Check out our guide of fun and enriching after-school programs below.
For tips on choosing an after-school program, read our article “The Gap” featuring questions to consider when finding the right program for your kids.
THE CIRCUS PROJECT
Learn to Fly!
The Circus Project offers kids a safe, fun approach to learning circus basics from tumbling to trapeze.
Little Circus for ages 3-7 offers a fun, safe and non competitive environment. Our small classes with expert staff help little ones develop motor skills, strength, balance and flexibility.
Circus Explorers for ages 7-12 expose pre-teens to the adventure of circus arts, including aerial silks, aerial hoop, trapeze, and acrobatics. Our coaches follow a carefully crafted curriculum designed to give students the support they need to learn at their own speed.
All classes are designed to provide a solid foundation in aerial technique and contemporary circus artistry while encouraging creative expression, discipline, and a sense of accomplishment. With a low student-to-teacher ratio, individual attention allows each student to progress at their own pace.
Where: 1420 NW 17th Ave Ste 388 Portland OR 97209
CLUB K AFTER SCHOOL ZONE
All After School programs are NOT the same. Club K offers a fresh perspective on extended day programming and it shows in everything we do. We understand the unique needs of elementary-aged children and youth and also recognize the needs of working families. Club K provides an academically enriching program with the perfect balance of Learning and FUN!
• Our exceptional staff provides more individual attention for every student.
• Our developmentally appropriate curriculum is designed to engage every student; building new skills and achievements — in a hands-on and interactive way.
• Our flexible programs provide choices to meet your family’s needs.
• 12 locations to choose from.
For more information, please contact our office (503) 643-9059 or email@example.com.
Where: 10220 SW Nimbus Ste K7 Portland OR 97223
GLENDOVEER GOLF & TENNIS
Private and Group Lessons
K-Lean’s Tennis provides private and group lessons for adults and juniors. We have a development system for tennis players of all ages. Our system is dedicated to giving each player the skills and knowledge to achieve their greatness. We do this by providing a small student to instructor ratio, nurturing atmosphere, personalized attention, and competitive coaching knowledge.
Our goal is to provide you with the best coaching, challenging practices, great hitting partners, a friendly supportive team atmosphere for tennis players of all ages and levels. Whether your goal is to play competitive or recreational K-Lean’s is prepared to help you in your development.
Where: 14015 NE Glisan St Portland OR 97230
HUNTINGTON LEARNING CENTER
TUTORING THAT REALLY WORKS
For almost 40 years, Huntington’s highly trained tutors have worked with students of all ages and abilities to improve their grades and build self-confidence, organizational skills, and good study habits. We provide individualized tutoring in academic fundamentals, advanced subjects, or preparation for high stakes exams.
ACADEMIC SKILLS (K-12)
Reading – Writing – Math – Study Skills – Spelling – Vocabulary – Phonics
Based upon a comprehensive academic evaluation, we develop an individualized tutoring plan for every student that enables them to quickly improve their skills and build self-confidence for academic success that will last a lifetime.
ACT – SAT – SAT Subject Tests – SSAT – HSPT – AP/IB Tests
Huntington’s exam prep programs feature 1:1 individualized instruction by highly trained tutors who teach powerful test-taking strategies and key academic content, with valuable practice testing throughout the program.
SUBJECT TUTORING (GR 6-12)
Math (through Calculus) – Biology – Chemistry – Physics – History – Social Studies – Foreign Languages – Study Skills – Writing
Huntington Advantages: Certified Teachers, 1:1 Tutoring, Flexible Scheduling, Comprehensive Curriculum, Personalized Programs, 39 Years of Experience
Accreditation: Western Association of Schools and Colleges
Where: 15220 NW Laidlaw Rd Portland OR 97229
KUMON MATH AND READING CENTER OF LAKE GROVE
Kumon Math & Reading prepares children for high school and college-level work through mastery of the basics. Students become fluent in math facts and strong, independent learners capable of following examples and instructions from preschool-level counting to calculus. Reading students have highly developed comprehension skills and become increasingly adept at interpreting and organizing text. Children can begin as young as age 3, and visit the center two days each week for 30-60 minutes. Parents provide support by making sure students practice Kumon at home five days each week. Kumon students excel in both speed and accuracy and consistently rank among the highest performing students. For over fifty years, Kumon has been a renowned method of learning found in 49 countries.
