Ravenscroft is proud to offer on-campus, after-school programming for students. These programs provide opportunities for students to enrich their lives, embrace their passions, and even build upon their knowledge, after the school day is complete.
Each year we strive to adapt and grow the programs that we provide for the school community in order to meet the changing needs of students and families.
Contact Dan Ressner for more details.
- "Game On" with Bloxels
- ACT Prep
- Beginning Video Editing and Production
- Coding with Code.org
- Intermediate Video Editing and Production
- Introduction to Scratch Programming
- Learn to Ride a Bike - On Two Wheels!
- Little Laxers
- Power Up and Power On - Tech Workshops
- Chess Club
- Raven Swim
- SAT Prep
- Senior Self Defense Class
Program for all Lower School students in 3rd-4th Grade. Online Registration will open on Monday, April 24th.
Build, Capture, Design, Play and share your very own video games! In this new program, lead by the same instructors as the Power Up/Power On sessions from earlier this year, students will have the opportunity to create their own animated characters and video games. Bloxels is being offered for the very first time here in the Lower School, so it is "Game On" with imagination and design!
This class is designed to help prepare students for the ACT exam. Students will become familiar with the format of the test, especially as it differs from the SAT. Instructors will provide both strategies and practice for questions on the English, math, reading, and science sections of the exam. As well, the effective use of a graphing calculator and the development of the essay will be addressed. Finally, students will explore many practice questions and problems similar to those on the ACT. **Students taking this course will need to bring a Graphing Calculator**
This beginning level course is for all the budding Steven Spielbergs and Kathryn Bigelows in the Ravenscroft community. In this course, students will learn the basics of video production using iMovie. The course will begin with students learning how to import videos, images, and sounds to produce their videos. As they master these skills; then they will begin to learn how titles, transitions, special effects, soundtracks, and credits will all help to to produce more professional looking videos. In addition to the technical basics of creating short films, students will also learn the essential elements of digital storytelling. By introducing students to both the technical elements of iMovie and the elements of storytelling the course will allow your children to express themselves through the medium of film.
This course is designed for coders who aspire to be the next Sheryl Sandberg or Mark Zuckerberg. Code.org is a web-based game that teaches programming technique and style through guided levels. The course guides students create programs with loops, events, and conditionals and write algorithms for everyday tasks. Students will participate in offline activities that explain different aspects of computational thinking and computer hardware. During programming challenges, students will work at their own pace, so this course is open to students of any experience level. Students will work towards creating interactive games or stories they can share.
***By registering for this program you are giving permission for your child to have an account and use the code.org website at Ravenscroft School during this After School Program. Any use of code.org outside of scheduled program time will be supervised by parents.
This course builds off of the Beginning Video Editing & Production that was offered previously. In this more advanced course, students will use the basics of video production using iMovie that they have acquired from the introductory sessions to take their personal video creations to a higher level. Students will continue to use the technical skills to film and produce original videos. During these sessions, they will also be introduced to the concept of story boarding to plan their videos. This unique program will continue to allow your children to express themselves through the medium of film.
*It is not required for students to have completed the Beginning Level Course to enroll in the Intermediate Level.*
Scratch is an introductory programming language used internationally from kindergarten through college. In this course, we will dive into the language and how we can use it to program stories, games, animations, and more. Students will learn to leverage beginning computer science concepts and techniques to make their projects even more efficient, interactive, and creative.
This unique after-school program, which made a successful debut during Summer Programs 2014, is designed for kids who are still using training wheels or struggling to ride independently on two wheels.
Participants will learn balance, pedal, and riding skills throughout the sessions. Lessons on bicycle safety will also be a focus for this program, so that once participants are able to ride on their own, they will know how to do it safely.
What to Bring: Participants must bring a bike (without training wheels) and a certified helmet each Wednesday. The bike can be stored throughout the school day and then taken home when participants are picked up. It is also recommended that they bring a snack and drink for each session.
Instructor: Roxane Roberts is a Ravenscroft Physical Education Instructor, primarily working with Lower School students. In addition to her teaching responsibilities she has coached soccer, girls lacrosse and field hockey during her time at Ravenscroft. Roxane has been an avid cyclist for many years and looks forward to helping your child gain confidence on their bike.
Returning after a hiatus, Little LAXers comes back as an expanded offering to help teach the sport of lacrosse to Lower School boys through activities, drills and adapted games. The primary focus of this program is to ensure that participants will have fun while becoming familiar with the fundamental skill set that all players possess in the "Fastest Game on Two Feet."
It is open to players of all skill levels, including beginners (particularly in the K - 2nd Grade session).
**PLEASE NOTE: Full Lacrosse Equipment is required for this program. Full equipment includes a lacrosse helmet, gloves, shoulder pads, arm pads, and a stick.
Program Instructor: Dan Ressner is the Assistant Coach for the Ravenscroft Varsity Boys Lacrosse team, recently winning the 2016 NCISAA Div. 1 State Championship. In addition to his work with the Varsity program at Ravenscroft, Coach Ressner has extensive experience teaching the sport of lacrosse to all ages.
