About Us

The Goal: of Lyceum Village is to provide busy families an "efficient" alternative to traditional after school enrichment programs by providing access to a state-of-the-art facility that combines:

  • top STEM, athletic, and music education vendors
  • option for homework and practice proctoring
  • parental advisory, and targeted student opportunities

We Value: education, opportunity, efficiency, and the preservation of family-time during the fleeting years of childhood.

We Aim: to support the dual-career household, and in believing that "It takes a village to raise a child," we offer a concierge after school parental support program, and a child transportation solution, to access Lyceum Village's best-of-class STEAM and physical activity programs at Lyceum Village.

Our Vision: is to create Lyceum Village and the K8 Genius Club that will be accessible to working and/or busy parents, while keeping parents connected to their children and their progress during their after school endeavors.


Many parents are aware that recent advances in the science of early learning clearly support that "persistence" and "practice" in athletics, arts, and academic activities during the early childhood sensitive years support brain development and thus achievement in their future academic goals. With these advantages in mind, parents spend hours on driving, researching, juggling schedules, learning from trial and error, luck, and even sacrificing personal career goals to find the perfect athletic, arts, and academic enrichment programs for their young child or children.

Our Solution

Lyceum Village invites highly sought after, and top quality athletics, arts, and academics programs to become enrichment providers at our 20,000 sq.ft. state-of-the-art facility. At Lyceum Village, we take pride knowing that our enrichment providers can establish a solid foundation as well as the ability to take students to the highest level of their discipline. You will recognize many of these names, such as the LA Sparks, Tustin Titans, United Volleyball Club, Russian School of Math, OC String Studio, Fundamental Chess Academy, Jimmy Kim's Tae Kwon Do, EuroGymnastics, and more, as they have already proven a successful reputation for their excellence.

We are equally excited to offer you many new programs at Lyceum Village that we know, through our stringent vetting process, your child will enjoy and gain tremendous enrichment benefit from. With over 30 different independently operated after school programs in so many different disciplines under one roof, we are confident that parents can now efficiently find and access high-level enrichment activities specific to an individual child's needs and interests.


  • NBA-size Basketball Court
  • Performance and Events Hall
  • Cafe and Organic Vegetable Garden
  • Music Conservatory and Keyboard Lab
  • Steinway Piano and Falcone Grand Pianos
  • K8 Genius Club Computer Lab and Genius Bar
  • Art Room
  • Waiting Area Lounge
  • Classrooms
  • Drive Through Drop-off and Reception

A Concierge Support System: BECAUSE of Lyceum Village's unique "all-in-one" infrastructure, we are able to offer busy parents with our innovative after school concierge support system - featuring our signature "K8 Genius Club." Our parent advisor communicates with every parent to customize a dynamic after school plan for each member. The Lyceum Village Genius proctors then, ensures that parent plans are carried out. K8 Genius Club supports "persistence" and "practice" in athletics, arts, and academics - even if the parent is not able to be there in person. Our parent advisor communicates with the parent to customize a dynamic after school plan for each member. The Lyceum Village Genius proctors then, ensures that the parent's plans are carried out. K8 Genius Club supports children's "persistence" and "practice" in athletics, arts, and academics - even if the parent is not able to be there in person.

K8 Genius Club: Through Lyceum Village's use of advanced technology, parents of the K8 Genius Club members have access to regular communication with the K8 Geniuses to tailor activities to the children’s ever-changing school demands. Security is monitored 24/7 via ARLO cams throughout the facility. K8 Geniuses will make sure your child gets to their in-house enrichment activities or is at the 2nd floor Genius Club area. Three 60-minute blocks are offered daily starting at 3:30 pm and ending at 6:30 pm. (2:30 pm – 5:30 pm for K-3, coming soon!) On Wednesday, there is an additional block beginning at 2:30 pm at which time formal group activities are conducted. (Cotillion, speech & debate, manners & protocol, Lyceum Village government, etc.)

Tremendous value in the K8 Genius Club

  • Many included and discounted activities and STEAM programs
  • The Village Cafe & organic garden
  • Inauguration into Lyceum Village's House community
  • Proctored homework, quiz, and test prep
  • School project completion
  • Proctored music practice
  • Cotillion and public speaking
  • Fitness with Athletic Republic OC
  • Computer lab access, CAT programs, and personalized learning plan

Become a K8 Genius Club member!

We are now accepting applications. See how K8 Genius Club can help your child.

What's a Lyceum?

The Lyceum (lai-SEE-um) was the world's first university. Greek philosophers Plato and Aristotle believed that core subjects such as music, math, athletics, and speech and debate should be taught to all future leaders and started The Lyceum. The Lyceum promoted philosophical discussions and education for hundreds of years in Europe. Centuries later, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, and Abraham Lincoln joined the "Lyceum Movement" for the purpose of improving the social, intellectual, and moral fabric of society with lectures, dramatic performances, class instructions, and debates to contribute to the education in America. We think it's a very cool concept that represents a love for lifetime learning.

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Definition of Lyceum

Aristotle's Lyceum
The Lyceum was a gymnasium where boys were trained for life in athletics, philosophy, art, music, and literature.

Lyceum in Athens

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DARLENE MIZUMOTO, MPH, RDN, Chief Executive Officer

Lyceum Village CEO Darlene Mizumoto, MPH, RDN, has served as the director of the Children's Program for the Central Japanese American Community Church for more than 20 years. She is experienced with Homeschool Education Independent Study Programs and is an expert in the nutritional needs of children. She has trained medical providers in the prevention of childhood obesity. She has also served as chairman of the Scholarship Committee for the Loma Linda University Medical Auxiliary. She is a member of the Board of the Junior Chamber Music organization.

She holds a master's degree in public health as well as a degree as a registered dietitian nutritionist from Loma Linda University.

DR. SUSAN BOETTGER, Founder and President

Lyceum Village Co-Founder Dr. Susan Boettger is the director of keyboard studies at Irvine Valley College. She is also the founder and executive director of the non-profit Junior Chamber Music (JCM) organization with branches in Los Angeles, the Inland Empire, the Conejo Valley, and Orange County. She gained extensive experience recruiting top Southern California teachers and students during 15 years of operating and expanding the JCM.

She earned a doctorate in music from the University of Southern California and a masters degree in piano performance from The Juilliard School. She holds a bachelors degree in mathematics and music from Rice University.

POONAM SHAH, Advisor and General Manager of Northern California

Poonam Shah previously served as a director of product management and strategy for Oracle, a global leader in the technology field, where she managed innovation programs from ideology to go to market. Her prior experience also includes acting as a global supply chain manager and emerging markets sales operations manager, among other positions, for Hewlett Packard Corporation. She earned a masters degree in information management from Arizona State University and a bachelors degree in communication and management with honors from Emerson University.