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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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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.

Early Release Tuesdays

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!

Chess Club   Grades: K-5  ends at 2:35pm     Fee: $96

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: $130       NOTE: STARTS 8/16

Get up close with and learn all about a new group of animals this quarter when Tucson Petting Zoo brings tortoises, rabbits, birds, bugs, oh my! Take part in crafts and activities related to learning about these fascinating creatures!

Lucky Cat Social Art: Leather Crafts    Grades: 3-5    Fee: $229

Lucky Cat Social Art presents a variety to crafts and art projects using reclaimed leather to include accessories and collage. Each week we will build on the week before from beginning projects to intermediate.

TGA Cheer    Grades: K-2    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.

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

Tee it up this fall 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: $234

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: "Silver"     Grades: 2-5      Fee: $180

Just as Wicked is to The Wizard of the OZ so is Silver to Treasure Island. Long John Silver wasn’t always a notorious pirate. There was a time, back in pirate school, when he was just a one legged outcast struggling to make friends and find his way. It is here that he meets the spunky and confident pirate queen Captain J. Flint and starts the hunt for the legendary treasure of the text-loving Oracle. Through helping his friend and a steady rivalry with the ruthless Captain Smollett, Silver soon finds himself on the path that will eventually lead him to the Hispaniola and Treasure Island. The script includes many elements of Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic story but it takes pirates into the 21st century and proves that there really are two sides to every story. 

Lacrosse    Grades: 3-5    Fee: $85

Come learn to play the sport of lacrosse, the fastest growing sport in America. No experience or equipment is necessary. Boys and girls will have fun building confidence and having success by combining lessons with activities and non-contact games. Students will learn stick skills like proper grip and cradling, catching and throwing, dodging and shooting. Instructor Justin Cluck is a USA Lacrosse level 1 certified boys and girls coach who serves as coach of the local K to 8 lacrosse program, the Tucson Bandits.

Luna Paper Designs: Paper Mache Character Paint    Grades: 3-5    Fee: $229

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.

PlayWell: Adventures in STEM using Lego Materials    Grades: K-2 / 3-5     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.

FIRST Lego League Preview    Grades: 4-5    3:00-5:30pm    August 14 and 21

Students in Grades 4 through 8 (ages 9-14) who are interested in being on an FLL team must attend a 2-session FLL PREVIEW CLASS.  The Preview Class gives students the opportunity to try the team engineering, programming and research activities before committing to the full season, which runs through the regional robotics competition in early December and into January for teams selected for the state competition.  FLL takes commitment, enthusiasm, focus and persistence in problem-solving, and willingness to learn and work with others on team goals. ​​​​​​​


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

Jewelry Making with Ms. Nona    Grades: 2-5    Fee: $135

Join Ms. Nona and 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!!!

Webby Dance Class   Grades: K-3   Fee: $236

Dancers are introduced to the fundamentals of tap, jazz, and hip hop while building body awareness and self-confidence! Our classes will build on basic jazz fundamentals using individual instruction, weekly strengthening exercises, across the floor techniques and choreographed routines. Music selections include age-appropriate hip hop, 50's, calypso & much more! Each week our instructors bring new thematic class plans with engaging props.

Young Rembrandts    Grades: K-2   Fee: $240

Young Rembrandts use an innovative step-by-step method to teach students basic to advanced drawing skills, coloring techniques and art vocabulary. In addition, our students will create colorful characters with expressive personalities that jump off the page. Students will also learn to create and build their very own comic book about their created characters. Don’t miss out on an exciting opportunity to produce wonderful artwork, storytelling, and bookbinding technique! Young Rembrandts provides all the necessary supplies for each class.


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: 3-5    Fee: $156

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.

Drama Kids: Creative Drama    Grades: K-5    Fee $154

Students will develop public speaking and leadership skills, while building confidence, and learning how to think quickly, creatively, and appropriately. All of this is done through our fun and energetic theater based curriculum. Students will participate in various activities including scene building, creative movement, short plays, and theater games. There are never any auditions and ALL students have the chance to shine!

Works by Watson    Grades: 3-5    Fee: $296

Taught by professional Nicole Watson, who has a degree in auto & diesel technologies, is bringing a fun & educational perspective on technology and machines to children. Using STEM ideas, students will learn how Technology has influenced machines, how to take care of them, and how to create their own custom-built machine to take home. This hands-on learning and visual experience is designed to accommodate all learning styles.

Yo-Yo's    Grades: 2-5    Fee: $143

Come and learn hand eye coordination with Build a Skill Yoyo! Students will build their own yo-yo, learn tricks and more. Instructor, Jess Gracia, has been teaching yo-yo skills to large groups of students for over 15+ years. Students will be taking home two different yo-yo's in this class.


TGA Floor Hockey    Grades: K-2 / 3-5     Fee: $286

Take your best shot and discover how fun and exciting playing floor hockey can be with TGA! This modified version of ice hockey can be played in regular shoes on virtually any hard surface with a small ball and hockey sticks.

Code Ninjas: Code Your Own Arcade     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.


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.