Teens: Meeting You Where You Are Now

Beacon offers a dynamic program for ages 12 to 18 Monday through Friday. There are diverse opportunities and resources including a full schedule of high interest classes that evolve with the needs of the community. With Beacon's small study spaces, classrooms, a large common room, a large open studio, a sewing room, and a maker space, Beacon provides teens a flexible and supportive environment to not only take classes they enjoy, but also to work on projects, meet with tutors, study independently or even take advantage of Beacon Community Classes.

Examples of classes recently offered for Teens:

Chemistry                                          Writing Workshop

Sociology of the Twilight Zone            The Craft of the Essay

Brain Cafe                                         Revolts and Revolutions

French, German, or Italian                 Math Labs and Tutorials

Arabic, Mandarin, or Japanese           Furniture Building

Yoga & Mindfulness                           Ancient Civilizations

Plato's Euthyphro                              Current Events and Semiotics

Urban Archeology                             Philosophy and Language

Positive Psychology                          Biology Lab: Dissection

Power to the People                         Interspecies Communication

Classes are not compulsory. We give the students the opportunity to make choices for themselves, and to decide how they can best devote their time. With our flexible model, we guide our members to use Beacon in ways that meet their personal needs. Most members take a variety of classes.

Here are a few profiles of members:

Rosanna, 17, comes to Beacon on Tuesdays and Thursdays.  She was in traditional school up until 5th grade.  She is an accomplished musician and currently plays in several local orchestras during the school year and summers. She came to Beacon three years ago and finds the academic and social aspects of Beacon equally compelling. She attended two classes at Wesleyan last year.  This fall, Rosanna was accepted by early action into an ivy league university.

Alex, 12, came out of middle school last year and was at Beacon four days a week. At school, he was getting labeled by administrators as a troublemaker and was being bullied. He said he was "bored" and "miserable" in school where he did not like anyone, or enjoy learning. At Beacon, Alex is engaged in many classes, highly verbal, happy, and has a great sense of humor. In fact, he is a sweet, kind and gentle young person. He loves the classes, has made many friends, and with his newfound time to delve into the things he enjoys, has found all kinds of new interests.  Alex frequently shares that with us that he has had "the best year of his life".

Sam, 17, has never been in traditional school and Beacon is one of his favorite places.  He loves learning, takes community college classes and has been coming to Beacon one day a week for 3 years to take a few classes and see his friends. This year, he will begin applying to 4 year colleges, intending to major in science and engineering.