Enrichment Classes

Spring 2017 Enrichment Dates

Classes begin on Monday, March 6. Enrichment classes will not be held on Mountaintop school holidays, guide work days or conference days. This session, there will be no Enrichment over Spring Break (April 3-7).

**Spring 2017 Enrichment Sign-Up Deadline: February 27**

Sign-up is online: please use this link to sign up for Enrichment. 

In order to let the enrichment instructors know if their classes have reached full enrollment, enrichment registration will close on Monday, February 27. You will receive an email by March 1 confirming your child's place in the class.


Course Offerings

For Little Hands, Little Feet and Little Ears: 

Songs, Stories and Dance with Laura
Does your child love to pretend and make up stories? In this class we will create our own stories while incorporating songs and dances. As we go on our musical adventures we will practice and build on musical concepts and skills. 

* Open to Children's House students & Intro to CH students
* Guide: Laura Leva
* Mondays (no class 4/10)
* 4:00 - 5:00 pm 
* $140
* Ends May 22

Art with Emily
This class is designed to help children develop a love of art from an early age. Come play in the art space with Emily on Tuesday afternoons and open your mind to the wonders of creativity! Note: This class will begin on October 4.

* Open to Children's House students
* Guide: Emily Hunt
* Tuesdays
* 4:00 - 5:00 pm
* $170 (includes $30 materials fee)
* Ends May 16

Children's House Spanish with Ali
Children will experience the language while we listen to stories, sing, dance, play games, and do crafts all the while learning to speak Spanish.

* Open to Children's House students
* Guide: Ali Sullivan
* Wednesday
* 4:00 - 5:00 pm
* $140
* Ends May 17

Classes for Big Kids:

Hooping with Debby
Experiment with movement using hoops! Students will make their own hoops, then we will explore movement qualities, increase body awareness, and create our own choreography together.

* Open to elementary and middle school students
* Guide: Debby Norton
* Mondays
* 4:00 - 5:00 pm
* $155 (includes $15 materials fee)
* Ends May 15

Chickapig Team
What is Chickapig? A fun board game locally developed that mixes strategizing, coalition building, and luck. Playing the game successfully allows children of different ages to interact and build problem-solving skills in a fun social setting. The class will culminate in a tournament between local independent schools.

* Open to elementary & middle school students
* Guide: Judah Brownstein
* Mondays
* 4:00 - 5:15 pm
* $175
* Ends May 15

Bowmaking with Peter Yencken
Peter Yencken is an experienced traditional bowyer and craftsman who has taught traditional wilderness crafts in the US and Australia for more than 15 years. In this class, students will learn to make a traditional wooden bow using only hand tools. They will learn the basic rules of bow safety while learning about the generations of humans who relied on the tool for survival. Returning students to this class may choose from a variety of handmade projects to craft.

* Open to elementary students
* Guide: Peter Yencken
* Tuesdays
* 4:00 - 5:15
* $190 (Includes $15 materials fee)
* Ends May 16

Nature Club with Pat
Nature Club will quench your child's thirst for nature connection and being a wild child. We will practice awareness of our surroundings, build nature forts, eat fresh food from the garden, make herbal tea, learn woodland skills, play on nature's jungle gym, forage for safe and easy-to-identify wild edibles, make tools, practice camouflaging, observe wildlife, and follow the children's seasonal interests. Each class will be a celebration of nature's gifts of the moment! 

* Open to elementary and middle school students 
* Guide: Pat McCafferty 
* Wednesdays (no class 4/19)
* 4:00 - 5:15 pm 
* $175
* Ends May 24

Art Exploration with Emily H. 
Your child's creativity is the limit as students spend an afternoon exploring exciting art materials in the studio with art instructor Emily Hunt. Create new projects involving different media including paint, clay, sculpture wire, fabric, jewelry making, sculpey, or go in depth with your favorite technizue.

* Open to elementary and middle school students 
* Guide: Emily Hunt
* Wednesdays
* 4:00 - 5:15 pm 
* $205 (includes $30 materials fee) 
* Ends May 17

African Dance with Lillie
Learn the basics of West African dance, including how the dancer communicates with the drummer. Each week we'll learn 5 or 6 moves, then take them up and down the floor in single lines. At the end of the class we have a bonte-bunt circle in which everyone can go for a solo practicing that day's moves. Classes are accompanied by live drumming! 

* Open to elementary and middle school students
* Guide: Lillie Williams
* Thursdays
* 4:00 - 5:00
* $140
* Ends May 18

African Drumming with Darrell
Master drummer Darrell Rose comes once again to share his talents with Mountaintop! Students will experience the joy of African Drumming while learning the nuances of ensemble work. Darrell will share not only his musicianship, but his knowledge of teh history of drumming and its rich oral tradition.

* Open to elementary and middle school students 
* Guide: Darrell Rose
* Thursdays
* 4:00 – 5:00 pm 
* $140
* Ends May 18

Frequently Asked Questions

Who can participate?
Each instructor defines an age range for the courses he or she teaches which is described in the course listing. Spaces are available to current Mountaintop students first and then to siblings of Mountaintop students, Mountaintop alumni and students from other schools or homeschoolers as available.

How do I sign up?
For group classes, complete the registration form available here.

Why is the cost different for each enrichment class?

Costs for each class are determined by the length of class, the number of sessions offered, and the cost of necessary materials for a given class. The number of sessions may vary for each class based on the school calendar or the instructor's schedule.

What if I need Financial Assistance?

Families who currently qualify for financial aid can request a scholarship to offset a portion of the class fee associated with one enrichment class per child. Please contact Becky Harris to submit this request.

My Mountaintop student will have 15, 30 or 45 minutes between his or her usual dismissal time and the start of his or her enrichment class. What should we do?

All enrichment students will be collected by a staff member and taken to the gym, where they can enjoy a healthy snack from home. Enrichment instructors will pick their classes up from the gym. If you need your child to go to aftercare at the end of their class, please sign them up through the Mountaintop Office. You will be billed for this additional time in Aftercare through the business office.

Payment and Refund Policy
Fees for group classes will be processed through the FACTS payment system after the first class. Families who withdraw will only be eligible for a pro-rated fee for classes attended before the second session of the registered class. After this time, all registrants will be charged the full class price. If you have any questions about this system, please contact Becky Harris




If you have any further questions, please contact Laura Leva via email or by phone at (434) 979-8886.