Dougherty Elementary School

We are offering a dynamic selection of courses available from Kindergarten through to 5th Grade.

Dougherty Elementary SchoolHello Dougherty Elementary Families!!!!

We are delighted to be offering in-person after school classes again.  We have some of your favorite teachers back and some new courses to offer you.  For those of you not ready to be back to in-person after school classes... click here for our Online After School Classes.

We are offering a dynamic selection of courses available from 1st Grade through to 5th Grade.  Below is the list of courses we are offering at Dougherty Elementary.


As per the DUSD requirements, your students will be required to wear a mask in the DPIE After School Academy and to use hand santizer when they enter and leave the classroom.  We are keeping classroom sizes to a minimum of 5 and a maximum of 20.

ALL DPIE VENDORS WILL BE FULLY VACCINATED AND WEARING MASKS.

BollyWood Dance Class for Kids

Instructor:            Professional Dance Instructors from BollyNaach Dance Company
Grade Levels:       1 - 5
Day/Dates:           Tuesday - Nov 30  |   Dec   7, 14    |  Jan   11, 18, 25    |  Feb   1, 8, 15, 22   
Sessions:              10 classes x 1 hour
Time:                     2:05- 3:05pm  
Room:                   TBA
Tuition:                 Early Bird Pricing - $189   After November 25th - $199

A fun-filled introduction to beginner & intermediate Bollywood dance for kids. Instruction includes foundational movements, fundamental techniques, hand gestures, rhythmic patterns & communicative expressions.  Students will learn dance routines choreographed to snippets of popular Bollywood songs as well as some Koliwood and Tollywood songs from the South Indian cinema. The classes will also strengthen individual coordination and rhythmic skills through various exercises and drills.
Additionally, students will develop a vocabulary of common Bollywood dance moves that they can string together to create their own unique dance. This class will expose kids to many different dance styles as Bollywood has become a melting pot of many popular traditional and western dance styles.

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Chess Academy For Kids

Instructor:            Pacific Chess Academy
Grade Levels:       1 - 5
Day/Dates:           Friday – Dec  3, 10, 17   |  Jan   21, 28    |  Feb   4, 11, 25    |  Mar   4, 11  
Sessions:              10 x 1 Hour
Time:                     3:05 - 4.05pm 
Room:                   TBA
Tuition:                  Early Bird Pricing - $180    After November 28th -  $190

Learn chess with Pacific Chess Academy!  This program is a great opportunity for kids to learn how to overcome obstacles, think strategically, and stay focused. Specifically designed for young players with various levels (Beginners, Intermediate, Advanced), the course offers video lessons, easy-to-follow instructions, individual recommendations, and preparation to chess tournaments. The use of the modern technology (projectors, iPad, teaching software) makes the learning process easy, fast, and fun! All necessary equipment (boards and pieces, clocks, demo tools) provided. Participants receive certificates and trophies at the end of the school year. It doesn’t matter if you are a beginner or a Chess Champion, this class is for students at all ability levels.

6 Reasons Kids Should Learn Chess

  1. Improves concentration, attention span and memory abilities
  2. Enhances reading and math skills
  3. Fosters critical-thinking and creativity in young minds
  4. Encourages and rewards hard work
  5. Develops problem solving skills
  6. Exercises both sides of your brain

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Keys to Becoming a Creative Writer, Poised Orator and Effective Presenter

Instructor:            Gurus Education, East Bay
Grade Levels:       2 - 5
Day/Dates:           Friday – Dec  3, 10, 17  |   Jan   21, 28    |  Feb   4, 11, 25  |   Mar   4, 11  
Sessions:              10 x 1 Hour
Time:                     3:05 – 4:05pm
Room:                   TBA
Tuition:                  Early Bird Pricing - $189   After November 28th - $199

Public Speaking is #1 fear in this world and our goal is to overcome just that!! Students will learn to present impressively and write effectively in 6 easy steps. In this course, kids will learn various formats of writing such as persuasive, narrative, descriptive etc. They will also learn to manage public speaking anxiety and make strong arguments by providing reasoning and evidence on thought provoking debatable topics

This course will help kids formulate their thoughts with a clear and concise structure and prepare them for SUCCESS with CONFIDENCE!! 

