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Master List of Extracurricular Classes, by Subject

It's always time to look into extracurricular opportunities for kids! Below we have easy links to classes, organized by subject. Many organizations have put their individual classes on the new KOA Class Calendar, but some have not. No matter, we have links both to organizations that provide the types of classes you're looking for, plus links to the class calendar by subject for those who have posted individual class details.

Your kids can take all kinds of classes!

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Home Schooling Organizations Class Calendar
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Special Needs Organizations Class Calendar
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Parenting Organizations Class Calendar
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The following providers of extracurricular programs have chosen to be featured on this page:

Academic Enrichment & General Classes

AC EncoreAllendale Columbia: Hosted by Allendale Columbia School, AC Encore provides before school and after school extracurricular opportunities for students from all area schools. This quarter's classes include: Fairies, Mermaids and Pixie Dust, Mandarin Chinese, Learn to Knit, Fencing for Beginners and Advanced Beginners, Watercolor Painting with Mixed Media, Page-Turner Book Club, Golf Squad, P.E. Fun and Games, Piano Lessons, Private Violin and Viola Instruction. Visit www.AllendaleColumbia.org/ACEncore for more information and to register by September 6, and stay tuned throughout the year as new classes will be offered each quarter! .
 

You don't have to be a Harley student to take Harley's After School programs! Classes are taught by our own teachers and selected coaches and instructors from Rochester's clubs and organizations. Fall 2013 classes planned are: Chinese (Mandarin), basketball, karate, Legos for girls, golf squad, squash, world drumming, gamelan, string ensemble, dance, swimming, chess, fencing, sculpture, painting, and music lessons in oboe, piano, flute, saxophone, trumpet, trombone, violin, viola, cello, upright bass, voice, and guitar. Classes run for 8 weeks; fees vary. Busing is available from most districts. Visit www.harleyschool.org for more information.



ArtsROCArtsROC in Pittsford, on the corner of French Road and Monroe, offers an innovative after-school program that provides kids with the chance to learn, play, and explore their creativity, all under one roof. In addition to top-notch childcare, we offer kids the opportunity to study music, languages, and dance with our qualified staff. Outside of lessons, students can choose to participate in creative building challenges using our extensive collection of LEGOs and take part in art and crafting activities. Visit www.artsroc.net to find out more, or contact us (218-9125, [email protected]) to schedule a tour!


Come to ZooClass! The Seneca Park Zoo offers classes for 2-, 3- and 4- & 5-year-olds. These 45-minute or 1-hour classes introduce your child to many different animals, as well as topics like Animal Sounds or Animal Colors. Every month, we offer a class for each age group and meet an animal in the classroom. Many times, this animal is even touchable! We’ll also read a story, sing songs, have a snack and make a craft. Our ZooClass program is an enriching opportunity that will spark your child’s interest in the natural world and enable them to feel comfortable around all types of animals. Not only does ZooClass allow little ones to meet new Zoo animals, they also have a chance to make some human friends as well! Classes can be taken as a series or individually. Sign up today and get ready for a “wild” time – visit www.senecaparkzoo.org for details on available classes.


 

College Prep, Testing, & Tutoring


At Sylvan, learning doesn’t just happen because you open a textbook. Learning is Personal. Learning is what happens when a mind connects with a single lesson. It’s that magic moment when a concept clicks, when the light goes on, or when your child finally understands the answer to that long-elusive math problem. Creating these moments is what we do best. Moreover, it takes a special kind of teacher to personally connect students to every lesson, every time. All of this detail might sound exhausting to some, but it’s exactly what we love. Sylvan offers personalized programs in reading, math, writing, study skills, homework support. SAT®/ACT prep, NYS Regents prep, Science, Foreign Language and more. Locations in Greece, Pittsford, Webster, and Canadaigua.

