Young Engineers (Instant Challenges by Destination Imagination): K - 8th

Do you like to use your imagination and try out your ideas? Using the "Destination Imagination" approach, little learners get hands on practice in team-building and strategy. Each day has fun-filled activities with a specific goal in mind using critical thinking and creative skills. You and 3 or 4 team members will strengthen your problem solving abilities, self confidence, presentation skills, teamwork skills, and help you to "think on your feet". Materials fee: $5

Aeronautical Engineering: Flight Design and Modeling

This course is an introduction for 8th grade though high school of basic aeronautic principles, mechanical drawings, electrical systems, hydraulic systems, weight and balance, flight characteristics and properties. One concept is covered per day with hands-on projects like building, drawing, design. By the end of the course, the student will have a basic understanding of how airplanes are engineered and the systems they use, along with knowledge of research and development that comes along with designing and modeling.

Project Lead the Way

Calling all South Sutter students, K - 8th grades! Be sure to take advantage of an amazing STEM opportunity! Project Lead The Way is the nation's leading provider of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) programs. Through a tried and tested K-12 curriculum, high-quality teacher professional development, and outstanding partnerships, PLTW is helping students develop the skills needed to succeed in the global economy with hands on activities and project-based learning. Offered to K-9th grade students.

Rocketry using NASA Curriculum

Few classroom topics generate as much excitement as rockets. The scientific, technological, engineering and mathematical foundations of rocketry provide exciting classroom opportunities for authentic hands-on, minds-on experimentation. The activities and lesson plans contained in this educator guide emphasize hands-on science, prediction, data collection and interpretation, teamwork, and problem solving. The guide also contains background information about the history of rockets and basic rocket science. The rocket activities in this guide support national curriculum standards for science, mathematics and technology.

Hands On Science Adventures (3rd - 5th) and Little Hands On Science (K - 2)

Science isn’t science unless it’s hands-on! Calling all K - 2nd graders and 3rd - 5th graders who love to explore using their senses. Students will be exposed to chemistry and the physical and life sciences by using the scientific method and inquiry. Students will be encouraged to formulate questions, gather data and draw conclusions. Most projects will be taken home. Supply fee: $10.

High School Labs

a-g Science Labs

Hands on high school science labs that follow the standards set by the University of California.  


Chemistry labs 

Biology labs

Earth Science

non a-g Science Labs

Aeronautical Engineering  

Arduino Robotics and Circuitry  

BioMedical Engineering

Girl Genius

Girls Only! Hands On Science Adventures (3rd - 5th) and Little Hands On Science (K-2) Science isn’t science unless it’s hands-on! Calling all K - 2nd graders and 3rd - 5th grade girls who love to explore using their senses. Students will be exposed to chemistry and the physical and life sciences by using the scientific method and inquiry. Students will be encouraged to formulate questions, gather data and draw conclusions. Most activity involves projects to be taken home and shared with loved ones.


Why Robotics? Just ask Forbes magazine. It gives the answer under the title: "Why Kids Learn Better Playing with Robots". Most of time spent in every class is hands-on learning through automation and robotics: students learn how to code and have their robot play out their commands while constructing them with gears, sensors, and more.  No coding experience necessary!

LEGO WeDo (Kinder - 4th)

"LEGO Education WeDo 2.0 makes science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and coding come to life. The unique combination of the LEGO brick, classroom-friendly software, and engaging, standards-based projects results in a resource that builds students’ confidence to ask questions, define problems and design their own solutions by putting STEM learning directly in their hands.

The LEGO Education WeDo 2.0 curriculum pack is built on Next Generation Science Standards and delivers key science content to second through fourth grade students. The curriculum facilitates and supports a clear, easy-to-follow journey through subjects, including: life-, physical-, earth- and space sciences, and engineering. Features 17 projects totaling more than 40 hours of instructional content."

LEGO MindStorms (4th - 8th)

The LEGO® MINDSTORMS® Education EV3 Core Set contains the software and elements to start teaching STEM subjects using robotics to middle school students. LEGO MINDSTORMS Education EV3 enables students to build, program, and test their solutions based on LEGO building bricks and real-life robotics technology.

