The Spring Enrollment Session has concluded. Stay tuned for information about Fall Enrollment!

How to Enroll

Welcome! Enrolling at Amiko means that you will be a part of our learning community. We hold exhibitions at the end of each semester, along with a potluck gathering to celebrate our time together. As a part of promoting a positive collaborative learning environment, we encourage you to become engaged in your child’s experiences at the learning center by actively communicating with their guides and other community members.

To enroll, please click on the orange Enroll Here button, which will direct you to our registration page. Your child’s enrollment will be complete when their registration form and payment have been received.

Tuition

Fees are $325/semester for courses that meet for 3 hours/week and $165/semester for courses that meet for 1.5 hours/week. All courses meet 14 times per semester. Additional material fees may be required, please see course description.

Spring 2019 Courses

Learn about our Guides here.

Beyond the Book

(Ages 11-14) 
Guide: Sarah Vitberg
Thursdays, 1:00-2:30pm

 

In this course, we will truly live a book. We will select one book from three options selected by the guide to inspire our learning activities. In addition to using literary points of inquiry, we will also engage in activities that experientially enhance our understandings through storytelling, public speaking, critical discussions, writing, role-playing, fitness, food, art, music, and other well-planned ideas learners develop to expand our journey. We will identify themes in the text and analyze the details of their development, examine characteristics of complex characters, interactions between characters, and how the plot unfolds. We will also analyze the cumulative impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone, parallel plots, manipulation of time, and what is emphasized or absent in key scenes. Multiple mediums will be used as the learners help shape this course into a living, breathing book. Learners will need to read the selected book outside of class time to arrive prepared to participate in our activities.

Course Fee: $165 
Material Fee: $15

Drawing and Painting

(Ages 11-16) 
Guide: Jennifer Green
Mondays, 1:00-4:00pm

 

This course is designed to support learners to develop their drawing and painting skills. We will use the elements of art and the principles of design to develop our understandings of composition. Learners will be able to participate in exercises to explore value, contour, perspective, shading, still life, and figure drawing to practice fine-tuning their coordination and technique. Then, we will build our own canvases to create original works of art with acrylic paint. Frequent critique sessions will help learners to develop an analytical eye for art and facilitate personal reflection. Current day and historical artists will be referenced when relevant to course activities. Learners will supply their own materials for this course. A list of suggested materials will be provided.

Course Fee: $325 
Material Fee: $20

Electrical Engineering I

(Ages 7-10) 
Guide: Keith Handy
Wednesdays, 2:45-4:15pm

 

In this course, learners will explore the potential of electronics as they assemble simple circuits. They will use Snap Circuits and starter projects to build basic electronic engineering knowledge before they begin to plan their own projects. They will be guided to use micro controllers, such as their own Arduino (included), to operate their devices. They will have the opportunity to learn about inputs (switches, potentiometers, light sensors, touch, and others) and outputs (LED lights, buzzers, motors, servos, and others). They will also build basic knowledge about electronics such as current flow, interpreting and creating schematic diagrams, analog and digital signals, and using multimeters. They will also be able to learn about simple programming concepts.

Course Fee: $165
Material Fee: $25

Electrical Engineering II

(Ages 11-14) 
Guide: Keith Handy
Wednesdays, 4:30-6:00pm

 

In this course, learners will explore the potential of electronic circuits as they invent their own devices. After experimenting with simple starter projects, they will be supported to create their own inventions. They will use microcontrollers, such as their own Arduino (included), to operate their devices. They will learn about inputs (switches, potentiometers, light sensors, touch, and others) and outputs (LED lights, buzzers, motors, servos, and others). They will also build basic electronic engineering knowledge such as using Ohm’s Law, current flow, interpreting and creating schematic diagrams, analog and digital signals, and using multimeters. They will also be able to learn about simple programming concepts to operate their inventions.

Course Fee: $165
Material Fee: $25

LEGO Robotics I

(Ages 7-11) 
Guide: Joe Gomulak-Cavicchio
Thursdays, 2:45-4:15pm

 

Welcome to Robotics!

 

We’re going to build Lego Mindstorm NXT 2.0 and EV3 robots and learn how to program them to accomplish many fun tasks!  We will explore how robots navigate in their environments and how they are used in the real world.  Throughout the course, we will be learning the basics of the engineering process as we work in teams to accomplish our challenges! 

