Polaris Humanities Circle
Advanced Thematic Writing & Reading Courses

Level 1: Grade 6 - Grade 10

Level 2: Graduating Seniors 

Over years of guiding students into America’s most competitive summer programs and most selective colleges, we have noticed that no matter what students' academic interests are, those with the strongest humanistic sensibilities are most capable of producing college essays with the depth and width of thought to stand out from the crowd. 

Polaris Humanities Circle aims to help the youth build a solid foundation in the humanities with the emphasis on the skills in reading, writing, and reasoning that supports their intellectual, professional, and personal pursuits in life. This innovative program is committed to helping young people acquire frameworks for understanding complex aesthetic, ethical, cultural, and historical issues ever-present in life, and to challenging them to engage with the world with an appreciation and empathy for humanity. 

This program will provide discussion-based private and small group online classes. Rather than forcing students through a one-size-fits-all experience, all courses will customize the learning plan that caters to each participant's unique learning style. Each dynamic session incorporates lectures, discussions, and other interactive activities. 

Individualized Online Classes


Reading Great Literature, Writing Your Life

Mastering Personal Essay Writing for

Successful Summer Program and College Applications

Instructor: Dr. Kemick

This course will focus on the stories that we, as writers, tell others about ourselves and our communities. Students who complete this course will gain the skills needed to execute personal essay writing that has become essential to any summer program and college application. 


When Technology Meets the Humanities

Demonstrate the potential as emerging STEM leaders
with the vision to serve humanity

Instructor: Dr. Prusko

This course will help students demonstrate their potential as emerging STEM leaders with the vision to serve humanity and apply humanities skills to their future work in STEM fields.


Great Books Writing & Reading Intensive
Build Connections with Great Minds in Human History
Refining Skills in Thinking and Communicating

Instructors: Dr. Kemick & Dr. Prusko

The inquiry-based weekly Great Books Seminar uses both modern and classical texts to help refine students’ skills in reading, thinking, and communicating. The skills and habits honed by the program — careful observation, close analysis, effective argument, imaginative comparison, and openness to ideas — provide a solid foundation for students to succeed in the complex and changing world.