Packer+ Afterschool Programs
Our Afterschool Programs provide students of all ages with a wide variety of fun and engaging activities to take part in after school. Whether it’s nurturing the mind, finding ways to stay active, tapping into new sources of creativity, or just having fun, the end of the school day is only the beginning of the Packer+ experience.
Enrichment Courses are designed to spark students’ curiosity around a broad range of topics like chess, karate, robotics, fencing, yoga, and more. Led by experienced teachers, many of whom are full-time faculty, our young scholars engage, explore, and experiment as they passionately pursue their varied interests.
Courses take place weekly and on a trimester schedule (fall, winter, and spring). New options are always being added, so no two trimesters ever look the same. The spring session will begin on Monday, April 4 and end on Friday, June 3. You can preview our offerings below, or read our full course descriptions.
Registration for spring Enrichment Courses will open on Monday, March 7 at 7 p.m.
In addition to attending Enrichment Courses, students in Kindergarten through 4th Grade can opt into our Pick-n-Play Extended Day program from 3:15 to 6 pm. Pick-n-Play consists of a snack, followed by three structured activity blocks during which students can participate in sports, arts and crafts, science experiments, group games, and more. Pick-n-Play staff members approach the time with a “fun first” mindset, and activities are constantly rotated so that each afternoon is new and unique. It’s a great place for children to stay engaged while burning off some pent-up energy after a long day in class.
Pick-n-Play also includes an optional Homework Help period at the beginning of each afternoon. This quiet, proctored study hall allows students to complete their assignments before moving on to participate in other activities.
While advance notice of Pick-n-Play attendance is highly encouraged, parents are welcome to register their child on an as-needed basis. Also, please note that students attending one of our Enrichment Courses have the option to join Pick-n-Play after their class.
The spring session of Pick-n-Play Extended Day will begin on Monday, April 4 and end on Friday, June 3. Registration will open on Monday, March 7 at 7 p.m.
Middle School students have a wide range of options available to them after school. For example, they can enroll in Middle School Enrichment Courses, spend time in the Packer Garden until 4 pm (supervised by a Packer+ employee), and/or attend a proctored study hall until 6 pm.
Upper School students have the option to stay in a supervised area of campus until 6 pm each day. In addition to attending sports practices, games, rehearsals, teacher meetings, etc., students may also:
- Study in the Blackburne Library
- Play in the Packer Garden or
- Spend time socializing in the Student Center
Parents and guardians may drop off Lower School Students in the Garden from 8 to 8:30 am, free of charge. Unfortunately at the current time we are unable to provide Early Morning Dropoff for Preschool Students at the Early Learning Center.
Fostering a welcoming and safe afterschool environment is a very special component of Packer student life. As such, we encourage all students and families to familiarize themselves with the various options available to them. If you have any questions, please reach out.