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.

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After School Enrichment Program Classes

Art Studio!
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Spring 2019 : Thursdays $200.00

Want more art in your life? Sign up for After school art studio! This session will focus on Cartooning . Students will have the opportunity to work with different drawing 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 what is covered in class, 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

(7 week session, 4/18, 4/25, 5/2, 5/9, 5/16, 5/23, 5/30)  $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.

Chess Club
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Spring 2019 : Mondays 3:30pm-4:30pm $175.00

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

(6 week session, 4/15, 4/22, 4/29, 5/6, 5/13, 5/20 (no class on 6/27 = Memorial Day)  $175.00 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.

Explore Drawing with Jill
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Spring 2019 : Tuesdays 3:30-4:30 $200.00

Calling all creative and budding artists who are eager to express themselves creatively and want to have an incredible amount of fun in the process.This class will explore mixed media— pencil, charcoal, pen–and-ink and watercolors. Come experiment and explore your own personal drawing style in an intimidation free, non-judgmental environment1

About Jill:

Jill Morris is a local Santa Cruz artist who grew up and studied mixed media techniques in NYC. Art has transformed her own life and she felt a calling to bring the fulfillment and creativity into the lives of others. She strives to teach in a nurturing and encouraging environment. Both of her children went to Gateway school and participated in the after school program.

Instructor: Jill

(7 week session 4/16, 4/23, 4/30, 5/7, 5/14, 5/21, 5/28) $200.00 cost includes ASC coverage from student’s dismissal till the end of class at 3:45 , at 4:00 students who have not been picked up will be checked back into after care.

Flag Football with Coach Jason!
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Spring 2019 : Wednesday 3:30pm-4:30pm $175.00

Led by Gateway’s own Coach Jason , Flag Football is back for Spring Session 2019!

This is a popular class which will be capped at 14 players. Don’t delay in signing up!

Coach Jason will take you through the art of Flag Football focusing on plays, techniques, concepts, strategy, and of course sportsmanship! Don’t miss out!

 (6 week session 4/17, 4/24, 5/1, 5/8, (No Class on 5/15) 5/22, 5/29) $125.00 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
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Spring 2019 : Wednesday 3:30pm-4:30pm $175.00

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

Instructor: Josh

(6 week session, 4/17, 4/24, 5/1, 5/8, (No Class on 5/15) 5/22, 5/29  $175.00 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.

Martial Arts for Tiny Hearts
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Spring 2019 : Thursday 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

 (7 week session 4/18, 4/25, 5/2, 5/9, 5/16, 5/23, 5/30) $200.00 cost includes ASC coverage from student’s dismissal till the end of class at 3:45 , at 4:00 students who have not been picked up will be checked back into after care.

Middle School Builders Club
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Spring 2019 : Tuesdays 3:30-5:30 $200.00

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.

(6 week session, begins 4/9, 4/16, 4/23, 4/30, 5/7, 5/14) $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.

Photography by the Sea! 2 hour class
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Spring 2019 : 3:30-5:30 $250.00

Do you love taking pictures or are you interested in learning more about photography? Join us for an inquiry into the use of your DSLR camera, the technical aspects of photography, and the creativity of taking photos. We will explore and practice various photography techniques based on the interest of the club members. Using our beautiful location as our backdrop, this course will involve several nature walks along West Cliff Drive and/or around Santa Cruz. Also, we will encourage members to choose a photography project to work on during the club (digital portfolio, publishing a book, setting up a gallery of your work, focusing on a specific theme of photography, etc…).  Students are encouraged to bring their own DSLR digital camera to get familiar with what they own, however cameras can be provided for the course.

(6 week session, begins 4/18, 4/25, 5/2, 5/9, 5/16, 5/23, 5/30) $250.00 cost includes ASC coverage from student’s dismissal till the start of the class. This class runs from 3:30-5:30.