Through hands-on learning, LEGO MINDSTORMS Education EV3 will enable your students to: understand forces and motion; graph and interpret rotation sensor data; develop robots capable of complex thinking using logical structures and sensor feedback; understand that complex systems are created from subsystems; and design, build and program a fully-functioning robotic system.​

​​Game Coding and Computer Programming (Kinder - 8th)

In today’s digital world, coding is a fundamental skill alongside math and reading. Use creative computing platforms to program and built games and more. Scratch, Tynker, and Hopscotch use engaging programming curriculums and projects with “drag and drop” visual blocks. This is in contrast to traditional programming language like Python or Javascript, where discouragement is likely among young learners. The platforms we introduce provides exciting activities so children can learn the programming concepts they need to code in any language without all the frustration, then the screen can be "flipped" and translated into Java or Python. Each student progresses at their own pace with their own assigned Academy chrome book to create multi-leveled games, animated cards, or comic books and customize characters, levels, settings, Players may use their own downloaded material or set up their classmates as opponents!

Reading / Writing

Creative Writing

Calling all budding story-tellers, playwrights, biographers, and poets! Professional authors and twin sisters will teach you how to write amazing pieces in a variety of mediums. They encourage you to place no boundaries on your imagination. Students will read examples of each genre by literary masters of inspiration for their own work. Writing exercises include short stories, character sketches, one-act plays, short memoirs, and poems, and finished work will be published on the AfterSchool Academy website. Imagination is the limit!

Reading and Writing Club: Ocean Adventures and Little Critters (K-3)

This two-semester class grasps the interest and imagination of our little students around a different theme each semester.  With a low student:teacher ratio, we are able to approach each learner "where they're at" with their reading and writing skills. Some are still practicing phonemic awareness and sight words while others are challenged with reading comprehension and written responses. Students are encouraged to return for the second semester, but new students are certainly able to jump in as well.  We tap into our little learners' creativity to develop, write, illustrate, and publish an adventure novel by the end of the semester that will be on display in our Academy library.

Writers Workshop: Grammar Power! (grades 3-4 and 5-6)

Whether a student is an excited writer or if he needs a motivational nudge, this class promises to make writing fun. Using high interest books or children’s magazines, we will captivate his interest and teach him how to write while we incorporate "paired texts" and different genres and purposes in writing. We use the “Step-Up-to-Writing” approach as we outline simple step-by-step instructions to assist students through the process of writing and structuring paragraphs and essays.  Upon finishing this course, students will be confident writers of the paragraph and essay.

Writers Workshop with IEW

In order to succeed in every area of life, children must hone the skills needed to communicate confidently and effectively. Through the process of learning to write well with IEW, students learn how to think clearly and to express themselves eloquently and persuasively. The IEW goal is to equip assist each student in this process.  Using the four language arts—listening, speaking, reading, and writing—IEW methods have been proven to be effective for students of all ages and levels of ability, including those who are gifted, have special needs, or are English language learners. See the site for more details and videos: https://iew.com/intro-iew

Book Reports: Current Day

Book reports are an excellent way to help students emphasize reading comprehension and conquer any pubic speaking fears or apprehensions they may have. This course teaches students to outline the basic constructs of a story and to present their information in a compelling and confident manner.


Disguised Learning - Math Games (grades Kinder-3 and 4-6)

Math Games is fun learning! With Math Games, students engage in calculation and computation without even realizing they are actually learning! The games are offered in both team and individual formats, giving a little friendly competition to motivate intrinsic learning. This goal of the class is to foster a love for learning and using math, allowing children who may have been intimidated by numbers and operations to conquer that fear and blast through their "math barriers.”

Math Facts Fluency Lab (3rd - 8th grades)

Trail blaze through the world of math facts… it’s all around us. Learners will enjoy solving math problems while playing math games that involve addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division practice (Each activity is formed around your learner’s strengths and weaknesses).  Games and activity involve flashcards, time, money, and word problems.

