After School Activities and Programs in Houston
After School Activities are a variety of enrichment classes offered through The Fay School's partnership with local teaching professionals. The cost of these classes varies. Currently, the costs range from $300-$700, depending on the subject matter and length of the class. Most classes are offered once a week for an hour. Some classes meet twice a week and some classes meet for two hours.
Registration for these programs is available to currently enrolled students. Registration for the fall semester (August-December) begins in July and registration for the spring semester (January-May) begins in November. Our After School Activities program does not operate during school holidays.
After School Activity registration is held online through the Extended Day Registration Module, which can also be accessed through My Portal.
If you have questions regarding our After School Activities, please contact Brett Bagley, Extended Day Coordinator at 713-681-8300 ext. 8915.
Fall 2018 After School Activities
The Fay School Piano Studio offers private piano lessons after school to students in Primary II through Fifth Grade. Lessons are offered once a week and the cost is $45/30-min lesson. Students must have a piano at home and are expected to practice at least three days a week. Primary II students will be tested prior to enrollment in order to determine readiness. The program covers a wide variety of musical aspects, such as music reading, basic piano technique, musicianship, and performance. Students perform in two recitals a year. In addition, advantages of taking piano lessons include discipline, ability to focus, fine motor skills, ear training, and hand-eye coordination.
Students will discover the world of Broadway as they perform beloved songs for kids from musicals. Featuring music from Annie, Peter Pan, Oliver! and many more, students will build skills in dance, music and acting, and learn to be a Broadway kid storyteller! HITS has been a theatre in the Heights for over 25 years, helping students achieve life skills. By providing a nurturing and affirming environment, HITS teaches young people to learn and grow as performers and individuals. HITS instructors coach students to sing, dance and act, while also emphasizing the importance of being team players, creative thinkers, and emotionally intelligent and confident communicators.
This class is designed for students who have an interest in working with clay and gives students experiences in making functional as well as sculptural pieces using a variety of techniques. Thoughtful forms, designs, and functional uses along with good craftsmanship are emphasized. Development of technical skills and artistic vocabulary will include scoring, slipping, hand building (slab, coil, and pinch techniques), bisque firing, painting, and glazing, plus the endless alternative possibilities involved with clay.
This class is designed for creators! Learn to sew your own clothes, pillows, and accessories. In this class, your child will learn how to use the sewing machine, how to hand stitch, sew on buttons, and cut and baste fabric. Sewing will teach them hand and eye coordination, as well as hand dexterity. The projects are all fun and simple and sewing machines will be provided by the instructor during the class.
Your child will dance with delight all semester. Their ballet and jazz moves will impress you at the end of the year recital after participating in the Fay School Ballet and Jazz class. Students are taught fundamental Ballet and Jazz skills in this class. For class, students need to have: a leotard (any color), pink leather ballet shoes for girls/black leather ballet shoes for boys, and tights (optional). Students must be registered in the spring semester to participate in the recital at the end of the year.
Our mission is to promote compassion, empathy, self-esteem, trust, authenticity, and confidence through engaging, fun art projects. Young Picassos creates an enriched environment that fosters personal growth and self-image for children ages 3 and older. We believe the creative process in artistic self-expression can help children learn to resolve conflicts and problems, develop interpersonal skills, manage behavior, reduce stress and increase self-esteem. Young Picassos inspires true creativity and gives children their first “brushes” with imagination and self-confidence.
Are your children asking to help cook or bake in the kitchen? Creative Chefs is perfect for your child. Every chef will learn skills such as kitchen hygiene, kitchen safety, and utensil skills. Throughout the semester, chefs will create appetizers, main entrees, side dishes, salads, and desserts. Creative Chefs will also explore different cultures by creating different foods from different parts of the world throughout the semester.
Come serve it up with TGA Premier Youth Tennis! TGA has partnered with the United States Tennis Association to create a fun and innovative tennis program for your child. TGA’s five-level elementary school curriculum includes games, drills and physical fitness activities. Every TGA class focuses on academic concepts developed by educational experts and the rules and etiquette of tennis. TGA brings all of the equipment, training materials and 10:1 student to instructor ratio to allow for plenty of individual attention. Our goal is to not only develop our students’ tennis skills, but to give children the building blocks for future achievement on the tennis court and in life.
TGA Premier Junior Golf brings the golf course to you! Our national, award winning, five-level program is specially designed for children and builds upon the educational concepts they are learning in the classroom, including math and science. Fun comes first in every TGA class, but our curriculum also focuses on improving motor skills and physical fitness as well as instilling self-confidence and life values through professional golf instruction. Students learn the fundamentals, etiquette and rules of the game in the comfortable environment of the Fay School campus with a low 10:1 student to professional instructor ratio. Best of all, we provide all the equipment and training materials so children of all skill levels have the chance to come out and tee it up with TGA!
At Brown’s Gymnastics, our goal is to make healthy, happy, confident kids. We specialize in great instruction from a highly trained staff, thinking of ourselves as teachers, not just coaches. It is not enough to just show a child a trick; we help them to understand it and then guide them through the experiences of failure and success. We also recognize that not every student is the same. That is where our almost 30 years of experience comes in. We use time-proven methods to get the best results possible, all while having tons of fun!
In Junior Athletes, your child’s physical needs are enhanced and developed through a variety of organized, fun, and safe recreational sports and games. In each class, the children are engaged in one of our many fun, safe activities. Some of the benefits of physical activity are development of strong muscles, healthy cardiovascular systems, build confidence, increase productivity, and use up their abundant energy! Scheduled activities include but are not limited to freeze tag, obstacle course, dodge ball elimination, tug of war, capture the flag, and much more.
