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.
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 include Bloomingdale School of Music, Breakaway Hoops, Dazzling Discoveries, FunFit, Jiyu Movement, NYC Guitar School, Robofun, Roll America, Sugar Hill Museum and Living Maths.
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. The 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.
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, maker projects
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.
The first two weeks of ASP offer families a unique opportunity to try out classes before committing to the semester. During this Add/Drop Period, families can add or drop classes without fee. After the Add/Drop Period, all registered families will be billed for any course changes.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
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.