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

Raquel Kramer
Director of Adventurers Program


  • 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

2018-2019 Dates and Rates

Term I (12 weeks): Aug. 28–Nov. 15
Term II (12 weeks): Nov. 19–Feb. 21
Term III (12 weeks): Feb. 25–June 3

5 days/week (per term): $1,200
4 days/week (per term): $1,000
3 days/week (per term): $800
2 days/week (per term): $550
1 day/week (per term): $300
Daily Drop-In Rate: $30/day

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 at the Gym/Playground

4:00-4:25 p.m. Snack

4:30-5:30 p.m. Daily Class or Play Time or Homework Help!

5:30-6:00 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.

Daily 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.

Term I Classes:

Monday: Fiber Arts Class with Mrs. Andersen

Tuesday: Mindfulness Class with Mrs. Runnette

Wednesday: Intramurals with Mr. Geyer

Thursday: Mindfulness Class with Mrs. Runnette

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. Our first “Be Kind” day will take place on Monday, September 17th students will create bouquets of paper flowers to be distributed to every room in the Family House facility. Family House serves more than 22,000 patients and families staying in Pittsburgh for medical care each year.

In-Service Days/Break Camps

For the 2018-2019 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 travel through time, bake, learn new sports skills, explore our communities and parks, get techy and go on field trips!

Rates & Details

In-Service Day Programs

Open to SSA CDS students only.
Full-day programs: $60
Lunch NOT provided, Snack is provided for After Care

*See schedule to the right for In-Service Dates*

School Break Camps

Open to students from any school - hosted at the SSA Jr. School in Point Breeze.
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. 3 – Labor Day
  • Sept. 10 – Rosh Hashanah
  • Sept. 19 – Yom Kippur
  • Nov. 21, 22, 23 – Thanksgiving Break
  • Dec. 24 - Jan. 4 – Winter Break
  • Jan. 21 – Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
  • Feb. 18 – Presidents' Day
  • April 19 – Good Friday
  • May 27 – Memorial Day

In-Service Day Programs

Sept. 13 - Hopes & Dreams Conferences

Oct. 8 - Columbus Day

Nov. 16 - Evaluation Day

Nov. 26 - Faculty In-Service Day

Dec. 7 - Parent Conferences

Feb. 22 - Optional Parent Conferences

April 1 - Faculty In-Service Day

May 20 - Evaluation Day

May 31 - Parent Conferences

Break Camps

To be announced shortly!


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 $30 daily drop-in rate per child. Students will have access to play time, snack, and the daily class. Drop-ins should be emailed to Raquel Kramer at

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 his or her belongings.

Who can I contact with questions?

We welcome any and all questions regarding registration, billing and suggestions about future enrichment classes. Please contact Raquel kramer at or 724-594-2053.

What is the Tax ID number for tax purposes?

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


Raquel Kramer '92, Director of After School Adventurers

Raquel Gonzalez Kramer became Director of the After School Adventurers program at Country Day School in 2018. She is a graduate of Shady Side Academy as well as a former third grade teacher at the Junior School. During the 2017-2018 school year, Mrs. Kramer was a second grade long-term substitute teacher at Country Day.

Prior to Shady Side, Mrs. Kramer was a second grade teacher at St. Edmund's Academy as well as Princeton Day School.

She holds a bachelor's degree in elementary education from Bucknell University and a master's degree in education with a focus on curriculum and instruction from Lesley University.

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After School Adventurers Registration

After School Adventurers registration for Fall 2018 will open on August 20 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 will open on August 20 at the link below. Future terms and 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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