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 family members)
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 family members)
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 for family attendance (up to two family members)


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 for family attendance (up to two family members)


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 for family attendance (up to two family members)


Arts and Entrepreneurship

Instructor: Ms. Julie Rapelje
Time Offered: 2nd Thursday of the month @ 2:00 PM ET (starting September 2017)
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 for family attendance (up to two family members)


Ladies' Night Out - DIY Fabulous

Instructor: Ms. Julie Rapelje
Time Offered: 2nd Friday of the month @ 7:30 PM ET (starting September 2017)
Age: Adults
Homework Load: Low
Suggested Credit:
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Time for some creative rejuvenation, ladies!  Join our invigorating club if you are creative-challenged, creative-obsessed, or just need to have some time to yourself.  We will cover all sorts of relevant topics that will help you bring beauty to your life and to your home.  No special skills are required.  You don’t have to leave your house…just close your door!

We will meet once a month from all parts of the globe and cover a myriad of topics to inspire and challenge you.  Topics will be club choice, but will most likely include themes such as: “Power Tool Fun Night”, Floral Arranging, Interior Design, Purging and Organizing, Gorgeous Food, Mom Makeover-Hair and Beauty, Thrifting Mastery, Antiques and Furniture Refinishing,  Stuff-to-make-from-stuff-you-have, Tables and Events, and many other incredibly fun subjects!  We will have several experts join us throughout the year.  Additionally, we will all be able to get to know each other as live video attendance is available for all.  (If you come in your pajamas, we won’t tell!)  For those of you who enjoy competition, there will be a monthly DIY challenge, with a people’s choice winner and prizes at each meeting.  For those who just want to relax at the end of the week, this is a great way to laugh and unwind in the company of other amazing women.  Think of our club like a combination of Julia Child, meets HGTV, meets us.  Get ready for the fun.  You will love it.

Required Supplies:

None required.  Supply lists for demos and challenges will be given to enrolled club members.  Webcam recommended.
Cost: $10 Registration & $140 Tuition for family attendance (up to two family members)

 

 


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 for family attendance (up to two family members)

* 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.


Bookworms: Ernest Expressions

Instructor: Mrs. Ann LeBlanc
Time Offered: 4th Sunday of the month @ 8:00 PM ET (starting September 2017)
Age: Mature High School and College Students
Homework Load: Low
Suggested Credit: Supplemental
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Do you enjoy eloquent storytelling with a distinctly southern flare? If so, Ernest Gaines, a true southern original, is an author you’ll quickly come to love. Join us on a journey through the American South as the heroes of Gaines’ southern venues fight injustice, inequality, and bias. Travel with Miss Jane Pittman as her life transforms from one of childhood slavery on a southern plantation to that of a free woman in The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman. Next, travel into the heart of cajun south Louisiana with A Gathering of Old Men, where injustice is vindicated through unity, opposition and compassion. Finally, A Lesson Before Dying is THE symbolic tale of determination and self-worth. All three books successfully draw the reader into Gaines’ fictional world barely distinguishable from the pre-civil rights south, with a narrative only Gaines can convey. Students will also read some of Gaines’ compelling short stories as well.

Selections are:

September –The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman
October – A Gathering of Old Men
November – A Lesson Before Dying
January – “The Sky is Gray” and “Just Like a Tree”

Cost: $10 Registration & $100 Tuition for family attendance (up to two family members)


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 for family attendance (up to two family members)


Travel the United States with Ralph Moody

Instructor: Mrs. Jenny Cutler
Time Offered: 2nd Thursday of the month @ 8:00 PM ET (starting August 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 for family attendance (up to two family members)

* 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.

 


All Things Austen Book Club

Instructor: Ms. Anna Garren
Time Offered: 4th Thursday of the month @ 8:00 PM ET (beginning September 2017)
Age: High School and College
Homework Load: Low Homework Load
Suggested Credit: Supplemental Credit
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To a degree, we are all familiar with Jane Austen thanks to her most popular work, Pride and Prejudice, and its many adaptations and spinoffs. Some of us may even recognize some of her slightly lesser known works, such as Sense and Sensibility or Emma. But when put to the test, how much could any of us really tell someone about Austen’s other works: Mansfield Park, Emma, Persuasion? Would we even know about her short fiction work entitled Lady Susan, or her tragically unfinished works, Sanditon and The Watsons? The goal of this book club is to examine the works of Jane Austen, both popular and unknown, in order to better acquaint ourselves with the world renowned authoress of so many years ago. So little is known about the life of Jane Austen; of the many letters that she wrote, the ones from which we could learn the most about her life were written to her sister Cassandra, and unfortunately burned by that same sister shortly before her death. Thus, we are left to speculate about her life, her love, her family, and ultimately her death. By reading her novels in the order in which they were published, we can hope to glean some insight into how Jane Austen viewed the world around her. Meeting once a month, the All Things Austen book club will read and discuss the following selections. Students will be asked to come up with one discussion question per month to promote deep thinking and student interaction.

Selections are:

September — Sense and Sensibility
October — Pride and Prejudice
November — Mansfield Park
January — Emma
February — Northanger Abbey
March — Persuasion
April — Lady Susan / The Watsons / Sanditon

Cost: $10 Registration & $140 Tuition for family attendance (up to two family members)

** 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 for family attendance (up to two family members)

* 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.


Journey through the Civil War

Instructor: Mrs. Jenny Cutler
Time Offered: 1st Thursdays of the month @ 8:00 PM ET (starting January 2018)
Age: Mature High School and College Students
Homework Load: Low
Suggested Credit: Supplemental
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What would it have been like to witness the events of the Civil War as a Union Solider? A Confederate Solider? An inexperienced and idealistic war nurse away from home for the first time? What was it like to be a prisoner of war transported to some of this time period’s worst prisons, or a slave well known for his integrity and faith? What would these events look like as one of the conspirators in the plot to assassinate Abraham Lincoln? This club will explore well researched historical fiction as well as actual first person accounts from many different perspectives to gain a deeper understanding of this critical period in our nation’s history. Watch what you’ve learned about the Civil War come to life with these highly engaging works! Due to some violence and gravity of content this is best suited to mature students.

Required Supplies:

January – Killer Angels by Michael Shaara
February – With Lee in Virginia by G.A. Henty
March- Hospital Sketches by Louisa May Alcott
April – Andersonville Diary by John L. Ransom
May- Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriett Beecher Stowe
June- Booth by David M. Robertson

Cost: $10 Registration & $100 Tuition for family attendance (up to two family members)

* 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.