Continuing Education

The Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk Central School District believes education doesn’t end with graduation from either school or college. Rather, life should be filled with learning opportunities.

To that end, RCS offers Continuing Education courses for the community in the fall and spring of each year. Course offerings for the fall and spring semesters are mailed to all district residents in late August and early February. The Continuing Education program is self supporting.

Courses are open to all persons in the Capital District region. When necessary, priority is given to residents of the RCS school district. Classes are filled on a first-come, first-serve basis. The number of participants in each class is limited.

2019 Spring Driver Education Schedule

2019 Spring Continuing Education Courses

Below is a list of the courses being offered during the spring of 2019. In-person registration will be held at the RCS High School Aquatics Center from 6-7:30 on Thursday, Feb. 14.


Morning Swim Program

Dates: Mondays-Fridays; March 4 – Aug 31.
Time: 5:30-7:20 a.m.
Location: Aquatics Center
Fee: RCS residents – $110, Non-residents – $220

The morning swim program provides an opportunity for professionals and exercise enthusiasts in our community to fulfill their exercise needs. POOL CLOSED APRIL 1-12.

Splashing to the Oldies & Aqua Zumba

Dates: 10-week session (Feb. 6, 13, 27; March 6, 13, 20, 27; April 17; May 1, 8).
Time: 5-6 p.m.
Location: Aquatics Center
Fee: $80
Instructor: Julie Padilla

This Zumba aquatic revolution offers an aquatic workout with all the benefits, fun and excitement of a Zumba class. Aqua Zumba works on aerobic endurance, muscular resistance, flexibility and joint mobility in a high-intensity, low-impact environment.
Aquatic exercise is ideal for strengthening after injury, conditioning for older or out-of-shape individuals, or people of all fitness levels who love the water and want to work out to the international rhythms of Zumba fitness in an energetic, pool-party atmosphere. Please wear water shoes and bring bottled water and towel.

Aqua Fitness

Date: 8-week session (March 5, 7, 12, 14, 19, 21, 26, 28; April 16, 18, 23, 25, 30; May 2, 7, 9)
Time: 7-8 p.m.
Location: Aquatics Center
Fee: $44 for RCS residents (2 nights), $60 for non-residents (2 nights), $23 for RCS residents (1 night), $30 for non-residents (1 night), Senior discount available
Instructor: Betsy Messenger

Aqua Fitness is a moderate- to high-level aerobic workout, including a deep-water jogging segment. The Thursday evening class will be a cardio workout consisting of a Tabata format of 20 second high intensity movement followed by 10 second rest period in both shallow and deep water.
Water workouts allow participants to shed pounds and firm muscles, but are easier on the back and joints than jogging or high-impact aerobics.
Registrants who sign up for just one night should indicate which night they will attend. The class is limited to 35 students. Participants are required to supply their own jogging belts.

Pauline’s Aqua Animal Challenge

Dates: 10-week session (March 25; April 15, 29; May 6, 13, 20; June 3, 10, 17, 24).
Time: 5-6 p.m.
Location: Aquatics Center
Fee: $85
Instructor: Pauline Buck

Pauline’s Aqua Animal Challenge is a total body workout that will be done in the shallow area of the pool. You will move to the sounds of all types of motivating music including a few pulsating Water Tabata style classes that Pauline has put together for you so that you will have the time of your life while getting a great workout. We will move those hips, stomp those feet, kick up those heels like never before. The added benefit is that the impact is low yet you will burn more calories than on land because of the resistance of the water. This water exercise program is designed to obtain optimum physical fitness (OPF). OPF is the development of cardiovascular endurance, muscular strength and flexibility as well as the achievement and maintenance of ideal body weight.

Red Cross Lifeguard Course

Dates: Three sessions must all be attended:
Sat., March 30; Sat., April 6; Sun., April 14
8 a.m. – 6 p.m. each day
Minimum of 8 students
Location: HS room 132/Aquatics Center
Fee: $250 (must be paid before class begins)
Instructor: Reay Mahler

This course prepares lifeguard candidates to recognize emergencies, respond and effectively prevent drowning and other incidents. Class content includes lifeguarding, CPR for the professional rescuer, AED and first-aid
skill practice.
This course is open for anyone 15 years or older (proof of age is required at the time of registration).
A qualifying pre-test is given on the first day of class. Prospective students must: Be able to swim 300 yards continuously, using either a breast or crawl stroke; Be able to surface dive to a depth of 7-10 feet; And be able to swim 40 feet underwater without surfacing while retrieving rings from the pool bottom.
Class participants must pass the prerequisite skills test to enroll in the course. Anyone not passing the pre-test will have their fee refunded.
The course’s registration fee covers the swim test and the certification filing fee to the Red Cross. For materials, please visit Click on SHOP, then BOOKS and DVD’s. Select Lifeguarding Manual. This one book has all the CPR and AED information as well as Lifeguarding and First Aid.

Sports & Fitness

Volleyball (Co-ed)

Dates: 12-week session begins Jan 28.
Classes meet Mondays.
Time: 7:30-9:30 p.m.
Location: HS Gymnasium
Fee: $40
Instructor: Michael Light

This class offers the opportunity to play volleyball
with a competitive edge! This course is for those who enjoy volleyball and want a challenging workout. Newcomers welcome.

