Current Courses


Monday, February 25th is Teen Workshop Day.

Block Four of the 2019 year begins on Tuesday, February 26th, and continues through Friday, April 12th. Block Five will begin on Tuesday, April 23rd, with a new set of classes.

LightHouse offers a variety of classes which meet twice per week, Monday/Wednesday or Tuesday/Thursday.  Students register in advance for each block, and keep a portfolio of their work. Classes are related to one or more Pathways: Entrepreneurship, Tech, Arts, or College Prep.  Learn more about Pathways HERE.

On Fridays students engage in optional service learning opportunities in our local community.  LightHouse teens work together to select partner organizations and projects.

Monday/Wednesday

Led by Dan Battat

This class is open by permission only with space for four LightHouse students.

This is a two-hour class and will be held at Brick Coworkshop, Dan’s shop on Dwight Street. Students will get dirty, probably suffer minor, occasional burns, and learn to use professional tools to create both art and utilitarian pieces.

Registering for this class is a five-week commitment, four hours per week. You may not miss class except for serious circumstances with written excuses. This is a major commitment. Please plan accordingly.

Students will be required to bring appropriate attire to every class, including long pants and boots. You may store your work clothes at the shop.

Class Size: 4 Student Max.

Pathways: Arts, Entrepreneurship

Led by Ashley Goodfellow Sulock.

Anatomy is the branch of science that discusses the bodily structure of humans, animals and other living organisms. In this anatomy class, we will be focusing specifically on human anatomy. Paramedics, physical therapists, occupational therapists, doctors, nurses, and almost all healthcare related jobs require knowledge of anatomy, so this may be a really great class for students thinking about working in this field in the future. It is also just important to understand how our bodies work!

We will continue discussing the following:

  1. The Integumentary System
  2. The Skeletal System
  3. The Muscular System
  4. The Nervous System
  5. The Sensory System
  6. The Endocrine System
  7. The Immune System
  8. The Circulatory System
  9. The Respiratory System
  10. Digestive/Excretory System

** Disclaimer: This class is only open to the students who took Anatomy I; the information from the previous block is vital to the information that will be discussed in this block.

Class Size: 10 Student Max.
Pathways: College Prep

Led by Xavier Rivera

Hip-Hop Education (HipHopEd) is an exploration of the world of academia through Hip Hop culture via its vital counterparts; vocabulary, story telling, poetry, listening and comprehension, beat production and recording, all as an extension of the creative process.

Class Size: 5 Student Max.
Pathways: English, Arts

Led by Melanie Dana w/ T.A. Maxwell Bamford

Math Lab I is a 6 student instructor-led tutorial where students will engage in learner-specific Khan Academy modules. Class facilitators will support students in their own individualized mathematical journeys. All skill levels are welcome.

Class Size: 6 Student Max.
Pathways: College Prep

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

Led by Alan Gilburg

Who’s up for taking a Hero’s Journey? Actually, it’s the built-in potential story of each of our lives. We can choose to heed the numerous Calls to Adventure that happen throughout our lives, or we can refuse them and opt for the safe, the measured, the known.

In this Block we will explore the classic “Hero’s Journey” story as shown in many modern films as well as ancient stories. We’ll look at how ordinary people can take heroic action and make a difference. And each student will have the opportunity to describe a Journey already taken or one to be yearned for. (Class Size Max: 8 Student Max.)

Pathways: College Prep

Led by Ilizabetsy Velez

PREP: Get Ready for Life

This health course is designed to increase knowledge and skills in the areas of healthy relationships and prevention of sexually transmitted infections (STI’s), HIV and unintended pregnancy. The interactive curriculum is based on cognitive-behavioral theories, and includes an 8-hour evidence-based curriculum entitled, Making Proud Choices.

COURSE ORGANIZATION:

This course will be composed of discussion & activities designed to engage students in the subject matter. Class sessions will be run in small group discussion style with many additional handouts and classroom activities. Active participation is essential

COURSE OBJECTIVES:

Increase knowledge of components of healthy relationships and effective communication.
Increase knowledge of the human reproductive system and birth control options.
Increase knowledge of Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STD’s), including HIV.
Improve ability to negotiate abstinence/safer-sex practices.
Increase ability to use condoms correctly.
GENERAL CONDUCT:

A group conduct agreement will be developed during the first class, and students will be held to the agreement.

