Before/After School Programs

NSU University School provides a variety of before and after school activities that not only enhance the regular school day program, but offers parents options for after care at the end of the school day. Each of our programs are developmentally age-appropriate and give students numerous opportunities to express their unique talents.

  • Lower School
  • Middle School
  • Upper School

Contact Information

If you have any questions about before or after care options, or would like to register, please call Robin Mendelson at (954) 262-4523.

NSU University School encourages students to pursue interests and improve skills beyond the regular school curriculum. The activities listed below help make this happen.

After School Activities

Our After School Activities program is a virtual buffet of activities delivered fresh each year. Each session, students can choose a class to satisfy a curiosity, expand their horizons, or gain familiarity with an extra-curricular activity before fully committing to it. Classes are taught by teachers and/or teacher aides. Weekday afternoons: 3:15 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Fees apply.


Academy of the Arts at NSU University School

NSU University School provides extracurricular arts education for students and adults through what is now known as The Academy of the Arts at NSU University School. Designed as an out growth of the School’s rich curricular programs in performing and visual arts, the program focuses on providing further enrichment opportunities after school.

Private music lessons are offered in voice, piano, strings and other instruments. Group lessons are also taught in Dance, Digital Photography and Drawing/Painting. The instructors for each of these disciplines is either a full time member of our faculty or is a professional adjunct instructor recommend by the Fine Arts Department. Some of our instructor’s bios and photos are already available for your perusal. More information concerning our instructors and registration process will be posted within the next few weeks and we apologize for the delay.


The After Care Program

The After Care Program is a logical extension of the regular school day. The goal of the program is to provide a relaxed environment in which your child/children can participate in planned activities including arts and crafts, board games, movies, organized and free outdoor play activities, supervised homework, and/or recreational reading. Early morning supervision is provided daily from 7:30 a.m. to 8:05 a.m., at no charge. After school care is provided between the hours of 2:45 p.m. and 5:45 p.m., on a fee basis. There is no after care on days when students are dismissed at noon, due to teacher work days or in-service days. For more information, please contact Robin Mendelson.


Intramural Sports

Intramural sports are available in grades 2-5 and offer students an opportunity to develop team work and team spirit in a controlled competitive environment.

Season 1 – Basketball 4th and 5th Grades
Season 2 – Basketball 2nd and 3rd Grade
Season 3 – Basketball 3rd through 5th Grade
Weekday afternoons: 2:45 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.


Leadership

K-Kids

As the Lower School's Key Club, K-Kids is the fastest growing service organization for elementary students worldwide. All 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students are given the opportunity at the start of each school year to view a presentation by Key Club members and join. A unique bonus is that Upper School Key Club members mentor and help encourage the Lower School participants.

Sample K-Kids projects:

  • Making peanut butter sandwiches for the homeless.
  • Sponsoring food drives in the school.
  • Creating posters to support NSU University School sports teams.
  • Attending school sporting events with Key Club members to jointly promote school-spirit and instill good sportsmanship.

Thursdays: 3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Safety Patrol

Safety Patrol is open to any 5th grade student who displays good character. A Safety Patrol must be responsible, dependable, courteous and committed to patrolling from 7:45 a.m. to 8:10 a.m. When assigned, students must be available and serve all five days of that week.


Journalism

WUTV

Our school's closed circuit television studio is run by 5th grade students who rotate through every area—camera operator, switcher, sound board operator, character generator, anchor and weather person. Participants must arrive at the WUTV studio at 7:50 a.m. The student-produced live news show is presented at 8:15 a.m. every morning. Students serve for one four-week session.

Treasures and Dreams

Treasures and Dreams is the Lower School literary magazine. It is published twice each school year and highlights the best writing from Lower School students. Production staff members, selected from grades 2-5, are recommended by classroom teachers based on artistic talent. Student staff members create all the illustrations for the magazine and serve on a single issue.


Business

Student store

The Student Store activity is available to all students in 5th grade. Two students work each morning from 7:45 a.m. to 8:10 a.m.