Imagine having your own personal guidance counselor, academic coach, advocate, motivational mentor, school liaison, and college planner all-in-one! Selective College Acceptance Counseling provides college concierge services, which ensure maximum college-readiness at EVERY stage on the road to college (Grades 6-12).  We will be by your side to assist you with ANY issues or concerns that arise throughout your child's pre-college years! Three main programs: Ready to Accelerate (Grades 6-10) (organization, homework & test-taking skills, and many others); Scholarship & Leadership Cultivation (Grade 11) provides personal academic guidance through the crucial junior year, and The Uncommon Applicant (Grade 12) provides expert navigation of every step in the college application process, from selecting schools, writing essays, applying, and finding scholarship dollars to submitting the FAFSA, negotiating offers and choosing the best fit college! 


Rochester-based Chariot Learning is famous for expert, in-home, individualized SAT & ACT prep. But did you know that we also offer academic coaching and success skills for high school students? Add in our SAT/ACT Starter Classes, Roots2Words vocabulary program, free proctored practice tests, and College Essay Clinics, and you can see why so many families choose Chariot Learning to help smooth out the often rocky road to college. Visit our website to find out how we can help you!


 

Language (Foreign & Sign)
 

 

Get the competitive edge: learn German! Deutsche Schule Rochester, the official German School of Rochester, has classes for kids from pre-school age through adults on Saturdays, September thru June. We welcome both native speakers and learners of German as a foreign language. Our orientation Day is September 7th at 111 North Chestnut Street, in the Lutheran Church of the Reformation. Contact us via phone at 585-598-9004 or via email at [email protected] for more information. If you or your child might be interested, see our web site at www.DeutscheSchuleRochester.org.


RocCity Signers™ offers American Sign Language (ASL) classes to students of all ages.  RocCity Babies™ classes introduce our littlest learners, ages 0-3 years, to ASL vocabulary through song and play, allowing them to communicate through sign before they can through speech.  RocCity Kiddos™ classes give children, ages 3-11 years, a wider ASL vocabulary base, helping them engage their world kinesthetically and solidify age-appropriate academic concepts.  RocCity Babies™ and Kiddos™ classes are taught by master Signing Time™  instructor, Susan Rizzo.  Susan, owner/founder of RocCity Signers™, has degrees in deaf education and linguistics, began teaching ASL to parents and kids in 2004 and has used ASL with her own sons since 2007.  Finally, RocCity Grown-ups™ classes, taught by native signers, shepherd students, ages 12 and older, along an ASL continuum, helping them explore language and culture in an integrated way.  Don’t be the last person in Rochester to learn to sign.  Visit www.roccitysigners.com and contact [email protected] or (585) 969-3ASL today about classes, workshops, in-services and more!

TINY HANDS TALK TO ME: Are you looking for fun, interactive and educational classes for you and your baby? Then you will want to check out the classes offered by Tiny Hands Talk To Me. Since 2006, Baby Sign Language Instructor Linda Schmackpfeffer has been teaching parents and caregivers of hearing babies how to have fun and successfully communicate with each other, by using simple American Sign Language Signs (ASL).  Research shows that hearing babies, who use a few simple ASL signs, can communicate before they can talk, speak sooner, are less frustrated, and have larger vocabularies. If you would like more information please click on the link or you can contact Linda at 259-1304 or email [email protected]

 


 


Art

Memorial Art Gallery Creative Workshop! Your child can make beautiful art at MAG! The Memorial Art Gallery's Creative Workshop offers a wide variety of skill-based drawing, painting, ceramic and sculpture classes for children on Saturdays and Thursdays during the school year. Artist instructors teach art making fundamentals, include visits to the Gallery in their classes, and teach kids to solve problems like artists do: creatively, diligently, and with gusto. Check out our full brochure at http://mag.rochester.edu/creativeworkshop/, join us for two full days of an Open House at our M&T Clothesline Festival September 7th and 8th, or call 585-276-8959 for more information.


 

Music

Hochstein School of Music & Dance, 50 N. Plymouth Ave, Rochester, (585) 454-4596. Every day, our students take part in a journey of learning from a richly talented, experienced faculty. Sharing this journey with you is what we're all about. Gather with us! Play - Sing - Move - Learn! And tap in to your own, unique creative spirit!  Individual and group classes in music and dance from toddlers through adults. Ensembles, troupes, orchestras, choruses, and bands enrich both performers and the community. Hochstein School. Gathering Place of the Creative Spirit. Click here for our Fall 2013 class and workshop schedule, and here for ensembles and other performing groups.


