Language Arts

Cursive Handwriting

Taught by

Carolyn Forte


3:30 – 4:00

Cost: $75 per semester (includes materials used in class and practice hand-outs)

Suitable for age 6-Adult

Cursive handwriting is becoming a lost art, yet studies have shown that those who use cursive to take notes remember the material much better than those who use printing or a keyboard.  Cursive is fast and easy when learned properly.  This class will teach the traditional American cursive beginning with development of muscle memory and hand-eye coordination just as our ancestors learned.  They could write beautifully all day without becoming tired or getting cramps in their fingers because of the method that was once universally taught but was dropped from our schools almost a century ago.  There will be no text/ copybook the first semester.  The second semester, families may choose from a variety of books to accommodate differing age and skill levels.  Parents are encouraged to observe (or take the class) so they will be able to guide their children in practice throughout the week.


Taught by Ani Janbazian

We Spark Learning


9:00 -10:00am


  • Academy of Arts and Sciences
  • California Enrichment Academy
  • Excel Academy
  • Golden Valley
  • Gorman
  • iLead
  • Inspire
  • Sage Oak
  • Sky Mountain

TARGET: Grades 1-5

COURSE DURATION: 1 year (two, 15-week semesters) BEGINS 9/13/17

COST PER SEMESTER : $225.00 (all materials provided)

+ $25.00 admin fee for iLead, Inspire, Sage Oak, Sky Mountain and Excel Academy students

+ $50.00 admin fee using Homeschool Coaches for Gorman, Golden Valley, CA Enrichment Academy, and Academy of Arts & Sciences. Email us for details to use this option.

Students become “neighbors” in a crazy colonial town they help to create, where they will experience many events through the year including festivals, natural disasters, historic events, unbelievable mishaps, and some silly celebrations!  As each town event effects the residents, it will serve as the journal prompt for the creative writing page for the week.

*Swarms of bees overtook the town, and I…

*The highlight of the festival was one daring performer who…

*The wagon unhitched sending us barreling into the…

Town residents will start by deciding what to name their town and decorating their own home and property. Each student will choose a historic job that will produce weekly earnings. They can use their income to save and upgrade their home, or buy or barter for additions to the property from the marketplace.  Some drawing, crafts, prize games, and other creative expressions will also be incorporated throughout the year to fit our early American theme.

While the class will have some mini lessons on writing techniques, literary devices, figurative language, and poetry, our focus is not on the formal fundamentals of writing. The main goal of this class is to motivate kids to put pen to paper to write with enthusiasm and express their ideas in written form.  Journal writing is done during class time, and journal expectations can be varied to adapt to different learning levels and abilities.

TO REGISTER: Download and complete the registration form at and mail it in, along with payment (or P.O. request for charters).

Questions? Call (626)482-8963 or email


Advanced Speech and Writing

Traditional and Online

College Prep English Class


Taught by: Denis

For an introductory video with the teacher and Marty please click on the link below:

For a quick video by the instructor about his class please click on the link below:


9:00 – 11:00


  • Academy of Arts and Sciences
  • California Enrichment Academy
  • Excel Academy
  • Golden Valley
  • Gorman
  • iLead
  • Inspire
  • Sage Oak
  • Sky Mountain

Online classroom is always open and lectures are available online.
Open enrollment during semester.

COST: $300 per semester. $250 for non charter school students.

This class is offered online as well as in a classroom setting.Current and ongoing class recordings of College Prep English are available on Youtube for auditors and for review. Visitors are invited to join our College Prep EnglishClass community on Google Plus.

This course covers advanced English communications for students of any age who can handle college preparatory material and is designed to prepare students for university studies and for SAT, ACT and TOEFL exams. Emphasis is placed upon innate language acquisition through immersion and emulation as well as an understanding of grammatical principles.

Writing and speaking skills and techniques are covered and works of the masters of spoken and written English arestudied. The list is flexible depending upon class enthusiasm but has in the past included Shakespeare, Swift, Dickens, Austen, J.S. Mill, Wilde, Shaw, Grahame, Wodehouse, Franklin, Jefferson, Paine, Lincoln, Twain, Fitzgerald, Churchill, King, Buckley, Baldwin and many other surpassingly brilliant but less well known writers and orators. (It is worth noting that one finds among these greats a disproportionately large percentage of homeschoolers.) All works are provided or linked to in the online classroom. College prep skills practiced will include note-taking, research and report writing, advanced vocabulary, language usage, comprehension and grammar. Students will write college admission essays, persuasive essays, SAT essays and reports and will prepare and deliver lectures and persuasive speeches. The class uses the one-room schoolhouse paradigm (See Advantages of the one-room schoolhouse approach to teaching). Please see our Writing Skills Playsheets for a taste of class content and style. Course includes personal instructor attention, traditional classroom/online video sessions, online text, extensive resources, graded compositions, moderated discussion forums and chatrooms.

Online text: SAT, ACT, TOEFL, College Prep English Practice by K. Titchenell.
Many text, audio, and video recording resources will be used and provided free of charge.

