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Back to School Guide for Rockland County, NY

August 22, 2013   |  DIRECTORY ARTICLES   


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UPDATED AUGUST 2015: 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.

ANNA DE LA PAZ CHILDREN'S & ADULT FLAMENCO CLASSES
Helen Hayes Studios, 142 Main St., Nyack
845-596-5156
Email annadelapaz@hotmail.com

Anna de la Paz has over 20 years experience teaching Flamenco. The Children’s Program is designed for boys and girls ages 6-12. Classes focus on the style and technique of Flamenco and Spanish dance, with students learning proper posture, vocabulary in Spanish, the arm and hand movements known as braceo, castanets, footwork technique and Flamenco rhythms, palmas (hand-clapping), turns, traveling steps, and choreographies suited to the students' abilities. Classes are held at the Helen Hayes Studios in downtown Nyack. For more information, visit annadelapaz.com or call 845-596-5156.

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 alysson@artadventureny.com

Beginning in September, Art Adventure will be OPEN for all ages (2 through 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. We also offer minicamps and unforgettable custom birthday parties!

BILLY BEEZ
Located at Palisades Center, 1282 Palisades Center Drive, First Floor, Bronx, NY, W. Nyack, NY
845-535-9277

Run, jump, bounce, slide, and climb your way to an active lifestyle! Billy Beez in Palisades Center is a 26,000 sq. ft. jungle themed, indoor playground featuring interactive play zones, slides, trampolines, sports courts, our signature Honey Cafe, and much more! Billy Beez's mission of fun, family fitness supports an active lifestyle by encouraging physical, mental, and social development through play. For more information or to book your child's next birthday party or group outing, visit us.billybeez.com, email bbzbb01@usbillybeez.com or call 845-535-9277. Then Like Billy Beez, Palisades Center on Facebook.

BOUNCE! TRAMPOLINE SPORTS
612 Corporate Way (off Route 303), Valley Cottage
845-268-4000
Email info@bounceonit.com

Bounce! offers the opportunity to play sports, have fun, and get fit on enormous courts of interconnected trampolines. Guests can enjoy open jump time, trampoline dodgeball, slam dunk basketball on our new dual lanes, foam-pit jumping, and a fun arcade. We also have private party rooms, a Wi-Fi lounge, healthy-food vending machines and snack bar, and a separate Bounce! Jr. Zone for kids ages 5 and younger. Ask us about Toddler Time!, program for those with special needs, school, camp, and group trips. Fundraising opportunities available.

BRIGHT BEGINNINGS PRESCHOOL & CHILDCARE
6 Charles St., New City
914-420-5785
Bright Beginnings Preschool & Childcare Summer Program
6 Charles St., New City
2 Mountainview Court, Pomona
914-420-5785

We provide a safe, loving environment accredited by the National Association for Family Childcare Accreditation (NAFCC). Two great locations meet your preschool and childcare needs for ages 2 to school age. Owned and operated by a NYS-certified elementary teacher with a literacy specialization, we offer before- and after-school programs, as well as a drop-in for school delays and closures. We work with your schedule, and offer discounted rates for teachers! We are a NYS-licensed facility and follow a full NYS Pre-K curriculum. All staff is CPR- and first-aid certified.

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 17.

COUPÉ THEATRE STUDIO
845-623-2808

For over 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, kinderdance, 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. We are proud to announce that classes beginning in September will take place in our new state-of-the-art facilities. Fall 2015 registration is now in progress.

DANCEWORKS
69 Lake Road, Congers
845-268-4669

Danceworks has been in the Clarkstown area for more than 34 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.

DANISH WRITING ACADEMY
171 Main Street, Nyack
845-480-2273
Email peter@danishwritingacademy.com

Danish Writing Academy is a Rockland County-based writing school, with classes taught by an award-winning, #1 Best-Selling author. We offer classes in: Novel and Fiction Writing, Playwriting, Public Speaking, and College Essay Writing. We help writers of all ages with practical, real world training. We are the only school in the tri-state area to proudly offer its students publishing contracts upon completion of the classes! At the conclusion of each school year, one DWA student will have his/her novel published, through our partnership with True North Publishing. Please visit: danishwritingacademy.com.