Nazareth College Department of Music's Community Music Program offers private lessons in piano, voice, strings, guitar (acoustic and electric), woodwinds, brass, and percussion to students of all ages and backgrounds. Incoming students are matched with faculty who are highly trained and accomplished professionals, and whose focus is on the encouragement and careful development of their students' musical capabilities. Performance opportunities are available throughout the year in Wilmot Recital Hall. To learn more about the Community Music Program, please visit http://www.naz.edu/music/community-music-program or call 585-389-2566.


Kinney Music Studio, Pittsford: Private CELLO, piano & alto/tenor saxophone lessons offered in a flexible & comfortable home studio setting near Clover/Calkins Roads. Thorough & enjoyable musical training on a variety of instruments is all available in one place, within a mile of both of Pittsford's Middle Schools and Mendon Center Elementary. Homeschoolers, preschoolers and adults students welcome for daytime weekday lessons! Flexible schedule and payment plans are available and all learning styles welcome, ages 4-100, with seasonal recital opportunities. Kinney Music Studio also offers piano accompaniment services, and audition coaching for elementary & middle school students preparing for theatrical, vocal, chamber music, & orchestral opportunities. Phone: 978-804-9543, e-mail [email protected].  Find us on FB at www.facebook.com/KinneyMus.


Do Re Mi Voice and Piano Lessons from Misty Irwin: Lessons for beginners through intermediate, for voice and piano starting at age 5 through adult. Classes for the 2013-2014 year start September 9, or any time during the year. Misty offers private lessons for both homeschoolers and those who are traditionally schooled, for those preparing for auditions, for those who have never thought they could sing and want to learn the basics, for those looking for the confidence to start trying out for shows or have done school plays and want to take it to the next level... Misty is great at helping a student find his or her potential and ideal pace in the arts! For more information, rates, or to schedule a sample lesson, email [email protected] or call 585-683-0156.


Excelsior Brigade Fife & Drum Corps is a FREE music education and performance program that is offered to kids age 10 and up and adults who are interested in music from 19th-century America: Primarily Civil War-era music, but also music from the War of 1812 and the American Revolution. Everything about this group is free: Weekly lessons/rehearsals are on Wednesday evenings from 6pm-7:30 in East Rochester or Perinton (a mentoring process from more experienced musicians in the corps). Instruments and uniforms are provided free of charge. There is no fundraising, and no musical experience is required to start! Even better, once a performer reaches a certain level, he or she is paid to participate in performances and parades. Interested kids and adults (musical historical reenactment is often a family hobby) should check out http://fifedrum.org/excelsior/ and contact Ken Barlow at [email protected] for more information or to sign up to attend a sample practice.


Amadeus Chorale = Singing with the RPO + sign language performances + classical training + age-appropriate choirs + Columbus Day camp.  WolfGang is the all-guy choir! Cantorei Singers are the high school women.  Concert Choirs in Victor and Spencerport for grades 2 through 8. Grace Notes program for ages 4, 5, 6. National TV, Hawaii, Buffalo Bills game? Been there! Come sing with us in our 18th season. THE place for your talented singer! No lengthy audition. “Kid-magnet” Director Darla Bair can tell quickly if your child sings in tune!  Call or write for voice placement before it slips your mind. 585-494-1795   [email protected]. Check www.theamadeuschorale.org  for more details.


 

Theater


Spotlight Studios is dedicated to the education and advancement of Performing Arts for teens and kids around the area. Our focus is on musical theatre performance (singing, acting, dancing); we offer both group skill building classes and individualized lessons. We also produce several musicals and plays each year for different age groups! This fall, sign up for classes in musical theatre training (many different age groups) or Broadway Dance Technique, or one of our fall / winter 2013 productions: 101 Dalmatians, It's a Wonderful Life, Guys and Dolls, or Jesus Christ Superstar.

