Dougherty Elementary School

We are offering a dynamic selection of courses available from 1st Grade 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.  

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 – March 13, 20, 27   |  April 10, 17, 24   |  May 1, 8, 15, 22
Sessions:              10 classes x 1 hour
Time:                      2:05 - 3:05 pm
Room:                    P1
Tuition:                   Early Bird - $195     After February 21st - $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 – March 7, 14, 21, 28  |   April 11, 18, 25   |   May 2, 9, 16, 23
Sessions:              10 x  1 Hour
Time:                     2:05 - 3:05pm
Room:                   P4
Tuition:                  Early Bird - $190   After February 21st - $200

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.

Note: Students may enroll in this class twice without repeating projects.

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Café Art – Fill Your Own Sketchbook with Art

Instructor:            Jean Wright from Café Art
Grade Levels:       1 - 5
Day/Dates:           Tuesday – March 7, 14, 21, 28    |   April 11, 18, 25   |   May 2, 9, 16 
Sessions:              10 classes x 1 Hour
Time:                     2:05 -  3:05pm 
Room:                    P1
Tuition:                   Early Bird - $189    After February 21st - $199

Sketchbooks are great because you're not confined to just drawing. You can use it as a place to explore different mediums, study different techniques, create color palettes, design patterns, and keep a collection of visuals that inspire you. Using a variety of mediums in a sketchbook also helps grow creativity. In this 9/10 week course, our students will  practice different skills and  techniques, explore color, and create different styles of art. At the end of the course they will go home with a. complete sketchbook of projects such as: creating value, Line Drawings, Dulaunay Abstract Art, Winter Folk art Trees, Farm Animals, Combining Line, Color and Pattern, Close-up Look at Eyes of Reptiles. Kids will be combing their work and binding into a sketchbook at the end of class.

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Chess Academy for Kids

Instructor:            Pacific Chess Academy
Grade Levels:       1 - 5
Day/Dates:           Friday – March 10, 24   |  April 14, 21, 28   |  May 5, 12, 19, 26 
Sessions:              9 x 67 minutes   
Time:                     3:05 - 4.12pm   
Room:                   P4
Tuition:                  Early Bird Pricing - $190    After February 24th - $200

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: Introduction to Mytstery & Adventure

Instructor:             Talent Nook Writing Academy 
Grade Level:          1 - 2
Day/Dates:             Wednesday – March 8, 15, 22, 29  |   April 12, 19, 26   |  May 3, 10, 17
Sessions:                10 x 1 Hour
Time:                       2:05 - 3.05pm
Room:                     P1
Tuition:                    Early Bird Pricing -  $195    After February 22nd -  $205

This course will explore the art of mystery plot stories and adventure realistic fiction. Reading spurs imagination and mysteries and adventure stories teach how to evaluate clues and inferences with unknown events. Clues that are both indirect and direct and unknowns are the focus of writing for inspiration, and adventure stories and mysteries are full of detective work which motivates young children to learn language and develop writing skills. Detective stories inspire the mind to “think twice,” and adventure stories elicit fun and excitement.

Students will read and hear mystery stories and adventure events, and be encouraged to write some of their own. Often, the story changes when the ending is up to the student. We will also encourage students to create their own characters through mentoring, examples, and templates. Through the art of mysteries and adventures with characters, your child will recognize fictional characters and create some of their very own stories that take them to the depths of their imagination. What fun!

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 Grades 3 - 5: Introduction to Mystery & Adventure

Instructor:             Talent Nook Writing Academy 
Grade Level:          3 - 5
Day/Dates:            Friday – March 10, 24   |  April 14, 21, 28   |  May 5, 12, 19, 26
Sessions:                9 x 67 Minutes
Time:                       3:05 - 4:12pm
Room:                     P5
Tuition:                    Early Bird Pricing -  $195    After February 24th -  $205

This course will explore the art of mystery and adventure and the ingredients that go into creating this type of fiction. This course is all about unknowns! Students will read several mystery stories and adventure events and develop an appreciation of a compelling story: plot, dialogue, figurative language, character development, sequence of events, and imagery. Mysteries from children’s books and adventures like Gulliver’s Travels and other classics will be read. Meaning and characters will develop imaginative writing. Each student will attempt to create their own story with guidance from the instructor on how to realize detective details, inference, and many unknowns that are learned from human behavior. 

Students draw on all materials read aloud in class and get their chance to create their very own stories. Imagination through reading and writing allows each student to have fun and share their voice through mysteries and adventures which allows the characters to come to life and mimic human behavior in the worlds of motivation and pleasure seeking. Distinguishing between fact and fiction, characters and situations come alive with your child’s voice. What fun!

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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Game Development

Instructor:         CompuChild Instructor
Grade Level:      2 - 5
Day/Dates:         Monday – March 13, 20 27   |  April 10, 17, 24   |  May 1, 8, 15, 22
Sessions:            10 x 1 Hour
Time:                   2.05 - 3.05pm
Room:                 P4
Tuition:                Early Bird - $190   After February 27th - $200

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.

Note: Students may enroll in this class twice without repeating projects.

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LEGO® Robotics

Instructor:            CompuChild Instructor
Grade Levels:       1 - 5
Day/Dates:            Wednesday – March 8, 15, 22, 29  |   April 12, 19, 26   |  May 3, 10, 17
Sessions:              10 x  1 Hour
Time:                     2:05 - 3:05pm
Room:                   27
Tuition:                  Early Bird - $190   After February 22nd - $200

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.

