Spring Term at The Pearl Democratic High School

We are excited to announce that we are offering seven online classes this spring at The Pearl Democratic High School!

At The Pearl, class size is capped at 10, so all students get the support they need. 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 Democratic High School, our classes follow a self-directed work style where students get control of their education.

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. This makes the Pearl an excellent option for students who struggle in mainstream education. Additionally, students who attend The Pearl from outside the US are still eligible to receive a US diploma.


Our Classes

Practical Spanish – Online Language Class

Monday through Thursday from 11am-11:55am Central

All levels welcome! Our Spanish Class is designed to get high school students speaking practical Spanish as soon as possible. Because all classes at the Pearl High School are a democratic learning experience, our Spanish class is taught without pointless worksheets or textbooks. No busy work here!

The Pearl High School’s Practical Spanish class is taught by Eduardo Cid.

Logic: It Solves Problems – Online Math Class

Monday and Wednesday from 12-1:30pm Central

Puzzles, riddles, mind benders all apply logic.  We will begin each class with a logic problem building on the fundamentals of coding languages and algebraic reasoning. (This course earns Math credit)

The Pearl High School’s Math Class is taught by Michelle Cascio, MA.

Environmental Science I – Online Science Class

Tuesday and Thursday from 12pm-1:30pm Central

Students will investigate the interconnectedness of natural systems and how humans affect those systems, and analyze current environmental issues to propose solutions. This is an interdisciplinary science course.

The Pearl High School’s Environmental Science Class is taught by Robin Harwick, Ph.D.

Emotional Health – Online Elective Class

Tuesday and Thursday from 2pm-2:45pm Central

Students learn to understand positive and negative emotions, how their thoughts can affect their life, and how to create balance. They will also explore the science of happiness!

The Pearl High School’s Emotional Health class is taught by Eduardo Cid.

Almost Human – Online Literature Class

Monday and Wednesday from 3pm-4:30pm Central

Alien invasion, artificial intelligence, science gone wrong? Who is the human now? Our Almost Human elective is a science fiction centered literature class. In this class, students will get to study and analyze works from various sci-fi authors and filmmakers!

The Pearl High School’s Almost Human class is taught by Mireya S. Vela, MFA.

In The Studio – Online Music Class

Tuesday and Thursday from 4:00 pm-5:30 pm Central

Students are in the driver’s seat as they set out to dive into topics related to music making, recording engineering, and music production. This class is a ‘no experience required’ opportunity to pick up an instrument, learn about the recording process, or just be creative and have fun with sound.

The Pearl High School’s In the Studio class is taught by Wes Lanich, MA.

Foundational Skills – Foundations for Democratic Learning

(1.5 hrs/week Time to be determined) – required for new students

During this course, students will work on creating their individualized educational plan, learn about what it means to study at a democratic high school, and develop the tools they need to thrive at The Pearl! 

The Pearl High School’s Foundational Skills Class is taught by Robin Harwick, Ph.D.


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