Beijing students give their feedback on new and popular Beijing extracurriculars

Student's at Sanlitun school Atelier learn the fundamentals of painting and drawing

Time Out Family gets the details on some of the best after-school and weekend classes in town from the students taking them


DJ classes at Dong Jie International Entertainment (DJIE)

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Expect to learn

DJ courses from DJIE are taught in four-week sessions by instructor Michael Cheng, who has more than 20 years’ experience in China as a pop music instructor. Students need no prior music knowledge for

this hands-on course, but some helps. During the first session, Cheng teaches students about song structure and how to use a laptop and mixer to combine sounds. Finally, after about three sessions, students can begin showing off their DJ sets in live performances held at international schools around town.

Kid’s verdict

‘My favourite experience was our live stage performance. Mr Michael taught me how to perform along with traditional Chinese musical instruments. My mum took me shopping for a hip-hop cap and clothes. It felt awesome to perform on stage.’

-Yuxi Huang, 10 years old, Normal University Affiliated Elementary School

Physical science at Hyde Academy


Expect to learn
This is class teaches practical lab skills. The semester-long course is filled with experiments like working with liquid nitrogen, gas and light. Students will button up their lab coats and participate in activities that give a positive impression of science and challenge the way they think about the world around them.

Kid’s Verdict
‘First, I wanted to take the class because I wanted to improve my English. The class is really fun and the teachers are so nice. My favourite thing was the liquid nitrogen experiment. There was a big explosion! But I like all the projects and homework, because I am the homework king.’

-Eric Wang, 10 years old, Hyde Academy



Expect to learn
This course from Atelier teaches students basic drawing and painting techniques. Courses run project-by-project so students can join in any time. All Atelier’s teachers have art degrees and their own projects in Beijing in addition to teaching.

Kid’s verdict
‘I like free painting because we can work on anything we want. I like this class so I’ve taken it for a year and a half.’
-Angela Chiang, 9 years old, Western Academy of Beijing

Rugby and Lacrosse at Sports Beijing


Expect to learn Lacrosse is the newest course offered by Sports Beijing. The class is an introduction to the game of lacrosse and children need no prior knowledge. Players will pass, catch, shoot and scoop and show off their skills in games.

Kid’s verdict
‘I decided to try lacrosse to try something new. There are a lot of good players in the classes and that pushed me to get even better.’
-Gabriel Rivera, 11 years old, Beijing BISS International School

Yoga at International Leadership Academy (ILA)


Expect to learn
Parent-child yoga classes from ILA improve balance, sense of rhythm and distance and muscle coordination. They are also a great opportunity for parents and kids to bond. ILA courses are tailored for various ages groups starting at three years old.

Kid’s verdict
‘After taking the class a few times I got a better understanding of yoga. I enjoy the balancing exercises a lot.‘

-Zhou Yu Han, 9 years old, Chinese public school