Afterschool Activities

Kings & Queens Drill Team

The ACCS Kings and Queens Drill team is a unique military style close order drill team that teaches students beginning in 2nd grade and up, the value of teamwork, discipline and leadership. Close Order drill focuses on moving a team in unison through a series of actions to a measured cadence while creating complex formations.  Students learn how to improve their skills of concentration, listening, and following directions by practicing and performing complicated routines directed by precise orders. By developing the habits of responding to precise orders and giving proper commands the Kings & Queens Drill team instills self-discipline and leadership skills.  It operates under the mantra “Royalty Runs in Our Blood”.  The Kings and Queens perform regularly at school functions and community events.


ACCS has partnered with Albany City Recreation Department and The American Institute of Japanese Karate under the direction of Shihan Tony Butler to offer a Japanese Martial Arts program.  The program teaches students the fundamentals of Karate while sharing aspects of Japanese language and culture and providing  opportunities for students to participate in local and national competitions.

Chimalsi Step Team

Chimalsi (Chee-mah-si) which means ”young and proud” in Kiswahili  is a  step team for girls in 2nd through 7th grade. Started in February 2008 by 2nd grade teacher Ms. Brandi Davis and three 1st grade students, the group performs routines from the unique dance tradition developed by African American college students called “stepping”.   Stepping comes from a long and rich African tradition that uses the body to create intricate rhythms and sounds through a combination of footsteps, handclaps and chants.  The Chimalsi Steppers perform regularly at various school-wide functions and many local events. The group has been featured on local news.  (–step-off–in-celebration-of-black-history-month/)

Skill Development Basketball Program

Albany Community Charter School Basketball Program was created to help students learn the game of basketball. The students learn the fundamentals of the game as well as team work and good sportsmanship. The program is available for 2nd through 7th grade students.

Shooting Stars Basketball Program

Shooting Stars basketball team is a coed program composed with 4th and 5th grade students. The students learn how to play on a team and experience healthy competition.   It offers ACCS students the opportunity to compete in the Albany P.A.L. Basketball League, develop fundamental basketball skills and learn how to successfully participate in organized sports.  In the 2013-2014 season, the ACCS Shooting Stars with a 13-1 season record, won the championship title.

Club Uzuri (OO-zur-ee)

An afterschool club for Kindergarten and 1st grade that builds self esteem and self image in young girls.  The girls learn that they can do anything they put their mind to, they can make a difference in the world, and that they are beautiful on the inside and out just the way they are.   Some of the activities that take place in the club include reading and discussing books, writing books and poems together, and making displays to share things we have learned.  Club Uzuri raises money for the March of Dimes and participates in the walk each spring.  Making and delivering candy grams as well as hosting bake sales are some of the ways we raise money.

Club Mantra:
“I am a proud member of Club Uzuri.
I am beautiful.
I can do anything.

Delicate Diamonds

The Delicate Diamonds is a program designed to give girls in 3rd-7th grade a forum where they can experience team building activities; talk about issues that are of interst to them while also building their self-esteem.

Topics Covered:Goal Setting, Money Management, Volunteerism, Time Management, Setting Boundaries, Etiquette, Health and Beauty,  Problem Solving, and Community Service.

ACCS Drama Club

The Albany Community Charter School offers an elementary Theater Program for students in grades 2nd through 7th. The “Drama Kings and Drama Queens Drama Club” is an improvisational based theater group.  The students write their own poetry, songs, and scripts and create scenes and skits through live action on stage. They are learning stage directions, theater terminology, and acting techniques that will harness their natural energy and encourage their affinity for being the center of attention. Each year the club performs a play at a community theater.

Club Njia (Track Club)

Track club for 3rd through 7th grade students designed to teach the fundamentals of Track and Field as well as  promote health and fitness. Students learn the proper mechanics of running, proper conditioning, and stretching. Students compete in school as well as in local track meets.