Northside School District’s After School Program(s) offer opportunities for children to access academic enrichment, social, and recreational experiences in an environment that is safe and supervised. It is run by the Northside's Community Education Department. This department aligns itself with The Texas Education Agency’s expectations, as well as NISD’s high standards of all staff, and maintains the rigor and expectations of our students throughout their day.
Enrichment activities are guided by Problem Based Learning principles. Lessons adhere to the same standards teachers use, The Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS). Students experience these skills through hands-on, interactive, and multi-sensory activities. Thus, activities facilitate: problem-solving, creativity, intellectual curiosity, and flexibility. Curriculum topics include: Science, Math, Language Arts, Social Studies, College/ Workforce, and a special emphasis is placed on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math). STEM activities also include statistics and data-driven decision making, differentiated for each grade level.
There are also monthly events to provide engaging learning experiences as a family unit, and offer information for parents in a variety of topics such as communication, parenting, and nutrition.
Top 5 Reasons to participate in Learning Tree After-School Care
1. Fun learning
3. Direct supervision
4. Community partners and resources
5. Northside excellence
Registration, Fee and Payment Information
Registration for children returning to in person instruction:
Is your child coming back to in-person learning? Need after school care? Be sure to register for the Learning Tree After-school Enrichment Program.
Parents and families with children returning to in-person instruction can register for Learning Tree by clicking on the Kids Care Center Parent Portal listed below. Tuition is $235 a month for elementary and $75 for middle school students. There is a $30 non refundable registration fee per child. Space is limited. The hours of operation are from school release to 6:30 pm. Reduced tuition available for families meeting the criteria. Registration for the 2020-2021 ends in mid April 2020.
21st Century Community Learning Centers-Texas After School Centers on Education (ACE):
The Texas ACE is a grant program administered by the Texas Education Agency (TEA) and funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s 21st Century Community Learning Centers program in an effort to help foster student’s academic success by improving attendance, behavior, and academics.
Northside ISD currently has 9 Learning Tree/Club LT sites funded through the Texas Education Agency (TEA) through 2020-2021. The sites are:
- Colonies North Elementary
- Jones Middle School
- Glen Oaks Elementary
- Rayburn Middle School
- McDermott Elementary
- Ross Middle School
- Valley Hi Elementary
- Rudder Middle School
- Westwood Terrace Elementary
City of San Antonio (COSA) After School Challenge Program Sites:
Northside ISD and the City of San Antonio currently fund 5 Learning Tree sites at:
- Allen Elementary
- Cable Elementary
- Martin Elementary
- Passmore Elementary
- Powell Elementary
Northside ISD Learning Tree Tuition Based Sites:
- Adams Hill
- Bernal MS
- Braun Station
- Briscoe MS
- Carlos Coon
- Connally MS
- Folks MS
- Garcia MS
- Hobby MS
- Jefferson MS
- Jordan MS
- Leon Springs
- Leon Valley
- Locke Hill
- Los Reyes
- Luna MS
- Mary Hull
- Meadow Village
- Monroe May
- Neff MS
- Northwest Crossing
- Oak Hills Terrace
- Pease MS
- Rawlinson MS
- Stevenson MS
- Stinson MS
- Vale MS
- Zachry MS
Dr. Folks Scholarship Program 2020-2021
The Dr. John Folks Scholarship Program strives to make the Learning Tree Program accessible to as many students as possible. The goals of the program are to provide a safe place for students to engage in productive activities during the after school hours, and to promote parental involvement in order to stress the importance of the parent role in their child's education. A limited number of tuition waivers are available. In order to be considered for this scholarship, the following criterias must be met:
- Qualify for Financial Hardship (Household income must be within the limits of the Federal Income Eligibility Guidelines). Proof of income will need to be provided.
- Have a Child Care Need (working parents, custodial grandparents, foster parents, or parents attending school).
- Proof of work employment and copy of work schedule will be required.
- Proof of enrollment in school and copy of Fall or Spring schedule will be required if applicable.
- Legal documents to support Foster Placement or guardianship of a child.
- If you do not work due to a disability, you must provide copies of your Social Security and Supplemental Security Income or VA Disability)
- Require Child Care Need due Unemployment Status (If approved, you will receive a two month waiver to obtain employment, if you are unable to provide proof of employment after two weeks, you will be placed on our reduced rate program).
- Must provide proof of unemployment benefits
- Provide letter of separation from previous employer/ Proof of previous employment.
- Must provide proof of unemployment benefits
|Dates||Announcement Date||Scholarship Effective|
|Oct. 19th - Nov. 13th||3-5 business days upon receipt||November|
|Nov. 14th – Dec. 11th||3-5 business days upon receipt||December|
|Dec. 12th – Jan. 8th||3-5 business days upon receipt||January|
*Please allow us 3-5 business days to review and submit our recommendation to the Dr. Folks Scholarship Committee. You will be notified if you have been selected, not selected, or recommended for reduced rate during that time frame. Thank you for your patience and understanding.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is Learning Tree?
Who can I talk to if I have questions about Learning Tree?
What kinds of things will my child do in Learning Tree?
Who provides my child their afternoon snack and what snacks are provided?
All of our snacks that fall under our regular school day calendar are provided by the NISD Child Nutrion Department. We make a strong attempt to provide a healty snack each day. To view our snack schedule for 2020-2021, please download our NISD After School Snack Menu/Schedule.
Will Learning Tree staff check my child’s homework to ensure it is correct?
Why is it free at my school?
NISD is the current recipient of a Texas Afterschool Centers on Education™ (ACE) grant, 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 for students of working parents or full-time students. The grant provides funding so that working parents are not charged for this program.
Why isn't there a free Learning Tree program at all schools?
What documentation is necessary to verify parents are employed or going to school?
Why are there rules about attendance and early/late pickup times at ACE Learning Tree Sites?
What about times when my child is sick and did not attend school, or my child has an appointment?
As a parent, am I expected to participate in the ACE Learning Tree?
Is bus transportation available for my child at ACE Learning Tree sites?
For general information about Learning Tree, please call 210-397-8102.
For questions about tuition and payments, please call 210-397-8108.
Our mailing address is:
NISD Learning Tree
c/o Adult & Community Education
6632 Bandera Rd.
San Antonio, TX 78238