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After School Programs


The Supplemental Program in the Afternoon for Recreation and Knowledge (SPARK) is an after-school program designed to meet the needs of Lower School families who want a safe, fun, and structured place for their children to spend time at the end of the school day. Led by a qualified team of GA faculty and staff, SPARK lets children participate in a variety of enriching, age-appropriate activities, including playground games, arts and crafts, sports, performing arts, and other creative endeavors.   1st through 5th graders also spend time working on doing their homework.  The SPARK schedule is designed to be flexible with our Lower School families in mind.

Preregistration is required for all SPARK offerings (except Daily SPARK). Here are the descriptions of the programs we offer.

SPARK for 2021-2022
Full Year SPARK - includes after-school hours for all regular full school days.  Half days will incur an additional fee.

Full Year SPARK Plus  - regular school days plus all coverage for Extended Days, whether half or full day.  For example, In-Service Days or Field Day.

Single Day Weekly SPARK  - one day of the week that you can choose, or any combination of single days (for the whole year).

Daily SPARK - a student using a Blue Note for that day who will go to SPARK.

Pre-Week and Spring Break SPARK -  Preregistration required; there is a minimum of 10 students required to run the program. We will make a decision on the first of the month to determine if we have enough registrations.
Pre-Week: 8/23-8/27, registration closes 8/16
Spring break: 3/24 & 3/25, registration closes 3/1

There are 2 sessions:
Session 1:  2:50-4:30pm-the latest pick-up is 4:45pm
Session 2:  4:30-5:30pm-the latest pick-up is 5:45pm

After School Activities Programs (ASAPs) are open to all Lower School students, and provide specialized instruction once a week in areas outside of regular SPARK programming.  Music ASAPs require full-year commitments, while others are offered by term in Fall, Winter, and Spring.

ASAPs are timed to run during the first SPARK session, so students can sign up for an ASAP and the second SPARK session on the same day. Enrollment is limited in these courses and there are no refunds or credits for missed classes. Classes cancelled by an instructor will be rescheduled.


Stephanie Dempsey, Director of After School Programs

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2021-2022 Extended Day Dates

The deadline for registration will be one week prior to coverage day (unless the spaces get filled).

August 30, 31, or September 1, 2021 - Orientations/Conferences (7:30am-4pm)

October 8, 2021 - Faculty In-Service Day (8am-4pm)

October 22, 2021 - LS/MS/US Comment Day (8am-4pm)

November 18, 2021 - LS Parent-Teacher Conferences (12pm-5:30pm)

November 19, 2021 - LS/MS/US Parent-Teacher Conferences (7:30am-4pm)

November 29, 2021 - In-Service Day (8am-4pm)

December 17, 2021- Winter Program (12pm-4pm)

February 18, 2022 - In-Service Day (8am-4pm)

March 11, 2022 - LS/MS/US Comment Day (8am-4pm)

April 21, 2022 - LS Parent-Teacher Conferences (12pm-5:30pm)

April 22, 2022 - LS/MS/US Parent-Teacher Conferences

May 27, 2022 - Field Day (12pm-4pm)

June 8, 2022 - 4th and 5th Grade Assembly (8am-4pm)

June 9, 2022 - 8am-4pm

June 10, 2022 - Graduation (8am-12:30pm)