After-School Programs

Activity on the Pace Academy campus continues long after the school day ends. Through our Knight Crew and Enrichment programs, we offer a multitude of activities for Lower School students to explore their interests, try something new or simply play.

Knight Crew

Knight Crew (formerly APP and APPE), our everyday after-school program, focuses on “letting kids be kids” in a safe, supervised and fun environment. The program strives to extend the same character-building opportunities and inclusive environment found in our Lower School classrooms to after-school activities.

Students join Knight Crew when their regular school day ends (2 p.m. for Pre-First; 2:30 p.m. for first grade; 3:10 p.m. for second through fifth grades) and may be picked up any time before 6 p.m. Throughout the afternoon, Knight Crew participants enjoy snacks, supervised play and homework times. Students may enroll for the year or attend on a drop-in basis.

Knight Crew: Frequently Asked Questions

What do students do in Knight Crew?

Here’s how Knight Crew participants spend their time:
2-2:30 p.m. Snacks and storytime for Pre-First students
2:30-3:10 p.m. Supervised play for Pre-First and first-grade students
3:10-3:45 p.m. Free play and snacks for Pre-First students; homework for all other grades*
3:45-6 p.m. Students rotate between the computer lab, library and playground; snacks are provided

*Projects or homework requiring Internet use cannot be worked on at Knight Crew.

How much does participating in Knight Crew cost?

Knight Crew fees vary based upon a child’s level of participation in the program. Approximate yearly rates for a student attending five days per week are as follows:

Pre-First: $3,250*

First Grade: $2,800*

Second through fifth grade: $2,300

Students may also “drop in” to Knight Crew on an as-needed basis. A daily rate of $15 or $20 applies, depending on the student’s departure time.

* If Pre-First or first-grade students remain in Knight Crew only until 3:10 p.m., yearly fees are $950 and $500, respectively.

Is a snack served at Knight Crew?

Absolutely! Due to the shorter time frame, a small snack is provided at 2 p.m. for Pre-First students and at 2:30 p.m. for first-grade students.

Students remaining in Knight Crew after 3:10 p.m. are given three snack choices, from which they may select two. We strive to provide any combination of two items that add up to at least 180 calories, but no more than 250 calories. Examples include pretzels, Go-gurt, cheese sticks, chips, Nutri-Grain Bars, fruit snacks, Goldfish, etc. Students are also welcome to bring their own snacks.

Can my student participate in an after-school enrichment activity hosted by Pace (drama, chess, dance, robotics, etc.) and Knight Crew?

Yes. Many students come to Knight Crew after participating in a separate activity. These students join their grade group wherever they are in the rotation schedule. Snack will be provided even if their group has already eaten. Due to the inability to provide one-on-one supervision of a child, we cannot guarantee that homework will be completed for these students.

Enrichment Programs

Each semester, we partner with Pace faculty, community organizations and professionals to offer a variety of after-school enrichment programs. From acting and creative arts to math and technology, we have something for every age and interest.

Art at Home

Fiber Arts & photography
Aug. 27-Dec. 3
Mondays 2:30-3:30 p.m.
Open to Pre-First and First Graders

During the first half of the semester, students, pre-1st - 1st graders, will be introduced to a wide variety of fiber arts. They will make paper, and marble paper with beautiful swirls of color. They will learn the art of felting, and how to weave and do Kumihimo - a braiding art of the Samurai.

The second portion of the classes will be devoted to photography. The students will experiment with analog and digital techniques to explore how cameras work. They’ll learn about optics, light and color as well as composition, and study basic portrait lighting. They will love reviewing and discussing the images they create!

Parents should plan to pick up in the serpentine of the Lower School unless student is enrolled in Knight Crew.

Please contact Amy Linde or Rebecca Simon with questions regarding this course at artathomeatl@gmail.com


Cartoon Character Development & Photography
Aug. 27-Dec.3
Mondays 3:45-4:45 p.m. 
Open to grades 2 through 5

uring the first half of the semester students, 2nd through 5th graders, will create their own cartoon comic book character(s). They will learn to draw from different perspectives, and make a 3D model of their character from clay!

The second portion of the classes will be devoted to photography. The students will experiment with analog and digital techniques to explore how cameras work. They’ll learn about optics, light and color as well as composition, and study basic portrait lighting. They will love reviewing and discussing the images they create!

