Clubs and Activities

In addition to extracurricular sports for Grades 3-8, we offer fun and engaging after-school programs throughout the year designed to enrich the diverse interests, passions, and strengths of our students. Whether they're looking for ways to sharpen their creativity, try new athletic pursuits, or challenge their minds, your children will find a wide variety of clubs and activities to excite them at Community Day School.


Many of our after-school programs are developed and taught by our talented faculty and staff, as well as in partnership with Pittsburgh-area arts and education organizations. With new offerings to sign up for three times a year, CDS students always find something interesting to explore. 


2nd Trimester After-School Programs




Assemble - Movement, Motion, and Making!

Grades 1-3


Mondays, 3:45-4:45 p.m.
November 20; December 4, 11, 18; January 8, 22, 29; February 5, 12
9-week, 60-min. program


Why does your body move in the way it does? Can you build a dancing robot that draws? How does one small action set a whole wacky chain reaction in motion? With the guidance of Assemble teachers, students will use fun, hands-on activities to learn about how the world around us moves and grooves. All materials provided.


Minimum of 8 students, maximum of 19


Click here to sign up for Assemble - Movement, Motion, and Making!


Pre-K, Kindergarten


Mondays, 3:45-4:30 p.m.
November 20; December 4, 11, 18; January 8, 22, 29; February 5, 12
9-week, 45-min. program


Did you ever wonder about the weather, how your body works, or how plants and animals live and grow? Have you been curious about nature and want to put some of your ideas to the test? Your Pre-K or Kindergarten child surely has! In Wonderology with Morah Jessica, we will observe exciting aspects of nature, make hypotheses, and then perform scientific experiments to demonstrate and reveal the answers to some of our most pressing "How does that happen?" and "How does that work?" moments.


Minimum of 4 students, maximum of  10


Click here to sign up for Wonderology




Chess to Compete and Win

Grades 1-3


Wednesdays, 3:45-4:45 p.m. 
November 22, 29; December 6, 13, 20; January 3, 10, 17, 24, 31; February 7, 14
12-week, 60-min. program 


Chess to Compete and Win at Community Day School is for students in Grades 1-3 to experience chess in the form of lessons, games, and competition. Chess combines concentration, planning, and thinking ahead with playing and learning life skills. Each week, engaged, prepared lessons and exercises will strengthen each student’s knowledge of chess. After weeks of practice and stimulating chess games, the class will have a mini chess tournament with prizes for top players. All chess materials will be provided by the instructor, Ashley Lynn Priore.

Ashley is a rated and awarded chess player under the U.S. Chess Federation. She has played in various chess competitions around the Pittsburgh area and is on lists for the top players in the city and state. Her mission is to teach chess to the community, so every student has the knowledge and tools to triumph through her newly organized nonprofit organization, The Queen’s Gambit Chess Institute. She is excited for all of the opportunities awaiting chess and CDS! All chess players are welcomed. You don’t have to know how to play to join the class!


Minimum of 3 students, maximum of 15

Click here to sign up for Chess to Compete and Win




Fencing with Instructor Iana Dukova

Grades 3-5


Thursdays, 3:45-4:45 p.m. 
December 7, 14; January 4, 11, 18, 25; February 1, 8, 15 
9-week, 60-min. program 

Iana Dukova was born in Bulgaria and lived there until her early 30s. From 1983-1991, she was a member of the Bulgarian National Team in fencing. She was a multiple junior and senior national champion, both team and individual. In 1997, she came to Pittsburgh and started the Three Rivers Fencing Center. From 1997-2014, she coached the Carnegie Mellon University fencing club and later became a coach at Winchester Thurston Upper School. She recently started the Pittsburgh Fencers Club.


She says:

"We, the fencers and coaches of Pittsburgh Fencers Club are extremely excited to introduce fencing to the students of CDS. Fencing is one of the oldest Olympic sports--fast-paced, quick decision-making under pressure, team work, building strategies, mental discipline are essential parts of our training. Pirates, swashbucklers, musketeers, Olympic fencers - all have those skills in common! Come join us for a class of fencing, fitness, and fun!"


All fencing equipment will be provided.


Minimum of 8 students, maximum of 14

Click here to sign up for Fencing with Instructor Iana Dukova


One of my favorite memories was waiting backstage during musical practice and laughing my head off with all of my friends. Thank you CDS for giving me a wonderful opportunity to be a different person every year, while still being able to express my true self. 
- Yael Perlman, Class of 2014

Upcoming Events

WonderologyRecurring Event
Mon, 18 Dec 2017
3:45 AM - 4:30 AM

Odyssey of the Mind ISRecurring Event
Mon, 18 Dec 2017
3:45 PM - 4:45 PM

Chess Makeup Session
Mon, 18 Dec 2017
3:45 PM - 4:45 PM

Assemble: Movement, Motion, and Making!Recurring Event
Mon, 18 Dec 2017
3:45 PM - 4:45 PM

Chess to Compete and WinRecurring Event
Wed, 20 Dec 2017
3:45 PM - 4:45 PM

NO SCHOOL - Winter Break
Thu, 21 Dec 2017
All Day Event

NO SCHOOL - Winter Break
Fri, 22 Dec 2017
All Day Event

NO SCHOOL - Winter Break
Sat, 23 Dec 2017
All Day Event

NO SCHOOL - Winter Break
Sun, 24 Dec 2017
All Day Event

NO SCHOOL - Winter Break
Mon, 25 Dec 2017
All Day Event

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