Exploration classes are elective classes that are offered in the afternoons. Teachers determine what they want to offer and to what age group for these month-long classes. The choices are offered during the last week of the month preceding the classes, and students select their first, second and third choices. If a student doesn’t get his first choice one month, the organizers try to honor this person’s first choice the following month. Sometimes the “teachers” are high school students, parents or members of the community. Often these are mixed-ages classes.
Exploration classes alternate in length from month to month. One month short Exploration classes will be offered on Monday and Tuesday from 1:00 until 1:50, and the next month long Exploration classes will be offered on Thursday afternoons from 1:00 until 2:45 p.m. This allows for more flexibility and larger blocks of time for programs to use at their discretion.
Here is a small sample of classes that have been taught:
- American History
- Partner Dance
- Halloween Parade Prize Making
- Silent Reading
- Role Playing Games
- Ultimate Frisbee