The Schoolhouse Theater really did start as an elementary school. But in 1983, founder Lee Pope turned it into a visual arts center. And four years later, she invited the New York company Acorn Productions to put on a show in the auditorium. That play did more than pack the house—it also signaled the former school's birth as a haven for community theater.
Since then, The Schoolhouse Theater has developed the second part of its moniker. Theatrical amenities were added and theatrical ghosts politely asked to leave, and in 1998, the building was officially designated as a non-profit, professional regional theater. Along with stateside premieres and revivals of beloved classics, the company has staged productions that have successfully rocketed their way to Off Broadway. And while the space has now moved on from its grade-school days, it continues its educational legacy by hosting classes on topics such as photography and dance.
Since 1998, Axial Theatre's ensemble has worked to help playwrights develop original works and actors sharpen their skills. A bi-monthly reading series gives audiences a chance to take part in the process of making new plays, from first draft to the fifth and final standing ovation. The group extends equal support to fledgling performers by offering an acting program to train the board-treading stars of the future.
Within American Gymnastics resides a puffy playground—slides and foam pits sprawl across the 14,000 square feet of primary-colored space lined with in-ground trampolines, a padded spring floor, and USGF-certified equipment. Watching over the space is a team of expert coaches who boast a combined 100 years of experience. They teach a variety of classes for all ages from toddlers to teenagers, and maintain a 7:1 student to teacher ratio. The space also plays host to ballroom-dancing classes that teach couples, individuals, and fairy-tale princes how to thrive on the dance floor.
At Premier Athletic Club, a large team of instructors lead classes ranging from intense barbell-focused BodyPump to soothing restorative yoga. Barre workouts use easy-to-learn ballet techniques to help tone bodies, and boxing boot camps teach striking fundamentals while building strength and agility. Club members get access to indoor and outdoor pools as well as class discounts.
The instructors at Kisco Learning Center believe that the simple combination of studying, parental support, and a good school experience leads directly to academic success. Over the past 12 years they have tailored their programs to supplement each of those components in small-group settings. Tutoring sessions facilitate studying and teach effective strategies for solo cramming, and helping with homework removes parents’ stress of having to be academic taskmasters. Personalized curricula shore up students' skill gaps, banishing the anxiety and self-doubt that keep pupils from getting the most out of their classes at school.
Older students racing toward college can take advantage of the SAT- and ACT-prep programs, which immerse soon-to-be test takers in an intensive study of their chosen exam. This fills heads with pertinent knowledge, time-saving tips, and horror stories of the Scantron machine that haunts your dreams if you don't completely fill in an answer bubble.