Course Descriptions




BOOKKEEPING 1  (1101)                                                               KHS 

A beginning and review course in business records. Included in the course will be balance sheets, income statements, and other working papers necessary for today’s business world. Class meets for 10 sessions:  Wednesdays, 5:30-7 PM. Fee $120. Instructor: Maria Lockard.

BOOKKEEPING 2  (1202)                                                               KHS

This course is designed to extend on Bookkeeping. Topics include bookkeeping for sales, inventory, payroll and business taxes. Completion of Bookkeeping 1 is recommended. Class meets for 10 sessions:  Wednesdays, 7-8:30 PM. Fee $120. Instructor: Maria Lockard.

INTRO TO COMPUTERS 1 – Beginners (1207)                          KHS

This is a basic course designed for individuals with little or no experience. This course will introduce keyboard functions, Microsoft programs, emailing, internet navigation and web browsing. Class meets for 10 sessions: Tuesdays, 6-7:30 PM.  Fee $175. Instructor: Nickolas Brosnan

INTRO TO COMPUTERS 2 – Intermediate (1208)                     KHS

This course is designed for individuals with some experience of computers. The course will build on and broaden keyboard functions and Internet-based applications.  Completion of Intro to Computers 1 – Beginners is recommended. Class meets for 10 sessions: Wednesdays, 6-7:30 PM. Fee $175. Instructor: Nickolas Brosnan


Learn how to use word and/or excel software programs to create electronic reports.

MICROSOFT WORD  (1104)                                                          KHS

This course will highlight various functions of text documents: Tuesdays, 5:30-7 PM. Fee $175. Instructor: Maria Lockard.

MICROSOFT EXCEL  (1106)                                                          KHS

This course will highlight various applications and formulas for designing graphical spreadsheets: Tuesdays, 7-8:30 PM. Fee $175. Instructor: Maria Lockard.




This course is offered in English and emphasizes basic skills improvement in Reading, Writing, and Math. The aim of this course is to prepare enrolled participants to take either the General Education Development (GED) exam, the High School Equivalency Test (HiSET), or the Test Assessing Secondary Completion (TSAC) exam to achieve a New Jersey State-Issued High School Diploma through the New Jersey Department of Education.  The GED, HiSET, and TSAC exams are given by the New Jersey Department of Education at an approved test center.  For more information and testing centers, please visit:      In order to enroll for this HSE prep course, participants must be 18 years of age, a resident of New Jersey, and cannot be enrolled in an accredited high school.  Tues & Wed,7-9 PM. Fee $140.


The ESL courses range from beginner (level 1) to advance (level 4).  Please specify level 1, 2, 3 or 4 when registering. Conversation is a vital part is the courses. Assessment test will be given on Mon. Sept. 16 7-8 PM to determine level placement. All class levels meet for 20 sessions: Tues & Wed, 7-9 PM. Fee $140.

ESL -1 (2301) Low Beginner                                                       

Designed for the person who has limited or no knowledge of the English language. 

ESL -2 (2302) High Beginner                                               

Designed for the person who has some knowledge of the English language. Successful completion of ESL 1 – Low Beginner is recommended. 

ESL-3 (2303) Intermediate       

Designed for the person who has a foundation of the English language and wishes to learn reading and writing skills. Successful completion of ESL 2 – High Beginner is recommended.   

ESL-4 (2307) Advance 

Designed for the person who wishes to improve on their reading and writing skills. Students of this level should have mastered the language.  Successful completion of ESL 3 – Intermediate is recommended.



 Learn how to communicate with the deaf.  Sign Beginner will focus on building vocabulary, manual alphabet, facial and body movements, and culture of the Deaf community. Sign Intermediate extends further on material learned in Sign Beg. Classes meet for 10 sessions: Fee $110. Instructor: Camila Antonelli

SIGN BEGINNER (3206)  Wed. 6-7:30 PM          

SIGN INTERMEDIATE  (3207)  Wed. 7:30-9 PM    


The foreign languages listed below focus on learning vocabulary, grammar, and speaking everyday words in a conversational setting. Cultural perspectives and traditions will be explored as well. Beginner courses are offered to those with little or no background knowledge. Intermediate levels are designed for those with some knowledge and the ability to communicate. Classes meets for 10 sessions: 7:00-8:30 PM. Tuesdays, unless noted.  Fee $110.

