After-School Programs

Our after-school Adventures and 1890 Athletic Club programs provide enrichment, fun and care for US boys after the school day ends. 

Boys can pursue a specific interest through our clubs, sports, and music options. Or they can choose our care program which provides opportunities for younger boys to interact through games, activities, and outside play; and for older boys to enjoy quiet time to read and complete homework. 

It is our goal to provide a varied and rich after-school experience for students. Structured and unstructured play is a great way for boys to grow as independent learners. Led by experienced staff who understand boys, Adventures is an excellent option for your son's after-school needs.

Adventures Care

We offer Adventures Care after hours for every full day of school. Our program is open from the end of the school day until 6:00 pm.

Boys in Jr. Kindergarten through grade 4 will receive a healthy snack, and then have some quiet play or homework time. They will be able to go outside, weather-dependent, or play games and work on crafts inside.
Older boys in grades 5 through 8 complete their homework first, and then have the opportunity to play interactive games or enjoy quiet time. On nice days, they may play outside. Activities are varied and reflect the interests of the boys. 

Adventures Clubs & Music

This program includes a variety of after-school programs ranging from enrichment to fun. We have offered everything from chess to skiing to piano, and many activities in between. Some of our most popular programs are “Adrenaline Monkey,” “Triathlon”, and “Games Club.”  These are run by US teachers or outside groups. All are experts in their fields. 

Typically, these programs are available on specific days of the week after school and run for 8 weeks. Options vary depending on the fall, winter, or spring seasons. Because these programs are beyond the scope of the school day, there is a nominal fee to participate. Full club and activity descriptions can be found on our registration page.

1890 Athletic Club (1890AC)

These sports-related options include our parent-run league programs, as well as our US-coach-run, after-school skills' programs. Fees are based on the each individual program's cost. 

After-School Academic Explorations

Many of our lower school students are hungry for more intellectual challenges and love to learn and explore. Our aim in developing Academic Explorations for Jr. Kindergarten - grade 4 is to provide students a space to pursue their curiosity in specific academic areas. As these activities extend from their academic experience at US, they will be offered free of charge.

Young Entrepreneur Institute (YEI)

Through the Young Entrepreneur Institute (YEI), US offers clubs across grade levels that empower students to innovate, create, and discover their potential through hands-on entrepreneurship activities. 

Auxiliary Programs Director

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    Mr. Bill Champ 

    Director of Summer Programs/After School Adventures
    216-321-1984 ext 8244

Adventures Care Director

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    Mrs. Elizabeth Chois 

    Lower School Foreign Language Coordinator, JR.K-5 Spanish
    216-371-6818 x8267

Common Questions

List of 8 frequently asked questions.

  • How is this after-school program different?

    We offer more dynamic, and varied after-school options to meet the needs and interests of our students and families. Adventures Care is available from 3:30 pm to 6:00 pm, and families have additional options, such as Adventures Clubs and Music, 1890 Athletic Club, Academic Explorations, and Young Entrepreneur Institute. These programs run concurrently with our traditional Adventures Care.
  • What time does Adventures Care begin and end?

    Adventures CARE starts at 3:30 pm and ends at 6:00 pm. Rates cover the entire program from 3:30 pm to 6:00 pm.
  • What is the cost for Adventures Care?

    Families can sign up for as many days per week as they need and can choose monthly trimester, or yearly options. We will not be accepting a drop-in option this year, and boys will be arranged in specific cohorts each day.  

    All options offer the opportunity to sign up for a specific number of days per week. We do ask that you pick the day, so we can expect your son.  Due to our safety protocols, you will not be able to use Care if you have not signed up in advance. 

    We also offer drop-in care. Drop-in fees will be charged by in two segments. If your son is picked up before 4:45, it will be a $10 charge. If he stays past 4:45, it will be $20. If your son comes from a club and stays in Adventures Care, it will be $10. If you anticipate needing the drop-in option, please register for “drop-in” on CampBrain. You will be charged a $80 deposit, and as you “drop-in” your account will be charged bi-monthly, refunding the deposit. We ask for at least 24 hours' notice to ensure a spot for your child if he will drop-in.

    Adventures Care Fees Jr. Kindergarten - Grade 4 
    Days per Week
    All Year
    5 days/week
    4 days/week
    3 days/week
    2 days/week
    1 day/week

    Adventures Care Fees Grade 5 - 8 
    Days per Week
    All Year
    5 days/week
    4 days/week
    3 days/week
    2 days/week
    1 day/week

    TO REGISTER, please note:
    To register for Adventures Care, choose “After School Adventures 2024-2025.” Once you have your son’s information entered (or for those who already have an account), choose Adventures Care program. You will first select the number of days per week you plan to use the program. Once selected, you will have to choose the specific days (eg. Tuesday and Thursday) you are planning to have your son in Care and the length of time (eg, fall trimester or the month of September, etc.) you plan to use it. 
  • I know there are other US sports programs, how do I understand the differences?

    US offers sports options for boys depending on age, interest, and skill.

    For boys in seventh grade and older, we have a dynamic and varied Interscholastic Sports program. This is part of the school tuition and sports are required as part of a University School education. They meet 5 days a week and boys play in games against other area schools.

    The 1890 Athletic Club offers sports options for boys of all ages and are run by US coaches and/or parents. Programs take place after school, on weekends, or in the evenings. They are a great way for your son to be introduced to a sport or to build skills in that sport.
  • How do I register for after-school programs and where do I find information about specific clubs and sports?

    Participation requires you to sign into a registration site. You need only set up an account one time. Many families are already registered in the site if they previously participated in summer programs or camps, and should use that login information. Program details are listed and can be chosen a la carte and populate a shopping cart. You will only be able to see and register for those programs that are open to your son’s grade. Payment is by credit card or check. Creating an account only needs to be done once and accounts are secure and available for future after-school and summer camp opportunities.
  • I registered and I found only a few clubs listed?

    The software that we use for registration automatically determines your son’s age and filters what is available. If a club or sport does not appear, that means it is restricted by age and your son is too young or too old. We notify families by email when fall, winter, and spring offerings become available.
  • Are music lessons available?

    We offer piano and violin lessons. 
  • Why is there a fee for some after-school programs?

    Because after-school care is optional, there is a fee paid by those families who use it.

    Families have requested that we add dynamic, interest-specific options for their sons’ after-school care. Although we do our best to keep the cost nominal, fees are sometimes necessary to offer varied and interesting programming. Our teachers and other highly qualified instructors run the club, sports and music options, and are compensated for their time.

    Fees do not apply to some after-school programs, such as interscholastic sports in 7th and 8th grades and the Academic Explorations programs, and are included in the school tuition. Families only incur a cost if they need additional care after those programs conclude.

    Our goal is to create convenient programming for boys who need to stay or want to stay and participate in it. This is all optional of course.

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