Minicourses

Minicourses complement a rigorous day of academic learning by providing students with invaluable opportunities to explore and sustain their curiosity and creativity. There are courses for children of all ages, although most offerings are geared toward Pre-Primary and Primary School children.

Five sessions of six-week courses are offered each year, and selections vary from session to session. We ask that parents send an additional snack in the afternoon.

Pre-Primary School

List of 5 frequently asked questions.

  • Earth Guardians with Dehejia

    Is your child interested in nature and how they can help the planet? Join Dehejia as she explores creative projects centered around the care and protection of our earth.  
     
    Schedule: Mondays, 3:45–4:45 pm 
    Age: 4 years old 
    Cost: $150 
  • Yoga with Nuria

    Yoga at an early age promotes self-esteem and body awareness. Children derive enormous benefits from this non-competitive physical activity. It enhances their flexibility, strength, and coordination. Also, it improves concentration and encourages calmness and relaxation.

    Schedule: Tuesdays, 3:45–4:45 pm
    Age: 3-  and 4-year-olds
    Cost: $150
  • Art and Storytelling with Drew

    This exciting minicourse will explore five of the most popular children’s stories. Props will be created to retell these beloved fairytales!

    Schedule: Tuesdays, 3:45–4:30 pm
    Age: 3-  and 4-year-olds
    Cost: $150
  • Spanish Clubhouse with Nuria

    Join Nuria for a mix of Latinx culture and language lessons through art that’s fun! All classes are taught in Spanish. 

    Schedule: Thursdays from 3:45–4:54 pm 
    Age: 3-year-olds 
    Cost: $150 
  • Mini Movement and Dance with Sam

    From tip-toes to tutus, Pre-Primary students will learn creative ways to move their bodies to music, songs, and stories. Led by one of our favorite instructors, this class promises to be a twirling, stomping, jumping good time.

    Schedule: Fridays, 3:45–4:45 pm
    Cost: $150

Kindergarten

List of 3 frequently asked questions.

  • Zany Zumba with Taylor

    This is an action-packed minicourse! The dance-based exercise course is perfect for friends who want to explore fun, high energy, and creative dance. Zany Zumba is great for beginners who are new to dance. 

    Schedule: Mondays, 3:30–4:30 pm
    Cost: $150
  • Keep It Krafty

    Calling all crafty kids! Students will go beyond basic cutting and pasting and explore longer-term, more complex crafts. Creative expression, time with friends, and fun projects will get the imagination going.

    Schedule: Tuesdays, 3:45–4:45 pm
    Cost: $150
  • Chess with Magnus Academy

    Learn chess with the company created by world-famous chess champion Magnus Carlsen. Classes are divided into lessons and practice games. The course will continue into Session 3 to ensure the fundamental skills of the game are learned. 

    Schedule: Fridays, 3:45–4:30 pm
    Cost: $300 ($150 deposit)

1st Grade

List of 4 frequently asked questions.

  • Zany Zumba with Taylor

    This is an action-packed minicourse! The dance-based exercise course is perfect for friends who want to explore fun, high energy, and creative dance. Zany Zumba is great for beginners who are new to dance. 

    Schedule: Mondays, 3:30–4:30 pm
    Cost: $150
  • Keep It Krafty

    Calling all crafty kids! Students will go beyond basic cutting and pasting and explore longer-term, more complex crafts. Creative expression, time with friends, and fun projects will get the imagination going.

    Schedule: Tuesdays, 3:45–4:45 pm
    Cost: $150
  • Panda Programmer

    Panda Programmer is a two-hour, weekly program that educates students about coding and robotics! The instructors work closely with the students to build on their knowledge with each class, creating a progressive and sustainable learning environment. Students explore a variety of computer programming languages such as ScratchJr, Scratch, Python, and Javascript.

    Schedule: Wednesdays, 2:30–4:30 pm
    Cost: $300
  • Chess with Magnus Academy

    Learn chess with the company created by world-famous chess champion Magnus Carlsen. Classes are divided into lessons and practice games. The course will continue into Session 3 to ensure the fundamental skills of the game are learned. 

    Schedule: Fridays, 3:45–4:30 pm
    Cost: $300 ($150 deposit)

2nd Grade

List of 6 frequently asked questions.

  • Park Pioneers with Samantha

    Each week pioneers will set off on an adventure in Rock Creek Park! Come rain or shine, this minicourse is full of outdoor exploration.

    Schedule: Mondays, 3:45–4:45 pm
    Cost: $150
  • Keep It Krafty

    Calling all crafty kids! Students will go beyond basic cutting and pasting and explore longer-term, more complex crafts. Creative expression, time with friends, and fun projects will get the imagination going.

    Schedule: Tuesdays, 3:45–4:45 pm
    Cost: $150
  • Comic Book Making

    Students will learn techniques that include character design, story boarding, penciling, inking, and lettering to create their own comic strips.

