Milton Academy’s Lower School After School Program is a nurturing space where students are largely able to self-select how they spend their afternoons.  Among other selections, our After School students can participate in:

  • Enrichment clubs
  • Private Music lessons
  • Homework time
  • Outdoor play
  • Arts and Crafts
  • Small and large group games

A majority of the Lower School population participates in our enrichment clubs, which provide avenues for students to explore their many interests. Students who are not in clubs fill their time doing homework, playing with friends, working on various arts and crafts projects, or engaging in different types of games.

 

After School Hour

This option is available for all Lower School students and runs every day from 3:00–4:00 p.m. After School Hour is a time for Lower School students to hang out after school in a more unstructured environment. During these times, students can choose to do homework, play with friends, work on projects, and more. After School Hour is supervised by our ASP staff outdoors.

Time: 3:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Price: The cost for After Care is $22 per afternoon for students who register in advance.

Sibling Pickup

This option is available for Lower School students who have siblings in Milton’s Lower School and Middle School divisions. This coverage is available everyday and runs from 3:00–3:30 p.m. Students who elect this option will be picked up at the Junior Building just before Middle School and Upper School dismissal at 3:30 p.m. This option is free to families who are pickup siblings in other divisions.

After School Program Bus 

The following routes/stops will be available for ASP students in grades K through 5:

  • K-12 Boston bus for the 4 p.m. ride only. This route will not stop at Causeway Street at Lovejoy Wharf.
  • K-12 Brookline/Chestnut Hill bus for the 4 p.m. ride only 
  • K-12 Newton/Wellesley bus for the 4 p.m. ride only
  • K-12 Needham/Dover/Dedham bus for the morning ride AND 4 p.m. ride

Please note that the buses will be supervised by the bus driver. Therefore, all students must be able to follow directions and remain seated during the duration of the trip in order to maintain bus riding privileges.

All information regarding bus routes, registration, and schedules can be found here. Please reach out to courtney_hawkesgaidos@milton.edu if you have any questions.

Price: $22 for students not attending clubs

After Care

Students in After School Hour and Weekly Enrichment Clubs will have the option to extend the day by attending After Care from 4:00–5:45 p.m. This is an unstructured time that could include doing homework, playing outside, working on small craft projects, playing board games, reading, and playing sports with friends.

Time: 4:00–5:45 p.m.

Price: The cost for After Care is $27 per afternoon for students who register in advance.

Drop-Ins

If a scheduling conflict arises and parents or caretakers are unable to pick up their child at 3 p.m., students are welcome to drop into ASP. We recommend that parents let us know ahead of time, if possible, so that we can ensure there is ample coverage.

Time: 3:00 p.m. – 5:45 p.m.n

Price: $22 for the first hour, $55 for the full afternoon

School Break Coverage

We are excited to offer childcare for families during most early release days, professional development days, and portions of school breaks. Full day coverage is $90/day. There is no additional charge for early dismissal days from 12 p.m. – 3 p.m. Students who stay beyond 3 p.m. on early release days are charged normal after school rates.

Winter Break Programming December 19 – 22 (8 a.m. –  3 p.m.)

January 30 Conference Day Coverage (8 a.m – 3 p.m.) 

February 10 Early Dismissal

Spring Break Programming March 13 – 16 (8 a.m. – 3 p.m.)

Weekly Enrichment Clubs

Weekly Enrichment Clubs will be offered to all Lower School students from 3:00–3:55 p.m. on Monday through Thursdays. Clubs are taught by Lower School faculty as well as highly reviewed outside vendors. Students will begin each club with a quick snack at 3:00 p.m. and will end at around 3:55pm so that students can be dismissed at 4:00 p.m. Students will be transported by After School staff members to dismissal, the 4:00 p.m. Buses, or to our After Care Program.

Monday Clubs

Story World! (Grades K-2)

Students will join Mr. Spofford to explore some of his and their favorite children’s books. Students in the club will also have the chance to do craft projects that relate to the stories they will read during the club session. This club will provide students a great opportunity to continue to grow their love of reading and work on their crafting skills! Students do not need to be fluent readers to join!

Time: 3:00–4:00 p.m.

