An exciting side benefit to homeschooling in a city with a deep appreciation for the arts is the opportunity to participate in the annual Pittsburgh Public
Theater Shakespeare Scene & Monologue Contest. During the months of January and February, students from all over western Pennsylvania prepare for and compete in the contest, designed to expose school-aged children to the works of William Shakespeare. The PPT provides the venue — the main stage of the O’Reilly Theater; schools and homeschool groups form the teams; and hundreds of students perform monologues and scenes excerpted from any of the Bard’s plays before a panel of judges. Our students have prepared scenes drawn from Much Ado About Nothing, Two Gentlemen of Verona, As You Like It, Hamlet, The Taming of the Shrew, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Macbeth. This is an extracurricular program we intend to repeat as often as we have students willing to participate!
Yearbook: The Torch
Through the year, as the tutors determine the value of a field trip and parents show willingness to help organize, Gideon Study Center students are able to take advantage of field trips arranged on “non-Gideon” days.