Adventures Program

Our after-school Adventures program provides enrichment, fun and care for US boys after the school day ends, from 3:30 to 6:00 pm, Monday through Friday. There is also a daily “drop-in” option that will be billed for time used (in 15-minute increments) allowing the flexibility our families need. 

Boys can pursue a specific interest through 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

Boys in grades junior 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 grade 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 the interest of the boys. 
Substantially discounted prices are available when payment is made for the year, by trimester or on specific days of the week. A prorated drop-in fee is available for families who need Adventures CARE on an ad hoc basis. Fees and times can accommodate older boys who play interscholastic sports. 


Would your son like to play soccer or flag football after school?  Would he like to learn to play chess, build rockets or become a graphic designer?

Our after school Adventures program offers Adventures CLUBS, Adventures SPORTS and Adventures MUSIC!  These optional opportunities allow boys to have unique and interesting experiences outside of Adventures CARE. Adventures CLUBS and Adventures MUSIC are available on specific days of the week and run for 8 weeks, while Adventures SPORTS are twice a week for 6 weeks. CLUBS and SPORTS options vary dependent on the fall, winter, or spring seasons. 

Full club and activity descriptions can be found on our registration page.

Adventures Fees

Families can sign up for as many days per week as they need. There is also a daily “drop-in” option that will be billed for time used (in 15-minute increments) allowing the flexibility our families need. Families using drop-in must place a credit card on file.

Adventures CARE Fees Kindergarten - Grade 4 
Year* long - Full Week 
5 days
4 days
3 days
2 days
1 day
  $30 maximum per day, or prorated 15 minute increments
*Begins on the first day of school
Families can sign up as many days per week as they need, by trimester, by sports season, or even between sports seasons.  

Adventures CARE Fees Grade 5 - 8 
Number of Days
All Year
Sports Season
Between Sports Seasons
1 day
2 days
3 days
4 days
5 days
*Begins on the first day of school 

Adventures CARE Fees Junior Kindergarten
Yearly Fee $4,100 Represents a $960 discount.
Weekly Fee $140 Represents a $10 discount per week.
Drop-In Daily Fee  $30 This fee will not be prorated.
The fee structure for the Junior Kindergarten is slightly different than the older CARE due to the staff training, licensure, and the one-to-one nature of the program.

Adventures CLUBS, SPORTS, & MUSIC Fees
Adventures CLUBS
1 day/week for 8 weeks
3:30 - 4:30 pm
$125 (plus club fees)
Adventures SPORTS
2 days/week for 6 weeks
Adventures MUSIC
1 session/week for 8 weeks
Fall & Winter Sessions $240 each
Spring Session $180

Common Questions

List of 9 frequently asked questions.

  • How is this program different?

    We are now offering more dynamic, and varied after-school options to meet the needs and interests of our students and families. Adventures CARE is still available from 3:30 pm to 6:00 pm, and now families have additional options, such as Adventures CLUBS, Adventures SPORTS, and Adventures MUSIC. 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. Families can choose a drop-in rate in 15-minute increments or the long-term day rates from one to five days a week. Day rates cover the entire program from 3:30 pm to 6:00 pm.
  • How do I register for Adventures and where do I find information about specific clubs and sports?

    Participation in Adventures 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.
  • Why are there fee options?

    The fee structure is set up so that families pay only for what they use. Adventures CARE has long-term discounted options by day(s) of the week, as well as a “drop in” option which bills at 15-minute increments. So, if your son is in a club until 4:30 pm, and needs care after, he can go to Adventures CARE until he is picked up and pay only for the time he is present.
  • How does the "Drop-in" Adventures CARE option work?

    This is an option for families who may need after-school care on a more sporadic basis. Families can sign up and will be billed for use in 15-minute increments. This is designed for families who may need to use Adventures CARE while their son awaits a piano lesson, or after a CLUB or SPORT, for example. Or simply, if you have an appointment or need time to complete a chore or finish an errand. 

