Lower School

From acrobatics to fencing, and from cooking to coding, Dwight offers Lower School students an extensive range of after-­school classes and activities, all designed to spark minds, bodies, and imaginations.

Session length and cost: Varies by class; see program brochure for more information

Time: 3-4 pm or 4:30 pm unless otherwise stated. Extended day available until 5:30 pm

Location: Dwight's Main Campus or Dwight School Athletic Center

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Sample Activities


Acrobatics is a high-energy class that incorporates tumbling, partner work, and flexibility. Students will learn how to use their core in order to do headstands, handstands, cartwheels, walkovers, and handsprings. Partner work will include lifts and double tricks. Students will also work on their flexibility and strength through warm-ups and stretches.


Make an artful mess with Dwight's Ms. Thompson! Students will undertake creative, age-appropriate projects with a focus on the design process through the exploration of many different media. Students will design and make their own masks and other fun animal costumes. These will be used to inspire storytelling and performance projects with visiting artists! This program will tap into the dimensions of creativity that every child has by using a variety of materials to create something great!

Brazilian Soccer Academy

Get the ball rolling! Join Brazilian Soccer Academy for a fun and energetic soccer program right here at Dwight. Dynamic international coaches work with every student to develop skills, self-confidence, and teamwork in a fun, non-competitive environment. Positive reinforcement and a low child-to-coach ratio ensure that each child will improve his or her soccer skills through basic familiarity skills and one-to-one moves of some of the great Brazilian players like Pelé, Kaka, and Ronaldinho! Please note this class ends on November 21, 2016.

Coding with Action Scratch

Action Scratch, Coding through Java for Kids, uses a graphic programming language developed at MIT. This class creates a beginner foundation in programming, which can be used in other advanced programming languages. In Action Scratch, young students learn fundamental programming concepts by creating different games for Scratch to play. Kids will program Scratch to play basketball, dodge arrows, and even make Scratch clones!

Construction Kids Building Everyday

As children’s creativity grows, they require a broad palate of tools and materials to make things by themselves and to learn about the world around them. Building Everyday provides just that. Students learn how to safely use a wide range of real tools and how to handle different materials to build a dynamic series of projects. Included in each project are the basic tenants of STEM: planning, exploring options, making repairs, and finishing your work while fostering self-reliance, problem-solving, confidence, and creativity.

Chorus with Violetta Zambetti

Our Timothy House Chorus is a singing sensation! Ms. Zambetti teaches students to sing and perform various styles of music. They will learn about the human voice and singing techniques while participating in a fun, collaborative ensemble. Classes and group exercises will enhance and further develop music skills, and vocal and performance confidence in young singers. Students will explore the relationship between music and text, a composer’s intentions, vocal expression, and musical interpretation. They will develop effective practice habits in terms of music preparation and time management, and more.

Cooking Plus with "Cook with Class"

This is a multi-faceted program that will teach students how to cook (based on fundamental techniques, not recipes) and how to understand and conquer our modern food supply. Students will learn how and why to sauté a nutrient-rich hamburger made from grass-fed cows (not fed corn and soy, and not administered hormones and antibiotics). Want ketchup for that burger? We'll use organic, which has three times more lycopene than conventional ketchup. Some lemonade to wash it down? We'll make our own by squeezing organic lemons and mixing their juice with water and simple syrup (water and organic cane sugar).

Crazy Construction Class with Dazzling Discovery

Design and build towers, bridges, houses, roller coasters, furniture, vehicles and other superstructures with Dazzling Discovery’s Crazy Constructions Class. Students will explore and experiment with plastic bricks, wood, paper, and many other materials; and learn about engineering and physics, while inventing and creating their own toys and projects. We will provide the materials and the instruction; children will provide the imagination.

The Dwight Conservatory

The Dwight Conservatory provides students in grades 1-12 with an opportunity to take individual music lessons and ensemble instruction after school. The program offers a breadth of musical styles led by a committed team of creative and highly experienced professional musicians and teachers.

Dwight Swim

Splish, splash! The Dwight School Athletic Center offers swim lessons for children and adults at our world-class facility (located at 2116 First Avenue) on weekdays after 3 pm and every Saturday, from 9 am-12 pm. Taught by certified and experienced swim professionals, our lessons offer something for everyone — at every level. Please contact Aquatics Director, Chiarna Morton, at cmorton@dwight.edu to schedule lessons.


Duck and go! Whether you like to charge the line with an amazing throwing arm or prefer to hide and wait with the sneakiness of a chess master, a classic game of dodgeball offers fun and excitement to every style of player.

Extended Day

This program extends the day until 5:30 pm for students in grades 1-5 who are registered for an after­-school activity. Students can read or work on homework, play with friends, draw, and play board games. They also have the opportunity to join both age­-specific and mixed­ age activities coordinated by our team of enrichment specialists. Dwight wants to ensure that students have the chance to wind down, relax, and debrief in a nurturing and informal setting after the school day.

Fencing with Dwight Gold Medalists

En garde! Dwight has a long legacy of excellence in the sport of fencing. We are pleased to offer a wonderful program that introduces Dwight students to the exciting world of Olympic-style fencing. Why fence? It’s fun, great exercise, and a sport with a beauty and grace all its own. Plus, you’ll never have more fun with a sword in your hand! This program will be led by instructors with Olympic and International World Cup gold medal experience. Students learn footwork and tactics, and build stamina and teamwork. Students need no experience, and this program is accessible to kids of all shapes and sizes. Equipment is provided.

Hip Hop Dance with DramaZone

Children love the fun and energetic dance combinations that bring Hip Hop to life with age-appropriate music, challenging choreography, and spirited dance games. Technical stretching and strengthening are all part of this very popular class. Children learn combinations sure to impress. Also look for our DramaZone® Playhouse classes offered on Fridays. Dress: comfortable clothing and sneakers for all! Shorts under dresses are required. No experience is necessary. If your child has dance training, this class will be adapted to his or her level.

Homework Helper

Homework Helper offers students of all ages an opportunity to get a jump-start on their homework. This program will provide students with the help and structure they need to complete their assignments.

Jiu-Jitsu with Renzo Gracie Academy

Dwight is very pleased to offer Brazilian Jiu Jitsu with the world-renowned Renzo Gracie Academy. Jiu Jitsu integrates physical education and self-defense techniques with conditioning and skill-building games aimed at improving coordination, motor skills, agility, and flexibility. Jiu Jitsu helps young students develop important character traits and values, including goal setting/achieving, leadership qualities, responsibility, confidence, discipline, and courage. These help empower students to perform at higher levels academically, socially, and at home.

Junior Orchestra

This fun, engaging after-school activity is based on things children love to do naturally ― express themselves through musical sounds. These instincts are directed into learning complex musical concepts by developing advanced listening and performance skills. Students are immersed in a design-thinking process, creating and playing musical compositions using percussion, strings, and woodwind instruments.

Students join in fun, age-appropriate activities that promote, develop, and strengthen their own individual musical thinking, artistic imagination, memorization, and ensemble-playing skills. They explore essential elements of musical expression as it relates to their emotions, knowledge, and life experiences through interactive musical games, improvisation, and creative projects. Participants have the opportunity to experiment with multiple musical elements and styles from around the world. Ultimately, students will discover their own expressive potential through hands-on activities like composing, arranging, and performing with traditional and non-traditional musical instruments in a fun and creative orchestra setting.

Playhouse Mary Poppins

Come step in time with this “supercalifragilistic” musical theater class! Children will learn songs, dances, and scenes from the popular show, Mary Poppins. This is a production class that results in a show for friends and family at the end of the year. Acting teaches concentration, confidence, and speech; dancing teaches coordination and flexibility; and music teaches math through counting as well as breath support. Join our cast! Dress: comfortable clothing and sneakers. No experience necessary; all talents welcome.

Super Stars Tennis

Super Stars Tennis has introduced thousands of children to the sport of tennis in the New York metropolitan area. Mighty Mites Tennis, ages 6-8, introduces junior novice players to the game of tennis by teaching grip techniques, stroke production, enhancement of motor and racquet skills, tennis etiquette, and the rules of the game. All classes are held in the Great Hall, and are taught by tennis professionals who will teach the sport of a lifetime! Mighty Mites is tailored for junior novice players to prep for the next level of our program: Super Stars. A tennis racket required.

Fiona Imboden
Director of Extracurricular Programs
(212) 724-6360 x 813

Agata Medic
Extracurricular Program Associate
(212) 724-6360 x 266

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