Fencing. Martial Arts. Gymnastics. Journalism. Russian Classes. The list of possibilities for your children to explore at Shaloh House is almost endless! Our enrichment program focuses on fostering creativity, joy, and engagement with new and exciting opportunities, as well as long-lasting passion with sports and hobbies that can last a lifetime. School-based programs, as well as partnerships with local Boston-area institutions, encourage our students to be alive to the world and possibilities around them, boldly try new experiences, and learn by doing. Many of these offerings are built into our school day, while others are offered as after-school, on-site activities.

Examples of past programming include:

Music : students become familiar with the basic elements of music (rhythm, melody, harmony, form, timbre, etc.), learn notation, and musical terms, concepts, and composers. Our music program is spearheaded by Ms. Irina Gelman, who has taught piano to children and youth for over 20 years. She also worked as an accompanist and a music director for numerous children's choirs and as a ballet accompanist at the State Olympic Reserve Figure Skating School. Ms. Gelman has conducted lectures, workshops, and master classes on a variety of pedagogical and musicological topics. Courses she has taught include, "How to Develop Creativity in Students", and "What is Music About?" Ms. Gelman is an active member of the New England Piano Teacher Association and is a private piano teacher. Ms. Irina Gelman has a B.M. Summa Cum Laude in piano pedagogy, collaborative piano and a M.A. Summa Cum Laude in choral conducting and accompaniment.

Chess : through after-school instruction at all levels, from beginner to beyond, students age 5 and up are able to learn and practice the basic elements of the game. While doing so, they develop formidable powers of concentration, which serve them well both in their studies and as they develop and grow.

Fencing : students learn the basics of fencing, including  footwork, blade work, drills and practicing bouts. Through various games and agility exercises our young fencers learn strategy and the importance of physical fitness.  Our students continue training at our summer camp, and often work with our instructors in their professional facilities. We are proud of our fencers who have gone on to become silver and bronze medalists at local tournaments, and who have made numerous local and regional finals! Several of our students have received silver medals at the New England USFA Championships, while others competed in the Super Youth Circuit tournaments and qualified to participate in the Summer National Championship.