After School & Other Classes

Website25With a part-time school schedule, many of our students pursue extra-curricular interests in the evenings or on off-days. Some of our students are involved with club sports, instrumental music, scouting, etc.

Though we do not offer separate art or music classes during our school day, we incorporate artistic and musical elements into most activities within our classrooms and throughout the project-based curriculum.

Open to the Community

Unless otherwise noted, homeschool and other non-AHB students are welcome to register for these programs as well.

About Outside Contractors *

AHB Community School works with individuals to provide different classes to our community. When a student registers for a class with an outside contractor, parents pay the contractor directly. The contractor is also responsible for your student once they have signed into the class.

Choose an activity to view program details:

  • Monday-Thursday, 8:00-9:00: Early Drop Off (all ages • full year)
  • Monday-Thursday, 2:30-3:30: Fresh Air Fun / Study Hall (all ages • after school, full year)
  • Monday, 9:00-2:30: STEAM Team (Alpha-Beta / K-3rd graders • full year)
  • Monday, 2:30-4:00: Cartooning (All Ages • Fall & Spring)
  • Monday, 2:30-3:30: Intro to Scratch Programming (Gamma-Delta / 4th-8th graders • Fall & Spring)
  • Tuesday, 2:30-3:30: Fashion (Beta-Delta / 2nd-8th graders • Fall & Spring)
  • Tuesday, 2:30-3:30: Archery (All Ages • Fall & Spring)
  • Wednesday, 2:30-3:30: Chess Club (Gamma-Delta / 4th-8th graders • Spring)
  • Wednesday, 2:30-3:30: Dungeons and Dragons (Gamma-Delta / 4th-8th graders • Fall & Spring)
  • Wednesday, 2:30-3:30: Sewing Club (ages 6+ • Fall & Spring)
  • Wednesday, 2:30-3:30: Dance With Eve (Alpha-Beta / K-3rd graders • Fall & Spring)
  • Wednesday, 2:30-3:30: Math Pentathlon (Alpha / K-1st graders • full year)
  • Thursday, 2:30-3:30: The Arts of Asia (Alpha-Beta / K-3rd graders • Fall & Spring)
  • Thursday, 2:30-3:30: Kitchen Chemistry (Gamma-Delta / 4th-8th graders • Spring)
  • Thursday, 2:30-3:30: Rock Band Club (Gamma-Delta / 4th-8th graders • Spring)
  • Friday, 9:00-2:30: The Hermes Lab (K-4th graders • half or full year)
  • Friday, 8:45-2:30: Game of Village (Gamma-Delta / 4th-8th graders • full year)

Monday-Thursdays: Early Drop Off (All Ages • AHB students only • 8:00-9:00 • full year)

For those parents needing an earlier drop-off, we offer the option to drop off students at 8:00 am before classes start!

Cost: $850 for the full year, $425 per semester, $150 per day per semester, $300 per day for the year, and $10 drop-in rate.


Monday-Thursdays: Fresh Air Fun / Study Hall (all ages • AHB students only • after school, 2:30-3:30 • full year)

Run around outside with a few dozen of your best friends! The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that children 6 and older get 60 minutes of physical activity per day. Your child can get this after school on the AHB playground. Parent supervised.

Cost: $850 for the full year, $425 per semester, $150 per day per semester, $300 per day for the year, and $10 drop-in rate.


Mondays: STEAM Team (Alpha-Beta / K-3rd graders • 9:00-2:30 • full year)

S = Science, Sewing Quilts and Study Hall
T = Team Building through Tribes Activities & Text: Writing Workshop and Book Making
E = Engineering through Game of Village & Destination Imagination Challenges
A = Art Projects – Multimedia
M = Mime Workshop

Led by Ms. Kim & Ms. Eliza, kids will build community along with the following skills: creative and critical thinking, collaborative problem solving, teamwork, project management, perseverance and self-confidence.

Cost: $1,500 for the full year + $100 supply fee. Offered and directly billed by AHB. For students not currently enrolled at AHB, sign up by emailing admin@ahbcs.org. No refunds after class is charged.


Mondays: Cartooning (All Ages • 2:30-4:00 • Fall & Spring Semesters) *

Student will learn all the hand drawn techniques for creating characters, storylines, and action sequences, special effects, drawing panels, lettering, and inking. Students can make their own comic book from start to finish, or begin the process of writing or drawing a graphic novel. This class is taught by Bobbie Moore who has illustrated for Scholastic, Village Voice, and The New York Times.

Cost: $325 per semester + $25 supply fee. Offered and directly billed by Ms. Bobbie. Class will held at AHB, but students will be signed over to the contractor at 2:30. Sign up by emailing Ms. Bobbie at: otter2dance@yahoo.com


Mondays: Introduction to Scratch Programming (Gamma-Delta / 4th-8th graders • 2:30-3:30 • Fall & Spring Semesters)

Scratch is a terrific language for kids to learn the constructs, terminology, and algorithms used in programming. Developed by the MIT Kindergarten Lab, it is continually evolving with new features. This class will introduce students to making their own programs including games, videos, and problem solving activities.

