Spring Semester Registration begins December 16th!

Tuition

We are committed to creating a community that is as financially accessible as possible. To achieve this, we have created a sliding scale for our tuition fees. We are grateful for your 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. Tuition scales are listed with course descriptions below, and partial payments are available with 50% required to secure your child’s enrollment in individual courses and 35% required to secure your child’s enrollment in our Three Day Program. Thank you!

Fall 2019 Weekly Schedule

Fall 2019 Courses

American Sign Language

(Ages 8-12) 
Guide: Jenamarie Bacot
Fridays, 11:15-12:45

 

The focus of this course is to foster understanding and appreciation of American Sign Language and Deaf Culture through instruction, collaboration, and signing skills. Guest speakers, field trips, art, apps, books, and stories will be used to support learners to develop a holistic concept of the Deaf experience. This course will promote students’ increased awareness and empathy for the Deaf with discussions about situations and struggles that Deaf people face as a minority in society, and their dreams for the present and future.

Course Fee: $185-215
Material Fee: $10

Art

(Ages 6-9) 
Guide: Jennifer Green
Wednesdays, 2:30-3:45

 

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.

Course Fee: $155-185
Material Fee: $15

Creative Writing

(Ages 9-12) 
Guide: Maeve Cullinane
Fridays, 1:45-3:45

 

Do you have ideas for stories or poems? Do you want to try writing different genres, or work on creating good dialogue, or learn how to rewrite? Do you want to read what other young writers are working on? We’ll do all of this and more. Each week we’ll spend time creatively, experimenting with genres, learning about story structure, and playing with words. Students will also devote part of each class to their own creative writing project, conferencing 1-1 with Maeve, workshopping with other students, and setting individual goals for their writing.

Course Fee: $245-305
Material Fee: $10

Cultural Studies

(Ages 6-9) 
Guide: Pearl Brunt
Wednesdays, 1:00-2:15

 

Cultural Studies is an interdisciplinary course that aims to engage students in academic and personally-reflective discussion to promote empathic thinking and appreciation for diversity in our world.  In this course, we will generate new ideas and perspectives about other people and places, use questions and prompts to promote active introspection of our own cultural backgrounds and contexts, and discuss the relationships between individuals and communities.  We will examine art, music, language, customs, philosophy, history, traditions, and religions to construct our understanding of what culture is and how it impacts our lives. These activities permeate each class meeting, and help to weave the complex tapestry of cultural understanding. Children will be supported to decide upon our areas of focus, the learning artifacts they create, and how we will learn from connections in our community. 

Course Fee: $155-185
Material Fee: $15

Drawing and Painting

(Ages 8-11) 
Guide: Jennifer Green
Tuesdays, 2:45-4:15

 

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, and still life to practice fine-tuning their coordination and technique. Learners will have the option to build their own canvases to create original works of art with acrylic paint. 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. 

Course Fee: $185-215
Material Fee: $20

Electrical Engineering

(Ages 8-12) 
Guide: Keith Handy
Tuesdays, 1:00-2:30

 

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: $185-215
Material Fee: $20

Forest School

(Ages 6-12) 
Guides: Jennifer Green, Christina Das, Marissa Hollinger
Mondays, 10:00-3:30

 

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.

 

Course Fee: $675-735

Material Fee: $20

Insurance Fee: TBD

Kid Connection

(Ages 6-9) 
Guide: Tony Tepedino
Tuesdays, 4:30-6:00

 

How can we work through challenging emotions? How can we express ourselves clearly and ask for what we need? How can we develop healthy relationships? How do we exercise personal responsibility? What are our morals? How do we work through conflicts? In our group, we will use stories, games, and discussions to support each other as we explore processes that enable us to build our social-emotional skills to successfully navigate life’s challenges. We will learn how to build positive relationships by understanding ourselves, practicing empathetic understanding, and developing healthy responses to our challenges. This course will introduce mindfulness, personal reflection, restorative practices, and scientifically-proven techniques that allow us to become self-aware to promote effective communication and positive relationships.