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

We're growing - 6 New classrooms. 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 ongoing for infants through pre-K.

FIBER CRAFT STUDIO
275 Hungry Hollow Road, Chestnut Ridge
845-425-2891
Email information@fibercraftstudio.org

We are offering a Harvesting Fall Colors Plant Dyeing Workshop with Chris Marlow (Sept. 26, 9am-3pm), and we offer a Sheep to Shawl year long course in Fiber Crafts which explores Fiber Transformation - Deepening our Experience of Color (Led by Chris Marlow and Sono Kuwayama). Washing and carding wool, spinning with the spindle, dyeing with plant colors, and knitting a shawl. Visit our Studio to browse, see us at work and experience our unique plant-dyed materials. Yarns and fiber craft kits are available for sale. Please call or check our website for Open Studio days/hours.

HELEN HAYES YOUTH THEATER
142 Main St., Nyack
845-826-2049

Celebrating our 18th year of excellence in theater education, the Helen Hayes Youth Theater offers year-round theater programs for kids ages 5-17, including weekend and weekday classes and productions. We welcome performers with all levels of experience. Please join us for professional training in a friendly, supportive environment. For more information, call us or visit our website.

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, and T-Ball. 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. Register by Aug. 29 and save!

JCC ROCKLAND
450 W. Nyack Road, West Nyack
845-362-4400

JCC Rockland offers a wide range of activities for children, youth, teens, and families—including dance, fencing, basketball, flag football, and more. 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!

JILL'S CERAMICS
180 Germonds Road, West Nyack
845-623-4975
Email jillsceramics@aol.com

“Where children and adults create their own functional works of art.” Established for over 35 years, we offer a huge variety of plaster pieces that can be painted and taken home in the same day, or glazed ceramics with a large assortment of finishes. Open Ceramic times and free instruction are offered weekly — please call for days/hours. There are no hourly fees and all supplies are included — you pay one price per finished piece. Come and see our wonderful seasonal items as well; there’s something for everyone at Jill’s Ceramics.

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, early learning skills, and lots more. 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.

LOTS OF LOVE DAYCARE
1 Anderson Drive, Stony Point
845-309-0689

Lots of Love offers enriched full-day, half-day, and before- and after-school programs. Packed with a full schedule of theme weeks, arts and crafts, science experiments, physical education, and outdoor activities. Our after-school program includes homework assistance, healthy snack, and activities that keep young minds engaged and excited about learning. School buses pick up and drop off children directly in front of our facility. Your child will feel right at home in our safe and loving environment. NYS-licensed; CPR- and first aid-certified. Affordable year-round programs for children 12 months-12 years.

MANIA TRAINING FACILITY
24 Holt Drive, Stony Point
845-269-3300
Email cheermaniastars@yahoo.com

Mania Training Facility is a 6,000 square foot space in Stony Point ready to be used for just about anything! While it serves as headquarters for Cheermania All-Stars, the facility hosts a variety of other functions on a regular basis. Beyond their one-on-one private, and group training lessons, weekly fitness and gymnastic style classes for kids 3-17 are offered. Mania schedules adventurous birthday parties through a number of different themed packages, completely customizable. The back space also features a hitting tunnel for baseball and softball training.

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.

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

Nanuet Hebrew Center has a voluntary pledge structure. This has enabled NHC to be welcoming regardless of financial or personal situations. We are a multi-generational egalitarian Conservative Jewish Center. As part of the Jewish Outreach Big Tent Judaism Coalition, we are inclusive to intermarried families and the LGBTQ community. NHC offers religious services, educational and social programs for all ages. Starting with its free K-2 program, NHC's religious school offers classes through high school age. If you are not affiliated with a synagogue ask about eligibility for a $500 RJI grant.