Language

Spanish Club

"El Club de Español" is open to all students from grades 3-5. Participants engage in activities that expose them to the Hispanic language and culture. Examples include games, arts and crafts, music, folk tales and cooking. A Spanish-only speaking policy is encouraged during club meetings to help students advance more quickly.

Thursdays: 2:30 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.


Literature

Three types of book clubs are offered by the Lower School Media Center.

The Family Book Club

Every other month, families gather for activities centered on a book selected by the Media Specialist, Mrs. Cantor. In addition to a book discussion, participants visit the author's website and engage in other activities related to the book choice.

Meetings are held Fridays at 2:30 p.m. Families may attend any meeting they wish.

Sunshine State Book Clubs

Grade-level book clubs are available to grades 3-5. Students meet with Mrs. Cantor during their lunchtime and discuss books from the Sunshine State Young Readers' Award program. Students may attend any meeting they wish.

Kids' Choice Book Club

This club meets one Friday a month to discuss books that are chosen by and are popular with students. Meetings take place from 2:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.


Performance

All Lower School music groups perform for school assemblies as well as a winter and spring concert held in the Epstein Center for the Arts.

Fintastix

Fintastix: is an auditioned, high energy show choir open to 2nd-5th grade students who love to perform.  This group of 30 singers performs at all school assemblies, the Holiday Show in December and the Spring Concert in May. They also travel into the community to entertain.  They have been a part of “Christmas on Las Olas” for the past 3 years and were honored to ride on Channel 10’s “Big Bus Toy Express” the past two Decembers. They meet Tuesdays 3:30-4:00pm and Thursdays from 3:00-4:00pm

Audition dates are August 29-31st, 7:30-8:15am

The audition song, “America”, can be picked up in the music rm.

Callbacks will be posted September 2nd on the music bulletin board in the hallway. 

Callbacks will take place September 6-8 at 7:30-8:15am.

The 15 new Fintastix will be posted at NOON, September 9th

Fintastix will start meeting on September 13th 3:00-3:30pm.

Contact: Faculty Advisor, Debi Gill at debigill@nova.edu

Shark Express

Shark Express: Is a vocal performance group open to 2nd-5th grade students who love to sing. This large group sings at all school assemblies and performs in a Holiday Concert in December and Spring Concert in May. They meet every Tuesday and Wednesday, in the music room, from 7:45am-8:15am. Start Date: September 13th 7:45-8:15am

Contact: Faculty Advisor, Debi Gill at debigill@nova.edu

Piper Sharks

Piper Sharks are a recorder group open to 3rd-5th grade students who have earned their “Black Belt” in Recorder Karate. (They need to learn to play 9 songs, during their Music Class Time, in order to be a part of the Piper Sharks.) The Piper Sharks perform for all school assemblies and the Winter Concert in December and Spring Concert in May.

They meet Wednesdays 3:00-3:30pm and Thursdays 7:45-8:15am.

Start Date: Thursday, September 15, 7:45-8:15am

Contact: Faculty Advisor, Debi Gill at debigill@nova.edu

Shark Sounds

NEW Shark Sounds is a group of xylophone/small percussion instrument players from Grades 3-5. If you are interested in learning how to read music and play xylophones, this is the group for you. Shark Sounds perform at all school assemblies and the Winter Concert in December and Spring Concert in May.

They meet Mondays from 3:00-3:30 and Tuesdays from 3:30-4:00pm, in the music room. 

Start Date: Monday, September 19th, 3:00-3:30pm

Contact: Faculty Advisor, Debi Gill at debigill@nova.edu


Environment

Go Green

Go Green allows 5th grade students who have an interest in environmental issues to take action above and beyond regular classroom activities. The group chooses meaningful activities and projects related to specific environmental concerns, and also performs various collaborative activities with the Upper School Green Team.

Thursdays: 2:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.


