Extended Day/After-school Programs

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In partnership with Areté Education, Inc., Urban Tech offers students at partner schools an additional 420 hours of enrichment experiences which is equivalent to an additional 64 days of school. First and foremost, after-school programs keep students safe. It is vital to have a safe place for students with organized activities to keep them cognitively stimulated.  We provide programming at the school site so that working parents can rest assured their children are safe and engaged. Second, programming is offered to close the achievement gap for students by preventing and reversing summer learning loss. Studies have shown that as much as 66% of the reading and math achievement gap can be explained by summer learning loss. Our partnership with Areté is committed to reversing this trend for students.

The programming objective is to create an opportunity for students to increase their reading comprehension and fluency levels by leveraging the arts, thematic projects and recreation/sports to increase student engagement through an extended school year. Participating students spend time experiencing the arts, STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) projects, social emotional learning and recreational and sports activities that promote learning, goal setting, good decision-making, high self-esteem and self-confidence, team work, and the importance of physical fitness and healthy living.

The main program goals are:

  • To reverse summer loss in reading by engaging students in 60 minutes of reading time and writing time every day.

  • To provide a creative learning environment where young people can explore the arts, STEM and recreation/sports and see the world through a variety of perspectives.

  • To provide a unique way for young people to learn, connect and communicate.

  • To foster creativity and to use arts, social and emotional learning and recreation/sports as a vehicle to build bridges between students, families and communities.

  • To engage families in their children’s educational experiences by providing opportunities for family members to participate in after-school program activities.

  • To provide the opportunity for high school students to earn credits before beginning 9th grade in September.

Specific program objectives include but are not limited to:

  • Tutoring

  • Mentoring

  • Character development

  • Leadership skills development

  • Health and wellness

  • Education and enrichment programs in literacy, science, technology, engineering and mathematics that are focused on accelerating student learning

  • High-quality music and arts instruction

  • Intramural sports where students learn nontraditional urban sports such as lacrosse, soccer, cycling, team skills and games