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Beyond the Classroom

Academic Enrichment After School ClubAssemblies
Class TripsSports ClinicsExpressions
Musical ArtsSupport ServicesVacation Programs

At Hathaway Brown, learning is enhanced for Primary School students through academic enrichment activities, as well as visits to museums, farms, concerts and other places of interest throughout the greater Cleveland community.

Below is a list of some activities available for Primary School students:

Academic Enrichment

Lego League

Several fourth grade students make up the Hathaway Brown FOR INSPIRATION AND RECOGNITION OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY (FIRST) Lego League Team. Girls who participate on this team have a lot of fun learning how to program and build a robot as well as do research and create a presentation related to the year's theme. The girls compete in regional competitions and demonstrate their knowledge with confidence and poise as they give presentations, move their robot around the table and talk with the judges.

Math Olympiad

Many students worldwide participate each year in the Math Olympiads program, including several HB fourth grade students. They practice math problems and then participate in a series of five contests, each consisting of five problems. The girls are taught to solve unusual and difficult problems and to think creatively.
Since 1979, Math Olympiad has provided challenging, thought-provoking problems that stretch the abilities of students in grades 4 through 8, and has required them to have a strong grasp of mathematics. HB students have responded to the challenge with eagerness and enthusiasm.

After School Club

The After School Club is a popular place for students in Early Childhood through fourth grade to relax after a busy day. The program, meeting after school until 6:00 PM each day in the Primary and Early Childhood Building, combines structured activities and supervised free play.

The staff of experienced professionals recognizes the varying needs of children. They plan active and quiet play, indoor and outdoor activities and group and individual projects. The structured activities change daily and include art experiences, creative dramatics and special events. Some projects are designed for specific age groups, while others encourage interaction among children of different ages. Students in grades two through four have the opportunity to complete homework in our quiet homework room. Children also enjoy a nutritious snack. The After School Club offers a nurturing environment, much like a second home. Children develop a positive self-image and close friendships with their peers. After School Club teachers are consistent throughout the year, providing the children with a warm and trusted adult presence.


Visiting authors, storytellers and musicians are among the scheduled performers who enrich the school year. Examples of recent performances include Robert Kikuchi-Yngogo, Chinese storyteller; Pam Hollenbeck, storyteller and a local African American ensemble who shared the journey of the Underground Railroad with Prime students. 

Class Trips and Field Trips

Learning is enhanced for our students through visits to museums, farms, plays, concerts and other areas of interest throughout the greater Cleveland area and beyond. We feel that trips are a valuable teaching aid and help support the curriculum in unique and fun ways. Below is a sampling of some recent field trips:

  • HB kindergartners recently completed a unit on farms. They made several field trips to visit farms and to learn about crops that are grown there, such as pumpkins, potatoes and raspberries.

  • First Grade visits the Health Museum during their unit on wellness and nutrition. The girls are able to practice what they learn in our dining room and take those lessons home to their families.

  • The Second Grade visits Dunham Tavern Museum. They explore what life was like in Cleveland in the early 1800s. They tour the house, see examples of early transportation and learn about the farm and its products. They even try their hand at stenciling with paint, a method that was used to decorate the original walls of the tavern.

  • Each winter Third Grade students make the trek to downtown Cleveland to visit the Federal Reserve. This trip is a culminating activity for a study of the U.S. government and the structure of the financial market.

  • Each spring the Fourth Grade students study the Ohio history and the state's canals and topography. They take their first overnight trip together as HB students and travel to the Cuyahoga Valley Environmental Education Center in Peninsula to learn about the settling and evolution of Ohio's people and its land. 

Developmental Sport Clinics

The Hathaway Brown School Developmental Athletic Program provides a unique medium through which a student may experience further development of her physical skills and strategies; exploration of a new dimension of her mental skills which differs from the classroom experience, yet complements the classroom experience; and an opportunity to begin to define her values with respect to physical activity, teamwork and competition.


Available to Hathaway Brown girls in grades one through four, Expressions is an after-school enrichment program that offers varied classes such as art, drama, science, crafts, dance and creative movement. Instructors are chosen for their professional qualifications and their ability to encourage self-confidence, boost skills and create fun activities. The popular Expressions classes are offered in three eight-to-ten week sessions over the course of the year. These classes allow girls to pursue their interests with friends in familiar surroundings.

Musical Arts Program

A variety of private music lessons are offered after school through the Musical Arts Program. This acclaimed program includes lessons in piano, violin, viola, cello, flute, woodwinds and guitar.

Social, Emotional and Academic Support Services

Learning Specialists

Learning specialists are available to work with girls, either individually or in small groups, who require enrichment or reinforcement in mathematics and reading. The learning specialists work closely with the classroom teacher to design customized learning activities. The Primary School also maintains an affiliation with professionals in the Cleveland community for additional support services.  See the Department of Learning services website for details.

Center for Family Support

Hathaway Brown offers numerous resources for parents of young children.  Please visit HB's Center for Family Support website for more information.

Child Psychologist

Dr. Suzanne Schneps, a local psychologist, visits classrooms regularly. Each week she rotates through classrooms talking about pertinent topics such as friendships. She works with students, teachers and parents to talk through issues and create plans for specific situations.

Vacation Programs

Many parents wish to make arrangements for their children during spring and summer vacations. Hathaway Brown offers a full complement of programming during these vacation periods. Supervised periods of play, outdoor games and special field trips are only part of the fun.

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