After-School Activities Guide

courtesy girls rock s.b.

Compiled by Terry Ortega


AHA! (Attitude. Harmony. Achievement.) After-school groups for teens teach social-emotional intelligence and build community across lines of clique, color, and socioeconomic status through an original curriculum that incorporates short learning segments, interactive discussion, council circle sharing, team-building games, community service, and creative projects. Interested families should attend one of the Tuesday fall enrollment meetings on August 19 or 26 or September 2, 9, or 16 at Jefferson Hall. A mandatory orientation will be held September 27, 10am-noon.

Creative Group: Mon., 3:30-5pm, Sept. 29-Jan. 12, 2015; Fri., 3:30-5pm, Oct. 3-Jan. 16, 2015; Girls’ Group: Mon., 3:30-5pm and 5:30-7pm, Sept. 27-Jan. 12, 2015; Ally Training Group: Tue., 3:30-5pm, Sept. 30-Jan. 13, 2015; Wed., 3:30-5pm, Oct. 1-Jan. 14, 2015; Connection Circles: Thu., 3:30-5pm, Oct. 2-Jan. 15, 2015; Guys’ Group: Thu., 5:30-7pm, Oct. 2-Jan. 15, 2015. Jefferson Hall, 1525 Santa Barbara St.; Girls’ and Guys’ Group: Family Therapy Institute, 111 E. Arrellaga St.; Fri. Creative Group: Location TBD. All groups are offered by donation. Ages 14-19. Call 770-7200 x3 or visit

Franklin Youth Drop-In Center The Franklin Youth Drop-In Center is a safe place for neighborhood youths to socialize and build relationships through a variety of activities, organized learning experiences, and skill-building opportunities. Activities are offered daily throughout the year. These youths are oftentimes the driving force behind the implementation of activities including community service projects that build leadership skills and serve to deter inappropriate behavior.

Mon.-Fri., 2:30-5:30pm. Franklin Youth Drop-In Ctr., 1126 E. Montecito St. Free. Grades 6-12. Call 897-2582.

LGBTQ and Ally Youth Group This youth program provides a safe space for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning youth and allies. A combination of social and education activities provides young people with a space to share, connect, and have fun! Events and activities, from Pride Prom to the 90 Days of Summer Program, are free and open to all.

Fri., 4-5:30pm. Pacific Pride Foundation, 126 E. Haley St., Ste. A-12. Free. Ages 13+. Call 963-3636 x117 or visit

Montecito Family YMCA Adult/Teen Swim Lessons Adult lessons are designed to meet the needs of each participant. Beginners work on the fundamentals, while advanced swimmers can improve endurance and stroke technique. Fear cases are welcome.

Tue. and Thu., 4-4:30pm, and Sat., 1-1:45pm, Sept. 2
-Nov. 22. Montecito Family YMCA, 591 Santa Rosa Ln. $36-$105/session. Ages 13+. Call 969-3288 or visit

Paul Wellman file photo

General Programs

Discover Your Area Library Besides access to the largest selection of books for kids and teens, the libraries offer free computer use, study areas, digital books for all ages, Makerspace workshops, writing workshops, dogs to read to, streaming movies and music, and monthly family events.

S.B. Central Library: 40 E. Anapamu St., 962-7653. Mon.-Thu., 10am-7pm; Fri.-Sat., 10am-5:30pm; Sun., 1-5pm. Eastside Library: 1102 E. Montecito St., 963-3727. Mon.-Tue., 10am-7pm; Wed.-Fri., 10am-5:30pm; Sat.: 10am-4pm. Goleta Library: 500 N. Fairview Ave., Goleta, 964-7878. Mon., noon-6pm; Tue.-Thu., 10am-8pm; Fri.-Sat., 10am-5:30pm; Sun., 1-5pm. Carpinteria Library: 5141 Carpinteria Ave., Carpinteria, 684-4314. Mon. and Wed., 10am-7:30pm; Tue. and Thu.-Fri., 10am-5:30pm; Sat., 10am-4pm. Montecito Library: 1469 E. Valley Rd., Montecito, 969-5063: Mon.-Sat., 10am-5:30pm. Solvang Library: 1745 Mission Dr., Solvang, 688-4214. Tue. and Fri., 10am-5pm; Wed.-Thu., 10am-7pm; Sat., 10am-4pm. Free. Visit