SPANISH (3101)                                                                                   

PORTUGUESE (3103)                                                                      

FRENCH (3108)

ITALIAN (3105)



This course is ideal for those who intend or are working in a physician office or medical facility performing administrative or clinical duties.  Studied in this course are the clinical duties including basic care of patients, preparing patients for examinations, measuring and recording vital signs, and charting medical histories. The course also offers medical terminology, basic anatomy and patient behavior.  Class meets for 10 sessions: Wednesday.  7-9 PM. Fee $175. Instructor: Peggy Biondo



This class is intended for those who either have never played guitar or would like to learn how to, or those who have just begun to play and want to build on those skills. Individual as well as group instruction will be offered through a hands-on approach to learning and performing songs.  Students must bring their own guitars. Class meets for 10 sessions: Tuesdays, 7:00-8:30 PM.Fee $140. Instructor: James Berko (pictured below)


This class is intended for students who have either already taken Guitar Workshop and want to continue their learning or those with prior experience playing the guitar. The course will build off of the skills taught in Guitar Workshop and lead students towards replicating whole songs as well as creating unique pieces. Class meets for 10  sessions: Wednesdays, 7-8:30PM Starting Sept. 18 Fee $140. Instructor: James Berko

BASIC PHOTOGRAPHY (5119)        

This course is for students who have an interest in digital photography and/or 35mm black and white film photography.  Students will have hands on experience in learning how to shoot manual photography, how to compose an image, the mechanics of using a camera, shooting/developing film, and making photo prints in a darkroom.  Also, we will explore using a digital camera, editing and sharing photos via the internet. Students MUST have their own 35mm camera or digital SLR camera and will need to able to purchase supplies, such as film, paper, memory cards, etc.  A list of appropriate supplies will be provided. Class meets for 10 sessions: Tuesdays, 7:00-8:30PM. Fee $120. Instructor: Shannon Stoia



Advanced photography is a course that is available to students that already have a base knowledge of digital photography and/or analog photography. This class will allow students to apply their knowledge in the studio, darkroom, or on excursions with the group (weather permitting). There will be weekly group critiques/discussions to sharpen artistic and technical skills of students. We will explore all aspects of photography and continue building on students’ skill sets. Students who have completed the Basic Photography course are welcomed to continue learning in Advanced Photography.  Class meets for 10 sessions: Wednesdays, 7:00-8:30PM. Fee $120. Instructor: Shannon Stoia


This class is designed for people at any level, especially beginners. Explore the possibilities of pencil sketching, ink renderings or color pastels – you the artist decide.  The instructor, acting as a troubleshooter and sometimes art therapist, will encourage you to develop your individual style.  Learn the traditional approach to drawing by exploring shapes and three-dimensional shading.  Cultivate your natural talents through the use of still life and photographs. Please bring a pencil and sketchpad to the first class. Class meets for 8 sessions: Tuesdays, 7-9PM.  Starting Oct. 1 Fee $110. Instructor: Robert Policastro, website:


NEW & IMPROVED – Now With Twice The Length & Material! This course is intended for those who have little or no outdoor experience. In this course, you’ll begin by learning all the basic skills needed to enjoy the outdoors. We’ll explore fire building, tent setting, water procurement, and how to navigate terrain. Next we’ll cover gear and how to use it. Finally, you’ll learn basic first aid and what to do in wilderness emergencies. Join our class and learn the skills needed to make the outdoors a fun, safe, and unforgettable place of adventure. Class meets for 5 sessions: Wednesdays Sept. 18 to Oct. 16, 7:30-8:30 PM. Fee $60. Instructor: Nicholas Brosnan

ARTS & CRAFTS (5123)    NEW       

Let’s learn to use our hands and inspire ourselves by creating. Our Arts & Crafts course will give you the opportunity to examine ways in which you can create decorative accessories for the home as well as furniture using a variety of recycled materials. The class will explore the passion that goes into creating something unique and the feeling of accomplishment that goes along with it. Together we will examine the economical and ecological benefits to creating rather than purchasing. Class meets for 8 sessions: Tuesday, 7-8:30 P.M.  Fee $85.00. Additional Materials $40. Instructor: Sandre Rugel

FICTION WRITING I (5124)           

Like to write? Learn the basics on how to write fiction! From developing interesting characters, to constructing sound plot structure, we will be learning what it takes to write a compelling narrative within a ten week workshop. You will be writing in every class and learning how to critique work submitted by like-minded peers who share your goals and can provide valuable feedback for your own contributions. Even if all you need is a place to practice your writing, this course will definitely put your pen to paper and help develop your skills. Class meets for 10 sessions: Tuesdays. 7:30-9 PM. Fee $110. Instructor: John Ford

