Ivy Leaf, 2018

The 2nd Term is open for enrollment.

T2 Sat         Sun (Open for enrollment)
1) 11/10  11/11
2) 11/17  11/18
3) 11/24  11/25  
4) 12/1    12/2
5) 12/8    12/9
6)  12/15 12/16

T3  Sat       Sun (Not open yet)
1)   1/19    1/20
2)   1/26    1/27
3)   2/2       2/3
4)   2/9      2/10
5)   2/16    2/17
6)   2/23    2/24

T4 Sat     Sun (Not open yet)
1) 3/2     3/3
2) 3/9     3/10
3) 3/16   3/17  
4) 3/23   3/24
5) 3/30   3/31
6) 4/6     4/7

  • Each student will be designated with an advisor, who is within constant reach by email or meeting.
  • Each student with parents will have a performance review with the advisor at the end of each term.
  • All materials/handouts are inclulded.
  • Books and supplies are not included.

 From 2nd to 12th grade, this program is geared to outshine any magnet programs and private schools.

Our mission is to keep this door open to the sincere seekers for excellence.

Per-class enrollment is limited to only 2-5 students.

    For more details about this program, click here.

    We are now accepting enrollment for the new term, which only covers the following subjects (dress code required):

    • literature/writing
    • Communication/public speaking
    • Leadership

    Textbooks needed for the 2nd term:

    • Plato Six Pack:  Euthyphro, Ap;ology, kCrito, Phaedo, The Allegory of the Cave and Symposium (trans. Benjamin Jowett; Los Angeles: Enhanced Media, 2017)
      Several of Plato’s dialogues tell the important story of the manner and circumstances of the death of Socrates; his “Allegory of the Cave” presents a memorable image of how humans can be manipulated into believing impossible versions of reality. 
    • Clive S. Lewis, Mere Christianity:  A Revised and Amplified Edition … (Harper San Francisco, 2000)
      C. S. Lewis, author of the Chronicles of Narnia, was a powerful champion of Christian truth. 
    • Alexander Solzhenitsyn, One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich (trans. Ralph Parker; New York: New American Library, 2008)
      Solzhenitsyn introduced the term “the GULAG Archipelago” into everyday discourse in the West; he won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1970.  The work here indicated  was the first work of fiction in the Khrushchev years to present an unforgettable picture of life in the Stalin-era camps.

    Students will be REQUIRED to bring a short (250-400 words), handwritten evaluation of the text assigned with them to class also.  Instructor may reference other materials in class as appropriate.  Discussions will range widely, as prompted by the text.  Students can expect to be asked to find textual validation for expressed opinions, and will also be encouraged to express disagreement or a different “take” on a given question forthrightly, civilly and objectively.  Similar types of readings from the entire gamut of Western Civilization will appear in subsequent quarters, always including an initial “classic” of Greek or Roman provenance to ground that quarter’s work.  I have developed, over decades of study, a close familiarity with all of these resources.  From this depth of understanding and analysis, the students will surely learn how to engage serious IDEAS, to an extent seldom attained in any of their high school work.  In turn, therefore, they will be eminently well-prepared to express themselves confidently, concisely and persuasively in college! 

    Communication/Leadership
    Students will be introduced to the techniques of public presence and presentation. Leadership requires aura of authority and confident assertiveness in the presentation of ideas. Students will learn the art of public speaking with emphasis on increasing their public persona and gravitas with explanations on how to achieve this in physical actions and speech. Students will be shown the fundamentals of writing a speech, speaking in public, learning to graciously rise from a seat, hand shake, thank a Master of Ceremony, use humor, make a disarming joke, use eye contact, volume of speech and most of all how to project presence. Students will be shown great public speakers on You-Tube in order to model their behavior and sensibility.  
    Students will be required to bring a cell phone or video camera to record their own presentations. We will review these videos in order to refine of public presence and locate weaknesses in presentation and to strengthen the art of public speaking.  

    Students will review the elements of public presence and speech making.

    H.W. Students will prepare a 10 minute public presentation on a subject of their choice.  

    Listed below are the opennings in the 1st term (9/22 - 10/28). More are available in the 2nd term.

    1. HS Communication/Leadership (Sat 9-10:30) Mr. Snyder
    2. ES Comm./Writing (Sat 10:30-12) Mr. Snyder
    3. HS Communication/Leadership (Sat 1:00 - 2:30) Mr. Snyder
    4. ES Comm./Writing (Sat 2:30 - 4:00) Mr. Snyder

    5. HS Literature/Writing (Sat 10:30-12) Dr. Thomson
    6. MS Literature/Writing (Sat 9-10:30) Dr. Thomson
    7. HS Literature/Writing (Sat 1:00 -2:30) Dr. Thomson
    8. MS Literature/Writing (Sat 2:30 - 4:00) Dr. Thomson
    9. MS Literature/Writing (Sun 9:00-10:30) Dr. Thomson
    10. HS Literature/Writing (Sun 10:30 -12:00) Dr. Thomson

    (ES: Gr4-5 |  MS: Gr6-8  |  HS: Gr9-11)

    Great saving for registration with small credit card amount and using check payment for credit hours, which can be shared within a family.
    $1250 for 25 credit hours
    $2250 for 50 credit hours

    ES: Gr4-5 | MS: Gr6-8 | HS: Gr9-11
    Mail checks to: M&E Academy, P. O. Box 10893, Rockville, MD 20849