Electives

Ceramics (required)

Ceramics will introduce three basic processes of clay: pinch, coil and slab, in addition to learning how to throw on the electric and kick wheel. Equal time will be dedicated to the potter’s wheel and the basic hand-building skills needed to produce ceramic ware. Students will study and participate in the process of glazing and firing ceramics ware in an ancient wood-fired six chamber Noborigama climbing kiln located on Woolman campus. Students have access to the studio during free time. Each student will also be asked to make three soup bowls to be donated to the Empty Bowl fundraiser for the homeless.

Nonviolent Communication (required)

Nonviolent Communication (NVC) is a communication practice developed by Marshall Rosenberg, Ph.D. It is taught around the world to address global conflicts and personal issues. NVC guides us to connect the feelings and thoughts that arise in a given situation with what actually matters to us on a deep level. When we are able to connect our actions and the actions of others to our deep values, much of our judgment can be transformed into compassion. When we are in touch with that compassion, we are more likely to act in ways are effective and reflect those values. As a communication tool in which both sides of a conflict can be heard and understood, NVC is applied to intra and interpersonal issues in the community and to many of the global issues that are confronted in Peace Studies, Global Issues and Environmental Science. It is practiced by many community members in their daily lives, classes are offered to staff each semester, and it is taught in the classroom to semester students for two hours per week.

Farm to Table  (required)

"Teaching kids how to feed themselves and how to live in a community responsibly is the center of an education." – Alice Waters

The main objective of farm to Table is to empower students with skills to plant and tend their own garden as well as harvest and cook their own food. The class aims to illuminate the reasons why we as a school hold sharing work in the garden and kitchen as such fundamental components of the Woolman experience. The students will learn not only how to steward the land, but also how to use the food they grow to nourish themselves. Students will explore the power and pleasure in growing plants and cooking food and carry these joyful skills with them throughout their whole lives.

In class we will explore topics scientific, practical, and cultural. These topics range between basic botany, soil science, pollination, seed saving, philosophies of farming, composting, current urban farming and ‘locavore’ movements, creative gardening, food preservation, crafts, nutrition and theories on nutrition and recipe improvisation. Each two-hour class will contain a lesson in the classroom, time in the garden tending the land, and time in the kitchen cooking food we harvested.

Spanish (optional - online) 

Spanish is currently offered as an online class using the Rosetta Stone program. Students enroll in the course that corresponds with the language level they would be in at their sending school. 

Mathematics (optional - online) 

Mathematics is currently being offered as an online class using the ALEKS program. Students enroll in the course that corresponds with the level of Math they would be in at their sending school. 

Independent Study (optional)

Students may pursue a guided independent study in order to stay on track with graduation requirements at their home high schools. Students can choose to take additional online courses, have private tutoring, study for SAT/ACT tests, or have study hall. Students should make arrangements with the admissions office at Woolman prior to arriving on campus to coordinate Independent Studies.