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 Civilztn
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. French and Spanish are both offered each year and many other languages have been offered upon student interest (Latin, Russian, German, etc.) Foreign exchanges are very popular among our students and our students have gone as far afield as Guatemala, Spain, Mexico, India, Germany, Britain, France, Colombia, and Egypt.

MATHEMATICS
Youth Initiative offers a full complement of mathematics courses from basic algebra to Trigonometry and Pre-Calculus.

Exploring The Arts: Afternoon Electives
Here’s a sampling of the electives offered at YIHS:

Drawing 2D Design
Photography 1
Carpentry/Design
Agriculture
Computers/Robotics
Block Printing
Photography 2
Sustainability
Auto Mechanics
Screen printing
Sculpture
Woodcraft
Set Design
Art of Comics
Drama/Spring Play
Garment Construction
Handwork