If your child can not stop pretending to be Merida, the heroine from Disney’s “Brave”, or Robin Hood, this may be the program for them! Archery is more popular today than ever! This program is a physical education curriculum designed to teach international style target archery. The core content covers archery, history, safety, techniques, equipment, mental concentration, and self-improvement. Archery is a lifetime sport that can improve focus, encourage patience, and instill self-confidence in your child. All equipment is provided by the coaches.
The elegant sport of fencing, always popular in Europe, is now gaining phenomenal popularity in the United States and in the Houston area. Many Americans are discovering the benefits of fencing such as helping young people gain admission and scholarships to prestigious universities as well as providing a life-long sport in which physique and age are not limitations. The Fencing coach will provide all fencing equipment to the students during class.
In this program, students will practice the awesome fundamentals of martial arts. They will learn self-control, confidence, discipline, and respect while also strengthening their physical capabilities. Students will enjoy the benefits of: cardiovascular endurance, muscular endurance, agility, flexibility, discipline, and confidence. At the end of the semester, students will have a greater degree of self-control, learning lessons against aggression, and how to positively respond to his/her fellow classmates. Most importantly, students will have fun! Cost of the class includes belt testing fees and a uniform.
Coach Carter Ayers is sending his coaching team to The Fay School for our Sports class for boys and girls, and everyone is encouraged to come out for a great time! Classes will consist of soccer, basketball, and baseball/softball. Each class will focus on the proper technique of throwing, catching, kicking, running, and other coordination and developmental skills for these sports. Join your friends for a good game today!
Our soccer coaches focus on developing a new skill each class. The program works on coordination with and without the ball. Every student has his or her own ball at all times which allows each child to practice and play at the appropriate level. Every child will decorate a soccer ball that will be theirs to take home at the end of the session.
Our program offers chess lessons to students of all skill levels and encourages fair and friendly play. On day one, overall skill will be assessed, and we set the curriculum for the year. The following lessons will ensure that every student has a solid grasp of the fundamentals of chess: piece movement, piece value, setting up the board, and basic algebraic notation. From there, we will learn basic checkmates, simple openings, and tactics. Chess is a timeless and endlessly beneficial game for all ages. Learning chess at a young age is proven to help improve focus, strategy, and critical thinking. Students will also learn good sportsmanship and hopefully develop a love for a game that lasts a lifetime.
The progressive Let’s Learn Spanish! Curriculum will aid in immersion and increasing knowledge of the Spanish language. Students will be actively involved in experiences with the Spanish language through music, games, and hands-on activities. Learning about cultural customs and arts of Spanish speaking countries will be presented in a fun, positive way. Students take home and keep a Let’s Learn Spanish! CD and the entire family can learn and review Spanish together. Younger students will build confidence while learning with puppets and interactive activities. All students will celebrate Cinco de Mayo with a fiesta, complete with musical instruments, dancing and a piñata. Spanish classes are offered on Monday and Wednesday (students are expected to attend both class days).
Third Rock from the Sun: In this unit, students will explore the science that deals with the earth’s physical structure and substance, its history, and the processes that act on it. Students will learn all about the physical properties of the world around them! They will explore everything from the beginning of our planet to its current and future state. Wacky Weather Science: In the next unit, students will conduct weather experiments. From tornados in a bottle, to making clouds and making it rain in a bottle, to understanding how weather patterns are formed and sustained, students will explore extreme weather and how it impacts them and the world around them.
In this unit, students will learn all the basics of building and piloting drones! Students will get to see their drone from start to finish and watch as their drone takes shape! Once their drones are built, students will get hands-on lessons that teach them all about piloting Unmanned Aerial Vehicles! This drone class is perfect for all-level drone assemblers and pilots. Students will also be introduced to the world of coding drones! Drone coding and programming is a fun way to learn new coding languages and new functions of the drones.
In Robotics, children are able to do all this and more by adding motors to projects. Classes are progressive and build on one another. Literacy skills are improved by memorizing poems with hand motions about gears, levers and pulleys to reinforce how they work and what they do. Fine motor skills, critical thinking skills, imagination, and confidence will increase in this fun-filled atmosphere.
In this unit, students will dive into the world of Special Effects in movie making! They will learn how Green Screen Technology works and put their new skills to the test in their very own film!
Variables: The Change Up: This unit will focus on an important part of coding: variables. Variables are bits of coding that have the power to change based on what players or coders do. From rolling the dice to counting steps, variables are incredibly flexible tools.
This course is designed for the young engineer in your life. In Lego Engineering, children will learn to build simple machines using gears, levers, and pulleys and then motorize these machines using Lego and KNEX educational kits, and curriculum while building math and science skills. Children will learn how to apply engineering principles to everything they build. In each class, students will build a new and exciting machine and watch it work! Children will understand why a machine works and will learn how to manipulate a machine to go faster or slower.
Improve your child’s literacy skills through Imaginations at Work. During this class, children are given the opportunity to engage in a variety of activities and learning experiences to build and improve vocabulary, phonological skills, word recognition, narrative skills, letter knowledge, and storytelling. This is a learning experience that not only improves literacy skills, but also builds self-confidence while empowering children to use their own creativity to stimulate their imaginations.
In the ISEE Lower Level Workshop, your child learns test-taking strategies that meet the standards of the exam used for middle school admissions. This workshop focuses on problem solving, verbal reasoning, reading comprehension, writing skills, quantitative reasoning, and mathematical achievement. TutorVille provides students with the strategies and testing practices needed to reach his or her highest potential on the Lower Level ISEE.