Manzano Day School

Joy in Learning® Since 1938

Clubs & Organizations

Chess Club

Chess Club will meet after school on Wednesdays (3:45-5:00pm) and is open to students in Kindergarten through fifth grade who are interested in improving their knowledge of chess, and who enjoy playing both for friendly competition and for fun. Students must be pre-registered in order to participate. 

Manzano Day School students compete in the Albuquerque Schools Chess League against students from other independent schools as well as area public schools and students who are home schooled. The league sponsors six tournaments each school year, which are typically scheduled from October through March. The tournaments take place during evening hours at different sites around the Albuquerque metro area. Please contact Steve Perea for more information:

Garden Club

Garden Club is in development. Check back for more information soon!

Good Apple Singers

Good Apple Singers is an ensemble singing group for fourth and fifth graders who wish to have more experience performing. A variety of music is learned and performed, including upbeat, choreographed numbers. Rehearsals are held on Mondays from 3:45 - 4:30 p.m. and Wednesdays from 7:45 - 8:20 a.m. Currently, enrollment is limited to support social distancing, and students and their families are asked to make a commitment to participate. If your student is interested in Good Apple Singers, please contact Jamie Jones (

Jump Rope Club

Jump Rope Club is an after school club that meets in the gym from 3:30 - 4:30 p.m. The club is open to students in kindergarten through fifth grade. Jump Rope Club is a fun and active way for students to move and learn basic jump rope skills. Students also have the opportunity to try out for the Red Hot Pepper Jump Rope Team. The Red Hot Pepper Jump Rope Team meets on Tuesdays from 3:30 - 5:00 p.m. Students learn more advanced jump rope techniques, and also participate in performances at local schools and in the Albuquerque community. For more information, please contact Coach Jesse Armijo (

Battle of the Books

Fourth and fifth grade students are invited to join the Manzano Day School Battle of the Books team. Team members read a variety of books selected from a list, and meet with their parents to share observations and information about literature selections. Students who read ten or more books from the list are eligible to compete in the New Mexico Battle of the Books with other students from across the state. This is a fun way to share quality literature and joy for reading! For more information, please contact Rachel Patton ( 

Robotics Club

Robotics Club is open to students in fourth and fifth grade. Students use the Lego Mindstorms products to build and program self-constructed robots. The club will meet during lunch/recess times. We will eat and brainstorm, then create and build. Please contact Science Coordinator, Shari Stewart at with questions. 

Science Club

Science Club is an afterschool club that encourages and facilities students’ natural curiosity. We meet from 3:45 - 4:45 in the Bernitsky Science Lab. There are two sessions, a fall session for second and third graders, and a spring session for kindergarten and first-grade students. Under the umbrella of the scientific method, students perform investigations and engage in STEM-related activities to foster and nurture the young scientific mind. Please contact Science Coordinator, Shari Stewart at with questions .

Yearbook Club

Yearbook Club is open to fifth grade students and meets during school hours once per six-day rotation. Yearbook Club students are involved in all aspects of creating and publishing the yearbook. They do everything from choosing a theme, to taking photographs, designing page layout, and editing. Students join at the beginning of the school year and finish the yearbook in March. For more information, please contact Stephanie Garcia ( and Rachel Patton (