Current Courses


Block Two of the 2022-2023 year begins on Tuesday, January 3rd and ends Friday, March 24th.

Monday/Wednesday

Led by Nina Swart (She/They)

This class is offered for all ages.

Turning Green! is a hands-on horticultural class where we’ll explore how and where plants grow. We’ll build our own mini-greenhouses to grow and observe plants from seed to mature plant. We’ll get our hands dirty, visit some local greenhouses, and explore the many ways that plants and humans interact with one another. 

Class Competencies/Learning Objectives:

Students will be evaluated on three competencies: Environmental Awareness, Identity, and Divergent Thinking

Class Size: 15 Students

Led by Greg Eichler (He/Him)

This class is offered for all ages.

This course offers students an introductory opportunity to study musical concepts and explore different instruments. Come learn about chords, scales, key signatures, performance techniques, and more! It’s all about practicing new instruments, getting comfortable with repetition and engaging with new concepts.

Class Competencies/Learning Objectives:

Students will be evaluated on three competencies: Curiosity, Goal Setting, & Experiential Learning

Class Size: 10 Student Max

Led by Bea Sullivan (She/They)

Recommended for Middle School ages but open to all.

Ever wonder why you are the way you are?  Why do we need sleep?  How do our brains work through conflict? Why do I act a certain way? We all have a brain, and brains are maps that we have to learn how to navigate in order to understand ourselves better.  This class will follow the interests that drive our students. We will bring awareness to and help them understand the brain functions underlying everyday activities.  All youth need to develop a set of core life skills to manage school, work, outside interests, and social relationships successfully. From the perspective of brain development, these skills include planning, focus, self-control, awareness, and flexibility. No one is born with these skills, but everyone can learn them through practice. This course will explain the science behind the core life skills that youth need.

Class Competencies/Learning Objectives

Students will be evaluated on three competencies: Understand Self as a Learner, Self Awareness, & Empathy

Class Size: 20 Student Max

Led by Aidan Chappuis (He/Him)

This class will provide tutoring and instruction for students working on Math concepts that are outside of the content for Algebra 1 & Geometry (we have a specific class dedicated to those concepts). This could include pre-algebra skills or advanced mathematics skills such as Algebra 2, Pre-Calc, or Calculus. The course provides computer programs for various math courses, tutorial videos, and worksheets to supplement classroom instruction. The teacher will work with students individually to craft goals based on their specific math needs.

Class Competencies/Learning Objectives:

Students will be evaluated on three competencies: Foundational Computation/Advanced Mathematics, Problem Solving, and Goal Setting

Class Size: 10 Student Max

Use this time for independent study, homework, personal projects, socializing, advisory meetings, and/or one-on-one tutorials.

Students will be meeting with their advisory cohorts during this time.
Led by Carlos Peña (He/Him)

This class is offered to all ages. 

Through looking at the design process students will be able to focus on what makes a creative work marketable and easy to sell.  They will develop problem solving skills, design work and collaborate with each other. Partnerships with the community will include working with businesses and other organizations to enhance connection.

Class Competencies/Learning Objectives:

Students will be evaluated on three competencies: Experiential Learning, Problem Solving, Design Thinking

Class Size: 15 Student Max

Led by Greg Eichler (He/Him)

This class is offered to all ages. 

Ever wonder how to write a song?  How about how to perform with other musicians?  Outside of “learning” an instrument there are so many other ways to engage with music.  This class is for more advanced musicians who already are fairly comfortable playing. Whether listening, performing, theorizing, or just talking music, this class applies the basics to more advanced concepts.

Class Competencies/Learning Objectives:

Students will be evaluated on three competencies: Leading Collaboration, Establish & Achieve Goals, & Design Thinking

Class Size: 10 Student Max

Led by Steph Zello (She/Her)

This class is offered for all ages. 

Lighthouse Overload! In this class, we will continue to work on our newspaper: if you have not been in the journalism class before you can still join. You will gain skills in interviewing, writing, research, and marketing. Not only will we work on a newspaper together but you will also learn law, history, and ethics through journalism. This class is perfect for anyone who wants to work on their writing/editing skills or anyone who is interested in research and media!

Class Competencies/Learning Objectives:

Students will be evaluated on three competencies: Effective Research, Self-Awareness, & Collaboration

Class Size: 20 Student Max

Led by Molly Brown-Hill (She/Her)

Recommended for Middle School ages but open to all.