Math Homework Lab (5th - 8th)

This lab is designed in a group tutoring setting for junior high school students to offer support for the concepts they may find confusing in their regular math curriculum. Students will bring their own assignments to the lab, and class time can be used for both instruction and individual direction.  This lab provides an open forum for students to bring their questions, homework, and frustrations, or just be a part of a community of learners where review and front loading can happen.

Logic and Reason (5th - 8th)

The Logic class involves critical thinking reasoning that tests problem-solving skills using deductive reasoning, inductive reasoning, process of elimination, critical thinking,  pattern recognition,  spatial reasoning, and math processes. The students will learn different processes and tools to use in solving various forms of logic puzzles.There are multiple ways to solve logic puzzles and we'll learn various approaches.  As students master their reasoning skills, students will have fun testing their skills with each other and will work in teams to for friendly competition. In teams they will be brainstorming different ideas and approaches to solve problems which builds teamwork, communication skills, organizational skills, and respect. The more puzzles they solve, the better their problem-solving skills will become. These include both word and math-based logic problems.


Just a Little Drama/Drama Club

Have your learner transform into a favorite storybook character, or a superhero, or travel through time...right in front of your eyes.  With the guidance under Sacramento's own veteran actor, Ed Claudio, students tell stories involving conflicts and emotions through action and dialogue designed for theatrical performance.  Some memorization is practiced, with a performance given at the end of the semester for participating families. The play IS the thing!

Introduction Shakespeare

Immerse yourself in the world of Shakespeare! We begin with excerpts from two different plays that display different elements of dramatic writing: Twelfth Night, Taming of the Shrew, and Much Ado About Nothing. Our experienced drama coach will compare and contrast different dialogues and monologues. The setting of the scene and character analysis will also be explored. Text to be used: Shakespeare Set Free by Peggy O’Brien 

Meet The Masters (Art Appreciation and Application)

Introducing... the Masters! Not only does MTMasters have an engaging platform to teach children about the fascinating lives and famous works of the Master Artists with art vocabulary, artist name cards, art elements, props and visuals, but then the students learn the techniques which made the art revolutionary. Worksheets reinforce the material previously presented in Introducing the Masters, and further prepares them for success in the final step: their own art project... for each class! Each week, the classroom transforms into an art studio as the teacher leads the students on a step-by-step journey through the art project. Often in the same medium, style or subject matter as the Master, the students will discover their creativity while developing confidence in their own unique abilities. Materials fee of $15 is not included in pricing.

Comic Book Production (Grades 1 - 8)

Have your comic writers take their imaginations to the limit with either one or two courses. Students learn all about the basic story structure of modern comic books, and after two courses, they will create a short graphic novella. Students start with introduction to the history and fundamental composition of contemporary sequential art. We read sample comic books and describe elements of the story and its characters. The students then learn and illustrate Character Development - Primary Characters and Protagonists, Secondary Characters, Antagonists, and their relationships to each other. There is World Building with real-world examples of heroic people (in history or fiction) and The Call to Action - Plotting the story from beginning to end for a 10 page comic book. Students will consider key points in character interactions and how their protagonists will behave as they lead the story, then they will continue enveloping each scene with Story Beats, using climaxes, resolutions and cliffhangers. Story Beats ends the first course. Students can continue with the second course using Layout Sheets and Designing Panels lead to the final project: Publishing their very own Hero Comic Book. Enrollment into the first Comic Book course (or a similar one) is strongly recommended before the second course.

Music Appreciation and Group Lessons

The Music classes at ALC are “Music Appreciation” because theory is taught (how to read notes on the grand staff), how to sing with solfege (do, re, me, etc.). Our music instructor introduces the different families of instruments in the orchestra. We touch on the lives of famous composers, their context, and some of their major works. The older grades are even introduced to music recording.  Instruction is given at every grade level around three themes: Artistic Perception, Creative Expression, and Historical and Cultural Context. The instrument classes at ALC - guitar, ukulele, and piano, are instructed by Jonathan Holowaty. He practices reading sheet music (actual notes) and how to read chord charts and tabs in guitar, ukulele, and piano group lessons.


