Beyond the traditional required courses such as Global History, Algebra, and Chemistry; Lyons also offers a variety of classes designed to help students obtain the required credits for graduation, deepen their understanding about content covered in their regular classes, experience all the resources our city has to offer, and explore topics that interest them.
Current MAP Classes (electives):
NYC in Film: Analyze great films (from old to new) set in New York City. Write critical responses to these films. Learn the language of film. Plan, write, and direct your own documentary. DO NOT expect to just "watch movies." This class is intended to be a college-like exploration of film-making. It's not easy to make your own short film--the final project will be a lot of work, but also a lot of fun!
Photography 101: This class will introduce students to how to compose, shoot and edit a photograph. Students will read and research works by famous photographers and will travel around the city to create images. Among the assignments students will complete are a research paper, a photo story and a series of portraits of various objects and individuals. Interested students should be prepared to travel at least twice a month. (Art credit)
Business and Baking: Learn the basics of running a small business, such as accounting, marketing, and management. Learn how to find recipes and use them to bake with care and precision. Be prepared to do reading and math every week, related to recipes, measurements, and money.
Zoology: The field studies course in zoology is meant to help students make connections with urban wildlife through hands-on experience, research, and exploration of our city.
Strength Between Mind & Body: This class introduces students to the imporantce of being present. We will explore exercising our bodies through establishing the mind and body connection.
On the Road:
Open Studio: The purpose of Open Studio is to give students the time, space, and resources to pursue their personal art projects.
Lyons Needs Theater: Welcome to the Lyons’ Needs Theatre Company! Our theatre program is designed to build your presentation skills, develop your voice, improve your memory and increase your confidence. We will answer the question: what words and practices connect actors all over the world? Through games, scene rehearsals, and participation in the Spring productions, you will be on your feet, learning how a professional company works.
Sewing: This course is designed to introduce students to clothing design. Students will learn how to use a sewing machine, follow a pattern, and create their own patterns.
Photography 101: The goal of this MAP is to bring students together through the art of photography and inspire each other to create and capture images. Through a mixture of group, pair and individual photography activities, students learn to use, compact cameras, expanding their knowledge of how to capture, review and edit images.
Ceramics: This class introduces students to the ancient craft of working with clay. Students will experience hand-building techniques including pinch, coil, and slab. Wheel throwing is introduced with expectations for basic levels of achievement, including cylinder, bowl, and plate forms.
Spanish for Native Speakers - In this class students explore their own heritage as well as the history, culture and arts of all Spanish-speaking countries and communities around the world. On most Thursday afternoons we go on field trips to Spanish-speaking neighborhoods, community organizations that serve Spanish-speaking communities and galleries and museums to experience the various cultures of Spanish-speaking communities around the city and the world.