Back to School Guide for Rockland County, NY

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UPDATED October 2017: 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

As a parent, you know it is your responsibility to protect your child from all sorts of dangerous situations. You certainly don’t 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. Enroll your child in classes our new after-school program which includes karate, daily homework assistance, arts and crafts, and more! Free transportation from William O. Shaefer and Cottage Lane schools available. 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 3-15, 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.

BRIGHT BEGINNINGS PRESCHOOL & CHILDCARE
6 Charles St., New City
914-420-5785
2 Mountainview Court, Pomona


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 21, 2017.

CONGREGATION SHAAREY ISRAEL
18 Montebello Road, Suffern
845-266-6445

Exciting and Hebrew School now go together! Guided by our warm and experienced teachers, and prior student assistants, your child will want to learn about Hebrew, holidays, and Israel and come to love being Jewish. We meet Tuesday afternoons with additional after-school activities available on Mondays and Wednesdays. On all days we offer transportation from local schools, plus a healthy snack and homework help, as an additional option. Programs end at 6:30pm. We are a traditional congregation that welcomes Jews of any background and level of practice. Membership not required to join our school.

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

For more than 45 years Coupé Theatre Studio has offered the finest training in all areas of the performing arts. Classes include Ballet, Pre-pointe and Pointe, Variations, Partnering, Jazz, Contemporary Jazz, Acro, Tap, Modern Dance, Hip-hop, Theatre Dance, Musical Theatre, Acting, and Vocal Technique. For students ages 3 through adult. Recreational and pre-professional training available from highly-qualified teachers with degrees in dance or professional performing equivalent. Reasonably priced exceptional training, caring staff, and beautiful studios.

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.

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 evenings. All teachers are experienced language instructors. Classes for children range from "Mommy/Daddy 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, business German, and grammar. Summer language camp for children also offered.

HUNTINGTON LEARNING CENTER
Nanuet
58 East Route 59, Nanuet
845-624-6800
Westwood
23 Jefferson Ave.
Westwood, NJ
201-664-2000
Ridgewood
75 N. Maple Ave.
Ridgewood, NJ
201-447-1200


Huntington Learning Center is an accredited, K-12th tutoring and test prep leader. Their certified teachers provide individualized instruction in phonics, reading, writing, math, science, study skills, and executive functioning skills. Huntington also helps students prepare for the SAT, ACT, High School Entrance Exams, and other state and standardized exams. Huntington students achieve results at all skill levels. According to one parent: “In just four months I have seen incredible improvements in Jessica’s grades and confidence. She actually went up two grade levels!” Huntington offers convenient 1-to-1 tutoring programs. Call today!

JEP OF ROCKLAND HEBREW SCHOOL
30 Blueberry Hill Road, Monsey
845-558-5858

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.

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 more than 36 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 and 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 & VICKI’S DANCE STUDIO
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.

LINDGREN NURSERY SCHOOL AND CAMP (THE)
211 Irving Ave., Closter
201-768-3550

It is our mission to engage young children in direct and meaningful experiences with the natural world and other people. We encourage questions and exploration. We invite free expression through language, songs, drama, art, play, and invention at all levels. We value individuality and also teach respect for others. Our campus includes seven classrooms, three and a half acres of gardens, play areas, and farm animals. Daily program is a balance of indoor and outdoor free-play, teacher directed experiences, and small group activities. Full- and half-day programs, before- and after-care, and summer camp available.




845-300-1925

Your child will be trained to sing, act, and gain confidence in a group atmosphere led by Jared Rosenblum, a NY and NJ state-certified music teacher with degrees in music education who has been training children to sing, and inspiring their love for music and theatre, for more than 20 years. We are known for our safe and happy atmosphere while allowing children of all ages to shine, no matter their age or experience. The Chorus provides the opportunity for local children to sing at Radio City Music Hall, Citi Field, MSG, and other great venues.

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.

MATHNASIUM OF NANUET
209B W. Route 59, Nanuet
845-624-MATH (6284)
Email nanuet@mathnasium.com

Make this school year greater than last year! A new school year brings a fresh start and Mathnasium is here to help set the stage for success. Our unique teaching method is designed to help students reach their full potential, and boost confidence. As your child gears up for a successful school year, Mathnasium is ready to assist with math gaps and enrichment, homework, and test preparations (Common Core Assessments, Regents, Terra Nova, ACT, SAT, ASVAB, and GRE/GMAT). We make math fun, most of all we make math make sense.

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

Children love bowling! 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. All leagues are handicapped to even the playing field. 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.

NEW JEWISH LEARNING ACADEMY LOCATED AT CONGREGATION SHAAREY ISRAEL
18 Montebello Road, Suffern
845-266-6445

Jewish after-school programs done your way! Programs for grades first-eighth, with options to take one or more classes per week, all in six-week sessions that give you scheduling flexibility. Choose from topics such as Coding and Robotics from Israel, Jewish World Cooking, STEM Projects, Hebrew Reading, and bat and bar mitzvah training. To help busy families we offer additional options of transportation from local schools, a healthy and light dinner, and even homework help. Programs end at 5:30pm with an after-care option until 6:30pm. Membership is not required to join our programs.

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!

PRIME TIME FOR KIDS A DIVISION OF ARC OF ROCKLAND
70 Phillips Hill Road, New City
845-639-2425
Email dsaulpaugh@rocklandarc.org

Prime Time for Kids provides early intervention services, evaluations, and services for infants and toddlers with delays in their development. Our preschool (ages 2.9 – 5) is recognized as a School of Excellence by the National Association of Special Education Teachers. We provide speech, occupational therapy, physical therapy, and parent counseling and support. Our Universal Pre-Kindergarten and curriculum follows the NYS Pre-Kindergarten Common Core. Our program includes a state-of-the-art technology center, expansive indoor and outdoor play areas, music therapy, field trips, and a swimming pool. The Upper School serves students ages 9 – 21 and uses Applied Behavioral Analysis.

RED OWL ACADEMY
645 Main St., suite 1, Sparkill
845-848-2407
Email info@redowlacademy.com

Red Owl Academy is an exciting new preschool that aims to inspire creativity, self-confidence, and a love for learning in young children. Our STEAM based curriculum fosters children's natural sense of curiosity, imagination, and joy; and learning to "think outside the box" takes place through interactive exploration and discovery using the five senses. We develop knowledge and skills through real life science and math activities, growing and observing our organic garden, music and movement including yoga, early literacy and language experiences, as well as French language. We invite you to visit to see the difference!

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!

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).

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 CHEFS ACADEMY OF NEW CITY
59 S. Main St., New City
845-638-0601
Email newcityny@youngchefsacademy.com

We offer fun and creative cooking classes for kids throughout the year as well as exciting school holiday break camps, summer camps, and birthday parties. You can sign up for one class at a time or our monthly memberships which include frequency discounts and other perks. No annual contracts required and you can join at anytime during the year. We offer different themes each month and cover topics such as kitchen safety, proper food handling, food preparation, cooking and baking techniques, table setting, and etiquette.

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.


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