Where: 16063 Boones Ferry Rd Lake Oswego OR 97035
LITTLE MEDICAL SCHOOL
Little Medical School brings medicine, science, and the importance of health to children in an entertaining and exciting way.
Our educational enrichment programs provide a unique, innovative, and engaging curriculum. We create an opportunity to experience role playing using tools that real practitioners use. All of our classes are aligned with STEM objectives.
Visit our website to learn more about our after school programs throughout the Portland area. Classes include Little Veterinarian School, Little Medical School, and more! All classes feature a variety of crafts and games to inspire pre-K and elementary school children to discover science in a whole new way! From after school programs, to birthday parties and special events, we are your source for high quality, fun enrichment opportunities.
Where: Various Locations in the Portland Area Portland OR
LUMBERYARD INDOOR BIKE PARK
Fall is just around the corner. School will start up before you know it. So we’re getting our sweet Fall After School Shred Academy ready for you and your kids to keep the skill-building going after school during this Fall season. Our awesome 10 week program runs throughout the Fall and is a great way for kids to continue to hone those bike riding skills. We offer the after school program Monday through Friday from September through November.
Pick the day of the week and time that best suits your schedule:
• Mondays – Sept. 12th – Nov. 14th 4:30 pm – 6 pm or 6:30 pm – 8 pm
• Tuesdays – Sept. 13th – Nov. 15th 4:30 pm – 6 pm
• Wednesdays – Sept. 14th – Nov. 16th 4:30 pm – 6 pm
• Thursdays – Sept. 15th – Nov. 17th 4:30 pm – 6 pm or 6:30 pm – 8 pm
• Fridays – Sept. 16th – Nov. 18th 4:30 pm – 6 pm
We separate riders into six categories of proficiency. Some instruction may overlap into different levels, depending on the specific skill being covered.
Sign up online: lumberyardmtb.com/after-school-program
Where: 2700 NE 82nd Ave Portland OR 97220
MAD SCIENCE OF PORTLAND AND VANCOUVER
Science-Technology-Engineering-Mathematics. STEM is our focus at Mad Science and we travel to bring the Science to you. Whether it’s in our After School Programs, Workshops, Camps, Birthday Parties or Large Events we make Science EXCITING!
Come join us this school year for FUN in our After School Programs. Learn about the Science of magic, flight, movies and the world around you in an interactive environment.
Ask your school when we will be coming to their location so you don’t miss out!
For more information, you can also visit Mad Science of Portland and Vancouver at: portland.madscience.org
LIKE us on Facebook for continual updates.facebook.com/MadSciencePortland
Where: 1522 N Ainsworth Portland OR 97217
Finding the right after-school program for your child is important, but how about a program for you? If you’re considering finishing your bachelor’s degree or moving forward and earning your master’s degree, Marylhurst University can help you. Our programs are designed for busy parents with flexible classes offered online, in the evenings or on the weekends.
We offer 10+ bachelor’s degree completion programs in subjects like business, communication, psychology, art or English literature. We also offer quality, rigorous master’s degree programs in areas like business administration (MBAs), teaching, art therapy counseling, food systems and society, and divinity.
As you consider great educational options for your child, don’t forget about yourself. Continuing to advance your education makes an incredible impact on you and your family.
Where: 17600 Pacific Hwy Marylhurst OR 97036
Build a lifelong love of math!
Math Gamers is a FUN, after-school math enrichment program that builds math skills and confidence through original board, card, memory, and guessing games. Math Gamers lessens anxiety, enhances learning, stimulates math interest and creates satisfaction. Kids have fun with math while applying their skills and knowledge.
Each Math Gamers session is 6 weekly, 1 hour classes for students in grades K-5. New sessions start frequently at locations throughout the metro area. Each week has a new, original game with goals matched to current math standards. Following the game of the week, students use math in an art project that reinforces both learning and math fun.
Fall sessions starting now. Sign up online!
Where: 23935 SW Cascara Ter Sherwood OR 97140
THE MERRY KITCHEN
The Merry Kitchen is a home-based cooking school for kids in Northeast Portland. We offer year round cooking classes, summer camps, birthday parties and private lessons.
This after-school cooking series is a four-week series where kids will be cooking meals from scratch. We will focus on healthier foods and easy recipes they can make themselves at home. Most recipes will be great for school lunches or easy dinners. Kids will eat at the end and take home the recipes.
