Preschool After-School Programs

Aftercare for Preschool Students

Pre-kindergarten and kindergarten children may attend Aftercare, which runs from Preschool dismissal at 1 p.m. until 2:30 p.m. The program is located in the Preschool area, with four groups of no more than 16 children each. Aftercare consists of relaxed play inside and outside, simple crafts, organized games and a snack. Six Durham Academy Preschool faculty members lead the groups and games. Pick up car line for children in Aftercare takes place at 2:30 p.m. in the front of the Performing Arts Building. Students may be enrolled in Aftercare for two, three or five days per week. (No drop-ins.)

2017-2018 Annual Tuition for Aftercare Only
2 Days    3 Days    5 Days   
$1,855 $2,625 $3,925 

 

Contracts are billed through your student account in nine equal installments in September, October, November, December, January, February, March, April and May. Contracts may be added or canceled at any time, but you will be responsible for paying for the full month in which you add or drop. Contracts that are canceled and then added again are subject to a $100 fee.

Aftercare and Extended Day Combined

Pre-kindergartners and kindergartners who are enrolled in the Aftercare Program may rotate into the Extended Day Program at 2:30 p.m. Extended Day teachers meet the children in the Great Room of the Preschool. Children participate in various relaxed activities throughout the school including Preschool classrooms, the library, the Preschool commons room, the Extended Day room, the Preschool/Lower School gym and the playground. Children are provided a snack around 3:45 p.m., and afterward, the Preschool group is often combined with the Lower School group. Preschool students may be enrolled in Extended Day for two, three or five days per week and must be picked up by 5 p.m.

Beginning in 2017-2018, students with a five-day Extended Day contract may attend any of our All-Day Care days at no additional charge. All Preschool students are welcome to drop in from the Aftercare program with advance notice.

2017-2018 Annual Tuition for Aftercare and Extended Day Combined
2 Days    3 Days    5 Days   Drop-in for ED 
$3,635$5,095 
$7,530 
$30



*When registering on Veracross, please select both the Aftercare and PS Extended Day contracts, as they will appear as separate items.

Contracts are billed through your student account in nine equal installments in September, October, November, December, January, February, March, April and May. Contracts may be added or canceled at any time, but you will be responsible for paying for the full month in which you add or drop. Contracts that are canceled and then added again are subject to a $100 fee.

Preschool Enrichments

We really hope that you love the enrichment you signed up for, but in case you do not, you have until Sept. 19 for first-semester classes and Jan. 23 for the second semester to drop an enrichment at no cost. Consider this a trial period.

In an effort to make these programs more affordable, they will be billed in installments. Fall enrichments will be billed in October, November, and December and spring enrichments will be billed in February, March and April. 

Art Explorers

Welcome to Art Explorers! This class will build upon the skills and experiences of the regular Art class while introducing students to new styles, subjects and artists! Students will have the opportunity to create their own masterpieces in both two-dimensional and three-dimensional works. Each project will allow children to build and better develop their motor skills, work with different art media and learn various techniques. This class is sure to boost self-confidence and strengthen a student's love for art.

To see what your child is doing in Mrs. Lyle's class, follow her on Twitter: @DAPSart.

Fall 2017 Session

  • Tuesday classes will run from Sept. 5 to Dec. 5 (13 classes).
  • There are no enrichments when Durham Academy is not in session.
  • There is no class on Oct. 31.
  • Maximum of 16 students.
  • Class time runs from 1 to 2 p.m.
  • Class will be held in room #130.
  • The cost of the class is $260.

Instructor

Art Explorers is taught by Elizabeth Lyle, the Preschool art and cooking teacher. This is Mrs. Lyle's 11th year teaching and her seventh year at Durham Academy. When not at school, Mrs. Lyle can be found exploring her other loves: crafting, gardening and running.

