Lower School

After School Programs (BTC)

BTC Overview

After-school care, called "Beyond the Classroom" (BTC), is available to Lower and Middle School students (grades K-8). Scroll down to read about schedules and registration, and click on the individual class titles to read details for each class. Click on the yellow "Register" button when you are ready to register.

BTC Fall 2017 - Mondays

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  • Archery (Grades 3-5)

    Mondays, 3:30-4:15pm
    Coach Brummer, LS PE Teacher
    $110
    Try to hit the bullseye in this exciting class taught by PE teacher, Maria Brummer. Learn the skills of archery and put your skills into action with fun competitions.
  • Flag Football (Grades 3-4)

    Mondays, 3:45-4:30pm
    Coach Williams, LS PE teacher and MS & US Coach
    $110
    Join Middle and Upper school coach, Chris Williams, for fun with Flag Football. Learn the basics of the games, improve confidence on the field and play in fun scrimmages with your teammates!  Come join us on Tuesdays afternoons and learn to be a Kid Flyer!
  • Jumpstart (Grades 3-5/6-8)

    Mondays 3:45-4:45
    $120
    Heather Robinson and Doug Eleby 5th Grade Language Arts & Math (Grades 3-5) and Meredith Petry (6-8)
    Jumpstart offers targeted study skills and homework support to get the year off to a great start. Academic teachers will introduce organizational strategies in each session as well as help students manage time, projects and assignments.  
  • Lego Club (Grades K-2)

    Mondays , 3:30-4:15pm
    Rebecca Jobe, LS Spanish Instructor
    $110
    Calling all Lego lovers! In this fun class a new Lego building challenge will be suggested each week and students will have the choice to take on the challenge or to build a design inspired by their own imagination. Students are encouraged to build creatively and instruction is provided as needed to encourage problem solving on their own. Each class will end with Show & Tell so that students can share their creations and ideas with the group.   
  • Unisaders (Grades 2-5)

    Mondays, 3:45 - 4:30
    $110
    Jimi Agnew, Founder of One Wheel Many Children
    Join the Unicycling Revolution with One Wheel Many Children, a play-based service learning organization directed by St. Andrew's own, Mr. Agnew. Unisaders provides an ideal child-centered approach to unite children as they grow towards becoming more self-confident, resilient, perseverant, and physically fit learners.

BTC Fall 2017 - Tuesdays

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  • Drone You (Grades K-2/3-5)

    Tuesdays, 3:30-4:10pm/4:15-5:00pm
    Scott Zimmerman, Director of Social and Emotional Learning
    $200
    DroneYou is an exciting new class for kids that provides an opportunity to learn the basics of flying drones. The mastery based curriculum teaches the students to fly what are called “mini quadcopter” drones--these drones are small and can fit in the palm of the hand. Each drone is protected by an outer guard to keep students and property safe from touching the drone blades. The students begin by mastering basic flying skills and, as they progress, will be given the opportunity to try and create new and more difficult tricks.
  • Flag Football (Grades 3-4)

    Tuesdays, 3:45-4:30pm
    Coach Williams, LS PE teacher and MS & US Coach
    $110
    Join Middle and Upper school coach, Chris Williams, for fun with Flag Football. Learn the basics of the games, improve confidence on the field and play in fun scrimmages with your teammates!  Come join us on Tuesdays afternoons and learn to be a Kid Flyer!
  • Handbuilding with Clay (Grades 2-3)

    Tuesdays, 3:30-4:30pm
    Kate Torres, MS Art Teacher
    $175
    In our Hand Building with Clay class, second and third graders will explore the qualities and capabilities of clay. As a class we will learn so make strong clay structures, make pinch pots and coil pots. Each artist will also make unique and personally meaningful sculptures to take home. Clay works will be finished with paint or glaze.
  • Karate (Grades K-2)

    Tuesdays, 4:15-5:15pm
    Leon McCowan of Third Coast Martial Arts
    $120
    TAE KWON DO is offered through Third Coast Martial Arts, a family oriented school specializing in the world’s most popular self-defense art. The philosophy of Taekwondo as an enrichment activity places emphasis not only on the technique of the sport, but the building of respect, self-confidence with self-control of body and mind. All students will be placed by ability level from beginner to experienced.
  • Tennis (Grades K-2/3-5)

