty years, in the form of residential summer programs, math contests, and local school-based programs. The concept of a math circle, on the other hand, with its emphasis on convening professional mathematicians and secondary school students on a regular basis to solve problems, has appeared only within the past twelve years. This form of mathematical outreach made its way to the U.S. most directly from Russia (former Soviet Bloc), where it has been a fixture of their mathematical culture for decades.

The tradition arrived with émigrés who had received their inspiration from math circles as teenagers. Many of them successfully climbed the academic ladder to secure positions within universities, and a few pioneers among them decided to initiate math circles within their communities to preserve the tradition, which had been so pivotal in their own formation as mathematicians.

Math circles can have a variety of styles. Some are very informal, with the learning proceeding through games, stories, or hands-on activities. Others are more traditional enrichment classes, but without formal examinations. Some have a strong emphasis on preparing for math Olympiad or Competitions; some avoid competition as much as possible. Models can use any combination of these techniques, depending on the audience, the mathematician, and the environment of the circle. Athletes have sports teams through which to deepen their involvement with sports; math circles can play a similar role for kids who like to think.

TEACHER: Eric Kogan

SEMESTER FEE: $505


Private Recorder or Saxophone Lessons

Learn to play the recorder or saxophone or brush up on your recorder skills.  For beginning through advanced players. Private lessons can be arranged anytime Karen is not teaching a class at CLP, including Tuesdays and Thursdays and in the afternoon and early evening hours. 

TEACHER: Karen Golden

Class Fees: Private lessons will be sold in lesson packages: $120 for four 30 minute lessons. Please email Karen@karengolden.com to  schedule a time. 


Tutoring  

Are you interested in tutoring sessions in math or reading and writing for your child? Conveniently located at the WJCC during CLP hours or off hours. A number of our CLP teachers are available to help your kids. Please check the box for tutoring on the registration form and we will let you know about fees and availability.