Last Monday, illustrator Joseph Santiago of Saint James Studios and his business partner Yamilca visited their son's fifth grade Core class with Stefanie Trepper to give a lesson on a crucial aspect of the filmmaking process: storyboarding.
At CGPS, students take advantage of the School’s incredible facilities and faculty — not just during school hours but literally from sunrise to sunset. Our before- and after-school programming options are truly unique in the New York City school landscape in that many of them are offered at no additional expense to families who can elect to drop-off as early as early as 7:15 a.m. or pick-up as late as 6:00 p.m. on a day-to-day basis. Many of our programs may be signed up for on a same day basis. This flexibility and optionality is a treasured option for busy families.
Sunrise offerings, After-School Classes, After 3 Social Club and POWER Hour make up the constellation of stellar offerings that take your child from the early morning, as early as 7:15 a.m., before the School’s academic day begins and continue well after it ends, as late as 6:00 p.m..
CGPS is truly a family school, which is on joyful display every day at breakfast in our Grammar School! This long-time CGPS tradition offers an easy transition into the classroom for our younger students and promotes a warm community environment for parents and caregivers. Children in Pre-kindergarten and kindergarten have family breakfast in their familiar Brownstone Cafeterias. Parents can join their children for breakfast (and coffee for grown ups!) starting as early as 7:30 a.m. By 7:45 a.m., a teacher joins breakfast to supervise students and help them transition to the classroom. During early arrival, students can enjoy eggs, muffins, yogurt or a variety of cereals and milks. In addition to eating, the children can participate in a selection of activities. All Grammar School students may also go to the 5W Cafeteria with their grownups and enjoy a hot breakfast. At 7:45 a.m. students in first through fourth grades can say goodbye to their parents or caregivers and go to the Center or 5W Gym on their own, where they will be supervised by a teacher.
Our nearly 40 After-School class offerings range from arts (sewing, jewelry design, ballet) to sports (tennis, karate, soccer, swimming) to chess, science and computer games, all curated to be age-appropriate. Have your child try a class and see if they discover a new passion! After-School classes are offered to Grammar School students Monday through Friday until 4:30 p.m. and offer a chance to try new activities in a familiar, supportive environment. CGPS After-School classes are also a great place for your child to make friends in other classes and grades. Current parents, please log into the parent portal for more information.
After 3 Social Club
The After 3 Social Club is available to all Grammar School students from dismissal until as late as 6:00 pm, Monday-Friday. The goal is unstructured, supervised free time that supports social skills. Parents can register for the Social Club anytime, including the day-of, which is an extraordinary benefit for parents in need of extra coverage or simply a playdate on any given afternoon. Children can spend all afternoon in the Social Club, or come join at the conclusion of POWER Hour or their After-School class at 4:30 p.m.
A signature CGPS initiative, POWER (an acronym that stands for Practice, Organize, Work, Enrich and Review) Hour is designed to support all Grammar School students, for no additional cost, in their academic work with access to their teachers in the classrooms after school. The program is designed to give students the opportunity to meet with their teachers and enrich their understanding of all subjects. Students can choose POWER Hour Study Hall, Book Club or music. On the recommendation of their teachers, they can also join in on Math or Reading POWER Hours. Power Hour runs Monday through Thursday until 4:00 pm. Children who require a later pick-up can join the After 3 Social Club until 6:00 p.m.
A section of the POWER Hour program, Grammar School students in grades 2-4 may sign up for Study Hall at any time, including the day-of, for no additional cost. Students spend this time in the Library doing homework under the supervision of CGPS faculty. Any grade 2-4 student may take advantage of this opportunity to be productive and tackle the night’s homework while also having access to teachers to answer any questions that may arise.
CGPS's Learning Resource Center understands that each learner is unique. The LRC offers individualized instruction to students so that each can understand their particular strengths and weaknesses, develop and be able to utilize the strategies they need to be successful learners, and ultimately master the self-advocacy skills needed to arrange for their own support systems and any appropriate accommodations.