Girls Inc. of Greater Santa Barbara After-School Program Girls Inc.’s structured programs, delivered by trained professionals, focus on the special needs of girls and are designed to equip girls to be strong, smart, and bold! Girls learn life skills, science, healthy living, cooking, sports, reading, and more in a fun, safe environment. Free transportation is available to the two locations.

Mon.-Fri., 3-6pm, begins Aug. 27. Santa Barbara Ctr., 531 E. Ortega St., 963-4017; Goleta Valley Ctr., 4973 Hollister Ave., Goleta, 967-0319. $35/day, $60-$65/week part-time, $100-$105/week full-time. Grades transitioning K-8. Visit

Montecito Family YMCA After-School Program The Y’s after-school care program focuses on its core values of caring, honesty, respect, and responsibility. The Y is committed to partnering with parents in developing children into productive members of society. Participants enjoy quiet homework time, create art projects, play games, take field trips, and more.

Mon.-Fri., 3-6pm. Montecito Family YMCA, 591 Santa Rosa Ln. $447-$497. Grades K-6. Call 969-3288 x107 or x108 or visit

PAWS to Read Join the Channel City Canine Club every week, and practice your reading skills with one of its furry friends! This is a great way for reluctant readers to practice reading aloud to the kindest, least judgmental listeners around. Registration is required for this weekly event.

Tue., 4-5pm; Thu., 3-5pm. Goleta Library, 500 N. Fairview Ave., Goleta. Free. Ages 6+. Call 964-7878 or visit

Poppins Family Services This is an after-school care program offering homework support and personal-enrichment classes.

Mon.-Thu., 1:30-5:30pm. 3803 Connie Wy. $190-$615/month. Grades K-6. Call 448-6289 or visit

Rainbow School After-School Care In addition to providing care to infants, toddler, preschool, and pre-K children, Rainbow School offers an after-school program for school-age children. In a relaxed and inviting environment, the children enjoy arts and crafts, cooking, special theme days, board games, outdoor activities and games, and homework time.

Mon.-Fri., 1:30-5:30pm (all-day care available during elementary school holidays). Rainbow School, 5689 Hollister Ave., Goleta. $28/day for kindergarten; $23/day for grade-schoolers. Grades K-6. Call 964-4511 or visit

S.B. Family YMCA After-School Programs The Y offers children a time and safe place to learn, grow, and make the very best of their out-of-school hours. They offer arts and crafts, outdoor sports, strong relationship building with caring and well-trained group leaders, homework assistance, and monthly walking trips to the Y. A healthy snack is included every day. Special activities based on the interests of the group will be included. Family events will happen throughout the year to build community and strengthen families.

Mon.-Fri., 1:30-6:15pm. Monte Vista Elementary, 720 N. Hope Ave.; Hope Elementary, 3970-A La Colina Rd. $425-$600/month for grade transitioning K; $290-$400/month for grades 1-6; $10/hour for drop-in child care. Grades transitioning K-6. Call 687-7720 x237 or visit

Girls Rock S.B. After-School Program. Photo courtesy girls rock s.b.

Art, Dance, Theater, & Music

The Adderley School for the Performing Arts As part of California’s premier after-school musical-theater program, students will participate in 14 weeks of age-appropriate singing, acting, and dance workshops culminating in a final abridged version of a Broadway show. Young actors become emboldened and empowered in a joy-filled community of creative self-expression. Sing! Dance! Act! Shine! One- to two-hour workshops meet one day a week.