Dates: January 9, 23, February 6, 13, 27, March 6

Price: $200 

Instructor: Noah Spofford

 

Beginner Piano (Grades K-2)

Students will begin to gain familiarity with the instrument and learn the fundamentals of piano playing. This group music club is perfect for students who are curious about learning a new instrument. Students do not need any prior experience to join this club.

Limit: 12 students

Time: 3:00–4:00 p.m.

Dates: January 9, 23, February 6, 13, 27, March 6

Price: $200 

Instructor: Pierre Young

 

EMPOW (Grades 2 – 5)

After being a huge hit as a branch of our Summer Camp, EMPOW will be teaming up with the Lower School ASP to offer STEM learning opportunities throughout the year. Program technology may include but is not limited to the following: Video Game Design with Flowlab, Coding with Scratch and Python, Minecraft, Roblox, 3D Design with TinkerCAD and SculptGL, and Digital Animation.

Limit: 12 Students

Time: 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. 

Dates: January 9, 23, February 6, 13, 27, March 6

Price: $200 

 

Ceramics (Grades 3–5)

Ms. Sorblom will be working with students to explore the world of ceramics! Students in grades 3-5 will be able to work with clay and other mediums to create various ceramic designs and projects and will even be able to finish them using the LS kiln. This is perfect for students who love art and are looking to expand their experience beyond what they are doing in the classroom.

Time: 3:00–4:00 p.m.

Limit: 15 students

Dates: January 9, 23, February 6, 13, 27, March 6

Price: $200 

Instructor: Jenny Sorblom

 

Greenleaf Authors Club (Grades 3–5) 

Ms. Baker will be working with students in Greenleaf who have active imaginations to create stories, illustrations and ultimately their own books! Each week, they will be exposed to various genres and key elements of good storytelling, while also flexing their own imaginations to create stories of their own.

Time: 3:00–4:00 p.m.

Dates: January 9, 23, February 6, 13, 27, March 6

Price: $200

Instructor: Jill Baker

 

Tuesday Clubs

3 p.m. – 4 p.m.:

Beginner Chess (Grades K-2)

International Chess Master Mr. Vigorito will be back with us on Tuesdays to help our younger students learn the basics of chess. In this class, Mr. V will continue to help students learn basic gameplay and strategy, how the pieces move, and when a game ends.  This session will introduce students to the basics of chess, so it is perfect for students who are new to the game.  

Limit: 15 students

Time: 3:00–4:00 p.m.

Dates: January 10, 17, 24, 31 February 7, 14, 28 March 7 

Instructor: David Vigorito

 

My Hot Cocoa Stand (Grade K-2)  (A SPARK Business Academy club)

Learn how to make yummy hot cocoa and how to earn money selling it! A hot cocoa stand is a great way to introduce our youngest entrepreneurs to the world of business and is fun! From designing marketing flyers to estimating profits to experimenting with recipes, students have fun while developing business savvy!

Limit: 15 students

Time: 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Dates: January 10, 17, 24, 31 February 7, 14, 21, 28 March 7 (Make-Up)

Price: $250

 

EMPOW (Grades 2 – 5)

After being a huge hit as a branch of our Summer Camp, EMPOW will be teaming up with the Lower School ASP to offer STEM learning opportunities throughout the year. Program technology may include but is not limited to the following: Video Game Design with Flowlab, Coding with Scratch and Python, Minecraft, Roblox, 3D Design with TinkerCAD and SculptGL, and Digital Animation.

Limit: 12 students

Time: 3:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Dates: January 10, 17, 24, 31 February 7, 14, 21, 28 March 7 (Make-Up)

Price: $250

Young Debaters (Grades 3-5) (A SPARK Business Academy club)

Campers learn the art of persuasion and help select debate topics they find interesting. In a public forum debate format, campers work in groups and practice their debating skills in a supportive environment, including developing arguments, issuing rebuttals, providing examples, rebuilding their case and summarizing points of view. Campers learn to think on their feet and enhance their public-speaking skills, gaining self-confidence in the process.

Limit: 15 students

Time: 3:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Dates: January 10, 17, 24, 31 February 7, 14, 28 March 7 (Make-Up)

Price: $250

 

4 p.m – 5 p.m.

