After School Adventurers
After School Adventurers (ASA) is the Country Day School's unique after-school program from 3:10pm-6pm Monday-Friday. Students receive a fun and engaging experience that can be customized to fit their individual needs and interests, without ever having to leave the campus! Options include enrichment classes, study center, unstructured play, organized games and more! Rates are offered by the term for daily enrollments, add-on enrichment opportunities as well as emergency drop-ins.
Please note: There is no longer a "Full Year" nor an “All-Inclusive” enrollment option. Students must enroll PER TERM for the After School Program as well as individual enrichment courses.
- General Info
- Enrichment Classes!
- In-Service Days/Break Camps
- Policies and Procedures
- Register Now!
2021-22 After School Dates and Rates
Term I Fall (12 weeks): Aug. 31–Nov. 22
Term II Winter (12 weeks): Nov. 29–Feb. 25
Term III Spring (12 weeks): Feb. 28–June 3
TERM I Fall:Daily Care Mondays (9 sessions): $216
Daily Care Tuesdays (10 sessions): $240
Daily Care Wednesdays (11 sessions): $264
Daily Care Thursdays (10 sessions): $240
Daily Care Fridays Term (9 sessions): $216
Daily Care term rates include a daily snack and any supplies needed for daily activities plus homework help in the Study Center. Rates Exclude Enrichment Programs, In-Service days, and Break Camps. All enrichment programs are in addition to the Daily Care fees. Enrichment classes are only eligible to those enrolled in Daily Care. Please note that all after school programming and enrollment space is contingent on staffing and the overall enrollment. Programs may be adapted and/or canceled based on this enrollment. If this occurs we will communicate it immediately to all enrolled families. If an emergency arises and after care is needed please reach out as soon as possible so we can accommodate and assist.
Students will venture in age-based cohorts throughout after school hours. Each day will feature fun and engaging activities, including outdoor/ indoor organized sports and games, arts and crafts, homework time, and more. All activities will be done while still strictly adhering to SSA COVID-19 safety protocol. Activities include:
Play Time! Included w/Daily Care enrollment
Play time includes the gymnasium, field and playground. Students begin each afternoon with recess and a snack before beginning their individual schedules. Adventurers can enjoy play time for the entire afternoon or return there after their enrichment classes, music lessons or Study Center time. In addition to unstructured play time, a staff member may lead a variety of daily games and intramural sports.
Study Center Included w/Daily Care enrollment
The Study Center is run by an educator who communicates frequently with the school’s learning specialist and classroom teachers. Families may request that a report be sent home after each visit to the Study Center. Study Center is not available on Fridays.
Snack Included w/Daily Care enrollment
Enrichment Classes Additional Fees Apply
A wide variety of enrichment classes are available at an additional cost Monday through Thursday, from sports to art to cooking to science. Adventurers have access to one enrichment class each day that they are enrolled, excluding Fridays. See the Enrichment Classes tab for class information.
Total of 9 Mondays in the Fall Term
- Sept. 13, 20, 27
- Oct. 4, 18, 25
- Nov. 1, 8, 15
RoboBricks with E2 Young Engineers
Ages: Grades K-5
Times: 3:30-4:45 p.m.
Rates: $30 per class, $270 per term
Minimum enrollment of 5 students (Max of 16)
The RoboBricks enrichment program is a fun new way to learn STEM principals including software engineering, technology integration, physics and math. During each lesson, students building a motorized robot that performs various tasks exhibiting a particular engineering principal. Once they finish building the robots, the students are given the opportunity to develop and create computer algorithms and learn how to implement them on the WeDo coding system.
This program introduces students to many important professional skills using a hands-on, project based method that will last well beyond the classroom!
Total of 10 Tuesdays in Fall Term
- Sept. 14, 21, 28
- Oct. 5, 12, 19, 26
- Nov. 2, 9, 16
Tae Kwon Do
Ages: Grades PK-5
Times: 3:30-4:15 p.m.
Rates: $15 per class, $150 per term
Minimum enrollment of 6 students (Max of 25)
“Hi Yah”-“Pow”-“Kihaa”—however you say it, prepare to have some fun! Kick your shoes off and join us for a fun and exciting tae kwon do training session like none other. Join Master Brianne Norris from Young Brothers Tae Kwon Do in Fox Chapel, as we strengthen our minds and bodies. Students will learn discipline, respect, and the keys to staying safe anywhere they go. Prepare to yell, kick, punch, and break boards all while having fun with your classmates and friends!
Total of 11 Wednesdays in Fall Term
- Sept. 8, 15, 22, 29
- Oct. 6, 13, 20, 27
- Nov. 3, 10, 17
Mindful World I
Ages: Grades K-5
Times: 3:30-4:30 p.m.
Rates: $20 per session, $180 for term
Minimum enrollment of 6 students (Max of 20 per group)
Mindful World is a unique program combining Mindfulness, art, and international cultures to teach children social-emotional skills, literacy, and to be citizens of the world. Bonnie Weiss, owner of The School of Mindful Arts, will guide students through folktales about body awareness, mediation practices, and make shadow puppets to do plays in small groups.
Total of 9 Thursdays in Fall Term
- Sept. 10, 24
- Oct. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
- Nov. 5, 12
Ages and Times: Grades PK-K - 3:30-4 p.m.; Grades 1-2 - 4-4:45 p.m.
Rates: PK-K $15 per class, $150 per term and Grades 1-2 $18 per class, $165 per term
*Minimum enrollment of 10 students between the 2 groups to run (Max of 12 for each group)
Soccer Shots in a program designed to introduce your child to soccer! Soccer Shots has enthusiastic and energetic instructors who teach students the basics of the game like dribbling, passing, and shooting. Each week, concepts such as teamwork, sharing, and respected are highlighted and discussed.
