After School Programs


  • The fee is $100 per student, per club.
  • In general, fall clubs will run from September 12 through November 14, except for school holidays.
  • No clubs will meet the week of Thanksgiving; winter session clubs will begin after Thanksgiving.
  • Please check each club’s description and the school calendar for specific meeting dates.
  • Students enrolled in after school clubs may pack their own nut-free snack to eat after school at the beginning of the club meeting; snacks are not provided.
  • Students should be picked up promptly at the club ending time.
  • Please use the registration links following each club description to register your child for clubs. Please submit one form per child. (NOTE: Registration for Fall 2018 Clubs has ended. Look for Winter 18/19 Club Registration soon!)





Mondays 3:30–4:30

Open to Grades 4–8
Teacher: Mr. Scott Morrison, Discovery Photo
*Students are required to bring their own point-and-shoot digital camera (preferred) or cell phone for taking photos.

Students will receive an introduction to photography by professional photographer and longtime Ratner friend, Scott Morrison. Students will learn about photography technique, composition, and lighting and by the end of the session will produce either a special printed photograph or digital album of their work. Enrollment in this club gives your child permission to explore the Ratner campus with the club supervisor for beautiful fall outdoor shots.

Meets 10/1, 10/8, 10/15, 10/22, 10/29, 11/5, 11/12, 11/19





Tuesdays 3:30­–4:30

Open to Grades 1–4
Teacher: Coach Dom Ianiro
Led by Coach Dom, Ratner’s Physical Education Teacher and Athletics Coach, students will learn and practice soccer skills. The club also provides an outlet for physical activity at the end of the school day and an opportunity for teamwork and friendship.

Meets 9/18, 9/25, 10/9, 10/16, 10/23, 10/30, 11/6, 11/13



Tuesdays 3:30–4:30

Open to Grades 4–8
Teacher: Mr. Andy Persanyi
In Robotics Club, led by Mr. P., Middle School Teacher and Ratner’s Technology Coordinator, students will assemble various robot creations and learn to code Lego Mindstorm robots. Special emphasis is placed on learning to maneuver their robots in a “wrestling style” for the annual Robotics Throwdown competition in the spring. Students will also have an opportunity to code and maneuver Sphero robots using iPads.

Meets 9/18, 9/25, 10/9, 10/16, 10/23, 10/30, 11/6, 11/13



Tuesdays 3:30–5:00

Open to Grades 6–8
Teacher: Mrs. Molly Urban

Calling students who are interested in expressing themselves creatively through personal writing: Ready to write the next Great American Novel or Short Story? Or are you an up and coming Poet Laureate? Writing Club is for you! Explore your creative side with personal attention from Middle School Language Arts Teacher, Mrs. Urban. In this club, students will have time for free writing, writing from prompts, mini-lessons in different writing techniques, and preparation for writing competitions such as Power of the Pen, which takes place in the spring. Through constructive criticism and positive feedback, young writers will build their storytelling skills, self-expression, and confidence. 

Meets 9/25, 10/9, 10/16, 10/23, 10/30, 11/6, 11/13






Wednesdays 3:30­–4:30

Open to Grades 1–4
Teacher: Mrs. Jodi Richardson
Students in this club led by Ratner Library and Lunch Supervisor, Jodi Richardson, will complete challenges, build their own structures, or follow a Lego building plan to create one of our many kits. Special emphasis is placed on creativity, working with partners or small groups, and just having fun playing with Legos after school.

Meets 9/12, 9/26, 10/3, 10/10, 10/17, 10/24, 10/31, 11/7, 11/14



Wednesdays 3:30–4:30

Open to Grades 1–5
Teacher: Ms. Kate Nagy
Ratner Counselor Ms. Kate Nagy, who is a certified family and child Yoga instructor, will teach students ways to be mindful and how to connect to their brains and bodies using child-appropriate poses and movements. Yoga helps children learn how to build concentration, increases their self-esteem, and allows them to participate in a healthy nonjudgmental physical activity—plus it’s fun and relaxing, the perfect end to the school day!

*Students are required to bring their own yoga mat. It is recommended to have a water bottle and comfortable clothing; students will have an opportunity to change clothes at the beginning of the club meeting time if they desire.

Meets 9/12, 9/26, 10/3, 10/10, 10/17, 10/24, 10/31, 11/7, 11/14






Thursdays 3:30–4:30

Open to Grades 1­–5
Teacher: Ms. Donna Papa, ATA Academy

*Students are required to wear a uniform, which can be ordered from ATA at the first class for a fee. Students may participate in testing at the last class for an additional fee paid directly to ATA.   
Taekwondo Club is led by Ms. Donna Papa, Fifth-Degree Black Belt and ATA Cleveland Martial Arts Chief Instructor. Students will learn focus, self-control, and perseverance through the challenges of developing Taekwondo skills and techniques and are given the opportunity to earn belts through testing each session.

Meets 9/13, 9/20, 9/27, 10/4, 10/11, 10/18, 10/25, 11/1, 11/8






Fridays 3:30–5:00

Open to Grades 7 and 8
Teacher: Coach Dom Ianiro
In Classics Club with Coach Dom, students will explore ancient literature, art, science, history, and architecture in order to recognize the influence they have in the modern world. Latin is introduced to the students both to create a foundation for learning the language at a higher level and to build connections between English and Latin in terms of sentence structure and cognates. The perfect club for the “Renaissance” student who is interested in a wide variety of subjects and how they truly are related!

Meets 9/14, 9/21, 9/28, 10/5, 10/12, 10/19, 10/26, 11/2, 11/9




Fridays 5:00–6:00

Open to Grades 5­–8

Teachers: Coach Dom Ianiro, Ms. Rebekah McClelland, and Mrs. Kate Bergman

Is Jeopardy can’t miss TV? Unbeatable at Trivial Pursuit? Just have a thirst for knowledge and having fun? Then Academic Challenge is the club for you! Led by Coach Dom, students will learn heaps of info on subjects such as mythology, history, pop culture, and math. They will also be guided through the experience of competition and team building. Practices will be filled with Jeopardy-style quizzes, scrimmages, context clue workshops, and Sporcle Challenges. The team will also have the chance to participate in competitions against other teams and maybe even a spot at Nationals! (Please note: Competitions occur select Saturdays February through May and possibly one in December; 5th and 6th graders will likely have the opportunity to compete in 2 tournaments, and 7th and 8th graders will likely compete more frequently. This club will continue through winter and spring, but parents must register their child for each new season.)


Students who participate in Academic Challenge but not Classics may remain at Ratner till the 5:00 start time and will be supervised by Ratner parent Rebekah McClelland. They may bring their own snacks, and they will have the opportunity for additional Academic Challenge practice at no extra charge.

Meets: 9/28, 10/5, 10/12, 10/19, 10/26, 11/2, 11/9 






Homework Group is an after school group that is offered to students in Grades 6, 7, and 8, from 3:30-5:00 on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday afternoons. On Tuesday and Thursday, Denise Falcon, Learning Specialist, supports the club and on Wednesdays, Pat Schwab, Elementary II teacher and Learning Support Specialist, supports the club.


The intention of Homework Group is to help students that need support either managing their homework, further assistance with their homework or breaking down assignments. Denise Falcon and Pat Schwab will be able to assist your child in time management of assignments, helping them understand the material, reteaching material (when possible), making sure that the homework expectation for your child are not unreasonable.


Although the intention of Homework Group is to get the bulk of the students homework completed, they still may have some work to complete at home. Additionally, please note that although Homework Group is staffed by Learning Specialists, it is not intended to be used as a private tutoring session.