Chess II (Grades 3–5)

International Chess Master Mr. Vigorito will be back with us on Tuesdays to help our older students delve deeper into the game of chess. In this class, Mr. V will challenge students who have basic knowledge of the game to learn more advanced strategies and expand their skills.  Due to Mr. V’s high demand, this club will meet on Tuesdays from 4:00–5:00 p.m. Students signed up for this will not be charged for the After School Hour prior to the club.

Time: 4:00–5:00 p.m.

Dates: September January 10, 17, 24, 31 February 7, 14, 28 March 7 

Price: $250

Instructor: David Vigorito

 

Wednesday Clubs

3 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Maker Studio  (Grades K & 1)

Students will be challenged to stretch their imaginations and use the objects around them to work on an array of projects. During this hands-on club, students are given agency to make creations of their own design. In past years students have created benches, marble runs, light circuits, and more!

Time: 3:00–4:00 p.m.

Limit: 15 students

Dates: January 11, 18, 25 February 1, 8, 15, 22 March 1, 8 (Make-up date)

Price: $250

Instructor: Jenny Sorblom

 

What’s Next? (Grades K-2)

Back by popular demand, Mrs. Burke is back to lead grade K-2 students into the theatrical world. Students will learn improv games, create their own scenes and do other activities to bring them out of their comfort zones. This is perfect for students who are interested in performing in the future and have a willingness to be a little bit silly.

Time: 3:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Limit: 12 students

Dates: January 11, 18, 25 February 1, 8, 15, 22 March 1, 8 (Make-up date)

Price: $250

Instructor: Kristan Burke

 

EMPOW (Grades 2 – 5)

After being a huge hit as a branch of our Summer Camp, EMPOW will be teaming up with the Lower School ASP to offer STEM learning opportunities throughout the year. Program technology may include but is not limited to the following: Video Game Design with Flowlab, Coding with Scratch and Python, Minecraft, Roblox, 3D Design with TinkerCAD and SculptGL, and Digital Animation. 

Time: 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Limit: 12 students

Dates: January 11, 18, 25 February 1, 8, 15, 22 March 1, 8 (Make-up date)

Price: $250

 

Baking Club (Grade 3-5)

Students will join Ms. Ciampa in the kitchen to learn how to bake and cook sweet and savory foods alike! They will also be able to bring their own cooking interests and introduce some of their favorite recipes to the group. 

Time: 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Limit: 12 students

Dates: January 11, 18, 25 February 1, 8, 15, 22 March 1, 8 (Make-up date)

Price: $250

Teacher: Maria Elisa Ciampa

 

Stock Market Investing (Grade 3-5)

Mrs. McCuen will be jumping into our After School enrichment world to bring the world of the stock market to Greenleaf. In this club, students will be able to make “investments” and grow their portfolio. Each week, students will be able to track the ups and downs of their stocks in real time, as they begin to learn the tricks of the trade. This club is ideal for students who are interested in applying math into real world situations.

Time: 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Limit: 12 students

Dates: January 11, 18, 25 February 1, 8, 15, 22 March 1, 8 (Make-up date)

Price: $250

Teacher: Nancy McCuen

 

Strings Ensemble 

Strings ensemble is for students who have previous background playing a stringed instrument. Mr. Young will direct students, as they practice playing pieces together as an ensemble, culminating in various school-related showcase events. This club is perfect for students who have been taking lessons and wish to get more practice playing with others. This club is open to students of any age, but students must have prior playing experience.  

Time: 3:00–4:00 p.m.

Dates: January 11, 18, 25 February 1, 8, 15, 22 March 1, 8 (Make-up date)

Price: $250

Instructor: Pierre Young

Thursday Clubs

3 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Money Math (Grades K-2) (A SPARK Business Academy club)

This innovative foundation on financial literacy also serves as a practical math lab where students learn and reinforce computational skills, while developing a mindset for healthy financial habits. From playing money math games to learning about budgeting through engaging activities, students have fun while they enhance their “real life” math skills!

Time: 3:00–4:00 p.m.

Dates: January 11, 18, 25 February 1, 8, 15, 22 March 1, 8 (Make-up date)

Price: $250

Lower School Explorers (Grades K–2)

Grab your passports! Geography Club students will explore countries and places around the globe that they’re interested in! Ever wonder what people do for fun in Greenland? Or what people like to eat in Svalbard? Or even, what animals are native to New Zealand? This club is perfect for students with curious minds and an interest in learning about other places!

