Community Life

Community Life

When Lila McDill founded The Children’s School in 1970, she selected Midtown for its central location, diverse community and proximity to Atlanta’s business and cultural centers. Over the years, our ongoing commitment to being true, contributing members of both our Wolf Pack community and our larger Atlanta community has transformed a simple point on a map into one of our greatest assets.

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 programs for TCS students and students from metro-Atlanta; Enrichment activities like Basketball Fun, Championship Chess, and more; Day School Electives like TCS Voices, TCS Players, and Jr. Players for TCS students in grades 1 – 8; and TCS Athletics for TCS students in grades 3 – 8 like soccer, cross country, basketball, track & field, volleyball.

Discovery/EPIC

Discovery After-School Program (age 3 – grade 4)
Discovery is an after-school program for ages 3 – grade 4 students that is available from 3:15 – 6:00 p.m., Monday – Thursday and 2:15 – 6:00 p.m. on Fridays. Discovery includes outside recreation, teambuilding, homework time, and small group STEAM activities

For an additional fee, Discovery students also can sign up for Enrichment activities, (age 3 – grade 8), Day School Electives (grades 1 – 5), and TCS Athletics (grades 3 – 8). 

Click here to register for the Discovery.

EPIC (Extended Day Programming through Innovative Curricula) After-School Program (grades 5 – 8)
TCS students in grades 5 – 8 can take part in the EPIC program where they are encouraged to explore their interests and curiosities through a wide variety of clubs, workshops and leadership opportunities.

Seventh and eighth-grade students can take part in our Leadership Academy and have access to the Wolf Pack Lounge. The Leadership Academy is a continuation of our Counselor-in-Training (CIT) program from the summer. The Wolf Pack Lounge is an area designed to give seventh and eighth graders more autonomy and responsibility to complete their homework and catch up with friends. 

Come, explore,  learn, and be EPIC! Click here to register for EPIC.

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 include:

  • Acting classes
  • Amazing Athletes
  • Art Rods
  • Basketball Fun
  • Bricks4Kidz LEGO Club
  • Bricks4Kidz Video Game Design
  • Championship Chess
  • Cheerleading
  • Chinese with Yingli
  • Cooking classes
  • Dance classes
  • Double Dutch
  • Kids TV
  • Kids Yoga
  • Magic
  • Maker’s Club
  • Pom Dance
  • Robocoding
  • Stempower Mentoring Program

Enrichment activities begin Tues., Aug. 13. Click here to register for fall 2019 Enrichment offerings.

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 include:

  • TCS Players (grades 6 – 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 – 5) teaches students basic theater skills to develop confidence, oratorical skills, and musical theater talent. 
  • TCS Voices (grades 1 – 5) is designed for students interested in choral singing and music appreciation through instrumentation, music theory, and choral performance.
  • The Voices Show Ensemble (grades 6 – 8) consists of students who participate in our dynamic TCS Voices programming that also perform showpieces to convey an idea or concept.

2019-20 Day School Electives begin the week of Sept. 23. Click here to register!

 

Athletics

We know that physical fitness provides clear fuel for the brain to help power academics, so TCS offers competitive sports opportunities to students as young as third grade. Students in grades 3 – 5 participate in Intramural leagues 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/Intramural  girls cross country MAAC boys basketball MAAC  girls track & field
MAAC/Intramural  boys cross country Intramural  girls basketball MAAC boys track & field
MAAC Ultimate Frisbee
MAAC/Intramural  Co-ed 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.

If your child attends another local school and you’re interested in enrolling them in the TCS Discovery or EPIC program, contact Vaunghn Benjamin at 404-873-6985 ext. 4618 or email vaughnb@tcsatl.org.

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.

Enrichment offerings begin on the first day of school, Tues., Aug. 13. TCS Athletics begin Tues., August 21. Day School Electives begin the week of Sept. 16.

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