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 DUSD requirements, masks are optional for the after school classes.
ALL DPIE VENDORS WILL BE FULLY VACCINATED.

Actors’ Workshop!

Instructor:            Professional Actors from Kenn Adams Synergy Theater
Grade Levels:       1 - 5
Day/Dates:           Monday – Sept 12, 19, 26    |  Oct 3, 10, 17, 24    |  Nov 7, 14, 28
Sessions:              10 classes x 1 hour
Time:                      2:05 - 3:05 pm
Room:                    P1
Tuition:                   Early Bird - $195     After Sept 7th- $205

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.

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Advanced LEGO® Robotics

Prerequisite: To enroll in this course you MUST have first completed our Lego Robotics, WeDo Lego Robotics for Elementary Students or some other beginning Robotics class so your child is familiar with the basics of block coding. Otherwise, students should enroll in the Lego Robotics class at least once before enrolling in the Advanced Lego Robotics course.

Instructor:            CompuChild Instructor
Grade Levels:       2 - 5
Day/Dates:            Tuesday – Sept 6, 13, 20, 27   |  Oct 4, 11,18, 25    |  Nov 1, 8
Sessions:              10 x  1 Hour
Time:                     2:05 - 3:05pm
Room:                   P4
Tuition:                  Early Bird - $189   After Sept 1st - $199

Do you have a budding engineer in your family and a child who just can’t get enough of building and problem solving? Then the Advanced Lego Robotic course might be just the class you’re looking for. Working in teams, students will participate in an interactive engineering design process and will be challenged to construct more complex and dynamic robot projects that enable them to successfully complete a series of engineering challenges.

The Advanced Robotics course is designed for students who have already participated in our Beginning Lego & Robotics course as taught in the DPIE After School Program or a student who has already taken a basic robotics course and learned or is familiar with the basics of block coding.

Challenges will include:

  1. Obstacle Course Learning
    Objectives: How to utilize motors, sensors and other Lego parts to build a moving robot and program.
    Goal: Kids will design a robot that will complete the obstacle course involving bridge, wall, river and other obstacles, in order to rescue a stranded individual and bring them back to base.
  2. Mouse Maze
    Learning objectives: Learn how to take input from the environment and take action based on sensory data.
    Goal: Students will have to design and build a robot that will be able to take and respond to input from its environment and find its way through the maze.
  3. Robot Sumo
    Learning objectives: Students will use the knowledge they have gained from previous projects and additional and more complex sensors to construct robots that are both robust and spatially aware
    Goal: Teams of students will compete in a robot sumo tournament. Student teams will create a fully autonomous robot with the goal of pushing the other robot out of the circle while maintaining their position in the circle.

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Instructor:            Professional Dance Instructors from BollyNaach Dance Company
Grade Levels:       1 - 5
Day/Dates:           Tuesday - Sept 6, 13, 20, 27   |  Oct 4, 11,18, 25   |  Nov 1
Sessions:              10 classes x 1 hour
Time:                     2:05- 3:05pm  
Room:                   TBA
Tuition:                 Early Bird Pricing - $195   After Sept 1st - $205

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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Café Art - All Things “Kawaii,” Art for Kids

Instructor:            Jean Wright from Café Art
Grade Levels:       1 - 5
Day/Dates:           Tuesday – Sept 6, 13, 20, 27 |  Oct 4, 11,18, 25  |  Nov 1, 8
Sessions:              10 classes x 1 hour
Time:                      2:05 -  3:05pm 
Room:                    P5  Moving to P1 on 09/20
Tuition:                   Early Bird - $189    After Sept 1st - $199

Kawaii means “cute” in the Japanese language. Come along with us on a ten-week excursion as we explore the art world of cuteness! Your student will enjoy bringing their own cute creations into existence through various art mediums such as pencil and pen, paints, polymer clay, canvas, shrink dinks, melting beads and more. By the end of the session, students will be able to identify the characteristics of kawaii, be able to draw and design kawaii characters, and incorporate them into their everyday art. 

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Chess Academy for Kids

Instructor:            Pacific Chess Academy
Grade Levels:       1 - 5
Day/Dates:           REVISED Friday – Aug 26    |  Sept   23, 30    |  Oct 14, 21, 28   |  Nov 4  | Dec 2 
Sessions:              9 x 67 minutes   REVISED 7 x 77 minutes
Time:                     3:05 - 4.12pm   REVISED 3.05pm - 4.22pm
Room:                   P4 and P6
Tuition:                  Early Bird Pricing - $189    After Aug 21st - $199

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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Creative Writing For Primary Grades

Instructor:             Talent Nook Writing Academy 
Grade Level:          1 - 2
Day/Dates:             REVISED Wednesday – Sept  14, 21, 28    |  Oct 5, 12, 19, 26    |  Nov 2, 9, 16
Sessions:                10 x 1 Hour
Time:                       2:05 - 3.05pm
Room:                     P5  Moving to P1 on 09/28
Tuition:                    Early Bird Pricing -  $195    After Aug 27th -  $205

Inspire your child to write and create a storybook! 

