Students participate in a rich variety enrichment courses each day. Enrichment courses are developed and led by clinical staff, providing students with the opportunity to explore their interests, while developing competence in the areas of social, emotional, academic and independent living skills. Commonly offered enrichments include: Music, Child Development, Art, Improvisational Theatre, Life Skills, Positive Leadership, Health, Yoga, Sports and Fitness, Media Analysis, College Planning and Cognitive Strategies.
Sample Enrichment Descriptions:
Cognitive Strategies – The overall goal of this class is to increase students’ independent learning skills. Students will learn strategies to support skills such as: organization, time management, self-monitoring, planning, study strategies, and problem solving. Students will gain an understanding of their own learning profile, set goals, and learn executive function strategies. Students will be given the opportunity within this class to practice these strategies and apply them to their current academic work
Cooking – In this class, students work in small groups to prepare recipes. Students are encouraged to navigate the recipe as a group, to seek help as needed and to work cooperatively to make a finished product within a specified time frame. The last portion of class is reserved for sharing their creations with one another and as an opportunity for social conversation. In addition, students are encouraged to step outside their comfort zones to try new foods!
Expressive Art for grades 10-12 – This art class is designed to be a mix of structured art assignments and open studio for students in grades 10-12 (a separate section is offered for students in grades 7-9). In the first half of the course, students will create art projects based on an assignment. As the year progresses, students will have the opportunity to explore art materials on their own.
Improvisational Theatre- In class, students participate in a wide variety of silly, challenging, and entertaining improvisational theatre games which are designed to introduce actors to the basic skills needed for improvisation and collaboration on stage. Each class period, students discuss different aspects of dramatic skills and how those skills can relate to, reflect upon, and assist us in social interactions.
Mindfulness and Meditation – This group learns and practices different relaxation techniques such meditation, guided imagery, deep breathing and progressive muscle relaxation. There will be opportunities for students to bring in their own strategies to share with the class, such as music they find calming or techniques they have learned previously.
Music and Culture – This is a discussion based course that explores a variety of music traditions from across the globe. Taught from an ethnomusicological perspective, music will be understood as complex cultural expression, intensely invested with social, artistic, economic and political meanings. This course seeks to advance knowledge of not only what happens in musical performance, but why. More than mere entertainment, or simply notes on a printed page, music comes alive through an understanding of the people who create and express it.
Positive Leadership – This required elective course is designed for new students in grades seven through nine. Through exposure to a variety of resources and activities which include the Steps to Respect program, exploration of various bullying literature and websites, community projects and field trips, students will learn up-to-date, research based bullying prevention concepts and strategies. These strategies will aim to provide students with the tools necessary to more effectively manage both direct and indirect bullying situations and/or will give students an opportunity to reflect upon and openly discuss with each other the topic of bullying and ways to prevent it. Through various positive leadership activities, students will work together in this group toward building a greater sense of community and positive school culture in their first year at NEA.
Strength and Conditioning – This enrichment is an opportunity for students to enhance their physical strength, stamina and overall fitness level through physical exercise. Students will be instructed in a variety of exercise techniques including weight lifting, cardio vascular exercise and stretching. The goal of this class is to give students an in-school work out as well as a routine that they can do at home or in the gym.
Volleyball – This gym class will consist of skill practice and education around how to play volleyball. You will learn proper techniques to serve, bump, set, and spike the ball. We will have scrimmages along with practicing the fundamentals of play.
World Drumming – This class will be all about learning and performing world rhythms from West Africa and the Middle East. Students of all ability and experience levels are welcome to join this class, and we will be looking to develop a world drumming repertoire to perform at school events.
Women’s Group – This group will offer girls the opportunity to come together and discuss various topics in an open forum that is both safe and supportive. Together, with the support of group leaders, the members will establish a set of group “rules” that each member will abide by in the hopes of creating a comfortable place for girls to talk about the topics that matter to them.