Our clubs are entertaining, interactive, and exciting! Each club is a family membership, which means at least two students from a family may attend that club. There are even clubs open to high school students, college students, and/or parents. Truly, there is something for everyone. Come and stretch your mind in an engaging yet relaxing environment!

Club Cost: $10 Registration & $140 Tuition for family attendance (up to two siblings/family members per description)
Clubs meet once per month during the school year (at least seven times and up — see each club’s schedule)

Mini-Book Club Cost: $10 Registration & $100 Tuition for family attendance (up to two siblings/family members per description)
Mini-Book Clubs meet once per month during one semester (four to five times — see each club’s schedule)

NOTE: Club registration is separate from class registration.


German Club

Instructor: Mrs. Susan Gleason
Time Offered: 4th Thursday of the month @ 8:00 PM ET (beginning September 2017)
Age: 7th Grade and up
Homework Load: Low
Suggested Credit: Supplemental
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Join our exciting German Club! Led by Excelsior German instructor, Frau Susan Gleason, our club will hear real-life stories from native speakers about growing up in Germany, experiencing WWII and cultural differences with the U.S. We will also cook a German meal on a wood cook stove, hear and see German folk songs played live, discuss art history details of the Cologne Cathedral and the Frauenkirche, the fall of the Berlin Wall (Frau Gleason was there!), symbolism in Grimm’s fairy tales, analyze German poetry, religion in Germany, and much more! You do not have to be a German student to join this club.

Cost: $10 Registration & $140 Tuition


Chef-Inspired Dinner Club: Culinary Challenge

Instructor: Mrs. Jennifer Pasos
Time Offered: 2nd Tuesday of the month @ 8:00 PM ET (starting September 2017)
Age: 8th Grade, High School, College Students, and Adults
Homework Load: Low
Suggested Credit: Supplemental
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Culinary Challenge is an online version of the famous culinary competitions shows presented with the emphasis on understanding and utilizing the native ingredient of a region. Each month students will receive a list of 12 ingredients and will compete for the title top teen foodie. “Season 1” will consist of the ingredients of Italy. Students will be introduced to the North-West, North-East and Central Regions of Italy through the culture and cuisines of each region. Monthly demos will consist of homemade ravioli, tiramisu, risotto, gnocchi and much more.

Required Supplies:

Ingredient lists sent monthly by teacher.

Cost: $10 Registration & $140 Tuition


Art School Prep Club

Instructor: Ms. Julie Rapelje
Time Offered: 1st Thursday of the month @ 2:00 PM ET (starting September 2017)
Age: Suggested for 11th grade
Homework Load: Low
Suggested Credit: Supplemental
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This club is geared to students looking to successfully apply to undergraduate programs requiring an art portfolio.  Suggested to students in 11th grade (but available to anyone), this course will bring students through the year and ready to apply to art programs by the late fall of their senior year. Students will spend the spring and fall exploring requirements, evaluating current work, creating digital and live application portfolios and essays, working on personal interview skills, and finally, applying to the programs of their choice.  There will be time designated to work on artwork necessary to round out portfolios.  Students will help each other through evaluations, research sharing, and accountability.  Students will also share in the struggles and successes of other peers going through this very challenging preparation time.  The amount of information and evaluations that can be shared in this friendly and helpful community will be an invaluable tool to move art students closer to their goals.

Required Supplies:

Webcam
Cost: $10 Registration & $140 Tuition


Arts and Entrepreneurship

Instructor: Ms. Julie Rapelje
Time Offered: CLOSED - NEW SECTION IN SPRING 2018
Age: 8th grade and up
Homework Load: Low
Suggested Credit: Supplemental
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Creative people can succeed in business.  Not every artist should grow up and plan to work as a barista.  Do you have great skills in photography, jewelry design, illustration, sculpture, graphic design, filmmaking, culinary arts, hand arts, sewing and fashion, woodworking, or any other creative genre?  If you do, and you dream of starting your own business or selling your work in any venue, this club would serve you well.  We will join together to build an arsenal of incredible business skills to turn your dreams into reality.   From personal and product branding, to pricing, promotional venues, sustainable growth, copyrights, and personal presentation, we will challenge each other to grow, take chances, and get our work out to the people who can enjoy it.  It’s not crazy to think you can do this.  It’s not crazy to think that artists can make a living.  It’s just that not all artists are also born with business savvy…but you are about to learn.  If you want to reach your artistic goals, you need to take the next step.  This is that next step.

