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 Spring 2018 - Mondays

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  • 3D Printing (Grades 3-5)

    Mondays, 3:45-4:30pm
    Mary Whitaker, Librarian
    $185
    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. This course has a 15 student maximum.
     
  • Archery (Grades 2-5)

    Mondays, 3:30 - 4:30 pm
    $130
    Lower School Physical Education Teacher, Maria Brummer
    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 and different weekly competitions. This class has a 24 student maximum.
     
  • Bio-Engineering (Grades K-3)

    Mondays, 3:30-4:30 pm
    $230
    Idea Lab
    In this Idea Lab Science Class, students will explore the world of biology. Each class will have a great take home project that will surely spark a conversation after class. These projects will be hands on and directed towards younger elementary-age students.
     
  • Lego Club (Grades K-2)

    Mondays, 3:30-4:15 pm
    Rebecca Jobe, LS Spanish Instructor
    $130
    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. This course has a 12 student maximum.
     
  • Unisaders (Grades 1-8)

    Mondays, 4:00- 5:15 pm
    $130
    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  and physically fit learners.
     
  • Young Rembrandts Elementary Cartooning (Grades K-3)

    Mondays, 3:30 - 4:30 pm
    $185
    Young Rembrandts
    Kickstart your child’s imagination with a Young Rembrandts cartooning class this spring. In our cartoon classes, children learn animation techniques, drawing dynamic figures and action-filled scenes. They’ll learn about personification as they transform ordinary animals, toys and other objects into fully realized cartoon characters. Just wait till you see your child create the laziest - and most literal – couch potato imaginable. Creativity has never been so fun. Enroll today! This class has a six student minimum and 18 student maximum.
     

BTC Spring 2018 - Tuesdays

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  • AZ Advanced Aromatherapy (Grades K-8)

    Tuesdays, 3:45-4:30pm
    $225
    Amy Zimmerman, Lower School teacher
    AZ Advanced Aromatherapy is designed for students that have previously completed the Basic Aromatherapy course. This class will include essential oil safety and some more advanced DIY items to include diffuser bracelets and bar soap.
     
  • Machine Mastery (Grades K-2/3-5)

    Tuesdays, 3:30-4:15/4:30-5:15 pm
    $230
    Camp Einstein
    It’s all about the Engineering Design Process in this hands-on mechanical engineering class! Students will tinker and build as we study simple mechanics and tackle engineering design issues.  We will test and refine fun projects like crash test vehicles, aircraft-carrier catapults and fail proof parachutes.
     
  • Robotics with Lego and Sphero (Grades 1-5)

    Tuesdays, 3:45-4:45 pm
    $230
    Idea Lab
     
  • Tae Kwon Do (Grades K-2)

    Tuesdays, 4:15-5:15 pm
    Leon McCowan of Third Coast Martial Arts
    $130
    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. This course has a 12 student maximum. There will be no class on Tuesday, April 3rd.
     
     
  • Tennis (Grades K-2/3-5)

    Tuesdays, 3:30-4:15/4:15-5:00 pm
    $130
    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 are taught by Sarah Parnell of Central Texas Tennis Association. One or two day per week classes are offered. All equipment provided!
     

BTC Spring 2018 - Wednesdays

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  • Advanced Chess (Grades 1-6)

    Wednesdays, 4:30-5:15 pm
    Gary Gaiffe of Rooks & Racks
    $130
    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.
     
  • AZ Basic Aromatherapy (Grades K-8)

    Wednesday, 3:45-4:30 pm
    $175
    Amy Zimmerman, Lower School teacher
    AZ Basic Aromatherapy
    In this course students will cover the basics of essential oils. Each student will also learn how to use them safely and have fun making DIY items, such as sprays, soaps and body scrubs.
     
  • Beginning Chess (Grades 1-6)

    Wednesdays, 4:00-4:45 pm
    Gary Gaiffe of Rooks & Racks
    $130
    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.
     
  • Green Engineering (Grades K-2/3-5)

    Wednesdays, 3:30-4:15/4:30-5:15 pm
    $230
    Camp Einstein
    Are you ready to go eco-friendly in this environmental engineering program?  Students will investigate air pollution, create alternative energy sources, and solve real-world environmental issues!  We will explore the electromagnetic spectrum and get our hands dirty in the ocean clean-up lab.  This class is focused on problem-solving and developing a connection to the world around us!
     
  • Recreational Games Plus (Grades 3-5)

    Wednesdays, 4:00-4:45 pm
    Betsy Ross, LS Physical Education Teacher
    $130
    During this course students will participate in numerous recreational games such as 4-Way Soccer, Prison Ball, Gaga Ball, Whiffle Ball, etc.  We will meet at the beginning of each trimester and plan the class out according to the participant's interests; this class has a 20 student maximum.
     
  • SAS News T.V. Broadcasting (Grades 3-5)

    Wednesdays, 3:45-4:30 pm
    Dr. Alexandra Baird, Technology Specialist
    $175
    Good morning, SAS! What's new in the SAS community today? The first ever SAS News channel! Students will broadcast happenings in the SAS community. We will use Greenscreen, iMovie, and Google Drive apps to plan, film, and edit the news reports. SAS News will be broadcast to the SAS community. This class has a six student minimum and 15 student maximum.
     
  • Tae Kwon Do (Orange Belt and up)

    Wednesdays, 4:15-5:15 pm
    Leon McCowan of Third Coast Martial Arts
    $130
    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. There is a four student minimum and 12 student maximum for this course. There will be no class on Wednesday, April 4th.
     