Mondays, September 26th-October 17th from 4:30-6:30 pm. Cost is $140 for the series.
You can view menus and register for this series and any cooking class on the website calendar at themerrykitchen.com. E-mail with any questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Where: 5202 NE 72nd Ave Portland OR 97218
We have a tremendous faculty of 8 or more professional teachers for most instruments including Drums, Piano, Guitar, Violin, Viola, Cello, Trumpet, Bass, Mandolin, Ukulele, and more!
We offer fine musical instruments in Strings, Woodwinds, Brass, Percussion and a variety of Ethnic instruments as well as an extensive rental inventory. We also offer full service repairs for all instruments.
MIR MUSIC is a comprehensive, full service music store focused on customer service. Our Staff includes Ron Hurst, drummer for Steppenwolf, and World renowned Saxophonist John Gross.
You must stop by to see what a awesome music store we have …You will not be disappointed!
Where: 331 E Main St Hillsboro OR 97123
MULTNOMAH COUNTY LIBRARY
Keep them excited and curious all year long with live online homework tutors, games and afternoon programs that nurture creative minds.
Find us in your neighborhood or online at multcolib.org.
POLARIS DANCE CENTER
Polaris offers a range of classes including Aerial, Ballet, Contemporary, Hip Hop, and Tap, and more, and hosts two pre-professional companies, including the Neo Company, for ages 10-12, and the Junior Company, for ages 13-18.
Our core belief is that everyone should have access to dance classes and performances regardless of socioeconomic background, age, training, or physical ability. We work in a multicultural setting and our inclusive mentality is exemplified in our beginner to advanced classes for ages 3+, our many scholarships for low-income families, and our all access classes for seniors and those with a disability.
We recently relocated from SW to NW Portland, and in January 2016 opened the doors to our fully renovated building, offering much needed space for our ever expanding programming and student base. We hope you’ll come visit us!
Where: 1826 NW 18th Ave Portland OR 97209
PORTLAND DRAMA CLUB
Our year round program is open to kids in 1st to 6th grades. NO auditions! If you join the club you join the cast!
Rehearsals are held at St. David of Wales Parish Hall in SE Portland September 13- April 18. The kids rehearse and perform a professional 60 minute production complete with costumes and sets!
Kids learn how to work as a team and boost their self esteem through fun games, music and seeing a show through from beginning to end!
Details and registration open online now!
Where: 6310 SE Woodstock Blvd Portland OR 97206
PORTLAND EARLY LEARNING PROJECT
“Yo quiero la pelota azul!” “Yo quiero una flor rosa, por favor.” “Me gusta el helado!” These are the kinds of phrases that you might hear in the hallway when passing a Spanish Language in Play (SLiP) class offered by Portland Early Learning Project (PELP). These one-of-a-kind classes are filled with enthusiastic students who participate in interactive, dynamic programs chock full of movement, songs, and games in a supportive, Spanish-speaking environment. The theme-based SLiP curriculum is taught in a progressive fashion of scaffolding information, or building knowledge upon an ever-strengthening foundation. Students feel supported in their learning and can feel confident in asking questions. What’s more, these lessons are tailored to cater toward a variety of levels, leaving no child left behind!
Portland Early Learning Project’s classes are designed to be educational, inspiring, and FUN! PELP offers an array of programs throughout the greater Portland area including Baby Sign Language classes; afterschool Spanish classes; private, preschool, and family Spanish classes; Spanish camps; and FREE monthly Spanish Story & Play Times. Songs, games, and lots of movement make these classes fun & engaging for everyone!
Where: Locations throughout Portland
PORTLAND SYMPHONIC GIRLCHOIR
We are the GIRLCHOIR!
We sing, we laugh, we love each other and we make amazing music…every week, every concert, every year, all of our lives!
Join us for our 28th Season and shine here!
• Prelude Singers K-2nd grades (non-auditioned)
• Debut Choir 2nd-5th grades
• Intermezzo Choir 5th-8th grades
• Premier Choir & Encore Singers 9th-12th grades
“Above all, Girlchoir is music, and not just the notes on the page; Girlchoir is the music born from each life made a little brighter, each friendship made that much stronger, and every girl here falling in love with singing over and over again, an infinity…born from perfect harmonies.” 2015 PSG Senior
Where: 1015 SW 18th Ave Portland OR 97205
TRACKERS EARTH PORTLAND
When school lets out, the adventure begins!
