CENTRAL FLORIDA PREPARATORY SCHOOL, 1450 Citrus Oaks Ave., Gotha, 407-290-8073, www.cfprep.org, offers a pre-K Montessori program for children age 3-kindergartners and college preparatory program for grades one-12. CFPS offers enrichments for every child’s interests. Students can enroll in dance, arts and crafts, violin, piano, cooking, Spanish and computer classes. Up-and-coming athletes are offered soccer, volleyball, basketball, track, cross country and more. Before- and after-school care are also available. The 2012-13 school year begins Aug. 13.
CHABAD HEBREW SCHOOL, 7504 Universal Blvd., Orlando, 407-354-3660, www.jewishorlando.com/hebrewschool. Chabad’s unique Hebrew school is where the beauty, values and traditions of Judaism are brought to life through a kaleidoscope of fun activities and interactive lessons. The school enjoys a well-earned reputation of being a trendsetter in creative Jewish education. Chabad Hebrew School caters to Jewish families from all walks of life and offers small classes in a warm, cheerful atmosphere.
CHAI PRESCHOOL, 7472 Universal Blvd., Orlando, 407-354-3660, www.chaiorlando.com. Chai Preschool strives to create a stimulating and enriching educational environment for all children. The school is devoted to helping children learn socialization skills, building self-confidence and teaching the preliminary skills needed to explore the world independently. The staff aims to give children an early foundation to prepare them for the transition into elementary school. In addition, the school hopes to instill a sense of Jewish heritage in each child and create a lifetime passion for learning.
CHILDREN’S LIGHTHOUSE OF PEOPLE OF FAITH, 220 Windermere Road, Winter Garden, 407-395-0077, www.childrenslighthousepof.com. Children’s Lighthouse of People of Faith is a faith-based child care center. Full-time child care is offered for children ages 6 weeks-4 years, and part-time care is available for children ages 13 months-4 years. Before- and after-school care also are provided for several local elementary schools. The first day of school is Aug. 20. An open house takes place Aug. 7 from 5-7 p.m. There also is a fall festival Oct. 15 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
THE FIRST ACADEMY, 2667 Bruton Blvd., Orlando, 407-206-8600, www.thefirstacademy.org, offers an expanded after-school program called The Royal Academy of Arts and Enrichment, which includes performing and fine arts classes, as well as enrichment classes, for students in kindergarten-eighth grade. RAAE classes are offered on a semester basis of 10-12 weeks. After-school sports programs are also available to TFA students beginning in the Lower School. A variety of sports are available as team programs or individual sport clinics.
GARDEN MUSIC SCHOOL, 40 S. Main St., Winter Garden, 407-654-5277, www.gardenmusicschool.com. Garden Music School holds private music lessons after school for all instruments. Garden Music School is a Yamaha band, orchestra and Gretsch drum set dealer.
HUNTINGTON LEARNING CENTER, 5060 Dr. Phillips Blvd., Orlando, 407-522-4477, www.huntingtonlearning.com. Huntington Learning Center offers individualized tutoring in reading, math and study skills, and exam preparation for the SAT, ACT, FCAT, Independent School Entrance Examination, and Secondary School Admission Test. Children of all ages are welcome, and an academic assessment ensures that programs are custom-tailored to meet each child’s individual needs.
IN THE LIMELIGHT, 5555 S. Kirkman Road, Suite 104/105, Orlando, located at the corner of Kirkman and Vineland roads, 407-340-0920, www.inthelimelightorlando.com, is a theatrical production company and performing arts studio for young people ages 3-18. In the Limelight is a “triple threat” training facility, offering onstage and on-camera acting, voice, dance and piano classes for beginners to advanced performers. Classes begin Aug. 20. Auditions for productions of Disney’s The Little Mermaid (grades K-12); Surviving Lunch, a play about bullying (grades 7-12); and The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus, based on the book by L. Frank Baum (grades 3-12), will be held Aug. 25. For more information or to make an audition appointment, email
JEWISH COMMUNITY CENTER OF SOUTHWEST ORLANDO AT THE JACK & LEE ROSEN CAMPUS, 11184 S. Apopka-Vineland Road, Orlando, 407-387-5330, www.orlandojcc.org. JCC’s J University after-school program offers activities for children in kindergarten-eighth grade to engage all their talents and interests, with everything from basketball to soccer to gymnastics to art and dance. JCC provides a home-away-from-home atmosphere, giving children a snack when they arrive and help with their homework. JCC operates buses to Bay Meadows, Dr. Phillips, MetroWest, Palm Lake, Sand Lake, Thornebrooke and Windermere elementary schools, as well as Windy Ridge School. J University is open Monday-Thursday after school until 6:30 p.m. and Friday until 6 p.m.
KIDDIE U, 7666 Wallace Road, Orlando, 407-345-5550, www.kiddieu.org. For the past 11 years, Kiddie U has helped parents develop the future. The program offers a full-time, safe, structured, well-balanced HighScope Curriculum learning environment for ages 6 weeks-5 years. The before- and after-school program provides transportation to and from five local elementary schools and is available for school-age children. After-schoolers participate in supervised indoor and outdoor activities; Wii and Xbox games; and art, music and imaginative play. Those with homework receive one hour of quiet work time.
THE MAILE IMAGE, MODELING & ACTING SCHOOL, 999 S. Orlando Ave., Winter Park, 407-628-5989, www.lisamaile.com. The Maile Image, Modeling & Acting School offers a variety of programs geared toward breaking into the modeling and acting industries or just building confidence and self-esteem. Programs include After-School Children’s Modeling/Image & TV on Wednesdays from 3:45-5:45 p.m. for children ages 6-11, and After-School On-Camera Children’s Acting on Tuesdays from 3:45-5:45 p.m. for children ages 4-6. The school offers teen modeling classes and ongoing acting programs for children ages 7-16. Parents are invited to attend a free professional industry seminar.
ST. JAMES CATHEDRAL SCHOOL, 505 E. Ridgewood St., Orlando, 407-841-4432, www.stjcs.com. The after-school program is open to students in pre-K through eighth grade, and extracurricular activities are available for participants. SJCS offers a variety of sports. The most important goal is to build character skills like cooperation, good sportsmanship, respect and being a team player. Summer camp is open to the public. Classes include art, basketball, cheerleading, chess, cooking, computer, dance, flag football, karate, math games, science, sewing, sing/act/puppets, soccer, Spanish, sports fitness and volleyball.
VICTORY MARTIAL ARTS, 407-903-1133, www.victoryma.com. Victory Martial Arts offers classes for children age 3-older, as well as family and adult classes. Discipline, confidence and respect are some of the life skills that are practiced and enhanced through Victory Martial Arts’ programs. The studio, which offers 26 locations nationwide, aims toward training its students to become champions in life.
WINDERMERE PREPARATORY SCHOOL, 6189 Winter Garden-Vineland Road, Windermere, 407-905-7737, www.windermereprep.com. The Community School at WPS offers a variety of after-school classes such as judo, art, dance, golf, soccer, science wizards, theater, chess club, fashion design, guitar, photography and film production. For more information, call Laine Allen, 407-905-7737. Aquatics at WPS centers around an eight-lane, 25-yard pool. Programs offered include a competition swim team, infant survival and swim lessons for adults and children. WPS’s Tennis Academy is open to the community and offers after-school group and private lessons for all ages and abilities. For more information, call Mandy Rosenfield, 407-928-6666.
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