Course Fee: $185-215
Material Fee: $15

LEGO Robotics

(Ages 8-12) 
Guide: Joe Gomulak-Cavicchio
Thursdays, 4:00-6:00

 

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: $245-305
Material Fee: $5

Literacy

(Ages 6-9)
Guide: Maeve Cullinane
Thursdays, 10:35-12:00

Children learn to walk when crawling and scooting aren’t good enough for them to get around. Children learn to read and write when they discover words they want to know or understand and have things they want to communicate and share. Learners in this class will explore, practice, and develop skills and approaches to reading and writing as lifelong, meaningful activities. Children will engage in a balanced approach to literacy that emphasizes both skills-based decoding and literature-based comprehension activities. Our sessions will include spelling, punctuation, grammar, discussion, writing, drama, vocabulary development, reading, listening, recitation, and experiential projects. Each student will be supported to develop personal goals and to learn collaboratively.

 

 

Course Fee: $185-215
Material Fee: $10

Math

(Ages 6-9)
Guide: Danielle Dong
Thursdays, 9:00-10:25

In this course, learners will engage in hands-on activities and experiences to explore and build fluency with mathematical practices.  Learners will investigate subjects such as number, shape, composition, measurement, and data while strengthening critical thinking skills.  Through games and real-life applications, we will together make sense of problems, argue with logic, develop and use models, and learn how to visualize and communicate reasoning.

 

 

Course Fee: $185-215
Material Fee: $10

Musical Creativity

(Ages 9-14)
Guide: Gabriel Costanzo
Fridays, 4:00-6:00

How does creativity work in a musical setting? We’ll look at the processes that composers use. From Beethoven to the Beatles, it’s all valid and can lead us down some interesting paths. Learn to follow an idea from imagination to realization. Create a melody. Support it with harmony. Add different sounds for color, and vary the dynamics to add depth. Experiment. Try some variations. Are you a poet? If so, write a song! (Not a poet? Don’t worry, music doesn’t need words.) In Musical Creativity, we’ll explore sound and the ways in which you can develop a musical idea. We will also explore how musical creations are shared, from recording techniques to oral tradition to music notation.

Creative work in this course may be done individually or in groups. This is a great opportunity for musicians looking to form a rock band or a chamber ensemble. With all the known techniques and technology, there is no single correct way to express yourself musically, but we can work together to find a way that is effective for you.

 

Prerequisites: It is recommended that you have some vocal or instrumental performance experience, in order to get the most out of this course. The ability to read music is not essential but will open up even more possibilities.

 

Course Fee: $245-305
Material Fee: $10

Our Hour

(Ages 6-16)
Guide: Danielle Dong and Jennifer Green
Tuesdays, 12:00-1:00; Wednesdays, 12:00-1:00; Thursdays, 12:00-1:00; Fridays, 12:45-1:45

This time is for learners to engage in activities of their choice that build social skills and add to their educational experience, including sharing food together, self-initiated clubs, playing and creating games, studying, and more.

 

 

Course Fee: $110-140 per day 
Material Fee: $0

Science

(Ages 6-9)
Guide: Danielle Dong
Thursdays, 1:00-2:45

In this course, learners will explore an inherently human endeavor: Science.  But what exactly is science?  And what does it mean to be a scientist?  The answers to these questions are endless, and we’ll spend our time together building underlying skills and strategies that encourage us to think, approach problems, and make discoveries like a scientist.  Learners will survey a variety of science subjects, collaboratively choose a research area, and build a hands-on understanding of what it means to do science and to construct scientific knowledge.  Within their chosen field, we will ask and develop questions, make observations, plan and carry out investigations, determine patterns, create and use models, and use evidence to construct and support explanations.

 

Course Fee: $215-260
Material Fee: $15

Teen Connection

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

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: $245-305
Material Fee: $15

Three-Day Program

(Ages 6-9)
Guides: Guides: Jennifer Green, Pearl Brunt, Maeve Cullinane, Sarah Yannello, TBD
Mondays, 10:00-3:30, Wednesdays 9:00-3:45, Thursdays 9:00-3:45

Our Three-Day Program for 6-9 year old children is designed to cultivate a rich community of positive relationships with frequent social contact and collaboration among its enrollees. The program operates on Mondays (Forest School, 10:00am-3:30pm), Wednesdays (Young Researchers Club, Our Hour, Cultural Studies, Art, 9:00am-3:45pm), Thursdays (Math, Literacy, Our Hour, Science, Yoga, 9:00am-3:45pm). Enrollment is available on a semester or yearly basis. Based on interest and availability, some courses may change for the Spring semester.