Mon.-Fri., 3:30-6:30pm; Sat., 10:30am-1:30pm; begins Sept. 2. Adderley School for the Performing Arts, 316 State St., Ste. A. $500-$625/semester. Ages 4-13. Call 899-3680 or visit

Dance Fever Taught by world-class Russian teachers Vasily Golovin and Anastasia Banderovskaya, Dance Fever specializes in social and competitive ballroom dance for all ages. Choose from one or two 45-minute classes per week or one 90-minute class per week.

S.B. Dance Ctr., 127 W. Canon Perdido St. $70-$140/week. Ages 3-4, 5-9, and 10-18. Call (781) 929-7174 or visit

Girls Rock S.B. After-School Program Students will attend a 10-week instrument lesson, form a rock band, collaboratively write an original song, participate in workshops on self-empowerment, record their song in a real recording studio, and perform with their band at a live SOhO Restaurant & Music Club showcase.

Mon.-Thu., Fri., 3:30-6pm, begins Sept. 15. MacKenzie Adult Building in MacKenzie Park, 3111 State St.; Santa Barbara Jr. High, 721 E. Cota St.; Garden Street Academy, 2300 Garden St. $180-$325/session. Ages 6-15 (16+ can volunteer in the high school community service program).Call 861-8128 or visit

Goleta School of Ballet This school offers 14 levels of ballet instruction for boys and girls. With annual performances of The Nutcracker, The Nutcracker Tutu Suite, and a Spring Presentation, this comprehensive ballet training school has been teaching students in the community for 30 years.

Mon.-Sat., times vary, begins Sept. 3. Goleta School of Ballet, 303 Magnolia Ave., Goleta. $50-$299/month ($30 yearly registration fee due upon enrollment). Ages 3-18. Call 328-3823 or visit

Gustafson Dance Gustafson Dance offers a full curriculum of ballet for all ages. There is a graduated program for children beginning at age 2½ with creative dance, followed by pre-ballet, and then eight levels of ballet. In addition, there is a graduated program of jazz. Student performances of The Nutcracker and Rudolph accompany the program.

Mon.-Fri., times vary, begins Sept. 8. Gustafson Dance, 2285 Las Positas Rd. $360-$1,030. Ages 2½+. Call 563-3262 x1 or visit

Montecito Family YMCA Hip-Hop Dance Your child will develop motor skills while learning about rhythm and movement. Concluding in the exploration of full routines including techniques like breakin’, lockin’, and other hip-hop footwork, this program encourages children to express themselves and develop individual self-confidence, teamwork, and new friendships.

Wed., 4-4:45pm. Fall I: Sept. 3-Oct. 22; $31-$89. Fall II: Oct. 22-Dec. 17; $27-$77. Montecito Family YMCA, 591 Santa Rosa Ln. Ages 6-12. Call 969-3288 x109 or visit

Montecito Family YMCA Itty Bitty Ballet YMCA encourages your child to express themselves through the art of dance. Your child will learn basic ballet movements and proper techniques and will make lots of new friends. Each class focuses on a classical ballet scene, and participants are encouraged to share, take turns, and learn how to work together.

Thu., 3:30-4:15pm. Fall I: Sept. 4-Oct. 23; $31-$89. Fall II: Oct. 23-Dec. 18; $27-$77. Montecito Family YMCA, 591 Santa Rosa Ln. Ages 4-6. Call 969-3288 x109 or visit

Montecito School of Ballet The Montecito School of Ballet offers after-school classes including pre-ballet, creative movement, classical ballet, pointe, jazz dance, and contemporary. This school presents an annual Christmas performance and a year-end performance. Students are able to receive independent PE credit through their school if approved.

Mon.-Sat., times vary, begins Aug. 27. Montecito School of Ballet, 529 E. Gutierrez St. $54-$200/month. Ages 4+. Call 451-0553 or visit

S.B. Dance Arts. Paul Wellman file photo

S.B. Dance Arts Dance Arts has been inspiring confidence in young people for the last 18 years. They offer professional training for all levels and ages in a fun and nurturing environment. Classes include jazz, hip-hop, Broadway, aerial, contemporary, ballet, tiny tots, tumbling, and aerial yoga. There is also a performance company and competition team. Classes fill up quickly, so call now to register.

