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.

Artz for the Harp

Artz for the Harp
Aug. 26-Dec. 2
Mondays
2:30-3:30 p.m.
Pre-First and First Graders
3:35-4:35
Second through Fifth Graders

The mission of Artz for the Harp (AFTH) is to provide harps for lessons, and group harp music enrichment and music therapy programs to students of all ages to foster a positive, creative outlet of artistic expression, to students through contemporary music experiences.    

We will offer group harp enrichment to students 6 yrs to 12 yrs of age at Pace Academy as an enrichment offering for the Auxiliary Programs.

During AFTH programs, students will attend group classes once a week for 60 minutes. We host up to 30 students per session. During the sessions, we provide a class set of harps, a lead instructor, an assistant and instructional materials. 

Students will learn some of the classics as well as contemporary genres such as pop, hip hop, and jazz. Students will also learn how to compose their own songs through our music and technology infusion. 

At the conclusion of the semester, students will have a concert displaying what they learned for family, friends and school staff and faculty members. 

Please contact Lyrika Holmes with any questions or concerns: lyrika@artzfortheharp.org

Atlanta Children's Theatre

Kids Theatre
Sept. 3 - Dec. 10
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 workshop - Sew it all
Aug. 26 - Nov. 18
Mondays 3:10-4:10 p.m.
Open to grades second through fifth

This class teaches students how to create various projects while using a Sewing machine. If you've taken this class before you will complete new projects. New Students will also create easy to follow sewing projects to include home, apparel and accessories such as a pillow, cross body bag, tote bag, craft apron and more. Some of the skills that are learned include hemming, machine sewing, hand sewing, encasing elastic, and mastering straight seams.  All Supplies such as fabric and notions are included in your fee.

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. 28 - Nov. 20
Wednesdays
3:10-4:10 p.m.
Open to pre-first through second grades

Even the smallest hands can learn to sew and create fun, cute and wearable items. If you've taken this class before we have some exciting new projects for this semester. Sew Fun focuses on teaching hand sewing using yarns, buttons, threads and felt fabrics. Students will create fun items such as a stuffed animal, belts, doll skirt, fabric puppets, fabric flower petals, and more.  All supplies are included in the 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

Martial Arts

Martial Arts with Master Chun
Sept. 5 - Nov. 21
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. 26 - Nov. 18
Mondays 3:15-4 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. 26 - Nov. 18
Mondays 3:15 - 4 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

Pace Academy

Basketball Intramurals

Aug. 20-Sept. 12
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

Boys Lacrosse

Sept. 3-Nov. 21
Tuesdays & Thursdays
3:10-4:45 p.m.
First through Fifth Grades

From newcomers to the experienced, the goal of an after school lacrosse program at Pace Academy is to offer a fun and safe way to introduce youth to the sport of lacrosse utilizing Pace Academy coaches.  The students will be taught the basics of throwing and catching as well as some simple games in order to help boost their interest in the sport. 

Students will be picked up from the lower school cafeteria and returned to the lower school for dismissal.

Please contact Matthew Smentek at matthew.smentek@paceacademy.org with questions.

Cross Country Intramurals

Aug. 21-Sept. 18
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. 6-Dec. 4
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.

Reader's Theatre - A Spanish Enrichment Club

Sept. 5 - Dec. 5
Thursdays
3:05-4:04 p.m.
Fourth and Fifth Grades

This program will :

  • Incorporate all 4 stages of language acquisition - listening, speaking, reading and writing.
  • Develop self-awareness, self-concept, self-esteem and self- confidence.
  • Develop self-control, motivation, empathy and tolerance for others.
  • Encourage students to stay 100% in the target language.
  • Improve communication and fluency.
  • Promote cooperative learning.
  • Allow students to participate, engage, and succeed in the same activity, regardless of their current language ability.
  • Provide practice for real experiences in the target culture.
  • Allow students to be creative and express themselves.
  • Promote understanding and retention of the target language.

