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Six After-School Programs We Totally Ship for Teens

Aug 14, 2018 | 12:02 Tue
Teenagers, Shanghai's forgotten demographic, we’re talking to you! Here are six extracurriculars for middle to high school students before another year begins. Theater at iStage Academy, debate with LearningLeaders, a new writing program, discounted sports and more—from open days to start dates, here’s to planning ahead.



iStage Academy is a bilingual Performing Arts company in Lujiazui. They offer drama courses Thursday, Friday (after school) and Saturday afternoons; as well as dance and music programs for younger kids and adults. There’ll be an open week starting August 27, try any class free. If you sign up on their information day August 25, you get a 4% discount.

The Write Place is new this year, offering small group 3-hour workshops that’ll cover a range of literary and writing concepts for students 10 and up. Workshops will run on the weekend, beginning in early September. The first three: Elements for Analyzing Fiction, Rhetoric and Speech, and Comprehensive Creative Writing.

Stepping Stones is a non-profit working to bridge the education gap between young migrant and urban students. High school students can join, tutoring one-on-one in English once a week or biweekly either in a migrant school or in community centers in Shanghai. The fall semester program runs till December, training starts early September.


Active Kidz Shanghai (AKS) is a community-based organization that provides sports for kids up to 18 years old. They’ve got baseball, basketball, soccer, ice hockey, and volleyball. They’ll also be hosting an open day, where they’ll offer a discount, 10% off all sports for the fall season. Will have one in their Pudong location, another in Puxi.

LearningLeaders is grooming the politicians of tomorrow, with Public Speaking and Debate courses for students grade 5 and older. They also coordinate trips abroad for debate competitions, but unlike the other programs on this list a placement test is necessary to join.

Oogie Art, in case you missed it, is a new transplant from New York that offers fine art classes for middle to high school students with portfolio prep for art school admission in mind. Read more about their “honest-portfolio” practice.


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