ENROLLMENT

New! Fall 2021 Weekly Schedule

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Sliding Scale Tuition

While registering, simply select the sliding scale option that your family can afford.

We are committed to creating a community that is as financially accessible as possible. To achieve this, we trust that families contribute fairly while self-selecting from our sliding scale for tuition fees. We are grateful for your generous support as we continue to develop awesome educational opportunities for young people with low learner-guide ratios, no mandatory volunteer commitments, and high-quality staff.

Please note that Sliding Scale Option 1 does not cover the full cost of your child’s attendance.

Payment plans are available for your child’s registration in Three Day Programs and greater, with 35% required to secure their enrollment. From time to time, we have limited financial aid available. Please inquire by emailing jgreen@amikolearningcenter.org. Material Fees, which are in addition to tuition, are a fixed rate, and non-refundable. Thank you!

Tuition Fees and Program Registration Schedule

Returning Enrollees are enrollees who were enrolled in Three Day Programs during the Spring 2021 semester, and are enrolling in a Three to Five Day Program. Also, for enrollees of Environmental Education that are re-enrolling in Environmental Education.

Open Enrollment is for enrollees who are enrolling in academic year programming for the first time, or are enrollees who were previously enrolled, and are reducing their enrollment level.

Material Fees of $40 for each day of Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday and $25 for Tuesday enrollment will be added at check out. For example, a Three Day program has a $120 Material Fee.

Five Day Program enrollment includes Mondays (8:45-3:45), Tuesdays (8:45-1:00), Wednesdays (8:45-3:45), Thursdays (8:45-3:45), and Fridays (8:45-3:45).

Three Day Program enrollment includes Mondays (8:45-3:45), and any two more days selected from Wednesdays (8:45-3:45), Thursdays (8:45-3:45), or Fridays (8:45-3:45). Three Day enrollees may also add an additional Single Day or Environmental Education while registering, for four days of attendance.

Environmental Education enrollment includes Tuesdays (8:45-1:00).

Single Day enrollment is for selecting only 1 or 2 days of enrollment from Mondays (8:45-3:45), Wednesdays (8:45-3:45), Thursdays (8:45-3:45), and Fridays (8:45-3:45).

Tuition Reduction for Enrollees 10-12 years old

We are so grateful to a generous donor, who has made our programming for 10-12 year olds more accessible. The table below indicates the tuition reduction provided for each program, and the coupon code you’ll use in the checkout process. We warmly welcome your children, as our community grows!

Enrollment Expectations

We understand that young people are interested in joining our programs from a variety of backgrounds and experience levels. We want to be sure that our new enrollees are ready to feel successful in our courses, in which they will need to meet many of their personal needs autonomously. You’ll know that your child is ready for Amiko courses when they are able to:

Carry their backpack and other belongings independently

Open all lunch containers and wrappers independently

Attend to their own clothing independently (tying, zipping, buckling, adjusting layers, etc.)

Keep track of their personal water bottle and drink enough to stay hydrated

Use the portable restroom independently

Apply sunscreen and insect repellant independently, as needed

Remain with our group while in our camp area and maintain a reasonable pace with our group while on hikes

Fall 2021 Courses

Art 1

(Ages 6-9)
Guide: Jennifer Green

 

In this course, learners will use a variety of media to build their skills and understanding of how art functions as a method of communication. They will have the opportunity to create two and three dimensional artwork in ways that support problem-solving, individual expression, and experimentation. We will practice thinking critically about our artistic process and products with group discussions that build analytical and communication skills. Over the course of the semester, discussions will increasingly be driven by leadership of the children. Historical and modern references will add to the construction of our artistic knowledge.

Art 2

(Ages 9-12)
Guide: Jennifer Green

 

In this course, learners will use a variety of media to build their skills and understanding of how art functions as a method of communication. They will have the opportunity to create two and three dimensional artwork in ways that support problem-solving, individual expression, and experimentation. We will practice thinking critically about our artistic process and products with group discussions that build analytical and communication skills. Over the course of the semester, discussions will increasingly be driven by leadership of the children. Historical and modern references will add to the construction of our artistic knowledge.

Community Circle

During Community Circle, which takes place on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays, we join together to learn about and support each other. With short guided activities like Show and Tell, making music, collaborative games, dancing, sharing jokes and riddles, and more, we will practice effective communication skills, develop empathetic relationships, laugh, and play together.

Environmental Education

(Ages 6-12)
Guides: Becca Lauzon, Ph. D. and Jennifer Green

 

In Environmental Education, we will spend the morning exploring nature in Highland Park, in all kinds of weather. We are thrilled to collaborate with the Highland Park Conservancy in this course, to work with their volunteers as we engage in important work like removing invasive plants from the park. We will also learn and practice observational, collaborative, and basic hiking skills, engage in science-based investigations, sing songs, and be silly. We will use lessons, games, one-time and on-going projects, guides’ expertise, children’s curiosities, and spontaneous discoveries to shape our learning. This program is designed to foster increased awareness of our environment, personal responsibility, and joyful and respectful engagement with nature. Learners are responsible for carrying their belongings, wearing appropriate clothing, and abiding by all safety requirements. Learners may get dirty as they participate in this outdoor course.