Students are also expected to follow the code of conduct outlined by school policy.

ATTENDANCE:

Attendance is expected for all class periods.

If a student has excessive, unexcused absences from lecture, they may be withdrawn from the course. Attendance at 75% of class sessions is the minimum required to receive credit for the course.

Class Size: 5 Student Max.
Pathways: College Prep

Led by Rafael Fields

Few words in the English Language have as much power and controversy surrounding them as racial slurs, and specifically, the “N-Word.” This group of words are simultaneously wielded to disempower and to empower, to dehumanize and to re-humanize, and we are simultaneously taught to not use them while we are witnessing there use all around us.

This class will focus on the history, meaning, and power of racial slurs, and other derogatory language. We will talk about how their meanings have changed. We will talk about if and when they are appropriate. We will look at the opinions of others about these words, including those for and against their use. This list will include the opinions of people from 50 Cent, to Oprah.

There’s no way to know all of the nuances of these words, because they are such complicated words, but one way of getting at it is to have some critical and historical discussions about them and not pretend that they don’t exist. This class will ask students to self-reflect critically on how we all use language and the extent to which language is a reflection of our innermost thoughts.

Most people don’t bother to go to that level of self-reflection and self-critique. Ultimately, that’s what the class is about. It’s about self-education and self-critique, not trying to control others by telling them what to say or how to think, but rather trying to figure out how we think and how the words we use mirror our thinking.

Class Size: 10 Student Max.
Pathways: College Prep

Led by Heather Leenders

This hands-on course will give you an introduction to the machines and commercial printing processes available at the Print Shop. Learn how to use the machines in our shared production space in order to create large photo-quality prints, banners, signs, stickers, decals, t-shirts and so much more.

You cannot be timid about using computers to take this class. A basic understanding of graphic design, specifically a familiarity with Adobe Illustrator, is helpful.

Class Size: 4 Students – FULL
Pathways: Arts, Tech, Entrepreneurship

Music studio is open and available for exploration, experimentation, and general racket-making. Recording equipment may only be used by students who have completed a training.
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. 
Led Rafael Fields

The course begins, not with a focus on genocide from a historical context, but with an exploration of issues and questions of identity and group membership. The focus on identity serves as the foundation for the rest of the course and the lens through which we will examine each of the case studies of genocide that we look at throughout the course, such as Armenia, the Holocaust, and Rwanda. We will explore issues of identity such as race, religion, gender, and sexuality, among others.

We will explore how group identities can influence individuals and create both inclusion and exclusion. We will focus on the power of stereotypes, prejudice, and discrimination. All of this serves the purpose of encouraging and allowing students to think critically about how they see themselves and others and to understand both how these perceptions can be manipulated by others.

Throughout the rest of the course, we continually return to these issues and concepts of identity and membership to help us gain a more complete understanding of why and how genocides and crimes against humanity occur. We will look into several case studies (i.e. cases of genocide throughout the 20th century) in order to look at the sociological and political processes that occur before (genocidal primers), during, and after.

We will talk about sociological and psychological factors that impact mass participation in crimes against humanity (the Milgram Experiment, the Stanford Prison Experiment, and the Quest for the Nazi Personality) to see how external social forces can shape identity and behavior.

We will also begin to discuss the development of international law in the areas of War Crimes, Crimes Against Humanity, and Genocide, including the definition by Raphael Lemkin, and the evolution of the legal definition, as well as the Nuremberg Trials, and International Tribunals in the former Yugoslavia, Rwanda, and Japanese War Crimes.

Class Size: 10 Student Max.
Pathways: College Prep

Led by Carlos Peña

A continuation of Podcasting I, in this class, you’ll find out what it takes to create a successful podcast, from inception, to research, to recording and finally, getting it out there! We’ll also walk you through the best workflow to smooth-out the process of creating your podcast while simultaneously schooling you on the technical aspects of this booming and exciting field! No need to have taken Podcasting I to enroll.

(Class Size: 8 Student Max.)

Pathways: Arts, Tech, Entrepreneurship

Led by Ashley Goodfellow Sulock

In this 8 week research class, five students will continue to research projects on a topic that they are passionate about.

Some parts of class will deal with different research methods, data collection, and how to write a research report in a variety of ways.

Each class will be about 25 percent classroom discussion and about 75 percent independent research. Ashley will be helping each student get their research to completion and will aide in helping each student find resources during their research.