Mon.-Fri., times vary, Sept. 8-May 20. S.B. Dance Arts, 531 E. Cota St. Prices vary depending on course. Age 3+. Call 966-5299 or visit

S.B. Festival Ballet Bringing the gift of classical ballet to our community for more than 50 years, S.B. Festival Ballet is dedicated to training through practicing safe and correct technique, developing artistry, and providing a supportive and dignified environment for your student. Instruction utilizing the Cecchetti method syllabus ensures a careful progression as the dancer advances. Classes include creative movement to pre-ballet to professional-level classes.

Mon.-Sat., times vary, begins Aug. 25. S.B. Festival Ballet, 1019 Chapala St., Ste. B. Prices vary depending on course. Ages 3+. Call 966-0711.

S.B. Kindermusik Give your child the gift of music for life​—​all in the key of love! S.B. Kindermusik has been inspiring young minds through music and movement for more than 16 years. In-depth instrument instruction like music theory, piano, ukulele, guitar, and more are taught in the Orff-Schulwerk and Kodály methods. Parent-child classes for ages 3 and under are also offered.

Begins Sept. 8. Methodist Church, 305 E. Anapamu St.; Carpinteria location TBD; Maravilla Senior Living Ctr., 5486 Calle Real, Goleta. Prices vary. Ages 3½-10. Call 884-4009 or visit for the online schedule.

Sino West Kung Fu and Performing Arts S.B.’s family martial arts studio offers acrobatics, ballet, contemporary, hip-hop, jazz, Chinese dance, Bollywood, and kung fu classes. It is a fun, healthy way for kids to exercise while building confidence, strength, and coordination.

Mon.-Sat., times vary, begins Sept. 2. Sino West Performing Arts, 5718 Hollister Ave., Ste. 105, Goleta. Ages 3+. Prices vary depending on course. Call 967-2983 or visit for a schedule.

Westside Dance Training begins with a focus on coordination, musicality, and love of dance. Ballet is the perfect opportunity for young students to get some energy out and enjoy the fantasy of being ballerinas with dress-up costumes and more. Entry-level classes introduce the foundational elements of technique. As the levels progress, a more formal ballet education will take place. Develop greater strength, flexibility, coordination, musicality, and discipline. Classes for older and advanced students are available by audition.

Pre-Ballet: Sat., 9-9:50am; Wed., 3-3:50pm; ages 3-5. Ballet I: Sat., 10-10:50am; Wed., 4-4:50pm; ages 6-9. Westside Dance, 1427 San Andres St. $10/class. Call 637-8773 or visit

Young Singers Club Weekly inclusive classes include vocal and breathing exercises, fun solos, choreography, ensemble numbers, and performances. Show choirs in three age groups rehearse twice weekly (private lessons by audition).

Various 45-minute classes: Mon.-Wed., 3:05-5:30pm, begins Sept. 15. Show-choir 90-minute rehearsals: Wed.-Sat., 3:30-6pm, begins Sept. 3. Young Singers Club, 4713 Chandler St. $195-$245/quarter. Ages 4+. Call 681-7078 or visit

Montecito Family YMCA Otters Swim Team. Photo courtesy Armando Ramos.

Sports & Nature

After-School Enrichment Soccer Programs one. Soccer Schools’ After-School Enrichment Programs are designed for elementary schoolchildren. Students will have fun developing the essential technical and tactical skills needed for soccer, improving their hand-eye coordination, and experiencing higher levels of fitness in a familiar and trusted school environment. Program length and costs vary.