*In addition to the group lessons scheduled for Tuesday/Thursday afternoons, Coach Ressner is also available for individual lessons. Please contact him directly for additional information.*
This workshop is intended to offer Lower School students (in grades 2-4) the opportunity to develop a passion for engineering and design. The workshop will give these students an introduction to the basic concepts of simple circuits and e-textiles, while incorporating art and creativity.
Examples of activities for boys include; light up circuit bugs, a painter's hat with LED lights, and electrified ART. For girls projects will include a light up Teddy Bear with circuit boards, a Snowman light up door hangar and light up, wearable Valentine pins.
Participating students will be immersed in a visible learning environment that encourages collaboration, curiosity, inquiry, and documentation the easy, hands on way! Through this series of workshops, students will complete projects that will spark an interest in design thinking and engineering. Full #STEAM Ahead, Make it a TECH Tuesday/Wednesday!
Boys Session (Tuesdays): 9/19, 9/26, 10/3, 10/10, 10/17
Girls Session (Wednesdays): 9/20, 9/27, 10/4, 10/11, 10/18
Time: 3:00-4:15 pm
Cost: $150/5 Sessions
Location: Kindergarten Center, Room A (Participants will be picked up at the L/S Front Carpool at 4:15 pm)
What to Bring: All materials are provided, but it is strongly recommended that your child bring a snack.
Instructors: Sherri Ausbon and Cindy Fordham
Mrs. Ausbon joined Ravenscroft Faculty in the fall of 1996 as a Kindergarten Instructor. She is passionate about teaching with technology. She has been a presenter at NCIAS conferences since 2008. Sessions included: Technology for the Young and Restless.,. New ideas for Teaching, Learning and Sharing and Infusing Technology in Today’s Classroom. Mrs. Ausbon received the Helton Award, an award for excellence in teaching.
Mrs. Fordham joined Ravenscroft School in 1999. She has served Lower School as a Kindergarten instructor, technology vanguard, media instructor (grades pre-Kindergarten-1), instructional technology assistant (grades 1-3), and currently is the Lower School Instructional Technology Specialist for grades K-5. She was the 2009 recipient of the Parents' Association Distinguished Faculty Award.
Program Description: Chess is an amazing game of problem solving, thinking ahead, and overall intellectual improvement. Studies have shown that playing chess helps to improve academic performance. This program will offer students all the needed resources to further their aptitude in chess and will progress based on the students’ ability. We will have fun and work hard while covering opening principles, middle game tactics, end game strategy, and also some tricks that might help you beat your most difficult opponent. The tournament experience is very similar to athletic events. Unlike sports, however, chess is one that requires its participants to use patience and mental strength. In this seven week program your child will develop a greater understanding of chess and a life long passion for the game!
Program Dates (Thursdays): 10/5, 10/12, 10/19, 10/26, 11/2, 11/9, 11/16, 11/30, 12/7
*No Session on 11/23 due to the Thanksgiving Holiday
*Online Registration for this program will open on Monday, September 25th.
Time: 3:00-4:15 pm
Cost: $180/9 sessions
Location: Fifth Grade Center, Mr. Fiedler's Room (Participants will be picked up at the L/S Back Carpool at 4:15 pm)
What to Bring: All materials are provided, but it is recommended your child brings a snack
Instructors: Triangle Chess
All swim sessions will be a general lesson based on each participant's individual needs. Each participant will receive individualized instruction within the group setting. All sessions will focus on improving stroke technique and all strokes will be covered throughout the 4-day session. There will be some group activities but everything in the program will focus on individual improvement.
Program Description: This is a one day course is designed to prepare students for the SAT. The course will focus on teaching students the format of the test and provide both strategies and practice for questions on critical reading, sentence completion, grammar, usage, and writing. In addition to reviewing topics from pre-algebra, algebra, and geometry, students will become familiar with the format of the test and learn strategies. This course will also include a discussion of the effective use of a graphing calculator. Much time will be devoted to practice problems similar to those on the SAT.
Program Date: Sunday, October 1st
*Online Registration for this program will open on Wednesday, September 20th
Time: 1:30-5:30 pm
Location: Upper School, Room #140
What to Bring: Students taking this course will need to bring a Graphing calculator.
Ms. Marcia Jones, U/S English Instructor and former U/S English department chair, teaches Advanced Placement English Literature and Composition and serves as an AP Consultant for the College Board. Ms. Jones, who is also Nationally Board Certified, has taught SAT Verbal Prep courses throughout her teaching career.
Ms. Karen Carroll, U/S Math Instructor, has an undergraduate degree in math from Princeton University, a master's degree in human-computer interaction with a certificate in cognitive science from Georgia Tech, and a master's degree in statistics with a concentration in statistical genetics from N.C. State University. Karen has taught at a variety of schools, including the Westminster Schools in Atlanta and St. Ann's School in New York City, where she also coached soccer and softball. Karen is active in the school's diversity programs as a co-sponsor of SPEAK.