New after-school classes bring variety to DPMHS


Shannon Sullivan

Entertainment Editor Alliana Samonte signs up for an after-school class on Sept. 20.

Shannon Sullivan

Hoping to give students the ability to further their education and interests, Principal Pia Damonte has arranged after-school classes to be available starting Oct. 1.

There will be four classes provided. Students aren’t required to take every class but can take multiple classes if they choose, as they are available on different days of the week. 

“The classes provide options,” Damonte said. “That’s what I’ve been trying to do. Give students options.”

The classes are a computer engineering class created by the Air Force called CyberPatriot, a leadership class to help students expand their leadership skills, an art class of an undecided topic and a music class.

The classes are offered through Beyond the Bell, a program dedicated to offer students after-school activities. The organization teaching the courses is ARC, which works to provide educational and after-school programs throughout Southern California.

“I think the classes will be able to help them tap into their creative side,” counselor Martina Torres said. “There’s a lot of team-building opportunities.”

 The classes will last until about 4:15 p.m. and will be available for the rest of the year. They will be conducted on campus, although the specific room is yet to be determined. 

Sign up sheets are outside Torres’s office, where students can write their name underneath what classes they want to join. The classes will not provide the students any credit but are something they can put down on a college application. 

“I’m interested in joining art studio,” senior Karen Ticas said. “I’m really bad at art so I’d like to improve on it.”