After-School Programs

Thank you for your interest in Akiba-Schechter's 2018-2019 After-School Programs! This page is currently under construction. Please check back later. 


Check out our awesome offerings by clicking the links below. 

Drama | FencingSoccer | Chess | RoboticsAthletics including Girls Basketball and Boys Basketball After-Care Options including Homework Help and Kids Club

Please note the schedule for the first few weeks of the 2018-2019 school year:
  • Starting the week of Aug 28: Kids Club only, no Late Bus.
  • Starting the week of Sept 4: Late Bus, Homework Help and the rest of the after-school programs begin.


If you love musical theater, this class is for you! Come explore the foundations of theater with fun drama games, acting, improvisation, music and movement. This class encourages a positive self-image and helps students take risks on stage while building confidence on stage and off. In this unique class format, students will collaborate to create their very own play using their favorite songs from popular shows as a jumping-off point. They will improvise a script and create a cohesive storyline that connects these songs into a musical of their own creation that they will perform on the last day of each session (Dec 17 & May 20) for family and friends.
Day: Mondays, 3:30-4:25 p.m., September 17, 2018, through May 20, 2019.
Instructor: Dream Big Performing Arts
Students: 6 minimum, 15 maximum in Kindergarten through 4th grades.
Cost: $XXX (materials included).

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The soccer program is operated by Super Soccer Stars and hosted by the Hyde Park JCC. Coaches will come to Akiba-Schechter to escort students to and from the HPJCC. All Super Soccer Stars classes are based on age-specific curricula created by a combination of early childhood, soccer and behavioral specialists to guarantee that each child is learning and having a blast from the moment the whistle blows.
Days: Tuesdays, 3:30-4:25 p.m. Click here for details and to register.
Instructor: Super Soccer Stars
Students: all skill levels and open to the community. 

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Students learn basic fencing skills including footwork, bladework, tactics, strategies, rules, etiquette and safety. They play games, learn skills, perform drills and fence actual bouts during club time in a fun and safe environment. Coach Sara Price is a former national champion and former member of the United States Fencing National Coaching Development staff.

Days: Tuesdays (foil) and/or Thursdays (sabre), 3:30-4:25 p.m. 
Instructor: Coach Sara Price
Location: Loeb Hall
Students: 6 minimum, 14 maximum each day.
Foil: 3rd – 8th graders. Sabre: 4th – 8th graders with at least one year of prior fencing experience.

School-Year Costs (equipment rental fee included):

  • Tuesdays (foil): $600
  • Thursdays (sabre): $480
  • Tuesdays & Thursdays: $1080


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Robot Coding
Give your student a head start on coding and game-building principles with Robot Coding — and let their creativity run wild. In this program the students will be working with some of the newest programmable STEM robots for children. This will allow kids to learn through guided play in an exploratory and encouraging workshop environment. We emphasize pressure-free creativity, with a focus on discovery and fun!
Days: Wednesdays, 3:30-4:25 p.m., September 13 through December 20, 2017, with the option to continue the rest of the school year.
Instructor: Robot City Workshop
Students: 8 minimum, 18 maximum in kindergarten – 4th grades. If enough students enroll we will divide the class in half based on grade levels. 
Cost Fall 2017: $275 (materials included).


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The Akiba-Schechter Orchestras perform at a variety of events and celebrations. The Cadet Orchestra is for students with one year of string instrument experience (or at the discretion of the director). Participants continue to develop right-hand skills (different bowing techniques and plucking), left-hand skills (using their left-hand fingers to make different notes), reading music and playing songs in a group setting. String players with more orchestra experience should enroll in the Varsity Orchestra. Students play challenging pieces while improving their technical and ensemble skills. Except for bass players, students must supply their own instruments. Rental programs are available. Home practice and private or semi-private lessons are strongly recommended. LOOKING FORWARD TO ANOTHER FUN YEAR OF MUSIC-MAKING! 
Days: Tuesdays: Varsity Orchestra; Thursdays: Cadet Orchestra. Both days 3:30-4:25 p.m. NOTE SCHEDULE CHANGE FROM LAST YEAR.
Instructor: Rhea Basa
School-Year Cost: $300.

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Tell us what other sports you want here.


Girls Basketball

Practice Days: Mondays and/or Wednesdays, October 16, 2017, though February 2018 (exact date TBD), both days 3:30-4:25 p.m. Time commitment includes away games, yet to be scheduled.
Instructor: Coach Justin Millner
Students: 8 minimum in 5th through 8th grades.
Cost $300


Boys Basketball

Practice Days: Mondays and/or Wednesdays, October 16, 2017, though February 2018 (exact date TBD), both days 3:30-4:25 p.m. Time commitment includes away games, yet to be scheduled.
Instructor: Coach Justin Millner
Students: 8 minimum in 5th through 8th grades.
Cost $300

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After-Care Options:

Kindergarten through eighth graders can stay for after-care most Mondays through Thursdays from 3:30 to 4:25 p.m. Check the school calendar on ParentsWeb for details. Homework Help is available for third through eighth graders. Kindergarten through second graders attend Kids Club. Kosher pareve snacks, including fresh fruit, are provided in both places. 

Costs: Prepayment for the school year: $850. Pay as you go: $15. Students may stay from 4:30 to 5:15 p.m. in Kids Club regardless of grade for an additional $10 per day. 

Homework Help

For those students who wish to complete their homework in school and receive assistance, Mr. Esse is available to help. He has taught at Akiba for seven years, working with first through eighth graders on subjects including math, science, social studies and language arts. He is well-versed in the Akiba curriculum and has a terrific rapport with the students!
Days: Mondays through Thursdays 3:30-4:25 p.m., from Tuesday, September 5, 2017 through Thursday, May 31, 2018.
Instructor: Joe Esse
Students: 3rd-8th grades

Kids Club
Kids  Club is a safe and engaging environment for those younger students who stay later. Children can read, use computers, play on the playground (weather-permitting), socialize, have a snack and generally unwind from the school day. 
Days: Mondays through Thursdays 3:30-5:15 p.m., from Monday, August 28, 2017 through Thursday, June 7, 2018.
Instructors: Mondays, Tuesdays & Thursdays: Thea Crook. Wednesdays: Chani Harris
Location: Library or Playground (weather-permitting)

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Please note:

  • Classes will not meet when there is an early dismissal or when school is not in session. Check the school calendar on ParentsWeb for details.
  • Please remember to email the front desk when there is a change in your child(ren)‘s after-school plans.
  • Our After-School Programs are open to the community! Share this information with friends outside of Akiba-Schechter!

See you after school!


Elisa Aranoff

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Last updated 7/22/18