Students will benefit greatly from having opportunities to read a text many times because this will help them develop fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension. One way to reread a text while keeping it interesting for students is through Reader's Theater. In a Reader's Theater activity, students will read stories that have been scripted like a play, and they act out the story together.  They will practice their parts several times before acting the story out in front of the group, which gets them thinking about their characters and the plot in a focused way.  Also, students will create and use props, costumes, and backdrops that will encourage them to use vocal, facial, and physical expression to engage with the script and their character.

As students continue their repeated readings of the script, they will improve their reading skills and comprehension. They also will have the opportunity to practice speaking skills, such as pronunciation, inflection, expression, and varied volume. As students get comfortable with the script, some will memorize their lines. 

Students will visualize the plot in their heads while they read and as they practice bringing stories to life.  Content in the scripts will link to many other content areas, including science, math, social studies, and a range of literary genres: tall tales, folktales, myths and legends, fairy tales, and fables. The scripts will be multi-leveled, allowing students with varying reading levels to work collaboratively while reading parts from the same script. Reader's Theater will have something for all students, regardless of their language level!!

At the conclusion of the program, parents will be invited to watch their children perform at a final Reader’s Theater performance.  

Please contact Poli Aparicio: poli.aparicio@paceacademy.org

 

Swimming/Diving/Water Polo Intramural

Jan. 7 - Jan. 30
Tuesdays & Thursdays
Fourth and Fifth Grades

Swimming, Diving and Water Polo intramurals are opened to boys and girls in 4th and 5th grades. Someone from the Physical Education Department will meet the students in the lower school cafeteria and take them to the pool. Parents should pick the students up in the back lot in the middle school carpool line unless they are enrolled in Knight Crew. Any questions regarding intramurals should be directed to Steve Cunningham, P.E. department chair.

Tennis Instruction

Aug. 9 - Nov. 19
Mondays and Tuesdays
3:10 -4:30 p.m.
First through Fifth Grades

This tennis experience for students ages 7-12, will focus on stroke production, sportsmanship, game strategy, and game play. The class will be taught by Neil DeRosa and Mark Sommerville, who both have many years of tennis coaching experience.

*Students should have a racket (junior rackets can be provided if needed), tennis shoes and a water bottle

Please contact Neil DeRosa: neil.derosa@paceacademy.org or mark.sommerville@paceacademy.org with any questions or concerns.

Virtual Reality Club

Aug. 27-Oct. 29
Tuesdays
3:05-4:15 p.m.
Third through fifth Grades

During this club, students will gather information about the ICGL theme of waste and the culture of Japan to collaborate and create a virtual reality space to inform other students about what they have learned. Students will explore Japan through Google Expeditions and use images gathered during the faculty trip to Japan last spring to bring Japan alive to their classmates in the lower school. Using coSpacesEDU students will create and code their own interactive VR worlds to help teach others about global themes in a new and exciting way. Student leaders in this club will help launch their VR creations to other classes throughout the school. If you have any questions about specific information regarding the club don't hesitate to contact Mrs. Sandlin (katie.sandlin@paceacademy.org).

Passport Chess

Chess (Pre-First & First Grade)

Sep. 4 - Dec. 11
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. 4- Dec. 11
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. 10 - Dec. 10
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. 10 - Dec. 10
Thursdays 3:10 - 4:30 p.m.
Open to second through fifth grades

Master the magic of Harry Potter using LEGO®! Build Diagon Alley in preparation for your trip to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Hop on your Broomstick and play Quidditch, duel the evil Lord Voldemort, and hone your magical skills while learning about advanced Muggle (STEM) concepts.

Kathy King
404.630.8608
kathy@play-well.org

 

Soccer

Soccer

Sept. 3 - Nov. 19
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. 3 - Nov. 19
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

 

Parents of current Pace students may register for after-school programs on or after Aug.1.
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