PROGRAMS OFFERED

We strive to provide high-quality, accessible educational programs to help students develop and grow interests in a variety of areas.

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PUBLIC SPEAKING AND DEBATE

Grades 5-8

Everyone has great ideas. The challenge is how to effectively communicate them to an audience. Public Speaking and Debate pervades all walks of life. These are some of the most important skills that students can learn, even if they don’t want to competitively pursue debate. Skills that students will be taught include persuasive speaking, speech-writing with the use of evidence and research, how to form an argument, and impromptu thinking and speaking. The program will include interactive and engaging lectures, speech drills, and debates.

Students of all levels can register and will be placed with others of their grade/level. 

This program is taught by nationally competitive high school debaters with leadership/coaching experience.

Summer schedule will be released soon

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ESSAY WRITING: THE ESSENCE OF AN ESSAY

Grades 5-8

What is the difference between a persuasive essay, a narrative essay, an expository essay, and a descriptive essay? Are they written the same way, do I need to know about all of them? In this 6-week course, students will get an in-depth introduction to the different core types of essays that make up the typical academic experience and learn numerous techniques that are universally effective as well as how to adapt to the nuances of each type of writing. 

The course will focus primarily on essay writing in terms of structure, the strength of ideas, and building upon the foundational skills of what students are likely to have acquired in their normal classrooms but also supercharge their writing and analytical thinking skills! The weekly meetups will consist of 90-minute periods. During that time, students will be introduced to core concepts and ideas before being asked to identify, edit, and of course write their own pieces. Students will be editing each other’s work and learning to give feedback and advice as well. The value of having another pair of eyes evaluate your writing cannot be understated, because we don’t all read and interpret words with the exact same meaning. Thus, you will learn how to become a more effective writer for multiple audiences and viewpoints and clarify your meanings.

By giving students the exposure and understanding of different essay styles and their different types of content, they will be better prepared to tackle each type individually but also learn writing techniques and strategies that are universally important for uplifting

your writing.

Students will be placed with others of their grade. 

This program is taught by middle school English teachers.

Summer schedule will be released soon

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HISTORY BEE

Grades 5-7

This class will prepare students for the National History Bee. Even if you’re not preparing for the History Bee, this class will teach various topics that are historically significant to humankind. The discussions will ultimately help students comprehend historical and current events more clearly – knowledge they can use to excel in the National History Bee, thrive in their school History classes, and become better informed global citizens in a world vying for change. The classes will consist of engaging lectures, discussions, and buzzer practice to effectively prepare for and emulate the real History Bee experience. Topics include U.S. History, World History, Military and War, and Art and Literature and the history taught will cover ancient history to the present day.

The classes will be taught by Mr. Philip Baselice, a passionate history teacher, former college professor, historical consultant and experienced history bee coach. Mr. Baselice has coached regional champions and national finalists of the National History Bee.

Multi-Week Session | Meets Weekly Online | $125*

April 14th to June 2nd, Wednesday 5 to 6 PM ET

* Fees: Our goal is to make our educational programs accessible to all. Fees are optional, and you are encouraged to make the fee donation if possible. Funds are donated to global causes.