Grayson students have several options for aftercare and extracurricular activities. We also offer weekend enrichment programs, available to all gifted students in the greater Philadelphia area.
Our aftercare program provides a mix of outdoor and indoor daily activities that strengthen social skills and teamwork. Structured activities will develop based on the ages and interests of the children who take part—we expect to be doing LEGO building, arts and crafts, library, outdoor activities, and more. Aftercare is offered throughout the school year by a semester, weekly, daily, or drop-in schedule to meet the needs of our families. If you choose a semester or regular weekly schedule and your child will also participate in an extracurricular program, your total cost will be adjusted accordingly.
Special After School Activities
We also offer special clubs and activities that cover a range of interests. Each will require a minimum of 5 students in order for the class to be held. Registration is on a first-come, first-serve basis. Please email Jessica Curtiss if you require financial aid (only available for students receiving tuition assistance).
Regular School Days: 3:15—5:45 p.m.
Pick-up Window: 4:45—5:45 p.m.
After 5:45 p.m., we allow a 10 minute grace period, but will charge a late pick-up charge of $10 for every 10 minutes after 5:55 p.m.
For daily drop-ins or any changes in participation or pick-up, parents are asked to contact Sarah Schneider, Aftercare Coordinator, by 2:30 p.m. at 484.428.3241.
A Typical Day
3:15—3:30 p.m. Snack
3:30—4:45 p.m. Planned daily activity or specific after school program
4:45—5:45 p.m. Extended activity / Pick-up
FIRST LEGO League challenges our students to think creatively, research, and solve a real-world problem. Students design, build, and program a robot using LEGO MINDSTORMS. Each of our two teams will compete locally at a Penn Qualifying event for the opportunity to compete with children from 80 countries on a table-top playing field. One team meets Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays and the other on Tuesday, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Both teams will build robots 2 days each and then build their FLL Core Values (teamwork and cooperation) together on Team Building Tuesdays. The 2017-18 challenge is all about water and asks “what might become possible when we understand what happens to our water?” FLL runs through the end of second quarter and includes participation in a Penn FLL Qualifying event. Additional costs or fundraising activities will be necessary if our teams are chosen to move on. Maximum 6 students each on two teams. Ages 9+.
Dance with our friends from TWIRL!
Students will have a blast in this introduction to the world of dance for this 10 week session. Each class will include a short dance warmup, an exploration of dance basics, and cool choreography that will be performed for family and friends on the last class of the fall session. No dance wear is required. Students can dance in whatever is comfortable and allows for free movement. Beginners are welcome. Maximum 12 students. Grades K-3 on Mondays.
Hannah Brumbach’s dance classes at The Grayson School are centered toward 3rd-5th graders who are eager to explore the creativity of movement and the diversity of dance traditions. During these sessions students will explore popular movement styles like jazz, hip hop, modern and contemporary techniques. We will develop basic vocabularies of each style through the processes of learning choreography and movement workshops. There is no prior experience required as these classes serve as an opportunity for children to expand their understanding of the diversity of dance techniques. During our weekly classes, students will be given the opportunity to explore their own creative processes through dance composition and are encouraged to use our dance space as an outlet for their personal expression. Please consider joining our movement classes for personal growth and an hour of exploration and fun each week! Maximum 12 students. Grades 3-5 on Tuesdays.
Girls go Full STEAM Ahead! Science, Technology, Engineering, Art/Design, and Math are at the forefront of innovation and economic growth in the 21st century. We will start with all the different ways of getting generators to spin and how that makes electricity. Next, we’ll explore how that becomes useful to us with circuits, storage, and finally our project: a Frankenstein candy dispenser! Maximum 6 girls. Grades 3—5.
This is our first course offered by Grayson parent volunteers organizing and leading the course. We’re looking for future program ideas for girls and boys from our parent community. Interested in helping out or submitting a proposal for a parent-led club or after school activity? Click here.
Muggle sports not doing it for you anymore?
Hone your athleticism and teamwork through the game that Victor Krum, Cedric Diggory, and Oliver Wood once made famous. This muggle adaptation of JK Rowling’s Quidditch combines Keep-away and Tag with the sheer joy of pool noodle broomsticks. This game is a non-contact team sport designed for the gym class hero in all of us (or for those of us who are still waiting for our Hogwarts letter). Quidditch is a fast growing sport that our students have developed a passion for in our gym classes. Please note, no athletic or flying ability is required, just a keen sense of imagination and adventure! Grades 4-8
Harness the power of fairytale and myth to learn the fundamentals of engineering!
Students will read folk tales, stories and myths from different cultures and explore how they can engineer solutions to rescue storybook heroes by building spaghetti towers, boats, Bristlebots and more. They share and compare their design challenges with their global partner class through a series of video exchanges and learn about each other’s lives and cultures in the process. This Level Up Village (LUV) curriculum combines literacy, cultural awareness, and design thinking. Grades K-3.