Classic Literature Course

Taught by:

Tanya Robinson


Assiduously and innovatively, Mrs. Robinson equips the students to grasp numerous literary devices and to write analytical essays.  Throughout the course, students dive deeply into comprehending and analyzing various writing styles of classical literature. Assessments are soundly structured. Assignments are designed so that students have ownership and pride of their learning. Mrs. Robinson is extremely knowledgeable of the content, always available for her students and the parents, and passionate about her profession.   Joyce 5-20-2021

Two sections of the same class will be offered. When registering, please choose between:


Tuesdays 10:00-11:00 am



Tuesdays 4:00-5:00 pm



Why study classic literature? It is filled with excitement, philosophy, and beauty! Reading classic literature develops critical thinking skills, expands vocabulary, and helps a person see the grander scale of life. Plus, it’s just plain fun!

This class will cover various works of classic literature, examining their historical contexts, themes, and literary elements. Using our literature discussions as a foundation, students will also work on improving their writing skills.
For grades 9-12, but middle school students with good reading skills are welcome. Afterschooling students are also welcome (those who attend a traditional school but wish to supplement their learning).

New book titles for 2021-2022:
Animal Farm by George Orwell
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
The Chosen by Chaim Potok
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
Poetry and Short Stories by various authors (Dickinson, Poe, Tennyson, etc.)

$280 per semester if using charter funds

(may change depending on charter school fees)

$230 per semester if paying privately

One school year (2 semesters)


To register or for more information, please contact me:
Tanya Robinson
(626) 201-2983

Before becoming a parent, I received my B.A. and teaching credential in English and taught at a private high school. I taught all four grades, ranging from basic English classes to specialized literature courses.

When I became a parent and started homeschooling, I was highly influenced by the book, For the Children’s Sake by Susan Schaeffer Macaulay, and have incorporated many of Charlotte Mason’s philosophies into our homeschool. I have two children in college and a high school student


4-6 week classes on the book titles you want!





The time and date of the  class will be determined at a later date by the participants in the class.

Do you have a specific literature title that you want your students to read? Perhaps you want to read a Shakespeare play, or a title from a middle school book list? I would love to lead the discussion and open doors into the world of that book: examining its historical context, themes, and literary elements. Using our literature discussions as a foundation, students can also work on improving their writing skills (unless you want to keep it strictly discussion).

How it would work:
• You gather a group of at least 5 students and choose a book title.
• You and I choose a time that accommodates both of our schedules.
• We meet online, once a week.
• Payment from each student is due prior to the first class session

**If you choose an extremely long/weighty book like War and Peace (just as an example), there will be adjustments to the cost of the class.

2021-2022 cost per book (4-6 week course, depending on the length of the book):
$45 per student, if paying privately
$58 per student, if using charter school funds (may change depending on charter school fees)

Forbidden Fruit

A dangerous literature and writing class (insert crazy laughter here)

Taught by:  Lilli Witczak


8:30 – 9:30

Recommended grade levels – 8th through 12th

Class Begins:  September 13, 2021

Duration:  1 school year, from September 13 through May 23.

Meets: Mondays 8:30 – 9:30

This course is designed to introduce students to great literature. In this case, the literature happens to be works that have been challenged or banned in one or more public schools. Students will learn, through research, the background of the author as well as the cultural context. They will be given the opportunity to discuss the publicized rational for the work being banned and their own thoughts on the issue. Writing assignments will include author profiles, historical approach papers, and more. Additionally, students will be provided with tools to strengthen their writing skills. The class will be meeting in person at EIE; however, in the event that this goal cannot be realized we will meet on Skype. ….When we meet at EIE, we will have a couple of amazing parties that students will remember, with a smile, well into adulthood.

Books Required:

  •  Fahrenheit 451
  • 1984
  • A Day No Pigs Would Die
  • Of Mice and Men
  • A Farewell to Arms
  • To Kill A Mockingbird
  • The Cay
  • The Odyssey
  • The Catcher and the Rye

 This above book list is a minimum goal. Yes, some of the books are easier to read than others. Not everything need be difficult and just because a work is not difficult, does not mean that it is not worth reading.

 Fees: $250.00 per semester ($275 if a charter student) plus books.

Miss Lilli is a vendor for: Sky Mountain, ILEAD, Excel Academy, Sage Oaks, Golden Valley, Gorman, Inspire, and more.

