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Elective Courses


Our elective courses are available for all students to explore their interests and discover new passions. These courses are interest-based, and they are open to all of our full-time and homeschooled students. Full-time students will register for classes upon enrollment. Homeschool families can visit our Harkness Home Education course registration page to make a la carte course selections or register for a 2-day or 4-day program.

Fall 2024 Electives

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Intro to Spanish Language

This introductory course offers students who are new to the language and looking for an immersive experience in whole language acquisition. This is a new course for 2023-24, and it forms the foundation for a cumulative curriculum for students who choose to take Spanish over multiple years up to completion of Spanish 2 (9th Grade). The Fall trimester course is for all students interested in exploring Spanish language, and we will adjust the course curriculum through the Winter and Spring trimesters to meet the needs and interests of our students. 

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Experiencing Art

Experiencing Art is an engaging and hands-on course designed to help students develop their creativity and artistic skills. Through various mediums, students will learn about the principles and elements of art. They will also explore different art styles and movements, as well as the cultural and historical context of art. This course will foster a love and appreciation for art, and provide students with a creative opportunity for self-expression!

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Our Coding course is a great introduction to the world of computer programming. Students will learn the basics of coding, such as variables, loops, and conditional statements. They will also have the opportunity to create their own simple programs. The course is designed to develop students' problem-solving skills and creativity while introducing them to potential future careers in computer science.

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Get your hands dirty with gardening! This course is a fun and interesting way to help students learn basic life science and promote life-long healthy eating habits, all while connecting them to the natural world. In this course, students will create and maintain an indoor school garden, observe and care for their plants as they grow, and experience the fruits (and veggies!) of their labor. 

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Book Club

Get lost (and find yourself!) in books that you love. Book Club is designed for students who love to read and want to engage in thoughtful discussions with their peers. Students will develop critical thinking skills and explore different themes, characters, and plot elements. They will learn how to analyze literary devices and techniques, and how to write and express their own opinions effectively. This course fosters a love for reading, builds a sense of community among students, and develops skills that will serve them well in their academic and personal lives. 

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Music History

Music History introduces students to the world of music through a variety of genres, styles, and time periods. Through listening activities, discussions, and activities, students will develop an understanding of the elements of music, as well as the historical and cultural context in which music is created. This course will foster a love and appreciation for music, and provide students with the knowledge and skills to become active listeners and informed consumers of music.

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Gone Fishin'

This course covers the basic skills and equipment needed to become an angler. Students will learn about fish identification, the ethics of fishing, and rules and regulations around fishing in the State of New Hampshire. This is a hands-on course that will dedicate significant class time to exploring the aquatic ecology of our on-site pond while learning about basic rods and reels and practicing knot tying and casting. This course is all about turning knowledge into action by heading out to the pond and fishing.

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Foundations of Mathematics

This introductory mathematics course covers the basics of mathematics, including numbers, operations, and shapes. It is designed to help students develop the strong foundation in mathematics that is essential for success in our pre-algebra curriculum and beyond. The course is ideal for both full- and part-time students who would like more practice on mathematics skills, and it can be taken concurrently with Pre-Algebra 1 for full-time students.

Other Past & Planned Electives

Our elective courses are developed in collaboration with our students and their families and based on their needs and interests. As such, they are an ever evolving set of course options beyond our core academic classes that enrich our students' education experiences by igniting their curiosity and inspiring their creativity. Access the current list below. If you have questions about any course, or if you have an ideas about a course that may be of interest to our community, please feel free to contact us any time. 

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