Required Supplies:

Webcam
Cost: $10 Registration & $140 Tuition


Classic Science Fiction

Instructor: Mrs. Marilyn Whitlock
Time Offered: 1st Monday of each month @ 8:00 PM ET (beginning September 2017)
Age: High School and Adult. Some books contain mature themes.
Homework Load: Low Homework Load
Suggested Credit: Supplemental Credit
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What is common to all types of science fiction? Imagination! In this club, we will explore unique worlds, human conditions, and artificial intelligences through some of the best science fiction ever written. We will soar back in time, forward in time, and even to other planets. We invite you to share our epic journey. (Any unabridged edition of the following books may be used for the club.)

Selections are:

September — The Lost World by Arthur Conan Doyle
October — The Invisible Man by H.G. Wells
November — Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
January — Out of the Silent Planet by C.S. Lewis
February — I, Robot by Isaac Asimov
March — Farenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
April — A Canticle for Leibowitz by Walter Miller
May — Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep by Philip K. Dick

Cost: $10 Registration & $140 Tuition

* Students are not required to purchase specific editions or ISBNs of books; however, the leader will send out a welcome email prior to the first month of the club which will include details on which versions of the books she will be using, should parents decide to seek out the same versions.

 


Photography Club

Instructor: Ms. Caitlyn Wise
Time Offered: 2nd Tuesday of the month @ 9:00 PM ET (starting September 2017)
Age: Junior HIgh - Adult
Homework Load: Low
Suggested Credit: Supplemental
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This group is for anyone who has an interest in photography, whether you have taken a photography class or not!  Whether you simply love photography as a hobby or you want to make a career out of it, this group will help guide you to become more successful. Each session will have a lesson, discussion, and activity that you can work on during the month. Each month will focus on different aspects of photography.

Cost: $10 Registration & $140 Tuition


Travel the United States with Ralph Moody

Instructor: Mrs. Jenny Cutler
Time Offered: 2nd Thursday of the month @ 8:00 PM ET (starting September 2017)
Age: Junior High Students
Homework Load: Low
Suggested Credit: Supplemental
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Come along as we read Ralph Moody’s engaging Little Britches series based on his life experiences.  In the early 1900’s, at eight years old, Moody’s family moved to Colorado hoping to improve his father’s health, where they lived as ranchers.  After he passed away, Moody moved and traveled often, with later books in the series covering his adventures trying out city life in Massachusetts, farm life in Maine, stunt riding in the Southwest, and branching out on his own after hopping off a freight train in Nebraska.  This is a fascinating look at daily life across many of the regions in the United States in the early 20th century.  You’re welcome to come and explore the nation with us!

Selections are:

September –  Father and I Were Ranchers
October –  Man of the Family
November – The Home Ranch
January – Mary Emma and Company
February – The Fields of Home
March – Shaking the Nickel Bush
April – The Dry Divide
May – Horse of a Different Color

Cost: $10 Registration & $140 Tuition

* Students are not required to purchase specific editions or ISBNs of books; however, the leader will send out a welcome email prior to the first month of the club which will include details on which versions of the books she will be using, should parents decide to seek out the same versions.

 


Spring 2018


Explore the World with G.A. Henty

Instructor: Mrs. Susan Eggers
Time Offered: 1st Thursdays of the month @ 8:00 PM ET (starting January 2018)
Age: Junior High and High School Students
Homework Load: Low
Suggested Credit: Supplemental
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Come along on a journey through dramatic times and places with G.A. Henty! In this mini-book club we will be reading four of Henry’s historical novels, covering ancient to modern times, from the Punic Wars to the Napoleonic Wars. We will meet once a month to discuss the historical context of these works and Henty’s depiction of the events through his fictional characters.

Selections are:

January – The Young Carthaginian: A Story of the Times of Hannibal
February – In Freedom’s Cause: A Story of Wallace and Bruce
March – In the Reign of Terror: A Story of the French Revolution
April – Through Russian Snows: A Story of Napoleon’s Retreat from Moscow

Cost: $10 Registration & $100 Tuition

* Students are not required to purchase specific editions or ISBNs of books; however, the leader will send out a welcome email prior to the first month of the club which will include details on which versions of the books she will be using, should parents decide to seek out the same versions.