Middle SChool

Club listings

See below for full course listings.

Questions?

Contact Keeniun Brumskill at 718-329-7317 or kbrumskill@ecfs.org.

Important Dates

  • Spring Semester: Monday 1/30/23–Friday 6/9/23.

  • Registration will open on 12/05/22 at 5:00 pm.

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Our After School clubs are in-person.

  • The club meeting start time is at 3:00 or 4:00 pm.

  • All classes will meet for an hour or an hour and a half.

  • All school holidays are observed.

  • Extended stay is offered

There must be a minimum of six students enrolled in order for a club to run. The maximum number of students in a club varies; once a club reaches maximum capacity, it will close.

  • The Yearbook club and the 6th or 7th and 8th grade musicals are free to join. There are no costs associated with club participation. However, you must register to join.

  • If you participate in a full-year club, you will be asked to register again for the spring semester.


Financial Aid

Financial aid is available to families receiving financial aid from the school.

Refunds and Cancellations

Registration is open from December 5, 2022, until February 15, 2023. Please note that you will be charged a $50 late fee if you register after February 15, 2023. Except for the non-refundable registration fee and late fees, course fees are fully refundable until the first class. After the first class, a $65 fee will be charged. Classes are 50% refundable after the third class, and there will be no refunds after the fourth class. There are no refunds for snow days or other emergency closures.

Club Listings: Monday

Speech & Debate Club

  • Instructors: Dash Polzik

  • Begins: Monday, January 30, 2023

  • Ends: Monday, June 5, 2023

  • Time: 4:00-5:30 pm

  • Fee: $980

  • Capacity:

    • 12 6th grade

    • 12 7th-8th grade

The Middle School Speech and Debate Club will cultivate a passion for intellectual discourse, mature student oracy skillset, and teach the fundamentals of public speaking and debate.

Students will engage in different debate styles while learning to argue both sides of an issue with a view to logic. This process will foster confidence, open minds, advanced listening, and note-taking skills, and mature their ability to think and organize ideas effectively. Students will learn to research and write a speech, and utilize elements of nonverbal communication and delivery skills.

The program is for all, from experienced to novice, Students will compete in in-person or in online debate competitions. If you are ready to debate, this is the club for you.

7th & 8th Grade Musical Theater

  • Instructor: Stephanie Stone, Fieldston Middle/Upper Theater & Dance Teacher

  • Mondays and Thursdays

  • Begins: Monday, January 30, 2023

  • Ends: TBD

  • Time: Monday 4:00-6:00 pm, Thursday 3:30-6:00 pm

  • Fee: Free

  • Student attendance is mandatory


This year the 7th and 8th grades will once again perform a musical on the main stage! Students will have the opportunity to have a say in staging, costumes, and props and be a part of a piece of theater that is truly ensemble centered.


This process-oriented production is designed to introduce your child to working collaboratively, theater-making as a craft, and foundational skill-building. This is a great way for students to get to know people in their grades and to welcome new students to ECFS. Everyone is welcome and all are cast.

For further details, please contact Stephanie Stone at sstone@ecfs.org.

Maker's Club & Engineering

  • Instructors: John Baglio

  • Begins: Monday, January 30, 2023

  • Ends: Monday, June 5, 2023

  • Time: 4:00-5:30 pm

  • Fee: $940

  • Capacity: 12 students

Do you enjoy hands-on science projects and experiments? Then you will definitely enjoy the Fieldston Middle School Maker’s Club. A “maker space” is a place where people come together to work on projects that involve building and tinkering. We will begin with simple projects, like desktop catapults, and then move on to more complex projects that range from physics to engineering to electronics. Additionally, we will utilize a variety of technological gadgets and electronics and simultaneously learn about their basic functions and safety protocols. Get ready to create!

eSports Club

  • Instructors: JoLynn DeBois & Zaj Vidal Burgie

  • Begins: Monday, January 30, 2023

  • Ends: Monday, June 5, 2023

  • Fee: $880

  • Capacity: 12 students


The advancement of computers is constantly ongoing and the bleeding edge of technology becomes more and more accessible every day. Between cryptocurrency and the most advanced games, the building of computers has become more relevant than ever before. Building computers will allow students to make computers suited for exactly what they want to do. Between machine learning, cryptocurrency, and rocket league, the possibilities presented to us in the modern age are endless. E-sports and computer science strive to help students work together using team building, active communication, and strategizing while also coming up with cohesive ways to overcome physical obstacles while building their computers.

