After School

Open School offers two main options for daily after school care.

  • Youth Services, part of LAUSD's BEYOND THE BELL branch, provides free, unstructured, supervised care on the yard from dismissal until 6:00pm daily for Gr. 2-5 only.
  • STAR, which is a fee-based, structured after school program from dismissal until 6:00pm daily.  Space is limited.  Options include daily after school care as well as short-term enrichment classes. Learn More.
  • Music Classes for various instruments with musicatstudiocline.com (Mr. Cline.)  Please contact him for availability.
  • String Classes for all levels available through Mr. Adkins.  Please check with him after school on Tues/Wed for more information.
  • Chess Tutors open to all levels of learning
  • SQUEAK computer programming class led by BJ Conn, former Blue Cluster Teacher

In addition, Open School offers various fee-based after school classes.  There are usually three eight-week sessions per year, with most classes meeting for one hour once a week.  Some classes are offered every session, others just once a year.  Some of these classes are led by the enrichment specialists who teach at Open during the regular school day.  STAR also offers some classes that are open to students not enrolled in their full or part-time programs.

After school options are in addition to and separate from Open's curricula, and they occur outside the regular school day.  See the Enrichment page to learn more about the enrichment programs that integrate with classroom work during the regular school day.

Additional information about after school options is coming soon.  Information will also be provided at the Back-to-School Picnic and during the First Day of School Parent Orientation.

Current news and upcoming calendar entries related to after school options appear below.

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After School Chess Tutors (Article)

Submitted by Cindy Matsubayashi on Sep 9 (last updated Sep 9)

Want to learn how to play the strategic game of chess or want to continue honing your skills?

Sign up to participate in our virtual program!   You can be on our chess team that represented Open at the final challenge at USC (we made it to the Grand Stage 8 years in a row)!
Chess Tutors is starting Virtual Session #1 on Tuesday, October 5th and will continue until October 26th.

After School Zoom Violin Classes (Article)

Submitted by Cindy Matsubayashi on Aug 26 (last updated Sep 9)

Mr. Adkins is offering Zoom violin classes and private lessons!

Beginning Violin - 2nd through 5th graders will learn the violin basics of holding the instrument and bow correctly, how to finger the instrument, read notes and will learn basic rhythms.  

Intermediate/Advanced Strings - Students who have at least one year of experience will learn advanced rhythms, third positions, harmonics and vibrato.

After School Music Lessons with Mr. & Mrs. Cline (Article)

Submitted by Cindy Matsubayashi on Aug 26 (last updated Sep 9)

Our Open School Music Specialist, Matthew Cline, and his wife Joana, will again be offering after-school music lessons.  They are passionate about teaching music and have created a program that ensures every student succeeds at learning an instrument.  In the process, students also learn important life skills such as confidence, creativity, focus, perseverance, dedication

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