How Does Before Care and After Care Work?

Before School care begins at 7:30 a.m. and is free of charge.

The After School Care (ASC) program runs from 2:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. ASC begins directly after student dismissal at 2:30, 2:45, and 3:00. Students are either escorted to the Pick Up Zone to be picked up after school, held in sibling care until the eldest sibling is dismissed,  or into ASC. Students remaining in the Pick Up Zones after their 15 minute window will be escorted to ASC and signed in until their parent/guardian arrives.

At 3:15 ASC gathers for roll call and a healthy snack. At 3:30 students are given freedom to choose from a variety of options such as outside field play, court activities, indoor crafts and building projects.

A light snack is provided at 5:00pm and ASC ends promptly at 5:30pm.

For more detailed information on costs and payments – download the ASC Fee Schedule to the right of this page.

How do After Care Specialty Classes work?

Gateway’s After School Enrichment Program (ASEP) offers a variety of specialty classes that can complement our after care program or be taken individually. Use the checkboxes in the sidebar along the right to filter the classes by your child’s grade, session, and category. We offer 3 sessions throughout the school year – Fall, Winter, Spring. The cost of each class includes child care coverage from your student’s dismissal time until the end of their class at 4:30. Any student remaining on campus at 4:40 will be checked into After Care and normal rates will apply until pick up.

Please be aware that each class needs to reach a minimum enrollment number in order for the class to run.

To register for classes, please stop by the office to have Megan or Brandt assist you. You will be billed via smart tuition and do not need to pay up front.

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After School Enrichment Program Classes

Art & Mindfulness in the Garden!
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Winter 2020 : Tuesdays 3:30-4:30 $250.00
Come meet us in the Garden!
In this hands-on workshop students will spend quality time in our remarkable organic garden, practice mindfulness, and create meaningful connections with nature. Together we will hand-bind a field journal which we will fill with illustrations, poetry, seasonal observations, and nourishing garden-based recipes that we create together. We will learn about the many benefits of working with plants, from creating garden-inspired tea, to the benefits of aromatherapy. We will have so much fun crafting and creating together. Students will come away with a handmade healing balm, a field journal full of rich memories, and a greater appreciation for the many gifts and joys that the garden offers!
Instructor: Melody
Tuesday ( 1/14, 1/21, 1/28, 2/4, 2/11, 2/18, 2/25, 3/3 = 8 Classes ) $250.00 cost includes ASC coverage from student’s dismissal till the end of class at 4:30, at 4:40 students who have not been picked up will be checked back into after care.
Art Studio – Sculpting and More! – FULL
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Winter 2020 : Wednesday 3:30pm-4:30pm $250.00

Want more art in your life? Sign up for After school art studio! This session Emily will focus on Sculpting. Students will have the opportunity to work with different sculpting materials, meet new friends from other classes, and even continue working on a project from class time. Open Studio allows you time to further explore art in it;s many forms, make new discoveries, and create your own masterpieces! Students will design and create projects individually and in groups of friends. We will also meet to discuss our work and encourage each other in our creative processes.

Instructor: Emily

(1/15, 1/22, 1/29, 2/5, 2/12, 2/19, 2/26, 3/4 = 8 Classes) $250.00 cost includes ASC coverage from student’s dismissal till the end of class at 4:30, at 4:40 students who have not been picked up will be checked back into after care.

Backyard Birding!
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Winter 2020 : Fridays 3:30-4:30 $225.00

Come take flight with Sierra, a seasoned birder, who is very excited to offer this class at our new campus – a natural and magical bird haven! Join Sierra as she takes science out of the classroom to discover and develop a knowledgeable and intricate relationships with the world of birds and what makes our backyard so unique!

This class will have a special focus on sea life, as coastal habitats are central feature in our new home environment.  Dive into the fascinating world of a sea bird, learn about important conservation efforts to protect our coast and the species that rely on it, and even take a trip down to our local beach to explore first hand how sea birds interact with our coastline.

Skills that will be covered in this class:

  •     Learn how to use binoculars!
  •     The basics of being a field scientist
  •     Understanding and navigating field guides
  •     Identifying local bird species
  •     Learn the basics of detailed field note taking
  •     Learn about native California conservation efforts & endangered species

Instructor: Sierra 

Class space limited to 8 students.

(1/10, (No Class on 1/17) 1/24, 1/31, 2/7, (No Class on 2/14) 2/21, 2/28, 3/6 = 7 ) $225.00 cost includes ASC coverage from student’s dismissal till the end of class at 4:30, at 4:40 students who have not been picked up will be checked back into after care.

Builders Club- FULL*
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Winter 2020 : Tuesdays 3:45-5:30 $300.00

Hey Builders!