Join Trackers Earth for survival skills in SE Portland. Wilderness survival, archery, blacksmithing, homesteading, and outdoor exploration await you–the perfect antidote for a long day of school.
Hone your archery skills at our large indoor range with our Archery After School. Hammer hot metal and craft your tools while working at our forge in our Blacksmithing After School. Or get picked-up from your school and head outside to learn wilderness skills through hands-on outdoor adventure in our Transported After School. All programs pick-up at our convenient SE location. Small class sizes ensure personalized attention, giving every child a real chance to grow and refine their skills.
Trackers Earth has been providing award-winning outdoor programs in the Portland area since 2004. After school programs for 2nd through 10th grade. Explore your wild side under the careful guidance of Trackers outdoor experts.
Where: 4617 SE Milwaukie Ave Portland OR 97202
VIBE OF PORTLAND
Vibe of Portland is an educational arts & music nonprofit that exists to ensure that ALL students regardless of background have access to quality art and music opportunities to explore and develop their own creativity. Since 2008 Vibe has been working with students throughout Portland to provide amazing art & music building blocks for a strong, creative educational foundation.
Vibe offers after school classes at our Vibe Art Studio located at TaborSpace in SE Portland. Classes for elementary age students in ceramics, painting, mixed media and advanced art classes available for students ages ages 6-12. In the art studio, students will have the opportunity to study various artists throughout history, learn different techniques and explore their own creativity to create amazing pieces!
Vibe will be offering a middle school photography class in Spring 2017 at the Vibe Art Studio.
Where: 5441 SE Belmont St Ste 01 Portland OR 97214
WESTSIDE DANCE & GYMNASTICS ACADEMY
Westside Dance & Gymnastics Academy is home to a performing arts preschool, an award-winning dance program with recreational classes, Hip Hop Company, Elite Acrobatics, Performing Company and our pre-professional dance company: NW Fusion.
Recreational gymnastics classes are available for kids of all ages and abilities. Westside has an Xcel Silver & Gold competitive rec team.The accelerated program includes pre-team classes and junior olympic level 3-10 championship girls and boys teams and a level 4-10 rhythmic team.
Westside offers half or full day camps during winter or spring break, school closures and throughout the summer with options that include preschool, dance or gymnastics. We host field trips and offer birthday party packages. Join us for supervised open gym time during parents night out, indoor play park or lunch bunch.
Where: 11632 SW Pacific Hwy Tigard OR 97223
WeVillage is the place for after school care for kids kindergarten through 6th grade (up to 12yrs of age)! We work with the local schools to have a bus drop off right in front of or near our locations.
From 2:30-6:00pm every school day after school kids are engaged in learning, social engagement and play time activities, a healthy snack is also included. We designate 3:30pm to 4:30pm every school day as homework time, and do our best to make sure every bit of homework is done.
Since WeVillage is open until 9:30pm on weekdays you always have the option of a later pickup (normal drop-in rates apply).
We offer a daily rate of just $35 and a 3 day a week rate of $335, and a weekly rate or $450.
About Us: WeVillage was built on the concept of childcare when you need it. With our convenient hourly flexible child care you will never have to worry about paying for care you aren’t using or lengthy child care contracts. Simply drop your child off (once enrolled) and go.
Where: 1024 NW Glisan St Portland OR 97209
Orenco Station: 1295 NE Orenco Station Pkwy Hillsboro, OR 97124; 503-640-7529
Happy Valley: 16126 SE Happy Valley Town Center Dr Ste 112 Happy Valley, OR 97086; 503-826-5172
Northeast Portland: 1901 NE Broadway St Portland, OR 97232; 971-302-6187
Yoga Playgrounds offers fun, engaging yoga classes on site at schools for kids ages 2 and up. Packed with playfulness, positivity and fun, our classes give kids the tools they need to live happier, healthier and more peaceful lives.
We currently offer classes in more than 40 daycares, preschools and elementary schools in the Portland metro area, and we host summer camps on site at schools too. Please give us a call if you’d like to see yoga offered at your child’s school.
Benefits of our classes:
• Improve focus and concentration
• Develop strength and coordination
• Increase confidence and self esteem
• Get a healthy body and mind
• Have fun!
Register now for fall classes!