Community Life

Community Life

The Children’s School is an active participant in our Midtown community. We’ve opened up our Extended Day and Summer Learning programs to families who attend other area schools that may not have such robust, enriching after-school activities and summer camps. We also run a book club for educators led by our head of school, and during the summer, the Master Class in Inclusive Leadership offers a three-day retreat for aspiring independent school leaders.

TCS is stepping up to help parents create the kind of community, city and country where we can raise children who are confident, self-aware and self-assured citizens who celebrate their authentic selves.

Nishant N. Mehta, Head of School

Extended Day
(age 3 - grade 8)

The Extended Day program includes Discovery (age 3 – grade 5) and EPIC (grades 6 – 8) which provide after-school learning and leadership opportunities for TCS students and students from metro-Atlanta. Discovery and EPIC focus on the arts, building/tinkering, environmental awareness, technology, and play and are available Monday – Thursday from 3:15-6:00 p.m. and 2:15-6:00 p.m. on Friday.

Our Extended Day program activities encourage children to explore and expand upon their passions through a broad range of fun and expansive opportunities, including visual, performing and exploratory arts; sports; leadership/entrepreneurial clubs; community service; and study hall.

Discovery/EPIC

Discovery Program (age 3 – grade 5)
Discovery, the extended-day program for age 3 – grade 5 students, is available from 3:15 – 6:00 p.m., Monday – Thursday and 2:15 – 6:00 p.m. on Fridays.  Discovery activities include recreational activities, athletics, technology and performance art, educational support, and specialty offerings.

EPIC (Extended Day Programming through Innovative Curricula) (grades 6-8)
EPIC students (grades 6 – 8) participate in student-driven, after-school activities to develop their leadership and entrepreneurial skills.

EPIC students also will:

  • Lead Discovery students during Extended Day whole program activities
  • Engage in after school community service learning experiences
  • Extend their learning through community partnerships with organizations like Piedmont Park, Museum of Design Atlanta (MoDA), and more

For an additional fee, EPIC students also can sign up for Enrichment activities, Day School Electives, and TCS Athletics Program.

Program Costs
All rates are for Discovery and EPIC, are for the school year, and include a healthy snack for Discovery/EPIC students. Contact Vaunghn Benjamin at 404-873-6985 ext. 4618 or email vaughnb@tcsatl.org for semester rates.

2019-20 Rates for
TCS Students
2019-20 Rates for
Extended Day-Only Students
5 days per week $3,087 $3,543
4 days per week $2,662 $2,952
3 days per week $2,113 $2,372
2 days per week $1,429 $1,792
1 day per week $756 $911

Drop-ins are permitted for a fee of $35.00 per day. You will be billed at the end of each month. Please make payments in the business office. Discovery and EPIC end at 6:00 p.m. A late fee of $5.00 per minute is charged for each minute after 6:00 p.m. Students arriving to or leaving the programs between 3:30 and 5:20 p.m. must sign in/out at the Extended Day checkout desk located in the main office (Building B). The checkout desk closes at 5:40 p.m. and carpool runs from 5:45-6:00 p.m. Please follow normal carpool procedures.

Arts

TCS’s musical, theater and visual arts programs provide special opportunities for children to explore their creativity and craft their self-expression. Participation introduces children to rich cultural traditions, builds confidence and helps them become compelling communicators – skills they’ll use whether their future is in
Carnegie Hall or the C-suite.

Enrichment Activities (Age 3 – Grade 8)
TCS students may take after-school classes and lessons  in the visual arts, dance and movement, music, drama, and sports. These classes take place Monday – Thursday from 3:15 – 6:00 p.m. and Fridays from 2:15 – 6:00 p.m. and are available to TCS students and  children in the surrounding community for an extra fee.

Enrichment activities for 2018 – 19 are:

  • Ballet
  • Basketball Fun
  • Championship Chess
  • Creative Dance
  • Imagination Station
  • Jazz/Hip Hop
  • Kids Film TV Class
  • The Ate Truths for Aspiring Young Millionaires
  • TCS Hiking Club

Day School Electives (Grades 2 – 8)
Day School Electives provide performance arts and technology opportunities for TCS students beyond school hours. The primary focus is on performance art with an emphasis on developing confidence and stage experiences in a safe performance environment.

