LEARNS After School Courses
Art & Sculpture
Two sessions: W 2:20-3:20pm & W 3:40-4:40pm
In this class students will learn basic drawing techniques, how to turn 2-dimensional into 3-dimensional objects, and more. Students will use cardboard and other recycled materials in some of their projects. We will take inspiration from Art History and some famous artists, learning about different movements in Modern Art including contemporary contexts for creating artwork, viewing slide lectures, and using scratch boards. Students will be creating their own interpretations of these styles to make their own stunning creations
Bridging Berkeley (Math Tutor)
M/T/TR 3:15-5:30pm; W 2:20-5:00pm
Bridging Berkeley is a math mentoring program that matches UC Berkeley Work Study students and volunteers with Berkeley middle schoolers. Bridging Berkeley mentors work one-on-one with students to explore math concepts and inspire youth to pursue their college dreams!
M-F all time slots
Hey King Cobras! Come join us in the LEARNS after school program. Our black top activities are basketball, football, soccer, dodgeball, volleyball and oh yea jump rope. Just to name a few. We will have weekly competitions, with nice prizes. Come and test out your skills and join us for some fun on the blacktop.
ANova computer science classes are available for students interested in computer science at any level! We cater to the interests of students to teach CS concepts through short activities and longer-term projects like app-building, web design, or video game programming. ANova is an organization from UC Berkeley dedicated to making access to computer science education and opportunities more equitable, available, and achievable for students.
Embroidery & Needle Felting
2 sessions: TR 3:15-4:15pm & TR 4:30-5:30pm
Learn a variety of embroidery techniques including split stitch, back stitch, chain stitch and cross stitch. They will also needle felt flat pieces and soft sculptures out of wool.
English Language Learning (ELL)
This tutoring is designed for students who speak a language other than English as their first language. Students are able to receive help with homework in the student’s first language. This tutoring is available to all students.
Homework Center (Academic Support)
M/T/TR-3:15-5:30pm; W 2:20-5pm; F 3:15-4:15pm
Berkeley LEARNS provides after school homework centers for students daily. Each homework center is grade-specific so that assistance can be tailored to each group. Students can count on a studious environment free of distractions, so that they can focus on their academic success. CAL students volunteer as one-on-one tutors to assist students with their studies as well.
Students will safely engage in skill-based art making and artistic hands-on projects and activities. Whether students are learning a new art practice or developing their technical and conceptual skills, they explore a variety of visual art media, experiment with techniques and materials, and dive deep into the creative process. Our Kala teaching artists will work closely with students to create a space for creativity, inquiry, self-expression, reflection and collaboration. From drawing a portrait, to painting the landscape, to printmaking and mixed media sculpture, students are introduced to diverse art making practices, ideas, and artists, and have the freedom to explore a range of issues and themes relevant to their lives and their communities.
Interested in hands-on design or making things with your hands? Join the King Afterschool MakerLab! Come design 3D models, edit videos, make cardboard buildings, record digital music, and more!
Learn how to sew with a sewing machine and make either a pillowcase or a skirt. We’ll go over how to thread and use a sewing machine, how to choose and cut a pattern and fabric, various seam finishes, and hemming. Students who finish or repeat the class can move on to other projects. This class will include a field trip to the fabric store during the fourth week of the class.
2 sessions: F 3:15-4:15pm; F 4:30-5:30
This is a creative writing class that includes all formats: stories, novels, poetry, songs, plays or screenplays. We do a lot of writing in class and there is a period at the end for reading aloud IF the student chooses to. It is not required. Work can be shared with the class or shown only to me and discussed in private. The "flow writing" method with which we begin each class helps with writing of all kinds, and its primary purpose is to develop each student's unique individual voice.
Yarn Crafts / Knitting
2 sessions: W 2:20-3:20pm & W 3:40-4:40pm
Explore a variety of crafts using yarn, including weaving, finger knitting, making tassels and pompoms, and kumihimo braiding.