 

Course Fee: $2,200-2,600/semester
Material Fee: $130/semester

Forest School Insurance Fee: TBD

Totally Tuesday

(Ages 8-11)
Guides: Jennifer Green, Keith Handy
Tuesdays, 9:00-4:15

Our Totally Tuesday program, for 8-11 year old children is designed to cultivate a rich community of positive relationships with regular social contact and collaboration among its enrollees. The program includes Young Researchers Club 2, Our Hour, Electrical Engineering, and Drawing and Painting. You can learn more about these offerings by reading their course descriptions.

 

Course Fee: $845-995
Material Fee: $60

 

Yoga

(Ages 6-12) 
Guide: Sarah Yannello 
Thursdays, 3:00-3:45

This weekly yoga class is designed to allow your child to develop a yoga practice in a supportive and non-competitive environment that incorporates physical awareness, mental focus, and community. Children benefit from a practice of strengthening, stretching, and relaxing as well as learning cooperation and empathy. Each class will begin with a community circle and end with a reflection activity that encourages your child to integrate their experience.

Course Fee: $95-110
Material Fee: $10

Young Researchers Club

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

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 creating and using organizational tools, and use a variety of resources to collect data. They will work together to create artifacts of their learning.

Course Fee: $365-425
Material Fee: $20

Young Researchers Club 2

(Ages 8-10) 
Guide: Jennifer Green 
Tuesdays, 9:00-12:00

This program is for children who have previously participated in Young Researchers Club. They will continue to build their researching skills while we investigate self-selected areas of inquiry. Children will make interdisciplinary connections, practice creating and using organizational tools, and use a variety of resources to collect information. They will be supported to increase their capabilities for independent research and self-governed group work as they create artifacts of their learning. This course is designed to promote analytical thinking, develop communication and collaboration skills, and support the achievement of personal goals.

Prerequisites: Previous participation in Young Researchers Club and basic independent reading and writing skills.

Course Fee: $365-425
Material Fee: $20

Calendar

Registration Opens July 1
Last Day to Register September 2
First Day of Classes (Fall) September 16
No Classes October 14
No Classes November 26-29
Info Night December 10
Spring Registration Begins December 16
No Classes December 23-January 3
Last Day Classes (Fall) January 10
Winter Exhibition January 18
First Day of Classes (Spring) February 24
No Classes April 6-10
No Classes May 25
Last Day of Classes (Spring) June 8
Spring Exhibition June 13

 

 

 

FAQs

Is Amiko Learning Center a school?

Amiko is a learning center that provides fantastic educational opportunities, however, it is not legally a school. Amiko Learning Center is not legally responsible for fulfilling individualized home instruction plans and does not provide the majority of a homeschooled child’s education.

Is Amiko a co-op?

Amiko is not a co-op, we are a 501(c)(3) educational non-profit organization. Our staff are paid employees and we do not require any volunteer activities.

Is attendance mandatory?

Since a primary focus of Amiko is to promote learning in social communities, attendance to all scheduled course meetings is expected and attendance to our exhibitions is mandatory. When your child is consistently present, their 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 course meetings and your child will learn more meaningfully as an active participant.

Does Amiko offer incremental payment plans?

Yes! During the checkout process, you can select a partial payment option. This option secures your child’s course registration with a 50% down payment. The remaining balance is automatically deducted from the account you provide, on the date(s) indicated. You may use PayPal or any major credit/debit card at checkout.

What is Amiko's Refund Policy?

Individual Course Registrations: 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.

Three-Day Program Registrations: Full refunds are issued when requested at least 6 weeks prior to the beginning of the semester. Cancellations made between 4-6 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 4 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.

How are course offerings selected?

Courses are offered based on the interests of our learners and their caretakers, and access to high-quality guides. 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.

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, they work together to create artifacts of their learning that are shared at the end of the semester during 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 learning happens in groups of varied ages, abilities, and perspectives young people learn to value others’ contributions in ways that promote their development of positive 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?

Conflicts can 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 their communication skills and confidence in achieving a resolution. We support the healthy expression of emotions, negotiating reasonable compromises, careful listening, and building trusting relationships.