At the Pearl, we help homeschool parents set up a hybrid-education structure for their teens. This spring we are offering 9 unique hybrid-homeschooling classes for teens to attend worldwide! These classes can count towards a United States high school diploma.
Practical Spanish – Online Language Class
Monday, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, & Thursdays from 10:30am-11:25 am Central
In Practical Spanish, students will expand their listening, speaking, writing, and reading skills through interactive experiences, virtual trips, and self-directed learning projects.
The Pearl High School’s Practical Spanish Class will be taught by Marietta Mayo, MS.
Healthy Lifestyles – Online Natural Science Class
Mondays and Wednesdays from 11:30 am-12:55 pm Central
Let’s bust some myths about health and wellness! Do you consider sleep to give you superpowers? Do you know which fast food joint is the “best”? Can you identify when you need to address your emotional and mental health? This class will explore topics to help students gain knowledge and essential skills in several health-related subjects. This class will incorporate Ted talks, independent research projects, and class discussions relevant to nutrition, physical activity, human growth, development & sexual health, mental & emotional health, and substance use, including alcohol and drugs.
The Pearl High School’s Health Science class will be taught by Marietta Mayo, MS.
Engineering: Let us Build Together – Online Engineering Class
Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11:30 am-12:55 pm Central
Students will explore engineering through a hands-on, design-based approach. Students will be free to pick and choose a variety of projects to design and build: bridges, balloon-powered cars, skyscrapers, rockets, t-shirt designs, etc., all according to a set of pre-defined engineering requirements. This course will boost the students’ creativity, collaboration and communication skills.
The Pearl High School’s Engineering Class is taught by Bassem Sabra, Ph.D.
Math: Economics, the Environment, and Arts – Online Math Class
Mondays and Wednesdays from 1:30 pm-2:55 pm Central
In this course students will be free to explore high school level math through everyday problems. Topics will include algebra, geometry and statistics. Algebra will be introduced through economics. Geometry will be explored through design and art. Statistics will be presented via real life problems.
The Pearl High School’s Math class is taught by Bassem Sabra, Ph.D.
Around the Campfire – Online English Language Arts Class
Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1:30 pm-2:55 pm Central
“Around the Campground” is an English language arts class for high school students that explores the world of paranormal, supernatural, and scary stories from diverse ethnic and cultural perspectives. In this class, students will read and analyze tales, hone their oral storytelling skills, and improve their writing abilities through independent writing activities. This class is perfect for students who want to develop their storytelling and writing potential while also expanding their understanding of different cultures, as well as for those who want to be part of an engaging and thrilling English language arts experience. Smores optional!
The Pearl High School’s ELA class will be taught by our director, Robin Harwick, Ph.D.
Economic Literacy – Online Social Studies Class
Mondays and Wednesdays from 3:00 pm-4:25 pm Central
Do you ever wonder how the world around us works economically? Do you want to learn about personal finance and how to manage your money effectively? If so, then our Economic Literacy course is perfect for you! In this course, you will learn how economic systems work and how they change over time. You will also gain a deep understanding of various economic concepts and theories that will help you make informed decisions about money and finances. We will also provide hands-on exercises to teach you about budgeting and financial goal setting. You will also have the opportunity to discuss the work-to-money ratio and how to balance earning a living with maintaining a healthy work-life balance.
The Pearl High School’s World History class will be taught by Hande Togrul, Ph.D.
Introduction to AI – Online STEM Class
Tuesday and Thursday from 3:00 pm-4:25 pm Central
Empower your future with the latest in AI technology! Our online Introduction to AI course for 9-12th graders, using aiedu.org’s comprehensive curriculum, provides a fun and informative learning experience. Perfect for teens looking to expand their knowledge and stay ahead in a rapidly changing technological landscape. Let’s unlock the power of artificial intelligence.
The Pearl High School’s AI course is taught by Robin Harwick, Ph.D.
Contemporary Visual Arts – Online Art Class
Monday and Wednesday from 4:30 pm-6 pm Central
Join us as we explore visual arts for the 21st century! From digital illustration to graphic design to painting and sketching; we help students learn the art skills that they want to know. Whether students have dreams of animation or are just looking to explore their creative side we help them pursue art without judgment. We respect new styles of art brought to us by youth culture and the internet. Students will have the opportunity to work on their own art projects in addition to art exercises, assignments, and research activities!
The Pearl High School’s Visual Arts class is facilitated by Brittaney Drake, MA
The Music Room – Online Music Class
Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:30 pm-6 pm Central
In this remote class, students can learn music from home. Whether they are entirely homeschooling or looking for an extracurricular to supplement in-school classes this class is an excellent option for teenagers interested in gaining music skills.
The Pearl High School’s Music course is taught by Ben Tufts, MA
About The Pearl Remote Democratic High School
All of our teachers are experts in their fields and welcome students with all learning styles and abilities! Teens can take all of our classes, a few, or just one. Because The Pearl is a Democratic High School, our classes follow a self-directed work style where students get control of their education. Additionally, we cap our classes at 10 students, so everyone gets the support they need.
Our curriculum is made up of hybrid-homeschooling classes for teens. This means that families who are already homeschoolers can supplement the education they provide with classes from experts to ensure that their child gets the best education they can receive.
We teach our classes online, using Zoom, and they are open worldwide! Students that work directly with The Pearl are eligible to work towards a WASC-Accredited US high school diploma through our partnership program with Angeles Workshop. This makes the Pearl an excellent option for students who are marginalized within the mainstream educational system. Additionally, students who attend The Pearl from outside the US are still eligible to receive a US diploma.