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Lego® Robotics for Primary Students

Instructor:            CompuChild Instructor
Grade Levels:       1 - 4
Day/Dates:           Wednesday - Dec  1, 8, 15  |   Jan   12, 19, 26  |   Feb   2, 9, 16, 23 
Sessions:              10 x  1 Hour
Time:                     2:05 - 3:05pm
Room:                   TBA
Tuition:                  Early Bird - $189   After November 25th- $199

Kids will have a great time in this hands-on Robotics course while also being introduced to various aspects of mechanical, electrical, and computer science Engineering. Students will be introduced to a block coding language in order to provide an intuitive understanding for programming as well as provide easy to follow instructions to build many simple machines.

In every class session students will use Lego pieces to build figures like airplanes, alligators, a smart spinner, etc., and they will be introduced to mechanical and electrical mechanisms like sensors, gears, pullies.  They will then use block programming to help their fit all these pieces together to create their own moving project.

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Gardening & Life Science - The Power of Soil

Instructor:            Mr John Price, Dougherty Teacher
Grade Levels:       2 - 5
Day/Dates:           Thursday– Dec  2, 9, 16    |  Jan   13, 20, 27    |   Feb  3, 10, 17, 24 
Sessions:              10 classes x 1 hour
Time:                      3:05 - 4:05pm
Room:                    11/Garden
Tuition:                   Early Bird - $180     After November 28th - $190

Hey all you young scientist & botanist, come get your hands dirty while exploring the garden. The garden is a great place to discover what is happening in the natural world around us. We will be diving deep into the science of soil. What makes up healthy fertile soil? Through careful observation, experimentation and monitoring, students will learn how soil creates a balanced garden ecosystem that does not require chemical fertilizers or pesticides. Students will learn how earthworms help plants grow. Students will even have the opportunity to build and maintain worm bins. 

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Readers Book Club

Instructor:            Ms Lina Barakat, Dougherty Teacher
Grade Levels:       3 - 5
Day/Dates:           Thursday –  Dec  2, 9, 16    |   Jan   13, 20, 27    |   Feb   3, 10, 17, 24   
Sessions:              10 classes x 1 hour
Time:                      3:05 - 4:05pm
Room:                    16
Tuition:                   Early Bird - $180     After November 28th - $190

Students will read a chosen novel, using a reader’s workshop model to enhance their reading comprehension abilities which encourages higher level collaborative reading and meta-cognitive strategies via a mini lesson format. Students will rotate through different roles, working together to engage in various texts, to further enrich their vocabulary and literature skills.  Later, students will adapt the novel into a play they can perform as a culminating project. Students will also be given roles in a book club which allow them to practice communication and public speaking skills, participating in interactive group discussions and increase their confidence in performing.

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Instructor:         CompuChild Instructor
Grade Level:      3 - 5
Day/Dates:         Tuesday – Sept  7, 14, 21, 28    |  Oct   5, 12, 19, 26    |   Nov  2, 9  
Sessions:            10 x 1 hour
Time:                   2 - 3pm
Room:                 DK1
Tuition:                Early Bird - $189   After September 2nd- $199

This class will be a fun and interactive way of developing logical and organized thinking to younger kids. This is a fundament skill development course which will serve as the building blocks for all problem solving and logic related learning. This ‘Logic and Reasoning’ class is part of “Pre-Programming” track which teaches key concepts that are essential in today’s world where technology skills play a crucial role. These topics also give exposure to students for skills tested for most gifted and talented evaluations. Topics include verbal and numerical reasoning, logical deduction (coding-decoding) and Image sequencing. The class will serve as a wonderful foundational class that will enhance your child’s ability to think in a logical sequence.

