In addition to the basic core curriculum offered all students, a full range of before- and after-school activities and sports programs provide a framework for children to develop their recreational skills and ideas. Programs may be sponsored by the PTA, PTO or PTSA, the YMCA, or in conjunction with the city Community Services Department. Many students also attend after-school music, art, math, science, and chess programs. Some activities are structured and provide guidance; others are unstructured, to allow for individual discovery.
The K-3 Science Adventures Club is offered at several schools for a small fee. Five-week sessions explore such topics as Motion Madness, Mystery of the Zollum, Fabulous Physics, Creepy Crawlies, Rocketry, and Inventor’s Workshop.
Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts meet on several elementary campuses and are supervised by scout leaders and assistants. Instruction in choral music and band is also available at several sites, including a 4th and 5th grade band program sponsored by Huntington Beach Adult Education.
At middle school, students are encouraged to participate in a variety of activities offered before, during, and after school. Beach cleanup is a community service activity sponsored by middle school clubs. Students may attend a ten-week course in public speaking offered by Toastmasters International. Homework clubs meet regularly, along with tutoring services provided by many teachers. Huntington Beach High School and the Huntington Beach Library also offer weekly homework help to students. Several schools provide extended learning intervention / support programs to increase student achievement. After-school sports programs are offered throughout the year. Surfing and bodyboarding clubs sponsored by the California Inter-scholastic Surfing Federation are offered at both middle schools and give students another opportunity to participate in team competitions.
Playing fields at all schools are used extensively by the schools and recreational groups for football, volleyball, soccer, track, basketball, softball, and baseball. To find out what’s available at your campus, call your neighborhood school office.
Residents of Huntington Beach are mailed a quarterly bulletin, Huntington Beach Sands, produced by the Community Services Department. The comprehensive publication lists services, events, classes, and activities offered at local facilities, as well as opportunities for volunteering in the community.
The music programs listed below are being offered for the 2011-12 school year by the Huntington Beach Adult School in partnership with the Huntington Beach City School District.
Huntington Seacliff Elementary Smith Elementary
Beginning Band, M & W, 2:30pm Intermediate Strings (violin), M, 2:55pm
Beginning Strings (violin), TH, 1:30pm Beginning Band, M & W, 7:30-8:15am
Intermediate Strings, TH, 2:30pm Beginning Strings (violin), F, 7:25am
Sowers Middle School (for students from Eader, Hawes, and Moffett)
Beginning Band, M & W, 3:15pm
Intermediate Band, M & W, 4:45pm