Forest School

(Ages 6-12)
Guides: Jennifer Green, Sara Shaw, Jessica Myers, and Becca Lauzon, Ph. D.

 

In Forest School, we will spend the day immersed in nature, building our capability and confidence to enjoy the rich beauty of the forest in all kinds of weather. We will learn basic survival skills, develop our sensory skills, engage in science-based explorations, go on hikes, make art, sing songs, get silly, and become very dirty. We will use lessons, games, one-time and on-going projects, community circles, free play, guides’ expertise, children’s curiosities, and spontaneous discoveries to shape our learning. This program is designed to foster good decision-making, personal responsibility, self-initiated collaborations, and joyful and respectful engagement with nature. Learners are responsible for carrying their belongings, wearing appropriate clothing, and abiding by all safety requirements.

 

Free Fridays

(Ages 6-12)
Guide: Paola Phillips Carrera and Rotating Team Members

Free Fridays are a time for children to be curious, ask questions, and make discoveries about things that deeply engage them. The sky’s the limit! Enrollees will be supported to create experiments, be creative, try new activities, work with learning tools that may be new to them, dig deeper into projects from other courses, develop special projects with other children, create clubs, plan events and activities, and share their learning with the rest of the group. In this context, there is an abundance of opportunity to develop social-emotional skills and create meaningful friendships.

In addition, our Free Friday program is designed to support enrollees to learn Spanish language and Colombian culture! Paola, our bilingual Forest Guide, shares her first language and culture in a variety of ways, including speaking primarily Spanish with our enrollees, stories, art, songs, and food.

 

Literacy 1

(Ages 6-9)
Guide: Jaclyn Cellura Crane

In this fun and effective course for emergent learners, we will engage in activities that promote a love of literacy! Enrollees will create a variety of self-motivated writing pieces to continually enhance their speaking, reading, writing, and listening skills. We will find creative ways to ensure each child takes pleasure in book making, poetry, and journaling by using words and pictures. Students will also practice reading and sharing their reading experiences in a group setting. Fundamental literacy skills such as letter sounds, spelling patterns, and sentence structure, will be introduced and reinforced through music, play, and other engaging methods. Children of all levels will grow and thrive in this flexible, creative environment.

 

 

Literacy 2

(Ages 9-12)
Guide: Jaclyn Cellura Crane

Literacy 2 is a course for exploring passions and interests through reading, writing, listening and speaking. Whether the learner delights in creating comic books, a collection of poems, or a personal narrative, our goal will be to guide enrollees through the process and inspire the technical and creative success. Students will collaborate with their guide to create a class structure where there are opportunities to learn new vocabulary, review word patterns, and fine tune writing mechanics. Exploring literacy in a safe environment, where we encourage intellectual risk taking, will help set the groundwork for a positive attitude toward being an effective communicator!  

 

 

Math 1

(Ages 6-9)
Guide: Jennifer Green

In this course, learners will be supported in gaining confidence working with numbers as they develop foundational math skills through games and hands-on practice. We will explore number lines, place values, basic operations, patterns, shapes, money, time, and more by learning from natural and built environments around us. Through taking measurements and collecting and manipulating data with operations like addition, subtraction, and basic multiplication, learners will be able to practice problem-solving and critical thinking to explore numbers in fun and useful ways. Learners will use and create charts to interpret and present data in a variety of ways as they expand their understanding of the world from mathematical perspectives.

Please Note: We are currently seeking a Math Guide for this role, and Jennifer will teach the course until the position is filled.

 

 

Math 2

(Ages 9-12)
Guide: Jennifer Green

In this course, we will build on learners’ previous knowledge to foster greater insight into how math can be used to understand the world. Learners will be supported in building their understanding of measurements, measurement tools, and collecting and manipulating data through multiplication, division, and algebraic thinking. We will use and create charts and graphs to interpret and present data in a variety of ways. Learners will also explore concepts like fractions and geometry through hands-on games, puzzles, word problems, and real-life applications that promote creative problem solving.

Please Note: We are currently seeking a Math Guide for this role, and Jennifer will teach the course until the position is filled.

 

 

Science 1

(Ages 6-9)
Guide: Rebecca Lauzon, Ph.D.

In this course, learners will explore the question “what is science?” while developing observational, questioning, and critical thinking skills. We will make and use models to represent and understand things we observe around us, ask questions both serious and funny, identify patterns and trends in data, and use evidence to support explanations for our discoveries. The course will begin with a survey of scientific topics and learners will identify topics of interest to focus on. Working both independently and collaboratively, learners will identify and work to answer questions about their chosen topics through simple research, conversations with scientists, and hands-on investigations.

 

Science 2

(Ages 9-12)
Guide: Rebecca Lauzon, Ph.D.

In this course, learners will explore the question “what is science?” while developing observational, questioning, and critical thinking skills. We will make and use models to represent and understand things we observe around us, ask questions both serious and funny, identify patterns and trends in data, and use evidence to support explanations for our discoveries. The course will begin with a survey of scientific topics and learners will identify topics of interest to focus on. Working both independently and collaboratively, learners will identify and work to answer questions about their chosen topics through simple research, conversations with scientists, and hands-on investigations.