The Learning Tree after-school enrichment program is offered at all Northside ISD elementary and middle schools providing students a safe, supervised environment with academic, social, and recreational opportunities. In the 2015-2016 school year, the District-operated after-school program serves more than 6.800 students at 95 schools.
Learning Tree also offers full-day Summer Camps with five camps planned for summer 2016 at Krueger, Kuentz, McDermott, Mireles, and Murnin elementary schools. Online registration is available on the Learning Tree Summer Camp website.
“Learning Tree offers a quality after-school program meant to enhance what happens during the school day,” said Lydia Martinez, Director of Adult and Community Education. “It continues the learning in a different and fun way. The best compliment we receive is when children tell their parents, ‘don’t pick me early’ because they want to be there and participate in all the activities.”
The Learning Tree program is curriculum-based and a typical day includes time for snack, homework, and enrichment activities. Activities emphasize science, math, reading, health and nutrition, college and workforce readiness, and community service. The middle school program is called Club LT and is tailored to meet the needs of older students.
Learning Tree runs from the end of the school day until 5:30 or 6:30 p.m., depending on the site, and is also available on District Early Release Days. Some programs are tuition-based and others are grant-funded. Discounts and scholarships are available. Registration is ongoing throughout the year, though it’s best to register during the summer for the upcoming school year as space is limited and staff must be hired.
The more than 600 staff members are all trained NISD employees and each campus has its own Site Leader. The part-time jobs are a good fit for college students studying education and Learning Tree is constantly hiring to fill positions.
There are also monthly family engagement opportunities with evening events to showcase student learning and activities such as art projects and game nights.
“We work to meet the needs of all our students by providing fun age-appropriate activities that keep them productive and engaged after school,” said Martinez.
For more information or to register children, visit the Learning Tree website.