After School Education

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

2. Enrichment

3. Direct supervision

4. Community partners and resources

5. Northside excellence

Registration, Fee and Payment Information

Registration for 2021-2022 School Year:

Is your child coming back to in-person learning for the 2021-2022 school year? Need after school care? Be sure to register for the Learning Tree After-school Enrichment Program beginning June 1, 2021 .

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 $250 a month for elementary and $175 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 2021-2022 ends in mid April 2022. For reduced rate inquiries, please contact Carrie Rios at carrie.rios@nisd.net.


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 10 Learning Tree/Club LT sites funded through the Texas Education Agency (TEA) through 2021-2022. The sites are:

  • Adams Hill Elementary
  • Colonies North Elementary
  • Jones Middle School
  • Glenoaks Elementary
  • Martin Elementary
  • McDermott Elementary
  • Mead Elementary
  • Rayburn Middle School
  • Ross Middle School
  • Rudder Middle School

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
  • Passmore Elementary
  • Powell Elementary
  • Westwood Terrace Elementary

Northside ISD Learning Tree Tuition Based Sites:

  • Aue
  • Beard
  • Behlau
  • Bernal MS
  • Blattman
  • Boldt
  • Boone
  • Brauchle
  • Braun Station
  • Briscoe MS
  • Burke
  • Carlos Coon
  • Carnahan
  • Carson
  • Cody
  • Cole
  • Connally MS
  • Driggers
  • Ellison
  • Elrod
  • Esparza
  • Evers
  • Fernandez
  • Fields
  • Fisher
  • Folks MS
  • Forester
  • Franklin
  • Galm
  • Garcia MS
  • Glass
  • Glenn
  • Hatchett
  • Helotes
  • Henderson
  • Hobby MS
  • Hoffman
  • Howsman
  • Jefferson MS
  • Jordan MS
  • Kallison
  • Knowlton
  • Krueger
  • Kuentz
  • Langley
  • Leon Springs
  • Leon Valley
  • Lewis
  • Lieck
  • Linton
  • Locke Hill
  • Los Reyes
  • Luna MS
  • McAndrew
  • Mary Hull
  • Meadow Village
  • Michael
  • Mireles
  • Monroe May
  • Mora
  • Murnin
  • Myers
  • Neff MS
  • Nichols
  • Northwest Crossing
  • Oak Hills Terrace
  • Ott
  • Pease MS
  • Raba
  • Rawlinson MS
  • Rhodes
  • Scarborough
  • Scobee
  • Steubing
  • Stevenson MS
  • Stinson MS
  • Straus MS
  • Thornton
  • Timberwilde
  • Tomlinson
  • Vale MS
  • Valley Hi
  • Villarreal
  • Wanke
  • Ward
  • Wernli
  • Zachry MS

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. Tuition-based programs also have Site Leaders (on-site managers.) 

What kinds of things will my child do in Learning Tree?

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. Curriculum topics include Science, Math, Language Arts, Social Studies, or College/Workforce Readiness. In addition students participate in curriculums covering college and workforce readiness, entrepreneurship, art, and character development.

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 Nutrition Department.  We make a strong attempt to provide a healthy snack each day. 

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.

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?

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.

What documentation is necessary to verify parents are employed or going to school?

For grant funded sites and possible scholarship applicants, we require two months worth of payroll stubs and/or college class schedule that shows the parents name.

Why are there rules about attendance and early/late pickup times at ACE Learning Tree Sites?

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. Parents who accumulate 3 early or late pickup or 3 absences 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. 

As a parent, am I expected to participate in the ACE Learning Tree?

Yes! In order to meet additional grant requirements of parent participation, parents must attend our monthly events. These events will be held once 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 all grant sites.  
Contact information

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