Dougherty Elementary School

We are offering a dynamic selection of courses available from Kindergarten through to 5th Grade.

Thank you for your continued support of DPIE.  We shall be putting our Fall after school listings up early August 2020.

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to email us at or call us at 925 587-5610.

Instructor:            Professional Actors from Synergy Theater (prev Kenn Adams’ Adventure Theater)
Grade Levels:       K - 5
Day/Dates:           Thursday - March 5, 12, 19  |  April 2, 16, 23, 30  |  May 7, 14, 21
Sessions:              10 classes x 1 hour
Time:                      3:10 - 4:10 pm
Room:                    130
Tuition:                   $210

It’s laughter, learning and limelight with the After School Drama Club - The Actor’s Workshop! Through a fun series of theater games, acting exercises and scripted scene work, this introductory acting class teaches the fundamentals of the actor’s craft. Students explore the “three tools of the actor” – voice, body and imagination – as they learn how to create characters, interpret scripts and perform for an audience. The class teaches true theater skills such as stagecraft, emotionally truthful acting, and professional theater etiquette, while encouraging creativity and inspiring the imagination. The class culminates with a workshop presentation of scenes and monologues for an invited audience.


Instructor:            Professional Dance Instructors from BollyNaach Dance Company
Grade Levels:       1 - 5
Day/Dates:           Tuesday - March 3, 10, 17, 24, 31  |  April 14, 21, 28  |  May 5, 12
Sessions:              10 classes x 1 hour
Time:                     2.10 - 3.10pm  
Room:                   TBA
Tuition:                 Early Bird Pricing - $199   After February 28th - $210

A fun-filled introduction to beginner & intermediate Bollywood dance for kids. Instruction includes foundational movements, fundamental techniques, hand gestures, rhythmic patterns & communicative expressions.  Students will learn dance routines choreographed to snippets of popular Bollywood songs as well as some Koliwood and Tollywood songs from the South Indian cinema. The classes will also strengthen individual coordination and rhythmic skills through various exercises and drills.
Additionally, students will develop a vocabulary of common Bollywood dance moves that they can string together to create their own unique dance. This class will expose kids to many different dance styles as Bollywood has become a melting pot of many popular traditional and western dance styles.

Instructor:            Pacific Chess Academy
Grade Levels:       1 - 5
Day/Dates:           Friday - March 6, 13, 20, 27  |  April 17, 24  |  May 1, 8, 15, 22
Sessions:              10 x 1 Hour
Time:                     3.10 - 4.10pm 
Room:                   P4
Tuition:                  $206

Learn chess with Pacific Chess Academy!  This program is a great opportunity for kids to learn how to overcome obstacles, think strategically, and stay focused. Specifically designed for young players with various levels (Beginners, Intermediate, Advanced), the course offers video lessons, easy-to-follow instructions, individual recommendations, and preparation to chess tournaments. The use of the modern technology (projectors, iPad, teaching software) makes the learning process easy, fast, and fun! All necessary equipment (boards and pieces, clocks, demo tools) provided. Participants receive certificates and trophies at the end of the school year. It doesn’t matter if you are a beginner or a Chess Champion, this class is for students at all ability levels.

6 Reasons Kids Should Learn Chess

  1. Improves concentration, attention span and memory abilities
  2. Enhances reading and math skills
  3. Fosters critical-thinking and creativity in young minds
  4. Encourages and rewards hard work
  5. Develops problem solving skills
  6. Exercises both sides of your brain


Instructor:            Ms. Anastasiia Zastavna - Bollynaach Dance Company
Grade Levels:       1 - 5
Day/Dates:           Monday - March 16, 23, 30  |   April 13, 20, 27  |  May 4, 11, 18
Sessions:              9 x 70 minutes
Time:                     2.10 - 3.20pm
Room:                   Stage
Tuition:                  $210

Contemporary as a dance style is a fusion of ballet, jazz, funk, and modern dance styles.  Contemporary dance encourages natural, spontaneous movement and focuses on self-expression, awareness of space and body movement, use of body weight, efficiency of muscle use, safe body alignment and strong use of Modern Dance technique. Classes start with a comprehensive warm-up focusing on improving flexibility, extension, core strength, and balance and gradually build up to contemporary steps and combinations that will consist of abstract movements combining modern and classical ballet elements. Students will learn how to express a wide range of emotions through their dance based on musical interpretation and individual style and using the contemporary dance form as a platform for creative self-expression. Classes emphasize technique, fundamentals and a familiarization of the dance vocabulary.

Recommended Dress - Students must be able to move and stretch fully.  Footless tights, leggings, leotards, fitted dance shorts, fitted tops, t-shirts and athletic pants are ideal.  Medium or long hair pulled away from face in pony-tail, braid, or bun. No shoes, bare-feet.

Instructor:            Mr John Price, Dougherty Teacher
Grade Levels:       3 - 5
Day/Dates:           Thursdays - March 5, 12, 19  |  April 2, 16, 23, 30  |  May 7, 14, 21
Sessions:              10 classes x 1 hour
Time:                      3:10 - 4:10pm
Room:                    15/Garden
Tuition:                   $199

Have you ever noticed hummingbirds going from flower to flower and wondered what they were doing? The hummingbird is getting nectar, a high energy drink flowers use to attract hummingbirds. By attracting birds and insects, the flower is making sure that its pollen gets taken to other flowers.  If you’ve ever seen a bee close-up when it’s visiting flowers, you might have noticed that the legs are covered with yellow grains of pollen.  Pollination is the process in which pollen is transferred from one plant to another.  Plants need pollination in order to make seeds and reproduce itself.