Fitness is Fun

Fitness students hop, jump, bounce balls, skip rope, throw, and learn the rules of a few games with some healthy aerobic exercise planned for each visit.  Fitness is Fun class follows the standards that are set out by the California Department of Education for 2nd grade, but it is adapted to the grade levels and abilities of each class: 1.)  “Students demonstrate the motor skills and movement patterns needed perform a variety of physical activities”, 2.) “Students demonstrate knowledge of movement concepts, principles, and strategies that apply to the learning and performance of physical activities”, 3.)  “Students assess and maintain a level of physical fitness to improve health and performance”, 4.) “Students demonstrate knowledge of physical fitness concepts, principles, and strategies to improve health and performance”, and 5.) “Students demonstrate and utilize knowledge of psychological and sociological concepts, principles, and strategies that apply to the earning and performance of physical activity.” The fitness concepts and activity center around Movement, Body Management, Locomotor Movement, Manipulative Skills, Fitness Concepts, Aerobic Capacity, Fitness Concepts, Muscular Strength/Endurance, Flexibility, Self-Responsibility, and Group Dynamics.

Conversational Spanish and French

These foreign language courses are designed to develop oral and written language skills at the beginning level. Conversations and discussions are the key components, and a secondary focus on grammar. Conversations will be centered on themes using the related vocabulary and expressions.

Young Entrepreneurs (4th - 8th)

We begin with choosing 3 things you're good at, then pick one, then naming your business! We then visualize your business...

How much will you charge? (Costs to you and profit margins)

How will you set yourself apart from your competition? 

How will you tell people about your business?

Don't forget about ...Budget and Projecting

Revenue Types, Expenses, Profit

Goals (weekly, monthly, 6 months) 

Investments - Start up Costs 

Time management

Anticipating Challenge and turn them into Opportunities

Using a Prototype, Trouble-Shooting, and Revising your Goals

Let's make your BIG IDEA HAPPEN!! 

Required textbook: Million Dollar Butterflies

Economics and the U.S. Government and your Constitution

American Government and Economics is a one-year course devoted to the study of the foundations of the American system of government and economics. In the economics segment, the first semester of the program, students will learn perspective on money and learn to develop values such as temperance and stewardship. Students will then have an introduction to US History and the key principles of the three branches of our government and the Constitution, meanwhile gaining a greater understanding of the election process and the roles of the Supreme Court and Congress. 

Tuesdays & Thursdays: 7th - 10th grades


Mission Statement : Create a series of small-group classes for older homeschool students that provide academic support for all levels of learners. Fun, interactive, flexible, student-centered classes with scaffolded challenges that create and build from student success. Geared for junior high - high school aged homeschoolers up through 10th grade covering core curriculum areas of ELA, Math, and Social Studies, as well as study/life skills. Designed to include students with special needs and learning difficulties, as well as gifted students and those seeking to accelerate their learning.

Take 1 class, stay for a day, come for 2 whole days, or combine with any STEAM class on the schedule!

Climbing the Writing Mountain - One Step at A Time :

Writing takes us places, but every student’s writing path is a little different and moves at their own speed. This class will provide a gentle guide to getting better at writing from wherever each student may be starting. 

Math Mayhem ( or Integrated Math Mayhem):

Math is everywhere and can be used to solve problems together, explore the world, and make discoveries. This class will offer playful opportunities to improve math skills and build confidence in working with numbers 

Backwards US History: From Now to Then:

The events of today have connections to what has happened in the past. This class reverses the traditional timeline to help students understand key points in U.S. History 

Playing with Patterns: Making Spelling/Reading Easier:

Reading and spelling can be difficult, and sometimes it can feel like it makes no sense at all. This class will feature games and activities that help students discover the patterns within the English language that can help make reading and writing easier 

FOR MORE OF A CHALLENGE 7th - 10th graders:


  1. Formulas for Writing -- from Sentences to Paragraphs to 5-paragraph Essays : Improving writing at all levels.
  2. Integrated Math Mysteries : Working with Pre-Algebra, Algebra, and Geometry to solve the mystery of Integrated Math.
  3. Exploring Geography and World History: Discovering the world around us through adventures in time and place.
  4. Taming Textbooks and Success Strategies for Higher Education (for homeschoolers) : Building skills needed for classroom success.