When the school bells ring to mark the end of the day, hundreds of students do not go home, but instead continue to learn, grow, achieve and prepare for school and future success.
We offer a range of after school programs (grades 1-8) that are designed to improve students' academic performance and support their social development.
21st Century programs utilize a network of talented, passionate and caring educators and community partners to expand the learning day with engaging and meaningful academic and enrichment experiences that include completing high-quality homework, practicing important school success skills, such as goal-setting and organization, and participating in project-based enrichment courses like robotics, art and cooking.
All programs are offered free of charge and include school bus transportation home at the end of the day.
More information is included on this site about our three largest programs: BLAST OFF! (Smithland), Pride Time (Thomas Harrison) and RAOS (Skyline). Visit those links for more information.
Spring Beyond the Bell Learning Showcase
Iron Chef cooking challenge. Art workshop. Juggling performance. Basketball demonstration. Robotics competition.
These were just a few of the enrichment projects on display at our spring “Beyond the Bell Learning Showcase” as students proudly shared their learning with families, teachers and guests at Skyline Middle and Smithland Elementary Schools.
The Learning Showcase serves as the culminating event for students’ enrichment learning from their 21st Century after school program, RAOS (Skyline) and Blast Off! (Smithland). A hallmark of these programs, the Beyond enrichment classes are 8 weeks long and provide students an opportunity to get hands-on and learn about a topic of their choosing from a wide range of fields, such as STEM, Arts and Healthy Living.
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About 21st Century Community Learning Centers at: http://www.doe.virginia.gov/federal_programs/esea/title4/part_b/index.shtml
Site last updated: June 2013
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