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After School

The after school Trailblazers program at Prism Education Center has been designed to develop children academically, emotionally, and physically through a variety of activities. We recognize that school-age children have been in large groups for most of the day. It is our desire to create opportunities for enrichment in a less structured environment than the school day. In the after school program, students play outside, have snacks, and complete their homework before engaging in the club of their choice. It is our goal to introduce students our program to lifelong habits and opportunities that will help them develop into well-rounded adults.

The Trailblazers program is an after school program is open to students in Kindergarten through 9th grade from 3:00-6:00 PM daily, though most clubs end at 5:00 PM. The program is developed with the generous support of the United Way of Northwest Arkansas.

Trailblazer programming differs slightly by age: elementary students in K-5 have a more structured program built around the 6 Trailblazer Badges that are aligned to our Confluence program funded in part by the generous support of the United Way of Northwest Arkansas. that eventually forms our High School graduation requirements, while the 6th to 9th graders having a slightly less structured program built around self-chosen extra-curricular activities and service-learning activities. Each program is described in detail below.

The Elementary Trailblazer program encourages students to earn “badges” connected to 6 different categories. Each category has a logo connected to it and students can earn badges for engaging in different activities:

  1. Mensa (academic activities)
  2. Impact (Positive Interactions and Connections to Peers as well as leadership activities)
  3. Service (service learning opportunities)
  4. Journey (civic engagement such as church programs, sports programs, or other organized groups)
  5. Refraction (engagement in artistic endeavors)
  6. Ascent (physical fitness and health activities).
Daily activities for elementary students include an initial transition from the school day to after school, then club time, then an aftercare time that provides less structured activities while parents pick up. Middle-school students follow a similar schedule, though their clubs are more mature and they are each required to engage in the service-learning component of the program 2-3 times each week.

During the transition period, students will rotate through three different areas: outdoor play, homework help, and snack. All students will receive an opportunity to engage in unstructured outdoor play, eat a snack, and receive either homework help or tutoring services. After this, students will engage in clubs organized around the six Trailblazer Themes: Mensa, Impact, Service, Journey, Refraction, and Ascent. Examples of club opportunities are listed below. A formal schedule will be posted in early August.

  • Sports clubs-including organized leagues that meet in afterschool
  • Choir
  • Cooking
  • Chess Club
  • Entrepreneur Club
  • Cake Decorating Classes
  • Yearbook
  • Coding
  • Babysitting Training
  • Sewing
  • Ukelele
  • Instrumental Breakouts & Practice
  • Book Club
  • Gymnastics
  • Japanese Language and Culture
  • Bhangra Dance
  • Step Dance
  • Square Dance

Club descriptions from 2016-17 are available here, and the schedule can be found here.


Tutoring

Students who qualify for tutoring services will receive individualized or small-group tutoring weekly to help increase student achievement.


Application Process


Applications for enrollment in our after school program can be downloaded from our enrollment page in July prior to the start of the school year each year.


Transportation

Prism will provide limited transportation service to students enrolled in select public schools in Fayetteville in the 2017-18 school year to the after school program. For more information contact info@prismeducationcenter.org.


AFTER SCHOOL TUITION RATES

Students enrolled in after school only

with transportation provided by Prism

$150/month
Students enrolled in after school only
without transportation provided by Prism
$125/month
Students enrolled in Prism's private school $65/month
Limited scholarships are available for income-
eligible students due to the generous support of United
Way Northwest Arkansas.
Varies