Students need to provide and bring their own laptop and chargers. The class is open to a maximum of 10 Gamma and/or Delta students and will be taught by Kirsten Coleman.

Cost: $300 per semester. Offered and directly billed by AHB. Class requires minimum of six enrolled students and is capped at 10. No refunds after class is charged.


Tuesdays: Fashion (Beta-Delta / 2nd-8th graders • 2:30-3:30 • Fall Semester)

This class with Ms. Kristen is for students who enjoy expressing themselves through fashion and art. This is a hands on class where students will create inspiration boards, fashion illustrations, explore fabric creation and printing, learn simple sewing techniques and more! 

Cost: $300 per semester + $50 supply fee. Offered and directly billed by AHB. Class requires minimum of six enrolled students.  No refunds after class is charged.


Tuesdays: Archery (All Ages • 2:30-3:30 • Fall & Spring Semesters) *

Why archery? Focus, strength, relaxation, exercise, confidence, coordination—these are all part of archery. Tim and Marisa Pullan are a husband/wife team that enjoy bringing archery opportunities to children in and around Central Texas.

Cost: $300 per semester. Offered and directly billed by TMTE Archery. Class will held at AHB, but students will be signed over to the contractor at 2:30. Sign up by completing this form: https://goo.gl/forms/NigMwu8P5H9ZLjCk2 Contact: tmtearchery@gmail.com.


Wednesdays: Chess Club (Gamma-Delta • 2:30-3:30 • Spring starting Jan 10)

Come learn about the fundamentals of chess with your friends.

Cost: $150. Parent and volunteer run and billed by AHB. Class will held at AHB, but students will be signed over to the volunteer at 2:30.


Wednesdays: Dungeons & Dragons (Gamma-Delta / 4th-8th graders • 2:30-3:30 • Fall & Spring Semesters) *

Ms. Dee leads the Spring Semester Dungeons & Dragons at AHB in open-ended, collaborative storytelling. The game unfolds over a series of once-a-week meetings to complete a single semester-long campaign, with weekly sessions becoming chapters in the longer story. Participants create and decide on the actions of their individual player characters (PCs), each representing an explorer in our co-created fictional world. Your D&D playing child will practise a wide variety of social and academic skills: leadership, logic, basic arithmetic and probability, mapping, creative problem solving, collaboration and most importantly, imagination… with absolutely no screen time involved! (Gammas and Deltas and capped at 8 students)

Cost: $300 per semester + $10 supply fee. Offered and directly billed by Ms. Dee. Class will held at AHB, but students will be signed over to the contractor at 2:30. Class capped at 8 students. Sign up by emailing Ms. Dee at mizdee0907@gmail.com.


Wednesdays: Sewing Club (ages 6 and up • 2:30-3:30 • Fall & Spring Semesters) *

From designing and building their own stuffed animals to making pillows, cross-stitching, and hand-sewing their own accessories; students will get to tackle all new sewing projects whilst learning and practicing their skill set with Ms. Claire. Returning students will get to build on their techniques and tackle new projects such as embroidery and cross stitch. Beginners will start with the basics of hand sewing and machine sewing, and will learn how to design, sew, and build their own creations!

Cost: $300 per semester. Offered and directly billed by The Hermes Lab. Class will held at AHB, but students will be signed over to the contractor at 2:30. Sign up by emailing Ms. Claire at: thehermeslab@gmail.com


Wednesdays: Dance With Eve (Alpha-Beta / K-3rd graders • 2:30-3:30 • Fall & Spring Semesters) *

Through storytelling children learn the basic elements of dance: spatial awareness, rhythm, force, body/balance, locomotor movement, dynamics and choreography. The dancers are taught a foundation of ballet and contemporary dance techniques as well as some basic yogic skills. They are included in the creative process and performance skills are practiced regularly.

Cost: $300 per semester. Offered and directly billed by Ms. Eve. Class will held at AHB, but students will be signed over to the contractor at 2:30. Sign up at the Dance with Eve website.


Wednesdays: Math Pentathlon (Alpha / K-1st graders • 2:30-3:30 • full year)

Math Pentathlon Club is a an opportunity to spend time playing the Math Pentathlon games, a set of five math/strategy games that are also played in the classroom. Most kids find that these games are a lot of fun and they are a great way to get kids thinking quantitatively and to enjoy using the strategic parts of their brains. As an additional option for those who are interested, this club will help kids prepare for the Math Pentathlon tournament.

