Clubs & Activities
The school day may end at 3pm but our campus still hums with after-school activities!
Since its founding in 1982, Almaden Country School has understood and embraced the importance of experiential learning. Children learn and thrive when they are engaged in activities that are relevant, enjoyable, and meaningful to them. After-school activities can play a crucial role in this type of learning.
Our campus is host to a variety of after-school activities that extend the interests and talents of our students in wholesome, exciting ways. The following after-school activities are provided at different times during the year at ACS.
- ACS Band is offered to students in grades 3-8 at 7:20 am - 7:50 am Wednesdays and Friday mornings. Students are able to choose to play the flute, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, or percussion. No experience is necessary. At the end of the fall and spring, students showcase their talents in a series of formal performances for the ACS community, as well as within the larger community.
- Pep Band meets on Thursdays mornings for students in middle school. The fee for Pep Band is $200. For more information, please contact Lorraine McAndrew.
- ACS Team Sports are typically for students in grades 5-8 and provide an opportunity to play on ACS Cougar sports teams. Team practices take place after school until 4:30 pm and games are held after school. There is a full season of games or meets. Everyone makes the team and plays in the games. ACS is a part of the Silicon Valley Athletic League (SVAL) which consists of similar private schools in the San Jose area. There are five different sports played during the year. Flag football and girl's volleyball is in the fall, boys and girls basketball is played in the winter, and there is track & field in the spring. Sign ups for the fall season are being accepted now, and practices commence August 31. Please contact Athletics Director Derek McIntyre for more information.
- After-school Math Club is for students in grades 4-5 and grades 6-8. Material will come from the California Math League or Math Olympiad; students will also play games and engage in activities that involve number strategy and math facility. If your child is interested in joining a math club, or if you are interested in helping out with the club, please contact Gary DeMoss.
- ACS hosts a chess club run by Success Chess on Fridays after school year-round. The club involves students learning and playing chess at one of three different levels. 1st through 8th grade students can participate. Find more information and sign up via the Success Chess website.
- Cougar Sports Camps are offered to boys and girls currently in grades 1-6. The purpose of the camps is to expose participants to a variety of sports while teaching the proper fundamentals in a fun and relaxed environment. Camps are held on the ACS campus with the PE portable serving as the base. Each day focuses on two different sports which may include basketball, volleyball, soccer, futsal, team handball, softball, and flag football. Arts and crafts are also included, as well as fun water activities during our warmer camp weeks. Please contact Athletics Director Derek McIntyre for more information.
- Cougars Sports Clinics are six-week classes offered to ACS boys and girls in grades 1-8. Each class will include 30 minutes of instruction with a focus on learning the fundamentals of a particular sport. The second 30 minutes will include a controlled scrimmage, providing participants with an opportunity to apply the skills they have learned. Contact Athletic Director Derek McIntyre for more information.
- Drama Club is for students in grades 3-5. Students create their own plays and learn to work together to make magic on the stage. Meetings are held after school from 3 pm-4:30 pm. For more information, please contact drama teacher Ian Leonard.
- Before School Care is available every morning in Room 10 from 7am - 7:55am. Extended Care options are available for students of all grade levels:
- First Lego League (FLL) Robotics is an after-school parent-led activity for 4th-8th grade students who are interested in computer programming, Lego robotics, and competing with a team. The FLL season is during the fall with a competition on a weekend in November. Generally, teams get together twice a week after school to work on their robot and research their project/presentation.
ACS will provide space for practices and meetings. We also have NXT Lego sets for teams to borrow if needed. Parents and students will need to form their own teams. We suggest 4 or 5 team members and at least two parents to coach and organize. Families need to register teams at the First Lego League website and cover the cost of registration, the team competition kit, and all tournament fees. Teams need to be registered by early September. Contact Gary DeMoss for more information.
- LEGO Robotics Club for third graders is all about games! Most of the games will involve LEGO robots. For other games you will just need your brain. Every week, there will be a new robot challenge. Build and program your LEGO robot, and use your robot to complete the challenge. Any level of experience is acceptable: the games will start off simple and as skill level progresses, you will build your way to better robots, programs, and games! Next year, you will be ready for the FLL. The club meets once a week after school until 4:45 pm starting in 2017 and will end at spring break.
- Girls on the Run is a transformational, positive, physical-activity-based youth development program for girls in 3rd-5th grade. The two words that best describe Girls on the Run are “FUN” and “RUN”. Every aspect of this program is geared toward helping girls feel good about who they are - physically, emotionally and socially. GOTR teaches life skills through dynamic, interactive lessons and running games.
GOTR meets two days a week from 3:05 - 4:35 pm, Mondays and Wednesdays, for 10 weeks starting late winter/early spring. The program culminates with the girls being physically and emotionally prepared to complete a celebratory 5K walk/run event held in Vasona Lake Park in Los Gatos. Registration is online only and will open late 2016. Space is limited to 30 girls, and we have moved to a lottery registration system. For more information about Girls on the Run, please visit the GOTR website.
- Girls Who Code is designed to nurture and support an interest in engineering and computer science that often exists in middle school, but too often fades in high school. By focusing on real-life problems and on-screen role models, Girls Who Code aims to help ensure that this interest will continue to grow in high school and beyond.
We are excited to again offer our own chapter of Girls Who Code this fall. Mr. Buck Crockett, our System Administrator, will be the instructor for the club. Mr. Crockett is a former teacher with a certification in network systems and has an enthusiasm for coding that is infectious. Our Director of Technology, Mary Beth Gay will serve as the faculty sponsor and Mr. James Barrese, former CTO of PayPal, will be the co-teacher with Mr. Crockett. The club meets on Mondays at 3:15 pm throughout the school year to provide 40 hours of instruction and programming time. To sign up, please contact Mary Beth Gay.
- Starmites is for students in K-4th grade. If you love to sing, this is the place for you! Rehearsals are held after school from 3 pm-4 pm in the auditorium. For more information, please contact music teacher Corinne Leary.
- Zoom! is a choir for students in 5th - 8th grade who want to learn how to improve their vocal technique, harmonize, develop stage presence, and gain confidence in performing on stage.
A number of after-school offerings, such as music classes, foreign language enrichment, Brownies, Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, and Girl Scouts, Girls on the Run, Girls Who Code, and tutorials in various subjects, depend on demand. Please contact the Office for more information about this year’s after-school activity schedule.