After School Programs

The following afterschool programs are available at PS 281:

Onsite Afterschool Programs

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 the spring semester will be available on or around December 20, and registration will open the week of January 7.


CodeAdvantage is excited to offer two classes onsite at the River School on Wednesdays from dismissal until 4:30 pm.  Classes will run from January 30 to June 12 (no class on February 20 or April 24). Price is $576 for the semester plus a one-time $50 fee for use of a laptop.

Lego Robotics: Earthbot Engineers (for Grades K-2): Using LEGO ® robotics, students will learn about some of the coolest environments on the planet. They will create and program robots to: withstand the heat of volcanoes and avoid any lava in the way, have just the right amount of friction to pull their way up steep and snowy mountains, withstand the pressure of the ocean as they raise a periscope from its darkest depths, and more! Click here to register.

Action Scratch – Coding Through Java (for Grades 3-5): Scratch uses a graphic programming language developed at MIT. This class creates a beginner foundation in programming which can be used in other advanced programming languages. In Action Scratch, young students will learn fundamental programming concepts by creating different games for Scratch to play. Kids will program Scratch to play basketball, dodge arrows, and even make Scratch clones! No previous programming skills are required, but students should be comfortable using a computer and managing files. 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.

Born Kickers


The Born 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 Spring 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 Spring season is 10 weeks starting April 2nd. 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.

Big Apple Youth Sports

Welcome! Big Apple Youth Sports is excited for its inaugural semester at the River School!  Big Apple Youth Sports is an after school youth sports development program with two other locations on the east side.  BA prides itself on running action packed instructional sports classes in a creative, fun, and safe setting. 

BA classes are a fusion of traditional sports training and BA designed sports that are both highly active and incorporate similar skill sets to more traditional sports.  This fusion makes BA a very different type of sports program that emphasizes sports development through creative drills and games which you cannot find anywhere else.

The Fall Semester of the BA Sports program at PS 281 will run from Mon. Sept 9, 2019 to Fri. Jan 31, 2020. The program runs 5 days a week between the hours of dismissal and 6 PM. All classes take place at the River School in the gym.  All classes are coed.  The gym partition will be used so that students can play and compete against their own age group!

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! The Winter session runs from January 7-April 1.

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.

Sign up now for the Spring ice skating session, which runs from April 2 to May 28 (with no classes on April 23). Click here for more information and to register.

Turtle Bay Music School

Turtle Bay Music School (TBMS), a non-profit community music school, has relocated 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 10% discount:

Beginning Group Piano (ages 4.5-6): Tuesday, 5:00-5:45. Our group piano program brings students together to learn from each other in a supportive, collaborative environment. In our group piano lab, each student plays on a full-sized digital piano, offering an individual experience with the instrument as well as the opportunity to play as an ensemble. Group piano classes incorporate instruction in proper playing technique, music theory, note reading, and the basics of improvisation to create a solid foundation for future private study. Students are placed according to age. 12-week semester. $515 (non-River School price is $570).

Rhythm Architects (ages 6-10): Thursday, 3:15-4:00.  Rhythm has been an essential part of our communication, expression, and self-development throughout human history. Using drums, bells, shakers, and xylophones, your child will learn the fundamentals of how to play a vast array of percussion instruments, enabling your child to explore his or her own sense of rhythm, melody, and song in a creative and adventurous atmosphere. Using improvisation to create a pathway to basic composition skills, the aim of Rhythm Architects is to lay a strong, positive foundation for future musical endeavors. 16-week semester. $640 (non-River price is $712). For this class only, TBMS staff members will pick students up at the River School upon dismissal and walk them over to TBMS in time for class.

Singing Fundamentals (ages 7-9): Monday, 4:00-4:45.Students learn the basics of breath and body support, sound projection, ear training, sight-singing and song selection through solos and ensembles using both traditional repertoire as well as songs that students choose to inspire them. This program can both prepare young students for private voice instruction and act as an ensemble-based supplement. 12-week semester. $515 (non-River School price is $570).

To register and for more information, please email Patti Onorato at