After School Programs


After School Programs

A school is a specific educational establishment designed to offer learning places and learning environments specifically for the teaching of young people under the guidance of qualified teachers. Usually, all states have systems of primary formal education, which may be compulsory or optional. In such systems, children progress from a primary school to a secondary school. They may continue their education through tertiary schools, the last institution of learning outside the school system.

The structure of education in a school varies according to age, sex, location, etc. Most states have separate institutions for boys and girls. A boy may attend a school separate from the girl. The primary school provides instruction at a very early age. Thus, the child starts learning his/her first language at birth. However, the school system also provides classes like nursery school for children who start learning languages at an earlier stage.

A school usually consists of an assembly hall, a canteen, a science lab, a gymnasium, a library, a dining hall, a cafeteria, a primary school room and a secondary school room. These rooms vary in terms of their size and uses. The size of a school building determines the number of children that it can accommodate. Usually, elementary schools have single classrooms while those in junior high schools have two to three classrooms.

The academic and extra-curricular activities carried out by the school students are a major influence on the way in which children learn. The curriculum followed in a school ranges from the basic courses to higher levels of studies. The school syllabus is made up of five subjects: Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, History, Art, Music, and Education. Subjects taught in schools include English, Grammar, Teacher Education, Teacher Training, Home Schooling, Cultural Awareness, Social Development, Sports, Consumer Studies, Behavioural Sciences and Pre-School Teaching.

Every school follows a set of guidelines on how they should go about teaching and how they should handle disciplinary issues. In some cases, parents or guardians have the role of guiding their child in a particular subject. Some schools have separate assemblies where parents and guardians can join and interact with other students. However, most of them have assemblies where teachers and students interact with each other.

Private schools, generally located in different parts of the country, are preferred over the public schools. They offer a holistic approach to education, enabling children to develop themselves according to their aptitudes and interests. Parents looking for child education in a remote area can opt for these schools. They offer personalized services including child care, after school program planning, holiday preparations, after school club activities, after school sports and games, summer camp, art and craft projects and music therapy.