Who would benefit:
We believe all middle and high school age children benefit from our curriculum, regardless of their socioeconomic status. This includes children of very successful parents, many of whom know that their success had very little to do with the academic education that they received in school. While they obviously didn't need our program to become successful, I think they will agree that as long as we are sending kids to school there are some important things we can be teaching and discussing with them that may help them avoid pitfalls that trap even the wealthiest kids - for example, bad decisions involving personal relationships, bad habits, and so on.
For your enjoyment:
Below is a link to an entertaining music video about life skills that are not being taught in schools, sung by pop group BoyInaBand. We just happen to touch on most of the topics he describes :-)
Our goal is simple: To equip middle and high school students with life skills that will help them to be happy and successful in life, and improve their acadamic performance.
After school class that meets one day a week during the regular school year (condensed summer program also available).Program lasts for one semester.
We cover a wide range of life skills like critical thinking, emotional intelligence, financial literacy and household maintenance (more detailed list under the curriculum tab). Studies have shown that skills like Emotional Intelligence are very important to a person's success in life, and also improve academic performance. Schools often do not have time to teach these skills because they have so many pressures to teach their state mandated curriculum. We thus feel like we are supplementing their teaching.
Our classes are FUN - students want to come! We use a heavily discussion based (Socratic) instruction / guided exploration format that requires and rewards student participation. Every student will feel like his or her opinion is heard and valued. In addition, kids can see immediately how our subjects could be useful to them on a practical basis in their lives, which gives them an incentive to attend.