ACE Academy:
K-6 After School Care

ACE Academy After School Care serves children in grades K-6 and is currently accepting new enrollment at our Thornton Location.


Program Overview

ACE After School Program provides a space for children to develop their own thinking, ideas, and sense of self. At ACE Academy, children explore activities and topics that foster academic, social, and life skills, as well as community integration.

Our evidence-based ACE after school program approach combines academics with extracurriculars that connect to the passions and interests of our students. While we offer homework help and tutoring for those who are looking for support in school subjects, we know that valuable learning happens outside the traditional classroom, too. For more information, please download our after school program brochure.

What to Expect at ACE Academy After School Program

We feel it is important for children to unwind in a comfortable environment after a long day at school. ACE after school schedule is built with the goal for every child to rest and recharge with a predictable routine for their after school time.

Children start with arrival and snack, followed by Genius Hour. They work on a project or extracurricular of their choice, with options including:

  • Creative arts (arts & crafts, drama)
  • Tutoring (1:1 academic help)
  • Special interest activities, such as:
    • Gardening
    • Pottery
    • Cooking
    • Chess
    • Minecraft/Roblox
    • Woodworks
    • Knitting
    • Creative writing
    • LEGO©

After Genius Hour, all children have time for homework (with academic support available as needed) and free play time.

Sample Schedule

2:30 – Arrival and snack
3:15 – Genius Hour
4:15 – Homework
4:45 – Free play
5:30 – Heading home!

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Learn more about some of our special interest activity topics below:

Our hands-on culinary enrichment program helps children learn about cooking skills, nutrition and food culture, science, and math while developing a love for healthy food.

Children learn the basics of stage acting using voice, tone, facial expression, and body language while providing them the opportunity to improve their confidence and imagination.

Children learn the basics of soccer, including dribbling, passing, and shooting. Each session ends with a fun scrimmage! Children learn ball control, are physically active, and have fun.

In today’s digital age, coding is as important has reading and writing. Children explore basic coding using Scratch, Python, Java commands, and more. (Level 2 includes a foundational course in Minecraft and Roblox.)

No matter your child’s experience with painting, drawing, and sculpture, they will find challenges and prompts to excite their love of visual arts.

Why Choose ACE Academy in Newark, CA?

We believe that true scholarship is not about academics alone. In our programs, we focus on the four C’s:

  1. Character
    Character development is a fundamental aspect of our educational approach. We recognize the importance of nurturing qualities such as integrity, responsibility, and ethical behavior.
  2. Collaboration
    Collaboration is a key skill in today’s interconnected world. Our ACE after school program places a significant emphasis on fostering collaboration among toddlers.
  3. Creativity
    We value and encourage creativity as an integral part of the learning process. Our approach recognizes that innovation and problem-solving often stem from creative thinking.
  4. Critical thinking
    We encourage students to question, analyze, and evaluate information independently. This skill set not only enhances academic performance but also prepares individuals to navigate the complexities of the world.

At ACE Academy, students have the space and encouragement to grow not only as scholars, but people.

Looking for more K-6 opportunities?

Browse the rest of our suite of K-6 offerings, including ACE Academy Tutoring and ACE Academy Spring and Summer Camps. (Plus, toddler classes and preschool for the little ones!)