Do you like to build, break, saw, hammer, solder, create!?! Builders Club is an awesome place for kids to learn how to build awesome inventions out of the stuff I have lying around my shop. Builders will learn blacksmithing, welding, machining and wood working. We will work on various group projects to learn basic skills and how to safely operate the tools, then the students will be able to work on their own individual projects. Past projects have included a mobile water balloon catapult, restoring an antique tractor, electric go-karts and an air powered baby carrot launcher.

Class space limited to 6 students. A lottery will be drawn if we received more than 6 interested builders.

(1/14, 1/21, 1/28, 2/4, 2/11, 2/18, 2/25, 3/3 = 8 Classes )$300.00 cost includes ASC coverage from student’s dismissal till the start of the class. This class runs from 3:45-5:30, students will need to be picked up at the Ranch just 2 miles north of our 255 Swift Street Campus.

Chess Club
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Winter 2020 : Wednesday 3:30pm-4:30pm $250.00

At the beginning level, students will be introduced to the three phases of chess—the opening, middle and endgame. Basic objectives, tactics and strategies will be covered, in a fun, social setting. Beginner level players will focus on fun while they are challenged to develop a more complete understanding of the game. At the intermediate level, students will learn to analyze their games, problem-solve, apply a three-step thinking process, use algebraic chess-notation and play match games with chess clocks. Instructor Gjon Feinstein is a National Master and lifelong chess player, teaching chess in Santa Cruz county schools since 1994.

Instructor: Gjon

(1/15, 1/22, 1/29, 2/5, 2/12, 2/19, 2/26, 3/4 = 8 Classes) $250. cost includes ASC coverage from student’s dismissal till the end of class at 4:30, at 4:40 students who have not been picked up will be checked back into after care.

Martial Arts for Tiny Hearts
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Winter 2020 : Fridays 3:30pm-4:30pm $200.00

Each class begins and ends with Respect. Traditional martial arts emphasizes Respect, Concentration and Safety. In a fun energetic atmosphere, kids learn about stretching, tumbling, falling, focus, safety awareness and self defense skills. We learn that most self defense is paying attention to our environment, and exiting negative situations and circumstances. Kids will learn to use their words and not aggressive actions to defuse negative situations. Vigorous healthy exercises and century old martial arts techniques are used as the vehicle to learn invaluable concentration and strengthening skills. Kids will be encouraged to use their respect and concentration skills at home and at school.

Scholastic excellence, discipline in school and home behavior will be encouraged to achieve belt advancement . One last thing…The kids will have SO MUCH FUN.

Scott Symons has been training martial arts for the last 40 years and teaching for the last 30. He specializes in working with kids , helping to motivate them to get a solid and safe foundation of understanding. He owns Family Martial Arts Center, works for Toadal Fitness Centers as well as for the City of Santa Cruz as well The Live Oak School District, and has worked right here at Gateway school in the past.

Instructor: Scott

Friday: 1/10, (No Class on 1/17) 1/24, 1/31, 2/7, (No Class on 2/14) 2/21, 2/28, 3/6 = 7)  $200.00 cost includes ASC coverage from student’s dismissal till the end of class at 4:30, at 4:40 students who have not been picked up will be checked back into after care.

Monster Jam – FULL
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Winter 2020 : Wednesdays 3:30-4:30 $275.00

This action packed class fuses remote control cars with iMovie! Each camper will be in charge of setting up, cleaning, and maintaining their own vehicle so that it can perform its best as the class collaborates each week to build out courses and tracks for speed, maneuverability, tricks, and off roading!! Students will then take their talents behind the controls to behind the ipad to film some of these great courses and skills!

Each student will leave the week with their remote control car! Limited to 8 students.

Instructor: Kurt

(Wednesdays; 1/15, 1/22, 1/29, 2/5, 2/12, 2/19, 2/26, 3/4 = 8 Classes) $275.00 cost includes ASC coverage from student’s dismissal till the end of class at 4:30, at 4:40 students who have not been picked up will be checked back into after care.

Shark’s Jam Band
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Winter 2020 : Monday 3:30pm-4:30pm $225.00

Have you ever wanted to try out different musical instruments in a safe, fun, and encouraging environment? Curious about the guitar, keyboard, drums, bass…come join the Shark Jam Band! In this 8 week class, we will explore the art of collaborative music and have fun rocking out together after school. Student will get the opportunity to play a variety of instrument, learn to record music, and have fun creating music together!

Instructor: Brandt

(1/13, (No Class on 1/20), 1/27, 2/3, 2/10, (No Class on 2/17), 2/24, 3/2, 3/9 = 7) $225.00 cost includes ASC coverage from student’s dismissal till the end of class at 4:30, at 4:40 students who have not been picked up will be checked back into after care.