The After-School Program provides a safe, relaxed, nurturing, and non-academic setting for children at Park in Pre-Kindergarten through Grade V. With its own separate ten-member staff and well-equipped facility, ASP offers a cheerful environment where children can participate in a variety of creative projects and indoor and outdoor play. Families who desire a longer day for their children may elect, at additional cost, to stay up until 6 p.m. every day or for a few days each week.
Time at our After-School Program is an appropriate balance of supervised free play, quiet time for reading and homework, and structured activities in which children can explore their own interests and develop friendships. Children who stay at ASP between 3 – 4:30 p.m. enjoy a variety of "clubs," creative activities that rotate every four weeks. Cooking, jewelry making, drama, sewing, clay, and arts and crafts are among the favorite choices.

Upper Division students can participate in an optional Tuesday After-School Program that includes time for games, activities, and (weather permitting) outside play as well as a study hall. From 2 - 4:30 p.m. the students will be in the main building, and at 4:30, they will join the younger students at the ASP building. 

After-School Program FAQs

List of 10 frequently asked questions.

  • What happens at ASP for Grade Pre-K?

    ASP is a wonderful environment for Pre–K students. It is a safe, nurturing, and happy place to spend the afternoon. We encourage children to become self-reliant, outgoing, and to express themselves.

    The ASP day for Pre–K begins at noon. They ride a Park School bus over to the ASP building, enjoying the speed bumps along the way. Upon arriving, the children gather to listen to a story and eat lunch.

    The remainder of the day is spent socializing with their peers, engaging in dramatic play, creating arts & crafts projects, and enjoying the outdoors.
  • What happens at ASP for Grades K – II?

    Lower Division students meet the ASP teachers in the dining room of the main building, then walk to the ASP building together. After arriving, the children read their own books, gather for a group story, and eat snack. Then its time for "clubs." Every four weeks, children choose a new club activity from a wide array of choices such as: painting, jewelry, gardening, mosaics, game making, charades, card games, construction, and paper airplane folding.
  • What happens at ASP for Grades III-V?

    The focus for Middle Division students at ASP switches from daily clubs to homework and various school assignments. ASP provides an opportunity for children to work on their homework for approximately 30 minutes each day. This is not tutoring, but allows each child to start their homework independently or together as needed. ASP teachers will help by rereading directions, talking through a math problem or quizzing for an impending test. Students may not be able to complete all of their work, but will get a good start before being engaged in an activity or outdoor time.

    Along with the change in focus for Middle Division students they also change venue.  Third graders work in a specially designated area of the ASP building and fourth and fifth graders use the Conference Room and art classroom in the North Building.
  • What happens on Tuesdays for Upper Division students?

    Students in Grades VI-VIII have the option of sports, drama, or study hall from 3 until 4:30 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays. Tuesdays have traditionally been a day with a 2 p.m. pick up. We recognize, however, the strain this has put on some families. Upper Division students can participate in an optional Tuesday After-School Program that includes time for games, activities, and (weather permitting) outside play as well as a study hall. From 2 - 4:30 p.m. the students will be in the main building, and at 4:30, they will join the younger students at the ASP building.
  • Health & Safety?

    • Please make sure ASP has all prescribed medications, including epi-pen, Benadryl and inhaler, to be kept in the Director’s office.
    • Children should not attend ASP with a fever or any contagious illness. It is also better for them to go home if they are not feeling well.
  • How does Carpool/Pick Up/Drop Off work?

    Carpool for Pre-K – Grade III
    Location: After-School Program Building, 255 Goddard Avenue
    Pickups: 3 p.m., 4:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday (2 p.m. on Tuesday)
    Please pick up your child at or before the designated pickup time. Please be aware that ASP has a late fee policy of $1 per minute after 6 p.m. ASP staff will bring your child(ren) outside for carpool at the 3 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. pickups. Please remain in your car.

    Carpool for Grades IV & V
    Location: ASP and Conference Room in the Main Building, the ground floor of the North Wing
    Pickups: 3:10 until 4:20 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday; (2 until 4:20 p.m on Tuesday)
    At 4:20 p.m. each day, participants in the IV/V grade program will be escorted to carpool at the back of the main building.
    Students who are enrolled until 6 p.m. will be escorted to the ASP Building at 255 Goddard Avenue. If you are late for the 4:30 p.m. pickup, please meet your child(ren) in the main lobby. Please check out with the afternoon receptionist.

    Pick up Authorization

    Please list all persons authorized to pick up your children from ASP. Parents are responsible for keeping the staff up to date. The ASP staff will not release any child without permission.
  • Change of Plans?

    Please let us know if your child has a change of plans. You may either email the Director or leave a message by 11:45 a.m. at 617. 274.6060.
  • Clothing?

    • All Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten children should have a change of clothes at ASP. Please send these in a clearly marked bag.
    • All clothing must be clearly marked with your child’s name.
    • Please send your child dressed for the weather (raincoat & boots; hat, mittens, snowpants, and boots) we almost always go outside!
  • Food?

    • ASP provides a snack every afternoon.
    • Please pack a lunch for your Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten child(ren). Any food left uneaten will be returned to theirlunchboxes. Remember, there is no microwave available.
    • Many children at Park and ASP have severe, life-threatening allergies. Therefore, it is essential that all lunches be nut-free.
    • Due to these allergies, we ask parents not to provide special snacks for birthdays and other special occations. However, we make delicious treats in our own kitchen that all students may enjoy.
  • What happens on Pre-K–V Parent Conference Days?

    There is no school for students in Grades Pre-K–V on Tuesday 10/21/2014 and on Tuesday 3/3/2015 to enable faculty to hold parent conferences throughout
    each of these days. ASP will be open on each of these days from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. for students regularly enrolled in ASP on Tuesdays throughout the
    school year.

    ASP offers several time options for drop off and pick up.
    8 a.m. – 12 p.m.
    8 a.m. – 2 p.m.
    12 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
    8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

    Please let me know if your child(ren) will be attending ASP on these special days and what time they will be with us: or at 617.274.6064.

    Also, please remember to send your child(ren) with a nut free lunch. We’ll provide snacks and drinks.