Basketball (Co-ed)

Dates: 10-week session begins Jan. 30
Classes meet Wednesdays.
Time: 7:30-9:30 p.m.
Location: HS Gymnasium
Fee: $40
Instructor: Valiant Robinson

If you enjoy playing basketball but do not belong to a team, this class is for you. Teams will be formed at each class. All participants MUST pre-register.

Soccer (Indoor, Co-ed)

Dates: 10-week session begins Feb. 6.
Classes meet Wednesdays.
Time: 7:30-9:30 p.m.
Location: MS Gymnasium
Fee: $40
Instructor: Gerald Townley

This course is for people who enjoy soccer. It’s a non-competitive class that offers a night of exercise and fun. Newcomers are welcome. Attendees should bring a dark and a white shirt for each session.

Tri-Core Fitness

Dates: Six-week sessions begin Feb. 26 & April 9.
Classes meet Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Time: 6-7 p.m.
AWB Gymnasium
Fee: $50
Instructor: Carol O’Connor

This class will be dedicated to developing muscle and enhancing mind, body and spirit balance. We will strengthen, lengthen and build our muscular systems, strengthen our minds and find new ways to add harmony to our lives while enhancing our network of friends. Bring your mat, a drink, 5-pound weights and a winning attitude.

Line Dancing

Dates: Six-week session begins April 25.
Classes meet Thursdays.
Time: 7:30-8:30 p.m.
Location: MS LGR
Fee: $25
Instructor: Joanne Newell

Have fun and exercise while learning basic steps and movements to classic and new line dances. Partners are not needed, making this a wonderful opportunity to dance and socialize.


Healthcare After Retirement

Date: Monday, Feb. 25
Time: 6:30-8 p.m.
Location: HS Library
Instructor: Michael Stanton

Do you know what to expect when it comes to Medicare? Did you know Medicare is mandatory for those collecting Social Security and it will likely be your greatest expense in retirement? This course will give you a better understanding of Medicare. From Part A to IRMAA, learn the fundamentals of how each section of Medicare works in this hands-on class aimed at making complex information easy to understand.

Understanding Stocks, Bonds, & Mutual Funds

Date: Tuesday, March 5
Time: 6:30-8 p.m.
Location: HS Library
Instructor: Steve Vadney

Learn the basics from investment professionals on the staples of the modern portfolio: stocks, bonds, and mutual funds. This course outlines the differences between these types of investments, so you can determine the right ventures for you. Learn about how proper asset allocation can lower your overall risk and increase your return. Track and monitor your investments with confidence as you plan for your financial future.

Financial Planning Basics

Date: Wednesday, March 6
Time: 6:30-8 p.m.
Location: HS Library
Instructor: Reese Hughes

In this course, we will take a look at some general financial planning concerns. While there is no such thing as a “one-size-fits-all” financial plan, this overview should assist you in thinking about your own needs.

Tax Efficient Planning Procedures

Date: Monday, March 18
Time: 6:30-8 p.m.
Location: HS Library
Instructor: Steve Vadney

Taxes come in many forms and, while investors generally do not mind paying their fair share, no one wants to pay more than they should. Income tax, sales tax, property tax, and school taxes are unavoidable in our daily lives. There are taxes that can and should be planned.
Investors know their gains aren’t always theirs and often times are subject to 20% or more in taxation. Trusts and corporations are taxed at potentially even higher rates. Knowing that true wealth is generational, this course points out key areas that clients and investors can focus on to keep family wealth in their family. Tax efficient investing begins with an understanding of income tax, capital gains, dividend taxation and estate taxation.

Maximizing your Social Security Benefits

Date: Tuesday, April 2
Time: 6:30-8 p.m.
Location: HS Library
Instructor: Steve Vadney

A few key decisions can make a big difference in the amount of your Social Security benefit. This hands-on workshop teaches strategies to get the most money from Social Security and other retirement sources. Learn how to plan for, and minimize, taxes and other costs during retirement, as well as how to wisely grow and protect your retirement income. We will cover key Social Security choices, such as individual and spousal options and when to take your benefit, as we explore simple steps to maximize your money. We will also briefly discuss Medicare and health care costs and choices.

Home & Lifestyle

Quilting: Stash Quilt

Dates: Six-week session begins March 28.
Classes meet Thursdays.
Time: 6-8 p.m.
Location: MS Room 120
Fee: $40
Instructor: MaryAnn Peters

Do you have a fabulous stash of fabrics? This class has really great projects and new methods to create a wonderful quilt, wall hanging, table topper etc. With designs and patterns and no “Y” seams, you will enjoy learning with fabulous results. Sewing machine and basic sewing supplies needed. Email to order pattern and ruler for class.


Five-Hour Pre-Licensing

Date: Monday, March 25.
Time: 3-8 p.m.
Location: HS Room 34A
Fee: $35
Instructor: Adirondack Driving School

This course is required of all drivers prior to taking the New York state road test. Students must have a valid New York state driver’s permit to enroll and must bring it to class. Class is limited to 36 students.

Drivers Education

Date: Full schedule available soon
Location: HS Room 34A
Fee: $375 for RCS residents, $400 for non-residents
Instructor: Peter Sicliano

Class is limited to 16 students. District residents are given priority over non-residents. A student and parent meeting will be held at 6:00 p.m. on Monday, April 18 in HS Room 34A. Please bring a copy of the schedule, available on the website (address above) to the student-parent meeting.
Use Drivers Education Registration Form to register.