After School Program

As a school that is rooted in community, Convent & Stuart Hall’s After School Program (ASP) serves K-8 families and the student experience by providing supplemental programming until 6 p.m. on school days, including midday dismissal days.

ASP is a unique coed opportunity that provides time for homework if desired and facilitates a combination of free choice activities and structured play, including free play on outdoor playgrounds and courts, imaginative play and reading in the Hoffman Learning Commons and design and tinkering in the Unkefer Spark Studio.

Registration for classes will open Wednesday, September 19 at 12 p.m.

 


 

ASP Classes

ASP Classes are a wonderful opportunity for students to engage in activities and programs that they might not have access to during the normal school day. New and exciting classes are offered over the course of two sessions per year. Each session is comprised of 12-week courses, which typically meet one hour per day, one day per week.

Popular classes in the past have included: Chess, Mandarin, Cooking, African Drumming, Capoeira, Rhythm and Dance, Lego Architecture, Yoga, Coding & Robotics, Crochet, SSAT Prep Course and many more!

Monday

Power of Drawing | Grades 3–4

Teacher: Susana Barajas
Time: 3:45–4:45 p.m.
Participants: 12
Cost: $385

Class Description: Designed for students who like to experiment with fine art disciplines, Power of Drawing covers the study of line, linear perspective, light and shade, form and proportion and much more while drawing favorite characters. New skills and talents will be developed while designing unique creations using a variety of wonderful. Students will learn realistic drawing and observational skills using pencils, color pens, charcoal, soft pastels and ink. As a result, students show dramatic improvement in their drawing abilities, discipline and focus, and improve their attention to detail. The power of drawing encourages, inspires and comforts the creative artist in all of us.

Gymnastics & Mandarin Grades | K-2

Teacher: Hong Yao
Time: 3:30–4:30 p.m.
Participants: 15
Cost: $385

Class Description: Students will learn about several Chinese cultural traditions such as the Chinese New Year and the Moon Festival. Chinese language instruction is taught through movement, playing games and listening to Chinese stories. Students are taught short sentences and basic daily vocabulary, such as family members, ages, colors, transportation, animals, fruits, etc. Students will also be taught how to write Chinese characters.

These classes will open with warm-ups and stretching, such as the splits and bridges, which will teach students the importance of flexibility. Students will learn basic gymnastics skills, including cartwheels, handstands, bridge kickovers, balancing, running, jumping, leaping and agility movements.

Coding Dojo | Grades 3–4

Teacher: Code Fu
Time: 3:30–4:30 p.m.
Participants: 12
Cost: $415

Class Description: Upper Coding Dojo consists of website design, app design and Minecraft mods. Website Design Dojo teaches students the basics of HTML and CSS by having them create their very own custom website about a topic they research as well as a "choose your own adventure" game! Previous coding students have made websites about various topics, from pigs to the Golden State Warriors. Application Design Dojo teaches students the basics of .js (Javascript) with Bitsbox, coupled with our own CodeFu curriculum. Students will be able to create a number of user friendly applications that will teach them the essentail skills of coding. Minecraft Modding Dojo is where students will learn how to use Javascript to make changes in the world of Minecraft.

Dancing through the Day (en Español) | Grades K–2

Teacher: Lina del Roble
Time: 3:30–4:30 p.m.
Participants: 12
Cost: $385

Class Description: A fun class involving movement, body percussion and singing that explores children’s everyday activities. Through improvisation, body sculpturing and TPR (Total Physical Response), actions like waking up, stretching, brushing teeth, showering, dressing, walking, running, climbing, carrying things, jumping, eating, splashing, crawling, skipping, swimming, washing up, writing, reading, laughing, playing, building things, doing chores, pretending and other kinesthetic movements are designed into a series of dances. Boys and girls will learn sequenced “choreographies” using storytelling moves about some of our most mundane, everyday routines that are integral to our lives. Todo en Español. All in Spanish!