StagesA Magical Journey Thru Stages is a 501(c)(3) non-profit youth community theater for children and teens from the Greater Rochester Area.  Youth are trained in singing, dancing and acting and perform in musicals and plays.  Shows for the 2013-2014 season:  Dr. Dolittle (grades 4 - 9);  It's a Wonderful Life (grades 5 - 12);  Into the Woods (grades 6 - 12);   Sherlock Holmes (grades 6 - 12);  Shrek the Musical (grades 8 - 12).    STAGES' theatre classes (including day time classes for home schoolers) and workshops are available throughout the year on a variety of theater topics for Grades 1 and up.  Fall evening class for Grades 1 - 5 focuses on the musical "A Year With Frog and Toad, KIDS."  See http://mjtstages.com/education.html  for details.  Email [email protected] to receive registration materials or to be added to the mailing list.  Located at Auditorium Center, 3rd Floor, 875 E. Main Street, Rochester, NY 14605.  585-935-7173


Rochester Children’s Theatre is a professional children’s theatre that offers semester-long workshops (fall, winter & spring) in Musical Theatre, Audition Technique, Acting, Creative Dramatics and Physical Movement for ages 6-14 as well as a Summer Musical Theatre Conservatory for ages 8-12.  RCT believes in educating the ‘whole child,’ as well as practical, professional theatrical training in acting, music, dance and design for the next generation of theatre artists!  www.rochesterchildrenstheatre.org


SELF-EXPRESSION.  A Place where you can be yourself! Drama Kids offers exciting programs for ages 4 to 18. Kids have tons of fun and develop important confidence-building skills that will help them personally and academically. Activities include improvisations, mini-scripts, speaking skills, character analysis, theatre games, creative movement, and performances. Give your child a jump on achievement. Classes meet weekly, once a week for one hour. Choose a location near you: Chili, Churchville, Fairport, Greece, Pittsford, Webster, OR bring us to your school. Enroll today in quickly filling classes at www.dramakids.com/ny4 The difference is dramatic!


Best Foot Forward offers participation in full scale theater productions for children age 4 and older. No experience is necessary to be a part of this tuition based program.  Auditions are required for cast placement. Come ready to sing, dance, and have lots of fun. Not ready for a full scale production but still want to perform?  Fun with Singing and Acting is an excellent alternative.  We also offer Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Hip Hop, and Creative Movement classes for kids age 2 and older with a final performance.  Adult fitness classes are available too!  Try our Weights and Abs, Yoga/Pilates, and Ballet Barre Workout.  Fall, winter, and spring sessions run September through June with summer camps in July. Conveniently located across from Eastview Mall.


 

Dance


Dancing with Denise promotes fun, good health, and confidence in a non-pressure, non-competitive environment. Family-centered, Dancing with Denise hosts and participates in family fun events like: marching in local parades, providing entertainment at farmer’s markets, participating in Sea Breeze Dance Days, holding our annual dance recital,hosting birthday parties, Friday Family Fun Nights, Zumba® classes for all ages (from baby through adult). Dancing with Denise has recently relocated the dance studio to Webster, NY, where “Having Fun is Our Philosophy” will always be the center of what we do. Enrollment is now open for fall classes. Call 585-266-5860 or email [email protected].


Images In Dance has been sharing the joy, creativity, and importance of the dance arts in children lives for over 25 years.  Robin Cotler has developed programs specific to the pre-schooler, school age children as well as training budding professionals.  The teachers at Images In Dance are trained in the various programs and areas of technique applicable to their style of teaching, with emphasis on creating a fun and loving atmosphere. Images In Dance is located in four counties in Western New York; with locations in Batavia, Brockport, Akron, and Perry.  Robin has developed specialized programs for ages 2-5 that develop creativity, coordination and confidence. The programs continue from there for ages 6-adult in a variety of recreational dance classes as well as programs for the more serious student. Class sizes are limited so we can focus and commit to every child and ensure their individual success and accomplishment. Click here for more information.


Ruckus Dance Alliance (East Rochester, 585-545-1927): At Ruckus, we focus on confidence, teamwork, and good sportsmanship at every age level. We offer tap, jazz, ballet, hip hop, lyrical, contemporary, Broadway, and pointe classes for dancers of all ages. Our adult ballet and tap program is particularly strong! For school-age students we offer both recreational and more intense, competitive classes, depending on each students interest and availability. Please visit ruckusdance.com or our Facebook page, facebook.com/RuckusDanceAlliance.


