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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.

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

After-School Schedule - Spring 2020


2:30–3:15 p.m. Yoga (Primary I and II)
2:30–3:15 p.m. Pre-Ballet (Primary I)
3:15–4:15 p.m. Woodworking–Level II (Grades K–2)
3:15–4:15 p.m. Soccer Shots (Grades K–2)
3:00–3:45 p.m. Group Guitar through the School of Music (Grades 3–5)
3:30–4:30 p.m. Manners with the VoomRoom (Grades 2-4)
3:45–4:30 p.m. Ballet/Jazz (Grades K–1)
4:30–5:30 p.m. Woodworking–Level II (Grades K–2)

2:30–3:15 p.m. Tae Kwon Do (Primary I and II)
2:30–3:15 p.m. Early Ballet/Jazz (Primary II)
3:30–4:30 p.m. Chess (Grades K–4)
3:30–4:30 p.m. Coding Trailblazers (Grades K–3)

3:45–4:30 p.m. Tae Kwon Do (Grades K–4)


2:30–3:15 p.m. Mini-Stars All Sport (Primary I and II)
2:30–3:15 p.m. Constructions, Concoctions and Contraptions — Oh My! (Primary II)
3:30–4:30 p.m. Gymnastics (Grades K–4) 
3:30–4:30 p.m. Archery (Grades 1–4)
3:45–4:30 p.m. Group Percussion through the School of Music
 (Grades 2–5)

2:00–2:45 p.m. Mommy and Me Violin through the School of Music (Primary II)
2:30–3:15 p.m. Tae Kwon Do (Primary I and II)
3:30–4:30 p.m. Theatre Magic (Grades K–3)
3:45–4:45 p.m. Financial Readiness, Vision Board, and Social Skills (Grades 4-5)

3:45–4:45 p.m. Cooking Sessions (Grades 1–5)
3:45–4:30 p.m. Tae Kwon Do (Grades K–5)
3:45–4:30 p.m. Wolf Cub Wrestling (Grades 1-3)

2:30–3:15 p.m. Gymnastics (Primary I and II)
2:30–3:15 p.m. Tae Kwon Do (Primary I and II)
3:15–4:15 p.m. Woodworking–Advanced
(Must have taken Level 2 and received instructor permission)
3:15–4:15 p.m. Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (Grades K–3)
3:30–4:30 p.m. Yoga (Grades K–2)
4:30–5:30 p.m. Woodworking (Must have taken Level 2 and received instructor permission)

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

Explore and Extend After-School Care begins at dismissal and runs until 6:00 p.m., providing students with structured daily activities and a healthy snack. Students are encouraged to develop self-help, social problem solving, and creative creative critical thinking skills within a developmentally appropriate environment.

Time is provided for Lower and Middle School students to independently pursue homework. While teachers are available to assist as needed, Explore and Extend is not a tutorial service and cannot provide one-on-one tutoring during this homework time.


Registration and Fees

Fees vary by class and are listed with course descriptions. Fees must be paid at registration. Space is first-come, first-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; close registration for programs that are full; and 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 (E&E) enrichment classes.

Billing Information

After-School Care Monthly Fee:

$340 For Lower and Middle School: Billed monthly in advance
$360 for Primary School: Billed monthly in advance

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

$215: Billed monthly in advance

Drop-In After-School Care Hourly Fee:

$13: Billed monthly (no partial hours)

Short months (November, December, March) are not discounted. Requests to change billing options must be submitted in writing to the Explore and Extend Office before the first of each month.

Refund Policy

All requests must be made in writing and submitted to the Director of Explore and Extend by January 19, 2020. 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 September 13, 2019, 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.

Short Stay

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

Short Stay programs are staffed by full-time faculty and Explore and Extend After-School Care instructors. Lower School students use this time to do homework, play board games, create crafts, and have a snack. Cost for Short Stay is $375/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 first 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.


Upcoming Events

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Parents’ Night Out Events

Mark your calendars and enjoy a series of Parents’ Night Out events offered by Explore and Extend! On the dates listed below, students in Primary II–grade 5 can join us from 6:00–10:00 p.m., with pick-up at any time and a carpool running at 9:45 p.m.  

Students will have opportunities for board games, sports in the gym, arts and crafts, and a movie on the big screen in our Fine Arts Center. Older children will have opportunities to play video games on the large screen.  We will also be partnering with Just Play Sports, Olympia Tae Kwon Do, Mini–Star All Sports, City Art Works, and more to amp up the fun. Students attending will be given dinner as well as a snack for the end of evening movie.  

Don’t miss out on your night out—watch for the registration announcement in Wolf Watch.

December 6, 2019

January 24, 2019

February 21, 2019

March 27, 2019

April 24, 2019


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Margaret Newsom

Margaret Newsom
Director of Explore and Extend
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