After School Classes
The REALM offers fun, educational, after school classes!! Students from all schools are invited to join in our classes – choose from the classes offered on our regular schedule for the semester. Each day after school, kids can participate in unique enrichment classes allowing for hands-on, authentic learning experiences guided by our loving, patient, and super passionate teachers!
We also offer a complimentary Walking School Bus for two nearby schools: SMASH and John Muir (if you’ve ever seen the goofy herd of kids traveling towards 4th & Pico, you’ve seen our walking school bus in action!) For kids attending these schools who are enrolled in our after school classes, our Walking School Bus picks them up and brings them to The REALM where they begin their amazing adventure.
The Format of Our Classes
Our classes are kept small with the ideal class size being 8 or fewer students. We are not a traditional school where students have textbooks and are sent home with homework. This allows us to individualize the learning experience for each student. Some classes tend to be more academic in their design, such as our math and history classes, while others allow children to learn about science and history in a less traditional manner. Additionally, classes like Beach Combers, Hikers Club, and Art & About, take students out of the center for an outdoor learning experience.
Choosing classes at The REALM can feel similar to choosing college courses! There are so many different options it can sometimes seem a bit overwhelming. We recommend looking through the schedule and class descriptions with your child and see what lights a little spark! Then keep the followings things in mind as you plan your learning adventure:
At The REALM, our classes are multi-disciplinary covering various learning goals often across many subject areas. Classes “about” Egypt, for example, will include writing, reading, math, scientific investigation, creative arts, music, etc. Classes will teach kids how to learn and how to connect and share their ideas about what they have learned.
Teaching Styles and Learning Preferences
Our teachers bring with them a multitude of different teaching styles. It can be a great experience for your child to both take classes with teachers that have similar learning styles as well as those who are very different. Feel free to come and observe our teachers to see these various styles at work!
Almost all classes at The REALM are multi-age to some extent. We believe that all children learn at individual rates and therefore are ready for certain classes at varying ages. While we give suggested age ranges for all of our classes in order to help parents understand the overall “level” of the class, we look at each unique student individually to best meet their academic and social-emotional needs.
Interested in some of our literacy classes? Read over our Stages of Literacy to get an idea of which classes might be the best fit.