SSAT Prep Class | Grade 8

Teacher: Randolf Arguelles
Time: 4–5:30 p.m.
Participants: 20
Cost: $400

Monday Section: 9/24, 10/1, 10/12* 10/15, 10/22, 10/29

*Due to Monday, October 8 being a fall holiday, class will meet on Friday, October 12 from 3:15-4:45 p.m.

Class Description: Students can maximize their chances of gaining admission to selective high schools in San Francisco and the Bay Area by improving their scores on the SSAT, the standardized admissions test that will take place on Saturday, November 3 at Convent & Stuart Hall. This co-ed class for 8th graders will cover all three subjects on the test: verbal, reading and quantitative (math). Students will take a weekly practice test, review their wrong answers with the teacher in class and go over a weekly lesson packet in one of the SSAT subjects. This rigorous prep course will meet for 1.5 hours, once a week for six weeks. In addition, students need to complete the practice test for the week before attending class. Homework is assigned every week, including 50 vocabulary words to study for a quiz. No shortcuts to getting smarter!

The class will start on Monday, September 24 and runs for six weeks. The last class meeting will be Monday, October 29. 

Tuesday

Science Sleuths | Grades 1–2

Teacher: Kendyl Eriksen
Time: 4–5 p.m.
Participants: 15
Cost: $385

Class Description: How is a scientist like a detective? They solve mysteries about the world around them! In this hands-on program, students will dive into a different type of science each week, including chemistry, biology and physics. Through play and experiments, they will practice real science skills like asking questions, making hypotheses and recording observations. 

Kendyl Eriksen is a current sixth grade science teacher at both Stuart Hall for Boys and Convent Elementary. She has taught science informally in many locations throughout the West coast and taught second grade camp this past summer. Her passion for science includes not only the content, but getting young students excited to learn and participate in the scientific community. 

Art Explorers | Grade K

Teacher: Susana Barajas
Time: 2:45–3:45 p.m.
Participants: 12
Cost: $385

Class Description: In this class students will learn how to create something brand new using the endless resource of their imagination. Students will learn about the creative process while experimenting with different art materials like acrylic paint, watercolor, cardboard, crayons, pastels, construction paper, markers, color pens, glue and all kinds of recycled materials — they create amazing artwork while conserving natural resources. It is very important for young artists to know that art is not about just following step-by-step instructions. They will learn not through instruction but through play, with plenty of encouragement and advice. There is one goal in mind: to create a place for children to gain skills while also learning that they have control over their artwork and can execute their ideas.

Fun Engineering - Off to the Races! | Grades 3–4

Teacher: Belle Akers
Time: 3:30–4:30 p.m.
Participants: 12
Cost: $385

Class Description: Come ready to dive into design and engineering challenges! Students use their creativity and imagination by working with a variety of craft materials. The main project for this class comes from “Engineering Adventures — Go Green: Recycled Racers." Students are introduced to Senegal’s large recycling culture where people are very innovative in finding ways to reuse most materials. At scrap markets, items that would otherwise be discarded are bought and used to create toys, sculptures and household items to be sold. Come to the Recycled Racer Rally at the end of the session.

¡Rumba, samba, zumba, zydeco! | Grades 3–4

Teacher: Lina del Roble
Time: 3:30–4:30 p.m.
Participants: 12
Cost: $385

Class Description:  In this course the whole body becomes a fluid and powerful instrument dancing to irresistible Afro-Latin and Caribbean inspired rhythms. Class will include concepts about spatial awareness, interpretation and style, balance, strength, musicality and team work. Choreographed dances include singing with call-and-response refrains in several languages (Spanish, Portuguese, French Creole, Yoruba). Come join us and ¡Rumba, samba, zumba, zydeco!