Day School Electives for 2018-19 are:

  • TCS Audio Visual Club (grades 5 – 8) trains and encourages students to learn audio visual arts basics. They will focus on becoming content creators and young media arts entrepreneurs. The students will be required to produce several small projects during the semester taking the project from development to post-production.
  • TCS Creative Technology Team  (grades 6 – 8) explores technology in a hands-on, fun way from their unique areas of interest. The students will investigate programming, robotics/drones, and a wide array of computer science principles. The goal is to ignite a continuing interest in technology and develop a team to compete locally and nationally amongst other technology clubs.
  • TCS Players (grades 5 – 8) is our amateur theatrical company which produces a stellar musical production each spring while reinforcing the Building Character and Community (BCC) curriculum throughout the process.
  • TCS Jr. Players (grades 3 – 4) teaches students basic theater skills to develop confidence, oratorical skills, and musical theater talent.
  • TCS String Ensemble (grades 6 – 8) is an opportunity for students to grow in their music playing abilities, learn the fundamentals of music performance and theory, and enjoy a fun and lively setting in which to make beautiful music.
  • TCS Voices (grades 2 – 4) is designed for students interested in choral singing and music appreciation through instrumentation, music theory, and choral performance.

The Voices Show Ensemble (grades 5 – 8) consists of students who participate in our dynamic TCS Voices programming that also perform showpieces to convey an idea or concept.

Athletics

We know that physical fitness provides clear fuel for the brain to help power academics, so in 2016, TCS founded the Scholastic Atlanta Youth Sports League (SAYSL) to offer competitive sports opportunities to students as young as third grade. Students in grades 3 – 5 participate in SAYSL while students in grades 6–8 compete in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC), which is designed specifically for middle school student-athletes.

The sports offered this year are:

Fall
(August – October)
Winter
(November – February)
Spring
(March – May)
MAAC/SAYSL  girls cross country MAAC boys basketball MAAC  girls track & field
MAAC/SAYSL  boys cross country SAYSL girls basketball MAAC boys track & field
MAAC Ultimate Frisbee
MAAC/SAYSL  girls Volleyball
SASYL boys Volleyball

Frequently AskedQuestions

Monday – Thursday, 3:15 – 6:00 p.m.

Friday classes, 2:15 – 6:00 p.m.

Morning carpool runs 8:30 – 8:50 a.m. daily
Afternoon carpool runs 5:45 – 6:00 p.m. daily

To register your student for Discovery/EPIC, re-enrolled families may sign up at any time by logging into their Veracross Parent Portal and registering under Portal Links. New families need to wait until after July 1 when they receive their Veracross login information. All families can register for fall/winter  Enrichment, Day School Electives, or TCS Athletics on Mon., July 9.

All parents can register for spring Enrichment, Day School Electives, and TCS Athletics activities in early December.  Summer Camp registration opens in January.

Contact Vaunghn Benjamin at 404-873-6985 ext. 4618 or email vaughnb@tcsatl.org.

TCS Athletics and TCS Players & Jr. Players will begin Tues., August 21. Day School Electives and Enrichment activities will begin the week of Sept. 17.

Yes, homework time is provided for grades 2-8, however we do not provide homework help or assistance.

A snack is provided for Discovery, EPIC, TCS Players, TCS Jr. Players, TCS Athletics, and Enrichment students who attend Discovery/EPIC. All other students should pack an after-school snack. The snacks provided are nut free, and the snack flyer is posted  in Happenings in the calendar section. If your student has any other allergies, you are welcome to send a snack of your choice.

To ensure the safety of our students, all authorized caregivers must stop at the main office in Building B to check out students. EDSL front desk personnel will assist with the iPad checkout process. Once the iPad checkout process is completed, the EDSL front desk personnel will direct you to the student(s)’s location.

Meet the Team

Christy Robinson

Director of Extended Day & Summer Learning

christyr@tcsatl.org

Odvaungh Benjamin

Extended Day & Summer Learning Operations Manager

vaughnb@tcsatl.org

Kareemah Abdullah

EDSL Teacher Liaison & Discovery Coordinator

kareemaha@tcsatl.org

Sam Rathvon

EPIC Coordinator

samr@tcsatl.org

Parents
Association

Welcome to the Wolf Pack! As a TCS parent, you’re automatically a part of the Parents Association (PA)! Our goal is to foster community and help all families feel at home at TCS. One of the best ways to feel connected here is to meet other TCS families, and the PA is an easy way to do so. The PA meets the last Friday of every month to share what’s happening across our campus. There’s something for everyone within the PA no matter how much or little time you have, and we offer volunteer opportunities that suit a range of interests, schedules, and time commitments.

We encourage each family to sign up for at least one PA committee. You can find info about each committee and indicate your interest here on the Parents Association PowerSchool Learning page. 

We’re excited to get to know your family, and please feel free to reach out with questions at any time. 

Steve Cummings, PA Co-Chair
Beth Krebs, PA Co-Chair
Nikki Butts, Director of Institutional Advancement & Administrative Liaison to PA 

PA Committee Leadership

PA Co-chairs:
Steve Cummings
Beth Krebs

Auction Committee

Fall Festival Committee

Grandparents & Special Friends Day Committee

Hospitality Committee

Library Committee

Parent Ambassador Network (PAN)

Room Parent Committee

Wolf Pack Booster Club