When it comes to after-school programs, there are many factors to consider. You’ll need to take into account your child’s interests, your family’s finances, scheduling obligations, and commute times. And because we live in Southern California, you can find an after-school program for just about any interest your child may have. Here’s a list of several well-known after-school classes in Los Angeles.after-school-classes-in-Los-Angeles

Beyond the Bell
offered at more than 600 schools

Beyond the Bell’s programs are wide-reaching, serving students in more than 600 public schools. Programs are offered at every grade level and include homework assistance, organized games, and enrichment activities.

Department of Parks and Recreation
County of Los Angeles

The Department of Parks and Recreation offers after-school programs at parks throughout southern California. (You can check the website for a listing of participating sites). Students are given healthy snacks, offered homework assistance, and have the chance to participate in a variety of activities.

Los Angeles Conservation Corps After School Program
select school campuses

The Los Angeles Conservation Corps provides their After School Program at 13 middle schools and 3 elementary schools. The program begins immediately after dismissal and is offered until 6:00 pm. Children are provided with tutoring, academic enrichment, and are able to choose among a variety of special activities in which to participate including performing arts, creative arts, sports, and STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math).  

826LA
locations in Mar Vista and Echo Park

826LA provides students with tutoring that will improve their reading and writing skills. Because the tutoring services are free, participating students must meet certain requirements (that are online). Tutors are volunteers, and once homework is completed, volunteers turn their attention and focus to reading and writing. Students ultimately write and publish their own stories.

Venice Arts Free Youth Media Workshops
1702 Lincoln Blvd, Venice, CA 90291

Venice Arts offers an award-winning Art Mentoring program, which is Free to low-income families, at their center in Venice or at an ArtPartner site in other areas of Los Angeles. Programs include photography, filmmaking, and multimedia plus comics, animation, and writing For a complete list and schedule of classes, as well as contact information, check out their website.

Los Angeles Boys and Girls Club
multiple locations

Originally founded in 1944, The Los Angeles Boys and Girls Club offers a variety of after-school programs for students. Homework assistance, “The STEM Adventure,” fine arts, and much more are offered. Check the website to find a location.  

Los Angeles Police Department’s Police Activity League (P.A.L.)
several neighborhoods around Los Angeles

The Police Activities League is a youth crime prevention program. Participants are involved with a variety of educational, athletic, and recreational activities that help strengthen the bond between police officers, youngsters, and their community. Check the website to find out more information about the P.A.L. program in your neighborhood.

YMCA – Before and After School Care
several branches

The YMCA offers after-school care with a 1 to 14 staff to student ratio. Activities include assistance with homework assignments, enrichment classes, and the opportunity to work with a variety of community organizations. Check the website for YMCA branches offering after-school care.

ARC
several Los Angeles-area schools

ARC after-school programs currently serves 13 elementary schools, 11 middle schools, and 19 high schools in Los Angeles. After-school activities include homework assistance, enrichment classes, and an academic enrichment academy.

L.A.C.E.R. After-School Programs
offered at 6 different middle and high schools

Students who are enrolled at one of the schools that L.A.C.E.R. serves are eligible to participate in L.A.C.E.R.’s after-school programs. L.A.C.E.R. (Literacy, Arts, Culture, Education, and Recreation) operates five days a week and is free. Check the website for more information and to see if your child’s school is on the participating schools list.

Los Angeles Public Library System
branches throughout southern California

Check with your neighborhood public library regarding after school programs. Most offer special study zones so that students can work on their homework assignments in a quiet, focused environment. Additionally, many public libraries host a variety of after-school activities including those geared towards STEAM lessons and more.

LA’s BEST
several Los Angeles elementary schools

LA’s Best describes its program as having three core elements — homework help, a learning activity to boost reading and/or math skills, and an activity that is new and fun for kids. Over the years, their program has expanded to include fitness, arts, and more. LA’s BEST provides services at 194 elementary schools.

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