After School Adventurers

After School Adventurers (ASA) is Country Day's unique after-school program. Students receive an all-inclusive experience to fit their individual needs and interests, without ever having to leave the CDS campus! Each day has one class (except Friday), homework help if needed, snack time, unstructured play, organized games and more! Rates are offered one to five days a week per term, or daily drop-in.

General Info

Kristen Link
After School Director


  • ASA is available from 3:30-6 p.m. every day Country Day is in session.
  • Snack Included
  • Programming also offered for in-service days

2019-2020 Dates and Rates

Term I (12 weeks): Aug. 27–Nov. 15
Term II (12 weeks): Nov. 18–Feb. 21
Term III (12 weeks): Feb. 24–June 1

5 days/week (per term): $1,250
4 days/week (per term): $1,040
3 days/week (per term): $830
2 days/week (per term): $570
1 day/week (per term): $310
Daily Drop-In Rate: $35/day

Please note: There is no longer a "Full Year" enrollment option. Students must enroll PER TERM. When a student enrolls in three consecutive terms, they will receive the "Full Year" discount, which will be reflected on the payment balance of Term III enrollment.

Each day includes the choice of attending the daily class, as well as snack, recess, games, sports and activities at play time, and access to homework help, if needed.

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.


Program Features


Daily Schedule

3:30-4:00 p.m. Recess and Snack

4:00-5:15 p.m. Enrichment Classes and/or Homework Help

5:15-6:00 p.m. Structured Play

Play Time!
Play time includes the gymnasium and playground. Students begin each afternoon with recess and a snack before transitioning to the afternoon programming. Adventurers can enjoy play time for the entire afternoon or join in the daily class. In addition to unstructured play time, a staff member may lead a variety of daily games and intramural sports.

Enrichment Classes
A wide variety of enrichment classes are available Monday through Thursday, from sports to art to cooking to science. Adventurers have access to one enrichment class each day that they are registered in After School Adventurers, excluding Fridays. See tab for more information! Enrichment classes are not available for Drop-Ins. Most classes do have maximums and can sell out.

Be Kind Days!
Once a month our ASA students will have the opportunity to give back to others! A non-profit organization will be chosen to benefit from our students’ kindness and creativity.

In-Service Days/Break Camps

For the 2019-2020 school year, ASA will offer in-service day and school break programming on all days CDS is not in session (excluding the holidays listed below). These exciting day- and week-long camps are much more than six hours of day care. Each affordable program is centered on a theme; over the course of the year, students will have a variety of learning opportunities and adventures both on and off campus!

Rates & Details

In-Service Day Programs
Open to SSA CDS students only.
Full-day programs: $65
Lunch NOT provided
Snack provided during After Care
*See schedule to the right for in-service dates*

School Break Camps
Hosted at the SSA Jr. School in Point Breeze
Open to students from any school
Weekly rate: $375; Daily rate: $80
Families must provide lunches and snacks daily.

  • Break Camps run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the SSA 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 (free on in-service days for attendees who are enrolled in ASA the day the program occurs).
  • A shuttle between the Junior and Senior School campuses is available for a fee of $5/child for Break Camps. Bus departs the Senior School at 8:30 a.m. and returns at 3:30 p.m.
  • All activities included in program cost.
  • Late registrations are subject to a $20 fee. Some programs may not accept late registrations.

No programming is available on the following holidays:

  • Sept. 2 – Labor Day
  • Sept. 30 – Rosh Hashanah
  • Oct. 9 – Yom Kippur
  • Nov. 27, 28, 29 – Thanksgiving Break
  • Dec. 20 - Jan. 5 – Winter Break
  • Jan. 20 – Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
  • Feb. 17 – Presidents' Day
  • April 10 – Good Friday
  • May 25 – Memorial Day

In-Service Day Programs

Sept. 12 - Hopes & Dreams Conferences

Oct. 14-Faculty In-Service

Nov. 15 - Evaluation Day

Dec. 2 - Faculty In-Service Day

Dec. 6 - Parent Conferences

Feb. 21 - Optional Parent Conferences

March 30 - Faculty In-Service Day

May 18 - Evaluation Day

May 29 - Parent Conferences

Break Camps

Spring Break Week #1: March 16-20, 2020

Spring Break Week #2: March 23-27, 2020

Enrichment Classes!


August 27, 2019 - November 15, 2019


P.L.A.Y. (Peace, Love, and Yoga!)

Grades PK-K: 3:45-4:15 p.m.
Grades 1-5: 4:15-5:00 p.m.