    Schedule: Tuesdays, 3:45–4:45 pm
    Cost: $150
  • Panda Programmer

    Panda Programmer is a two-hour, weekly program that educates students about coding and robotics! The instructors work closely with the students to build on their knowledge with each class, creating a progressive and sustainable learning environment. Students explore a variety of computer programming languages such as ScratchJr, Scratch, Python, and Javascript.

    Schedule: Wednesdays, 2:30–4:30 pm
    Cost: $300
  • Lego Robotics

    Young Lego masters will use STEM-based learning to solve problems to ultimately create robots out of the most popular building blocks—Legos! This minicourse will continue into Session 3.

    Schedule: Thursdays, 3:45–4:45 pm
    Age: 2nd–4th grade
    Cost: $300 ($150 deposit)
  • Chess with Magnus Academy

    Learn chess with the company created by world-famous chess champion Magnus Carlsen. Classes are divided into lessons and practice games. The course will continue into Session 3 to ensure the fundamental skills of the game are learned. 

    Schedule: Fridays, 3:45–4:30 pm
    Cost: $300 ($150 deposit)

3rd Grade

List of 4 frequently asked questions.

  • Park Pioneers with Samantha

    Each week pioneers will set off on an adventure in Rock Creek Park! Come rain or shine, this minicourse is full of outdoor exploration.

    Schedule: Mondays, 3:45–4:45 pm
    Cost: $150
  • Crochet with Leigh

    Learn to crochet by mastering the basic stitch upon which all other stitches are built. Students can make dishrags, scarves, and design their own projects.

    Schedule: Wednesdays, 2:30–3:30 pm
    Cost: $150
  • Comic Book Making

    Students will learn techniques that include character design, story boarding, penciling, inking, and lettering to create their own comic strips.

    Schedule: Tuesdays, 3:45–4:45 pm
    Cost: $150
  • Lego Robotics

    Young Lego masters will use STEM-based learning to solve problems to ultimately create robots out of the most popular building blocks—Legos! This minicourse will continue into Session 3.

    Schedule: Thursdays, 3:45–4:45 pm
    Age: 2nd–4th grade
    Cost: $300 ($150 deposit)

4th and 5th Grades

List of 4 frequently asked questions.

  • Crochet with Leigh

    Learn to crochet by mastering the basic stitch upon which all other stitches are built. Students can make dishrags, scarves, and design their own projects.

    Schedule: Wednesdays, 2:30–3:30 pm
    Age: 4th Grade
    Cost: $150
  • Claymation with Alex

    Students will learn how to create their own stop-motion animations using clay, Legos, paper, and other materials. They will learn how to create characters, film scenes with them, and put it all together using computer programs. 

    Schedule: Wednesdays, 3:45–4:45 pm
    Age: 5th–6th grade
    Cost: $150
  • Lego Robotics

    Young Lego masters will use STEM-based learning to solve problems to ultimately create robots out of the most popular building blocks—Legos! This minicourse will continue into Session 3.

    Schedule: Thursdays, 3:45–4:45 pm
    Age: 2nd–4th grade
    Cost: $300 ($150 deposit)
  • Storytelling, Songwriting, and Soliloquies

    Students will use their imagination and critical thinking to practice idea generation, writing, editing, and publishing. This minicourse will engage the power of the pencil!

    Schedule: Thursdays, 3:45–4:45 pm
    Cost: $150

Middle School

List of 3 frequently asked questions.

  • Babysitters Club with Gabby

    This course will help young people prepare for the responsibilities of childcare. Learning a basic skillset will provide the foundation for becoming capable and trustworthy sitters.

    Schedule: Mondays, 3:45–4:45 pm
    Age: 7th–8th grade
    Cost: $150
  • Lights, Camera, Action: Short Film Making

    Join Carlos in using iMovie software to create and edit short films. Students will learn the fundamental steps in creating short films and embark on an exploration of this art form. 

    Schedule: Thursdays, 3:45–4:45 pm
    Age: 6th–8th grade
    Cost: $150
  • Claymation with Alex

    Students will learn how to create their own stop-motion animations using clay, Legos, paper, and other materials. They will learn how to create characters, film scenes with them, and put it all together using computer programs. 

    Schedule: Wednesdays, 3:45–4:45 pm
    Age: 5th–6th grade
    Cost: $150
Registration for Session 2 opens to Lowell families on October 17. Registration opens to the general public on October 19 at 12:00 pm.

Schedule

Session 2 runs from Monday, October 31 through Friday, December 16.

Additional 2022–23 Sessions:
  • January 3–February 10
  • February 20–April 7
  • April 10–May 19
 

FAQs

List of 2 frequently asked questions.

1640 Kalmia Road NW
Washington, DC 20012
202-577-2000
Lowell School is a private PK-8th grade school located in NW Washington, DC. At Lowell students gain the knowledge, skills, and social-emotional literacy to be the bold leaders and creative problem solvers our world needs.