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Afterschool Classes

We envision schools as vibrant community schools, rather than closing at 3 p.m. and going dark.

Our after-school classes are high quality and aligned to each school’s goals. The classes are offered onsite at the school and helps keep kids off the streets. We offer enrichment classes like circus skills, photography, computer blogging, gymnastics and choir. In addition, we offer classes that are more academic in nature, such as homework center, I’m Going to College, and Explorations in Math. Our goal is to help children to stay engaged in learning, motivated to succeed in school, and confident to achieve. We also see afterschool as a time for families and the community to get more engaged in our schools. We offer family events such as Literacy and Multi-cultural Nights.

Take a class

Classes are held two afternoons a week at the following schools: Hawthorne Elem, Orca K-8, John Muir Elem, Beacon Hill International, Graham Hill Elem., and Maple Elem. Classes are open to all students grades K-5, regardless of which school the student attends.

Past classes have included:

  • Chess
  • Comics and Cartooning
  • Writers Club
  • Book Craft
  • Life Skills
  • Explorations in Math
  • Mixed Media Art
  • Circus
  • Computer Blogging
  • Sustainable Planet
  • Urban Dance
  • Quilting for the Family
  • East African Cooking
  • English Language Tutoring
  • Spanish, Japanese, Chinese, Arabic (language and culture)

How it works

Powerful Learning Centers offers more than 120 classes at five schools. We harness the talent of community members to teach what they know. Some of our parents are site coordinators. A few of the classes are taught by school teachers. It’s a magical mix of generations and of neighbors.

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