Student Experience

After-School Second Act

Second Act Program K-6

Second Act, Spence's signature after-school program, is open to students in Kindergarten through Grade 6. Second Act’s activity-based classes are held Monday through Friday.
Second Act is a co-ed program open to Spence students and their siblings as well as children of Spence faculty and staff.

2023-2024 Second Act is offered in three sessions:
Fall: September 11 to November 21, 2023
Winter: November 27 to March 1, 2024
Spring: March 4 to June 7, 2024

K-6 Second Act Classes

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  • List of K-6 Second Act Classes Currently Offered

    • Acting Company
    • Acting: Play and Perform
    • Animation
    • Ceramics
    • Chess
    • Clay Creations
    • Comic Book Creations
    • Cooking and The Environment - Green Beetz
    • Creative Dance
    • Exploration in Film
    • Explore and Play
    • Game Design
    • Goin’ Gaga
    • Growth of Gardening
    • Improv Games
    • Junior Chorus
    • Knitting
    • Little Spence Speakerbox
    • Math Games
    • Multi-Sport
    • Painter’s Studio
    • Pottery
    • Prototyping in Play
    • Rising Stars
    • Soccer
    • Super Crafty
    • Taekwondo
    • Tech Kidz: Coding Wizards!
    • Volleyball
    • Writer’s Lab

Instrumental Music Program

Private lessons in piano, violin, viola, cello, flute, clarinet, oboe, saxophone, French horn, trumpet, trombone, and percussion may be arranged through the school. All students are eligible to study piano and string instruments and must have access to an instrument for practice outside of school. 

The Spence Ensemble, directed by Avigail Malachi, meets before school for students in Grades 3-5 who study a string or woodwind instrument either at Spence or outside the school and are ready for a beginning ensemble experience.

The Spence Orchestra, directed by Greg Harrington, meets one morning before school each week and one Saturday each month for students in Grades 6–12 who study an instrument either at Spence or outside. Membership in the orchestra is open, by audition, to students of intermediate and advanced levels who study strings, woodwinds, percussion or piano, can read music and are ready for an orchestral experience.
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