The Center for Semi-Conducted Learning (CSCL) is a school alternative program open to homeschoolers, unschoolers, and other people aged 7 to 13 interested in sharing a fun, creative, and exploratory space with like-minded people. We are open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m to 3 p.m., with individual classes offered in science, engineering, art, and creative writing four days a week and one day reserved for offsite field trips.
“What we offer” is entirely based on what people ask for — our classes are designed around what people are excited to learn and do. Past topics have included: Intro to algebra, French, Spanish, espionage, a class on constitutional law, and others. If it’s something we can’t teach (for instance, foreign languages), we’ll find someone who is competent to teach the subject.
In addition to organized classes and workshops, we also offer optional one-on-one tutorials for kids who want to do specific work in a topic or skill. These could include the basics — math, reading, and writing – or specific tutorials tailored around individual interests – world records research, board game design, chess, etc. Tutorials are offered as an option to anyone who wants them and are a chance for kids to get individual time with staff to go deeper on a particular subject.
Beyond that, we leave open plenty of space for kids to pursue activities of their own choosing – whether it’s sitting on the couch reading a book, doing their math homework, working on a story, or organizing giant games of capture the flag. Kids at the CSCL pursue many of their intellectual interests recreationally, and put quite a lot of creative work into organizing their play. Our programs afford them a wide berth to pursue both on any given day, so long as their activities do not interfere with others’ use of the space and ability to accomplish goals.