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Aftercare and After-School Clubs

The OHDS After-School Programs includes aftercare  — supervised snack and play — and enrichment clubs, which offer two sessions throughout the year, incorporating a variety of options in the arts, athletics and science. The cost of clubs varies (details for both aftercare and clubs below). 

In line with the OHDS educational philosophy, our focus is on the whole child, which is why we offer students a variety of programming to choose from – engaging all parts of their creative minds. The clubs calendar is subject to change, as we adapt to the Covid-19 landscape. Please note that there are no refunds after the second class of any club.

The OHDS Aftercare Program runs Monday-Thursday, from 4-5:30 p.m., and is lovingly overseen by our b'not sherut from Israel, Inbar and Noa. There is no aftercare on Fridays or when there is a holiday. Please check our calendar for these dates.

Registration: You may register for just one day, repeat days (say Wednesdays), or every day of the week, Monday-Thursday, for which we offer a monthly plan. Pre-registration is required by 2 p.m. Please click "add a note" at checkout to provide any details about dates or the child you're signing up. Sign up here!


Art Club
Grades K-5
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 4:15-5:15 p.m.

Spring Tuesdays: 1/11-5/17 $360
Spring Thursdays: 1/13-5/19 $300

Ms. Esther will lead students through a variety of upcycled art projects. In an effort to get the most out of what we have already used and to throw away less, students will think creatively about how to reuse materials in a variety of art projects. Students will make sculptures, build environments, create characters, and learn about artists around the world who are exploring the myriad ways that humans can be mindful of the environment by reusing materials in art rather than throwing them away. Capped at 16 students; minimum 6 to run. Ms. Esther requests that families don't sign up for both days, so that others can join.


Sign up with Ms. Esther by emailing!

Chess Club
Grades 1-8
Mondays, 4:15-5:15 p.m.

Spring: 1/10-5/23 $240
(Kindergarteners can join the winter session)

Come develop your strategy and enjoyment of the king of games! Lessons and play combine the skills of thinking and creativity with the thrill of sport. Classes include 20 minutes of instruction with our fantastic instructor from the Berkeley Chess School, with the remaining time set aside for play. Our coach runs a tournament within each session. Minimum 10 students to run; Capped at 20.

Sign up HERE with the Berkeley Chess School!

Middle School Athletics
Grades 6-8
Practices and games vary, but are held on Mondays-Thursdays, 4:15-5:15

OHDS offers a three-season year for our student athletes: cross country in the fall (September-November), a boys and a girls basketball team in the winter (November-March), and a co-ed ultimate frisbee or volleyball team (depending on student interest) in the spring (March-May). OHDS is a member of the Bay Area Middle School Sports League.

Our middle school athletics programs builds student health and wellness, complements OHDS' academics, and builds our core middot: kindness, gratitude, resilience, respect, responsibility, self-control, perseverance, curiosity, and integrity. We encourage students of all athletic abilities to join, to build skills, good health, and fun.

Registration details are sent to middle school families before every season.

Spring Musical: Hamilton!
Grades 3-8
Thursdays, 4:15-5:30 p.m.

Dates: 10/7-3/24: $400

All students who attend casting auditions (and do their best!) will get a part in Hamilton, but the cast is capped at the first 20 students to register. Oakland-based Kids ‘N Dance, a performing arts company with more than two decades experience in children’s theater, will cast, direct, choreograph, costume and oversee all aspects of the musical. Our final performance may be live OR live-streamed (not a life performance) to families, depending on our assessment of Covid risk at the time.

Casting Auditions: 9/30, 4:15-5:30
Dress rehearsal: 3/20, 2:30-4:40 at Kids 'N Dance
Two *Tentative* Final Shows: 3/27 @ 2 & 5

Virtual Piano Lessons At Home
Grades 2-8
Flexible Scheduling

Ms. Norma Bristol returns to offer their very popular individual piano lessons via Zoom, which will include the basics of note reading, piano technique and music theory through traditional teaching materials, such as the Faber and Faber Piano Adventures books. These 30-minute lessons meet once per week over the course of the year. A piano or full-sized keyboard in the home is a requirement. Students can participate in recitals and enroll in the Certificate of Merit program.

Sign up with Ms. Bristol by emailing her at!