Are you interested in cooking? Do you want to explore drawing food in a classic or innovative way? Let’s make a cookbook! Calling all who are curious about food and/or art. In this class we will explore our favorite recipes and create new ones, look at food trends and cookbooks, talk about what flavors work and don’t, dive into the importance of food to culture, and how and why food varies across cultures. During the course of this class, we will combine all of our recipes into a collective cookbook where the pages will be filled with recipes, drawings, poems, and any other type of art that is sparked from our conversations about food. This class will be discussion based with reading and writing.   

Class Competencies/Learning Objectives:

Students will be evaluated on three competencies: Collaboration, Goal Setting, & Experiential Learning

Class Size: 20 Student Max

Led by John Gobron (He/Him) and Alexis Diaz (He/Him)

This class is offered for all ages.

Setting yourself up for the future begins in the present. In this class you will learn skills and information to help you navigate your adult-life-to-be as well as possible. We will discuss a range of personal, financial, and social skills to help you achieve whatever goals you choose for yourself. We will learn about money, finances, social and interpersonal skills, time management, and useful info about things like taxes, cars, credit and more to help you set yourself up for success in your young adult life.

Class Competencies/Learning Objectives:

Students will be evaluated on three competencies: TBD

Class Size: 15 Student Max

Use this time for independent study, homework, personal projects, socializing, advisory meetings, and/or one-on-one tutorials.

Students are encouraged to bring lunch, which can be stored in the refrigerator or freezer and heated up if necessary. All lunch containers and eating utensils brought in from home, must be cleaned at home during the COVID pandemic.
Led by Nate Maynard (He/Him)

This course is offered to High School ages only. 

Earth Science is the study of how our planet formed and how it has changed through its estimated 4.5-million-year history. This class will explore the interactions between the land, ocean, atmosphere, and living things. We will explore weather, climate, plate tectonics, and other major geologic forces. We will also study how glaciers sculpted and formed our local New England landscape roughly 20,000 years ago. There will be a focus on the scientific method and how it has led to our current knowledge and understanding of Planet Earth. 

Class Competencies/Learning Objectives:

Students will be evaluated on three competencies: Synthesis, Global Thinking, and Divergent Thinking.

Class Size: 15 Student Max

Led by Alice Ladley (They/Them)

This class is offered for all ages. 

In Creative Writing, students will examine the elements that their favorite stories are built on, and learn about the various forms this craft can take. Students will share their writing with peers and engage in discussion about their stories. This class will be a fun space for writers of all levels to expand their skills and have a community to bounce their ideas off of. 

Every class will begin with a short writing exercise, then we will learn about the skills required to create a longer piece of fiction. These exercises will teach students how to turn their concepts into plots and learn how a story should flow. Most writing will take place in class, however, some homework may be required to finish the final project. There will be a large amount of writing in this class; please come ready to work! 

Creative Writing is for aspiring writers of all skill levels. Never written before? This class will cover the fundamentals. Write all the time? This class will reinforce and expand your writing abilities. 

Class Competencies/Learning Objectives:

Students will be evaluated on three competencies: Synthesis, Effective Communication, & Goal Setting 

Class Size: 20 Student Max

Led by Savannah Gosselin (She/Her)

This class is offered for all ages. 

Savannah will have four 45 min slots weekly open to students needing help with ELA or History or Art.  Ideally Savannah will work with the same 4-6 kids to gain traction in a 1:1 setting on independent projects or help with their schoolwork.

Class Size: 4 Student Max

Led by David Lane (He/Him)

Recommended for Middle School ages but open to all.

Students are guided by staff to take things apart – at first, physical objects (broken computers/electronics, old hard drives, obsolete appliances, toys, maybe small furniture, etc.) and draw conclusions about how the pieces work together, which parts are working well/not, which is basically a process of learning and applying analysis. From time to time, staff leading the class can bring in other things to “take apart,” like poems, advertisements, political ads, essays, paintings, etc. Students will apply the process of taking these things apart as if they were physical objects, and then draw conclusions about how the parts work, etc. (All the “parts” can be saved for either a culminating SYNTHESIS project – OR for another class in the following block called something like “Found Art” or “Putting Things Together,” with a focus on SYNTHESIS.)

Class Competencies/Learning Objectives:

Students will be evaluated on three competencies: Experiential Learning, Problem Solving, Foundational Computation, or other competencies identified by individual students based on their demonstration of related skills or artifacts of learning.

Class Size: 15 Student Max

Use this time for independent study, homework, personal projects, socializing, advisory meetings, and/or one-on-one tutorials.

Tuesday/Thursday

Led by Joshua Newman (He/They)

This class is offered to all ages. 

