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

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  • Art and Storytelling with Drew

    Students will explore five popular children’s stories and create storytelling props to retell their favorite fairytales. Join Drew for this exciting class that brings stories to life.

    Schedule: Tuesdays, 3:30–4:30 pm
    Age: 4 years old
    Cost: $150

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  • 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: Mondays from 3:30–4:30 pm
    Age: 3 yrs old
    Cost: $150

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  • 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, 3:30–4:30 pm
    Age: 3 years old
    Cost: $150

    Schedule: Thursdays, 3:30–4:30 pm
    Age: 4 years old
    Cost: $150

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Kindergarten

List of 5 frequently asked questions.

  • Art and Storytelling with Drew

    Students will explore five popular children’s stories and create storytelling props to retell their favorite fairytales. Join Drew for this exciting class that brings stories to life.

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

    Register Today!
  • Chess with The Chess Wizards

    Join Chess Wizards this session for challenging chess lessons, exciting tournaments, fun team activities, and more! If you're brand new to chess, we'll teach you the basics and get you playing in no time. If you're a seasoned checkmate artist, we'll show you new ways to let your creativity loose on the board.

    Schedule: Mondays from 3:30–4:30 pm
    Cost: $130

    Register Today!
  • Creative Architecture with Children of Bisheh

    In this course, children will design and build three-dimensional buildings limited only by their imagination. They’ll learn how architects combine functional needs for a building with designs that excite our imaginations. They will use simple materials to turn their imagination into reality.

    Schedule: Wednesdays, 2:30–3:30 pm
    Cost: $150

    Register Today!
  • Young Actors Theatre with Amanda

    Within six weeks, friends will come together to write a script for a skit, practice and perform the skit, make their costumes, and end the six weeks in a final performance for families! In this minicourse, friends will gain confidence in acting, cooperation, and public speaking skills. They also will get the opportunity to experience producing a show!

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

    Register Today!
  • Yoga with J

    Experienced and newcomer yogis are welcome in this minicourse! Students will get to explore several of the limbs of yoga, including yoga philosophy (yamas and niyamas), breathing practices (pranayama), concentration and meditative practices, and the physical poses (asana). Yogis will learn and explore through group games, guided practice, independent self-practice, and reflection through writing and drawing. Taught by kindergarten's very own, J, this course will teach students tools they can use to self-regulate and self-reflect in any context!

    Schedule: Mondays from 3:30–4:30 pm
    Cost: $130

    Register Today!

1st Grade

List of 5 frequently asked questions.

  • Chess with The Chess Wizards

    Join Chess Wizards this session for challenging chess lessons, exciting tournaments, fun team activities, and more! If you're brand new to chess, we'll teach you the basics and get you playing in no time. If you're a seasoned checkmate artist, we'll show you new ways to let your creativity loose on the board.

    Schedule: Mondays from 4:30–5:30 pm
    Cost: $130

    Register Today!
  • Creative Architecture with Children of Bisheh

    In this course, children will design and build three-dimensional buildings limited only by their imagination. They’ll learn how architects combine functional needs for a building with designs that excite our imaginations. They will use simple materials to turn their imagination into reality.

    Schedule: Wednesdays, 3:30–4:30 pm
    Cost: $150

    Register Today!
  • New Dance Institute

    Elly Porter will teach ballet and modern dance, allowing children to be children while encouraging them to express themselves through dance. Loose-fitting clothes are required. This course concludes with a winter recital in the dance studio.

    Schedule: Mondays from 3:45–4:45 pm
    Cost: $390 per semester (Sessions 3, 4, and 5)

    Register Today!
  • Panda Programmer

    Panda Programmer is a two-hour, weekly afterschool 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. Their students explore a variety of computer programming languages such as ScratchJr, Scratch, Python, and Javascript.

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

    Register Today!
  • Young Actors Theatre with Amanda

    Within six weeks, friends will come together to write a script for a skit, practice and perform the skit, make their costumes, and end the six weeks in a final performance for families! In this minicourse, friends will gain confidence in acting, cooperation, and public speaking skills. They also will get the opportunity to experience producing a show!

    Schedule: Tuesdays from 3:45–4:45 pm
    Cost: $150 

    Register Today!

2nd Grade

List of 6 frequently asked questions.

  • Cheerleading with Taylor

    5,6,7,8... Sign up for cheer, and don't be late! Bring your spirit, bring your pep; it's time to learn those new cheer steps. This minicourse focuses on team building, Pom choreography, Acro technique, and so much more. Catch you on the mat!

    Schedule: Mondays, 3:45–4:45 pm
    Cost: $130

    Register Today!
  • Chess with The Chess Wizards

    Join Chess Wizards this session for challenging chess lessons, exciting tournaments, fun team activities, and more! If you're brand new to chess, we'll teach you the basics and get you playing in no time. If you're a seasoned checkmate artist, we'll show you new ways to let your creativity loose on the board.