In-Service Days ($75 per day) 8:30 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
Friday, September 17, 2021
Monday, October 11, 2021
Friday, November 19, 2021
Monday, November 22, 2021
Friday, December 10, 2021
Tuesday, January 18, 2022
Friday, February 25, 2022
Thursday, March 10, 2022
Monday, April 18, 2022
Tuesday, April 19, 2022
Monday, May 23, 2022
No Care Available On:
Monday, Sept. 6 – Labor Day
Tuesday, Sept. 7 – Rosh Hashanah
Thursday, Sept. 16 – Yom Kippur
Tuesday-Friday, Nov. 23, 24, 25, 26 – Thanksgiving Break
Friday, Dec. 24-Monday, Jan. 31 – Winter Break
Monday, Jan. 17 – Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
Monday, Feb. 21 – Presidents' Day
Friday, April 15 – Good Friday
Monday, May 30 – Memorial Day
Hosted at the Shady Side Academy Junior School in Point Breeze and open to students from any school
Weekly rate: TBD; Daily rate: TBD
- Families must provide lunches and snacks daily.
- Break Camps run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Junior School unless otherwise noted.
- FREE before care begins at 8 a.m.
- After care is available until 6 p.m. at an additional cost of $20 per child.
- All activities included in the program cost.
- Late registrations are subject to a $20 fee. Some programs may not accept late registrations.
Late pick-up policy:
After 6 p.m., a late pick-up fee of $10/child will be added for the first 10 minutes. After 10 minutes, the late fee increases to $10/child per minute. Families who are late more than three times in one term will be charged $10/minute/child on subsequent late pick-ups. Charges will be added to the end of term bill.
To maintain proper records and ensure the safety of our students and staff.
There will be no refunds or pro-rated fees for missed days/time at SSA After School programs. This includes, but is not limited to, due to illness/injury (including COVID-19), failing any daily COVID health screening, or required quarantine due to COVID-19 exposure.
Enrollment & Payment:
After school requires a per child application deposit of $25, via credit card, to complete enrollment. The remaining balance will be billed on a term basis via your VC Pay student account. Charges sent to VC Pay will be added after the end of the each term in November, February, and June. All enrichment programs are in addition to the Daily Care fees. Enrichment classes are only eligible to those enrolled in Daily Care. All Drop-in Daily care attendees must enroll formally via the Camp Brain system at least one time per term. If attending Cross Country or any non-After School clubs and needing After Care, families must enroll in the Drop-In Daily Care or the appropriate Daily Care day of the week.
Due to COVID-mitigation efforts, staff limits and enrollment caps, waiting lists are available for specific days and programs. If a program and/or day is sold out online please make sure to formally enroll in the specific waiting list. If space becomes available we will be in contact immediately for a seamless transition into the program.
SSA After School subscribes to the Guiding Principles of Shady Side Academy: Honesty, Kindness, Responsibility, Respect and Safety. It’s paramount that children act accordingly and participate as good citizens in the SSA Summer community.
Things that are never okay to do at After School:
- Hitting, shoving, pushing or physical violence
- Verbal abuse, offensive language or bullying
- Lying or manipulating the truth
- Stealing or taking things without asking
- Destroying property
- Possessing, using or distributing drugs or alcohol
- Bringing weapons of any kind to school
- Ignoring staff or staff directions
Consequences at After School:
We expect all children to demonstrate care, respect and responsibility at all times; children must also exhibit self-control, kindness and follow instructions. Children who do not follow the rules will be asked to take responsibility for their actions. We understand that children make mistakes, and therefore allow a “Three Strikes” disciplinary protocol.
If a student breaks a rule, s/he will receive a verbal warning from a counselor or camp director.
If the child ignores the verbal warning and continues with poor behavior, both the child and a parent/guardian may be asked to meet with the Site-Coordinator to help the child make a constructive plan for improved behavior.
If, after the meeting, the child still does not follow the after school rules, s/he may be suspended and/or asked to leave the program. In this case, a refund will not be issued.
In extreme cases, to ensure the safety of the after school community, the Site-Coordinator(s) reserve the right to expel a child at their own discretion. In this situation, the “Three Strikes” policy will not apply, and refunds will not be provided.
How do I register?
Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. At the beginning of each term, you will receive an email to let you know that registration is open. Visit the Register Now! tab above to find the link to our online registration site when registration is open.
Do I need to send payment with my registration?
There will be a non-refundable application deposit fee of $25, paid via credit card. The remainder of your after-school balance will be billed by the school at the end of each term via your Student Account in November, February, and June .
How do I pick my child up from After School Adventurers?
For the safety of your child, all doors to the Country Day School are locked. Guardians will not be permitted to enter the building. You can reach us by texting 724-472-8731 when you arrive, and an ASA staff member will bring your child to your vehicle.
Who are the instructors for the program? Are students properly supervised?
Along with the Site-Coordinator, Terry Polczynski, a consistent group of qualified and experienced staff, including an on-site coordinator, supervise students during activities, homework help, and playtime.
What safety measures are taking place during after school hours?
ASA follows the same COVID-19 safety protocol that is practiced during the school day, including age-based cohorts, social distancing, frequent hand washing, and mask wearing.
After School Adventurers Registration
After School Adventurers registration for Fall Term 2021 will open on Monday, August 16, at 1 p.m. and close on Friday, August 27, at the link below.
All after-school programming is contingent on student enrollment.
Note: After School Adventurers is only available to currently enrolled SSA CDS families.
In-Service Day & Break Camps Registration
Not available at this time.