Ten new Learning Tree sites added for upcoming school year

June 22, 2012

Ten more Northside schools will soon join the 45 other elementary and middle school campuses that offer the award winning Learning Tree after-school program.

New Learning Tree school sites for the 2012-13 school year include:

  • Blattman Elementary School
  • Colonies North Elementary School
  • Elrod Elementary School
  • Leon Springs Elementary School
  • Los Reyes Elementary School
  • May Elementary School
  • Nichols ES
  • Oak Hills Terrace Elementary School
  • Ott Elementary School
  • Steubing Elementary School

Offered since the late 1990s, Northside’s Learning Tree program offers enrichment activities that reinforce academic subjects taught during the school day. The structure and variety offered makes the program a unique experience. It is an extension of the school day, providing a safe and structured environment that promotes academic enrichment and social success.

(Watch NISD-TV video about the Learning Tree program.)

Parent involvement is also strongly encouraged by offering numerous parent-oriented events in a variety of topics such as communication, parenting skills, and nutrition.  Community speakers are often invited to share lessons on topics such as character, service, and healthy lifestyles.

All Learning Tree staff members are Northside employees and are trained by the District using an approved curriculum. It is run by the Adult and Community Education Department, known for its long history of providing quality programming for children.

Although Learning Tree can accommodate up to 160 students at certain sites, there is an average teacher to student ratio of 1 to 18. The staff includes after school program specialists, site leaders, and youth leaders, many of whom are college students studying to become teachers.

Anyone interested in working for the Learning Tree program can apply online or call (210) 397-8102 for information.

Some Learning Tree programs are grant-based, funded at no or low cost to families, and other sites are tuition-based, with families responsible for the entire cost of monthly tuition.

Learning Tree is open each school day. The elementary programs begin at 2:45 p.m. and the middle school programs begin at 3:45 p.m. Closing times vary by site, and some offer bus transportation home. Attendance is taken each day and parents must sign out their children at pickup time.

Visit any Northside Learning Tree site and you'll see students that are active, engaged, learning, and above all, having fun. For more information about the Learning Tree and for a complete list of participating schools, call (210) 397-8102 or visit the Learning Tree website.