Cost: $150 for the full year, which includes tournament registration and a team t-shirt. Parents who sign their student up are required to volunteer every 2-3 weeks to help kids learn the games and to have a good time (no previous knowledge or experience required!) Please note this class will not follow the standard schedule as other class offerings; we will meet weekly from mid-September through early April. Parent and volunteer run and billed by AHB. Class will held at AHB, but students will be signed over to the volunteer at 2:30. Sign up by emailing Mandy Menzer at mmh20cornell@yahoo.com


Thursdays: The Arts of Asia (Alpha-Beta / K-3rd graders • 2:30-3:30 • Fall & Spring Semesters)

Come join Ms. Alice as we plot a course across Asia and take a tour of this continent’s diverse artistic forms and techniques. Students will create a rich portfolio of 2D and 3D art pieces, while gaining a deeper understanding of Eastern cultural aesthetics. Projects this year will include: Indonesian batik fabric (Bali) and Wayang Kulit puppetry (Java), Japanese origami, Wabi Sabi pottery, Samurai helmets, and Sumi-e ink paintings, Vietnamese woodblock prints, Thai elephant foil paintings, Korean paper kites (we can even fly these), Tibetan mandalas, Sri Lankan, demon masks, Indian henna hands, and Chinese cut paper relief art, dragon puppets, paper lanterns, Ming Dynasty-style pottery, and floating dragon boats.

Cost: $300 per semester + $50 supply fee. Offered and directly billed by AHB. Class requires minimum of six enrolled students. No refunds after class is charged.


Thursdays: Kitchen Chemistry (Gamma-Delta / 4th-8th graders • 2:30-3:30 • Fall Semester)

Kitchen Chemistry is a fun and hands-on (get messy :) ) class where we explore basic chemistry and transformations via food and make some amazing and delicious items! We will cover basic kitchen safety, working productively in groups, managing success and failures, and, carefully reading/following recipes and instructions.

Students need to bring their own notebook, pencils, and apron. The class is open to a maximum of 12 Gamma and/or Delta students and will be taught by Kirsten Coleman and/or Kim Longacre.

Cost: $300 per semester + $50 supply fee. Offered and directly billed by AHB. Class requires minimum of six enrolled students. No refunds after class is charged.


Thursdays: Rock Band Club (Gamma-Delta / 4th-8th graders • 2:30-3:30 • Spring Semester)

An informal introduction to the world of music for aspiring rock stars of any skill level. Students will be able to learn the basics of playing instruments, writing songs, and performing all taught by Mr. Matt! Rather than regimented theory, this club will focus on self expression and the do it yourself attitude favored by local music scenes.

Cost: $300 per semester + $25 supply fee. Offered and directly billed by AHB. Class requires minimum of six enrolled students. No refunds after class is charged.


Friday: Hermes Lab (Alpha-Gamma / K-4th graders • 9:00-2:30 • half or full year) *

Due to popular demand, we will be continuing our favorite World Traveler unit from the spring right into this fall semester! Pack your bags, grab your passport, and let’s travel the world together! Each week, a student from the class will choose a destination from across the world, and we will spend the day learning about the location’s geography and culture. From latitude, longitude, and climate; to language, history, art, music, food, current events, native flora & fauna, and traditions – we will dive into hands-on projects, experiments, crafts, science lessons, and insightful discussions to learn about what this world has to offer. Students will gain skills in geography, reading maps, and estimation; in addition to gaining a wonderful sense of world cultures, people from across the globe, and how different life can be from a tropical island and the skyscrapers of Dubai to the rice farms of Indonesia and the outback of Australia.

Cost: $1,500 for the year or $825 per semester. Offered and directly billed by The Hermes Lab. Class will held at AHB, but students will be the contractor’s responsibility. Sign up by visiting the Hermes Lab website.


Friday: Game of Village (Gamma-Delta / 4th-8th graders • 8:45-2:30 • full year) *

Game of Village returns to AHBCS for a second year of fun-filled learning for young people ages 9 -14 years. In Village the players will make a imagine, design and build a scale model village set in Ancient Rome during the time of Julius Caesar. They will explore the history, politics and culture of times and will collaborate to form their own political system and economy. In creating their village they will practice a range of building techniques and the safe use of a variety of hand and power tools and enjoy hours of crafting.

Village begins with the making of  “Peeps,” tiny avatars created by the Villagers, each with its own personality and life story. Peeps want a home, a new hat or a chariot; Villagers are eager to oblige them! But first a bank loan must be applied for (how else to buy building and crafting materials?). Villagers may be entrepreneurial, starting their own businesses; some may choose a more regular paycheck and apply for work at the Village Bank, Trading Post, Post Office or Accountant’s office. There are many ways for Villagers to earn income and learn how to manage time, resources and money! Along the way, will Villagers discover a need for government? Legislate laws?  Levy taxes? The Villagers themselves will determine everything! There is just no knowing what turn Village will take…

Village is real life on a 1/24 scale, providing young people the opportunity to practice a wide range of real life skills within the context of a game. Village is about playing, designing, building, crafting and problem-solving. It’s also about collaboration, entrepreneurship, networking, personal finances and politics. Imagination rules and anything is possible.

Cost: $1,750 for the full year + $100 supply fee. Offered and directly billed by the contractor. Class will held at AHB, but students will be the contractor’s responsibility. Village is open to both the AHBCS and Homeschool Communities, and is limited to 24 players. To register for Game of Village please contact: Play@GameofVillageAustin.org  You may also get a glimpse into previous Villages through Facebook, or find us the web at  www.gameofvillageaustin.org