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.)

2018-2019 Annual Tuition for Aftercare Only
2 Days    3 Days    5 Days   
$1,915 $2,705 $4,045 

 

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 Preschool/Lower School playgrounds. 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.

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 to Extended Day from the Aftercare program with advance notice.

2018-2019 Annual Tuition for Aftercare and Extended Day Combined
2 Days    3 Days    5 Days   Drop-in for ED 
$3,750$5,250 
$7,760
$35



*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

Enrichments are here to spark enjoyment and curiosity. We offer space and time to have fun after a structured day at school. These classes are an exploration of a creative subject or sport, etc., without goals of deep study or mastery - though physical and mental resilience and contentedness may result.

We really hope that you love the enrichment you signed up for, but in case you do not, you have until Sept. 24 for first-semester classes and Jan. 28 for the second semester to drop an enrichment at no cost. Consider this a trial period.

Pick-up location is walk-in, at the room where the class is held.

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.

All classes missed due to instructor absence (illness, etc) will be covered by a sub or made up. For weather-related or unexpected school closings, Durham Academy ensures 1 make-up class; any classes canceled over that cannot be made up or refunded.

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 Ms. Lyle's class, follow her on Twitter: @TinyHumanArt_DA

Spring 2019 Session

  • Classes will be held on Tuesdays, 1/15 - 5/7 (16 classes).
  • No class when Durham Academy is not in session: 3/12. Make-up day is 5/14.
  • Class will be held in room #130 from 1:00 - 2:00 pm.
  • The cost of the class is $320.

Instructor

Art Explorers is taught by Elizabeth Lyle, the Preschool art and cooking teacher. Ms. Lyle has been teaching since 2007, and at Durham Academy since 2011. When not at school, Ms. Lyle can be found exploring her other loves: crafting, gardening and running.

Contact: elizabeth.lyle@da.org

Batman's Gotham Gadgets w/ LEGO® Materials

Take on Gotham's villains by designing and building Batman's favorite crime-fighting machines! Build the Bat Tumbler, craft a Batwing, and design your very own Batcave, all out of LEGO® materials. Then use your projects to help save the city. Be the super-hero or super-heroine Gotham needs while learning how the world works through STEM concepts!

Spring 2019 Session

  • Classes will be held on Fridays, 1/18 - 5/10 (13 classes).
  • No class when Durham Academy is not in session: 3/1, 3/15, 4/19, 5/3. Make-up day is 5/17.
    • 5/3 for GrandFriends' Day
  • Class will be held in Room #127 from 1:00 - 2:00 pm.
  • The cost of the class is $260.

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.

Contact: Joey, zielazinski@gmail.com; Paul Deans with Play-Well TEKnologies, paul@play-well.org

Board/Card Games

It's game night ... in the afternoon! This enrichment will be a fun introduction to the deck of standard playing cards and to some of the most basic elements and strategies of board and card games.  Game play will also 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 important, the class will offer students opportunities to practice the life-long skills of taking turns, sportsmanship and winning/losing.

From the ancient game of mancala to more modern games like Connect 4 and Sequence, students will learn to work both as individuals and teams to develop winning strategies and accomplish goals.  You'll have to watch out for your little gamer on your next family game night!


Spring 2019 Session

  • Classes will be held on Wednesdays, 1/16 - 5/8 (16 classes).
  • No class when Durham Academy is not in session: 3/13. Make-up day is 5/15.
  • Classes will be held in room #121 from 1:00 to 2:00 pm.
  • The cost for this class is $400.

Instructor

Jamie Spatola is a mother of three and a friend to many other children through her work as an administrator of summer basketball programs (www.spatolabasketballcamps.com), an aunt, a board member and active volunteer for several area youth-oriented organizations (including Durham Academy's Board of Trustees and the Emily K Center in Downtown Durham), an enrichment teacher at Durham Academy and an overall adorer of children and believer in the tremendous value of play. Jamie has experience in puzzle writing and board game development with Mental Floss and has co-authored two books on character, leadership and team-building with her father, Duke men's basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski.

Contact: jamiespat@gmail.com

Chess

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

Chef and Clay Studio with Ms. Lyle

Little Chefs and Clay Studio is a semester-long class. We will begin the spring 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 six 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. 

Note: The Spring Semester is NOT a repeat of the Fall. All new recipes and projects will be taught!

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

Spring 2019 Sessions

Mondays:

  • Classes will be held on Mondays, 1/14 - 5/6 (13 classes).
  • No class when Durham Academy is not in session: 1/21, 3/11, 4/1, 4/22. Make-up day is 5/13.
  • The first 7 classes will be cooking; the last 6 are for clay.
  • Class will be held in room #130 from 1:00 - 2:00 pm.
  • The cost of the class is $325.

