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212-851-2719 or 
212-851-0733

Joanne Carrillo, Assistant Director of External Programs

Important Dates for 2019-20

 
First Day of Fall Semester: 
Monday, Sept. 9, 2019

Last Day: 
Friday, Jan. 24, 2020

First Day of Spring Semester:
Monday, Jan. 27, 2020

Last Day: 
Friday, June 5, 2020
Student Life

After School Program

Dear Parents/Guardians and Students,

Welcome to the After School Program (ASP)! The program encourages students to try new activities, enrich their learning, take risks, and just play. The goal is to offer students a diverse set of extracurricular activities that embrace multicultural perspectives, and are innovative and engaging. Our teachers are looking forward to welcoming our Fall 2019 students and to having fun!

We offer classes five days a week for most grade levels. If you have a child in Kindergarten who is registered for ASP, the teachers will transition your child to Kindercare and our ASP staff will place them in the appropriate class. At 5:30 pm, dismissal for all classes will take place at TSC in the Main Cafe on the 2nd Floor.

Lastly, we ask that all emails regarding ASP be directed to asp@theschool.columbia.edu. Thank you!
 
ASP VISION
The mission-driven After School Program (ASP) strives to further enrich and support all learners through a variety of course offerings. Students are encouraged to pursue interests, reinforce new skills, socialize, explore, create and simply play while in a safe and supportive environment. We offer a diverse array of hands-on experiences and recreation classes that support self-expression, intellectual stimulation and social engagement. Although we have some grade-specific classes, most classes are designed to host students of various age groups. Each semester, we change or expand our program as a practice and in alignment with the philosophy and strategies of a child-centered progressive education.

TEACHERS
Our lead teachers are affiliated with The School at Columbia (TSC) or specialized professionals hired by The School. Our assistant teachers work Monday through Friday or multiple times per week. This schedule and commitment allow all teachers to learn and extend the school’s culture and values while supporting each individual child through the end of the program day. One of the highlights of our program is our partnerships with community organizations that teach special programs both on and off site. Our 2018-19 vendors included Bloomingdale School of Music, Breakaway Hoops, Dazzling Discoveries, FunFit, Jiyu Movement, NYC Guitar School, Robofun, Roll America, Sugar Hill Museum and Living Maths.

SCHEDULE
ASP runs Monday to Friday, 3:30-5:30 pm, every full day of school. ASP does not run on half days nor days when there is no school.

T
he program functions as an extension of the school day. To support families, teachers will transition a child in Kindergarten who is registered for ASP to Kindercare (3:00-3:30 pm) and ASP teachers will transition them into their registered ASP class.

Classroom teachers of K-5 students who are registered in ASP connect students with their ASP teachers in the Main Cafe at 3:30 pm dismissal. Students in Grades 6-8 transition independently to their ASP classes.  

Dismissal for all classes (on or off site) takes place at TSC’s Main Cafe on the second floor of The School at 5:30 pm.

COURSE OFFERINGS
Class offerings are vast and include diverse options to accommodate each child. A few of our most popular classes are Scientific Kitchen, Pre-Robotics, Coding & Game Design, Chess, Afro-Caribbean Drumming, Tap/Ballet, Aikido, The Mystery of Magic, Inline Skating & Skateboarding, Soccer and Athletic Enrichment, Homework Help, and many more!

Some students in Grades 5-8 opt to enroll in The School’s Athletics Program, and then join an ASP course at the end of their season. Middle Division students (Grades 6-8) can also participate in Supervised Study Hall (Mondays, Wednesday, and Thursdays, 3:45-5:30 pm) or Middle Division Clubs, which typically meet once weekly, 3:45-5:30 pm. Clubs can cover a range of subjects and interests, including visual arts, debate, gender identity, and maker projects.

PROGRAM DURATION
ASP courses run for a full semester, either Fall or Spring. The Fall Semester runs from the second week of September through the third week of January, and the Spring Semester runs from the last week of January through the first week of June.

ADD/DROP
There is an add-drop period at the start of each ASP semester that ends approximately two weeks before the final date for billing. After this deadline, families will be billed for all registered courses. Families may still add a class after this two-week deadline, but they will be charged an additional administrative fee for any course changes.

COST
ASP enrollment in the 2018-19 school year ranged from $677 to $719 per class for one semester, depending on the type of class. Billing is dependent on the number of classes families select for the week. Families receiving financial aid in their TSC tuition packages may also qualify for financial aid for ASP courses. Please contact The School’s Business Office at billingteam@theschool.columbia.edu with any questions.

KIDSPACE
To support families in need of emergency childcare on a given day, ASP offers a one-day, drop-in service, Kidspace, for a fee of $30. Kidspace is a nurturing environment where students engage in free play, reading, board games, or arts and crafts.
 

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