The Intermediate Program adds topic-based workshops to our core self-directed program. Participants ages 10 and up meet at the Cope House on Tuesdays and Thursdays. This gives the intermediates the opportunity to collaborate with a large group of mixed ages. It encourages the growth of peer relationships so critical to this age and allows more choice and individualization during a time that is a transition for many young people. We provide a safe and social space that respects the individual, nurtures curiosity and supports their desire to learn.
In this program, participants enjoy group activities, collaborative projects, individual exercises, and have time to direct their own learning process. Facilitators initiate group games and team building, lead lessons that expose participants to a wide variety of topics, mentor students in areas where they want to acquire depth and provide a positive atmosphere for social growth. Participants learn how to listen to the ideas of others, how to observe and partake in their success and failures, how to communicate effectively and respectfully, how to share with others, and how to respond to feedback and accept help.
Our workshops allow young people and facilitators to choose individual topics to study together in greater depth. Topic-Based Workshops generally last 6 or 7 weeks but may run longer depending on interest. Content can cover any subjects the group chooses to learn under the facilitator's guidance.
Past workshops have included such topics as Philosophy, Geography, Music, Mock Trial, Architecture, Writing, Theater, Photography, Botany, US Government, Economics, World Cultures, Art Journaling, Cooking, History, Improv, and Service Projects. All workshops are inclusive of age and ability and are designed to continue our mission of self-directed and experiential learning. Our intention is that all participants are offered some topics that appeal to them during the course of the year. In this way, we combine collaborative learning with individualized facilitation.
As all of our programs are non-coercive, Intermediate participants may choose to take part of the Open Studio if they are not interested in a particular topic session. It is expected, however, that they opt in or out for the entire session. Annual enrollment in the Intermediate Program gives participants access to all Topic-Based Workshops, and they may choose to partake or not the week each topic begins.
The two workshop topics for the first Fall session will be planned the by facilitators based on input from the Spring participants. The remaining topics will be decided by the group after the start of program year.
* Registration for individual workshops only will open as space allows.
Open Studio is a self-directed space where young people can collaborate on projects, play games, explore art concepts, and work independently. Art supplies, games, etc will be provided by the Facilitators, but participants may also bring in items from home. Open Studio is a space to share ideas, develop skills in table top games, collaborate on craft projects, and socialize. We intend for youth who attend to feel a sense of belonging, freedom to express themselves while respecting the rights of others and maintain a safe and positive environment.
For Ages 13-and-up
Ages 13-and-up can can design their own day by choosing between Teen and Intermediate classes. They may opt into the Teen classes for morning, afternoon, or all day. They will still have free time with all ages 10 and above. This way they can transition to more rigorous programming at their own pace, while maintaining mixed age friendships.
Teen classes may be up to a year long, and commitment to the entire course is expected from the outset. Participants enrolled in Intermediate Program may attend the first day of the Teen Class as a trial before committing to the class. Please consider the interest level and readiness of your young person before enrolling them in the older Teen Program.
Sample Schedule of an Intermediate Day
9:00-9:15 Arrive and Morning Meeting
9:15-11:00 One or Two Topic-Based Classes or Open Studio
11:00-1:00 Free Time and Lunch
1:00-2:45 One or Two Topic-Based Classes or Open Studio
2:45-3:00 Clean Up and Pick Up
Every program's schedule is individually crafted to meet the needs of and evolve with that particular group of young people and facilitators. They remain flexible and subject to change throughout the program year.