Beacon After School Program

Enrollment

Enrollment & Payment  If you have any questions regarding the application please email our Beacon Director to Mandy McGowen at amcgowen@bacr.org.

2020-2021 Schedule

  • 3:35~4:00 Community Time (supper, sign-in, free-time)
  • 4:00~4:05 Announcements in the Cafeteria 
  • 4:05~5:00 Project Based Club
  • 5:00~6:00 Tribe Time
  • 6:00~6:30 Sign Out

Summary

The After School Beacon Program at A.P. Giannini Middle School is open every school day from 3:35pm to 6:30pm. Our daily schedule includes three components: Snack/Supper and Recess, Tribe Time (Community Building and Homework Assistance), and Project-Based Clubs. During the first hour of ASLP from 4:00pm-5:00pm, students go to Project Club of their choosing. The Project Clubs run in 12-week sessions for 3 rotation cycles. At 5:00-6:00p, participants will engage in community building activities will and get started on their homework.

Each 12-week Project-Based Club gives the students an opportunity to explore different topics that may spark their interest. Our project clubs include and range from Urban Music Program, Sports, Science Action Club, Skateboarding, Graphic Design, Performing Arts, Study Center, and more! At the end of every 12-week Project Club cycle, students will showcase their works through performances, artwork, and displays! This Beacon Fest Celebration event takes place 3 times each school year. Families, APG Faculty, and the Community are all invited to attend and witness the creative projects that our instructors and students have worked on. In addition to these events, we also be hosting other events such as school-wide dances, cultural potlucks, Lights on After-School celebration and other community-building extravaganzas!

More Information

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What if my child has a doctors appointment? Can he/she leave early?

Yes. It would be best if your child knows about the appointment ahead of time so that they may sign themselves out. 

What if I have a scheduled monthly appointment for my child?

You may fill out an Early Release form to remind your child to sign him/herself out early. 

My child is in Band and will miss a lot of the Project Based Learning; can they still be in the program?

Yes. We trust that other programs such as sports and music offerings are safe and developing skills similar to those we hone in Project Based Learning. We will work to accommodate. 

How many hours are required for my child to stay in the program?

Your child will easily make the required number of hours by the school district to count for our program, we just want him/her to be able to take advantage of the balance our program offers between Project Based Learning to Homework Club.

Can my child only do homework in Beacon?

No. Our program is centered around the science of Youth Development via Project Based Learning, with an emphasis on the whole child. We recognize that 21st Century skills are going to be necessary to your children's success as they endeavor to build educational and professional careers. 

What are 21st Century skills?

Learning to collaborate with others and connect through technology are essential skills in a knowledge-based economy. For more information refer to: 21st-century-skill. ATC21S started with a group of more than 250 researchers across 60 institutions worldwide who categorized 21st-century skills internationally info four broad categories: ways of thinking, ways of working, tools for working and skills for living in the world. 

Is the Beacon program flexible with varying student schedules?

Yes and no. Innovation is an SNBC core value so we're open to change, but we need to be consistent and set standards. 

What is Tribe Time?

All students are assigned a Tribe, this is like their homeroom and they stay with the same tribe and leader throughout the school year. During Tribe Time, the first 20 minutes are dedicated to silent homework or reading. The remaining time is used for community building and other activities. 

How do Project Clubs work?

Project Based Clubs run in 12 week cycles for 3 cycles throughout the school year. At the beginning of each cycle, students choose a 1st, 2nd, and 3rd choice club and we do our best to adhere to those choices. Previous club offerings have included Graphic Media, Creative Expression, Artists United, Sports, Cooking, The Urban Music Program, Theater, and more.