Parents should plan to pick up in front of the Lower School unless student is enrolled in Knight Crew.

Please contact Amy Linde or Rebecca Simon with questions regarding this course at artathomeatl@gmail.com

Atlanta Children's Theatre

Kids Theatre
Sept. 5 - Dec. 12
Open to first through fifth grades
Wednesdays 3:15-4:30 p.m.

Dramatic play is not only fun, it’s good for you too! Acting classes not only grow a child artistically, but often develop life skills that can transfer to other areas of their lives as well. We love working with our kids and work hard at creating environments where each child feels safe to create and explore. In addition to teaching acting skills through fun theatre games, improvisations and plays, we coordinate performances for family and friends.

Spring Mason
404-550-1600
info@atlantachildrenstheatre.com

 

Fashion Workshops Sew It

fashion workshops Workroom
Aug. 27 - Dec. 3
Mondays 3:10-4:10 p.m.
Open to grades third through fifth

This class will focus on creating 2 apparel items using a commercial pattern. Students will learn how to measure, cut patterns and fabric. Students will also learn how to layout, mark and pin fabric. Past projects include dresses, shirts, pant, and shorts. Some of the skills that are learned include fabric and pattern cutting, hemming, applying interfacing, casings, hand sewing, and more. All supplies are included.

Teacher:  Heiress Woodford & Fashion Workshops staff

Parents should plan to pick up in front of the Lower School unless student is enrolled in Knight Crew.

Heiress Brown-Woodford
404-453-1365
heiress.brown@fashionworkshops.com

 


Fashion Workshop "Sew Fun"
Aug. 29 - Dec. 5
3:10-4:10 p.m.
Open to pre-first through second grades

NEW!! This class will focus on strengthening eye and hand coordination by teaching the methods of hand sewing. Students will us fabric to create, accessory and apparel items such as Emoji t-shirts, belts, bracelets, craft aprons, fabric puppets, fabric flower petals, donut pillows and more.
**All supplies are included in class fee

Parents should plan to pick up in front of the Lower School unless student is enrolled in Knight Crew.

Heiress Brown-Woodford
404-453-1365
heiress.brown@fashionworkshops.com

Kids TV

Kids TV Film Making Class
Sept. 6 - Dec. 6
Thursdays 3:10-4:45 p.m.
Open to grades third through fifth

Kids TV has been offering Film Classes and Film/Television training to kids for the past 4 years. During Kids TV Filmmaking class, students learn professional camera, lighting and production techniques from professional filmmakers as they work as a team to bring their story ideas to life. The students produce, film and star in their own video projects. At the end of the semester, family and guests are invited to a movie premiere.

Techniques Learned

-- Camera Basics: Functions & Settings
-- Advanced Camera Shooting: Shots & Framing
-- Lighting Basics
-- Producing
-- Selecting Locations & Project Management
-- Assistant Directing
-- Film Crew Dynamics

Brandon Jolley, Program Director
info@mobocproductions.com
773.540.5590

Martial Arts

Martial Arts with Master Chun
Sept. 6 - Dec. 6
Thursdays 3:15-4 p.m.
Open to all Lower School Grades

This will be a fun filled event designed to teach your child LIFE SKILLS EDUCATION and CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT through the application of Martial Arts.  There will be no physical contact.  All Instructors are certified by TONCHU Enterprises.  Tuition includes after school training, student uniform and a culminating exam for belt promotions.  Each child participating in the program receives a white belt and has the opportunity to earn Positive Reinforcement Stripes for demonstrating positive character traits. Our goal with these programs is to accomplish several life objectives. For parents, we hope to instill Character Development into all the children.  These Character Development traits will flow into their Education, Family Values and in Life. 

Please contact Stephen Chun with any questions regarding this course at tonchuvinings@gmail.com

 

Mathematical Bridge

Pre-First Girls Math Club

Aug. 27 - Nov. 26
Mondays 2-2:30 p.m.
Open to Pre-First

Around the World of Math: Explore, Experiment and Create...

Join us on a fun mathematical adventure, as we discover the beauty of the math around us through experiments, art, games and projects.