Welcome to Lighthouse Space Program, where you create, direct, and build up your own space program! Join us to explore, innovate, and learn rocket science using the critically acclaimed simulation game Kerbal Space Program. Design your own spaceships, conduct experiments to unlock new features, and launch & pilot your own multi-stage rockets within a physics-accurate space flight simulation.

Class Competencies/Learning Objectives:

Students will be evaluated on three competencies: Divergent Thinking, Curiosity, & Applied Scientific Reasoning

Class Size: 15 Student Max

Led by Julie Lichtenberg (She/Her)

This course is offered to High School ages only. 

A workshop series of theater games, movement, short writing prompts, group conversations, story sharing, and creative challenges.

We will watch video selections from First Generation performances and other theater companies, and discuss the stories, themes and the different styles in the performances (monologues, poetry, storytelling, soundscapes, etc…). We’ll also learn about the skills and creative process involved in creating devised physical theater.

Class Competencies/Learning Objectives:

Students will be evaluated on three competencies: TBD

Class Size: 12 Student Max

Led by Carlos Peña (He/Him)

This course is offered to High School ages only. 

This class is aimed to concentrate on African American culture and its diverse multicultural history.  This class was created to give students a perspective and understanding of how cinema can tell the story of a culture through a movie camera. We will understand the power and effect that cinema has and continues to have in the United States. Special attention will be paid to the role cinema has in bringing attention to current events of the time when a film is produced and as well as the telling of historical and culturally relevant events. The relationship between film and the African American community will be discussed as well as critique.  This class is for those of High School age (15+) as some of the content is sensitive.

Class Competencies/Learning Objectives:

Students will be evaluated on three competencies: Identity, Social Justice Advocacy, & Advanced Social Sciences

Class Size: 20 Student Max

Led by Alexis Diaz (He/Him)

This course is offered to all ages. 

This course introduces students to the Spanish language so that they can develop proficiency on a basic level. Language learning in this course will focus on understanding and learning to speak simple phrases, learning limited vocabulary and very basic grammatical structures. This course also introduces students to the Spanish-speaking cultures of Spain, Mexico, Central America, the Caribbean and South America. Students will learn similarities and differences in values, attitudes and actions as they investigate different cultures through a wide variety of resources (e.g., online resources, texts, videos).

Class Competencies/Learning Objectives:

Students will be evaluated on three competencies: Voice, Global Thinking, & Effective Communication

Class Size: 15 Student Max

Led by Steph Zello (She/Her)

Recommended for Middle School ages but open to all.

Scandalous! History is not boring. It’s filled with scandal, gossip, and deeply hidden secrets. During this class, we will travel through time as we explore the depths of all the stories you won’t read about in a history book. Students should be prepared to take notes, ask questions, research and deep-dive into the lives of historic figures. Together we will create a historically accurate gossip magazine, with articles written by the students! This class is perfect for anyone seeking out more history classes, college prep students, and anyone who loves a good secret. 

Class Competencies/Learning Objectives:

Students will be evaluated on three competencies: Global Thinking, Identity, Advanced Social Science

Class Size: 20 Student Max

Use this time for independent study, homework, personal projects, socializing, advisory meetings, and/or one-on-one tutorials.

Students will be meeting with their advisory cohorts during this time.
Led by Joshua Newman (He/They)

This class is offered for all ages.

There’s no dividing line between robots and sculpture, drawing and science, engineering and crafting. You’ll learn to make what you want to make as long as we can find you the materials. Come with an idea or ask for one. Come with a favorite art and learn a new one to add to it. Use your mind and hands and eyes in concert to make things that are beautiful, that work, that you can use to express yourself and teach others.

Class Competencies/Learning Objectives:

Students will be evaluated on three competencies: Establishing & Achieving Goals, Problem Solving, & Design Thinking

Class Size: 15 Student Max

Led by Elizabeth Bell-Perkins (She/Her)

This course is offered to High School ages only. 

Using a holistic approach, students will familiarize themselves with the essentials of physical, mental, and social health. Participants will gain vital insights into how to protect, enhance and maximize their well-being throughout their lives. In this safe space, topics will include reproductive health, sexuality, and gender identity. With students’ suggestions and agreement, this classroom will be open to exploring other areas as they arise.

Class Competencies/Learning Objectives:

Students will be evaluated on three competencies: TBD

Class Size: 15 Student Max

Led by Ashley Ratliff (She/Her)

Recommended for Middle School ages but open to all. 