See the online schedule or contact your school office for specific dates and details. Mountain View Elementary, Washington Elementary, Montecito Union, Cold Springs School, Peabody, Roosevelt Elementary, Adams Elementary. $90+/session. Grades K+. Call 845-6801 or visit

After-School Surf Mentor Program La Playa Surf Academy offers classes for beginner to intermediate surfers. There is a maximum of four students per class (one instructor for every two students). Surfboard and wet suit are provided upon request.

Mon.-Thu., 3:15-5:15pm, begins Sept. 1. Leadbetter Beach, Shoreline Dr.; Campus Point, UCSB. $65/session. Ages 8+. Call 770-2556 or visit

Aikido with Ki and Judo Kids’ classes teach disciplines like falling, throwing, pinning, and fitness using drills, relays, and games. Adults’ classes teach disciplines, falling, relaxation, throwing, pinning, and situational awareness. The weapons class teaches weapon forms, throwing and pinning an attacker, and throwing an attacker (weapons include staff, sword, and knife). The ki/chi class teaches breathing exercises and meditation focusing on inner calm, focus, and stability.

Kids’ Class: Tue. and Thu., 4-6pm. Adults’ Class: Tue. and Thu., 6:45-8:15pm; Sat., 9:30-11am. Weapons Class: Tue., 6-6:30pm. Ki/Chi Class: Thu., 6-6:30pm. The Cultural School, 255 Magnolia Ave., Goleta. Prices vary depending on course. Children: ages 6-14; adults: 14+.Call 964-8966 or 967-3103 or visit

Capoeira Classes Professor Chin will instruct pupils in this class in capoeira, a Brazilian martial art that combines music and acrobatics.

Tue. and Thu., 4:15-5pm, ages 3-6; Mon. and Wed., 4pm; Sat., 10am; ages 7-11; Mon. and Wed., 5pm; Sat., 10am; ages 12+. Capoeira Sul da Bahia, 1230 State St., Ste. C. $55/week, $95/two weeks, $110/ three weeks. Call 637-5355 or visit

Girls Inc. Gymnastics Girls Inc. of Greater Santa Barbara Gymnastics offers recreation through competitive level gymnastics, cheer and tumbling, birthday parties, camps, private lessons, and more! There are a wide variety of classes for girls and boys of all ages.

Mon.-Sat., morning and afternoon classes, begins Sept. 2. Girls Inc. Santa Barbara Ctr., 531 E. Ortega St. Call 963-4492 or visit for pricing and other information.

iSurf After-School Program. courtesy isurf

iSurf After-School Program iSurf: A Surf School for Women believes that the physical activity of surfing promotes a healthy mind. Its after-school program takes your daughter to various locations, looking for surf that’s appropriate to her skill level. Students are picked up from school and returned home by 6:30pm.

Mon.-Thu., after school-6:30pm. Various locations. $50/session. Ages 6-16. Call 699-5371 or visit

Kids’ Kung Fu Valhalla Elite Training Center will give your child the three Cs to stand up to bullying: cooperation, confidence, and caring. This program is the most comprehensive of its kind, teaching kids life skills such as anti-bullying, stranger awareness, and self-defense.

Mon.-Thu. Valhalla Elite Training Ctr., 1113 State St. $59/six weeks. Ages 4-14. Call 687-1514 or visit

Montecito Family YMCA Inline Skate Class YMCA skate class brings quality instruction and fundamentals. Your young skater will develop improved motor skills and better balance. Basic skills are at the core of this program, including stopping, turning, safe falling techniques, and street skating awareness. From beginning to advanced, all are welcome.

Wed., 4:15-5:15pm. Fall I: Sept. 3-Oct. 22; $31-$89. Fall II: Oct. 29-Dec. 17. Montecito Family YMCA, 591 Santa Rosa Ln.; $27-$77. Ages 5-12. Call 969-3288 x109 or visit

Montecito Family YMCA Itty Bitty Sports This Itty Bitty Sports program is designed to introduce the fundamentals of soccer and/or basketball and encourage character development. Teamwork and sportsmanship are at the core of all the youth sports programs. Your child is sure to make new friends, develop new skills, and have lots of fun! Soccer will take place during Fall I, basketball during Fall II.