Fridays:

  • Classes will be held on Fridays, 1/18 - 5/10 (13 classes).
  • No class when Durham Academy is not in session: 3/1, 3/15, 4/19, 5/3. Make-up day is 5/17.
    • 5/3 for GrandFriends' Day
  • The first 7 classes will be cooking; the last 6 are for clay.
  • Class will be held in room #130 from 1:00 - 2:00 pm.
  • The cost of the class is $325.

Instructor

Cooking and Clay Studio is taught by Elizabeth Lyle, the Preschool art and cooking teacher. Ms. Lyle has been teaching since 2007, and at Durham Academy since 2011. When not at school, Ms. Lyle can be found exploring her other loves: crafting, gardening and running.

Contact: elizabeth.lyle@da.org

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.

Spring 2019 Session

  • Classes will be held on Mondays, 1/14 - 5/6 (13 classes).
  • No class when Durham Academy is not in session: 1/21, 3/11, 4/1, 4/22. Make-up day is 5/13.
  • Class will be held in room #121 from 1:00 - 2:00 pm.
  • The cost of the class is $325.
  • 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, alison.ngai@da.org

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.  This spring, dancers will explore choreography from the classic “Sleeping Beauty” Story Ballet that will encourage the use of imagination and self- expression. We will present an informal showcase at the conclusion of the session for families and friends to enjoy. This class is available to all PK and K students.

Spring 2019 Session

  • Classes will be held on Fridays, 1/18 - 5/10 (12 classes).
  • No class when Durham Academy is not in session: 3/1, 3/15, 4/19, 4/26, 5/3. Make-up day is 5/17.
    • 4/26 for instructor conference
    • 5/3 for GrandFriends' Day
  • Class will be held in the Brumley PAB Lobby from 1:00 - 2:00 pm.
  • The cost of the class is $300.

Instructor

Christina Munter enjoyed a 12 year performing career from 1991–2003 with The Minnesota Ballet, The American Heritage Dance Company, The Third Rabbit Dance Ensemble, Ressl Dance! and Ray Terrill Dance Company; all of Minnesota. During her schooling she earned certification in the Cecchetti Method of Classical Ballet through the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing. From 2013–2015, she furthered her pedagogical training with the late Dr. Peggy Willis-Aarnio, completing all the Elementary and Intermediate course work of the Teaching Method of Classical Ballet founded by A. Vaganova and V. Kostrovitskaya. Mrs Munter began teaching in 1991 in Minnesota and has been leading dance enrichments and summer camps at Durham Academy since 2004.

Contact: tutumom@earthlink.net

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.

Spring 2019 Session

  • Classes will be held on Thursdays, 1/17 - 5/9 (15 classes).
  • No class when Durham Academy is not in session: 2/28, 3/14. Make-up day is 5/16.
    • 2/28 for International Night prep
  • Class will be held in the PS Great Room from 1:00 - 2:00 pm.
  • The cost of the class is $375.

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.

 Contact: rebekah.werner@gmail.com

Intro to STEM with LEGO® Materials

Ratchet up your imagination with tens of thousands of LEGO® parts! Build engineer-designed projects such as: Fire Trucks, Space Stations, Tugboats, and the Eiffel Tower. Design and build as never before, and explore your craziest ideas in a supportive environment. There are no prerequisites for this course.

Spring 2019 Session

  • Classes will be held on Thursdays, 1/17 - 5/9 (15 classes).
  • No class when Durham Academy is not in session: 2/28, 3/14. Make-up day is 5/16.
    • 2/28 for International Night prep
  • Class will be held in the Brumley PAB Lobby from 1:00 - 2:00 pm.
  • The cost of the class is $300.

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.

Contact: Joey, zielazinski@gmail.com; Paul Deans with Play-Well TEKnologies, paul@play-well.org

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)

Spring 2019 Session

  • Classes will be held on Tuesdays, 1/15 - 5/7 (16 classes).
  • No class when Durham Academy is not in session: 3/12. Make-up day is 5/14.
  • Class will be held in the PS Great Room:
    • Students not enrolled in Aftercare will attend class from 1:00 to 1:40 pm.
    • Students enrolled in Aftercare will attend class from 1:45 - 2:25 pm.
  • The cost of the class is $400.

Instructor

Classes are taught by Justin Panza. Justin has been teaching at Quest since 2010. 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 more information about the program, please contact the Chapel Hill Quest Center.

Contact: 919-489-8893 or info@ncquestcenter.com

PS After-School Program Contacts

Dan Gilson
Extended Day Director
919-489-3400 x2336
919-489-3400 x2304 (classroom number) 

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

Elliott Turnbull
Enrichments Coordinator
919-489-3400 x2304 

 

Alison Ngai (Kum)
Preschool Extended Day Staff 

 

Allison Schenck
Preschool Extended Day Staff 

 

Deb Shadduck
Preschool Extended Day Staff  

 

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