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American Literature- A Wizard of EarthSea (elizabeth ortega)

Note: This class is open to high school students only.

Celebrate Ursula Le Guin, a great American author who recently passed, by reading the first book, “A Wizard of Earthsea,” in her series, Earthsea.

“The first three Earthsea books … were written, at the request of her publisher, for young adults. But their grand scale and elevated style betray no trace of writing down to an audience.”

Le Guin wrote twenty novels and over a hundred short stories, in addition to poetry, literary criticism, translations, and children’s books over the course of her life. She wove cultural anthropology, Taoism, feminism, and the writings of Carl Jung into her writings, and contributed deeply to the worlds of science fiction and feminism.

This will be a read-aloud and discussion class. There will also be short writing assignments along the way to dive deeper into the content and themes.


“The rhythmic structure of narrative is both journey-like and architectural,” Le Guin has written. “Great novels offer us not only a series of events, but a place, a landscape of the imagination which we can inhabit and return to. This may be particularly clear in the ‘secondary universe’ of fantasy, where not only the action but the setting is avowedly invented by the author.”



Continuing Sex and Health Education (year long) (elizabeth ortega)

Note: This class is open to high school students only.

If you are in this class, I look forward to the continued journey!

Here is the description from the beginning of the year to reground you in what is to come.


Sexual health and healthy relationships are things all people, especially young people, deserve. In this class I will do my best to be inclusive of a wide variety of genders, sexualities, experiences, and perspectives and focus on the real world and real life experiences.

Relationships and sexuality is a life long journey of learning about ourselves. Here in this class, I want to create a space where you can learn relevant information about sexual and relational health. Talking about sex and our bodies openly and honestly can be hard, but it doesn’t have to be.  It can also be enlightening, informative and exciting!

I will be utilizing two different curriculum sources. One will be Be Real. Be Ready. is SFUSD’s (San Francisco Unified School District) comprehensive relationship and sexuality curriculum for high school students. And S.E.X., second edition: The All-You-Need-To-Know Sexuality Guide to Get You Through Your Teens and Twenties by Heather Corinna as well as various educational media pieces and articles as they relate to the topics.



World Cultural Geography & World Religions (Sam)

Note: This class is open to high school students only.


World Cultural Geography will take a journey around the world to learn about the physical and human geography of various regions. Students will explore the history of each region and examine the political, economic, and cultural characteristics of the world in which we live.

World Religions is a Social Studies course which will examine religion through a historical, social, political, and economic lens. Students will understand the connections between religion and society, and the many ways these two ideas are intertwined. By looking at both the origins of religion and our modern world, students will have a fuller understanding of the beliefs, culture, and conflicts surrounding the religions of the world.

Required texts/materials: The instructor will procure the texts/materials.

World History, Continued (Sam)

Note: This class is open to high school students only.

Note: This class is a continuation from Fall Term. You can join for Winter Term whether or not you joined for Fall Term.

World History is a subject that explores the key events and global historical developments since the 1500s that have shaped the world we live in today. The scope of Modern World History provides the latitude to range widely across all aspects of human experience: economics, science, religion, philosophy, politics & law, military conflict, literature & the arts. The class will illuminate connections between our lives and those of our ancestors around the world. We will also analyze people, groups, and important figures who have not been credited in history.

We will uncover patterns of behavior, identify historical trends and themes, explore historical movements and concepts, and test theories. Students will refine their ability to read for comprehension and critical analysis; summarize, categorize, compare, and evaluate information; write clearly and convincingly; express facts and opinions orally, and use technology appropriately to present information.

Required texts/materials: The instructor will procure the texts/materials.

HS Ecology (hannah)

Note: This class is open to high school students only.

Let’s take a closer look at the evolution of life on Earth. In this class, we will learn about Earth’s biomes, ecosystems, and biogeochemical cycles, expanding our understanding of how all things are interconnected. You can look forward to spending time outside and creating a model of a cell! 

Constitutional Law, Continued (Nic)

Note: This class is open to high school students only.





Open only to participants from the fall term course.