This course will explore the art of storytelling and read aloud short stories.  Reading spurs imagination and acts as a springboard to writing.  Fun, silly, and rhyming stories motivate young children to learn the language and develop writing skills. Students will read and hear several genres of short stories and write story plots of beginning, middle, and end.  Students will write and understand how characters interact with each other.

Students get their chance to create their very own stories.  Students will write about many stories including adventure, science fiction, fairy tales, fables, mystery, realistic fiction, fantasy, and historical fiction that are short and fun. Imagination allows each student to share their ideas through writing.

This course will enable your student to:    

  1. Develop creative writing skills with sensory details.
  2. Write about characters, plot, and conclusions.
  3. Complete their own writing storybook.

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Creative Writing for Upper Grades

Instructor:             Talent Nook Writing Academy 
Grade Level:          3 - 5
Day/Dates:            REVISED Friday – Aug  26  |    Sept  23, 30    |   Oct 14, 21, 28   |  Nov 4  | Dec 2
Sessions:                9 x 67 Minutes  REVISED 7 x 77 minutes
Time:                       3:05 - 4:12pm   REVISED 3.05 - 4.22pm
Room:                     P5
Tuition:                    Early Bird Pricing -  $195    After Aug 21st -  $205

Inspire your child to write and create a storybook! 

This course will explore the art of storytelling. Students will read several genres of short stories and develop an appreciation of a compelling story: plot, dialogue, figurative language, character development, sequence of events, and imagery to name a few. Reading acts as a springboard to develop imaginative writing. 

Students draw on all materials read aloud in class and get their chance to create their very own stories.  Genres including adventure, science fiction, fairy tales, fables, mystery, realistic fiction, fantasy, and historical fiction spark interest in writing.  Imagination through reading and writing allows each student to have fun and share their voice.

This course will enable your student to:    

  1. Develop creative writing skills.
  2. Read, sample, and write in different genres.
  3. Complete their own short stories with fun and guidance.

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LEGO® Robotics for Primary Students

Instructor:            CompuChild Instructor
Grade Levels:       1 - 4
Day/Dates:            REVISED Wednesday – Sept  14, 21, 28    |  Oct 5, 12, 19, 26    |  Nov 2, 9, 16
Sessions:              10 x  1 Hour
Time:                     2:05 - 3:05pm
Room:                   27
Tuition:                  Early Bird - $189   After Sept 2 - $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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Life Science in the Garden - The Power of Insects

Instructor:            Mr John Price, Dougherty Teacher
Grade Levels:       2 - 5
Day/Dates:           REVISED Thursday– Sept 1, 15, 22   |  Oct 13, 20, 27  |  Nov 3, 10 , 17*  | Dec 1
Sessions:              10 classes x 1 hour
Time:                      3:05 - 4:05pm  *Nov 17 - 2.05 - 3.05pm
Room:                    11/Garden
Tuition:                   Early Bird - $186     After Aug 27th - $196

Have you ever noticed hummingbirds going from flower to flower and wondered what they were doing? The hummingbird is getting nectar, a high energy drink flowers use to attract hummingbirds. By attracting birds and insects, the flower is making sure that its pollen gets taken to other flowers. If you’ve ever seen a bee close-up when it’s visiting flowers, you might have noticed that the legs are covered with yellow grains of pollen. Pollination is the process in which pollen is transferred from one plant to another. Plants need pollination in order to make seeds and reproduce itself.

In Mr Price’s Life Science class, students will  examine the diversity of pollinators in the garden and their role in the ecosystem provides an excellent opportunity for students to learn about the mechanisms of adaptation.

  • Planting pollinator friendly plants.
  • Pollinator art projects.
  • Developing our observation skills
  • Designing our own flowers

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Instructor:        CodeFu Tri-Valley Certified Instructor
Grade Level:     1 - 2
Day/Dates:        Wednesday - Sept 7, 14, 21, 28  |   Oct 5, 12, 19, 26   |  Nov 2, 9   
Sessions:           10 classes x 1 hour 
Time:                  2:05 - 3:05pm 
Room:                 P4
Tuition:               Early Bird - $189     After March 6th - $199

In this course students will learn how to build games and tell digital stories using the application Scratch Jr. Student will piece together sequences before executing to see the outcome of the story. Students will have the opportunity to decide what story they want to tell and the objective they want to achieve.  Once those decisions are made they will program each step in the storyline utilizing code blocks to complete the animation tasks. The course will give new students a foundation to work from as they learn coding principles in an easy and user-friendly environment. Enroll your child now to begin his/her journey into the world of computer science.

