Manzanita Community School
Building a Community of Young Leaders
The Expanded Learning program at Manzanita Community School is a safe and inclusive environment for young people to learn and thrive. Our program prides itself in creating leadership opportunities for students. Whether it is a classroom job, leading an icebreaker, or planning activities, student choice and voice always comes first. We are also proud of our active parent community and the strong relationships we have built with with teachers and day time staff, all focused on uplifting our youth.
Strengthening Study and Self-Motivation Skills
Academic Mentors support their advisory cohort with homework completion, learning strategies and test-taking strategies. Mentors review youth homework assignments and organize them in small groups of four tailored to each youth’s academic performance level to foster peer collaboration. Mentors log homework progress and completion daily, and review progress during their consultations with school-day teachers. Youth participate in Literacy and Math Clubs to build and reinforce their core academic skills. Academic Mentors guide youth through the process of reading relevant, culturally diverse, socially and emotionally rich literature. Math Club engages youth in fun, hands-on interactive games to make math come alive.
Fostering an Inclusive Community
Community Leadership Circles
Academic Mentors implement Building Intentional Communities curriculum to provide a safe, supportive space for youth to express themselves and build connections to support their social and emotional growth. Youth gain leadership skills to co-design and co-facilitate a group activity for their peers with support from their Academic Mentors.
Expanding Youth Horizons
Every semester, youth select enrichment electives to gain exposure to new learning experiences. Workshops include team sports (basketball, soccer, flag football), arts and crafts, and cooking (multi ethnic and culture). The workshops are designed to incorporate character and culture building with the underlying themes of leadership, empathy, cultural sensitivity and social responsibility. To promote decision making and ownership, youth rank their preferences and are placed in one of their top three choices. A selected group of Enrichment Electives are offered through our partnerships with Destiny Arts, Prescott Circle Troupe and America SCORES.
Tuition & Enrollment
Students must be enrolled at Manzanita Community School to attend EBAYC’s after-school program. Contact Program Director Angela Phung for more information on enrollment and tuition. Discounted tuition fees are available for families with economic hardship.