After School Programs

The following afterschool programs are available at PS 281:

Onsite Afterschool Programs

ABC Languages: The River School’s Foreign Language Program

We will be offering once a week programs for both Mandarin & Spanish.


Level 1: Grades K-1
Level 2: Grades 1-3


Level 1: Grades K-1
Level 2: Grades 1-3

All classes will run from dismissal until 4:30 pm. Click here for schedules, pricing, and registration.

If you have any questions, you may contact our liaison at ABC Languages:

Elizabeth Zackheim

Club Wingspan

Wingspan Arts lets you choose from lots of different classes, five days a week. The program runs from dismissal until 6:00pm.
For more information, please visit their website at
The schedule for fall semester is available here.  Registration opens on Wednesday, June 20 at noon; click here to register.


NEW THIS YEAR!  CodeAdvantage is excited to offer two classes onsite at the River School on Wednesdays from dismissal until 4:30 pm.  Classes will run from September 26-January 23 (no class on November 21 or December 26). Price is $512 for the semester plus a one-time $50 fee for use of a laptop.

Lego Robotics: Robo Zoo -Anibots (for Grades K-2): Why do giraffes have long necks? Why are so many fish shaped differently? Why do cheetahs need 4 legs? Students will learn about animals and how their bodies help them perform specific tasks. The class gets to use LEGO robotics to create animal robots and program them to move. Welcome to the jungle! Click here to register.

Scratch – Coding Through Java (for Grades 3-5): Scratch is a popular graphic programming language in which students learn fundamental programming concepts by creating different adventures using animation and storytelling (Super Scratch) and games (Action Scratch). Click here to register.

Please email with any questions.

Crossover Sports


Crossover Sports offers baseball training to children ages 5-12 at the River School. The 2018-19 schedule will be posted soon.

Families can contact Lisa at or refer to our website for more details.

Little Kickers


The Little Kickers Soccer School provides an entry point to soccer for boys and girls ages 3 to 6. With locations in Manhattan and Queens, the structured and fun weekly practices lay the foundation for future success in not just soccer, but all sports and learning activities.  These are the available sessions at River School for Winter 2019:

Tuesdays 3pm – 3:45pm (3-4s)
Tuesdays 3:45pm – 4:30pm (5-6s)
Thursdays 3pm – 3:45pm (5-6s)
Thursdays 3:45pm – 4:30pm (3-4s)

Coaches will collect children straight after school (from the cafeteria) for the 3pm sessions. The 3:45pm sessions meets inside the school entrance.
The winter season is 10 weeks starting January 8. Register at

PS 281 Chess Club & Team

From complete beginners to our advancing tournament players, our goal is that all PS 281 students can experience both the joy & significant social/education benefits of learning and playing chess.

We will develop the program with an expectation of creating a vibrant chess culture, where our players/team can compete at local, City, State & National competitions!

Thursdays Chess Club & Team

Spring Semester February 7 – June 20

  • February 7, 14. 28
  • March 7, 14 (PTC), 21, 28
  • April 4, 11, 18
  • May 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
  • June 13, 20

Players will meet in the cafeteria directly after-school where they will have a light snack. Training and play will take place in classrooms onsite at PS 281. Pickup will occur at 5 PM in the cafeteria.

Program Rates

  • Spring semester – $595
  • Late pick up 5:00 – 5:30 pm – $159 (optional)
  • If you need a one time late pick-up please email and provide $20 at pick-up.
  • 10% sibling discount – use code: sibling
  • Financial assistance available – email

Visit to learn more.

Simply Sports

NEW THIS YEAR!  Simply Sports is a 501-C-3 non-profit organization dedicated to providing children with supervised, fundamental learning experiences in an athletic setting. Simply Sports always focuses on the positive, fun aspects of learning enabling each child to enjoy the instruction and develop both their aptitude and self-confidence. Our motto is fun, friendship & fair play.

Simply Sports will be offering sports classes to Kindergarten through Grade 5 on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Classes will run until 5:30 pm (you may pick up beginning at 5 pm).  Click here for more details.

Tennis Innovators

Tennis Innovators puts our programs together by age, level and availability. No more then 4 players to a pro and we strive on keeping players learning and moving, the way tennis should be taught!

Click here to find out more.

Offsite Programs

The following afterschool programs are not held at the River School, but most offer a pickup service to bring your child from school to the afterschool program site.

Professional Taekwondo

Professional Taekwondo offers a pickup program for more experienced students.  An instructor picks up kids every day, M-F, and walks them over to the dojo on 553 2nd Ave, New York, NY, 10016 (at 30th St).  There they have taekwondo instruction, play time, and homework/reading time.

Loop Sports

Loop Sports offers a Fall and Spring outdoor sports program and a Fall and Winter ice skating program.

We play baseball, kickball, and soccer at East River Park and ice skate at Chelsea Piers Sky Rink.

We offer school pick up and home drop off service by D.O.T. certified and inspected buses.

Click here for more information and to register.

Turtle Bay Music School

NEW THIS YEAR!  Turtle Bay Music School (TBMS), a non-profit community music school, is relocating to East 38th Street between 1st and 2nd Ave. We are excited to bring 93 years of music education experience to this lively residential neighborhood, and are delighted to offer the following programs to our neighbors at the River School at a discount with the registration fee waived. The offerings fall into three categories:
Extended program – We have designed a longer program exclusively for River School families who are interested in having their child enroll in a comprehensive music program once a week
Our regularly scheduled group classes, offered to River School students at a 10% discount
Private Lessons – River School families interested in private lessons for their children will receive a free 30 minute trial lesson, a value of $58.

Please note that pickup from the River School is offered for the extended program only. There is no pickup service for TBMS group classes or private lessons.

Click here for schedules, pricing, and registration.