Mindful Movement through Yoga & Dance | Grades 1–2

Teacher: Tara McLaughlin
Time: 3:15–4:15 p.m.
Participants: 14
Cost: $345

Class Description: Join us as we explore, create, move and relax! This class introduces the yoga practice in a safe and playful way for children. It incorporates elements of mindfulness with stretching, balancing and moving in a fun, challenging and interactive way.

SSAT Prep Class | Grade 8

Teacher: Randolf Arguelles
Time: 4–5:30 p.m.
Participants: 20
Cost: $400

Tuesday Section: 9/25, 10/2, 10/9, 10/16, 10/23, 10/30

Class Description: Students can maximize their chances of gaining admission to selective high schools in San Francisco and the Bay Area by improving their scores on the SSAT, the standardized admissions test that will take place on Saturday, November 3 at Convent & Stuart Hall. This coed class for Grade 8 students will cover all three subjects on the test: verbal, reading and quantitative (math). Students will take a weekly practice test, review their answers with the teacher in class and go over a weekly lesson packet in one of the SSAT subjects. This rigorous prep course will meet for 1.5 hours, once a week. In addition, students need to complete the practice test for the week before attending class. Homework is assigned every week, including 50 vocabulary words to study for a quiz.

The class will start on Tuesday, September 25 and runs for six weeks. The last class meeting will be on Tuesday, October 30. 

Wednesday

Daring Dazzlers | Grades K–1

Teacher: Dragonfly Designs
Time: 3:15–4:15 p.m.
Participants: 15
Cost: $415

Class Description: Dare to dazzle with handmade jewelry pieces! Daring Dazzlers is a jewelry-making class for beginners and encourages children to explore their creativity through an introduction to colors, textures and age-appropriate jewelry-making techniques. Classes are designed not only to entertain but to improve hand-eye coordination, small muscle development and pattern-making skills. Boys and girls can learn the basics of beading, finger knitting and so much more. Highly trained instructors create a relaxed, encouraging environment that should help each child become a Daring Dazzler!

Drumming with PaPaPa | Grades K–4

Teacher: Ben Oofori
Time: 3:30–4:30 p.m.
Participants: 12
Cost: $385

Class Description: Class participants will benefit from learning new and exciting rhythms and performing on authentic African percussion instruments from Ghana — all while learning about West African culture. Through lessons that focus on the musical instrument names and their meanings, classes will keep alive the tradition of drumming and dancing and have students performing like stars. When a class series is completed, student drummers will continue to grow and share with the community with organized performances, put on by class participants, to demonstrate their newfound talents to their fellow peers.

Ben Oofori — affectionaly known as PaPaPa — has had three very successful years leading the Convent & Stuart Hall summer program's drumming rotation and is a master at his craft. If you have ever been to the summer program, it is very likely you have seen his legendary talent show performace with students. Please see this video for reference.

Coding Dojo 1st–2nd | Grades 1–2

Teacher: Code Fu
Time: 3:15–4:15 p.m.
Participants: 12
Cost: $415

Class Description: Our 1st-2nd Dojo is specifically designed by kindergarten teachers to teach students both the basics of coding as well as the social skills required to problem solve and interact at this young age. Skills learned here will benefit our Mini CodeFu students in day-to-day school life as well as on the computer. Using coding board games, robots (Cubetto), and Scratch Jr, students will learn the basics of computer programming. CodeFu Kids will gain an understanding of sprites, variables, loops and functions by coding their very own stories, games and interactive apps. 

Intro to Ukelele | Grades 1–2

Teacher: Cassandra Lindop
Time: 3:15–4:15 p.m.
Participants: 12
Cost: $385

Class Description: Come play ukulele! Learn how to play along while singing songs about all sorts of things, from animals to bugs to cars, and even write your own songs. This class will cover basic chords, strumming, rhythm, tuning, basic music theory and a lot of songs. Ukulele is a great way to create music and play with your friends, and it’s a great jumping off point for those interested in guitar.