    Tuesdays, 3:30 - 4:15/4:15-5:00
    $110
    Sarah Pernell of Central Texas Tennis Association. 
    For beginners or players with experience, have fun learning the fundamentals of tennis at the courts across the street Bailey Park. Classes taught by Sarah Parnell of Central Texas Tennis Association. One or two day per week classes offered. All equipment provided!
  • Volleyball (Grades 3-4)

    Tuesdays, 3:45-4:30pm
    Coach Adams, Lower School PE and MS Coach
    $110
    Join Coach Adams for intensive volleyball instruction. In addition to working as PE Teacher and Volleyball Coach at St. Andrew's, Ms. Adams also coaches select volleyball teams throughout the Austin area. This is a great chance to work closely with a skilled volleyball instructor.

BTC Fall 2017 - Wednesdays

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  • Advanced Chess (Grades 2-5)

    Wednesdays, 4:30-5:15pm
    Gary Gaiffe of Rooks & Racks
    $110
    In this class, students learn the game of Chess, play for recreation, and/or prepare for tournament competition. Chess is open to players of all grades and ability levels. Classes are fun, challenging and will inspire even the most tentative player. Please join the fun! Gary Gaiffe, Chess Instructor, is a rated chess expert and USCF Certified Chess coach.
  • Beginner Chess (Grades K-5)

    Wednesdays, 3:45-4:30pm
    Gary Gaiffe of Rooks & Racks
    $110
    In this class, students learn the game of Chess, play for recreation, and/or prepare for tournament competition. Chess is open to players of all grades and ability levels. Classes are fun, challenging and will inspire even the most tentative player. Please join the fun! Gary Gaiffe, Chess Instructor, is a rated chess expert and USCF Certified Chess coach.
  • IMovie (Grades 2-5)

    Thursdays, 3:45-4:30
    Dr. Alexandra Baird, Technology Specialist
    $175
    Join St. Andrew’s Technology Coach, Dr. Alexandra Baird, for adventures in filmmaking! Students will express their own creative voice through storytelling by engaging in storyboarding, filming, and editing a movie in iMovie for iPads. Special effects will be used and app-smashing may occur. Hidden in all the fun, students will also develop problem-solving, critical thinking and digital literacy skills. Ready...and action!
  • Karate (Orange Belt and Up)

    Wednesdays, 4:15-5:15pm
    Leon McCowan of Third Coast Martial Arts
    $120
    TAE KWON DO is offered through Third Coast Martial Arts, a family oriented school specializing in the world’s most popular self-defense art. The philosophy of Taekwondo as an enrichment activity places emphasis not only on the technique of the sport, but the building of respect, self-confidence with self-control of body and mind. All students will be placed by ability level from beginner to experienced.
  • Tennis (Grades K-2/3-5)

    Wednesdays, 3:30 - 4:15/4:15-5:00
    $110
    Sarah Pernell of Central Texas Tennis Association. 
    For beginners or players with experience, have fun learning the fundamentals of tennis at the courts across the street Bailey Park. Classes taught by Sarah Parnell of Central Texas Tennis Association. One or two day per week classes offered. All equipment provided!
  • Yoga (Grades K-2/3-5)

    Wednesdays, 3:30-4:15pm/4:15-5:00pm
    Coach Adams, Lower School PE and MS Coach
    $110
    Join Coach Adams for this special yoga class just for older girls. Learn yoga postures, relaxation, stretching for athletic training and for general well-being. Girls will also explore practices toward gaining confidence and share topics especially for them.

BTC Fall 2017 - Thursdays

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  • 3D Printing (Grades 3-5)

    Thursdays, 3:45-4:30pm
    Mary Whitaker, Librarian
    $175
    Work with the amazing world of 3D printing and CAD design with our on-site STEAM specialist, Mrs. Whitaker. Students will learn how to design and "print" original creations and explore the application of their inventions to the world at large.