In Mr Price’s Life Science class, students will  examine the diversity of pollinators in the garden and their role in the ecosystem provides an excellent opportunity for students to learn about the mechanisms of adaptation.

  • Planting pollinator friendly plants.
  • Pollinator art projects.
  • Developing our observation skills
  • Designing our own flowers

Instructor:            Ms Jeanne Nakano, Cafe Art
Grade Levels:       K - 5
Day/Dates:           Wednesday - March 11, 18, 25  |  April 1, 15, 22, 29  |  May 6 , 13, 20
Sessions:              10 classes x 1 hour
Time:                      2.10 to 3.10pm 
Room:                    130 / 14
Tuition:                   $206

Mermaids, Unicorns, Dragon Eggs, Magical Wands… we will explore it all in this multi-media art class.  We will work with all different types of materials including oil pastel, watercolor, fused glass, clay, sharpies, markers and maybe even some glitter to create some fun magical art.  Projects include building a castle and a magic want out of clay, creating your own watercolor dragon, and students will be able to choose between creating a unicorn, mermaid or dragon as their ceramic piece. Join us in this magical exploration through art.

Instructor:            Ms Lina Barakat, Dougherty Teacher
Grade Levels:       3 - 5
Day/Dates:           Thursday -  March 5, 12, 19  |  April 2, 16, 23, 30  |  May 7, 14, 21
Sessions:              10 classes x 1 hour
Time:                      3:10 - 4:10pm
Room:                    16
Tuition:                   $199

Students will read a chosen novel, using a reader’s workshop model to enhance their reading comprehension abilities which encourages higher level collaborative reading and meta-cognitive strategies via a mini lesson format. Students will rotate through different roles, working together to engage in various texts, to further enrich their vocabulary and literature skills.  Later, students will adapt the novel into a play they can perform as a culminating project. Students will also be given roles in a book club which allow them to practice communication and public speaking skills, participating in interactive group discussions and increase their confidence in performing.

Instructor:            Gurus Education, East Bay
Grade Levels:       2 - 5
Day/Dates:           Friday – March 6, 13, 20, 27  |  April 17, 24  |  May 1, 8, 15, 22
Sessions:              10 x 1 Hour
Time:                     3:10 – 4:10pm
Room:                    130
Tuition:                   $210

This is an excellent course that reinforces presentation skills. Kids not only learn how to write creatively but also learn how to think critically and impact an audience effectively. Students begin to conduct research on more current issues, deliver descriptive & expository speeches, and make powerful presentations with the use of Power Point, Charts, Diagrams and other Audio/Visual Aids. This course will help kids expand their general knowledge and formulate their thoughts with a clear and concise structure.

Our goal is to develop well-rounded individuals… and to give kids with any level of prior knowledge a HANDS ON experience in each class!!


Instructor:            Licensed instructor from Code to the Future
Grade Levels:       2 - 5
Day/Dates:           Monday - March 16, 23, 30  |  April 13, 20, 27  |  May 4, 11, 18 
Sessions:              9 classes x 70 minutes
Time:                     2.10 - 3.20pm
Room:                    TBA
Tuition:                 Early Bird Pricing - $199  After February 28th - $210

Prepare for the world of technology and learn the secret language of computers! New and returning students are welcome! Continue or begin your coding adventure with the Code To The Future team, and create brand new projects like a projectile platformer or multiplayer racing video game! The possibilities to create are endless! New students are always welcome to join throughout the year, and every class is differentiated for individual learning. Choose your favorite theme, from Minecraft to Fortnite!

This class is online and offline, giving the students the ability to learn coding through Scratch and then uploading their projects to share.

Instructor:            Bricks 4 Kidz
Grade Levels:       K - 5
Day/Dates:           Monday - March 16, 23, 30  |  April 13, 20, 27  |  May 4, 11, 18
Sessions:              9 classes x 70 minutes
Time:                     2.10 - 3.20pm
Room:                   130
Tuition:                  $210

Bricks 4 Kidz Wheels in Motion Building with LEGO® Bricks! - These wheels are ready to roll! Students will use LEGO® Bricks, axles, pulleys, gears, and motors to build a variety of models on wheels. Some are familiar vehicles, such as a fire engine and delivery truck. Others are more spectacular, such as the Rescue Robot and K-9 Bot. Do you have a need for speed? Put your Speed Bot model to the test as your race against others using remote controls! We’ll explore concepts of speed and force, and gain non-vehicle knowledge from the unconventional Wheels in Motion models as well. Let’s roll!

Instructor:         Kavita Patel, owner/operator of Monkey Bear Yoga
Grade Level:      1 - 5
Day/Dates:         Tuesday - March 3, 10, 17, 24, 31  |  April 14, 21, 28  |  May 5, 12
Sessions:            10 x 1 hour
Time:                   2.10 - 3.10pm
Room:                 TBA
Tuition:                Early Bird Pricing - $185   After February 28th - $195

This Yoga class for Kids will explore the role of the Chakras in our yoga practice. Chakras are the 7 spinning wheels of energy located along the spine. Each Chakra has a color of the rainbow associated with it and a place it resides along the center of the body. Our Chakras are associated with our mental and emotional well-being. When our Chakras are balanced, we feel comfortable, confident and in charge of our own emotions. We will use mindful movement and breath to awaken our awareness of these energy centers. Understanding the superpowers of energy centers gives us the tools to understand ourselves better and empowers us to lead a balanced, peaceful life.

Enrollment Open