Board/Card Games

It's game night ... in the afternoon! This enrichment will be a fun introduction to some of the most basic elements and strategies of board and card games and will serve to reinforce some of the lessons of the school day such as number and shape recognition, counting, letter recognition, eye-hand coordination and manual dexterity. Most importantly, the class will offer students opportunities to practice the life-long skills of taking turns, sportsmanship and winning/losing.

From classic games like Sequence and Sorry! to some new favorites like Count Your Chickens and Rat-A-Tat-Cat, students will learn to work both as individuals and teams to accomplish tasks and develop winning strategies. You'll have to watch out for your little gamer on your next family game night!

Fall 2017 Session

  • Classes will be held on Wednesdays from Sept. 6 to Dec. 6 (13 classes).
  • There are no enrichments when Durham Academy is not in session.
  • Class time runs from 1 to 2 p.m.
  • Class will be held in room #121.
  • The cost of the class is $325.

Instructor

Jamie Spatola is a mother of three and a friend to many other children through her work an administrator of Duke Basketball Camp (which she helps run with her husband, Chris), an aunt, a board member for several area youth-oriented organizations (including Durham Academy's Board of Trustees), a frequent volunteer, a YMCA coach, a thrower of playdates and birthday parties and an overall adorer of children and believer in character education. Additionally, she has co-authored two books on character, leadership and team-building with her father, Duke men's basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski, and is at work on a third that will focus on these lessons for a younger audience.  

Chess

Information about Durham Academy's Chess program can be found at www.da.org/chess.

Chinese Language and Culture

The younger children start to learn Chinese, the easier it is to master the language. This class is designed to introduce children to both Chinese language and culture. We will learn Chinese through children's songs, rhymes, games and activities. The main purpose of this is to motivate children to learn Chinese in a fun way, while allowing them to experience some of the Chinese culture as well. A study plan will be designed for each child, depending on their learning style and pace. The goal is to teach children the skills, such as speaking and understanding the most common phrases, that are practical for everyday life. This class is available for all pre-k and kindergarten children.

Fall 2017 Session

  • Classes will be held on Mondays from Sept. 11 to Dec. 4 (12 classes).
  • There are no enrichments when Durham Academy is not in session.
  • Class time runs from 1 to 2 p.m.
  • Class will be held in room #121.
  • The cost of the class is $300.
  • For new students, an additional CD-ROM, priced at $20, can be purchased at the first class for the most effective home review.

Instructors

Ms. Tonya Shyu is native Chinese, and a Child Evangelism Fellowship (CEF) Certified Teacher. She was professionally trained in Early Childhood Teacher Education in Taiwan. She was a full-time teacher for more then 10 years in Taiwan before moving to the USA. She is now a teacher at Cary Chinese School. She also previously taught at Chapel Hill Chinese Language and Culture School, and the Raleigh Chinese Language School, whereby she received the Best Teacher Award.

Ms. Alison Kum established the Extended Day Chinese program at DA in 2006 and has continued to work with the program since. Previously, Ms. Kum was vice principal at the Cary Chinese School, where she assisted the founders in school buildup. Also, she was the vice principal at the Durham Chinese School, where she assisted in setting up the Chinese preschool program. Contact Ms. Kum at alisonngai@yahoo.com or 919-308-6388.

Cooking and Clay Studio with Mrs. Lyle

Little Chefs and Clay Studio is a semester-long class. We will begin the fall semester with cooking. Cooking is a great way to build confidence and self-esteem, teach children the value of following instructions and sharpen their reading, mathematics and listening skills. In these fun, hands-on culinary adventures, your child will uncover the secrets of cooking basics while learning about nutrition, dining etiquette and kitchen safety.

These same sous-chefs will continue the semester with eight Clay Studio classes where we will continue to explore the fun of working with clay! Your child will build upon the basic skills of pottery that they learn in art. Classes will be packed with new clay-making projects that are designed specifically for Preschool students. Each project will enable students to learn to handle different tools, build and develop better motor skills, use their hands and work on various techniques. This will be a unique experience for all children. 

