After School

After School Programs

After School Programs Overview

After-school programming at Rodeph Sholom School reinforces the values and academics of the day school through offerings that promote a sense of community and responsibility while providing opportunities for students to explore additional areas of interest and broaden their social connections.

Offered on a trimester basis, classes include but are not limited to Chess Club, Chess Team, STEM-based classes, martial arts, performing arts, robotics, play-based learning, crafting, sports, music lessons and ensembles, homework help, plus Middle School Advanced Band, Drama, Middle School Musical, and Interscholastic Athletics.

Once enrolled, families can log into their secure school portal account to view current offerings and register.

After School Enrichment

Our After School Enrichment classes provide opportunities for students in the Early Childhood and Elementary Divisions to engage in new activities and pursue their passions while developing social connections and having fun! We encourage students to sample many different areas of learning and value the process of exploration and experimentation while becoming passionate and thoughtful leaders. Programs are available Monday through Friday directly after school. 

In addition to our enrichment programming, we offer Kid’s Corner and Homework Helper to extend the day until 6:00 pm as needed.

Music Lessons and Ensembles

The After School Music Program provides an opportunity for students in 2nd through 8th Grade to learn how to play an instrument from some of the city’s finest professional musicians in a convenient and noncompetitive environment. The program includes beginning, intermediate, and advanced String Ensemble, and private lessons.

Middle School Advanced Band serves student-musicians who have one or more years of experience on wind or percussion instruments. The group builds essentials of musicianship through weekly rehearsals that include technique, intonation, music-reading, ensemble-playing, and general teamwork. Advanced Band meets during the school day, whereas the rest of the music program takes place after school.

Middle School Interscholastic Athletics

Available to all students in the 5th through 8th grades, most Rodeph Sholom School students play at least one after-school sport. The focus of teaching at this level is on building athletic skills that are physiologically appropriate for the pre-adolescent/adolescent body, teaching fundamentals of team play, supporting socio-emotional growth, and enjoying healthy competition. 

Athletics at the 5th/6th Grade level stresses teamwork, participation, and fundamental skill development as a foundation for the 7th/8th Grade program that is significantly more competitive and physically rigorous, but where fundamental skills are still the primary goal.

Skill-based lessons in physical education classes in the upper elementary grades serve to create the foundation for later participation in middle school sports.

Programs offered include Volleyball, Soccer, Cross Country, Basketball, Baseball, Softball, Track and Field, and Tennis.

Middle School Drama

The After School Drama Program is an exciting platform that offers Middle School students a chance to immerse themselves in the performing arts. Designed to cater to their passion for drama, this program provides students with the invaluable opportunity to showcase their talents through a captivating musical production each year.

By participating in this program, students not only boost their self-confidence and self-esteem but also develop a profound appreciation for teamwork and personal responsibility. The program serves as a unique outlet for students to experience success beyond the confines of the classroom, often resulting in the formation of friendships that transcend grade levels.

Under the expert guidance of industry professionals, including members of the Broadway community, the culmination of the musical production is a performance that is both captivating and memorable. This includes a special daytime presentation for students and an evening performance open to the public, allowing our young stars to shine brightly on the stage.