    Schedule: Thursdays from 3:30–4:30 pm
    Cost: $130

    Register Today!
  • Industrial Product Design and Building with Children of Bisheh

    This course is a creative planning process that leads to products. Students will identify criteria and constraints related to the design and development of various products, for example, "a shirt which can also be used as pants," "a chair usable in extremely cold weather," or "french fries box with a ketchup container," etc. They will identify and describe the major steps in the engineering design process. They will analyze possible solutions to the design challenge. And during every class, they will build products using simple materials.

    Schedule: Fridays, 3:30–4:30 pm
    Cost: $150

    Register Today!
  • Panda Programmer

    Panda Programmer is a two-hour, weekly afterschool program that educates its 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. Their students explore a variety of computer programming languages such as ScratchJr, Scratch, Python, and Javascript.

    Schedule: Fridays, 3:30–5:30 pm
    Cost: $300

    Register Today!
  • Rollers and Roleplayers with Amanda

    Does your child enjoy the fantasy genre? Do they enjoy using their imagination and playing with friends? Do they enjoy riddles, puzzles, and other minder-benders? Rollers & Roleplayers may be the perfect after-school activity for them! R&R is similar to the game Dungeons and Dragons (but without the combat and violence). Half board game and half elaborate game of pretend, kids will create their own unique and original characters and use their imagination to explore a fantasy world. Guided by Gamemaster, Lowells’ own Amanda, they will roleplay their characters with their friends, work together to find solutions to a variety of different challenges, and save the day! In this minicourse, kids will get the opportunity to work on their skills in public speaking, acting, communication, teamwork, creative problem solving, and math.

    Schedule: Mondays from 3:45–4:45 pm
    Cost: $150

    Register Today!
  • Scrapbooking with J

    Students will bring photos and/or memorabilia from home and work to create a scrapbook to display and memorialize important memories. The teacher will provide tools and supplies for cropping, framing, labeling, and embellishing their memories. Students will also work to add labels and descriptions to help remember the details of their memories!

    Schedule: Thursdays from 3:30–4:30 pm
    Cost: $150

    Register Today!

3rd Grade

List of 4 frequently asked questions.

  • 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: Tuesdays, 3:30–4:30 pm
    Cost: $150

    Register Today!
  • Crochet with Leigh

    Learn to crochet by mastering the basic stitch on 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

    Register Today!
  • Hip Hop and Breakdancing with Taylor

    Hip Hop Hooray! Introducing the fundamentals of creative movement, choreography, and freestyle, and BREAKDANCING!! This minicourse is a high-energy, beginner-friendly class designed for your dancer to build confidence and have fun.  Students will get to learn the history of breakdancing and some awesome new moves. All skill levels are welcome. See you on the dance floor! 

    Schedule: Thursdays, 3:45–4:45 pm
    Cost: $130

    Register Today!
  • Panda Programmer

    Panda Programmer is a two-hour, weekly afterschool program that educates its 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. Their students explore a variety of computer programming languages such as ScratchJr, Scratch, Python, and Javascript.

    Schedule: Mondays, 3:30–5:30 pm
    Cost: $300

    Register Today!

4th and 5th Grades

List of 4 frequently asked questions.

  • Claymation with Alex

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

    Schedule: Wednesdays, 2:30–3:30 pm
    Cost: $150

    Register Today!
  • Coding with Lina

    Students will enjoy building interactive games and projects as they get to know the basics of computer programming. They will be introduced to concepts such as computer science fundamentals, computer safety, sequences, loops, events, programming, front-end development, HTML, and CSS. By combining introductory coding skills and team building, students are sure to have a blast!

    Schedule: Thursdays, 4:30–5:30 pm
    Cost: $150

    Register Today!
  • Crochet with Leigh

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

    Schedule: Mondays, 3:30–4:30 pm
    Cost: $150

    Register Today!
  • Making Plarn with Leigh

    We'll turn trash into treasure by making Plarn (plastic yarn) out of plastic bags. We will then turn our plarn into finger weaving and strong braiding that is the basis for further creations, such as jump ropes. Students who have a basic knowledge of crochet can also learn to hook it into mats. 

    Schedule: Wednesdays from 3:30–4:30 pm
    Cost: $150

    Register Today!

For More Information Contact

List of 1 members.

  • April Greene 

    Assistant Director of Primary School
    202-577-2029

Schedule

Session 3 runs from Monday, January 3 through Friday, February 11, and includes six weeks of swim lessons along with a make-up week (February 14-18).
 
Please note that due to Martin Luther King Jr. Day and a Pre-Primary/Primary School Writing Day, we will not have swimming on Monday and Tuesday, January 17 and 18. Due to Pre-Primary/Primary School parent-teacher conferences, we will not have swimming on Thursday and Friday, February 17 and 18.

FAQs

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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.