Spring 2019

Parents/guardians, see the Extension Program Resource Board in CougarNet for a brochure, schedule of classes and more information about the extension program.

Registration for the Spring 2019 Extension Program has closed.

Spring 2019 Extension Ending Dates

To support the school's mission to nurture a well-rounded child and to encourage each student to achieve his or her full intellectual and personal potential, we offer a variety of extracurricular, after-school classes in two extension sessions per school year. The classes we offer are chosen to appeal to a broad spectrum of interests. Some are taught by Curtis School employees; others by third-party contractors. All classes meet on campus.

  • Classes: Extension sessions include choices for students in all grades (DK-6). Some classes are open to all students; others are limited to a range of grades. Some classes limit enrollment and others have a minimum enrollment requirement. You will find these details in the class description. Any class that does not meet a minimum threshold enrollment level will be canceled and parents/guardians will receive a refund of fees paid.
  • Schedule: Extension classes meet from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., rain or shine. Class meetings that fall on a holiday or a Faculty Workshop Day will be rescheduled. If a class session is canceled for any reason, you will be notified.
  • Extension Procedures: At carpool dismissal time, extension students will meet at the lunch area adjacent to the playground. From 3:15 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. snacks will be provided, and at 3:30 p.m. all students will be escorted to the campus location designated for their class.
  • Pick-Up: Extension classes end at 4:30 p.m. All extension students who are not picked up by 5:00 p.m. will be signed into Day Care and parents will be billed according to the current Day Care fee schedule. Please refer to the 2018-2019 Curtis School Parent and Student Handbook, section XII After-School Programs, for a statement of school policy.
  • Fees & Payment: Because instructors base curriculum materials upon initial enrollment, there will be no refunds after the first class meeting. Proration of class fees is not offered for late enrollment. To register and pay online, use the Payment Form in the right panel. If you would like to pay by check, please complete the online registration and select check as your form of payment to save a spot for your child, which you can then submit separately along with the brochure for reference to Christine Sorfazian in the Facilities Office. If you want to pay by credit card, please sign up online.

If you have any questions about classes or about general policies and procedures, please contact Facilities Administrative Assistant and Extension Coordinator Christine Sorfazian at  or (310) 889-3718. 

Spring Program Offerings

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    Grades 1-6

    This class teaches advanced chess strategy, tactics and openings. The first 30 mins. of class is a detailed lesson and the second 30 mins. is free play where the students put what they learned into practice by playing against fellow classmates. (Note: this class is open to students who have taken two sessions of beginning chess or students who play tournament chess).

    Grades K-3

    Get ready for some signing-time fun. In this session, students will combine the power of sign language and music to create an exceptional learning experience. American Sign Language (ASL) is a language used by deaf and hard of hearing people in North America. This class will have you prepared for your first encounter with a deaf or hard and hearing person. Come join and have a blast! (Max. 15 students) 

    This course will focus on fundamental debate skills, such as the building blocks of argumentation, the art of rebuttal and how to "flow" a debate. Participants will learn research skills, dive deeply into debate topics, and explore the role of each speaker in a parliamentary debate round. Please note that participation in the course does not guarantee an invitation to the 6th-grade competitive Debate Team.

    Grades DK-3

    Build, decorate, and play your very own instruments! This class combines art, music, and engineering to create and build a variety of instruments, from percussion to string, and to use them to create your own songs or make your own band. In Music Makers, dance, sing, and play your way through a variety of fun activities that teach kids that everything can be an instrument! (Max. 15 students) 

    Grades K-3

    In this session, students become real-life inventors on Professor Egghead's team as they experiment with awesome inventions like helicopters, hovercraft, rockets, and catapults and learn the science behind what makes them work! Then, they'll create their very own inventions to take home at the end of each class. All Eggheads will get their Inventor's ID card, and, at the end of the session, students will receive their degree, proving they're ready to go out and invent something amazing on their own! (Max. 15 students)

    Grades K-4

    Learn to hand sew and embroider with Miss Shannon’s Sewing. First project teaches how to sew on a button. Following projects include a sachet, embroidered name label, emoji pillow and calico/plaid bear. (Max. 18 students) 

    Grades K-6

    CHESS—the greatest board game! Come learn how to play the game of KINGS (and QUEENS!) Students will learn the rules, basic strategies and tactics, and how to checkmate their opponent’s king. CHECKMATE!

    Grades K-5

    Create fun and functional objects of art in this unique class. In this session of Ceramics, students will create a Wacky Snowman, fabricate a Bobble Head Statue of their very own, design a Scene of Spring, build a fabulous Flower Pot, fabricate a Mini Drum, and envision a Creation of Their Imagination. Techniques such as coiling, slab building, and pinching will be explored. Once painted and fired, your artwork will spring to life from our kiln and into your home. Don't miss out on the fun! (Max. 24 students)
  • CHOPPED (K-1)

    Grades K-1

    Culinary Kids Academy is a revolutionary program that combines math, science and history into fun and yummy cooking workshops! CKA builds independence, boosts self-esteem, produces adventurous and healthy eaters, promotes responsibility, advances academic growth, teaches valuable life skills and is a flat-out BLAST! Join CKA's take on the Food Network's popular competition cooking show, "CHOPPED." This intro class will concentrate on developing fine motor and other skills geared specifically for our younger chefs. (Max. 16 students)

    Grades 2-5

    Culinary Kids Academy is a revolutionary program that combines math, science and history into fun and yummy cooking workshops! CKA builds independence, boosts self-esteem, produces adventurous and healthy eaters, promotes responsibility, advances academic growth, teaches valuable life skills and is a flat-out BLAST! Join CKA's take on the Food Network's popular competition cooking show, "CHOPPED"! CHOPPED MASTERS will make your child look like a professional sous chef. (Max. 20 students)

    Grades 3-6

    Homework Club is an opportunity for students to have a structured and supervised environment in which to complete their homework. The teacher is available to answer questions, work out difficulties, and create a study environment without distractions. Homework Club is ideal for students who need a little support with their homework.

    Grades DK-3

    Join this exciting martial arts program with Master Richard Alonzo and increase your focus, respect, and self-discipline! Master Alonzo's teaching method combines wit and humor with challenging physical activities to further develop strength, flexibility, balance, and coordination. Students will be tested and can earn belts at the end of the session. Don't miss out! (Max 21 students)

    Grades K-6

    Players get to build and create a world limited only by imagination! Minecraft is one of the most popular video games ever, and everyone loves the challenges, endless possibilities, and surprises around every corner. Praised by gamers, educators, and children alike, our gamers discover how Minecraft is a gateway to team-building, problem solving, and resource management. Players will travel, build, and explore various maps, with a new adventure every class. GAME ON!  (Max. 12 students per class)


    Grades K-4

    Come serve it up with TGA Premier Youth Tennis. Join this 5-level fun and innovative program that includes games, drills and physical fitness activities that improve motor skills, agility and hand-eye coordination. Sign up and learn the rules and etiquette of tennis and give yourself the building blocks for future achievement on the tennis court and in life.