Fiction Writing II (5225)

 If writing a book has always been something you have wanted to do, but you’ve never had the time  well the opportunity you’ve been waiting for has arrived! One class a week, 10 weeks, we will go step by step in what it takes to start a book, write a book, and finish a book. Each student will complete a short 7-10 chapter novel by the end of the class. All ages and levels of writing welcome. If you’ve never picked up a pen, this class is for you! If you’ve been holding onto a story in your head for ages and want to see it on paper, this class is for you! Come meet new people and make new friends doing something fun that will leave you feeling good about yourself! Join Fiction II Now! Fiction II will meet on Wednesdays 7:30-9 PM. Fee $110. Instructor: John Ford (note: Fiction Writing 101 is not a prerequisite and you can join either one or both of you like!)  



This class is intended for those who are interested in having meaningful and respectful conversations about the political climate of our day.  The class will consist of an introductory overview of current political viewpoints, weekly readings on politically divisive current events, and discussions with an emphasis on respecting and appreciating opposing viewpoints.  Class meets one night a week for 8 weeks on Tuesdays 7:00-9:00 PM. Fee $60. Instructor Sean Orlowicz

VOICE-OVER CLASS (7061)                                    

You’ve heard JAMES SEAWOOD on commercials for Nike, Cholula Hot Sauce, and Army West Point, and now hear James LIVE as he illustrates how YOU can use your speaking voice for commercials, films, and videos! Whether you choose to pursue voiceovers part-time or full-time, this could be the game changer you’ve been looking for. Class meets one night: Wed. Nov. 13, 7-9 PM. Fee $25. Instructor James Seawood

 AMERICA’S BOATING COURSE (7301)                                                   

America’s Boating Course-3rd Edition. This course covers the various types of boats, required safety equipment, navigation aids, lights and sounds, anchoring, communications afloat, adverse conditions, water sports safety, trailering, personal water craft safety, and knots and lines. Upon completion, a test will be given.  Those that pass will be issued a NJ Safe Boating Certificate. A $45 fee for material, payable to the

Palisades Power Squad, will be collected at the first class.  This eight hour course will be presented in four-two hour sessions: 7-9PM. Dates TBD. Fee $20 for Kearny Adult School Registration plus $45 payable to Palisades Power Squad.

 ELDER LAW (7018)  NEW                                                                            

This class discusses the legal issues related to aging like retirement planning, Medicaid, guardianship, and estate planning. Class meets on one night: Tues., 7-8 PM. Oct. 8 Fee $10. Instructor: Daniel Jurkovic, P.C. Certified Elder Law Attorney.


Learn how Peace is Possible! with the Peace Education Program course that is 8 sessions of customized, interactive workshops that are non-sectarian. The content of each theme is based on excerpts for international talks- Peace, Appreciation, Inner Strength, Self-Awareness, Understanding, Dignity, Choice, Hope, and Contentment. Class meets Tuesdays, 7:00-8:30 PM. Starting Sept. 17 Fee $25. Instructor: Maria

 PODCAST SEMINAR (7020) NEW                                                              

A Podcast is an episodic series of digital audio or video files which a user can download and listen to. You will learn how to search, download, and listen to a podcast in your car, on your phone, or at home.  No matter what you’re into, you’ll explore how to find a show that suits you! Class meets on one night: Wed., 7:30-8:30 P.M  Fee $15. Instructor: Nickolas Brosnan

A Touch of Sugar: Diabetes Self-Management (7038)               FRONT HALL

Learning to live with diabetes can be challenging. However, the appropriate combination of diet, exercise and medications can help people who live with diabetes maintain a healthy quality of life. Join Clara Maass Medical Center to celebrate “Defeat Diabetes Month.”  Learn from experts how to gain a better understating of diabetes and strategies for living an active healthier life. Complimentary glucose screenings will be offered. This program is FREE and open to the public.Informational materials will be available in English and Spanish. Class meets on one night: Tues., 5-7 p.m  NO FEE. Date 11/12

 DEFENSIVE DRIVING –  POINT & INSURANCE REDUCTION COURSE  (9001)                              

Now you can reduce your violation points and/or auto insurance premiums! AISKAE Driving School offers the state approved 6 hour Point and Insurance Reduction Course that will reduce your violation record by 2 points.  You will also be entitled to a minimum 5% off your auto insurance for 3 years (check with your insurance co. for specifics).  The course fee includes a workbook and certificate.  Please bring a pen or pencil to class.  An additional $10 DMV data processing fee is collected during the first class. (Course can only be taken once every 5 years for point removal.).Tues& Wed., 6-9 PM. Fee $70. Dates: Dec. 3,4