Additional Clubs and Before/After School Services

Campus Companions

Modeled similarly to the Big Brothers/Big Sisters program, Campus Companions help students adjust to, and develop skills for handling, the social stresses that we all face. Upper School students who serve as Companions are recommended by faculty, further screened by staff, and then trained in interpersonal communication. Each Companion also signs a contract agreeing to maintain program responsibilities and policies.

Campus Companions meet Tuesdays from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Banana Splits

Banana Splits is a support group for students in grades 1-5 who may be experiencing stress associated with recent life-event changes. Children whose parents have or are in the process of separation or divorce are provided with a small support group experience.

During group meetings led by the Lower School Guidance Counselor, students are encouraged to ask questions, clarify conflicts and share feelings regarding their own personal situations. Students are instructed to treat all discussions as confidential.

Groups are constructed of similarly-aged students referred by faculty for whom parental consent has been granted. Group meetings are scheduled to ensure students miss a minimum amount of time from academics. Parents who are interested should contact their child's teacher.

Friendship Club

Friendship Club helps examine and address how children interact with each other. Specifically, the club seeks to identify the special qualities that each child possesses, clarify values, and develop new pro-social skills. The goal is to enable children to develop solid, long-lasting friendships.

Friendship Club is open to students in grades 1-5, and groups of similarly-aged students meet on a regular basis with the Lower School Guidance Counselor. Participation is based on faculty recommendation and parental consent. Group meetings are scheduled to ensure students miss a minimum amount of time from academics. Parents who are interested should contact their child's teacher.

Contact Information

If you have any questions about before or after care options, or would like to register, please contact Fred Malan at (954) 262-4444.

Middle School Before and After School Programs

Students have the option of participating in extra-curricular athletics and/or arts opportunities, clubs, and daily academic extra-help per individual teacher schedule. A limited number of fee – based instructional classes are also available.

Supervised Study/Playground (After Care)

The Supervised Study/Playground offering is for students needing to stay later than the normal 3:10 school day and choosing not to enroll in instructional classes, participate in a school sponsored extra-curricular activity, or attend a curriculum-related extra-help session. It is available on a daily, as needed, basis for a nominal fee. Students attending extra-help sessions, test make-up, or after school clubs must also report to the supervised study/playground area if not picked up when their after school activity is completed.

Academy of the Arts at NSU University School

NSU University School provides extracurricular arts education for students and adults through what is now known as The Academy of the Arts at NSU University School. Designed as an out growth of the School’s rich curricular programs in performing and visual arts, the program focuses on providing further enrichment opportunities after school.

Private music lessons are offered in voice, piano, strings and other instruments. Group lessons are also taught in Dance, Digital Photography and Drawing/Painting. The instructors for each of these disciplines is either a full time member of our faculty or is a professional adjunct instructor recommend by the Fine Arts Department. Some of our instructor’s bios and photos are already available for your perusal. More information concerning our instructors and registration process will be posted within the next few weeks and we apologize for the delay.

Get Involved Today

If you would like more information about how your child can get involved in the Upper School, please contact Karen Martin at (954) 262-4401.

Upper School Before and After School Programs

University School's Upper School campus is booming with activity at the end of each school day as more than 75% of our students are involved in either fine or performing arts opportunities, athletic events, and/or community service or club activities. Our students utilize these after school activities as way to connect with their school, establish friendships, and ultimately contribute to their community.

Academy of the Arts at NSU University School

NSU University School provides extracurricular arts education for students and adults through what is now known as The Academy of the Arts at NSU University School. Designed as an out growth of the School’s rich curricular programs in performing and visual arts, the program focuses on providing further enrichment opportunities after school.

Private music lessons are offered in voice, piano, strings and other instruments. Group lessons are also taught in Dance, Digital Photography and Drawing/Painting. The instructors for each of these disciplines is either a full time member of our faculty or is a professional adjunct instructor recommend by the Fine Arts Department. Some of our instructor’s bios and photos are already available for your perusal. More information concerning our instructors and registration process will be posted within the next few weeks and we apologize for the delay.