  • Art (Grades K-2 / 3-5)

    Thursdays, 3:15-4:00/4:00-4:45
    $110
    Brittany Bernstrom, Upper School Artist Mentor
    Join Upper School Artist Mentor, Brittany Bernstrom, for explorations in all types of Art. Students will work with paint, clay, pastels, collage and multimedia projects.
  • Creekside Explorers (Grades K-2 / 3-5)

    Thursdays, 3:30-4:15pm / 4:30-5:15pm
    Keaton Whitmire, Enrichment specialist
    $110
    Creek Explorers offers an active learning introduction to a plethora of exciting outdoor skills. We will track animals! We'll take nets to the creek and identify our findings! We will learn how to build the perfect fire ring! We will craft with naturally found clay! We will learn basic cane pole style fishing and catch and release fish! We will...bird watch!!?? With Shoal Creek as our classroom, this class will have plenty of room for exploration, wondering, and creativity and is sure to build appreciation for the natural world.
  • Jumpstart (Grades 3-5/6-8)

    Thursdays 3:45-4:45
    $120
    Heather Robinson and Doug Eleby 5th Grade Language Arts & Math (Grades 3-5) and Meredith Petry (6-8)
    Jumpstart offers targeted study skills and homework support to get the year off to a great start. Academic teachers will introduce organizational strategies in each session as well as help students manage time, projects and assignments.  
  • Karate (Grades 2-5)

    Thursdays, 4:15-5:15pm
    Leon McCowan of Third Coast Martial Arts
    $120
    TAE KWON DO is offered through Third Coast Martial Arts, a family oriented school specializing in the world’s most popular self-defense art. The philosophy of Taekwondo as an enrichment activity places emphasis not only on the technique of the sport, but the building of respect, self-confidence with self-control of body and mind. All students will be placed by ability level from beginner to experienced.
  • Tennis (Grades K-2/3-5)

    Thursdays, 3:30 - 4:15/4:15-5:00
    $110
    Sarah Pernell of Central Texas Tennis Association. 
    For beginners or players with experience, have fun learning the fundamentals of tennis at the courts across the street Bailey Park. Classes taught by Sarah Parnell of Central Texas Tennis Association. One or two day per week classes offered. All equipment provided!

BTC Fall 2017 - Fridays

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  • Around the World with Music! (Grades K-3)

    Mondays , 3:30-4:15pm
    Keaton Whitmire, Enrichment specialist
    $110
    Take a musical journey around the world with Keaton Whitmire (Berklee College of Music, B.M. Music Performance) as we explore the traditions, sounds, rhythms, and instruments of cultures across the globe, from India to West Africa to Portugal. Classes will focus on experiential learning with hands-on instruction and live performances from world musicians.
  • Gardening Club (Grades K-5)

    Fridays, 3:45-4:30pm
    Renee Studabaker, Master Gardener
    $110
    The Gardening Club is BTC’s fastest “growing” club! In collaboration with the 6th Grade class, the BTC gardeners have transformed an overgrown ivy patch into a permaculture garden, complete with fish pond. They learn gardening and sustainability practices while having fun with nature. This class is led by Renee Studebaker, Master Gardener and Austin-based afterschool gardening instructor.
  • Minecraft and Machines (Grades 3-5)

    Fridays, 3:45-4:45
    $250
    Bits, Bytes & Bots
    Take your Minecrafting to the next level through engineering! This course introduces students to the power of Redstone, the foundation of all advanced technology in Minecraft®. Using motors, pistons, switches and diodes, students build an exciting variety of useful devices, including Cobblestone generators, farming machines, devious traps, and powerful TNT cannons. Students take their virtual creations home on CDs (for Mac and PC only) at the end of class. Ideal for students with basic Minecraft® experience, but new players are welcome.

BTC Middle School

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  • Hello World + Google (Grades 3-5, 6-8)

    Class in progress and not currently registering

    Thursdays, 3:30-5:30 
    Engineer, Hello World
    $600 (no additional BTC fee)
    Engineers from Google, Apple, Facebook, and Amazon have joined forces to create a rigorous and introductory catalog of project-based learning experiences centered on mastering concepts in four emerging technology fields – web development, game engineering, data science, and artificial intelligence. Coursework covers key programming languages including front-end and object-oriented coding (HTML, CSS, JavaScript), game engineering languages (C, C++, Java), data analysis software (Python, SQL), and machine learning programming built upon data science objectives. Students will engage in full cycles of the design thinking process to apply learnings and define, ideate, prototype, and test solutions to real world challenges. All weekly sessions will take place on St. Andrew’s campus with a 7:1 instructor to student ratio. Additional programming outside of weekly sessions will take place off-site in IBM’s innovation lab and at the Google space in downtown Austin and will include events such as a student panel on STEM advocacy, tech hackathon, and student pitch competition. This program is intended for students with an interest in design, creative problem solving, and computer science.
  • Private Music Instruction in Piano, Guitar, Violin or Viola