Tue., 3-3:30pm. Fall I: Sept. 16-Oct 14. Fall II: Nov. 4-Dec. 9 (no class 11/25). Montecito Family YMCA, 591 Santa Rosa Ln. $23-$37/session. Ages 3½-5. Call 969-3288 x109 or visit

Montecito Family YMCA NFL Youth Flag Football League The Y teams up with NFL Flag to provide three divisions of football: 1st-3rd grade, 4th-6th grade, and junior high. The goals are to teach kids basic football skills, promote teamwork and sportsmanship, and have fun doing it! Registration ends Aug. 24.

Practices are held after school, and games are played on Saturday at various locations. Sept. 8-Nov. 15. Montecito Family YMCA, 591 Santa Rosa Ln. $99-$127. Grades 1-8.
Call 969-3288 x109 or visit

Montecito Family YMCA Karate Y instructor Brian Jordan offers one of the best karate programs in town. Karate is an effective way for children to build self-esteem, muscle coordination, and character. This program emphasizes self-defense and self-control in an environment that is caring and progressive. Come join the fun!

Tiny Tigers: Tue., 1:20-1:50pm; ages 3-6. Beginning/Intermediate: Tue., 4:40-5:10pm; ages 6-13. Fall I: Sept. 2-Oct. 21; $37-$97. Fall II: Oct. 28-Dec. 16; $33-$83. Call 969-3288 x109 or visit

Montecito Family YMCA Otters Swim Team Continue to improve your child’s swimming ability by developing strong competitive strokes, turns, and racing concepts. Have fun in a team environment, and opt to compete in YMCA swim meets. Participants must have completed the swim lesson program or have the appropriate skills to pass a tryout.

4:15-5:30pm. Novice: Tue. and Thu.-Fri.; ages 6-12. Advanced: Mon., Wed., and Fri.; ages 6-14. Begins Sept. 3. Montecito Family YMCA, 591 Santa Rosa Ln. $50-$92/session. Call 969-3288 or visit

Montecito Family YMCA Pick-Up Hockey The YMCA is a great place to enjoy a game of roller hockey led by Coach Joel. Our hockey nights are open to all ages and levels. For those with less experience, consider joining the Inline Skate Class on Wednesday afternoons.

Wed., 5:30-6:30pm, Sept. 3-Oct. 22, and Oct. 29-
Dec. 17. Montecito Family YMCA, 591 Santa Rosa Ln. $5/visit, $20/session. Call 969-3288 x109 or visit

Montecito Family YMCA Tumbling Kids can stay active and have fun in tumbling. Class includes the basics of tumbling and helps children develop social skills, reinforce spatial concepts, and enhance gross motor skills. Children are encouraged to share in a group dynamic in an effort to develop confidence while focusing on Y core values.

Tumbling I: Mon., 4-4:30pm; ages 4-6. Tumbling II: Mon., 4:35-5:20pm; ages 6-9. Fall I: Sept. 8-Oct. 20; $31-$89. Fall II: Oct. 27-Dec. 15; $27-$77. Montecito Family YMCA, 591 Santa Rosa Ln. Call 969-3288 x109 or visit

Montecito Family YMCA Wet Ball Wet ball concentrates on teaching the basics of water polo to beginner and intermediate players. Youth wet ball focuses on the skills, positioning, plays, and rules that young athletes will need to know to succeed. All participants will get a chance to play against other YMCA wet ball teams.

Mon. and Wed., 5:30-6:30pm, Sept. 3-Oct. 8 and Oct. 15-Nov. 19. Montecito Family YMCA, 591 Santa Rosa Ln. $48-$96/session. Ages 6-14. Call 969-3288 or visit

Montecito Family YMCA Youth Basketball League Did you know that basketball was invented at the Y in 1891? Help continue this rich tradition and join the after-school basketball league. Your child will sharpen their essential skills and learn some new ones. After-school practices and games will focus on basic skills, teamwork, and sportsmanship.