Thursday

Chess K | Grade K

Teacher: Jesse Dioquino
Time: 2:45–3:45 p.m.
Participants: 20
Cost: $345

Class Description: Learn chess in a fun, engaging and dynamic environment in which the philosophy is to instill a love of the game. As a result, students develop patience, strategic planning ability and critical thinking skills. They also come to understand that decisions, both on and off the chess board, result in consequences. This class caters to all levels, and participants receive exclusive chess workbooks. 

Chess 1–4 | Grades 1–4

Teacher: Jesse Dioquino
Time: 3:45–4:45 p.m.
Participants: 20
Cost: $345

Class Description: Learn chess in a fun, engaging and dynamic environment in which the philosophy is to instill a love of the game. As a result, students develop patience, strategic planning ability and critical thinking skills. They also come to understand that decisions, both on and off the chess board, result in consequences. This class caters to all levels, and participants receive exclusive chess workbooks. 

Junior Chefs | Grades 2–4

Teacher: Junior Chefs
Time: 3:30–4:45 p.m.
Participants: 14
Cost: $415

Class Description: Junior chefs will be provided the necessary tools to create, cook and learn. With new recipes, the class covers nutrition, seasonal cooking, knife skills, the purpose of core ingredients and the cultural aspects of food. Junior chefs will develop critical life skills, all while making new friends and food!

Creative Minds | Grades 1–2

Teacher: Susana Barajas
Time: 3:15–4:15 p.m.
Participants: 12
Cost: $385

Class Description: Creative Minds will give students the opportunity to focus on one aspect of art such as painting, drawing, design and history. Drawing, painting and sculpture are taught through fun and engaging projects, emphasizing art technique and exploring various art materials. Students will learn how to mix color, how to use brushes and chalks, make circles, straight lines and patterns and how to sculpt. Creative Minds employs a method that combines practical art lessons with a kid-friendly study of history and color theory. Each lesson will start with a short lecture, and then students will put study into practice. Classical art is taught in a modern way. Classes are fun and effective, with creative methods and spectacular results.

Frequently Asked Questions

FAQ

How much does it cost, and how do we register?

All ASP class information can be found on the ASP website (during registration periods). Classes are scheduled over the course of two sessions — fall and spring. Classes are filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

How do students get to their classes?

ASP class students are escorted to the cafeteria where they can begin to work on homework assignments, play board games, read or prepare for their class. All ASP class teachers then greet the students, take attendance and escort them to the designated classroom.

How are students grouped? Are ASP Classes coed?

ASP is a coed environment as are our specialty classes. Classes are typically grouped either by grade or by grade range (i.e., K–1st & 2nd–4th). Classes will run with a minimum of five students and are capped at a maximum of 20 students.

Lower Form

How do we sign up for ASP, and how much does it cost?

There are two ways that parents can sign up and pay for ASP: Sign up for an ASP plan or utilize the ASP drop-in service.

ASP Plans: Families are encouraged to sign up for ASP plans that indicate how many days per week they plan to utilize the ASP service. Plans offer great flexibility for families who know that they will be in need of care for anywhere between 1-5 days per week. Plans are billed as follows:

Full-time plan (includes up to 4 ASP Classes at no additional charge): $5000 per year

  • 4 day plan: $4000 per year
  • 3 day plan: $3000 per year
  • 2 day plan: $2000 per year
  • 1 day plan: $1000 per year

*Plans are priced based on a $30/day average

What is the ASP Drop-In Program?

ASP is always open for families who are in need of childcare on a given afternoon. There is no need to pre-register, and families are welcome to utilize the ASP drop-in service as needed throughout the year. The cost of an ASP drop-in is $35 per day.  

How do I inform teachers of any schedule changes?

Parents are asked to utilize their ZoomX phone app to inform teachers of daily updates to their child(ren)'s schedules. This is the perfect place to update carpool information and new driver updates and to let us know if there are special notes to your child(ren)'s transition plans. Most importantly, this will help inform the teacher of whether or not your child will be escorted to Broadway for normal dismissal or if they will be headed to ASP on a particular afternoon.

