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 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 at the picnic tables for roll call and a healthy snack. At 3:30 students are given the choice of an organized field activity outside as well as an indoor craft or project.
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.
After School Enrichment Program Classes
Attention Gateway Students 4th – 6th grades. Come explore the world of electronics and programming with Kurt! Using Adafruit’s Circuit Playground Express, aspiring engineers and programmers will learn how to control LEDs, motors, and speakers. With multiple sensors – temperature, light, and motion – students will also learn how to use variables to create conditions that spur specific actions. Class spaces are limited – don’t delay!
Class space limited to 8 students.
(8 week session, begins 1/30, 2/6, 2/13, 2/20, 2/27, 3/6, 3/13, 3/20) $225.00 cost includes ASC coverage from student’s dismissal till the start of the class. At 4:30 students who have not been picked up will be checked into ASC and fees will begin.
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.
(8 week session, 1/30, 2/6, 2/13, 2/20, 2/27, 3/6, 3/13, 3/20) $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.
Do you have a story to tell? The Google CS First Storytelling club is your chance to bring your stories to life on the computer and share them with others. Develop characters and dialogue, build intriguing plots, and use computer-generated effects to add excitement, mystery, and interactivity to your stories. In this club, you’ll combine classic elements of storytelling, like characterization, premise, dialogue, and setting, with computer programming. Your audience won’t just read these stories – they’ll experience them.”
Instructor: Kim Lenz
(8 week session, 1/31, 2/7, 2/14, 2/21, 2/28, 3/7, 3/14, 3/21) $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.
Learn to perform Magic! Joshua Logan, professional magician and mentor, will provide expert weekly training in the magical arts.
Joshua co-founded a magic shop at Santa Cruz Boardwalk, directed the magic series Handpicked Astonishments, and consulted on the wildly popular Youtube series Junk Drawer Magic.
In this class you’ll have fun while building the skills and confidence to perform astonishing magic effects for friends and family! Create a unique performance persona. Learn proper technique. This 8 week session will conclude with an amazing magic performance by the whole class
(8 week session, 1/28, 2/4, 2/11, (NO CLASS 2/18), 2/25, 3/4, 3/11, 3/25) $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.
Hey Middle School!
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.
(8 week session, begins 1/29, 2/5, 2/12, 2/19, 2/26, 3/5, 3/12, 3/26) $250.00 cost includes ASC coverage from student’s dismissal till the start of the class. This class runs from 3:30-5:30, students will need to be picked up at the Ranch.
Come to the After School Art Studio to explore different ways of making 3D art! We will have all sorts of materials available (cardboard, wire, string, clay, glue, even yarn!) to work with. Learn and teach others how to make strong and study creations that are important to YOU. Can you draw, paint, or collage during this class too? And as always, come ready to experiment, work together, problem-solve, and obviously HAVE A GOOD TIME!
(8 week session, begins 1/31, 2/7, 2/14, 2/21, 2/28, 3/7, 3/14, 3/21) $225.00 cost includes ASC coverage from student’s dismissal till the start of the class. At 4:30 students who have not been picked up will be checked into ASC and fees will begin.
Winter and its Bounty
Exploring local classics as well as International! Chowders, Crepes with Crab, Brussel Sprouts from Castroville –
We will do a little math (measuring), science (mostly baking), but most of all we learn that cooking can be fun! I’ll introduce new/old foods with a little history as well. It’s a proven fact that if a child cooks something, they are more apt to try it.
Everyone will have some hands on experiences. I create menus and recipes for more individualized participation as the class progresses.
On the day of class, please send an empty container with your child so they can bring home a sample of what they made. They are always excited to share with their families something they’ve made.
I provide recipes for every menu item made. If your child’s recipe doesn’t make it home, feel free to contact me and I will email you one.