There are different divisions according to age. Registration takes places Oct. 1-Dec. 21. Season runs early January to mid-March. Montecito Family YMCA, 591 Santa Rosa Ln. $99-$127. Grades K-8. Call 969-3288 x109 or visit

Montecito Family YMCA Youth Swimming Watch your child develop independence in the pool. The group lessons are designed to give your child the confidence to perform basic water skills independently. Lesson plans include pool safety and emphasize chapter development. Registration ends Aug. 27.

Mon.-Thu., 3-4:30pm, and Sat., 11:15am-1:30pm, begins Sept. 2. Montecito Family YMCA, 591 Santa Rosa Ln. $36-$105/session. Ages 3-13. Call 969-3288 or visit

Page Youth Center Basketball Clinic. Paul Wellman file photo

Page Youth Center Basketball Clinic Young b-ballers will refine their skills on the court with PYC’s guided basketball clinics.

Girls: Tue., 3:45-5pm, Sept. 9-Oct. 14. Boys: Thu., 3:45-5pm, Sept. 11-Oct. 16. Coed Special Needs: Tue., 3:45-5pm, Sept. 9-Oct. 14. Girls, Boys, and Coed: $20. Grades 1-8. Page Youth Ctr., 4540 Hollister Ave. Call 967-8778 or visit

Page Youth Center Coed Volleyball Clinic Practice your bump, set, and spike techniques this fall with PYC’s coed volleyball clinics.

Wed., 3:45-5pm, Sept. 10-Oct. 15. Page Youth Ctr., 4540 Hollister Ave. $100. Grades 2-8. Call 967-8778 or visit

Pedal Power (Youth Earn-A-Bike) The S.B. Bicycle Coalition will sponsor “driving education” on a bicycle. Learn basic bike repair, safe handling skills, and go on rides around Santa Barbara with accredited League Cycling instructors. Bring your own bike and helmet; students who do not own a bike may earn one at completion of program. Students will receive a certificate from the League of American Bicyclists.

2:30-4pm. Goleta Valley Jr. High, 6100 Stow Cyn Rd.; La Colina Jr. High, 4025 Foothill Rd.: Tue. and Thu., begins Sept. 16. Santa Barbara Jr. High, 721 E. Cota St.: Wed. and Fri., begins Sept. 24. $20. Ages 10-16. Call 699-6301 or visit

S.B. School of Squash This urban-youth enrichment program combines academic tutoring with squash instruction and mentoring in order to increase the opportunities and resources available to youth in our city. Santa Barbara School of Squash (SBSOS) aims to provide consistent and reliable academic and athletic support and guidance. By exposing children to squash and other education experiences, SBSOS aims to help each child realize his or her academic and personal potential.

S.B. Athletic Club, 520 Castillo St.; Westside Community Ctr., 423 W. Victoria St.; S.B. Family YMCA, 36 Hitchcock Wy. Free (students must qualify for federal free lunch program). Grades 4-12. Call 570-9970 or visit for the schedule (available in September).

S.B. Parks & Recreation As usual, the City of Santa Barbara’s Parks & Recreation Department offers a multitude of sports and activities for your students to enjoy after they leave school for the day. All activities and leagues are coed unless otherwise stated. City residents receive discounted prices with proof of residency; please call or visit the website for information. RAP: the Recreation After-School Program is offered for the entire school year until 5:30pm daily. Grades 1-6. $150/30 days or $10/day. After-School Sports Leagues, Sports Clinics and Enrichment Classes. Free. Call 564-5495 or visit for current class info and sign-up information.

S.B. Soccer Club Players’ Academy After-School Program The Players’ Academy is delivered by nationally certified educators and held in conjunction with area soccer organizations. The program offers players, parents, and coaches a soccer educational platform for life. The program incorporates technical, tactical, physical, and mental aspects of player development with a “holistic” approach to your child’s lifelong growth.

