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Catalina Foothills School District’s commitment to 21st Century Learning continues after school with Community Schools’ elementary programs. Afterschool enrichment opportunities include special activities and classes for students on early release days. Afterschool classes and camps extend into the later afternoon hours to broaden lifelong learning options for students in kindergarten through fifth grade. Special programs through Community Schools serve as avenues for learning new skills and experiencing meaningful activities during school vacations and weekends.


Enrichment Classes
First Quarter Registration opensTuesday, August 1 at 8:30am.

Early Release Mondays

Chess - 1:30-2:35*        Grades K-5       Fee:$96

Open to all ability levels, no prior experience necessary. Students build strategy and play games. Opportunities for optional weekend tournaments. Ken Larsen, an instructor for over 30 years and a competitive chess player, has led CFSD students to victories at local, state and national tournaments. *Note ending time

Art Naturally: Working Wild       Grades: 1-5       Fee:$229

What do you want to be when you grow up? A zookeeper? A Park Ranger? An oceanographer? This class will explore the many different ways you can work with wildlife. Each week we will create an art project based on these wild careers!

A - Zoo       Grades: 3-5         Fee:$243

Geckos, lizards, and frogs, OH MY! We will learn all about the characteristics of reptiles and amphibians and what makes these animals unique in our hands on class. Yes, you will get to hold some of them! We will talk about warm and cold blooded animals, invertebrates and vertebrates, skin types, and so much more!  Investigate their habitats, diets, and how to care for them at home.  Turn your fear of snakes into "snakes are fascinating " as you discover how some of these animals can make excellent pets!

Capoeira Mandinga: Afro-Brazilian Martial Arts     Grades: 1-5      Fee $169

Learn the flowing, beautiful Afro-Brazilian Martial Art Capoeira with Capoeira Mandinga Tucson. Students will learn kicks, escapes, and fluid moves that build mind and body strength, flexibility, and agility. Students also learn music that drives the energy of the Capoeira game. Capoeira increases balance, creativity, and confidence. Teachers Anne Pollack and Aidan Miller-Wells were honored with a 2019 Southwest Folklife Alliance Award. Aidan has trained in capoeira over 12 years. Anne is the only master of Capoeira and Afro-Brazilian arts in the State of Arizona.

Code Your Own Arcade with Code Ninjas    Grades 3-5     Fee:$286

Instead of just playing games, how would you like to code your own? Learn how to build games using the characters you love and the coding skills you will gain throughout the class. You even get to choose your own themes and worlds.

Cooking with Ms. Jean   Grades: 3-5   Fee:144

In this class, students take a more hands-on approach investigating what ingredients to use and why! We will learn new cooking techniques and how to use new measuring instruments while learning basic math techniques and building broader language skills in cuisine. Of course, while always being safe in the kitchen! This class will focus on unique foods worldwide, from Asia, South America, and Europe. 

PlayWell: Adventures in STEM using Lego Materials    Grades: K-5     Fee:$189

Let your imagination run wild with tens of thousands of LEGO® parts! Build engineer-designed projects and use special pieces to create your own unique designs! Projects are rotated seasonally to ensure that both new and returning students can explore the endless creative possibilities of the LEGO® building system.

After School Classes 3:00 - 4:30 unless noted


Cooking with Ms. Jean    Grades: K-2     Fee: $156

Students will learn to use fun kitchen gadgets like an instant pot, waffle iron, indoor grill and air fryer to create creatively delicious food! They will then add their newly learned recipes to cookbooks so they can show off their new skills at home.

TGA Volleyball    Grades: 3-5      Fee: $264

Serve it up with volleyball class and discover how fun and exciting volleyball can be with TGA! Coaches lead students through station-based drills and games that develop the fundamental skills of passing, setting, serving, spiking, and blocking.


Luna Paper Design: Paper Mache Character Paint    Grades: 3-5    Fee: $257

In this class your child will develop their painting abilities with papier mache animals and other fun objects with nontoxic acrylic paint. This class will help your child learn how to use different sizes of brushes and mix different fun colors together. Step by step and with easy instructions each student will paint their characters with acrylic paint of their choice. During the class all children will wear aprons and their supply will be ready for them to complete their art.


Drama Kids: Dramatic Exploration    Grades: K-3    Fee: $154

Dramatic Exploration: Students will harness the power of their imaginations as they explore many facets of drama, including improv, scene building, storytelling and creative movement. They will develop valuable skills like collaboration, public speaking, self-confidence and the ability to think quickly and creatively; that will help them both on and off the stage.

TGA Tennis    Grades: K-2    Fee: $264

Serve it up and discover how fun and exciting tennis can be with TGA! Coaches lead students through station-based drills and games that develop the fundamental skills of grip, forehand, backhand, volley and serve.


Leather Arts and Crafts with Lucky Cat Social Art    Grades: K-2    Fee: $257

Using reclaimed leather, students will learn to make various craft projects to include tassels and accessories. You will also create art projects such as leather collages and painting on leather. All materials included. 



NSF checks: A $25 bank processing fee will be assesed for any returned checks.

Elementary Policies

Late Registration Fee Policy: There will be a $15 late registration fee for any registration received after the registration deadline.

  • If you register the day that classes start, your student will not be able to attend class until the following week.
  • If you register the week that classes begin, contact your Community Schools Program Coordinator at your school to confirm your registration.

Wait Lists: If a class you wanted to register for is FULL, please make sure you add the “Waitlist” class to your cart to ensure you are contacted if a spot becomes available. All waiting list requests are dated, time-stamped, and entered accordingly.

Refund Refunds/Changes:
When dropping out of activities after the first class, you will receive a 50% refund. No refunds will be given after the 2nd day of class. There will be a $10 change fee for any class changes. No refunds if we remove your student from a class.

Procedure for Removing a Child from the Program: Our Community Schools philosophy is to provide children with safe, optimum learning opportunities. Our expectations for behavior are based on appropriate developmental levels and, when necessary, may culminate in removal of a student from a program.

Sign-Out Policy: To ensure the safety of the children in our program, it is mandatory that children be picked up in their classrooms and signed out by a parent following Community Schools classes. Exceptions: Children returning to CARE or going to another Community Schools class. A late pick-up fee of $2.00 per minute will be assessed for any student who is not picked up within five minutes after the end of their class.

Fees for Classes, Athletics, Outdoor Adventures and Field Trips
All fees are due at the time of enrollment, prior to the start of the program. Contact Community Schools for information on payment plans or fee reductions. Fee reductions may be available based on combined family income.