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2101 E. River Road | Tucson, AZ 85718
Phone: 520-209-7551 | Fax: 520-209-7575
Office Hours: 8:30am - 5:00pm
CARE: 520-209-7548



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Ventana Vista

Site Lead: Erin Usie-Cooper 209-8023

Early Release
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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.

Quarter 3 Enrollment opens Wednesday, December 13 at 8:30am.

Enrichment Preview Night - Wednesday. December 13 from 4:00-6:00 pm in the Canyon View MPR. Come meet the instructors and see what the classes are all about!

Early Release Tuesdays

A-Zoo       Grades: K-3       Fee:$182

Embark on a thrilling adventure into the captivating world of reptiles with A Zoo!Designed for young enthusiasts with a passion for these scaly creatures, our program offers an engaging and educational experience that combines fun activities with valuable learning opportunities. Get ready to roll up your sleeves and dive into the world of herpetology! Our hands-on activities include observing live reptiles up close, touching and interacting with non-venomous species, and even learning the basics of creating a reptile-friendly habitat. Students will have the opportunity to engage in reptile-theme darts and crafts, creating their own reptile-inspired masterpieces to take home.

Chess Club   Grades: K-5  ends at 2:35pm     Fee: $78

No prior experience is needed. Chess has been proven to enhance academic achievement and is a skill that will last a lifetime. Instructor, Ken Larsen, is a competitive chess player and instructor.

Crazy Critters   Grades: K-5    Fee: $112       

Join our exciting after-school program where every week brings a new adventure with a diverse lineup of animals, from capybaras and porcupines to turtles and more! Your child will explore the animal kingdom through engaging activities, informative lessons, and hands-on interactions in a fun and educational environment

Jewelry Making with Ms. Nona    Grades: 2-5    Fee: $125

Discover how fun and easy jewelry making can be! You will make your own unique, handmade jewelry using a wide variety of materials. The options are endless!!!

Fun with Flight!    Grades: 1-5    Fee: $189

Get ready to roll up your sleeves and immerse yourself in hands-on activities that will take you to new heights! Students will have the opportunity to build their very own flying objects, including kites, tumble wings, gliders, and other exciting contraptions. Engage in the excitement of the building process and witness your creations take flight! Join Bob Ray of Why Things Fly for a fun, fascinating foray into the world of flight. Let's fuel the spark of curiosity and inspire the next generation of aviators and engineers!

PlayWell: Video Games Unplugged    Grades: 2-5     Fee:$154

Level up your LEGO® Engineering skills in this video game-inspired experience. Our Play-Well instructors bring your favorite video game characters and experiences to real life.Using LEGO, learn Link’s signature moves to defeat enemies, build mechanisms to make sonic spin and take out Robotnki, and even build go karts to challenge Mario and friends in a race for the Mushroom Cup. All the fun of a video game adventure without the screen!

TGA Golf    Grades:K-2 / 3-5      Fee: $176 

Tee it up with Teach, Grow, Achieve (TGA), a national after-school sports enrichment program. TGA's five-level program brings the golf course to you. Have fun learning the techniques of golf! Great for beginners as well as experienced golfers.

TGA Tennis    Grades: K-2 / 3-5    Fee: $176

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.

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


KidStage presents: "Harriet Patter & the Broom Closet of Wonder"     Grades: 2-5      Fee: $200

In the second installment of this beloved series, all our favorite characters are back at Pigwarts for more adventure, more magic and more hilarious parody.Someone is making mischief at school and once again Harriet finds herself at the center of it all. With the help of her best friends Don and Hermonica, Harriet must solve the mystery of the legendary Broom Closet of Wonder before it's too late.  Join in this wonderful adventure where friendship proves to be the greatest magic of all.

Code Ninjas: Code Your Own Arcade     Grades: 3-5   Fee: $346

Students will create retro-style arcade games with Microsoft MakeCode Arcade.Throughout the class, students combine the power of coding with game design to enhance their programming skills and develop games inspired by classic platformers, adventure games, and more! At the end of the class, they will bring their games to life on hand held gaming devices to play and share with friends.