Four seven-week sessions, Fri., begins Sept. 12, Oct. 31, Jan. 9, 2015, and Mar. 6, 2015. Primo: Times and locations TBD. $74-$79/session. Ages 3-6. Choice: 4:30-6pm. Girsh Park, 7050 Phelps Rd., Goleta; San Marcos High School, 4750 Hollister Ave. $115-$120/session. Ages 6-9. Educo: Tue. and Wed., 4-5:30pm. Girsh Park. $360/session. Ages 6-9. Call 705-4199 or visit

SBFitKidz Beyond the Bell These recreational classes offer children a fun all-sports program (soccer, basketball, volleyball, lacrosse, baseball, and more) designed for children to SEE (Specialize in Experiencing Everything) and are designed to educate, motivate, and inspire children to develop a love for sports, physical fitness, and health.

Mon.-Fri. Goleta and Montecito area elementary schools and parks. $75-$100/week. Ages 4-12. Call 705-1661 or visit

Surfing After-School Program Surf Happens offers continuing education and weekly training sessions for beginning and advanced surfers looking to improve their surfing and catch a ride to the premier spots with friends. Each vehicle transports no more than four surfers to any given spot with a 1:4 instructor-to-student ratio. Participants are picked up from school and dropped off at home after each session. There is also a girls-only group and a small stationary class located at Leadbetter Beach. Fun team events are included in the program throughout the year.

Mon.-Fri., 2:30-6:30pm, begins Sept. 1 and Jan. 5. $50-$100/session. Ages 6-14. Call 966-3613 or visit

Photo courtesy Caitlin Fitch


California Learning Center of Santa Barbara The CLC is a full-service tutoring, test-prep, proctoring, and college-counseling resource center. This business has expanded to include college advising, educational consulting, and free evening seminars. Students receive quality instruction tailored to meet their individual needs.

Mon.-Sat., flexible hours. California Learning Ctr., 350 S. Hope Ave., Ste. A-104. Prices vary depending on course. Grades K-college. Call 563-1579 or visit for full online schedule of classes.

Dubin Learning Center This Santa Barbara leader in education has helped thousands of students, ranging from the underachiever to the gifted, to reach their potential. Dubin provides educational therapy for students with learning differences, ADD, and dyslexia; tutoring in all subjects; and test prep. for SAT, SSAT, and ISEE. Individual sessions are scheduled according to needs.

Mon.-Fri. Dubin Learning Ctr., 112 W. Cota St. $75-$90/hour. Grades K-college. Call 962-7122 or visit

Gateway Educational Services After-School Tutoring GES offers assessment-based assistance for all grade levels and designated subject tutoring for all areas of math, reading comprehension, and college test prep, including support for students with learning disabilities.

Mon.-Thu., 1-6:30pm. Gateway Educational Services, 4850 Hollister Ave., Ste. C. Grades K-12. Prices based on sliding scale. Call 895-1153 or visit

Homework Help and Reading Buddy Program Trained volunteers will assist students with understanding and completing homework assignments. They will also encourage and work with children to build their reading skills. Participants should bring their homework or a book to read. Books are always available at the library.

Twenty-minute sessions: Mon., Tue., and Thu.: 3:30-6:30pm; Wed., 2:30-5:30pm. S.B. Central Library, 40 E. Anapamu St. Free. Grades K-6. Call 564-5603 or visit

S.B. Math Ellipse (An Eccentric Math Circle) S.B. Family School will host fun, challenging, exploratory, extracurricular math activities for students who enjoy math. The high school group includes competition preparations.

High school group: two meetings per month on weekend afternoons. Other groups: Weekly meetings on various weekday afternoons, 3:45-5:15pm. Held in a private residence in Goleta. $20/90-minute classes, $35/e-hour classes. Grades 2-12. Call 680-9950 or visit

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