Extended Day

  • Monday - Friday

  • Begins: Monday, January 30, 2023

  • Ends: Monday, June 5, 2023

  • Time: Monday 4:00-6:00 pm, Tuesday-Friday 3:00-6:00 pm

  • Free


This is for students who plan to be on campus beyond 3:30 for late pickup, study sessions, or to watch a game will check-in at the first floor Academic Center.

Club Listings: Tuesday

The Art of DJing

  • Instructor: Aubrey Callabrass & Zaj M Vidal Burgie

  • Begins: Tuesday, January 31, 2023

  • Ends: Tuesday, June 6, 2023

  • Time: 3:00-5:30 pm

  • Fee: $980

  • Capacity: 12 students

If you are a new DJ or looking to learn more skills this is the class for you. Whether you are into hip hop or techno, in this class, immerse yourself in the art of being a DJ. We teach the fundamentals of beatmatching, mixing, and blending. You will learn the basics of Serato Scratch Live.

First Lego Robotics Challenge

  • Instructor: Kevin Ortiz-Pena

  • Tuesdays and Thursdays

  • Begins: Tuesday, January 31, 2023

  • Ends: Thursday, June 7, 2023

  • Time: 3:00-6:00 pm

  • Fee: $880

  • Capacity: 12 students

The Middle School Robotics Club will engage students in robot design, coding, and problem-solving as they take on increasingly difficult robotics challenges. Our students compete in the First Lego League Robotics competition.

The Robotics Club offers a wonderful opportunity for students to work collaboratively to tackle difficult problems. Students will design, plan, redesign, construct, create, assemble, invent, reinvent, write, present, and compete to see who has developed the smartest robot. The contest will vary based on strategies that involve speed, accuracy, sensing objects, and light.


Model UN

  • Instructor: Dasha Polzik

  • Tuesday/Wednesday

  • Begins: Tuesday, January 31, 2023

  • Ends: Wednesday, June 7, 2023

  • Time: 3:00-5:00 pm

  • Fee: $880

  • Capacity: 12

The Model UN Prep Club is an After School program for students with an interest in exploring the field of international relations. We will teach students to hone their public speaking and communication skills, and learn the art of debate.

MUN students will learn about some of the challenges we face in the world, from topics ranging from extreme poverty to human rights or even climate change. They collaborate to explore solutions to major problems, learn about different countries and cultures, and become UN diplomats.

This is a year-long commitment. Those students who register will also register for the spring. This program will require students to be present for Saturday conferences.


French Art & Culture

  • Instructor: Sefeny Diaz

  • Begins: Tuesday, January 31, 2023

  • Ends: Tuesday, June 6, 2023

  • Time: 3:00-5:00 pm

  • Fee: $880

  • Capacity: 12 students


French language has had a profound impact on the language of the arts in the modern world. From ballet to film study, French has acted as a guide for artists to learn the foundation of their craft and explore the core of their self-expression. In French Art & Culture, we will learn and discuss the pioneers of the artistic community from France and various francophone regions. Filmmakers, fashion designers, musicians, and several other icons will be discussed according to region, and Francophone countries including Haiti, Belgium, Senegal, etc. will be explored for their culture and importance within the arts community. There will be planned field trips to film festivals in New York City such as the French Institute Alliance Francaise’s Animation First film festival and several museums including the Brooklyn Museum to view Virgil Abloh’s Figures of Speech. This club does not require previous study of French but would be a great cultural supplement for French students.