Course Fee: $165
Material Fee: $5

LEGO Robotics II

(Ages 10-14) 
Guide: Joe Gomulak-Cavicchio
Thursdays, 4:30-6:00pm

 

Welcome to Robotics!

 

We’re going to build Lego Mindstorm NXT 2.0 and EV3 robots and learn how to program them to accomplish many fun tasks!  We will explore how robots navigate in their environments and how they are used in the real world.  Throughout the course, we will be learning the basics of the engineering process as we work in teams to accomplish our challenges! 

Course Fee: $165
Material Fee: $5

Sharing with Art

(Ages 6-8) 
Guide: Michelle Cardulla
Wednesdays, 1:00-2:30pm

 

 

Children will be introduced to drawing, painting, and collage techniques, imaginatively exploring how they want to investigate, probe, and inquire what these media mean to them. They will have access to a variety of art supplies, prompting them to fluctuate between media in their own time and inclinations. Present day and historical artists will be referenced, when relevant to learners’ projects, to enrich their understanding of the purposes and processes of art over time. Group critique sessions will promote learners’ critical thinking skills, effective communication, and vocabulary development.

Course Fee: $165
Material Fee: $25

Teen Connection

(Ages 13-16)
Guide: Tony Tepedino
Mondays, 4:30-6:00pm

How do we define and reach our goals, especially when we experience challenges? How do we create a fulfilling life? How do we develop healthy relationships? How do we recognize what we need in different contexts? How do we ask for what we need? What do we have control over in difficult times? How do we work through things we cannot control? In our group, we will support each other to explore a variety of techniques and processes to successfully navigate life’s challenges and support effective communication. We will learn how to build positive relationships in a variety of situations. It all starts with understanding ourselves and how we react to challenges. Our interpersonal skills and practices with personal goals will impact our capacities to feel successful and happy. This course will introduce mindfulness as a practice and scientifically proven techniques that will allow us to become self-aware and responsive, to promote effective communication to cultivate relationships and reach personal goals.

 

Course Fee: $165 
Material Fee: $20

Teen Research Team

(Ages 13-16)
Guide: Jennifer Green
Tuesdays, 1:00-4:00pm

The Teen Research Team works together to develop their researching skills in an area of inquiry determined by their own interest. Individuals or small groups focus on specialized areas of the team’s overarching area of inquiry, to facilitate rich discussions. Teens are guided through research practices that support their understanding of the topics they select as they evaluate the credibility of sources, analyze and organize information, use planning tools, and create evidence their learning. We explore a variety of resources, including but not limited to online resources, interviews, and academic journal articles. Learners regularly present their work to the group to gather feedback. While not required, working outside of meeting times will enhance learning. Activities are often grounded in reading, writing, and gathering information online. Field trips are organized to support understanding of their selected topics. 

Course Fee: $325
Material Fee: $20

Young Researchers Club I

(Ages 6-8) 
Guide: Jennifer Green 
Wednesdays, 9:00am-12:00pm

This program is designed to support children to investigate an area of their own interest by exposing them to basic researching practices. Children will make interdisciplinary connections, practice using planning and organizational tools, and use a variety of resources to collect data. They will work together to create artifacts of their learning.

Course Fee: $325
Material Fee: $20

Young Researchers Club II

(Ages 7-9) 
Guide: Jennifer Green
Thursdays, 9:00am-12:00pm

This program is designed to support children to investigate an area of their own interest by supporting them to basic researching practices. Children will make interdisciplinary connections, use planning and organizational tools, and access a variety of resources to collect information. Group discussions are used to facilitate effective communication, peer feedback, and critical thinking. While not required, basic reading and writing skills will enhance their learning experience. Children work together to create evidence of their learning that can help others learn.

Course Fee: $325 
Material Fee: $20

Youth Research Group

(Ages 10-13) 
Guide: Jennifer Green
Tuesdays, 9:00am-12:00pm

The Youth Research Group works together on a collaborative investigation determined by their own interest. After selecting an area of inquiry, participants are guided through research practices to create a meaningful learning artifact. Learners will be guided to evaluate the credibility of sources, analyze and organize information, use planning tools, and create evidence of their learning. Learners regularly present their work to the group to gather feedback. While not required, working outside of meeting times will enhance learning. Activities are often grounded in reading, writing, and gathering information online. Field trips are organized to support understanding of their selected topics.