Zoology is the branch of biology that deals with the study of animals. This course will discuss this branch of biology by examining the following: 

  • Definition of “animal”
  • Species 
  • Bodies of animals 
  • What they eat
  • How animals see, hear, smell
  • Ancestral animals
  • Reproduction
  • Mysteries 

This class will take place with Ashley teaching on Zoom. Students will be required to take notes and complete two projects throughout the course of the block. There will also be a class field trip to an aquarium! 

Class Competencies/Learning Objectives:

Students will be evaluated on three competencies: Goal Setting, Resilience, & Environmental Awareness

Class Size: 20 Student Max

Use this time for independent study, homework, personal projects, socializing, advisory meetings, and/or one-on-one tutorials.

Students are encouraged to bring lunch, which can be stored in the refrigerator or freezer and heated up if necessary. All lunch containers and eating utensils brought in from home, must be cleaned at home during the COVID pandemic.
Led by Joshua Newman (He/They)

This class is offered to all ages. 

In this class, we are going to make computers do things they didn’t know they could do. We’re going to build machines we didn’t know we wanted.  This course will be developing skills in programming, product design, 3-D design/printing and electronics.  We will think about concepts like user experience while problem-solving on multiple levels.  Ultimately, this is a class about imagining an idea and building it using computers.

Class Competencies/Learning Objectives:

Students will be evaluated on three competencies: Advanced Technical Skills, Design Thinking, & Leading Collaboration

Class Size: 15 Student Max

Led by Mackenzie Gowans

Class Competencies/Learning Objectives:

Students will be evaluated on three competencies: TBD

Class Size: 15 Student Max
Led by Carlos Peña (He/Him)

This class is offered to male-identifying students of all ages. 

This course is meant to engage students in conversations about masculinity and gender in our society. Having direct dialogues about the dangers of toxic masculinity can empower students to see the limits and myths of societal gender norms. We will use this class to discuss and analyze the many versions of masculinity we find in our culture. We will examine the idea that there is more than one path to becoming a man, and that those paths can be both strong and non-violent. 

Class Competencies/Learning Objectives:

Students will be evaluated on three competencies: Identity, Resilience, & Self-Awareness

Class Size: 15 Student Max

Led by Bea Sullivan (She/They)

Recommended for Middle School ages but open to all. 

Did you know that The Hunger Games, The Handmaid’s Tale, The Divergent Series are all examples of Dystopian Worlds?  This course will provide a survey of dystopian literature as well as current events and popular culture. Dystopian texts explore social and political choices made by individuals and cultures that create a nightmarish world; these narratives serve as criticism against real life tyranny. While dystopian novels are depressing, there’s a purpose to reading about a future that’s negative—namely to serve as a warning against troubling realities.  Students will have to discuss the ways that fictional and real societies dehumanize citizens. 

Class Competencies/Learning Objectives:

Students will be evaluated on three competencies:  Identity, Voice, & Environmental Awareness

Class Size: 15 Student Max

Use this time for independent study, homework, personal projects, socializing, advisory meetings, and/or one-on-one tutorials.

Calendar

LightHouse begins the year on Tuesday, September 6 and follows a similar schedule to other local schools through June of 2023.

Click to see our full calendar:

Tuesday, September 6, Opening Day, New Student Orientation and Pre-Registration Week

Wednesday/Thursday/Friday, September 7-9, All-Student Orientation 

Monday, September 12, Block One classes begin and continue through December 16

Monday, October 10, closed for Indigenous People’s Day

Monday, October 31, closed for Staff Development Day

Monday, November 1, closed for Staff Development Day

Friday, November 11, closed for Veterans Day

Wednesday/Thursday/Friday, November 23-25, closed for Thanksgiving

Friday, December 16, End of Block One, Closed for Staff Work Day

Monday, December 19 through Monday, January 2, Closed for Winter Break

Tuesday, January 3, Block Two classes begin and continue through March 24

Monday, January 16, closed for Martin Luther King Day

Monday, Feb 20 through Friday, February 24, closed for February Break

Friday, March 24, End of Block Two

Friday, March 24, closed for Staff Development

Monday, March 27, Block Three begins and continues through June 2

Monday, April 17 through Friday, April 21, closed for April Break

Monday, May 29, Closed for Memorial Day

Monday, June 5 through Thursday, June 8, LAST DAY OF SCHOOL – Presentations Week (all students should be at LightHouse this week)

Friday, June 9, Graduation in the evening (NO SCHOOL TODAY)

Monday, June 12 through Thursday, June 15, End of year meetings with students and families (teens come in only for their family meeting, no school this week)

Questions?


“I know not what the future holds,
but I know who holds the future.”

-Ralph Abernathy