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Instructor:            Licensed instructor from Code to the Future
Grade Levels:       2 - 5
Day/Dates:           Wednesday -  Sept 8, 15, 22, 29    |   Oct   6, 13, 20, 27    |   Nov   3, 10  \
Sessions:              10 classes x 1 Hour
Time:                     2 - 3pm
Room:                   130
Tuition:                 Early Bird Pricing - $189   After September 5th- $199

Prepare for the world of technology and learn the secret language of computers! New and returning students are welcome! Continue or begin your coding adventure with the Code To The Future team, and create brand new projects like a projectile platformer or multiplayer racing video game! The possibilities to create are endless! New students are always welcome to join throughout the year, and every class is differentiated for individual learning. Choose your favorite theme, from Minecraft to Fortnite!

This class is online and offline, giving the students the ability to learn coding through Scratch and then uploading their projects to share.

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Instructor:            Mr Daniel Shugrue, Dougherty Teacher
Grade Levels:       4 - 5
Day/Dates:           Thursdays - Sept   2, 9, 16, 23, 30    |   Oct   7, 14, 21, 28   |  Nov  4   
Sessions:              10 classes x 1 hour
Time:                      3 - 4pm
Room:                    Blacktop
Tuition:                   Early Bird - $180     After August 29th - $190

Let’s get moving again! It’s been a tough year and a half and there is no better way to improve mental and physical health than getting outside and being active. In this class we will learn the very important real world skills of practice, teamwork, and commitment, as well as the role of effort and attitude on desired outcomes. We will work on individual and team basketball skills, improve physical fitness, and develop communication skills with the hopes of making healthier, happier students. Who’s ready to become the next Splash Bro or Splash Sis!


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Instructor:            Ms Jeanne Nakano, Cafe Art
Grade Levels:       2 - 5
Day/Dates:           Tuesday – Sept  7, 14, 21, 28   |  Oct  5, 12, 19, 26    | Nov  2, 9 
Sessions:              10 classes x 1 hour
Time:                      2 -  3pm 
Room:                    130
Tuition:                   Early Bird - $189    After September 2nd- $199

In this class the kids will paint 12 seasonal ceramic pieces (about 3”), such as a New Year’s Eve hat, Valentine heart and St. Paddy’s Day Shamrock. They will paint a welcome board sign using stencils.   Kids can free paint while also learning new ideas and painting techniques and styles for each piece of work.

DPIE Supplied Materials:  Planning and Design Workbook, ceramic paint, 12 ceramic pieces, paintbrush, pipette, wood board, twine (string) for hanging, stencils and magnets.  Choice of Tempura or acrylic black paint.

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Instructor:            Bricks 4 Kidz
Grade Levels:       1 - 5
Day/Dates:           Monday – Sept  13, 20, 27    |   Oct   4, 11, 18, 25   |   Nov 1, 8  
Sessions:              9 classes x 67 minutes
Time:                     2 - 3.07pm
Room:                   130
Tuition:                  Early Bird Pricing - $189     After September 9th - $199

It’s a Zoo in here! This course is sure to delight kids who love animals. Using Lego bricks, kids will have the chance to build snakes, insects, mammals and creatures and critters from their own imagination. Each week students will learn about the animals they build, from a chameleon that changes colors to their construction of a model seal that waddles across their table. Students will fall in love with their mobile creations that celebrate the wonders of the animal kingdom.

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Instructor:            Professional Actors from Synergy Theater (prev Kenn Adams’ Adventure Theater)
Grade Levels:       K - 5
Day/Dates:           Thursday - March 5, 12, 19  |  April 2, 16, 23, 30  |  May 7, 14, 21
Sessions:              10 classes x 1 hour
Time:                      3:10 - 4:10 pm
Room:                    130
Tuition:                   $210

It’s laughter, learning and limelight with the After School Drama Club - The Actor’s Workshop! Through a fun series of theater games, acting exercises and scripted scene work, this introductory acting class teaches the fundamentals of the actor’s craft. Students explore the “three tools of the actor” – voice, body and imagination – as they learn how to create characters, interpret scripts and perform for an audience. The class teaches true theater skills such as stagecraft, emotionally truthful acting, and professional theater etiquette, while encouraging creativity and inspiring the imagination. The class culminates with a workshop presentation of scenes and monologues for an invited audience.