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. 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.
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
Art of Comics