Each week, we shall explore a hands-on problem from math and science in small groups, while building a range of core skills, such as numeracy, logic, map reading and problem-solving.

Original themes are drawn from the vast array of ways that math has developed across different cultures and is seen and used by children all around the world.We shall plan expeditions, voyage to faraway places and enjoy fun games from a variety of different traditions.

Program is presented by Mathematical Bridge and created by Kirsten Travers-UyHam, PhD, an Emory adjunct professor and Pace parent.Originally from Cambridge, UK, Kirsten holds a BA and MA in math from Oxford University, UK and a PhD in math from Duke University, USA.

Maximum group size: six girls.

For more information, see: www.mathematicalbridge.com; mathematicalbridge@comcast.net; 404.931.4859.

First Grade Girls Math Club

Aug. 27 - Nov. 26
Mondays 2:30-3 p.m.
Open to first grade

Join us on an adventure around the world of math, as we discover its beauty through playing games of strategy, logic and chance.

Each week, we shall explore a country or region while puzzling over a creative game in small groups. This builds a range of core skills, including numeracy, logic, strategy and problem solving.

Original themes are drawn from the vast array of ways that math has developed across different cultures and is seen and used by children all around the world. We shall voyage to faraway places and enjoy games from a variety of different traditions.

Presented by Mathematical Bridge and created by Kirsten Travers-UyHam, PhD, an Emory adjunct professor and Pace parent.  Originally from Cambridge, UK, Kirsten holds a BA and MA in math from Oxford University, UK and a PhD in math from Duke University, USA.

For more information, see:  www.mathematicalbridge.com; mathematicalbridge@comcast.net; 404-931-4859

Boys Math Club

Aug. 29 - Nov. 28
Wednesdays 2:30-3 p.m.
Open to Pre-First 

Join us on an adventure around the world of math, as we discover its beauty through playing games of strategy, logic and chance.

Each week, we shall explore a country or region while puzzling over a creative game in small groups. This builds a range of core skills, including numeracy, logic, strategy and problem solving.

Original themes are drawn from the vast array of ways that math has developed across different cultures and is seen and used by children all around the world. We shall voyage to faraway places and enjoy games from a variety of different traditions.

Presented by Mathematical Bridge and created by Kirsten Travers-UyHam, PhD, an Emory adjunct professor and Pace parent.  Originally from Cambridge, UK, Kirsten holds a BA and MA in math from Oxford University, UK and a PhD in math from Duke University, USA.

Maximum group size: 6 1st Grade Boys.

For more information, see:  www.mathematicalbridge.com; mathematicalbridge@comcast.net; 404.931.4859.

On Your Toes Dance!

Hip Hop, Jazz and Tap

Sept. 4 - Dec. 12
Tuesdays 3:15-4:15 p.m.
Open to first through third grades

Hip-Hop-Jazz is high-energy, cardio-dance that brings the fun to the dance class! Packed with a choreographed routine put to the latest music, this class will increase focus, self-confidence, boost metabolism, and improve coordination. Students will enjoy learning choreography while working cooperatively in a non-competitive and fun environment!

TAP - Improve your musicality and coordination! This class allows you to be a musician and a dancer all a the same time! Dancers practice a series of basic steps, adding more difficult combinations as they become more proficient. Tap dancing is a vigorous form of dance, requiring a good deal of physical fitness. Many kids as well as adults tap dance for fun and exercise. It builds aerobic fitness as well as muscle control.

Students must have the appropriate shoes for each class. Black Jazz shoes, Black Tap shoes and comfortable clothing is required.

There is a minimum enrollment of 6 students for this class.

**Black Jazz shoes and Black Tap shoes are required

 

Ballet, Tap and Movement

Sept. 4 - Dec. 12
Tuesdays 2-3 p.m.
Open to Pre-First

The class will focus on the basic ballet technique, primary terminology and musicality of classical ballet and Tap. 

Students will increase their musicality and movement across the floor, while incorporating ballet steps and positions through imagery and ballet games. 

The goal at On Your Toes is to encourage physical activity and teamwork through fun and creative movements. An important part of the work is to provide students an opportunity to develop self-confidence and presentation skills as they perform at the On Your Toes Spring Performance in May 2019.