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

Kids and Teens love bowling! We offer something for everyone – all ages and abilities are welcome. All league members receive 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. Experienced and inexperienced bowlers can compete against each other - everybody is a winner! We offer inexpensive clinics and camps for those who want to improve. We also offer Adult Leagues. For more info call Alice, Jen or Toni 845-634-4977.

THE NEW VICTORY® THEATER
209 W. 42nd St. (just west of Broadway), New York
646-223-3010

The only performing arts venue in Times Square completely devoted to kids, The New Victory is New York City's premier destination for family entertainment. With shows for all ages (even babies!), the New Vic presents a full season of adventurous multi-disciplinary works from around the globe and close to home, including plays, musicals, circus, dance, opera, and puppetry. If you arrive early to the theater, take advantage of the fun, free activities inspired by the show on stage. Full price tickets start at $15, which makes a trip to The New Victory Theater fun and affordable for the whole family.

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, with 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. New to the attraction is the Sky Tykes kids’ ropes course, designed for ages 2-7 and 48" and under. Both courses are available for field trips, team building, birthday parties, and groups of 10 or more. Visit palisadesclimb.com.

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

Rivertown Music Studio in Nyack, brings over 14 years experience to its offering including 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. Customized, private lessons fit each student’s ability, musical interests, and learning style. Buddy lessons provide extra motivation, teamwork, and accountability. Ideal for home schooling families looking to fit music lessons into your schedule and curriculum. Visit rivertownmusic.net for programs and rates. Follow us on Facebook.

ROCKLAND JEWISH ACADEMY
450 W. Nyack Road, West Nyack
845-627-0010 Contact: Judy Klein x104
Contact: Judy Klein, x104

Rockland Jewish Academy is a community Jewish day school: independent, inclusive, and welcoming to families in all streams of Judaism. RJA provides Rockland, Orange, Putnam, and Bergen county children, early childhood (ages 3-4) through fifth grade, an enriched education, integrating academic excellence with Judaic literacy and second language acquisition, and promoting a strong Jewish identity in a safe and nurturing setting. RJA children thrive in our stimulating learning environment that celebrates each of their talents and gifts, with the differentiation and personal attention that encourages their social, emotional, and spiritual growth.

ST. CATHARINE EARLY CHILDHOOD CENTER
517 Western Highway, Blauvelt
845-359-4330
Email st.cprek@yahoo.com

Our program provides an opportunity for young children to join together in a loving, nurturing, educational, 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!

STEELTOES DANCE STUDIOS
719 W Nyack Road, West Nyack
845-358-5555
85 Maple Ave., New City
Email steeltoesdance@gmail.com

In business for 32 years, our dance studio accentuates the positive self-image of every student. Dancers are encouraged to learn in a friendly, non-competitive atmosphere. Experienced and caring teachers provide personal attention to you and your child’s needs. Classes are available for all ages and levels of ability from preschool to adult. Hip Hop, Pointe, Musical Theater, Jazz, Ballet, Tap, Preschool Interpretive Dance, and Acro/Hip Hop are all features of our exciting Dancing Feats Program. Become part of our Dance Energy Today! Come check out our new 2nd location this fall in New City.

SURGE STUDIO
285 N. Route 303, Congers
845-262-0118
Email info@surgestudioarts.com

Join us at Surge Studio for fall 2015! We offer Beginner to Intermediate/Advanced dance classes ranging from Hip-Hop, Ballet, Musical Theater, Acro, and so much more! Fall semester classes are available for students ages 3-18. And did you know you can register TODAY? You can also stop by for our Open House on September 5 for registration and meeting our staff from 11am-5pm. And be sure to audition for the award-winning Surge Studio Competition Dance Team! Dance, Yoga, Art, Fitness, and MORE! Come surge with us today!

TEMPLE BETH SHOLOM RELIGIOUS SCHOOL
228 New Hempstead Road, New City
845-638-0770
Email religiousschool@tbsrockland.org

Welcome to Temple Beth Sholom Religious School. Our objective is to develop a strong sense of Jewish community in our children. The role of Jewish education at Temple Beth Sholom Religious School is to provide students with the fundamental skills, information, and values of our traditions that will put them on a path to a more fulfilling life. Students will develop a meaningful place for themselves in the Jewish community. Our aspiration is to lead our children toward a future founded in strong Jewish values and create future Jewish leaders.