Young Ladies of Grace, Pittsford: The Young Ladies of Grace Performing Arts Academy is dedicated to developing confidence, self esteem, poise, respect for ourselves and others, and the realization of inner beauty as well as outer beauty through the arts. Ballet, Acting, Voice, Modeling / Audition, Lyrical Dance, Yoga, Exercise & Nutrition, Self Defense and Jazz / Hip Hop are offered to young ladies ages 3 - 18. To register for the fall semester contact us at 585-350-8297. Please visit our website featuring our current students at  www.theyoungladiesofgrace.com..


 

Sports / Fitness / Gymnastics

Total Sports ExperienceYouth Sports Instructional Programs at Unity Health System Total Sports Experience: Now with locations on both the East side (East Rochester) and Westside (Gates). Our child development Micro Programs are a great way to introduce children to a variety of sports while building character and leadership skills. Staff coaches bring structure, organization, and supervision to each session. Fundamental skills are taught through age-appropriate games and activities. Most important, our Micro Programs are designed to create a fun, safe, and exciting atmosphere that leave your child anxiously awaiting the next class!  See the classes at www.totalsports-experience.com, or you can check out specific information on Micro Soccer, Micro Baseball, Micro Lacrosse, MicroBasketball, and TSE P.E.. Call (585) 458-4263 with questions or to register.


Martial Arts America: Are you looking for a great activity that will give your child more confidence and focus, teach respect and discipline, improve fitness and be full of action and fun?  Then karate lessons at Martial Arts America may be right for you!  We are taking registrations for our fall sessions for children ages 4 years old and up.  Try out our starter program, which includes 3 beginner lessons, plus a full karate uniform and belt, for only $29.95. Call our Penfield branch (Routes 250 & 441) at 377-6130, our Winton Place Plaza (Brighton) branch at 475-9250, or our new Webster branch (1270 Creek Street) at 347-4660 for class times and availability. Our web site is www.RochesterKarate.com.


 

Community Service

Kids Miracle Making Club is a service learning organization for kids ages 5-12.  Club members explore different areas of interest through workshops in music, art, sports, science, and alike and use their new learning and special talents to come up with community service projects, projects focused on helping kids with physical and developmental disabilities.  Projects focus on raising funds, driving community awareness of needs, and best of all making friends with the kids they help.  Events are many and always a lot of fun!  For more information on the club check out our Facebook page, email us at [email protected] or call us at 585.749.7515.


 

Classes for babies

TINY HANDS TALK TO ME: Are you looking for fun, interactive and educational classes for you and your baby? Then you will want to check out the classes offered by Tiny Hands Talk To Me. Since 2006, Baby Sign Language Instructor Linda Schmackpfeffer has been teaching parents and caregivers of hearing babies how to have fun and successfully communicate with each other, by using simple American Sign Language Signs (ASL).  Research shows that hearing babies, who use a few simple ASL signs, can communicate before they can talk, speak sooner, are less frustrated, and have larger vocabularies. If you would like more information please click on the link or you can contact Linda at 259-1304 or email [email protected]

RocCity Signers™ offers American Sign Language (ASL) classes to students of all ages.  RocCity Babies™ classes introduce our littlest learners, ages 0-3 years, to ASL vocabulary through song and play, allowing them to communicate through sign before they can through speech.  RocCity Kiddos™ classes give children, ages 3-11 years, a wider ASL vocabulary base, helping them engage their world kinesthetically and solidify age-appropriate academic concepts.  RocCity Babies™ and Kiddos™ classes are taught by master Signing Time™  instructor, Susan Rizzo.  Susan, owner/founder of RocCity Signers™, has degrees in deaf education and linguistics, began teaching ASL to parents and kids in 2004 and has used ASL with her own sons since 2007.  Finally, RocCity Grown-ups™ classes, taught by native signers, shepherd students, ages 12 and older, along an ASL continuum, helping them explore language and culture in an integrated way.  Don’t be the last person in Rochester to learn to sign.  Visit www.roccitysigners.com and contact [email protected] or (585) 969-3ASL today about classes, workshops, in-services and more!


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