     

BTC Spring 2018 - Thursdays

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  • Art (Grades K-1/2-4)

    Thursdays, 3:15-4:00/4:00-4:45 pm
    $130
    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, pastels, collage and multimedia projects.
     
  • Creekside Explorers (Grades K-5)

    Thursdays, 3:45-4:30 pm
    $130
    Aimee Zivin, Lower School Drama Teacher
    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.
     
  • Make it and Take it (Grades 3-5)

    Make it and Take it (Grades 3-5)
    Thursdays 3:45 - 4:30 pm
    $130
    Heather Robinson, Lower School Teacher
    Are you a little crafty?  Or just into working with your hands and making fun things? Then "Make-it-Take-it" is the class for you!  We will be making things like slime, dream catchers, key chains, picture collages, etc. each week that you can take home! Come hang out with Ms. Robinson every week while we create and craft! This class has a 14 student maximum.
     
  • St. Andrew's Audubon Society (Grades K-5)

    Thursdays, 3:45-4:30 pm
    $140
    Ashley Brandon, Lower & Middle School Chaplain
    Did you know that hummingbirds can fly backward? Or that cardinals like to cover themselves with ants? Or that some thrushes find their food by flatulating? In this class we will explore the wonderful world of birds, with a special focus on the rich diversity of species in Central Texas. We will learn how to find, attract, and identify birds in various habitats (including your own backyard!), and how to keep a bird journal and a “life list.” We will go on birding expeditions at the Seider Springs Greenbelt and Shoal Creek, make bird art and crafts, and play games. Whether you are already an avid birder or just getting started, this is your chance to “spread your wings and fly!” This class has a 10 student minimum and 24 student maximum.
     
  • Tae Kwon Do (Grades 2-5)

    Thursdays, 4:15-5:15 pm
    Leon McCowan of Third Coast Martial Arts
    $130
    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. There is a 12 student maximum for this course. There will be no class on Thursday, April 5th.
     
     
  • Tennis (Grades K-2/3-5)

    Thursdays, 3:30 - 4:15/4:15-5:00 pm
    $130
    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 Spring 2018 - Fridays

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  • Gardening (Grades K-5)

    Fridays, 3:45-4:30 pm
    Renee Studabaker, Master Gardener
    $130
    Gardening is a hands-on, experiential learning class that cultivates a connection with nature and an understanding of sustainability.  Students prepare soil, plant vegetable and flower seeds, compost plant debris, water and mulch plants, and observe bees and butterflies. While having fun in the garden, they learn about plant and insect life cycles, pollination, decomposition and weather patterns. And they also find out just how good a tomato or a snap pea can taste when it's picked fresh from the garden. The class is taught by ReneeStudebaker, former garden columnist for the Austin American Statesman, and current president of the Green Corn Project, a nonprofit, organic gardening organization that promotes and installs gardens in low-income areas.
  • Minecraft: Create Your Own Mini-Games and Structures (Grades 3-5)

    Fridays, 3:45-4:45 pm
    $250
    Coding with Kids
    Join forces with your fellow Minecrafters to create epic structures and exciting mini games on a customized server world.  Using the popular Minecraft plug-in, World Edit and a classroom server, students will build, share, and create together in the same world to make castles, hotels, parkour courses, battle arenas and much more. Students will also learn about Redstone, commands, building techniques and social gaming.  
     

BTC Spring 2018 Middle School

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PSIA (Private Schools Interscholastic Association)

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  • PSIA (Private Schools Interscholastic Association)

    PSIA (Private Schools Interscholastic Association) is a scholastic competition that is comprised of 19 contest categories covering a wide range of disciplines in 59 academic contests. PSIA provides an opportunity for private school students in grades 1 through 8 to engage in an academic competition with their peers throughout the state of Texas. The District Meet is March 3, 2018 and the State Meet is April 28, 2018
     
    The events are: Objective (ie: MATHEMATICS, NUMBER SENSE, CALCULATOR APPLICATIONS SCIENCE) and Subjective (ie: STORYTELLING, CREATIVE WRITING, POETRY). 
     
    The student is not limited to the number of events they can choose in which to compete, but the events are limited to only three competitors per grade level. Your child will prepare independently unless a St. Andrew's faculty member is available to coach. Coaching will not begin until after the Christmas Break. The fee will be determined once enrollment is complete. For more information regarding registration please contact Amy Zimmerman at azimmerman@sasaustin.org 

Lower School (K-5)

The Lower School offers an extended-day program for students who need to remain on campus after school dismissal until 5:30 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 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.

2:45-3:30 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
5:30 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 2017-2018 BTC Trimester Dates are as follows: 
  • Fall Trimester: August 22nd-November 18th       
  • Winter Trimester: November 27th-March 2nd 
  • Spring Trimester: March 5th-May 25th
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.

Cancellation Request
All requests to cancel enrollment in a BTC class should be submitted by email to Sean Fitzsimons at Sfitzsimons@sasaustin.org and Ken Allen at Kallen@sasaustin.org. Refunds will be granted 100% for request received prior to the first class session. After two class sessions you will be refunded 50% and after three classes no refund will be given. No credits or refunds will be given for missed class days.
Any class that St. Andrew’s cancels will be refunded 100%.





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
  • 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.

Cancellation Request
All requests to cancel enrollment in a BTC class should be submitted by email to Sean Fitzsimons at Sfitzsimons@sasaustin.org and Ken Allen at Kallen@sasaustin.org. Refunds will be granted 100% for request received prior to the first class session. After two class sessions you will be refunded 50% and after three classes no refund will be given. No credits or refunds will be given for missed class days.
Any class that Saint Andrew’s cancels will be refunded 100%.



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.