    Log into your son's account and click drop in. You will be charged a modest deposit, which will be debited as you use the CARE drop-in option. Once you have exhausted the amount of your deposit, you will be billed monthly to a credit card on file. Any unused deposit will be returned at the end of the school year.  
    Please note that you must sign up for drop in, in advance. This will assure that we have your son's emergency medical and contact information prior to him attending Adventures CARE. 
  • I know there are other US sports programs, how do I understand the differences?

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

    For boys in seventh grade and above, 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.

    Adventures SPORTS are for boys in grades 3-6 and are coached by US teachers and coaches., Adventures SPORTS options meet twice a week after school, from 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm. They are a great way for your son to be introduced to a sport or to build skills in that sport. Adventures SPORTS emphasize skill building and fun games to create an enjoyable and challenging experience. This can help boys prepare for future athletic experiences and meet the coaches they might one day have.

    Play for US is a parent-run sports opportunity that gives boys an opportunity to participate with their classmates in sports’ leagues against teams from other schools. Games can happen on weekends, or in the evenings. It is possible for a boy to participate in Play for US and Adventures SPORTS. Play for US practice times and game times vary depending on parent availability.
  • 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. Last fall was our first for Adventures programs and we are continuing to grow the program and offer many more varied clubs in subsequent sessions. We will notify families by email when winter and spring offerings become available.
  • Are music lessons available?

    This program is being developed; currently we offer piano lessons. We will notify parents by email when new Adventures MUSIC lessons are available.
  • Why is there a fee for Adventures?

    Because after-school care is optional, there has always been 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 necessary to attract good instructors and 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 seventh and eighth grades, 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, on campus programming for boys who need to stay or want to stay and participate in it. This is all optional of course.

Adventures Program Director

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NEW! 6th Grade Night Out

Parents, enjoy a night out while your son does a sleepover at the Shaker campus in a great night at the school with Mr. Chris Steadman and Mr. Mike Wilson at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, September 13. Your sons will enjoy an evening of games, pizza, swimming and even s’mores and ghost stories by the bonfire (weather permitting). Hurry, only 4 spots are left! 


Fall Season Options

Adventures CLUBS

All CLUBS meet once a week from 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm, except LEGO* which is 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm. Detailed descriptions are on the registration website under the “details” button. 

Grades K-6
Mondays, starting Sept. 9

Grades 4-8
Mondays, starting Sept. 9

Adventures in STEM using LEGO®
Grades K-2
Wednesdays, starting Sept. 4

STEM Challenge using LEGO®
Grades 3-6
Fridays, starting Sept. 6

Grade 5
Tuesdays, starting Sept. 3

Grades 2-5
Tuesdays, starting Sept. 3

Grades 2-5
Wednesdays, starting Sept. 4

Grades 3-5
Wednesdays, starting Sept. 11

Grades 2-5
Fridays, starting Sept. 6

Grades 7 & 8
Fridays, starting Sept. 13

Adventures SPORTS

All SPORTS meet twice a week from 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm, Detailed descriptions are on the registration website under the “details” button. 

Grades 5 & 6
Mondays & Wednesdays, starting Sept. 9

Grades 4-6
Tuesdays & Thursdays, starting Sept. 10

Adventures MUSIC

All MUSIC meets once a week for 30-minute blocks for half-year sessions divided by winter break.

Grades K-6
Tuesdays or Thursdays, starting Sept. 4 or 6
time and day based on sign-up


Shaker Heights Campus

20701 Brantley Road
Shaker Heights, Ohio 44122
GRADES Junior K-8
Phone: 216-321-8260

Hunting Valley Campus

2785 SOM Center Road
Hunting Valley, Ohio 44022
Phone: 216-831-2200
University School serves 870 boys in Junior Kindergarten to grade 12 on two campuses in suburban Cleveland, Ohio. The School’s mission is to inspire boys of promise to become young men of character who lead and serve. Dedicated faculty, rigorous curriculum, and experiential programs foster intellectual, physical, creative, and moral excellence.