Time: 3:00–4:00 p.m.

Limit: 12 students

Dates: January 12, 19, 26 February 2, 9, 16, 23 March 2, 9 (Make-up date, if necessary)

Price: $250

Instructor: Kiana Gibson

 

Maker Studio  (Grades 2 & 3)

Students will be challenged to stretch their imaginations and use the objects around them to work on an array of projects. During this hands-on club, students are given agency to make creations of their own design. In past years students have created benches, marble runs, light circuits, and more!

Time: 3:00–4:00 p.m.

Limit: 15 students

Dates: January 12, 19, 26 February 2, 9, 16, 23 March 2, 9 (Make-up date, if necessary)

Price: $250

Instructor: Jenny Sorblom

 

EMPOW (Grades 2-5)

After being a huge hit as a branch of our Summer Camp, EMPOW will be teaming up with the Lower School ASP to offer STEM learning opportunities throughout the year. Program technology may include but is not limited to the following: Video Game Design with Flowlab, Coding with Scratch and Python, Minecraft, Roblox, 3D Design with TinkerCAD and SculptGL, and Digital Animation.

Time: 3:00 – 4:00

Limit: 12 students

Dates: January 12, 19, 26 February 2, 9, 16, 23 March 2, 9 (Make-up date, if necessary)

Price: $250

 

Intro to Guitar (Grades 3-5)

Students will join Mr. Young to learn the basics of playing guitar. This club is perfect for students who would like an introduction to the playing guitar, but aren’t sure if they would like to take private lessons. Students do not need any prior experience to join this club. Instruments are provided, but if your child would like to bring their own for consistency of practice, they may.

Time: 3:00–4:00 p.m.

Limit: 10 students

Dates: January 12, 19, 26 February 2, 9, 16, 23 March 2, 9 (Make-up date, if necessary)

Price: $250

Instructor: Pierre Young

 

Acting on the Edge (Grades 3-5)

Back by popular demand, Mrs. Burke is back to lead grade K-2 students into the theatrical world. Students will learn improv games, create their own scenes and do other activities to bring them out of their comfort zones. This is perfect for students who are interested in performing in the future and have a willingness to be a little bit silly.

Time: 3:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Limit: 12 students

Dates: January 12, 19, 26 February 2, 9, 16, 23 March 2, 9 (Make-up date, if necessary)

Price: $250

Instructor: Kristan Burke

Milton Academy Private Music Lessons 

Sign ups for private lessons are separate from ASP Sign-ups. Please read the information below carefully!

Milton Academy offers private music lessons for students at all age and experience levels. Not only does music provide an outlet for social engagement and artistic expression, it has also been demonstrated that engagement with music lessons benefit a students’ mental health, cognition development, and overall improvement in academic outcomes. Starting early with musical lessons are useful for your child to access a wide variety of ensemble opportunities offered at Milton, K-12 (orchestra, jazz, chorus). Please see this link for more information and research about the benefits of music in a student’s education: 

https://nafme.org/advocacy/what-to-know/all-research/

Your child will work individually with a private music instructor to develop fundamentals on an instrument of their choice. Instruction is available for voice, winds, brass, percussion, and string instruments, and no prior experience is required! Private music teachers hail from a variety of backgrounds, including classical, jazz, and pop style performance. Students will receive 12 30-minute lessons per semester. Music lessons are available Monday–Friday.

Time: Arranged with instructor, between 3:00 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.
Dates: Arranged with instructor
Price: $540
Instructor: Various

Instruments you can start K-5: violin, viola, cello, bass, harp, guitar, piano, voice, percussion
Instruments you can start in 2nd grade: flute
Instruments you can start in 3rd grade: clarinet
Instruments you can start in 5th grade: oboe, french horn, trumpet, trombone, tuba, saxophone

The deadline to enroll for Session I is September 15th to allow teachers ample time to set their schedules. Sign up here, this form also contains a plethora of information about the lesson program, including instructor bios. If you have any questions, please contact Eric Goode (Eric_Goode@milton.edu).