Students must have the appropriate shoes for each class - pink ballet shoes and black tap shoes.  Boys and Girls welcome!

There is a minimum enrollment of 6 students for this class.

Parents should plan to pick up in the serpentine of the Lower School unless student is enrolled in Knight Crew.

Pace Academy

Breakout EDU

Sept. 6 - Nov. 15
Tuesdays 3:15-4:15 p.m.
Open to fourth and fifth grades

Breakout EDU is an immersive learning games platform that allows for the facilitation of games where players use collaboration, critical thinking, creativity, communication and problem solving skills to solve a series of challenging curriculum based puzzles in order to open the locked box. Breakout EDU games transfer the ownership of learning from the instructor to the student, making it easy to observe how learners approach problem solving and apply their knowledge.It provides many opportunities for students to "fail forward" because every unsuccessful attempt to open a lock forces students to try again! Think escape room meets education! After trying a few different teacher made breakouts with Mrs. Sandlin students will collaborate and work in groups to create their own breakouts to share and challenge the group!

Mrs. Katie Sandlin
katie.sandlin@paceacademy.org

Sphero EDU

Sept. 4 - Nov. 13
Tuesdays & Thursdays 3:10-4:10 p.m.
Open to grades third through fifth

Students will use the Sphero SPRK robots and Sphero EDU programming app to complete different coding/programming challenges each week. Challenges will involve block coding/programming, math (measurement/geometry), creativity, innovation and design. 

This course will be taught by Mrs. Katie Sandlin. Please contact her with any questions or concerns.

Basketball Intramurals

Aug. 21-Sept. 13
Tuesdays & Thursdays 3:10-4 p.m.
Open to fourth and fifth grades

Someone from the Physical Education Department will meet the children in the cafeteria and take them to the gym. 
Parents should pick up their children in front of the Lower School at the end of the activity unless they are enrolled in Knight Crew

Intramurals will not meet on early-dismissal days.

Questions?
Contact Steve Cunningham
404-262-1345 x709
scunningham@paceacademy.org

Cross Country Intramurals

Aug. 20-Sept. 17
Monday & Wednesday 3:10-3:45 p.m.
Open to fourth and fifth grades

Someone from the Physical Education Department will meet the children in the cafeteria and take them to the gym. 

Parents should pick up their children in front of the Lower School at the end of the activity unless they are enrolled in Knight Crew.

Intramurals will not meet on early-dismissal days.

Questions?
Contact Steve Cunningham
404-262-1345 x709
scunningham@paceacademy.org

Gymnastics Intramurals

Nov. 7-Dec. 5
Mondays & Wednesdays 3:10-4 p.m.
Open to fourth and fifth graders

Gymnastics intramural’s is designed to meet the needs of a beginner to the advance gymnast. Any boy or girl interested in gymnastics should come join in the fun.

Passport Chess

Chess (Pre-First & First Grade)

Sep. 5 - Dec. 6
Wednesdays 2:30-3:10 p.m.
Open to Pre-First and First Grade

Chess is an ancient game of strategy and skill. No one knows for certain when it was invented, but all agree on the benefits of playing, such as increased visualization, calculation, and critical thinking, just to name a few. At Pace Academy we want all of our students to have the opportunity to hone these skills early in life. So, continuing this year, we would like to focus on growing our female participation. We are proud that we've always had 20% of girls playing chess, compared to the national average of less than 10%, but, we can do better! (Last year we did! Our numbers rose to 26%!) So, in the spirit of the highly successful All-Girls Nationals, held annually in Chicago, we are going to offer an All-Girls track in our class. This will allow more girls to comfortably experience the benefits of this ancient game by playing more directly with their friends. Who knows? Perhaps we can be the start of a nationwide trend of 50/50 participation!The class will be taught by Intercontinental Bronze Medalist & a GA State Champion (U2200), USCF Candidate Master Jim Mundy. Program includes study materials for extensive training. Each student will receive level cards both for home study and to track progress, will have an active rating on the club ladder, access to computers and training software, chronos clocks for blitz and bughouse, and of course chess sets! All students will be recognized for their efforts with medallions and certificates, and chances to win trophies as well.

Any level of player is welcome, beginner to advanced.

Parents should plan to pick up in the serpentine of the Lower School unless student is enrolled in Knight Crew.

