Murray Elementary School

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

Murray Elementary SchoolHello Murray 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 Murray 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.


BollyWood Dance Class for Kids

Instructor:          Professional Dance Instructors from BollyNaach Dance Company
Grade Level:       1 - 5
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 Pricing - $189   After November 28th- $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

Instructors:        Pacific Chess Academy 
Grade Level:      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 - $180    After November 25th - $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 Certified Teacher
Grade Level:       2 - 5
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

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 Level:          2 - 4
Days/Dates:           Thursday– Dec  2, 9, 16    |   Jan   13, 20, 27   |   Feb   3, 10, 17, 24 
Sessions:                10 x 1 hour 
Time:                       3:05 - 4:05pm
Room:                     TBA
Tuition:                   Early Bird - $189   After November 28th - $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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Instructor:           Bricks 4 Kidz
Grade Levels:     1 - 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:                   Room 2
Tuition:                 Early Bird - $189    After September 2nd- $ 199

Join us for an adventurous journey through space! Build a rocket to blast through the atmosphere into a realm that is truly out of this world. Build a world where rebels and the dark side start epic battles.  We’ll build motorized models that represent spacecraft from your favorite popular space movie.  We will also learn about the characteristics of space along the way.  Come experience this stellar journey to a galaxy far far away.

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Instructor:           Bricks 4 Kidz (Legos)
Grade Level:        1 – 5
Day/Dates:         Thursday - Sept  2, 9, 16, 23, 30  |  Oct  7, 14, 21, 28  |  Nov  4   
Sessions:             10 x 1 hour
Time:                    3 - 4pm
Room:                  K2
Tuition:                 Early Bird Pricing - $189     After August 29th - $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:        Licensed instructor from Code to the Future
Grades:            2 - 5
Day/Dates:      Friday - Sept  3, 10, 17, 24  |  Oct  1, 8, 15, 22    |  Nov  12
Sessions:         10 classes x 1 Hour
Time:                3 - 4.07pm 
Room:              K4
Tuition:            Early Bird Pricing - $189   After August 29th - $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 Level:       1 - 2
Day/Dates:          Monday – Sept  13, 20, 27  |   Oct  4, 11, 18, 25    |  Nov   1, 8
Sessions:             9 x 67 minutes 
Time:                    2 - 3.07pm  - 4:20pm
Room:                  K2
Tuition:                Early Bird Pricing -  $189 After November 24th - $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:       Ms Sara Phillips, Murray Teacher
Grades:            K - 4
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 - 4:10pm
Room:              W6
Tuition:            Early Bird Pricing - $189         After February 28th- $199

In this Math Challenge class, students will practice math skills and learn new problem solving skills through hands-on games and activities and the use of technology. Most of the tasks will be open-ended. Students will be presented with a problem and will search for constructive ways of finding solutions. This might be through engineering as students construct a plan to solve a problem. It might be through drawing as they design their solutions. The tasks will be completed through the use of technology, teamwork, and thinking outside the box.


Instructor:           Ms. Lauren Soto-Figueroa, Murray Teacher
Grade Level:        K – 3
Day/Dates:          Friday - Jan  10, 17, 24, 31    |  Feb  7, 21, 28
Sessions:             7 classes x 90 minutes
Time:                    3:10 - 4:40pm
Room:                   K4
Tuition:                 Early Bird Pricing - $189   After January 8th - $199

Students will become introductory chefs as they explore the world and art of cooking through literature, culture, and science. This class changes in each session and we never duplicate recipes so each time you take this class you will learn to prepare something new and different. Students will learn the basics of cooking materials, collect recipes and notes through an interactive notebook (cookbook), and explore in basic recipes as well as seasonal specialties. Each class students will learn, cook, and taste/take home food and recipes related to cultural foods around the world, connected to literature and also explore how cooking is related to math and science. They will learn vocabulary, how to use certain items, food and kitchen safety and become junior chefs! Students get an apron and cookbook with all recipes and learning as well as certificate at the end of the two weeks. Not to mention, the kids get to eat what they make. Yum!

Please let instructor know of any food allergies and we encourage students to wear comfortable clothing and tennis shoes. Looking forward to guiding your child around the world through making and tasting! Bon appetit!

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Instructor:          Professional Actors from Synergy Theater (prev Kenn Adams’ Adventure Theater)
Grade Level:       K - 5
Day/Dates:          Monday – March 16, 23, 30  |  April 13, 20, 27  |  May 4, 11, 18
Sessions:             9 x 70 minutes 
Time:                    2:10  - 3:20pm
Room:                  W3
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.