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ACTIVITY CENTER: MJCCA offers options for home-schoolers
by Christine Fonville
December 23, 2013 01:30 PM | 3698 views | 0 0 comments | 24 24 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Homeschool Program Director Ashley Cohen looks in on the drama class at the Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta.
Homeschool Program Director Ashley Cohen looks in on the drama class at the Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta.
Homeschoolers will have the option to get active with other students and participate in a variety of classes at the Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta in Dunwoody next year. Starting Jan. 8, the center will offer its Homeschool Extras program for students between the ages of 4 and 13.

“We know that homeschooled children learn in a wide variety of age groups, so our programs are broken into three different brackets, which include 4 to 6 year olds, 7 to 9 year olds and 10 to 13 year olds,” said program coordinator Ashley Cohen. Classes will be offered on a semester basis with the first set of classes running from January through May.

Extracurricular activities include:
-Gymnastics, where students will have access to vaults, bars and beams
-Aquatics, with group swimming and technical stroke classes
-Tennis, with beginners, intermediate and advanced options for students
-Arts and Culture, where students can participate in music and drama classes
-Dance, with ballet, tap and jazz options.

Each activity includes about 19, hour-long classes.

The cost for each activity starts at about $224 per student.

A unique feature of the program, Cohen said, is public access to everyone in the community.

“The Marcus Jewish Community Center is a member-based facility, but we’re offering the Homeschool Extras program to anybody,” she said. “Families do not need a membership to enroll their children in the classes.”

The activities are offered between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. to cater to the homeschool student population.

“We offer all of our programs for different age groups during the same timeframe so parents who have multiple children of different ages can come to the center during the same sessions,” Cohen said. She said the idea for the program geared towards homeschoolers sprang from a need in the Dunwoody community.

“This program is one we’ve worked on for a few years now and the need has grown as more students in the area are participating in homeschooling,” Cohen said. “I collaborated with the heads of each extracurricular department at the center and we’re all very excited to offer the program to the community.”

Parents interested in the program can read more information, view a complete schedule and register for classes at

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