Activities & Field Trips

Shakespeare Competition

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

The upper level students have published The Torch, Gideon Study Center’s yearbook, for 4 years. Forty pages, hardbound and filled with — what else? — pictures & memories!

Field Trips

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.