Note: Students can enroll in this class two times without repeating activities.

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Life Science of the Garden -Connecting Science, Art, and the Natural World

Instructor:            Mr John Price, Dougherty Teacher
Grade Levels:       2 - 5
Day/Dates:           Thursday – March 16, 23, 30  |  April 13, 20, 27 |  May 4, 11, 18, 25   
Sessions:              10 classes x 1 Hour
Time:                      3:05 - 4:05pm
Room:                    11/Garden
Tuition:                   Early Bird - $186     After March 2nd - $196

Encourage a sense of wonder in your young scientist by utilizing the extensive Dougherty gardens in an exploration of Life Science. Students will learn about leaves, flowers and general plant-life as they collect & press specimens.  Students will create their own guide to the plants growing in the Dougherty garden as well as their own backyard. Students will have the opportunity to create their own gift projects.

Pressing plants, flowers, and even leaves will supplement your child’s understanding of life science and help them gain an appreciation for the nature that surrounds them. Students will:

  • Gain a better understanding of plant structures
  • Appreciate the diversity of plants in the local area
  • Learn skills for plant identification
  • Experiment with sampling practices in the field of Botany

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Masters of Public Speaking: Present with IMPACT!!

Instructor:            Gurus Education, East Bay
Grade Levels:       2 - 5
Day/Dates:           Thursday – March 16, 23, 30  |  April 13, 20, 27  |  May 4, 11, 18     
Sessions:              9 x 67 minutes
Time:                     3:05 – 4:12pm
Room:                   P4
Tuition:                  Early Bird Pricing - $195   After March 2nd - $205

Kids learn how to think critically and impact an audience effectively. Students begin to conduct research on more current issues, and make powerful presentations with the use of Power Point, Charts, Posters and other Audio/Visual Aids. This course will help kids formulate their thoughts with a clear, creative and concise structure.

This is an excellent course that reinforces presentation skills in 6 easy steps:

  • Non Verbal communication skills
  • Banish Mannerism
  • Vocal Expression
  • 3 P’s
  • First Impressions
  • Having Fun

Our goal is to develop well-rounded confident individual and to give kids with any level of prior knowledge a HANDS-ON experience in each class!!

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Readers Book Club

Instructor:            Ms Lina Barakat, Dougherty Teacher
Grade Levels:       3 - 5
Day/Dates:          Thursday – March 16, 23, 30  |  April 13, 20, 27    |  May 4, 11, 18, 25   
Sessions:              10 classes x 1 Hour
Time:                      3:05 - 4:05pm
Room:                    16
Tuition:                   Early Bird - $186     After March 2nd- $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.

Lina Barakat -  Readers Book Club, After School Enrichment Class

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Reading Comprehension Strategies for Primary Grades

Instructor:        Talentnook Writing Academy
Grade Level:     1 - 2
Day/Dates:        Monday – March 13, 20, 27   |  April 10, 17, 24   |  May 1, 8, 15, 22   
Sessions:           10 classes x 1 hour 
Time:                  2:05 - 3:05pm 
Room:                 TBA
Tuition:               Early Bird - $195     After February 22nd - $205

Empower your child to easily understand text material and develop their toolbox of Reading Strategies

Phonics awareness builds reading comprehension skills. Decoding one-syllable and two-syllable words, digraphs, common prefixes and suffixes, and irregularly spelled words are skills necessary for improved reading through our vocabulary section. The instructor will read aloud text which helps students understand how individual words connect together to form a fluent sentence. Reading aloud also promotes an understanding of how language flows and demonstrates how to pronounce multisyllabic words. Who? What? When? Where? Why? How? (WWWWH) direct their attention as they read, so students can decode new and unfamiliar words and information. The main ideas, tone, and predictions of "what will happen next," and how the tone in which a passage is written are discussed.

This course will enable your student to:

  1. Identify age-appropriate vocabulary words in context
  2. Understand reading text to answer comprehension questions
  3. Accurately recall textual information to put into writing practice.


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Writing and Comprehension Skill Building for Primary Grade Students

Instructor:        Talentnook Writing Academy, Certified Instructors
Grade Level:     1 - 2
Day/Dates:        Tuesday – March 7, 14, 21, 28   |   April 11, 18, 25   |  May 2, 9, 16   
Sessions:           10 classes x 1 Hour 
Time:                  3:05 - 4:05pm 
Room:                 TBA
Tuition:               Early Bird - $195     After February 21st - $205

With formative assessments and engaging reading and writing exercises, students improve their grasp on grammar, reading comprehension, writing, and the use of language. Special focus is given on selected reading passages, spelling, punctuation, and vocabulary.

Analysis of Text Students learn to reflect on the author's purpose and distinguish their own point of view from that of the narrator and characters in popular children’s fiction and nonfiction books. Critical thinking skills aid in building proficiency for the grade level reading standards.

Speaking & Listening Skills Students continue to build skills through conversations on grade level topics and texts in a harmonious atmosphere. Students improve comprehension by oral, visual, and auditory information.

Writing Practice To support reading, writing, and use of language, students go through assessments and practice sessions to reinforce grammar with a specific focus on spelling and punctuation. Vocabulary is adapted through Language Standards for grade level.

By the end of the course, students will be able to:

  1. Identify the author’s purpose for writing
  2. Increase vocabulary, grammar, and language skills
  3. Write and elaborate comprehension questions around text


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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:            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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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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