Enrichment Courses

As student prepare for college through academic classes, we also encourage students to take courses outside of their traditional coursework. Enrichment classes offer students the opportunity to explore the fine arts, participate in athletic programs, attend tutoring sessions, and expand their general knowledge on other academic subjects. Enrichment courses are offered both at Golder College Prep and at several outside organizations.  All enrichment courses occur outside of the traditional school schedule. Students must earn a minimum of 25 hours in order to receive a credit (.25) and cannot earn more than 100 hours (1.00 credit) of enrichment from an organization. Because enrichment courses are a learning opportunity for college, employment and paid internships do not count towards a student's enrichment graduation requirement.

List of Enrichment Classes:

Spring 2013 Courses

TaeKwonDo: Learn the basics of this Korean martial art. Students will work on fitness and basic techniques. At the end, students will demonstrate their mastery of skills, break some boards, and test for their yellow belt.

Teacher: Mr. French

Pep Squad: Students will participate in various activities that will demonstrate and promote school spirit - GO PANTHERS!!!  Activities include, but are not limited to, cheering on the spring sports teams at their games, making motivational posters, decorating lockers, creating and leading cheers/chants at the games, etc. Students will also learn the basic rules of all spring sports that are attended.

Teacher: Ms. O'Neil

Enrichment Zine: Students who are part of the GCP Art and Literary Zine will publish short stories, poetry, essays, and artwork in a variety of medias.  Students will work with local writing organizations and professionals, and take field trips to local bookstores that sell and publish zines. This is an enrichment opportunity for writers, poets, artists, designers, photographers, and more!

Teacher: Ms. Noonan

Panther Book Club: At the age of 16, all children in Chicago must choose what faction they will forever be part of.  The choice is weighty, do you stay within the faction you were born into, or do you choose to leave forever and become part of a different group?  “Divergent” is the first installment of a three-book series, in which readers are transformed into a world where each decision made will forever effect you, your loved ones, and the ultimately, the type of world you live in. The Panther Book club is a place where all Golder students will come together to read and discuss Veronica Roth's New York Times Best-Seller, "Divergent", as well as explore other peices of literature that continue to influence pop-culture today.

Teacher: Ms. Samborski

Youth Investment: How to manage, invest, and make money : We often hear about things like the Stock Market, e-trading, and credit cards—but what are these things, really? More importantly, what can having a solid foundation in financial management do for your future?  We will explore the world of personal finance and stock market investment, and we even get to meet with professionals from Magnetar Capital, an investment firm here in Chicago.  At the end of the course, each student will create a stock portfolio using the knowledge they've gained.

Teacher: Mr. Walker

Shifting Paradigms, A Philosophical Approach to Undefining Reality : In this class, students will have the opportunity to discuss how humans define their surroundings.  Controversial topics like: the existence of evil, the search for happiness, the root of fear, the nature of human relationships, and true love will be discussed.  Our goal is to build a solid mental framework in which we can become true observers of our world, therefore, giving more authenticity to our actions.  (In short, I want our brains to hurt after every class).  If you ever wondered about ANYTHING, and wanted to ask WHY, now is your chance.

Teacher: Mr. Bartolo

Introduction to French Language : Through the use of games, media, and songs, you'll learn to speak the basics of French Language. You will learn to greet others, make polite conversation en francais, and know some basics of reading and writing in French! In addition, we will learn more about cultural experiences found in Francophone (or French-speaking) countries around the world. This class is recommended for outgoing students who love to speak new languages, learn news things, and who want to travel!

Teacher: Ms. Savage

TaeKwonDo Team - Sport: *For returning TaeKownDo members only*

Teacher: Mr. French

Gu-Zheng : Students will gain beginning and intermediate mastery of playing the gu-zheng in small group setting.  This group will become one of the elite performing groups in the Performing Arts Conservatory at Golder College Prep.

Teacher: Mr. Bartolo

Improv Club : This class is for any student interested in learning about the art form of improv acting. They will improve their spontaneity, creativity, and characterization skills. They will learn the concept of “Yes, and…”, teamwork, and most importantly having fun working as a team.

Class will culminate with a performance for students and faculty to watch. Recommended for those interested in comedy, acting, and writing.

Teacher: Mr. Hibbeler

Fall 2013 Courses

TaeKwonDo:  The enrichment gives beginners (white belts) a chance to study traditional taekwondo, the martial art of Korea. This encompasses basic techniques, patterns, one-steps, self-defense, board breaking, and fitness. By the end of this enrichment, students will test for their yellow belt and be given the opportunity to join the school's taekwondo team.

Teacher: Mr. French

Improv Club: Want to better your public speaking? Want to try some basic acting? Want to have fun? Improv is a form of theater where most or all of what is performed is created at the moment it is performed. In its purest form, the dialogue, the action, the story and the characters are created collaboratively by the players as the improvisation unfolds.

Teacher: Mr. Hibbeler

Yearbook: Students will create and design the Golder yearbook for 2013-2014. In addition, students will take pictures of school events and activities throughout the year, and learn the proper layout designs to create an organized yearbook.

Teacher: Mr. Ortiz

Panther Book Club: Do you love to read books and watch the movies that they were made from (Like Twilight, The Notebook, Harry Potter, or even Mean Girls?) The Book Club will meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays to read and discuss "The Secret Life of Bees" by Sue Monk Kidd. We will also watch the accompanying movie.

Teacher: Ms. Burba

Golder Green Club: Students will work together to make Golder more Green! Our primary responsibility will be to overlook the Golder Recycling Initiative. In the classroom, students will work to understand climate change and how it is affected by human activities. We will then evaluate our own activities to see how we can work together for a more sustainable future!

Teacher: Mr. Jamil

Pep Squad: Students will participate in various activities that will demonstrate and promote school spirit - GO PANTHERS!!!  Activities include, but are not limited to, cheering on the spring sports teams at their games, making motivational posters, decorating lockers, creating and leading cheers/chants at the games, etc. Students will also learn the basic rules of all spring sports that are attended.

Teacher: Ms. O'Neil