Club Listings: Wednesday

Yearbook Club

  • Instructor: Carl Smith

  • Begins: Wednesday, February 1, 2023

  • Ends: Wednesday, June 7, 2023

  • Time: 3:00-5:00 pm

  • Fee: Free

  • Capacity: 12 students (This is a full-year commitment)

The Middle School Yearbook highlights our students and chronicles yearly events, clubs, activities, sports teams, and advisories. The Yearbook Club invites students of all three grades to participate in the yearbook’s design, planning, and production. Students in the club are encouraged to contribute via photography, designing page layouts, creating collages, and developing an overall theme. This club is a year-long commitment, and students will be expected to invest time and effort outside of club time to complete specific assignments and attend and photograph various school events throughout the year.

Ultimate Frisbee

  • Instructor: Savi Tuber, John Baglio, and Zaj Burgie

  • Begins: Wednesday, February 1, 2023

  • Ends: Wednesday, June 7, 2023

  • Time: 3:00-5:00 pm

  • Fee: $980

  • Capacity: 12 students

The Fieldston community has strong ties with ultimate frisbee, amassing multiple league championships and multiple state titles. Many Fieldston students continue their ultimate careers into college and even afterward. Fieldston alumni can be seen winning D1 titles and even receiving the Callahan award (College Ultimates Heisman Trophy). In the past ultimate has been exclusive to the upper school. No longer! Middle School Ultimate will build on the amazing foundation that already exists in our community, focusing on athletics, ultimate skills, team building, and even physics. Many staff members in the community also have strong ties with ultimate frisbee.


Japanese Language and Culture

  • Instructor: Jack Monness

  • Begins: Wednesday, February 1, 2023

  • Ends: Wednesday, June 7, 2023

  • Time: 3:00-5:00 pm

  • Fee: $880

  • Capacity: 10 students


This program is created to give students an introduction to Japanese and an appreciation for the cultural dynamics that the syntax-rich language represents. We will cover basic language elements such as counting and self-introductions, as well as cultural aspects of Japanese like politeness/formality levels in speech, traditional vs modern Japanese, etc.


Anime, in particular, is already largely popular with many middle school-age students and will be a major emphasis of this program; giving students after school time to analyze their favorite series from a linguistic perspective will help fuel their creativity and add color to the way that they consume this media going forward.

Club Listings: THURSDAY

Mock Trial

  • Instructor: Dasha Polzik

  • Begins: Thursday, February 2, 2023

  • Ends: Thursday, June 8, 2023

  • Time: 3:00-5:00 pm

  • Fee: $980

  • Capacity: 10 students


The mock trial's pedagogical focus is to develop critical thinking and public speaking skills, as well as a knowledge of legal practices.


We believe that success in legal advocacy is acquired through a balance of proper pre-competition preparation and knowing how to think on your feet. Our program is designed to provide students the opportunity to develop their skill-sets through participation in interactive coaching and practical drills.


In our mock trial meetings, each student will be given the opportunity to perform as both an attorney and a witness. All participants will construct opening statements, conduct direct and cross-examinations and give a closing argument.

Chess in Motion

  • Instructor: Top-Level Chess

  • Begins: Thursday, February 2, 2023

  • Ends: Thursday, June 8, 2023

  • Time: 3:00-5:00 pm

  • Fee: $980

  • Capacity: 12 students

In this class, students will be taught by an international master. They will practice a variety of tactical patterns, review great games in chess history, and of course, play a lot of chess. Players will be invited to participate in a variety of fun practice chess activities, from team play challenges to speed chess and competitions. Emphasis will be placed on critical thinking, problem-solving and fun!


UNITY & Virtual Reality

  • Instructor: Kevin Ortiz Pena

  • Begins: Thursday, February 2, 2023

  • Ends: Thursday, June 8, 2023

  • Time: 3:00-5:00 pm

  • Fee: $1100

  • Capacity: 10 students

Our students will learn to design and develop their own Virtual Reality (VR) applications. By creating prototypes to build and solidify their skill sets. At the same time, they will be guided through creating their own unique VR project from start to finish, beginning with a blank design and ending with a fully functional project. Whether they want to create an interactive walkthrough of an ancient ruin, a product configurator for a car manufacturer, a simulator, or any other experience, this course will help you bring those ideas to life in VR.

Club Listings: FRIDAY

Only Extended Day available on Fridays.