To see what your child is doing in Mrs. Lyle's class, follow her on Twitter: @DAPSart.

Fall 2017 Session

  • Monday classes will run from Sept. 11 to Dec. 4 (12 classes). The semester will be broken down into six weeks of cooking and six weeks of clay.
  • Friday classes will run on the following dates: Sept. 8 to Dec. 8 (10 classes). The semester will be broken down into four weeks of cooking and six weeks of clay.
  • No class will be held Friday, Oct. 13 (the date of DA's All-School Pep Rally).
  • Maximum of 16 students.
  • Class time runs from 1 to 2 p.m.
  • Class will be held in room #130.
  • The cost of Monday classes is $300; the cost of the Friday classes is $250.

Instructor

Clay Studio is taught by Elizabeth Lyle, the Preschool art and cooking teacher. This is Mrs. Lyle's 11th year teaching and her seventh year at Durham Academy. When not at school, Mrs. Lyle can be found exploring her other loves: crafting, gardening and running.

Dance

Using a curriculum designed to encourage the body-mind connection, your child will gain the benefits of dance movement. Through the exploration of ballet basics and creative movement, your son or daughter will gain poise, coordination, rhythm, flexibility and strength. During the fall session, we will explore the classic “Nutcracker" ballet. We will present an informal showcase to conclude each session for families and friends. This class is available to all pre-k and kindergarten students.

Fall 2017 Session
  • Classes will be held on Fridays from Sept. 8 to Dec. 8 (10 classes).
  • No class on Oct. 13 (the date of DA's All-School Pep Rally).
  • There are no enrichments when Durham Academy is not in session.
  • Class time runs from 1 to 2 p.m. 
  • Class will be held in Brumley Performing Arts Building.
  • The cost of the class is $250.

Instructor

Christina Munter danced professionally with The Minnesota Ballet, The American Heritage Dance Company, The Third Rabbit Dance Ensemble, Ressl Dance! and Ray Terrill Dance Company. She has more than 20 years of teaching experience and has earned certification of Classical Ballet through the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing. In 2013, Christina became a pedagogical student of Dr. Peggy Willis-Aarnio, studying the Teaching Method of Classical Ballet founded by Agrippina Vaganova and further developed by Vera Kostrovitskaya. Mrs Munter has been teaching ballet in the Durham-Chapel Hill area since 2004.

Gymnastics

Each Thursday, your child will gain strength, flexibility, balance, coordination and confidence in using all four gymnastics apparatus: vault, bars, beam and floor. Both new and returning students are welcome. All levels of experience are welcome; each child will be challenged according to their specific abilities.

In the gymnastics program, the emphasis is on gaining both skill and confidence while having fun in a safe environment.

Fall 2017 Session

  • Classes will be held on Thursdays from Sept. 7 to Dec. 7 (12 classes).
  • There are no enrichments on days when Durham Academy is not in session.
  • Class time runs from 1 to 2 p.m. 
  • Class will be held in the Preschool Great Room.
  • The cost of the class is $300.

Instructor

Rebekah Werner coaches the competitive and progressive teams at North Raleigh Gymnastics. She also coached the varsity gymnastics team at Sanderson High School in Raleigh. Mrs. Werner has been teaching preschool, kindergarten, beginner, intermediate and advanced recreational classes since 2001. She has her Safety Certification from USA-Gymnastics (since 1999), where she has been a professional member since 2004. You can reach her at rebekah.werner@gmail.com.

Mighty Dragons Martial Arts

Has your child ever expressed any interest in Ninja, Jedi, sword fighting, or martial arts? Would you like to provide your child an opportunity to build coordination, balance, strength, discipline and confidence? What if they could do it in a class that was fun for them and convenient for you? Durham Academy and Chapel Hill Quest Martial Arts have partnered to provide your child a special enrichment opportunity on Tuesday afternoons at 1 p.m. The Durham/Chapel Hill area’s most experienced martial arts instructors will be providing a “How to be a Ninja” class just for Durham Academy’s pre-k and kindergarten group. The skills that they learn and the attributes that they develop in this class will serve them well for the rest of their life, whether it is improved sports performance, a confident and solid self-image, or the ability to set and achieve goals. Safety will be the highest priority for your child’s class, and they will have an absolute blast. Please visit chquestcenter.com for more information.

