About Lyceum Village

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.


Definition of Lyceum



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
  • Café 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.” It can most accurately be described as a parent directed after-school care program on steroids! 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.

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 Genius’ 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.)

  • Proctored Practice blocks: Any music practice, whether for in-house or outside instructor
  • Enrichment Activities: Many included and/or discounted choices
  • Genius Club:
    • Complete School Homework
    • Work on School Projects
    • School Test and Quiz Preparation
    • Journaling and Penmanship
    • Book Club
    • Genius Club Government
    • Earn House points
    • Brain Games*
    • CAT (GC Computer Adaptive Technology)
  • GC Computer Adaptive Technology (CAT): Members will receive iMac accounts. Genius’ will supervise, track, and monitor progress.
    • Read Theory: Reading comprehension, vocabulary building. Provides data for pre-test averages, program averages, grade-level progression, Lexile level progression, mastery of ELA Common Core standards, quiz history, and how a student's reading level has fluctuated with each quiz.
    • Duolingo
    • School Test and Quiz Preparation
    • Journaling and Penmanship
    • Book Club
    • Khan Academy
    • IXL, and other top adaptive learning software
  • Cotillion, Speech, Competitions: Members will learn and practice cotillion skills throughout the Lyceum Village hours. On early-release days (Wednesday) members will receive formal instruction in cotillion in a group setting. These classes will alternate with other skills classes, such as public speaking, speech & debate, logic, government, leadership, etc. As members advance in skill-level, Lyceum Village will support students interested in entering speech & debate tournaments, competitions, community service, and other character development activities.
  • Motivational House Systems: Genius Club members will randomly draw a coin to determine which House they will become a member of: House of Aristotle, House of Plato, House of Socrates, House of Orpheus, or House of Milo. House teams will gain points throughout the day, and will be able to redeem points for good marks at their individual schools. The Genius Club will provide team-building and individual challenges in: PlayThinks, Geometry, Points and Lines, Graphs and Networks, Curves and Circles, Shapes and Polygons, Patterns, Dissections, Numbers, Logic and Probability, Topology, Science, Perception
  • Nutrition & Wellness: K8 Genius Club members have access to the Lyceum Village café in addition to being able to grow and care for our organic vegetable garden (coming soon). Organic low/no sugar snacks are always included. Lyceum Village is committed to promoting continual marketing of healthy messages within the facility for all members, villagers, and their families. Good nutrition is vital to academic success – especially during the childhood growing years. The result of nutrition “misinformation” and environmental epigenetics has contributed to the cause of a global health crisis. For the future of the children, a correction needs to be made through providing reliable nutrition education through messaging, counseling, and group classes, all, of which Lyceum Village supports and provides.
  • Character Development: Lyceum Village realizes that children learn behavior and actions by beholding those who model for them. These are often those who they are spending most of their waking hours with, including on television and internet personalities, school friends, and siblings and parents. Lyceum Village focuses on aiding the parent by surrounding their children with positive peer influence. In addition, providing the long-term development of the child’s academic and personal characteristics and values that are considered a priority include:
    • Academic Achievement
    • Intellectual Promise
    • Quality Writing
    • Creative and Original Thought
    • Productive Discussions in Class and Groups
    • Respect
    • Disciplined Work Habits
    • Maturity
    • Motivation
    • Leadership
    • Integrity
    • Reaction to Setbacks
    • Concern for Others
    • Self-confidence
    • Initiative and Independence

    After only one month from the grand opening of our Lyceum Village K8 Genius Club, we are hearing success stories from parents and their teachers. Our hope is to work together with you - the parent - to guide your children and prepare them to become successful independent learners so the foundation would be laid for your children to pursue life-long excellence in whatever future awaits them.

Executives and Directors

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.


SUSAN BALLOU, APR, Director of Public Relations

Susan Ballou has more than 30 years of experience in the field of marketing and public relations. She served as vice president of Rodheim Marketing Group prior to becoming an independent consultant working with clients in a variety of fields. She holds a bachelor of arts degree in communications from the University of California at Long Beach, and she earned accreditation in public relations (APR) from PRSA. She has served as a member of the board of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA).


PAUL EDWARDS, Southern California Facilities Director

Paul Edwards utilizes his 20-year experience with the Anaheim Walt Disney Theme Park’s Material Control and Wardrobe departments to serve as the director of facilities at Lyceum Village, SPC. Paul has been a resident of Anaheim for the past 65 years, and was a very early graduate of Servite High School having been in their second graduating class. Paul was involved in the beginning of the Hoag Hospital’s Adult Day Services Center and has served as the Chairman of their operating board from 2000-2002. Paul is also a board member of Lyceum Village and Junior Chamber Music.


JIMMY KIM, Director of Martial Arts

is an American taekwondo practitioner and instructor who won a gold medal in the heavyweight division at the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul, South Korea. He earned a bachelor's degree in Biology with an emphasis on Human Physiology from UC Berkeley. After graduating from UC Berkeley, he earned a Doctor of Chiropractic Degree from the Los Angeles College of Chiropractic, now known as the Southern California University of Health Sciences.