Frequently Asked Questions
What is Learning Tree?
The purpose of the Learning Tree program is to offer opportunities for children to access academic, enrichment, social and recreational experiences in an after-school environment that is safe and supervised.
Who can I talk to if I have questions about Learning Tree?
Each campus has its own After School Program Specialist, a professional who oversees all aspects of the program. The Learning Tree After School Programs are under the direction of Ester Buendia Diaz, Coordinator for Afterschool Programs. The ACE (grant funded) Learning Tree sites are supervised by Terry Perez, ACE Coordinator.
What kinds of things will my child do in Learning Tree?
In collaboration with MindWorks Resources, Learning Tree uses a curriculum written by MindWorks Resources whose diverse teams of experts specialize in language development, literacy, and learning styles in children. The curriculum focuses on hands-on, interactive, educational material that engages students in multi-sensory learning experiences. Each nine week curriculum topics include Science, Math, Language Arts, Social Studies, or College/Workforce Readiness. In addition students participate in community service, service-learning, wellness, and character development.
Will Learning Tree staff check my child’s homework to ensure it is correct?
While our staff will ensure a quiet period in which to do homework, and will assist if possible, it is each parent's responsibility to ensure homework is completed and correct when the child arrives at home.
Tuition Based Learning Tree Questions
When is my tuition due, and when are late fees assessed?
All tuition is due on the first of the month regardless if the day falls on a weekend or weekday. If payment has not been received by the 5th day of the month, a late fee of $25 will be added to the payment on the 6th day. Late pick up fees are assessed at $1 per minute, and will be added to the monthly tuition.
How do I pay my tuition?
You can submit payment online through the parent portal. You can mail payments to: Learning Tree, Attention: Bookkeeper (Please note student name and campus on the check or money order.)
6632 Bandera Rd.
San Antonio, TX 78238
You may hand deliver your payments to 6632 Bandera Rd., Bldg D, Monday-Friday, 8:30 AM— 4:30 PM. Payments cannot be accepted on any of our campuses.
Who do I call if I have questions about my payments?
Please call our main office at 397– 8108.
Who do I call if I have technical questions about my online account?
Please call Carrie Rios at 397-2681.
Grant Funded (ACE) Learning Tree Questions
Why is it free at my school?
NISD is the current recipient of two Texas Afterschool Centers on Education™ (ACE) grants, administered by the Texas Education Agency (TEA) and funded by the 21st CCLC Program administered by the US Department of Education. The ACE Learning Tree program provides a structured, safe, and supervised place for learning and social interaction. The program connects the after school hours to the school day by expanding learning and enrichment activities that can improve student achievement. The goals also include: to improve attendance, behavior, promotion rates, graduation rates, and preparation for college or the workforce. The grant provides funding so that parents are not charged for this program.
Why isn't there a free Learning Tree program at all schools?
This is a very competitive grant, and only certain schools qualify, so not all schools in NISD will have a free ACE Learning Tree program. Sites which are not funded by ACE are still called Learning Tree, but these other sites are regular tuition sites or sites that are sponsored by other grants and funding sources.
Why are there rules about attendance and early/late pickup times?
ACE Learning Tree is not a daycare or "drop in" program. To make best use of our grant funds, as well as to meet student attendance and data requirements, we ask that parents allow their child to attend the program consistently and for the entire program time. The program ends at 5:30 PM and our staff is off-duty at that time. Picking up your child earlier than 5:15 PM or later than 5:30 PM will result in an early/late pickup slip. Parents who accumulate 3 early or late pickup slips per semester, may have their child withdrawn from Learning Tree.
What about times when my child is sick and did not attend school, or my child has an appointment?
A child who accumulates 3 unexcused absences per semester in ACE Learning Tree, may be withdrawn from the program. Being absent from school is excused, and will be verified with the attendance secretary. Going to a doctor's appointment is excused with a note from the doctor's office. Going to sports practice, dance lessons, shopping, etc is unexcused.
As a parent, am I expected to participate in the ACE Learning Tree?
Yes! In order to meet additional grant requirements of parent participation, we ask parents to attend our monthly events. These events will be held one – two evenings each month and cover various series and topics of interest. All parents will be surveyed at various times during the year to determine interest on learning topics. A monthly newsletter will be sent home letting you know about upcoming events.
Is bus transportation available for my child at ACE Learning Tree sites?
Yes, transportation is provided at most grant sites, but not all. Please check with the individual program to confirm.