Silverquicken Course 1: A School of Mysteries


A secret school—that’s not like regular school. Where technology is like magic, and kids become superheroes.

The (fictional) Silverquicken School is a secret academy started in 1789 by Benjamin Franklin to train young thinkers, creators, and leaders to save the world…in their spare time!

The (real) Silverquicken School is an amazing enrichment program for 4th – 8th graders that awakens curiosity and a love of learning through fascinating puzzles, stories, and games. It encourages critical thinking, productive struggle, teamwork, and empathetic leadership.

Course 1 follows the fictional, gradually unfolding story of ten Silverquicken students who unravel a series of mysteries and learn about forces seeking to destroy their community and our world. Week to week, cliffhanger to cliffhanger, we face the same problems and challenges as the fictional students.

Working together, your kids will become a close-knit team mastering brand-new subjects, solving challenging puzzles, and learning new skills while having a lot of fun and making new friends from all over the country.

Download the Puzzle of Invitation for your child. If the puzzle sparks interest, this course will likely be a good fit.

Course Details

The course lasts 8 weeks, with weekly 1-hour meetings online of up to 10 students, led by at least one highly-qualified teacher.

Physical kits are sent to each student’s home, containing beautiful materials such as a journal, a cipher wheel carved in hardwood, secret documents sealed in wax, etc. These materials are accompanied by detailed, standards-based instructional guides.

The course is highly interdisciplinary, touching on such topics as the history and practice of cryptography, the art of rhetoric, ancient languages, logical fallacies, social psychology, mathematical non-transitivity, and probability, just to name a few.

Between live sessions, students continue to work to solve the Silverquicken story’s mysteries. Work takes anywhere from 1-3 hours per week depending on time and interest of each student. The course culminates with both collective and individual achievement, as well as reflections to identify newly awakened interests and avenues for further exploration.

Students receive two months (8 weeks) of kit materials, weekly teacher-led classes, and unique STEAM and humanities content around an original narrative. Scholarships are available for those with need — reach out to us at for scholarship information.

Our next course session begins the week of January 24, 2022

There will be no live session on Monday, February 21, in observance of the Presidents' Day holiday.
If there is not a currently scheduled day and time that works for your child, please let us know if any of the alternate times listed here might work instead. We will try our best to accommodate as best we can, depending on a variety of factors.
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