Questions? Contact: Jim.Mundy@hotmail.com (770-313-2684), or, Jing Chen Lee: jc300@columbia.edu

Chess (Second through Fifth Grade)

Sept. 5- Dec. 12
Wednesdays 3:15-4:20 p.m.
Open to second through fifth grades

Chess is an ancient game of strategy and skill. No one knows for certain when it was invented, but all agree on the benefits of playing, such as increased visualization, calculation, and critical thinking, just to name a few.

 

At Pace Academy we want all of our students to have the opportunity to hone these skills early in life. So, continuing this year, we would like to focus on growing our female participation. We are proud that we've always had 20% of girls playing chess, compared to the national average of less than 10%, but, we can do better! (Last year we did! Our numbers rose to 26%!) So, in the spirit of the highly successful All-Girls Nationals, held annually in Chicago, we are going to offer an All-Girls track in our class. This will allow more girls to comfortably experience the benefits of this ancient game by playing more directly with their friends. Who knows? Perhaps we can be the start of a nationwide trend of 50/50 participation!

The class will be taught by Intercontinental Bronze Medalist & a GA State Champion (U2200), USCF Candidate Master Jim Mundy. Program includes study materials for extensive training. Each student will receive level cards both for home study and to track progress, will have an active rating on the club ladder, access to computers and training software, chronos clocks for blitz and bughouse, and of course chess sets! All students will be recognized for their efforts with medallions and certificates, and chances to win trophies as well.

Any level of player is welcome, beginner to advanced.

Questions? Contact: Jim.Mundy@hotmail.com (770-313-2684), or, Jing Chen Lee: jc300@columbia.edu

Play Well TEKnologies

Intro to STEM with LEGO® Materials

Sept. 5 - Nov. 7
Tuesdays 3:10 - 4:30 p.m.
Open to Pre-First and First grade

Ratchet up your imagination with tens of thousands ofLEGO® parts! Build engineer-designed projects such as: Fire Trucks, Space Stations, Tugboats, and the Eiffel Tower. Design and build as never before, and explore your craziest ideas in a supportive environment. There are no prerequisites for this course.

Parents should plan to pick up in the serpentine of the Lower School unless student is enrolled in Knight Crew.

Kathy King
404.630.8608
kathy@play-well.org

STEM Challenge with LEGO® Materials

Sept. 7 - Nov. 9
Thursdays 3:10 - 4:30 p.m.
Open to second through fifth grades

Let your imagination run wild with tens of thousands of LEGO®! Build engineer designed projects such as boats, bridges, mazes and motorized cars, and use special pieces to create your own unique design! Explore the endless creative possibilities of the LEGO® building system with the guidance of an experienced Play-Well instructor. This is an ideal way to prepare young builders for the challenge of Engineering FUNdamentals.

Kathy King
404.630.8608
kathy@play-well.org


Soccer

Soccer

Sept. 4 - Nov. 27
Tuesdays 2:30-3:45 p.m.
Open to Pre-First and First Grades

Pace Academy After School Soccer program uses experienced instructors to teach basic soccer skills with age-appropriate games, drills, and exercises. All of our sessions use positive reinforcement to teach children soccer skills in a healthy, educational and, above all, fun environment!Sessions build life skills including respect, courage and sportsmanship. Kids who participate in our after school soccer program benefit in many ways, including increased achievement in sports as well as better success in school and life.

Parents should plan to pick up in the serpentine of the Lower School unless student is enrolled in Knight Crew.

Lucas Moreno
770-402-7477

Soccer 2

Sept. 4 - Nov. 27
Tuesdays 3:45 - 4:45 p.m.
Open to second through fifth grades

Pace Academy After School Soccer program uses experienced instructors to teach basic soccer skills with age-appropriate games, drills, and exercises. All of our sessions use positive reinforcement to teach children soccer skills in a healthy, educational and, above all, fun environment!Sessions build life skills including respect, courage and sportsmanship.Kids who participate in our after school soccer program benefit in many ways, including increased achievement in sports as well as better success in school and life.

Parents should plan to pick up in the serpentine of the Lower School unless student is enrolled in Knight Crew.

Lucas Moreno
770-402-7477

 

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