Course Fee: $325 
Material Fee: $20

Calendar

Parent Information Night July 8th, 5pm-7pm
Open House August 15th, 4pm-7pm
Last Day to Register September 5th
First Day of Classes (Fall) September 12th
No Classes November 21st-23rd
Last Day of Classes (Fall) December 21st
Winter Exhibition December 22nd, 11am-1pm
Spring Registration Begins December 4th
Last Day to Register January 7th
First Day of Classes (Spring) January 14th
No Classes January 21st
No Classes February 18-22nd
No Classes April 15-19th
Last Day of Classes (Spring) May 6th
Spring Exhibition May 11th

 

 

 

FAQs

How are course offerings selected?

Courses are offered based on student and parent interest, as well as access to high-quality mentors. If you or your child has a great idea for a course, we’d love to hear about it. Drop us a line at info@amikolearningcenter.org.

Does Amiko offer incremental payment plans?

Yes! During the checkout process, you can select the partial payment option. This option secures your child course registration with a 50% down payment. The remaining 50% is automatically deducted from the account you provide, on the date indicated.

Is Amiko Learning Center a school?

Amiko is a learning center, however, it is not a school. If your child is receiving home instruction, your child’s instructor would be happy to discuss your child’s learning, so that you may include a description on their quarterly reports.

What is Amiko's Refund Policy?

Full refunds are issued when requested at least 4 weeks prior to the beginning of the semester. Cancellations made between 2-4 weeks prior to the beginning of the semester receive a 50% refund of the total course enrollment fee. Material Fees are non-refundable. No refunds are issued for cancellations 2 weeks or less prior to the beginning of the semester. The last date for course registration and the semester start dates are listed on the Calendar.

If courses aren’t graded, how do course participants know if they have done well?

Learners explore their successes and challenges throughout the course by using feedback from their mentors, self-reflection, peer feedback, and group discussions. Learners work to document their learning in a variety of ways that support the assessment of their progress. In addition, participants work together to create an artifact of their learning that is shared at the end of the semester at a community-wide exhibition.

What is are artifacts of learning?

A learning artifact provides evidence of the learning that has occurred by revealing aspects of the learning process and conveying knowledge to share with others so that they may also learn. A learning artifact could be a poster, a written document, artwork, a performance, a video or sound recording, a presentation, an object, or any combination of these examples, and others we haven’t thought of yet.

Why are courses designed for mixed-age groups?

When Amiko participants learn alongside others of varied ages, abilities, and perspectives they learn to value others’ contributions in ways that promote their development of rich pro-active social skills and enhance their learning potential as they learn from more experienced peers and take on leadership roles.

What if my child decides they do not want to participate?

Since a primary focus of Amiko is to support collaborative learning experiences, your child’s participation is an asset to the success of their course. However, sometimes a child’s attention or interest may shift from that of their group. Guides will encourage your child to participate by connecting with them to identify ways to increase the relevance of the course, modify their method of participation, or offer some space, for example. We understand learning as a personalized process, and your child will be supported to continue their participation with the group in any feasible way that works for them.

How do we handle conflicts?

When participants are treated in personalized ways and are given choices about their learning, conflicts are not common. However, conflicts will emerge from time to time, and we interpret these as opportunities for learning. Guides assist children to communicate how they feel in ways that value the positions of all involved. Children are encouraged to work through conflicts in ways that empower them to build skills that benefit themselves and their peers as they become more confident in achieving a resolution. We support the healthy expression of emotions, negotiating reasonable compromises, careful listening, and building trusting relationships.

Is attendance mandatory?

While attendance is not mandatory, a primary focus of Amiko is to promote learning in social communities. When your child is consistently present, the group can build positive relationships and collaborate more successfully than if your child’s attendance is intermittent. In addition, courses build upon the knowledge created in the previous meeting. Course guides will assist your child, as possible, to stay up to date if they are absent. However, your child will learn more meaningfully as an active participant.