Fall Term
Sept. 9, 16, 23; Oct. 7, 21, 28; Nov. 4, 11
NO classes Sept. 30; Oct. 14

Led by Marlie Filipek, P.L.A.Y. is a fun and inspiring program for kids of all ages!  Oh, and this isn’t your parents’ yoga class—Marlie’s program is designed for little bodies who like to be on the move! P.L.A.Y. also introduces students to more than just yoga poses; every class addresses topics such as kindness, creativity, and self/communal awareness through creative play.


Soccer Shots

Grades PK-K: 3:45-4:15 p.m.
Grades 1-5: 4:15-5:00 p.m.
Fall Term
Sept. 10, 17, 24; Oct. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29; Nov. 5, 12

Soccer Shots in a program designed to introduce your child to soccer! Coach Matt is an enthusiastic and energetic instructor who teaches students the basics of the game like dribbling, passing, and shooting. Each week, concepts such as teamwork, sharing, and respect are highlighted and discussed.


Mindful Nature

Grades PK-5: 4-5 p.m.
Fall Term

Sept. 11, 18, 25; Oct. 2, 16, 23, 30; Nov. 6, 13

Mindful Nature is a course that gets students outside of the building and into nature! While outdoors, Bonnie Weiss will lead students through the exploration of Mindfulness, as well as stories and nature crafts that focus on social emotional skills and sustainability. A sample class might include a folktale about environmentalism, a walking meditation, and making rubbings of leaves for the children’s nature journals.


Paint! Play! Pretend!

Grades: PK-1: 4-5 p.m.
Sept. 19, 26; Oct. 3, 10, 17, 24, 31; Nov. 7, 14

NO Class Sept. 12

Build a rain cloud and frost a cake (PRETEND!), mix up some ice cream scented paint (PLAY!), experiment with different techniques and materials (PAINT!). This art class focuses on fun and free thinking, along with a lot of experimenting. Perfect for the curious artist!

Little Medical School - Wilderness Medicine

Grades 2-5: 4-5 p.m.
Fall Term

Sept. 19, 26; Oct. 3, 10, 17, 24 (Six Weeks Only)
NO Class Sept. 12

How about a class in the CDS Treehouse? Well, we’ve got the perfect one! Little Wilderness School brings medicine, science and the importance of health to children in an entertaining, exciting, and fun way. This program will teach children about some of the dangers in the wild and how to safely handle a medical situation. For example, students will learn about snake bites, hypothermia, splinting a broken leg, filtering dirty water, 20 uses of a bandana and how to treat bug bites. This class is led by a trained Little Medical School instructor, and each child receives a diploma, disposable lab coat, LMS bandana, thermal blanket and so much more!


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?

No. You have the option of being billed by the school at the end of each term (the charge will appear on your statement from SSA) or paying by credit card through our registration site.

If I'm running late, can my child stay after school?

If you encounter an unexpected delay, the After School Adventurers program is available for a $35 daily drop-in rate per child. Students will have access to play time, snack, and homework help. Daily classes MAY be sold out and therefore unavailable. Drop-ins should be emailed to Kristen Link, and

How do I pick my child up from ASA?

For the safety of your child, all doors to CDS are locked. You can reach us by calling or texting 724-594-2053 when you arrive, and we will open the doors for you to enter the building. If you need to arrange for your child to be ready to be picked up when you arrive, we ask that you call 5-10 minutes in advance of your arrival to allow sufficient time for your child to wrap up an activity and to retrieve their belongings.

Who can I contact with questions?

We welcome any questions regarding registration, billing and suggestions about future enrichment classes. Please contact Kristen Link at or 412-473-4375.

What is the Tax ID number for tax purposes?

Shady Side Academy's Tax ID number is 25-0965561.


Kristen Link, After School Director

Kristen Link is excited to meet the SSA students and families this fall as the After School Director! For the past 11 years, she served as the director of Eeducation and accessibility for City Theatre, overseeing the growth of the company’s Young Playwrights and Arts Access Programs. Prior to her work at City, she spent several years working in various arts administration offices, schools, and classrooms across Pittsburgh and Boston. Ms. Link holds a bachelor’s degree in theatre arts from Bethany College and a master’s degree in theatre education K-12 from Emerson College. 

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After School Adventurers Registration

After School Adventurers registration for Fall 2019 will open on August 12 at 9:30 am at the link below.

Note: After School Adventurers is only available to currently enrolled SSA CDS families.

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In-Service Day & Break Camps Registration

Registration for in-service day programs and spring break camp is open at the link below. Future programs will be added throughout the year.

Note: Break camps are open to students in grades PK-5 from any school. In-service day programs are only available to currently enrolled SSA CDS families.

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