Coding Languages Learned – Scratch Jr block-based coding.

Core Subjects Incorporated into Instruction – Problem solving, Reading, Creative Writing, Measuring and Estimation.

Core Subjects Learned – Algorithms, sequencing, loops, commands and if-then statements.

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Readers Book Club

Instructor:            Ms Lina Barakat, Dougherty Teacher
Grade Levels:       3 - 5
Day/Dates:          REVISED Thursday– Sept 1, 15, 22, 29*    |  Oct 13, 20, 27   |   Nov 3, 10, 17**
Sessions:              10 classes x 1 hour
Time:                      3:05 - 4:05pm *Sept 29 - 12.40 - 1.40pm     **Nov 17 - 2.05 - 3.05pm
Room:                    16
Tuition:                   Early Bird - $186     After Aug 27th - $196

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:        CodeFu Tri-Valley Certified Instructor
Grade Level:     3 - 5
Day/Dates:        Monday – Sept 12, 19, 26   |   Oct 3, 10, 17, 24    |  Nov 7, 14   
Sessions:           9 classes x 67 minutes 
Time:                  3:05 - 4:12pm 
Room:                 P5
Tuition:               Early Bird - $189     After March 6th - $199

In this course, students will learn how to build games and tell digital stories using the application Scratch. Students will piece together sequences before executing to see the outcome. Students will begin by deciding on a story and objective then program each step using code blocks to complete the animation or task. Join now to begin your journey to become a master game designer! No prior coding experience needed.

Coding languages learned: Scratch Core Subjects Incorporated: Problem Solving, Creative Writing, Percents and Fractions, Arithmetic (Adding, Subtracting, Comparing), Graphing and Coordinates

Coding Core Subjects Learned: Variables, For Loop, If Else, Functions, Lists, While loop

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Speaking Minds: Build Confidence & Present to Persuade!!

Instructor:            Gurus Education, East Bay
Grade Levels:       2 - 5
Day/Dates:           REVISED Thursday – Sept 1, 15, 22    |  Oct 13, 20, 27    |  Nov 3, 10, 17*     
Sessions:              10 x 1 hour  REVISED 8 x 68 minutes
Time:                     REVISED 3:05 – 4:13pm   * Nov 17 - 2.05 - 3.13pm
Room:                   P4
Tuition:                  Early Bird Pricing - $195   After March 13th - $205

Make your biggest fear, your greatest triumph!

Our program will provide your child with the instruction, interaction, and practice to develop and deliver compelling presentations with less anxiety. It will enhance students’ writing, active listening, & communication skills. Kids will learn to make strong arguments through thought provoking debatable topics and thru various activities.

This class will not only teach delivery and presentation skills, but will also provide a foundation for critical thinking & constructive reasoning.

Our goal is their SUCCESS!

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Stop Motion Animation & Game Development

Instructor:         CompuChild Instructor
Grade Level:      2 - 5
Day/Dates:         Monday – Sept 12, 19, 26    |  Oct 3, 10, 17, 24    |  Nov 7, 14
Sessions:            9 x 67 Minutes
Time:                   2.05 - 3.12pm
Room:                 P4
Tuition:                Early Bird - $189   After Sept 7th- $199

This is a beginner’s course in design and building games. Students will be using the roblox game engine to build 3D games and learning the fundamentals of programming doing so. This is a fun way for kids to learn programming while applying their creative side to design games. They will be learning and practicing the concepts of variables, IF ELSE conditions, Loops, timers, functions, checkpoint, and events in this course.

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Instructor:            Licensed instructor from Code to the Future
Grade Levels:       2 - 5
Day/Dates:           Wednesday -  March 9, 16, 23, 30   |  April 13, 20, 27   |  May 4, 11, 18
Sessions:              10 classes x 1 Hour
Time:                     2:05 - 3:05pm
Room:                   TBA
Tuition:                 Early Bird Pricing - $189   After After March 3rd - $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:            CompuChild
Grade Levels:       1 - 2
Day/Dates:            Monday – March 14, 21, 28   |  April 11, 18, 25    |  May 2, 9, 16, 23   
Sessions:              10 classes x 1 hour
Time:                      2:05 - 3:05pm
Room:                    P4
Tuition:                   Early Bird - $189         After March 10th - $199

In this course we teach basic engineering, electronics and circuitry concepts by building components (musical doorbell, siren, motion detectors, 2 speed fan with lights and many more) using hands-on snap circuit kits.  This is a part of maker series where children build their own circuits and learn in depth about electricity, battery, parallel and series circuits etc. We teach kids basic concepts in a fun and exciting way. If your child likes to work with creative hands-on projects, the Snap Circuit class is the one for them.


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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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