Back to School Guide for Rockland County, NY

Back to School Guide for Rockland County, NY

September 27, 2016   |   DIRECTORY ARTICLES   


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UPDATED September 2016: Head back to school in Rockland County, NY with our guide to Rockland schools, after-school classes for kids, religious schools, music, dance, and gymnastics programs for kids, art and theater classes, Rockland sports teams and programs, after-school tutors in Rockland County, and more Rockland school resources in Orangetown, Ramapo, Nyack, Suffern, and the rest of Rockland County, New York.
ACADEMY FOR MARTIAL ARTS (THE)
8 Orangetown Shopping Center, Orangeburg
845-359-4500

Children are precious. As a parent, you know it is your responsibility to protect your child from all sorts of dangerous situations. It isn't easy. They grow up fast. Time flies, and eventually children must learn to defend themselves. You certainly do not want your son or daughter to be bullied, or to become a bully. Martial arts lessons are a fantastic solution. Every kid should learn self-defense. It's like learning to swim—it’s lots of fun, it can save your life, and it builds self-control and self-confidence. After serving the Rockland and Bergen communities for 18 years under a different name, we are now The Academy For Martial Arts, and we have a program that is perfect for your child.

APPLAUSE PERFORMING ARTS CENTER
25 W. Central Ave., Pearl River
845-920-1555; 201-362-4948

APPLAUSE is an educational theater organization specializing in musical theater classes and shows for children ages 3-18, beginners-advanced. APPLAUSE offers classes in all three artistic disciplines: acting, singing, and dancing. Ms. Renna provides a unique opportunity for kids to perform in shows, creating special parts for each child. Your child will develop self-confidence and self-esteem in the supportive environment. APPLAUSE provides programs and performances year-round, so call or email for current programs and show information. You can also join our exciting APPLAUSE Company, which performs at Hershey Park, festivals, and special events.

ART ADVENTURE
60 Dutch Hill Road, Suite 8, Orangeburg
845-680-6780
Email info@artadventureny.com

Beginning in September, Art Adventure will be open for all ages (2-18), from 10am-7pm every Tuesday through Friday! Our certified teachers will also be hosting fine art classes for school-aged children after school. From sculpture to painting, drawing to printmaking, we offer something new and exciting every day. Our low cost monthly memberships enable you to come as often as you like to any programs we have for your child's age range. Minicamps also run during all school breaks!

BERGEN CHINESE SCHOOL
Hackensack Middle School, 360 Union St., Hackensack, NJ

Email admin@bergenchineseschool.com

Established in 1972, Bergen Chinese School offers Mandarin and Chinese cultural classes on Sunday afternoons. The “Heritage” track is for those with basic fluency, while "Chinese as a Second Language" is for non-native speakers. We offer a pre-K through high school curriculum, as well as adult conversation classes. Students learn to speak and understand Mandarin, to read and write traditional Chinese characters, and to appreciate China’s rich cultural history. Bergen Chinese School–in partnership with parents–continues to thrive because we have a common goal of teaching our children Chinese language and culture.

BRICKS 4 KIDZ - ROCKLAND
121 West Nyack Road, Suite 11, Nanuet
845-501-7800
Email info@b4kcenter.com

Bricks 4 Kidz® offers STEM-principled educational play activities for children ages 3 and older, where they learn, build, and play with LEGO® bricks. Our programs are built around proprietary model plans designed by engineers and architects with exciting themes such as space, construction, and amusement parks that provide building blocks for educational play, providing kids with opportunities for problem solving, which helps them develop an appreciation for how things work. Bricks 4 Kidz® offers after-school enrichment, preschool, WEDO/EV3 robotics, and stop-motion animation classes, birthday parties, camps, in-school workshops, and field trips.

CLARKSTOWN THEATRE COMPANY
8 Second St., Lower Level, New City
845-708-2288

Clarkstown Theatre Company began in our community to create and develop artists as actors and performers. We are a year-round studio that offers acting classes, musical theater workshops, and intimate, original showpieces. Join us where the craft of theater is experienced in a warm and positive environment with professional instructors. Give us a call to see if your child might flourish in our studios, where imagination, and the craft of acting are taught with a sense of humor! Registration for our fall classes begins August 15. Call 845-708-2288.

