Course Offerings

MAIN LESSON BLOCKS
There are two main lesson blocks each day: one in the morning from 8:35 to 10:25 and one in the afternoon from 1:00 or 1:50 to 2:45. Main lesson blocks are usually from 3 to 4 weeks long and include about 30 to 40 hours of instructional time. Morning main lessons are more focused toward academic and intellectual skills. Histories, English literature and composition, and most of the sciences are taught at this time. The afternoon blocks focus on the hands—manual and fine arts such as sculpture, carpentry, auto mechanics, figure drawing, drama, photography, woodworking, watercolor, and many more.

Sample Main Lesson Blocks by Grade Level

Class Type

Nutrition+Cooking
Earth Science
Biology
Physics
Chemistry
Mathematics
Global History
History of Americas
Thematic History
World Religions
Social Studies
Literature
English

9th Grade

What is Food?
Geology/Geography
Human Anatomy
Thermal Physics
Carbon Cycle
Drafting
Revolutions
U.S. History<1877
Western Religions
YIHS Governance
Comedy & Tragedy
To Kill a Mockingbird
Great Expectations

10th Grade

Nourishment
Water Cycle
Zoology
Kinematics
Acids/Bases
Stats & Probs
Ancient Civilization
History of Tech
Eastern Religions
Drugs & Society
Poetry
Dystopian Lit.
Odyssey

11th Grade

Why Organic?
Meteorology
Botany
Electricity
Periodic Table
WorldHist<1914
Native Cultures
Art History
Religious Lit.
Econ & Money
Parzival
Hamlet
Great Gatsby

12th Grade

Spice of Life
Astronomy
Genetics/Biotech
History of Physics
Projective Geometry
WorldHist>1914
U.S. History>1877
Meditation
Psychology
Transcendentalism
Russian Lit.
Research Paper

FOREIGN LANGUAGES
Foreign languages are an important part of the YIHS curriculum. Spanish classes are offered in multiple levels. French classes are offered with combined levels. Foreign exchanges are also encouraged and our students have gone as far afield as Guatemala, Spain, Mexico, Brazil, India, Germany, United Kingdom, France, Colombia, and Egypt.

MATHEMATICS
Youth Initiative offers a full complement of mathematics courses:
Algebra 1 & 2
Geometry
Pre -Calculus
Calculus

MOVEMENT
Twice a week students participate in movement classes such as:
Yoga
Spatial Dynamics
Qigong
Dance
Juggling & Unicycling
Gardening
Walking

AFTERNOON ELECTIVES
Students have the opportunity to choose from a wide range of elective classes offered during the afternoon block period.
Art & Music Electives Offered:
Design Foundations
History through Art
Photography 1 & 2
Painting
Figure Drawing
Stained Glass
Ceramics
Metal Bowls
Mosaics
Carpentry
Bio-Illustration
Woodworking
Knitting & Embroidery
Quilting
Sewing
Sculpture
Drama
Technical Theater
Costume Design
Set Design
Solo & Ensemble
Songwriting & Theory
Rock Band
Musical Theater
Academic Elective Classes Offered:
Advanced Literature
Advanced Physics
SAT Prep