TENDER LOVING CARE DAYCARE
40 Park Ave., Suffern
845-357-5454

Tender Loving Care is excited to announce another location! We will be located on Church Road, Suffern. Our new program will offer Preschooler programs with certified teachers, half and full days. We will also have mommy and me programs, and enrichment programs for school age children. Ramapo Central will provide transportation to and from our location. We will be offering so many great programs for your children's needs so please inquire and be eligible for registration fee discount. Call 357-5454.

THE NURSERY SCHOOL AT TBS - TEMPLE BETH SHOLOM
228 New Hempstead Road, New City
845-638-0830
Lori Scott, nursery school director
Email nurseryschooltbs@gmail.com

The Nursery School at TBS has been known in Rockland County for more than 30 years as a warm, nurturing, enriching educational environment. Combining Jewish values through our “Mensch” program and weekly classes with our Rabbi and Cantor with a program that works to build the whole child, we prepare our children for the academic, social, and spiritual life beyond the pre-school years. Kindergarten teachers report they always know TBS children because they’re so ready to learn when they enter Kindergarten. Please come visit us! See our nursery school slideshow at tbsrockland.org.

THE REFORM TEMPLE OF ROCKLAND
330 N. Highland Ave., (Route 9W), Upper Nyack
845-358-2248 x107, Educator, Mara Lewin , or Director of Early Childhood, Debbie Wanamaker at 845-352-5823
Spring Valley Campus: 415 Viola Road, Spring Valley
845-356-2000

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 offer weekly nursery and kindergarten programs for ages 3-5, a monthly Tot Shabbat program, plus our Spring Valley Campus has an active Universal Pre-Kindergarten program!

THOMAS CLIFFORD'S MARTIAL ARTS
8 Orangetown Shopping Center, Orangeburg
845-365-6461

Every parent wants happier, healthier, rock-solid kids and at Thomas Clifford's Martial Arts we can help. Kids love Martial Arts, and it's good for them, that is a rare combination! Take full advantage of it. Your child will learn how to exercise safely and properly, strategies to stop bullying, powerful ways to set and achieve goals, effective ways to increase focus, and proven self defense concepts and techniques. Take advantage of our Back to School $9.95 starter course special going on now. Call 845-365-6461.

TIGER SCHULMANN'S MIXED MARTIAL ARTS
Multiple Locations throughout the Tri-State Area
800-52-TIGER (84437)
Email anthony@tsk.com

Tiger Schulmann's MMA offers kids' martial arts classes designed to help children learn self-discipline, goal-setting, self-respect, respect for others, and confidence. In addition, these classes help children improve their physical and mental health and overall well-being. Many kids can benefit from taking martial arts classes, and the effects may last well into adulthood. Students learn to be accountable for their actions, and they gain confidence when they achieve their goals. We also offer Bully Prevention Programs and great birthday parties.

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. Celebrating our 30th year in Rockland, we offer Private Birthday Parties, and programs for children ages 10 months-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 their confidence and self esteem to achieve success in the future.

VICKI'S DANCE STUDIO
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 2 ½-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).

ILENE WEISS
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 over 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 a multi-sensory approach. Ilene works with Fletcher's Place Reading Program, improving reading instruction, and helping struggling readers. Ilene has completed NYC, Newark, 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

We are Rockland’s premier facility for sports training and development, and special events. Our versatile, air-conditioned facility is comprised of two regulation-sized basketball courts, 26,000 square feet of all new turf, six tennis courts, and much more. We will be offering a variety of sports programs for tennis, basketball, baseball, soccer,lacrosse, and more. Whatever your child’s age or athletic ability, we have a program to meet his or her needs. Our highly skilled staff ensures the perfect mix of fun, physical activity, and athletics.

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, and a traditional kindergarten, all with low pupil-teacher ratios. The primary school for grades 1-5 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.

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