COUPÉ THEATRE STUDIO
430 Market Street, Nanuet,
845-623-2808

For more than 45 years, Coupé Theatre Studio has offered the finest training in performing arts. Classes in ballet, pointe, jazz, modern dance, tap, theatre dance, hip-hop, musical theatre, acting, voice, tots and kinder classes, and programs for boys and adults are available. Coupé’s faculty members hold degrees in dance education, or have had extensive performing careers. Classes are monitored for size, compatibility of students, and quality of teaching. Come visit us at our new state-of-the-art studio complex on Market Street. Fall 2016 registration is now in progress.

DANCEWORKS
69 Lake Road, Congers
845-268-4669

Danceworks will be offering adult ballet workout classes this summer. In the Clarkstown area for more than 35 years, the studio offers classes in creative dance, pre-ballet, pointe, tap, jazz, and hip-hop for ages 3 through teen. Danceworks specializes in children—encouraging a friendly and non-competitive atmosphere. Several children have gone on to study at the School of American Ballet in Manhattan. Our adult ballet workout (free babysitting) teaches you to work with your body, not against it. Beginners are welcome, and no special clothing is needed. Free trial classes are available to all.

DEBORAH KOENIG EARLY CHILDHOOD CENTER AT JCC ROCKLAND
450 W. Nyack Road, West Nyack
845-501-4100
Email dkecc@jccrockland.org

Limited spaces available-register today. The Deborah Koenig Early Childhood Center at JCC Rockland is committed to providing excellent care and education to our diverse community in Rockland County. We believe that our children are precious, and we support your efforts to provide them with a bright start. We partner with our families to encourage creativity, curiosity, and imagination, and to build trusting relationships. Our mission is the same as yours; for your child to grow and develop in an environment that is safe, warm, and stimulating. Registration is ongoing for infants through pre-K.

GERMAN LANGUAGE SCHOOL-WESTWOOD
47 Berkeley Ave., Westwood
201-825-9770
Email info@germanschoolnj.org

The German Language School Westwood is a non-profit organization in Bergen County. We welcome students of all nationalities and backgrounds. Most classes meet on Saturday mornings, with additional adult classes offered on Thursday evenings. All teachers are experienced language instructors. Classes for children go from "Mommy and Me" through high school. Students can prepare for the SAT II German, AP German, and the German Government sponsored Sprachdiplom tests, which can result in the opportunity to study at a German university. Adult classes include conversation, literature, composition, and grammar.

I9 SPORTS®
Leagues held in all seasons at facilities throughout Rockland,
845-624-PLAY (7529)
Email ahenry@i9sports.com

Currently enrolling for fall and winter seasons, i9 Sports® is the nation’s first and largest provider of youth sports leagues in the United States. We offer youth sports leagues, camps, and clinics for boys and girls ages 3-14 in today’s most popular sports such as flag football, soccer, basketball, T-Ball, and cheerleading. With our focus on fun, safety, convenience, and good sportsmanship, i9 Sports® offers traditional kids’ sports leagues without the traditional headaches! Call for specific sport and field information. The earlier you register, the more you save!

JCC ROCKLAND
450 West Nyack Road, West Nyack
845-362-4400
Email camps@jccrockland.org membership@jccrockland.org

JCC Rockland offers a wide range of activities for children, youth, teens, and families—including dance, fencing, basketball, flag football, fashion design, and cooking. We also offer school-age care, school break programming, community service opportunities, teen leadership and empowerment programming, and family events. There’s something about this place…stop in and see for yourself!

JEP OF ROCKLAND HEBREW SCHOOL
30 Blueberry Hill Road, Monsey
845-558-5858
Email ngreenwald@jeprockland.org

JEP Rockland's Bobbi Lewis Hebrew School provides an outstanding Jewish education through our comprehensive curriculum, taught by dynamic, creative teachers in a joyous, loving environment. Inspiring classes for parents and grandparents, family holiday events, mitzvah projects, fantastic Shabbatonim, exciting trips, and an Israel fair are integral parts of the JEP experience. The JEP Hebrew School provides thorough preparation for bar and bat mitzvah. We also offer a vibrant post-bar and bat mitzvah program for teens. Reasonable rates. No membership dues.

KIDDIE ACADEMY OF NORTHVALE
271 Livingston St., Northvale
201-767-1120
Email northvale@kiddieacademy.net

At Kiddie Academy® of Northvale, we never take a single moment of your child’s growth potential for granted. We feed your child’s curiosity and instinct to learn with days filled with age-appropriate activities designed to treat every experience as an opportunity to learn. We believe when children learn at their own pace, they are capable of incredible growth. That’s the core philosophy of our Life Essentials® curriculum. Visit our academy, meet our staff, see our classrooms, and play on our playgrounds. Call or click today to schedule your private tour.

KREATIVE KIDS
61 Maple Ave., New City
845-634-2202

Kreative Kids is a toddler and nursery program for boys and girls ages 16 months to 4 years (diapers welcomed)! Classes are divided by age. We offer arts and crafts, music with instruments, singing, creative movement, tumbling, story time, snack time, and early learning skills. Our professional staff balances active and quiet activities, as they provide comfort and love to each child, making separating from parents easy. Classes are kept small to provide individualized attention. We also offer flexible, extended hours to fit your work schedule.

LEAD ACADEMY
450 S. Main St. (Route 304), New City
845-639-6674

After-school classes at Lead Academy cover all academic subjects. We help with Common Core Curriculum including science, math, and English language arts. Our dedicated and experienced teachers help academically challenged students as well as gifted elementary, middle, and high school students with homework, projects, reading challenges, accelerated math, and language arts. We prepare students for the SAT, ACT, SAT II, AP, NYS Common Core Assessments, and Regents exams. Our Power SAT Prep Course runs all yearlong. Register by Sept. 6 and receive a 10 percent early registration discount.

MASTER JUNG & YU TRADITIONAL TAEKWONDO
70 N. Main St., New City
845-638-4000

Blending Korean culture and philosophy with traditional Taekwondo, Master Jung and Master Yu's school is unique in martial arts training. By combining physical with spiritual, we offer the most complete and satisfying training, embodying mind, body, and spirit. Classes are open seven days a week for all ages. Our unique birthday parties open the door for future leaders and martial artists, and are available on weekends. Energize your whole being at Traditional Taekwondo. Call for more details.

MONTEBELLO JEWISH CENTER RELIGIOUS SCHOOL
34 Montebello Road, Montebello
845-357-2430 x103

The MJC Religious School provides our students with a nurturing and fun school environment which fosters an enthusiasm and love for Judaism and a commitment to life-long Jewish living and learning. We are dedicated to educating our youth to be knowledgeable, responsible, and participatory Jews. Our students attain a strong Jewish identity, Judaic literacy, knowledge of Tefillah and most importantly, a love of Judaism. Students learn in a warm and embracing environment through hands-on and individualized learning, a Family Shabbat program, and more! MJC offers a free kindergarten class.

NANUET HEBREW CENTER
411 S. Little Tor Road, New City
845-708-9181
Email school@nanuethc.org

There is something for everyone at Nanuet Hebrew Center. We are a vibrant, egalitarian, conservative synagogue with an instructional menu that runs from “Mommy & Me,” and Tot Shabbat programs, to kindergarten-seventh grade religious school, through post bar and bat mitzvah, and adult education programs. We are located just off exit 10 of the Palisades Parkway. Call about our free kindergarten program. We invite you to join us for our religious school, services, and programs, and if you are not familiar with our Shul, we encourage you to visit us for a tour!

NEW CITY BOWL AND BATTING CAGES
90 N. Main St., New City
845-634-4977

Bowling is the best family sport that will last a lifetime! We offer something for everyone-all ages and abilities are welcome. All league members get awards, trophies, and membership in our VIB club for discounts all year long. Join a league and you participate in every game. Unlike other sports, nobody sits on the bench. Every bowler bowls in every game. Programs are also offered through the Clarkstown Parks and Recreation department.

PALISADES CLIMB ADVENTURE
4590 Palisades Center Drive, Level 4 of the Palisades Center, West Nyack
845-727-3500

Palisades Climb Adventure offers the world's tallest indoor ropes challenge course. Standing 85-feet tall, it has five levels and 75 unique challenge elements to explore, climb, and conquer. More advanced athletes will find a challenge, while “just for fun” climbers will experience a sense of athletic accomplishment. Our Sky Tykes kids’ ropes course is designed for ages 2-7, 48-inches tall and shorter. Both courses are available for birthday parties, camp groups, and special events . Book your group today! Check out our new Sky Rail now open!

PALISADES COUNTRY DAY SCHOOL
248 Herbert Ave, Closter
201-947-3898
Palisades PreSchool and Kindergarten
2324 Fifth St., Fort Lee, NJ
201-947-3898

Palisades Country Day School and Camp
212/248 Herbert Ave., Closter, NJ
201-784-7600

 

With more than 50 years in early childhood education, our conveniently located schools are trusted and proven to be a positive first step for young children. Palisades enhances learning through small group size and age appropriate curriculum, taught by experienced, professional educators. Palisades offers a child-centered, hands-on learning environment. Each student is taught in a setting that stimulates his or her senses and critical thinking skills. A memorable experience for every child who attends.

R & R MUSIC SCHOOL
16 N. Route 9W, Congers
845-267-3311
Email rnrmusicschool@gmail.com

R&R Music School provides music instruction and education for all major instruments. Lessons are offered individually and in groups for preschoolers, children, teens, and adults. We believe that music provides a sense of community and is an integral part of life. Our mission is to provide quality education in traditional methods and theories while fostering creativity and passion for the art. We have spacious lesson rooms, a comfortable waiting area, and a performance space for our group sessions and camps. We also offer our students performance opportunities to participate in concerts and recitals.

RIVERTOWN MUSIC STUDIO
20 Bridge St., Nyack
845-405-3615
Email rivertownmusicnyack@gmail.com

Rivertown Music Studio in Nyack, brings more than 14 years experience to its offering of piano, guitar, voice, violin, and drum lessons. A unique, multi-sensory program uses varied resources, instructional options, and performance opportunities to give students of all ages the best potential for success. Private lessons are customized to fit each student’s ability, musical interests, and learning style. Buddy lessons provide extra motivation, teamwork, and accountability throughout the learning process. Visit our website for programs and rates. Summer lessons and camp also available. Find us on Facebook and rivertownmusic.net.

ROCKLAND JEWISH ACADEMY
450 W. Nyack Road, West Nyack
845-627-0010

Rockland Jewish Academy is a community day school, built by, of, and for the community; independent, inclusive, and welcoming to all families. Our integration of academic excellence with Judaic literacy makes our school a special place to learn and grow. Our goals are to instill knowledge of Judaism and the world in a nurturing environment where students can meet their fullest potential as members of the Jewish Community and American Society. RJA promotes a respect for diversity, critical thinking, and a commitment to lifelong learning. We look forward to showing you all that our school has to offer.

ROCKLAND LEARNING CENTER MONTESSORI SCHOOL
136 Concklin Road, Pomona
845-354-5253

Our school combines the Montessori philosophy and materials with the latest in learning technology. We offer a preschool, kindergarten, and first grade program. Each child learns at his or her own pace using hands-on materials specially designed to help the child through his or her five senses. We incorporate dance, gym, music, and computers in all classes. We are a NYS-licensed facility. CPR and first aid-certified. In addition to school, we offer before- and after- child care. Call today to schedule a tour.

ST. CATHARINE EARLY CHILDHOOD CENTER
517 Western Highway, Blauvelt
845-359-4330

Our program provides an opportunity for young children to join together in a loving, nurturing, educational, and fun environment. Each child is introduced to a full curriculum of early learning in a center-based setting. Hands-on activities and participation in all areas provide the perfect setting for young children to develop and grow. Each child is recognized as a unique individual with many special talents and abilities. Phonemic awareness skills, social, cognitive, and fine and gross motor skills are introduced through a creative curriculum. A wonderful place for preschoolers to learn, grow, and have fun!

TECH ADVENTURE
404 E. Route 59, Nanuet
845-627-7000
Email info@techadventureny.com

Get your child excited about STEM! We teach relevant applications using things they already love-like Minecraft, robots, and YouTube-to teach computer programming, electrical engineering, and 3D design and animation. To them we are a playground filled with their favorite hobbies-but moms and dads know we are providing solid education in important and fast-growing fields. Tap into your child's love of learning today-try one of our classes or sign up for our mini-camp programs. It could change your child's path in life!

THE REFORM TEMPLE OF ROCKLAND
330 N. Highland Ave., (Route 9W), Upper Nyack
845-358-2248, director of Religious School, Mara Lewin

At The Reform Temple of Rockland, our goal is to provide outstanding Reform Jewish education and to work with families to ensure a lasting love of Judaism. Our religious school offers experiential, and traditional programs for students in first to 12th grades that include bar and bat mitzvah, confirmation, and post-confirmation studies. We also offer weekly nursery and kindergarten programs for ages 3-5. For more religious school dates and events visit our website at rtrny.org.

TUMBLE-BEE GYMNASTICS AND FITNESS
401 Market St., Nanuet Mall South, Nanuet
845-623-2553

Tumble-Bee Gymnastics and Fitness is more than just tumbling. We offer an education in gymnastics, fitness, and fun. Serving Rockland for more than 30 years, we offer private birthday parties, and programs for children ages 10 months to 12 years. Our preschool program offers exciting lessons and theme weeks. We teach the nationally recognized Fun & Fit Gymnastics program and International Smart Moves for our after-school program. Our staff is warm, caring, and well-trained to work with your child building confidence and self-esteem to achieve success in the future.

VICKI'S DANCE STUDIO AND KREATIVE KIDS
61 Maple Ave., New City
845-634-2202

For more than 30 years, we have been inspiring and motivating students to follow their dreams both in dance and in their lives. Instructors at Vicki's Studio are dedicated to their students and teaching technique, while creating fun and exciting choreography in our non-competitive studio. We offer beginner to advanced classes for boys and girls ages 2½ to adult, including jazz, tap, hip-hop, ballet, pointe, lyrical, modern, creative movement, boys’ hip-hop, gymnastics, combination classes, and our new musical theater classes. For experienced dancers, we also offer a competitive dance team (try-outs required).

WEISS, ILENE
28 Massachusetts Ave., Congers
845-267-6720
Email prizeteacher@gmail.com

Ilene Weiss was a chairperson of the Committee on Special Education, and is a New York state-certified teacher with more than 30 years of experience working with children with disabilities. Ilene consults, advocates for parents of children who have special needs, and tutors children who are struggling with reading and literacy, by using multi-sensory approaches. Ilene works with Fletcher's Place Reading Program, improving reading instruction, and helping struggling readers. Ilene has completed NYC, Newark, Dobbs Ferry, Yonkers, NJ, and Miami, FL teacher trainings, and also presents various workshops for parents.

WEST ROCK INDOOR SPORTS AND ENTERTAINMENT COMPLEX
21 Pralle Lane, Nanuet
845-623-3636

Rockland's premier facility for sports training, development, birthday parties, and special events offers programs for children and adults in basketball, soccer, lacrosse, baseball, tennis, and fitness. Our skilled staff ensures your child has the perfect mix of fun, physical activity, and training. Whether it’s our Basketball Academy, Tiny Tots Soccer classes for young children, or revamped tennis academy, we offer plenty of programs to meet your child’s needs, no matter his or her age or ability. Allow West Rock to be your one and only stop for your family’s sports and entertainment needs!

YOUNG WORLD DAY SCHOOL
585 Wyckoff Ave., Mahwah
201-327-3888
Email director@ywdschool.org

Young World Day School provides a safe, nurturing environment where ordinary kids do extraordinary things. An experienced staff utilizes an interdisciplinary approach to learning using individualized instruction, cooperative learning, and small group instruction. The school includes a traditional preschool, beginning with a two-year-old program, a Montessori school for ages 2.9-5, a transitional and traditional kindergarten, all with low pupil-to-teacher ratios. The primary school for grades first-fifth is comprised of small, mixed-age classrooms providing individualized instruction so students learn at a rate appropriate to their ability. Morning and afternoon extended care available.