 GETTING OUT OF DEBT FASTER (7053)                                              

Is your debt out of control? Is there too much month at the end of the money? Let us show you how a debt-stacking program can help you get your bills under control, paid off quicker and save you money on interest you wouldn’t have thought possible!  Then, with the interest saved…you can finally start to save for your future!  Let us show you how!  Class meets on one night: Wed., 7-8PM. Fee $10


This workshop is designed to provide information and educate about the importance of planning & providing for the future and the futures of your loved ones.  Financial coaches will demonstrate how to maximize your personal savings, defer paying taxes and effectively take control of your debts and protect what you own.  Protecting your financial future for a comfortable retirement lifestyle is a challenge during these economic times and this seminar can ease your mind. Classes meet on one night:

Seminar in English (7047)                                                                               ROOM 309

Oct. 2 7-8PM.Fee $10

Seminar in Spanish (7048)                                                                              ROOM 309

Dec. 4 7-8PM. Fee $10


Failure to plan, being uninformed and misinformation are the three root causes of the financial problems most people face. We will guide you on using smart money management techniques to help plan for your future.  Learn about the Rule of 72, Debt stacking, eliminating student loans and paying yourself first. Class meets on one night: 

Seminar in English (7052)                                                                               ROOM 309

Sept. 18 7-8 PM. Fee $10.

Seminar in Spanish  (7058)                                                                              ROOM 309

Sept. 18 8-9 PM. Fee $10.


Hypnosis is recognized by the American Medical Association for its therapeutic effects.  Through hypnosis, one can eliminate the craving for tobacco, shed unwanted pounds,  keep them safely off, and learn relaxation techniques and strategies to fall asleep easier. Below are three classes that are offered. Please bring a small pillow to ensure comfort. Reinforcement CDs are strongly recommended and available for $18.  Each session is $60. More information at

STOP SMOKING WITH HYPNOSIS (7003)                                             ROOM 310

Wed. Nov. 6:30-7:30 PM.

LOST WEIGHT WITH HYPNOSIS (7004)                                                ROOM 310

Wed. 7:30-8:30 PM.

BETTER SLEEP THROUGH HYPNOSIS (7027)                                    ROOM 310

Wed. 8:30-9:15 PM.


Jazz Funk (6106) NEW!                                                              Kearny High School

A fusion between jazz and hip hop. This class will get you moving to upbeat, popular music. You will learn choreography focusing on jazz styles that evolved over the years while incorporating popular hip hop movements. Learn about the styles of jazz from legends such as Bob Fosse and Fred Astaire, and themes from Broadway and African cultural dance. This class will be a great way to get your cardio in! This class meets Tuesdays for 10 sessions 7:00-8:00 PM. Fee $75. Instructor: Gabrielle Vella

BARRE Ballet (6107) NEW!                                                         Kearny High School

This class will target muscle groups throughout the body while incorporating basic ballet technique using ballet barres. Learn about the genre of dance while strengthening your muscles! Ballet barre focuses on repetition and consistency of movement to build technique and strength. Also, you will be able to focus on flexibility with the use of stretching on the barres. The barres support balance and resistance to gravity. This class will be a fun fusion of ballet and strength training! This class meets Tuesdays for 10 sessions 8:00-9:00 PM. Fee $75. Instructor: Gabrielle Vella


YOGA (6202)                                                                      GARFIELD SCHOOL GYM               

Yoga is the perfect method of cultivating and maintaining lifetime health for persons of all ages and physical conditions.  Strengthen your body as you rid yourself of excess weight.  Develop balance, grace and self-confidence as you relieve tension and nervousness. Please bring a mat. Garfield Gym is located at 360 Belgrove Drive. Class meets for 10 sessions:  Fee $75 for all 10 sessions. $10 for each individual session. Instructor Carrie Palamara (pictured below)

ZUMBA (6105)                                                                   GARFIELD SCHOOL GYM               

Zumba is a calorie burning dance fitness party that combines Latin and International music.  This class mixes low and high intensity movements.  It is a fun, energetic, and total workout that involves elements of cardio, strength conditioning, balance, and flexibility.  Garfield Gym is located at 360 Belgrove Drive. Class meets for 10 sessions: Tuesdays, 7-8 PM. Fee $75 for all 10 sessions. $10 for each individual session.