Before & After School Programs

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 continuing 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.

Lower 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. 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.


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.
  • LS After School Activities Cycle 3 Ending Dates - Click here to view Final Class Dates.
  • Click here to view Cycle 3 After School Activities
  • Click here to register to pay for classes.

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 Continuing Service Program

The Continuing Service 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 5:45p.m., on a fee basis. There is no continuing service on days when students are dismissed at noon, due to teacher work days or in-service days. For more information, please contact Robin Mendelson.

  • LS After Care Hourly Rate: $10.00 per hour or fraction of.

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.


IMACS (Grades 1-5)

NSU University School's Lower School has recently developed a partnership with the Institute for Mathematics and Computer Science (IMACS). Classes are open to students entering grades 1-5 and will be held once a week after school. IMACS has been enhancing the education of students for over 20 years. The curriculum uses a unique approach to math education that enables students to develop strengths in logical, critical and abstract thinking skills. These special math classes are very beneficial to students of all age groups, particularly those who are naturally inquisitive or who have shown an early talent for math. Click here to view additional information about the program. Please note that although very similar to the Lower School's approach to Mathematics, placement levels in IMACS are not always commensurate with Lower School Math class placement.


Leadership

K-Kids

As the Lower School's Key Club, K-Kids is the fastest growing service organization for elementary students worldwide. A unique bonus is that Upper School Key Club members mentor and help encourage the Lower School participants.

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. To join K-Kids, students simply review the membership form with their parents and return the signed form to Dr. Womack. While the ideal time to do this is prior to the first K-Kids meeting, students may join throughout the school year so long as they present the required signed form signaling parental authorization.

Sample K-Kids community service projects:

  • Making peanut butter sandwiches for the homeless
  • Sponsoring school food drives
  • Creating posters to support 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.
Contact: Faculty Advisor, Dr. Womack at dwomack@nova.edu or (954-262-4565)

Safety Patrol

Safety Patrol is open to any 5th grade student who displays qualities of good character. A Safety Patrol must be responsible, dependable, courteous and committed to patrol in the morning from 7:45 to 8:10 a.m. When assigned, students must be available each morning 5 days a week during your assigned time.

Due to the large number of students who volunteer for Safety Patrol, three groups of approximately 20 students each, rotate every three weeks. Therefore, if you are in Group I – you will patrol for three weeks, then rest for the next six weeks while the other two groups patrol.

Mrs. Propos will speak to the entire 5th grade about Safety Patrol on the first day of school. Application forms will be available at that time and she will answer any questions students may have about the program.

Contact: Faculty Advisor, Janet Propos at jpropos@nova.edu


Journalism

Shining Sun Newspaper

Published twice a year, the Shining Sun newspaper reflects the voice of the entire Lower School. Students in 4th and 5th grade meet once a week to learn informative writing, effective researching, and open-ended interviewing.

Each session is 8 weeks long and meetings are held every Thursday from 2:30-3:00pm.
Contact: Faculty Advisor, Fanya DeMaria at demariaf@nova.edu

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.

One four-week session, mornings: 7:50 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.
Contact: Faculty Advisor, Nancy Cantor at bcantor@nova.edu

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.

Two issues produced each year.
Contact: Faculty Advisor, Nancy Cantor at bcantor@nova.edu


Business

Student store

The Student Store is an activity available to students in fifth grade. Two students work each morning from 7:45 to 8:10 a.m. Students may sign up at any time when the store is open. Safety Patrol Students may sign up to work in the School Store during their "time off".

Mornings: 7:45 a.m. – 8:10 a.m.
Contact: Faculty Advisor, Janet Propos at jpropos@nova.edu


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.
Contact: Faculty Advisor, Sr. Moreno at jm2149@nova.edu.


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 3:00 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.

Contact: Faculty Advisor, Nancy Cantor at bcantor@nova.edu


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

The Fintastix are a group of 30 auditioned singers from grades 2-5 who love to perform and entertain. They are a high energy show choir and have a fine reputation in our Nova University community.

Tuesdays: 2:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. and Thursdays: 2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Contact: Faculty Advisor, Debi Gill at debigill@nova.edu.

Shark Express

This group is made up of students who love to start their day with a song! Students in grades 2-5 (no audition needed) are welcome to join. Come sing and have some fun with your friends.

Tuesdays and Wednesdays: 7:45 a.m. -.8:15 a.m. in the music room.
Contact: Faculty Advisor, Debi Gill at debigill@nova.edu

Sun Pipers

Sun Pipers play recorder music. Students in grades 4 and 5, with a "Black Belt" in Recorder Karate are welcome to join Piper Sharks.

Wednesdays: 2:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. and Thursdays: 7:45 a.m. – 8:15 a.m.
Contact: Faculty Advisor, Debi Gill at debigill@nova.edu.

Shark Chimes

This group is made up of 14 musicians from grades 4 and 5 who love to play chimes. Students do not need to know how to read music to join. They will be taught the special technique of ringing chimes and creating beautiful music.

Mondays: 2:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. and
Tuesdays: 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
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 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.

At the start of each school year, mentors for Campus Companions present the program to all 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades. Those students interested in the program are given a membership application and asked to discuss their participation in the program with their parents. Parental consent is required for participation. Signed forms are returned to Dr. Womack.

Not all that apply are able to find a mentor. Therefore it is best to get the application in as soon as possible following the initial presentation.

Tuesdays: 3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Lower School guidance office
Contact: Faculty Advisor, Dr. Womack at dwomack@nova.edu or (954-262-4565)

Fintastic Help

Students may take advantage of daily academic extra-help per individual teacher schedules.

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.

Contact: Faculty Advisor, Dr. Womack at dwomack@nova.edu or (954-262-4565)

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: Faculty Advisor, Dr. Womack at dwomack@nova.edu or (954-262-4565)

Contact Information

If you have any questions about before or after care options, or would like to register, please contact Tracy Leveillee at (954) 262-4482.

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 After Care

The Supervised After Care offering is for students needing to stay later than the normal 3:10 school day. It is available on a daily, as needed basis, for a fee of $10 per hour.

Students attending extra-help sessions, test make-up, or after school clubs must report to Supervised After Care if not picked up when their after school activity is completed. All students must be picked up by 5:30 pm.

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 & After School Programs

University School 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.