 CONTACT: Lilli Witczak (626)232-7932 text only -or- email at:

Modern Calligraphy

Taught by:

Lilli Witzack



2:00 – 3:00

CLASS BEGINS:  October 1, 2021

COURSE DURATION:  Through May 23.

CLASS SCHEDULE:  Fridays 2:00-3:00 pm

Ever sit around doodling? Why not doodle pretty?

 You might wonder what MODERN calligraphy is….well it is NOT easy to define. For one thing, it is not traditional calligraphy. It does not follow the same rules as traditional calligraphy. It is accessible. You can stylize your letters. There is a community of people trying to learn it – check out Instagram.

 Here is what Miss Lilli has learned from modern calligraphy:

  • -Practice really does help
  • -Self-control
  • -Discipline

And as Miss Lilli tells herself “move the pen more ___________________ after all you’re the one with the pen in your hand. You need to change what you’re doing to improve. No one else can do it for.”

 Some people find it meditative. Some find it fun!

 But is it useful, you may wonder. Yes, it is art. Also, people are hired to use their calligraphy skills to hand letter invitations, signs, etc. Some people even go on to teach modern calligraphy classes!

 This class will be meeting in person at EIE.

 Fees: $10 per week ($12.50 if a charter student) plus a one-time materials fee of $56.50

 Miss Lilli is a vendor for: Sky Mountain, ILEAD, Excel Academy, Sage Oaks, Golden Valley, Gorman, Inspire, and more.

 Please contact Miss Lilli to let her know that you are signing up, so she can order the class supplies. Her contact info is below.

 Lilli Witczak (626)232-7932 text only -or- email:

Living Hero’s Journey

Taught by:  Btittney Weber


7th – 12th Grade

2:30 – 3:30

4th – 6th Grade

3:30 – 4:30

In this epic journey of myth, fantasy, and sci fi, students will harness their creative writing skills by being placed inside the story using various roll playing games such as The Lord of the Rings “The One Ring Role Playing Game,” as well as the Star Wars version “Force and Destiny.” Students will not just tell and write stories but will live them, giving them an inside out perspective of the monomyth cycle of the hero’s journey. Students will be given writing prompts that engage their creative and critical thinking skills to help them create realistic characters and thrilling dramatic scenes. The semester will build up to a student’s final project where they will have to write the resolution to a grand climax from one of the groups previous stories.

$250 per semester (16 weeks)

About Miss Brittney:
Graduated in 2018 with her bachelors in English Teaching the Language Arts from Humboldt State University, Brittney Webber has over 8 years of teaching experience. She has also become a registered instructor with The Institute for Excellence in Writing. Ranging from elementary to high school English courses, she utilizes teaching to promote critical and creative thinking skills. Brittney also has a passion for teaching students with Autism and other disabilities crucial life skills. Her main goal in teaching English is to give students the proper tools to write and live their own adventures and stories.

  • Approved Vendor with Following Charters:
    Sage Oak
    River Springs
    Pacific Springs
    Vista Springs
    Empire Springs
    Cabrillo Point (Inspire)
    Mission Vista (Inspire)
    Granite Mountain (Inspire)
    Pacific Coast Academy


Brittney Weber



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:

MONDAY 11:00 – 1:00


Contact Denis


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

Online classroom is always open. 
Open enrollment during semester.


  • $350 per semester for Charter students.
  • $300 for non charter school students.

    This class is offered online as well as in a classroom setting. 

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:

CHSPE  Prep Class

Taught by:




Contact Denis


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


  • $250.00 per semester. 
  • $200.00 for non charter school students per semester.

Those who have slipped the bit, bridle and blinders of K12 education, and fled stable and paddock to taste the joys of free-range education still find themselves subject to the yoke of state educational mandates – at least until graduation.  Fortunately, California offers a shortcut to graduation that most homeschoolers can use to put secondary school obligations behind them.  Unfortunately, very few are familiar with the CHSPE (California High School Proficiency Exam), whose certificate of successful completion states unequivocally that it is for all legal purposes the equivalent f a High School diploma.

John Taylor Gatto, award winning teacher and luminary of the homeschooling movement, stated that a motivated student could  acquire the requisite K12 skills in about 100 hours of study.  There is no need for 12 years of pointless daily confinement with its enforced compliance and conformity.  Study for the CHSPE and put it all behind you.

CONTACT: K. Titchenell

(323) 432-7128
or email: