An Independent K-12 school on a beautiful wooded campus, 3 miles from Washington, D.C.

Contact Us

Lisa Medici
ETC Coordinator
(Education That Continues)
703-749-6307
lmedici@potomacschool.org

Wendy Smith
Asst. Dir. Auxiliary Programs
703-749-6317
wsmith@potomacschool.org

Mimsy Stirn
Director of Auxiliary Programs
703-883-2252
mstirn@potomacschool.org

REGISTRATION FOR AFTER SCHOOL CLASSES IS NOW CLOSED.

Click here to download the Winter ETC offerings at a glance.

MONDAYS
(January 22, 29, February 5, 12, 26, March 5, 12)

Adventures in the Kitchen
Get ready for a cooking party with Adventures in the Kitchen! Each week, your child will learn a new kitchen skill while preparing savory or sweet snacks that can easily be recreated at home.

Nicole Jackson, 1st grade teacher
Mondays, 3:30 – 4:30 pm (PLEASE NOTE, THIS CLASS WILL MEET FOR 7 WEEKS)
Grades 2-3
$200

My First Cocoa Stand FULL - Waitlist Only
Come learn how to make yummy hot cocoa and how to earn money selling it! A hot cocoa stand is a great way to introduce our youngest entrepreneurs to the world of business and it’s fun! This class empowers kids with an entrepreneurial mindset for their “business,” drawing from such disciplines as marketing, finance and strategy, in a supporting environment fostering teamwork. From designing marketing flyers to estimating profits to experimenting with recipes, young students will have fun while engaging in enriching, multi-disciplinary activities with a lasting developmental impact.

Spark Business Academy
Mondays, 3:30 – 4:30 pm (PLEASE NOTE, THIS CLASS WILL MEET FOR 7 WEEKS)
Grades 1-3
$225

Winter Survival Skills
Why stay inside this winter, when you can be outdoors braving the elements, tying knots, tracking wild animals, and building shelters? You might not be planning to live off the land any time soon, but you are guaranteed to have a good time learning new skills in the great out of doors.

Ben Buursma, Middle School Science Teacher
Mondays, 3:30 – 4:30 pm (PLEASE NOTE, THIS CLASS WILL MEET FOR 7 WEEKS)
Grades 4-6
$175

TUESDAYS
(January 16, 23, 30, February 6, 13, 20, 27, March 6)

Art Explorers
Artists and designers share their ideas with the world in many ways. Each week we'll learn about architects, fashion designers, animators, picture book illustrators and photographers. These artists will inspire our work with painting, sculpture, wearable art, bookmaking, photography, and more!

Diana MacKenzie, Lower School Science Teacher
Tuesdays, 3:30 – 4:30 pm
Grades K-3
$225

Beginning Guitar
Get started learning the guitar and experience the fun and rewards of making music. Students will learn tuning, basic chords, reading notes on the guitar, strumming patterns, and all the elements needed to start playing along with their favorite songs. No experience is necessary, and students work to be able to accompany, play simple melodies, and play different parts in an ensemble.

Students will need an acoustic guitar and a folder for music. Each lesson builds on the last, and home practice routines will be specified each week.

Ben Altman, private music teacher
Tuesdays, 3:30 – 4:30 pm
Grades 4-6
$200 (PLEASE NOTE, students will need to provide an acoustic guitar and a folder for music.)

Chess FULL
Learn chess fundamentals in this fun, playful class! The first 10-15 minutes per session are spent on instruction using the chess demonstration board and selected online materials. For the rest of the session, we’ll play friendly matches and/or more competitive ladder matches, while the instructor spot teaches and plays “teaching games.” Topics covered: rules of chess, nomenclature, openings, middle game and end game strategy and tactics, chess history and culture.

Mark Ryan, Summer Programs and ETC Chess Instructor
Tuesdays, 3:30 – 4:30 pm
Grades K-8
$200

Crazy Coding Kids
Looking for a little fun with robots? Crazy Coding Kids focuses on coding challenges relating to a different theme each week. From Star Wars, to Wonder Woman, Legos and more these STEM based problem solving challenges will help the students build a stronger understanding of coding different languages and creating apps using computer science.

Sarah Gardner, Technology & Innovation Coach, grades K-5
Tuesdays, 3:30 – 4:30 pm
Grades 1-2
$200

INTRO TO TAEKWONDO
Join U.S. National Team coach, Master Jason Yoo, and his staff in this enriching after-school program providing students the opportunity to learn the fundamentals of both traditional and sport taekwondo, Students will develop better focus, self-control, and confidence with improved physical abilities (balance, flexibility, coordination) through a challenging and fun curriculum that emphasized effort and a positive attitude.

Students will receive a t-shirt and curriculum handbook on the first day!

Jason Yoo
Tuesdays, 3:30 - 4:30 pm
Grades K-6
$230

WEDNESDAYS
(January 17, 24, 31, February 7, 14, 21, 28, March 7, 14)

Budding Entrepreneurs
If you like “Shark Tank,” this class is for you! Join other intrepid students and learn what it takes to launch your own business. Students build self-confidence while gaining a valuable exposure to the business fields of strategy, marketing and finance. Students select a “business idea,” learn to develop a business plan and make a “pitch” presentation on the last day. They even create a real website (no coding required) and design their own business cards. Topics include:

  • Idea + marketing + customers = success!
  • 3 Ps: Passion, Problem-solving and Perseverance
  • Learning from failures
  • Key traits of successful entrepreneurs
  • Making an impact: What will be your legacy?

Spark Business Academy
Wednesdays, 3:30 – 4:30 pm (Please note, this class will meet Jan. 24, 31, Feb. 7, 14, 21, 28, March 7, 14)
Grades 4-6
$250

Debate Club
Students will learn about public speaking and discourse through debate. Participants in this class are expected to prepare and debate using evidence that is provided and evidence they produce through their research. Students are expected to compete at least once during the course assuming that Potomac Debate program can schedule an age appropriate tournament. Students will receive instruction from the Varsity coaching staff as well as current Varsity students in the Upper School competitive program.

Harry Strong, Director of Public Speaking and Forensics
Wednesdays, 3:30 – 5:30 pm (Please note, this class will meet Jan. 17, 24, 31, Feb. 14, 21, 28, March 7 and 14)
Grades 6-8
$225

FencinG CANCELLED
Have you or your child watched Star Wars or the Summer Olympics? Ever wonder about the fencing you saw? This class is the perfect way to enter the exciting world of fencing! The Fencing Sports Academy pairs a friendly, encouraging environment with the expertise of professional coaches.

Fencing is a physically active, mentally engaging, strategic-skill sharpening sport! New fencers gain basic knowledge of the sport. Experienced fencers improve their strategy, physical conditioning, and technique.

Fencing Sports Academy
Wednesdays, 3:30 – 4:30 pm (Please note, this class will meet Jan. 17, 24, 31, Feb. 14, 21, 28, March 7 and 14)
Grades 4-8
$225

Jedi Engineering CANCELLED
The Force Awakens in this introductory engineering course for young Jedi! Explore engineering principles by designing and building projects using LEGO® materials such as X-Wings, R2 Units, Energy Catapults, Defense Turrets, and Settlements from a galaxy far, far away. Create motorized and architectural projects with imagination and engineering to defeat the Empire!

Play-Well TEKnologies
Wednesdays, 3:30 – 4:30 pm (Please note, this class will meet Jan. 17, 24, 31, Feb. 7, 14, 21, 28, March 7)
Grades K-1
$225

Pottery Around the World
Students will learn and create beautiful projects inspired by different cultures and artists from around the world. From Van Gogh to Cambodia's Water Festival, students will create through clay and glaze their own creations. Class will meet once a week and children will travel the world one masterpiece at a time. The projects are fun, creative, and will be taught by our accomplished artists/ teachers. Our projects are designed with both beginners and students with previous experience in mind.

Jimmy Potters Workshop
Wednesdays, 3:30 – 4:30 pm (Please note, this class will meet Jan. 17, 24, 31, Feb. 7, 14, 21, 28, March 7)
Grades K-3
$250

THURSDAYS
(January 18, 25, February 1, 18, 15, 22, March 1, 8)

Adventures in 3D Printing
If you have an idea, would you like to actually design it and then print it? Using TinkerCad and Sketchup as our platforms, students will gain an understanding of design, scale, graphing and of course, 3D printing.

Isabelle Cohen, Upper School Science Teacher
Thursdays, 3:30 – 4:30 pm
Grades 4-6
$250

Cooking Maniacs FULL - waitlist only
Cooking Maniacs will bake simple, but yummy recipes. Participants will learn to mix, measure and prepare the ingredients. While they wait for the things to bake, they will enjoy some free choice time and get to know each other. Of course, eating the finished product is always the best part!

Polly Nagell, Kindergarten Teacher
Thursdays, 3:30 – 4:30 pm
Grades K-1
$225

Crazy Coding Kids
Looking for a little fun with robots? Crazy Coding Kids focuses on coding challenges relating to a different theme each week. From Star Wars, to Wonder Woman, Legos and more these STEM based problem solving challenges will help the students build a stronger understanding of coding different languages and creating apps using computer science.

Sarah Gardner, Technology & Innovation Coach, K-5
Thursdays, 3:30 – 4:30 pm
Grades 3-4
$200

Jedi Master Engineering
The Force Awakens in this advanced engineering course for young Jedi! Discover key engineering concepts such as gear trains, worm drives, pneumatics, and eccentric motion. Build projects using LEGO® materials such as X-Wings, AT-AT walkers, Pod Racers, Star Destroyers, Cloud Cities, Settlements, Fortresses, and other complex machines and structures from a galaxy far, far away.

Play-Well TEKnologies
Thursdays, 3:30 – 4:30 pm
Grades K-4
$225