We will spend time specifically going over these things and much more:

  • Different research methods
  • Data collection
  • Surveying
  • Interviewing
  • Formatting
  • Bibliography

Any topic is fair game to research, and we will spend the first class exploring and brainstorming all of the many different topics that may be of interest.

Class Status: FULL
Pathways: College Prep

Maker Space is open and available for exploration, experimentation, and general making of all kinds. Students must clean up after themselves.
Use this time for independent study, homework, personal projects, socializing, advisory meetings, and/or one-on-one tutorials.

Tuesday/Thursday

Led by Kamil Peters

This class is open by permission only with space for five LightHouse students. This is a three-hour class and will be held at DieselWorks, Kamil’s shop on Dwight Street. Students will get dirty, probably suffer minor, occasional burns, and learn to use professional tools to create both art and utilitarian pieces.

Registering for this class is an 15 class commitment, six hours per week. You may not miss class except for serious circumstances with written excuses. This is a major commitment. Please plan accordingly.

Students will be required to bring appropriate attire to every class, including long pants and boots. You may store your work clothes at the shop.

Class Size: 5 Student Max.
Pathways: Arts, Entrepreneurship

Led by Joshua Newman

Learn how to make art that’s technically demanding. Build electronics and robots, draw and bind your own comic and books, make puppet and clay animation, and draw from life to make your characters and scenes look the way you want them to.
Class Size: 8 Student Max.
Pathways: Art, Tech, College Prep

Led by Eric Ciocca

This course will be led by Hit Point Games video game programmer, Eric Ciocca. In this class, students will continue to go step-by-step through the Unity environment, learning each tool while learning how to integrate outside assets, sound, animation, game physics and much more. Video Game Programming III will be more geared towards creative inspiration and coming up with programmable ideas. Students should be prepared to continue working (or join up for) an ongoing class project.

Class Size: 6 Max.
Pathways: Arts, Tech, College Prep

Led by Ashley Goodfellow Sulock

This class will focus on bringing the lost art of cursive handwriting back to life! Class will start by simple tracing and transform into students being able to write fluently in cursive.

Each class will be composed of many different, and rather fun, activities; such as: writing and sending letters to people, studying some grammar rules, learning some new vocabulary, writing poetry and stories, studying the constitution, and even doing Harry Potter activities.

Come with your pencils sharpened and an eagerness to learn how to write like in the olden days!

Class Size: 10 Student Max.
Pathways: College Prep

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

Led by Sofia Goetz

This class will teach about the relationship between race and capitalism. Starting first with with the Columbus and the first Natives in North, Central, and South America, Transatlantic Slave Trade, the creation of Asian immigrant quotas and leveraging business at home and abroad in Asia, big banana business in Latin America, the fight against communism and its threat to capitalism, undocumented workers in the farm industry, and ending with the Prison Industrial complex.

Class Size: 10 Student Max.
Pathways: College Prep

Led by Epi Arias

Are ghosts real? Can people actually read minds? Was I seriously Cleopatra in a previous life? Did my dog really move that ball with his mind? What are phantom limbs?

In this class, we’ll be exploring the spooky world of parapsychology or, the study of paranormal and psychic phenomena. Our examination will a cover a wide expanse of mysterious claims and happenings from beyond. From telepathy to ghostly apparitions, we’ll be taking a leisurely, and skeptical, stroll through the incredibly contentious (see also: fascinating) world of the paranormal.

But is it all bogus? Is some of it true? Has there every been any substantial evidence? Let’s explore these questions together; be prepared to challenge your preconceptions!

Class Size: 10 Student Max.
Pathways: College Prep

Led by Professor Michael Weiler

This class will look at current controversies in American politics – from race relations to religion, from immigration to the future of American democracy. Students will get a chance to research a controversy of their choice, to compose and deliver persuasive speeches about it, and to participate in a debate addressing arguments on both sides.

We will also look at what Pres. Trump and his likely Democratic Party challengers (Elizabeth Warren, Kamala Harris, Peter Buttigieg, Julian Castro, e.g.) have to say about the controversies chosen.

(Class Size: 12 Students Max.)

Pathways: College Prep

Led by Harold Burnett

In Introduction to Theater, students were provided with a hands-on, entirely experiential introduction to acting, improvisation, and performance criticism. In Theater II, students continued to hone their craft and fine-tune their upcoming theater performance! Now, in Theater III, students will be finalizing efforts towards an upcoming play (stay tuned for details) and settling into their roles! New student actors are still needed, so don’t be afraid to enroll if you haven’t taken any of the previous classes. Classes will be held in an actual theater space!