    Weekly lessons are taught M-F by a variety of instructors in 30-40 minute blocks.  When registering, you may request your preferred lesson day.  You will be contacted to confirm lesson availability.
    Cost: $45 per lesson
  • Middle School Mentors (Grades 6-8)

    Time: TBD
    No Cost
    This leadership and community service opportunity brings our Middle Schoolers together with Lower Schoolers for support and fun. Middle Schoolers assist in study hall and with homework help. They may also choose an Enrichment Class in an area of interest and act as an assistant in that class. They earn community service hours for their participation.

Lower School (K-5)

The Lower School offers an extended-day program for students who need to remain on campus after school dismissal until 5:15 pm. 

Some students prefer to use their last few hours on campus to do homework and receive help from tutors. Others prefer to release energy through free play or intramural sports, or take some private music lessons. Some of our more recent additions to BTC include STEM-based classes like Global Doctors in Training, 3D Printing, and Robotics.

BTC Basic Care
This option includes full afternoon supervision, snack, study hall, and free play.

BTC Enrichment Classes

This option includes full afternoon supervision, snack, study hall, and a selected activity (see white box for options).

Private Music Instruction in Piano, Guitar, Violin or Viola
Weekly lessons are taught M-F by a variety of instructors in 30-40 minute blocks.  When registering, you may request your preferred lesson day.  You will be contacted to confirm lesson availability.
Cost: $45 per lesson


LS BTC Daily Schedule
Except on poor weather days, BTC is based outside in the amphitheater and playscape area.

3:10-3:30 Snack and check-in
3:30-3:45 Free play outside at the amphitheater and playscape
3:45-4:30 Enrichment classes or study hall
5:15 Pick-up at Bailey Lane carpool area

Registration, Dates & Fees
BTC programs are offered in three trimesters. Registration for the majority of the BTC Enrichment classes occurs three times during the year. The 2016-2017 BTC Trimester Dates are as follows: 
  • Fall Trimester: August 22nd-November 18th       
  • Winter Trimester: November 22nd-March 3rd
  • Spring Trimester: March 6th-May 26th
Pre-registration for each trimester of BTC is required to ensure adequate resources are available to students on the first day. Fees for BTC vary based on how many sessions per week your student is enrolled.

Students may attend BTC on days for which they are not registered; please notify by e-mail both the student's homeroom teacher and BTC. A drop-in fee of $25 per day will be charged.




Middle School (6-8)

After-school supervision for Middle School students includes snack, study hall, gym or field time, enrichment and community service opportunities.  For enrichment, students may participate in private piano, guitar, violin and viola lessons or enrichment classes offered in other disciplines.  In the Middle School Mentors program, students support younger students in study hall or act as Enrichment class assistants as a way of serving the SAS community.  

MS BTC Daily Schedule
The Middle School BTC schedule is as follows:

3:30  – Snack & Check in
3:30-4:00 Open Gym and Outside Time
4:00-5:00 Study Hall, Enrichment Opportunities or Middle School Mentors
        5:15-5:30 Pick Up at Bailey Lane

Registration, Dates & Fees
BTC programs are offered in three trimesters. Registration for the majority of the BTC Enrichment classes occurs three times during the year. The 2017-2018 BTC Fall Trimester Dates are: 
  • Fall Trimester: August 28 - November 17
Pre-registration for each trimester of BTC is required to ensure adequate resources are available to students on the first day. Fees for BTC vary based on how many sessions per week your student is enrolled. 

Students may attend BTC on days for which they are not registered; please notify by e-mail both the student's homeroom teacher and BTC. A drop-in fee of $25 per day will be charged.


To reach BTC during after-school hours, please call us directly on the BTC cell phone at (512) 422-9321

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Located in Austin, Texas, St. Andrew’s Episcopal School is a private co-ed elementary, middle and high school for grades K-12. Students benefit from dedicated faculty, a challenging academic program, fine and performing arts, competitive athletics, and a wide selection of extracurricular activities.