Goal: Engage students through expanded learning opportunities that focus on strengthening student esteem, empowerment and expression.
Key Outcome: Students are motivated and engaged.
Recent Success: In recognition of the effectiveness of our Out-of-Class Learning program, our afterschool program at John Muir Elementary was ONE of only FOUR programs selected by the Department of Education to be featured nationally on the “Doing What Works” Clearinghouse website (http://dww.ed.gov/) for research-based education practices online. Some of Powerful Schools’ program materials; including evaluation, surveys, design and curriculum. are featured on the website for use by other organizations.
During the 2011-2012 school year, 100% of parents reported that their children learned new things when the attended Powerful Schools’ afterschool programs, while 80% of parents reported that their children gained confidence in themselves after attending Powerful Schools’ afterschool programs.
Through Powerful Schools’ Out-of-Class Program, we work to align each after school and summer class to individual school goals, which extend the learning day and develop skills, self-esteem and confidence of participating children. Last year we offered over 250 different classes, serving more than 1,600 students across the school year and summer.
We envision schools as vibrant community schools, rather than closing at 3 p.m. and going dark.
Our after-school classes are high quality and aligned to each school’s goals. The classes are offered on-site at the school and helps keep kids off the streets. We offer enrichment classes like circus skills, photography, chess, computer blogging, gymnastics and choir. In addition, we offer classes that are more academic in nature, such as Homework Center, Wacky Science, I’m Going to College, and Explorations in Math. Our goal is to help children to stay engaged in learning, be motivated to succeed in school, and have the confidence to achieve. In addition, we offer summer classes that are aimed at reducing “summer loss” that many students experience during the summer months. The summer classes also provide students with the opportunity to learn new and exciting things.
Classes are held in the afternoon directly following school at the schools listed below. Classes are open to all students grades K-5, regardless of which school the student attends.
Download the Summer 2013 Catalog and Registration Information below:
Summer 2013 Summer Camp 2013
Download the Spring 2013 Class Catalogs below to learn about the current offerings at each school:
Beacon Hill International School Beacon Hill Spring 2013
Graham Hill Elementary Graham Hill Spring 2013
Hawthorne Elementary Hawthorne Spring 2013
John Muir Elementary John Muir Spring 2013
Maple Elementary Maple Spring 2013
Orca K-8 Orca Spring 2013
For questions about our after school programs, please contact Debbie McGibbon by Email or call (206) 722-5543 ext. 106