Online Classes at The Pearl High School: Winter 2024

At the Pearl, we help homeschool parents create a hybrid education structure for their teens. This winter, we are offering 12 unique hybrid-homeschooling classes for teens to attend worldwide! These classes can count towards a United States high school diploma.

Our Classes


Beginning Japanese – Online Language Class

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, & Thursday from 10:30 a.m.-11:25 a.m. Central

In Beginning Japanese, you will start by mastering hiragana and katakana before delving into kanji (used for writing nouns, adjectives, adverbs, and verbs). Through engaging lessons and practice, you’ll develop the abilities to speak, write, and read Japanese with confidence.

The Pearl High School’s Beginning Japanese Class will be taught by  Nao Takeda.

Practical Spanish – Online Language Class

Monday, & Wednesdays from 3 pm-4:25 pm US Central

In Practical Spanish, you will expand your 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 Lorena de la Vega Aguirre.

Advanced Spanish – Online Language Class

Monday and Wednesday from 11:30 am -12:55 US Central

In advanced Spanish classes, students will engage in language production through captivating activities such as crafting their own short stories, creating videos, and enhancing conversational skills. By immersing themselves in Spanish literary works, students will further solidify their language knowledge and grammar. This course mirrors the rigor of a high school level class offered in a Spanish-speaking country, designed to cater to native speakers. Join us as we embark on a language-learning journey that combines creativity, cultural exploration, and linguistic excellence.

The Pearl High School’s Practical Spanish Class will be taught by Lorena de la Vega Aguirre.

Astronomy from Around the World – Online Natural Science Class

Monday and Wednesday from 11:30 a.m.-12:55 p.m. Central

Students will explore astronomy in cultures around the world. Students will investigate planets in our solar system and beyond. They will also explore modern astronomy and learn how stars shine, galaxies form, and how the Universe came into existence.

The Pearl High School’s Astronomy class will be taught by Bassem Sabra, Ph.D.

Bio Quest: A Journey to explore the world of Life – Online Natural Science Class 

Tuesday and Thursday from 11:30 a.m.-12:55 p.m. Central

Begin your quest into the world of living things and take a deep dive at the cellular level. During this exciting journey, you will grasp the essential principles of life by investigating the relationships between structure and function at the cellular level, extending these insights to the organismal level, and examining their consequences at the ecological level. This course will provide you with the groundwork for understanding the complexity and diversity of life on Earth.  Through topics like genetics, reproduction, ecology, environment, and evolution get equipped with skills and knowledge of biological science to engage with real-world issues related to biology as applied to health science, environmental sustainability, and the interdisciplinary nature of the 3 main branches of science biology, chemistry & physics.

The Pearl High School’s Biology Class is taught by Shubhada Bhamre, Ph.D. 

Math: Economics, the Environment, and Arts – Online Math Class

Monday and Wednesday from 1:30 p.m.-2:55 p.m. Central

In this course, you 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. 

Geographic Adventures  – Online Geography Class

Tuesday and Thursday from 1:30 pm-2:55 pm Central

Embark on a thrilling global expedition with Geographic Adventures, a dynamic high school geography class that will transport you to captivating destinations. Let’s journey through the landscapes of Europe and Africa, where we’ll uncover the unique political, musical, and urban geography aspects, as well as their rich historical narratives. We’ll engage in stimulating discussions, challenge your map skills, play games, and embark on independent virtual journey, while fostering a lifelong curiosity and passion for the world around us.

The Pearl High School’s ELA class will be taught by our director, Robin Harwick, Ph.D.

Pre-hispanic Empires  – Online Social Studies Class

Tuesday and Thursday from 1:30 pm-2:55 pm Central

Join us to explore the complex societies and civilizations that flourished before the arrival of Spaniards in the Mesoamerican and South American regions and the daily lives of people immersed in them. Learn about a world of rich, appealing cultures, complicated political relationships, and an incommensurable legacy.

The Pearl High School’s Pre-hispanic Empires Class will be taught by Lorena de la Vega Aguirre.

Exploring Perspectives: A People’s History of the United States  – Online Social Studies Class

Monday and Wednesday from 3:00 pm-4:25 pm Central 

This class is a thought-provoking and intellectually stimulating class that offers our students an alternative perspective on U.S. history. Inspired by Howard Zinn’s groundbreaking book, “A People’s History of the United States,” this course seeks to provide a more inclusive and critical exploration of US history. Students will read the adult version of this book instead of adaptation for high school students. A full documentary, audio version as well as the online version of the book are available for our use.
By examining the stories, experiences, and struggles of ordinary people, this class challenges the traditional narrative of U.S. history and encourages students to think critically, question prevailing narratives, and appreciate the diversity of perspectives that have shaped the nation. Moreover, the shaping of the U.S. has impacted the World. We will gain an understanding of how the U.S. “empire” has emerged and what the future looks like.

The Pearl High School’s Social Science class will be taught by Hande Togrul, Ph.D.

Memories, Dreams, and Reflections – Online English Language Arts Class

Tuesday and Thursday from 3:00 pm-4:25 pm Central

Mnemosyne, also known as Mother Memory, is the mother of all the muses in Greek mythology. Learn about how memory plays an important role in the arts.

The Pearl High School’s ELA course is taught by Sara Caldiero, MFA .

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, photography, and sketching; we help you learn the art skills that you want to know. Whether you have dreams of animation or are just looking to explore their creative side we help you pursue art without judgment. We respect new styles of art brought to us by youth culture and the internet. You will have the opportunity to work on your 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

Do you want to learn how to produce your own music?  Are you interested in group conversations about the history of music, and its power to change the world we live in?  Would you rather learn how to read sheet music and play an instrument?  Any or all of those things?  Our online music class is designed to meet each student where they are–beginners, experts, singers, songwriters, instrumentalists–and provide a structure for reaching individual goals within the context of a supportive small community that tackles fun and challenging discussion topics every week.  No audition required!  Come hang out in the Music Room with us.

The Pearl High School’s Music course is taught by Ben Tufts, MM

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.