Middle School

After School Programs (BTC)

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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 Winter 2017-18 Middle School

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  • Digital Filmmaking (Grades 6-8)

    Mondays, 4:30-5:30pm
    Matt Hemenway, Austin School of Film
    $375 (BTC Fee Waived)
    Saint Andrew’s Episcopal School in partnership with Austin School Film is proud to bring you Digital Filmmaking. In this course students will explore and experience every aspect of filmmaking! Students will work together, collaborating and sharing ideas to create their very own short film with hands-on exercises in composition, camera movement, storyboarding, image, sound development and editing instruction with Final Cut Pro X. This hands on course will take students through the process of making a short film from script to screen. Students will be immersed into the world of digital filmmaking and learn extensively on topics such as: screenwriting, story board, casting, camera movement, sound, lighting and will take on such crew roles such as: Gaffer (lighting), Boom Operator (sound), Editor, Camera, Producer, and Director. At the end of this course, students will have completed a short film from start to finish that will be showcased to participant’s families. Exceptional work may have the opportunity to be shown at the Austin School of Film official SXSW Showcase and all student work will be submitted to the Austin Youth Film Festival in May. This course has a minimum enrollment of 6 students and a maximum of 12. 
    At the beginning of the trimester classes will be taught at Saint Andrew’s on the following dates November 27th, December 4th and 11th. The remainder of the course will be conducted at Austin School of Film and locations throughout Austin. Students who enroll in this course will be responsible for their own transportation to Austin School of Film and shooting locations. Please keep in mind work for this class may occur outside of the normal 4:30-5:30 timeframe; please make sure that your schedule can accommodate those demands.  
  • Music Technology/Garage Band (Grades 6-8)

    Wednesday's 4:30-5:30pm
    Russ King, Teacher & Musician
    $375 (BTC Class Fee will be Waived)
    Music Technology will introduce students to the uses, concepts, techniques, and terminology of computing through music applications. The students will gain experience with the program Garage Band, making beats, music sequencing, synthesis, and music performance practice.  This course is also designed as an introduction to music fundamentals, notation, and theory through music technology such as MIDI and digital recording. Students will also learn basic business practices used in the music industry, and will upload their music to share with the world (if desired). This course has an 6 student minimum and a 12 student maximum. 
  • Jumpstart (Grades 6-8)

    Wednesdays, 4:00 - 5:00pm
    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. Class will meet on the following dates:
    November 8th
    November 29th
    December 6th
    December 13th
    January 3th
    January 10th
    January 17th
    January 24th
    January 31st
    February 7th
    February 14th
    February 21st
  • 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
  • Hello World Computer Science Program (Grades 6-8)

    Thursdays, 3:45-5:30 
    Engineer, Hello World
    $600 (no additional BTC fee)
    • 10-week course from Thursday, February 1 – Thursday, April 5th. 
    • Includes two off-site events: iOS Mobile App Development @ Apple in the Domain (date TBD; and Student Demo Day at Capital Factory (date TBD)
    • Between the lower school section and the middle school section this class will need a minimum of 16 students enrolled to continue.
    Hello World courses are modeled after college and graduate-level computer science and engineering programs and focus on applied mathematics, simulation and modeling as a means to solving complex problems. Our St. Andrew’s Spring 2018 program will cover two cutting-edge engineering subjects: 1) Artificial Intelligence and Data Science and 2) Full Stack Web Development.  All weekly sessions will take place on St. Andrew’s 31st Street campus with a 6:1 instructor to student ratio and students in our Level I and Level II programs will be in separate sections. Students who took Hello World in the fall or attended a summer program in these subjects will be placed in advanced groups.
    Our program is intended for students with an interest in design, creative problem solving and computer science. Students learn directly from our dream team of industry leaders, including software engineers, artificial intelligence architects, and data scientists to prototype and test solutions to real world challenges.
    We strongly encourage girls to join the program - early exposure to computer science and engineering concepts improves confidence in the field and significantly increases students' likelihood of majoring in these subjects in college! We are open to all levels and will differentiate based on previous exposure to engineering concepts, with the ultimate aim of laying the foundation for successful careers in tomorrow’s technology-driven world and building skills and confidence in STEM subjects.
    Please reach out to Molly at support@helloworldstudio.org with any questions. 

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.