In the After School Program (ASP) at Germantown Friends School the focus is on fun and exploration. Each day, students have the opportunity to select among a variety of engaging activities, including the daily, theme-based cooking and art projects, independent play in the construction and imaginative play areas, quiet reading, outdoor games and activities, and supervised homework time in the Friends Free Library.
In addition to creating numerous options for discovery and fun, ASP’s dedicated and experienced staff is committed to upholding the school’s mission and philosophy through their unwavering efforts to nurture each student’s mind, body, and spirit. In addition, every effort is made to create programing designed to reinforce the rich lessons and essential values GFS students are taught during the school day.
The Middle School After School (MSAS) program is available for students in grades 6-8, from 3:10-6 p.m. There are “After Sports Practice” and drop-in options as well.
Click here to register for ASP or MSAS.
The ASP also offers programs on specific days when school is not in session (Please note: These special days are noted with an asterisk on the GFS School Calendar). During the Special ASP Camps, participants (who must enroll separately) enjoy field trips, as well as special activities. ASP students can be found visiting museums, exploring caves, or running through a sprinkler and lying on the grass finding shapes in the clouds. Parents are asked to send camp children with weather-appropriate clothing and lunch. We supply snacks and fun.
Please note that pre-registration and payment one week in advance is required for all Special ASP Camp days.
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GFS offers a wide range of clubs for students in Kindergarten through eighth grade. Most clubs meet after school, with one club meeting during lunch. Among the clubs offered are After School Authors, All-Star Sports, Basketball, Cake Decorating with Jenny Taylor, Ceramics, Chess, Dance Scottish with Geoffrey Selling, Karate, Drama Kids with Jenny Hutchison, Fencing, Lego Robotics, Mandarin, Poetry Cafe, Soccer Shots, and Stage Left with Jenny Hutchison.
to see the detailed club descriptions; click here for the complete chart of current clubs. And click here to register!
Please note: As a rule, after-school club fees are not eligible expenses under most Flexible Spending Account (FSA) plans. If you have further questions about covered expenses, please contact your plan administrator directly.
Policies and General Information
GFS’s After School Program (ASP) is offered daily from 3:10 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Parents have the option of enrolling their child(ren) in the program until either 4:45 p.m. or 6:00 p.m.
Tuesday, September 8, 2015 - ASP available from 12-6 p.m. for an additional fee
Wednesday, September 9, 2015 - first day of ASP
Monday, September 14, 2015 – first day of private and group music lessons
Monday, September 21 - Friday, September 25, 2015 - first week of most After School Clubs
Once ASP Emergency Information is on file, drop-in care is always available to families at $30 per day for coverage until 4:45 p.m. and $35 per day for coverage until 6:00 p.m. Parents may call the Lower School Office (215-951-2318) at any time and leave a message if there is any change regarding a child's attendance or dismissal plans. To enroll your child for Drop-in coverage in the Early Childhood Program, ASP or MSAS, click here.
Late Pick-up Fees:
For children being picked up at 4:45 p.m., the charge for late pick up is $20 per child from 4:45-5 p.m., $30 per child from 5-5:15 p.m. and $40 per child thereafter. For children being picked up at 6 p.m., the late fee is $20 per child from 6-6:15 p.m., $30 per child from 6:15-6:30 p.m., and $40 per child thereafter. Payment is made to the ASP Book Fund.
Changing ASP Days:
In order to provide adequate staffing, we ask that parents commit to the day(s) of the week for which their child will be enrolled. In other words, Students enrolled in ASP or MSAS on Tuesdays, can only attend on Tuesdays unless a parent submits a written request to the Director of Auxiliary Programming requesting a change of day or days.
Parents who wish to withdraw or to reduce the number of days per week for which their child is registered must notify Betsy Neiva, Director of Auxiliary Programming, in writing on or before October 15, 2015. If the Auxiliary Programming Director does not receive written notice by October 15, the parents will be responsible for the entire annual tuition amount for which they have registered their child regardless of whether or not their child attends the After School Program.
Adding ASP Days:
Additional ASP days may be added for a pro-rated fee. If you wish to add ASP days, please contact Betsy Neiva, the Director of Auxiliary Programming at firstname.lastname@example.org. The number of days a child attends ASP can be increased at any time, but not decreased, after the October 1, 2015 deadline.
The After School Program reserves the right to refuse admittance to families who are frequently late or who have an outstanding GFS balance.
School Break/Vacation Coverage
Vacation Camp will not be offered during the upcoming Winter Break 2015 (December 19, 2015-January 3, 2016).
Spring Break Vacation Camp will be offered for students in kindergarten through eighth grade during both weeks of vacation—March 21-25, 2016; and March 28-April 1, 2016. Parents are welcome to enroll their child(ren) either in Week 1 or Week 2 free of charge. It will not be possible to split weeks. Registration for both weeks of camp will begin in January.
Transportation during both weeks of vacation camp will be provided for a fee if a sufficient number of families are willing to divide the cost. If you are interested in signing up for bus service during Spring Break Camp, please email Stacey Cromley at email@example.com before January 11, 2016 and let her know the week(s) you will need transportation.
- Additional information about the Spring Break Vacation Camps will be available in January.