"Although there are so many incredible benefits to martial arts, we chose the Quest Center because of the instructors. They care about my children and they want them to achieve their potential" – Nicole Strebel (Durham Academy and Quest Parent)

Fall 2017 Session

  • Classes will run from 1 to 1:40 p.m. and from 1:45 to 2:25 p.m. on Tuesdays from Sept. 5 to Dec. 5 (13 classes).
  • Students who are not in Aftercare will attend the first class, and students in Aftercare will attend the second class.
  • There is no class on Oct. 31.
  • There are no enrichments when Durham Academy is not in session.
  • Class will be held in the Preschool Great Room.
  • The cost of the class is $325.

Instructor

Classes are taught by Justin Panza. Justin has been teaching at Quest for 7 years. He is a 3rd degree black belt in To-Shin Do and the Youth Director at Chapel Hill Quest Martial Arts . If you would like any more information about the program, please contact the Chapel Hill Quest Center at 919-489-8893 or info@ncquestcenter.com.

Play-Well TEKnologies - Jedi Engineering with LEGO® Materials

The Force Awakens in this introductory engineering course for young Jedis! Explore engineering principles by designing and building projects using LEGO® materials such as X-Wings, R2 Units, Energy Catapults, Defense Turrets and Settlements from a galaxy far, far away. Create motorized and architectural projects with imagination and engineering to defeat the Empire!

Fall 2017 Session

  • Classes will be held on Fridays from Sept. 8 to Dec. 8 (10 classes).
  • No class on Oct. 13 (the date of DA's All-School Pep Rally).
  • There are no enrichments when Durham Academy is not in session.
  • Class time runs from 1 to 2 p.m.
  • Class will be held in room #127.
  • The cost of the Friday class is $200.
  • In order to hold this class, there need to be at least eight students registered.

Instructor

Joey Zielazinski recently returned from the Republic of Azerbaijan, where he served with his wife in the Peace Corps for two years, teaching English. Originally from Oklahoma, he is now a proud Durham resident, and loves rock ’n’ roll, comedy and hot dogs.

Play-Well TEKnologies - Intro to STEM with LEGO® Materials

Tap into your imagination with tens of thousands of LEGO® parts! Build engineer-designed projects such as boats, snowmobiles, catapults, and merry-go-rounds. Then use special pieces to create your own unique design! New and returning students can explore the endless creative possibilities of the LEGO® building system with the guidance of an experienced Play-Well instructor. There is no prerequisite for this course.

Fall 2017 Session

  • Classes will be held on Thursdays from Sept. 7 to Dec. 7 (12 classes).
  • There are no enrichments when Durham Academy is not in session.
  • Class time runs from 1 to 2 p.m.
  • Class will be held in the Brumley Performing Arts Building lobby.
  • The cost of the Thursday class is $240.
  • In order to hold this class, there need to be at least eight students registered.

Instructor

Joey Zielazinski recently returned from the Republic of Azerbaijan, where he served with his wife in the Peace Corps for two years, teaching English. Originally from Oklahoma, he is now a proud Durham resident, and loves rock ’n’ roll, comedy and hot dogs.

PS After-School Program Contacts

Dan Gilson
Extended Day Director
919-489-3400 x2336
919-489-3400 x2404 (classroom number) 

 

 

Sheri-lyn Carrow
Aftercare Coordinator
919-489-3400 x2482 

 

 

Joanne Minnis
Preschool Extended Day Coordinator
919-489-3400 x2517

 

 

Sarah Goldstein
Enrichments Coordinator
919-489-3400 x2404 

 

 

 

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