A vibrant after-school program can be an important part of a child’s school experience and development. It can, among other things, give him an opportunity to explore and nurture new talents, experience success, and/or build upon classroom experiences during the day.
Several components, all under the ultimate leadership and coordination of both the Dean of Students and the Director of the Tutoring and Enrichment Center, constitute the after-school program at PDS.
Should a boy have less than satisfactory conduct, the school reserves the right to restrict or prohibit his participation in after-school activities.
Boys in grades PK–6 may sign up for a wide variety of activities that meet after school. These sessions, which typically last for an hour, are led either by PDS faculty or by a respected vendor or member of the community, and include classes ranging from Taekwondo to Theatre, Chess to Legos.
A complete listing of the various offerings and their schedules for each semester will be both published to the website and sent home as a handout. Registration for all classes will be online.
Looking to register for an AfterSchool Adventure? Look for them on our event registration page.
For more information on AfterCare, see the AfterCare handbook entry.
Football, Basketball, and soccer are offered for boys in grades 4–6.
Tutoring & Enrichment Center
PDS offers both private tutoring sessions and after-school academic classes during both the school year and the summer.
For more information on tutoring, contact Laura Glenn.
Playing an instrument is a skill that can bring joy for a lifetime. PDS has a vibrant band program and offers instruction during the day and after school for boys in grades 5 and 6. Nearly half of the students participate in the optional program. Our boys receive both small group instruction and full-band rehearsals in two different levels. For more information about band, contact Stephanie Hancock, band teacher.
Private Art and Music Lessons
Nurture your son’s creative side by enrolling him in private art or music lessons. Sessions are billed per half-hour and instructors’ abilities range from painting and sculpting to piano, guitar, violin, mandolin, ukulele, and drums.
PDS offers an after-school care program from your son’s class dismissal time until 6:00pm for grades YK–6, the day-to-day runnings of which are handled by a trained staff consisting mostly of young adults and college students, who answer to the Director of AfterCare.
The children will be given a snack and engage in various organized and free-play activities both indoors and outdoors.
Boys in the Elementary division will have a period of supervised study and homework help during their day if it is needed.
All sign-ups are done online.
Since class dismissal times are staggered, Early Childhood students (YK-SK) who have an older sibling at PDS will be able to enroll in the program and attend AfterCare until the older sibling is dismissed. The younger sibling will be picked up by an AfterCare assistant at his specific dismissal time and join aftercare until his older sibling dismissal time. The parent is required to walk inside the main entrance and sign the younger sibling out of Sibling Stay BEFORE picking up the older sibling in carpool. The younger sibling will enjoy time on the playground or being inside with toys and activities during his time in Sibling Stay.
The cost for Early Childhood Sibling Stay is $400 per semester.
NOTE: BOYS LEFT AT SCHOOL PAST THEIR DISMISSAL TIME (15 MINUTES FOR EARLY CHILDHOOD, 30 MINUTES FOR ELEMENTARY) WILL BE TAKEN TO AFTERCARE AND CHARGED THE DROP-IN FEE OF $25.
AfterCare logistical and financial policies:
- Hours of operation are from 2:00pm (1:30pm on Wednesdays) – 6:00pm. AfterCare main desk is open from 3:30–6:00pm.
- The AfterCare desk is located at the main school entrance (the Elementary entrance by the gym). Please sign out your child at that location. To reach our AfterCare receptionist, call 901-842-4600.
- AfterCare for JK–6th grade begins Wed, August 14. YK and PK AfterCare begins Monday, August 19. Last day of AfterCare is Wednesday, May 20.
- AfterCare will operate every day PDS is in session including most half days. Please note that there will be no AfterCare on Friday, December 20 (Christmas Break).
- AfterCare will not operate on inclement weather days or student holidays.
- All boys in AfterCare are held to the same standards of conduct they are held to during regular school hours.
- If you wish to register your son for AfterCare, please fill out our online registration form. Rates for the 2019–2020 school year are as follows:
- 5 days a week - Per Semester - $1,042.50
- 4 days a week - Per Semester - $962.50
- 3 days a week - Per Semester - $812.50
- 2 days a week - Per Semester - $620.00
- 1 day a week - Per Semester - $395.00
- Your son will be automatically enrolled and billed for the 2nd semester on January 1, 2020. Please let us know by December 1, 2019 if he will not be returning to aftercare for the 2nd semester.
- If you would like to use our drop-in service please register online. Drop-in rate is $25 per day for a regular school day and $50 for a half-day school dismissal if kept past 3:00pm.
- Boys (YK-SK) left at school 15 minutes past their dismissal time and boys (1st–6th) left at school 30 minutes past their dismissal time will be taken to AfterCare and charged the drop-in fee of $25.
- Drop-ins and late pickups will be billed monthly.
- Late pickup charges from AfterCare are as follows:
- 6:01pm - 6:05pm: $25 late fee
- 6:06pm - and later: $5 per minute
All fourth, fifth, and sixth graders are eligible to participate in the year-round, after-school intramural program. Tackle football is offered in the fall, basketball in the winter, and soccer in the spring.
We encourage as much participation as possible. All participants will be on a team, and all will play in each contest, provided they attend the practice sessions during the week. The school will provide the coaching. The parents are requested to provide for their sons any necessary special equipment. The school asks that only high quality, safe equipment be purchased. Call the Athletic Director if you have any questions concerning the purchasing of this equipment.
Students participating in the after-school athletic program must have a physical examination annually. A physician’s statement that a boy is physically fit for participation in our after-school program is required to be in the student’s file before he will be permitted to participate. The school reserves the right to remove any boy from an athletic team when it deems such removal is in the best interest of the boy or school. The ultimate decision to suspend from after-school athletics rests with the Elementary Division Principal.
Any 5th or 6th grade boy with an average of D or F in a core subject will not be allowed to participate in intramural or Crusader sports until that grade has improved. The decision to resume participation rests with the Elementary Division Principal.
A student must have been in class at least three hours of the school day in order to participate in athletics on the same day.
Parents, guardians and other family members/friends attending games must behave in a respectful manner consistent with the school’s values. This includes, but is not limited to, not booing, yelling or directing negative comments at any player, coach or referee/umpire.
For questions or more information on Athletics, contact Dennis Smith, Director of Operations and Athletics.
Regular and purposeful gatherings form the core of any healthy community; imbuing these sorts of gatherings with a spiritual component is one of the most vital aspects of a boy’s experience at PDS. The Chapel program at PDS is truly one of the foundational elements of our boys’ education.
In striving to glorify God by developing boys in wisdom and stature and favor with God and man, PDS seeks to “build” the whole boy, crafting not only his mind and body but his spirit as well. The Chapel program is an indispensable part of seeing this mission come to fruition in every boy, and when boys are the leaders of individual Chapel programs, they are provided with specific opportunities for public speaking and leadership.
Chapel is held four days a week at 8:05 am as follows:
- Mondays - Grades 1-3 in the chapel
- Tuesdays - Grades 4-6 in the chapel
- Wednesdays - Early Childhood in the Commons
- Fridays - Grades 1-6 in the sanctuary