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After School Programs | St. Francis Episcopal Private Religious School Houston

Explore and Extend After-School Program

At St. Francis, we believe that learning shouldn’t end with the last bell of the school day. That’s why our Explore and Extend after-school enrichment program features a varying array of small group classes each semester. From art to martial arts, dance, and foreign language study to gymnastics, robotics, cooking, and chess, there’s a class to pique the interest of every student.

Register for Programs

If you are a current parent, please sign in to your My BackPack account and select Program Registration to register for spring Explore and Extend classes. If you are a new parent, please create an account.

After-School Schedule


2:30–3:15 Mini-Stars Soccer (Primary I and II)*
3:15–4:15 Woodworking (Kindergarten and Grade 1)
4:30–5:30 Woodworking (Grades 1 and 2)

2:30–3:15 Tae Kwon Do (Primary I and II)*
2:30–3:30 Ballet and Creative Dance (Primary I)* 3:30–4:15 Ballet and Combination Dance (Primary II)*

3:30–4:15 BOOST Math (Kindergarten and Grade 1)**
3:30–4:30 Engineering (Kindergarten–Grade 2) 3:45–4:30 Tae Kwon Do (Grades K–4)
4:15–5:00 Multiplicative Thinking and Early Division (Grades 4 and 5)**


2:30–3:15 Yogiños: Yoga for Youth (Primary I and II)*
3:15–4:15 Tumbling (Grades K–4)
3:30–4:30 Chess (Grades K–4)

2:30–3:15 Critical Thinking Boot Camp (Primary II) 2:30–3:15 Tae Kwon Do (Primary I and II)*
3:30–4:15 Just the Facts (Grades 1 and 2)*
3:45–4:30 Tae Kwon Do (Grades 1–5)

3:45–4:45 Cooking (Grades 1–4)
4:15–5:00 Mathematical Thinking and Logical Problem Solving (Grades 3–5)


2:30–3:15 Tumbling (Primary I and II)*
3:30–4:30 Advanced Woodworking
(w/ teacher approval)
3:30–4:30 Archery (Grades 1–4)
4:30–5:30 Advanced Woodworking
(w/ teacher approval)

*Meets on South Campus
**See Course Descriptions for details about sessions and grades

Explore and Extend After-School Program | St. Francis Episcopal Private Religious School Houston

St. Francis offers quality after-school care for all of our students, from two years through grade 8. Explore and Extend after-school care begins at dismissal and runs until 6:00 p.m. on both campuses, providing students with a balance of structured and free-choice daily activities, and also a healthy snack. While the after-school care program is not a tutorial service, time is provided for students to independently pursue daily homework, and instructors are available to answer questions and provide guidance.

Short-stay after-school care is available for Lower School students leaving at 3:45 p.m. with a Middle School sibling. The program provides time for homework and a snack, allowing parents to consolidate their carpool time.

Registration and Fees

Fees vary by class and are listed with course descriptions. Fees are based on the number of classes per semester and must be paid at registration. Space is rst- come, rst-served in all classes; space is reserved and registration is considered complete only when payment has been made. St. Francis reserves the right to change class locations, sizes, and instructors when necessary; to close registration for programs that are full; and to cancel programs that are under-enrolled. Money for cancelled classes will be refunded to student accounts. Note: All of a family’s student account balances must be current for the student to register for and participate in Explore and Extend enrichment classes.

Billing Information

After-School Care Monthly Fee:

$325: Billed monthly in advance

Three-Day Pre-Primary/Primary I After-School Care Monthly Fee:

$195: Billed monthly in advance

Drop-In After-School Care Hourly Fee:

$12: Billed monthly (no partial hours)

Parents selecting the monthly billing option between the 1st and 15th of the month will be charged for the full month. Parents selecting the monthly billing option after the 15th of the month will be charged half the monthly rate. Families may choose to be billed hourly until the following month. Short months (November, December, March) are not discounted. Requests to change billing options must be submitted in writing to the Encore of ce before the beginning of the month.

Refund Policy

All refund requests must be made in writing and submitted to the Director of Explore and Extend programs by January 19, 2018. Refunds will be made on a pro- rated basis, based on the number of classes attended at the time of withdrawal, plus a 10 percent withdrawal fee.

After January 19, 2018, no refunds of fees will be made to any student who withdraws from a class or is dismissed from a class. St. Francis reserves the right to dismiss any student who does not comply with the expectations of the program. Fees will be refunded if St. Francis cancels a class offering.

Before and After Enrichment Class Care

Children whose enrichment classes begin after 3:45 p.m. may incur additional charges for the time they are in EandE After-School Care. This may be paid on a day-by-day basis at the regular hourly rate, or at a at rate for the semester. For further details, please contact our of ce.

Short Stay

Lower School students with siblings in fth grade or Middle School siblings participating in PE may choose to enroll in a Short Stay program from 3:10–3:45 p.m. each day.

Short Stay programs are staffed by full-time faculty and EandE After-School instructors. Lower School students use this time to do homework, play board games, create crafts, and have a snack. Cost for EandE Short Stay is $325/year. For Lower School students choosing to enroll for only one sports season, the cost is $150/athletics season. Students MUST have a qualifying sibling or carpool with a qualifying student to take advantage of this program.


While we prefer advance notice, we understand that unexpected circumstances arise from time to time. After-school care is available in these instances and is billed at the hourly rate. Lower School students who have not been picked up by 3:35 p.m. and Middle School students who have not been picked up by 4:00 p.m. will be considered drop-ins.

Late Pickup

Late-pickup fees will be assessed starting at 6:01 p.m. Late-pickup fees are $5 for the rst 10 minutes and $2 per minute thereafter.

St. Francis Reading Program

St. Francis Episcopal School is pleased to offer a reading program in partnership with the Children's Learning Institute. The St. Francis Reading Program (SFRP) offers individualized tutoring sessions in evidence-based reading methods. SFRP sessions occur immediately after school. These sessions do not provide homework assistance, but rather are designed to build skills that students can use to succeed in academics and in personal language growth. Each child follows a personalized curriculum, based on assessment needs.

Offered through the Dan L. Duncan Children’s Neurodevelopmental Clinic at the Children’s Learning Institute—part of the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston—SFRP targets both struggling students and students seeking enrichment activities. Classes build skills in the following areas: phonemic awareness, word attack skills and spelling, listening and reading comprehension, vocabulary and fluency, phonics, and—for third and fourth graders—breaking down word problems.

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Explore and Extend Director | Margaret Newsom

Margaret Newsom
Director of Explore and Extend
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Explore and Extend Assistant Director | Emily Boyle

Emily Boyle
Assistant Director of Explore and Extend
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