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
What is Food?
Spice of Life
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.
Youth Initiative offers a full complement of mathematics courses:
Algebra 1 & 2
Twice a week students participate in movement classes such as:
Juggling & Unicycling
Students have the opportunity to choose from a wide range of elective classes offered during the afternoon block period.
Art & Music Electives Offered:
History through Art
Photography 1 & 2
Knitting & Embroidery
Solo & Ensemble
Songwriting & Theory
Academic Elective Classes Offered: