Registration is open for the Payne Saturday Arts Academy for Fall 2022! 

Classes start Sept. 17. 

The session runs for 10 weeks (note the change from Spring). 

We are thrilled to offer, for students in grades K – 5th: : Piano, Drums, Guitar, Violin, Cello (NEW!), Choir (NEW!), Robotics, Theater (IT’S BACK!), Ballet, Hip Hop (NEW!), Basketball, Tae Kwon Do, Art Club (NEW!), Fashion Design (NEW!), and Line Dancing (NEW!). 

Preschoolers are offered a Circle Time Music class taught by a DC Strings teaching artist combined with an additional class; families choose among Ballet from the Dance Institute of Washington, Theater from Theatre Lab or Art Club from Payne’s Ms. Mac. Each of the Saturday Academy PK cohorts is limited to 15 students. 

Class sizes are limited and popular options can fill quickly! Current Payne students have enrollment priority; beyond that, enrollment is first-come, first-served.


Please note: You must complete a separate registration form for each child.


Attendance Policy (*NEW*) Saturday Academy students in K-5 have an attendance requirement for these classes: Piano, Drums, Guitar, Violin, Cello, Ballet and Hip Hop. Students are expected to attend at least 8 of the 10 classes unless they have an excused absence (for example, emergency or illness). The attendance policy is intended to help prevent class disruptions because lessons in these classes progress week-to-week. If your child has Saturday morning scheduling conflicts that would require them to miss more than 2 classes, please consider our other class offerings!

Hours: Payne Saturday Arts Academy runs from 9am – noon. Start times differ by class. K-5 students may take up to 3 classes. PK students join a two-hour cohort with start times at 9am or 10am.

💲 Tuition: The suggested Payne student rate is $100 per class. Payne families are asked to contribute what they can afford, but no Payne student will be turned away based on ability to pay. The non-Payne student rate is $200 per class.

💲 Payment: Before classes start, you will receive a confirmation of your child’s schedule with payment instructions. Options include PayPal or check to the PTSA.

⚕️ Covid: The Payne Saturday Arts Academy always follows DCPS Covid guidelines and procedures. 

📅 Dates: The 10 sessions are scheduled to be: 9/17, 9/24, 10/1, 10/15, 10/22, 10/29, 11/19, 12/3, 12/10, and 12/17. Some weeks have no classes due to school breaks and holidays.

Curriculum Partners

🎹🩰🏀🎭🤖🥋🎨💃👕 We are thrilled to introduce our partners and teachers:

  • DC Strings Workshop (All music instruction): This non-profit believes young people should experience the joys of music. 
    • Kindergarten-5th Grade: Keyboards, drum pads, violins, cellos and guitars will be provided to Kindergarteners to fifth graders to allow children to practice at home. Students may choose only one instrumental music class. However, students may take an instrumental music class and choir. Piano and Violin students are offered Level A classes if they are brand new to the instrument or Level B classes if they have some prior experience.
    • PK3 and PK4: Circle Time Music classes are offered to PK3 and PK4 students. 
  • Dance Institute of Washington (Ballet & Hip Hop): Dance Institute of Washington increases the inclusive and diverse representation at every level of the professional ballet and dance industries in Washington, D.C. 
  • Volo Sports Foundation (Basketball): The non-profit organization believes in unlocking the power of play by making opportunities for youth sports more accessible for all kids. For fall 2022, Volo will offer a 10-week basketball clinic. Students will join weekly clinics taught by specialized coaches and mentors.
  • Theatre Lab (Theater): D.C.’s largest and most comprehensive non-profit school for the dramatic arts will teach drama games and exercises to engage the imagination, promote self-confidence, encourage literacy, and encourage ensemble spirit. Students participate in a variety of theater activities, including improvisation, scene study, storytelling, creative writing, comedy, and mime.
  • Payne’s own Mr. Creef (Robots & More): Science teacher Doug Creef will run a Robots & More science program in which children spend their morning programming age-appropriate robots. For Fall 2022, classes will be taught by grade level; returning robots students will have access to more advanced robots. More information:
  • Payne’s own Dr. Crumb (Tae Kwon Do): The school’s own martial arts expert, Brian Crumb, will teach students the fundamentals of Tae Kwon Do.  More information:
  • Payne’s own Ms. Mac (Art Club): Kindergarten teacher Marion McDowell, also known as Ms. Mac, will lead Art Club students in arts and crafts projects tied to the seasons. More information:
  • Payne’s own Ms. Mitchell (Line Dancing): Christina Mitchell, Payne’s math coach, is going to start her Line Dancing students on the eclectic slide and then build on other line dances from there: hip hop, reggae, and country. More information:
  • Payne’s own Ms. Allen (Fashion Design): PK4 teacher Christian Allen (with her cricut machine) will lead her Fashion Design students in muti-week projects in which kids design and then create projects they can wear and use: jean jackets, t-shirts, bags, hats and tumblers. More information:

Contact Information

❓ Questions? Write to Payne parents Jessica Coomes and Andria Thomas.

For more information, continue reading on the Program FAQ Page.