How do Lower Form students get to ASP?

At dismissal, students are escorted to the designated ASP meeting place by their Convent Elementary or Stuart Hall for Boys classroom teacher. At that point, all ASP students check in with their ASP staff member and begin their daily activities.

Are snacks provided at ASP?

A light, healthy snack will be served to all students who are in ASP at 4 p.m. (unless they are in another program at that time). If your child has any specific food allergies, please contact the ASP office to make special arrangements. Please note that ASP will never serve any products that contain nuts or nut-related ingredients. Students are always welcome to bring their own snack and enjoy it at any time during the ASP day.

How does pick up work?

Parents are asked to use their ZoomX app to notify the school of their expected arrival time.  This allows our staff to have advanced notice so that we can do our best to have students ready for pick-up upon parent arrival.

Students may be picked up anytime after dismissal and before 6 p.m. Keep in mind that ASP is a very dynamic program, and it may take several minutes for students to grab their bags, get up the stairs and get into the car.

*For all ASP/Music Conservatory pick ups that take place before 4 p.m., parents/guardians are asked to park in the neighborhood and pick up in person.

*Please note that pick-ups after 6 p.m. will result in a late fee of $1 per minute for every minute after 6 p.m. Repeated failure to pick up by 6 p.m. may result in dismissal from the program. Should this happen, no refunds will be issued.

Middle Form

How much do they cost, and how to register?

There are two ways that parents can sign up and pay for ASP: Sign up for an ASP plan or utilize the ASP drop-in service.

$500 all-inclusive plan. This will grant students unlimited access to ASP throughout the year — no worries
about drop-in billing. If a family knows that their student(s) will be participating in a variety of after
school activities — theater, sports, lessons, etc. — this will likely be the best option.

$200 per trimester. This plans allows students unlimited access to ASP throughout the given
trimester. Middle Form families can sign up for the time of year that coincides with their
schedules. Trimesters are broken down as follows:

  • Fall — Tuesday, Aug. 28 – Friday, Nov. 30
  • Winter — Monday, Dec. 3 – Friday, Mar 1
  • Spring — Monday, Mar 4 – Thursday, June 6

What is the ASP Drop-In Program?

The ASP drop-in program gives families the option of signing up on a per-day basis. There is no need to pre-register for ASP drop-in — we will be taking daily attendance and sending invoices to be paid each month. The cost of a Middle Form ASP drop-in is $25 per day.

Are snacks provided at ASP?

New this year: Middle Form students will have access to a light, healthy snack which will be provided at 4:15 p.m.

What options do Middle Form students have in ASP?

Middle Form students will continue to have access to all of the indoor and outdoor spaces that are available to Lower Form students — Syufy Court, Unkefer Spark Studio and the Hoffman Learning Commons. Students can can spend time with friends of all ages/grades, collaborate with peers on group projects, engage with High School ASP staff, and play indoor/outdoor games.

FREE — Homework Club. Middle Form students have access to a daily Homework Club led by school faculty. The Homework Club will operate M–Th from dismissal until 5 p.m. and Friday from dismissal until 4:30 p.m. This is a perfect option for students looking to complete/make up homework and/or prepare for exams before practice, rehearsals, lessons, etc. without incurring an additional fee. *Students who remain in ASP beyond Homework Club hours will be asked to register for an ASP day (fee included).

Can Middle Form students leave campus at dismissal and then return to campus for other activities?

Yes. It is the responsibility of each family to determine whether or not their student(s) have permission to leave campus. ASP is only responsible for students who are on campus at a given time and thus, we are not responsible for students who leave campus at dismissal. Once a student returns to campus, s/he must check in to ASP and inform our staff where s/he will be going (i.e., ASP, sports, theater, music lessons, etc).

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Contacts

Auxiliary Programs Director (415) 292-3157
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