CONTACT: K. Titchenell (323) 432-7128
or email:

British Literature


IEW Writers Level C

Recommended grade levels – 8th through 12th



Class begins September 13, 2017

We will be undertaking a college-preparatory course of study designed to introduce students to great literature from the British literary tradition, to teach students to read with discernment, to provide students with tools to strengthen their writing skills, and more. Students will benefit from the classroom setting, because they will be able to discuss the books and writing assignments. Plus….we will have a couple of amazing themed tea parties that will be the envy of all!

Books Required:

  • Right Ho, Jeeves by P.G. Wodenhouse
  • Three Men in a Boat by Jerome K. Jerome
  • A Passage to India by E.M. Forster
  • Dubliners by James Joyce
  • A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
  • The Secret Sharer and Other Stories by Joseph Conrad
  • Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw
  • Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
  • Emma by Jane Austen

Fees: $200.00 per semester ($225 if a charter student) plus books.
Plus a one time non-refundable registration fee of $25 which is waived for students whose paid tuition and registration are postmarked before August 1.

Course duration: 1 year.
CONTACT: Lilli Witczak (626)355-5642 or email at:

Lions & Tigers & Public Speaking, Oh My!

Taught by Lilli Witczak


9:00 -10:30

Recommended grade levels – 4 through 7;

however, ability dictates acceptance if younger.

Now come on, don’t be shy….For some people, death is preferable to public speaking, because they are so afraid That need not be the case. When tackled in a fun friendly  environment, even the greatest scaredy-cat can overcome this fear.

Don’t worry, students won’t be giving a speech every week. Because students will learn to plan presentations, there will be a writing component to the class. So even if your student doesn’t have stage fright, he (or she) can benefit from learning how to plan what to say as well as how to say it; how to have “stage presence” and manners.

Types of speeches and presentations (and torture) may include but not be limited to:

  • Introduce yourself
  • Show one of your interests
  • Recite a memorized speech or poem
  • Interview a person
  • Present a one act play with other students
  • Teach us how to do something
  • Persuasive speech
  • Give a Sales Pitch (commercial)
  • Review a movie or book
  • ….and more!

As members of the audience, there will be plenty of photo ops for parents and grandparents.

The key is to relax. Breathe (or you’ll pass out)…..Now….Sign up!

COST: $200.00 per semester ($225 if a charter student) plus books, etc.  Plus a one time non-refundable registration fee of $25, which is waived for students whose paid tuition and registration are postmarked before August 1.



CONTACT: Lilli Witczak (626)355-5642 or email at:

IEW World History

Writers Level B

Taught by Lilli Witczak



Class begins September 11, 2017

Recommended grade levels:

5th through 8th;

however, ability dictates

Recommended for students with previous IEW experience.  This year’s theme will cover World History while using IEW’s stylistic techniques and the nine structural units. During these lessons, students will learn about world history from Gutenberg to twenty-first-century technology!  The student book includes assignments, blank outlines, source texts, checklists, and grammar helps.

COST: $200.00 per semester ($225 if a charter student) plus books, etc.  Plus a one time non-refundable registration fee of $25, which is waived for students whose paid tuition and registration are postmarked before August 1.


TEXT BOOK REQUIRED: World History-Based Writing Lessons [Student Book only] by Lori Verstegen.  ISBN: 978-1-62341-271-5

CONTACT: Lilli Witczak (626)355-5642 or email at:

Kids and Teens On-Camera Acting Class

Taught by:

Casting Director and Set Coach

Chris Gillmore


1:00 – 2:00  Introductory Class

2:00 – 5:30  Regular Class

EIE Campus in Monrovia

See class dates under class description!


  • Academy of Arts and Sciences
  • California Enrichment Academy
  • Excel Academy
  • Golden Valley
  • Gorman
  • iLead
  • Inspire
  • Sage Oak
  • Sky Mountain

COST:  $85.00 per month plus $40.00 material fee.  ($125.00 monthly total)

So…Whatever you’re thinking an acting class for kids and teens is, you will be happily surprised!  This acting class, taught by professional casting director and set coach of over 15,000 kids and teens, Chris Gilmore.  It is much more than just a class where students learn how to act professionally on camera for movies, television and commercials.

The added benefits of this incredible series of classes are:  It builds the student’s self esteem and self image.  It teaches discipline and focus as well as teaching students to use their creativity and imagination.  It empowers the students to be able to speak in front of a group with great confidence and improves memorization, improvisation and even helps develop a sense of humor.

From start to finish all students will learn the art of comedy, drama, two-party scene study, cold-reading, monologue technique, comedy improvisation as applied to on-camera film and television performances as well as commercial techniques.  Every month is a different acting theme.  This course is the Real Thing, and if acting professionally is the goal, students will receive all the skills necessary to pursue a professional acting career while having fun learning them.

THE ADDED BONUS:  At the end of every month, all parents will receive an on-line video of the students’ performances in class so you can watch their progress. (upon request)

CONTACT:  Chris Gilmore  (661) 600-7372


  • September 11, 18
  • October 2, 16
  • December 4, 11
  • January 8,22
  • February 5, 26
  • March 5, 12
  • April 2, 9
  • May 7, 14

Language Arts


by Dorothy Mc Candliss

 COST$50 session  (session = 55 minutes) K- 4th grade 
WHEN:  To be arranged.    
LOCATIONS:  EIE, Altadena, Pasadena Libraries, Skype
CONTACT:  Dorothy McCandliss