Young Rembrandts: Elementary and Cartoon Drawing    Grades: K-3   Fee: $270

This winter, Young Rembrandts artists are in for a treat with a lineup of ALL NEW drawing lessons. From a vibrant pop art dog to fascinating art history and a powerful unicorn, there's so much to learn and love. We prioritize proper technique and excellent color selection in every lesson. Your child will not only enhance their skills but also have a blast personalizing cool drawings like soccer players, and robots. Waste no time and enroll your child today to unleash their artistic potential!


Cooking with Mrs. Jean    Grades: 3-5    Fee: $150

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 all new recipes from savory to sweet!

TGA Lacrosse    Grades: K-2 / 3-5    Fee: $293

There is a strict no-contact rule to maintain all player’s safety. Coaches lead students through station-based drills and games that develop the fundamental skills of passing,catching, running, and defending. Students participate in STEAM labs that allow them to explore academic concepts like gravity, compression, and aerodynamics through the game.

Webby Dance: Dance/Gymnastics / Yoga   Grades: K-5   Fee: $236

This quarter, with Webby Dance, we will introduce each child to the fundamentals of dance, gymnastics & yoga! Explore a new theme each week, our combination classes offer a wide variety of skills. End of quarter performance will be held for families!

Ventana Vista Yearbook Club     Grades: 4-5     Fee: $105

The Yearbook Club is not just a club; it's a time-traveling adventure that allows you to curate the highlights of the school year. From the first day of school to the final bell, we're on a mission to create a visual journey that will be cherished forever. Join our team of writers, editors, photographers to learn about yearbook design, creating content, writing headlines, captions and more! Join Ms. Bacalia help create our Ventana Vista 2023-2024 yearbook!


Capoeira Mandinga: Afro-Brazilian Martial Arts     Grades: 1-5      Fee $190

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.

Cooking with Ms. Jean.   Grades: K-2    Fee: $135

Learn new cooking techniques and new recipes from savory to sweet! Build your language skills in cuisine and kitchen safety!

Lucky Cat Art: Polymer Clay      Grades: 2-5    Fee: $257

Unleash your creativity as you learn how to make colorful Polymer Clay Mini Figurines! In this fun class, your student will make miniature food, little cute animals and pop culture characters. They will even create their own imaginative mini figurine. Each class, we will learn a technique or about a new material and apply it by making a step by step mini clay project.

Works by Watson: Mini Engineers   Grades: 3-5    Fee: $309

Get ready to roll up your sleeves and try your hand at engineering! Our class features a series of age-appropriate, hands-on projects that allow mini-engineers to explore the basics of structural design, simple machines, and problem-solving. From constructing mini bridges to ramps, gates, cranes, each project is designed to inspire creativity and build a foundation in engineering principles. Learntool terms, OSHA Safety Standards and how to manufacture a custom build from graph paper to functionalization.


Drama Kids: Creative Drama Adventures    Grades: K-3    Fee $138

Calling all young actors in grades K-3 to join us on this fantastic ride where storytelling comes to life. Led by experienced educators, this enchanting class will transport your child into a realm of make-believe, where they'll discover the magic of acting, build confidence, and make friends through imaginative play and collaborative activities. Through laughter and learning,our Drama Kids Adventure promises to ignite young minds, nurture budding talents, and create lifelong memories.

Learning Chemistry from Comic Books     Grades: 3-5      Fee: $105

We are revolutionizing the way students engage with chemistry by combining education and entertainment! From captivating chemistry comics to engaging audio books, hands-on activities, mind-bending puzzles, and exciting games, this program is designed to build molecular literacy in a fun and interactive way. Come challenge your mind, connect with fellow chemistry enthusiasts and join the creator and founder of Kids' Chemical Solutions,Colleen Kelley, as she shares her love of the world of discovery, research and her comics books with your student!

Soccer Shots     Grades: K-2 & 3-5     Fee: $229

Soccer Shots is an engaging program helping children on and off the soccer field learning character development skills along with the fundamentals of the game. Enjoy games and scrimmages to end each class!

TGA Cheer    Grades: K-2 / 3-5     Fee: $234

Discover how fun and exciting cheerleading can be! Coaches will lead students through drill and activities to build their skills in tumbling, stunting, choreography, motions, jumps and performance. Students will also partake in labs to explore concepts like gravity, balance and aerodynamics in cheerleading.


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.