(Class Size: 8 Student Max.)

Pathways: Art, College Prep

Led by Joshua Newman

Supported Maker Studio. Teacher Joshua Newman will be present, assisting any students who want help working on any making projects (electronics, art, carpentry…) Joshua will be working on his own professional projects during this time as well, à la artist in residency. Students must clean up after themselves.

Class Size: 8 Student Max.
Pathways: Tech, Arts, Entrepreneurship

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. 
Led by Emmett DuPont

The year is 2023, and the United States government is in a state of emergency. The Congress has voted for a small team of individuals to revisit every law, every policy, every rule governing society.

Can you turn the United States into a utopia? What laws will you create to govern gun-control, education, or drugs? What unintended negative consequences might those laws have on society? On the first day of every week, you, the lawmakers, will tackle a relevant political issue, coming up with new laws to rebuild the United States into a better version of itself.

On the second day of the week, you will hear from concerned citizens who disagree with your proposals, and will lobby you to consider their perspectives. On the first day of the next week, you will hear the unintended consequences of your laws, and be given the opportunity to revise them to stop any further harm.

This class will deal with contentious political issues, and students will be asked to consider their own biases and engage with the complexity of creating laws that work. No previous knowledge is necessary for this course, as we will start with a primer of laws intended to promote positive change, but had unexpected and severe consequences. Can you avoid falling into the same pitfalls?

Class Size: 8 Student Max.
Pathways: College Prep

Led by Ryan Carnes

This class teaches the fundamentals of making comics drawing on the works of Scott McCloud and other practical, informative sources. Basic illustration, formatting, and layout techniques will be covered. We will also spend some time developing characters, stories, and general narrative. Students learn to write and draw compact stories that are appealing to the eye.

Class Size: 8 Student Max.
Pathways: Arts, College Prep

Led by Carlos Peña

With the expert guidance of our wonderful Carlos Peña, students will learn the art of screen printing with the aim of generates beautiful handmade merchandise. Students will learn to design and create screens and print shirts.  In addition to the artistic and technical aspects of this endeavor, they’ll also focus on the business and entrepreneurial side of this time-honored craft.

Class Size: 8 Student Max.
Pathways: Tech, Arts, Entrepreneurship

Maker Space is open and available for exploration, experimentation, and general making of all kinds. Students must clean up after themselves.
Use this time for independent study, homework, personal projects, socializing, advisory meetings, and/or one-on-one tutorials.

Calendar

LightHouse began the year on Tuesday, September 4, and follows a similar schedule to other local schools through early June of 2019.

Click to see our full calendar:

Tuesday, September 4: Opening Day and Orientation

Wednesday, September 5, Block 1 begins and continues through October 26

Monday, October 8, closed for Columbus Day

Monday, October 29, teen workshop day 1 (a day of learning workshops instead of classes)

Tuesday, October 30, Block 2 begins and continues through December 19

Tuesday, November 6, closed for Staff Development Day

Monday, November 12, closed for Veteran’s Day

Wednesday/Thursday/Friday November 21-23, closed for Thanksgiving

Thursday, December 20 through Tuesday, January 1, Closed for Winter Break.

Wednesday, January 2, Block 3 begins and continues through February 15

Monday, January 21, closed for Martin Luther King Day

Monday, Feb 18 through Friday, February 22, closed for February Break

Monday, February 25, teen workshop day 2 (a day of learning workshops instead of classes)

Tuesday, February 26, Block 4 begins and continues through April 12

Monday, March 18, closed for Staff Development Day

Monday, April 15 through Friday, April 19, closed for April Break

Monday, April 22, teen workshop day 3 (a day of learning workshops instead of classes)

Tuesday, April 23, Block 5 begins and continues through May 31

Monday, May 27, Closed for Memorial Day

Monday, June 3 through Thursday, June 6 (LAST DAY OF SCHOOL)- Presentations Week
(all students should be at LightHouse this week, half-time students welcome to come every day)

Friday, June 7, Graduation in the evening (NO SCHOOL TODAY)

Monday, June 10 through Thursday, June 13, End of year meetings with students and families
(one 30 minute slot per family—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