After School Opportunities 2022-2023

We are adding information to this page as we receive it. If you have questions about a program, please email the contact person listed for the program or visit the program website.

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After School Enrichment Programs through

Somerville Public Schools

Open to all SPS Students

Program and registration information will be updated as it becomes available.

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Pre-K-8th grade

SPS Community Schools After School Program

Register: Community Schools after school programming is currently full at all schools for the 2022-23 school year. Registration for the upcoming school year happens during three priority registration periods: January 2023 (for incoming Pre-K/K students), March 2023 (for incoming 1st graders and up) and April 2023 (for summer programming). For more information please visit the Enrollment and program information page. 
Cost: Standard flat fee with sliding scale fee for families with financial need
Ages: Grades K-6, Grades 7-8 Leaders-in-Training
Dates: M-F starting September 1st, 2:30-5:30pm, half days 12:00-5:30pm.
Locations: Kennedy, Argenziano, East Somerville, Winter Hill, West Somerville, Brown, Healey, Capuano
Description: Field trips, project work, and fun activities that support the SPS Grade Level Curriculum. Club offerings vary by school and grade level. Rising 7–9th grade students may join the Leaders-in-Training program. Please visit the website for more information. 
Contact: 617-625-6600 x. 6970

El Sistema

Cost: Standard flat fee of $145/week with scholarship assistance for families with financial need. 
Ages: Grades 3-8
Dates: M-F 2:30-5:30pm
Locations: East Somerville Community School
Description: El Sistema Somerville is a daily afterschool music program that provides ensemble-based music instruction to SPS elementary and middle grades students, grades 3–8. The program offers intensive study on strings, winds and brass instruments through orchestral rehearsals, sectionals, musicianship and technique classes, chamber music, and private lessons. Students play violin, viola, cello, bass, flute, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, and trombone. Students also receive a daily nutritious snack, academic support, recess time, cultural enrichment activities, field trips, and frequent opportunities to perform for the community. The program meets Mondays-Fridays from 2:30-5:30 p.m. at the East Somerville Community School. Thanks to the Massachusetts Cultural Council for their generous support of the El Sistema Somerville program.
Contact: Evan Perry, eperry@k12.somerville.ma.us 

Boston Debate League

Cost: FREE
Ages: 5th-8th, 9th-12th
Dates: Recruitment begins in September, kickoff events at each school TBA
Location: East Somerville, Somerville High School, Brown
Description: We offer debate and argumentation programs for young people in Greater Boston, with a commitment to serving students of color and other students who have been denied these educational opportunities. We tailor our programs to address the educational inequities they experience, and strive to create inclusive learning communities where all participants are welcome and supported in achieving the transformative, lifelong benefits of debate.
Contact: Brown: Andrew Stattel or Julie Jasper; East Somerville: Valquiria Gouvea, Scott Weaver; Somerville HS: Carlos Contreras

School based Extracurriculars

Each school has a number of after school clubs and activities offered to students. Please contact your school principal for more information on the current program offerings. 

High School

Interscholastic Sports

Register:  https://somerville.k12.ma.us/schools/somerville-high-school/departments-academics/athletics/teams-page
Cost: Free!
Ages: Grades 9-12 depending on sport
Dates: Fall season begins August 22nd
Location: Somerville High School, various locations around the city
Description: The Somerville Public Schools Athletic Program intends to provide an opportunity for student-athletes to develop and display their talents through competition. All student-athletes place the highest priority on the quality of education and the successful completion of academic programs. Athletics are conducted as an integral component of the overall educational experience; with the goal of having student-athletes strive to reach their potential and give their best.
Contact: Stanley Viera, sviera@k12.somerville.ma.us

Highlander Theater Company

Register: Information about upcoming auditions and events can be found on Instagram at @shshighlandertheatre. 
Cost: Free!
Ages: Grades 9-12
Dates: TBA
Location: Somerville High School, various locations around the city
Description: Established in 2017 as an expansion of the Musical and Drama Clubs at Somerville High School, the mission of the Highlander Theatre Company is to create the opportunity for every Somerville High School student to participate in the creation, production, and performance of live theatre.
Contact: Charles Jabour, cjabour@k12.somerville.ma.us

SHS Extracurriculars

Register: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Qol-TAXwKfjbwvQIDm0B-6an81B8dU2DiRfkUkPXFDk/edit?usp=sharing
Cost: Free!
Ages: Grades 9-12 
Dates: Clubs begin in September and generally meet weekly, varies by club
Location: Somerville High School
Description: Pursue your passions, build friendships and learn new skills by participating in extracurriculars in a number of areas - from GSA to language clubs, video games to broadcasting, there's something for everyone. Learn more by checking out the catalog of options here (TBA).
Contact: Lisa Brewster-Cook, lbrewster-cook@k12.somerville.ma.us

SHS ESports

Cost: Free!
Ages: Grades 9-12 
Dates: Starts February 10th
Location: Somerville High School
Description: Competitive online gaming competitions with your friends. Join the fun!
Contact: Stanley Veira

Somerville High School Makerspace

Register: No registration needed, learn more here:  https://sites.google.com/view/shs-library/makerspace-the-library
Cost:  Free!
Ages: Any SHS or Full Circle student can participate
Dates: M-F afterschool from 2:30-4pm
Location: Somerville High School Library Makerspace
Description: Hang out in the makerspace to use our super cool equipment - 3D printers, sewing and knitting materials, music production equipment, and more. Sometimes we have classes, but anyone who is interested in creating, making or tinkering should come by and check us out!

Fablab/Fabville at Somerville High School

Register: No registration needed, learn more here: https://fabville.org/new-events
Cost:  Free!
Ages: Any high school student can participate
Dates: M-Th afterschool from 2:30-5pm for students, 5pm-8pm classes for the community (students still welcome!)
Location: Somerville High School Fab Lab
Description: A space for students to come and learn about manufacturing, building, tinkering and creating. Featuring brand new state of the art equipment from screen printing to laser cutting, 3d printing and much more. Take a class or just drop in. 
Contact: Alex Swaisgood alex.swaisgood@artisansasylum.com

SHS Fitness Center

Register: No registration needed, just come by!
Cost:  Free!
Ages: Any high school student can participate
Dates: Monday, Tuesday, and Thursdays from 7-7:45 and 2:45-3:45
Location: Somerville High School Fitness Center
Description: Use our state of the art fitness equipment for free!
Contact: Nicole Viele nviele@k12.somerville.ma.us
 
 

OST Enrichment Programs through

City of Somerville

Open to all SPS students

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Somerville Parks and Recreation Department 

Register: New programs are regularly being announced! Visit https://www.somervillerec.com/info/activities/default.aspx?type=activities for info as it becomes available. Fall and Winter Program Guide can be found here.
Cost: Varies
Ages: All ages
Description: Somerville Parks and Rec offers a wide variety of programming for youth and adults including sports clinics, art classes, babysitter certification, recess programming, after school drop in hours, and more. 
Contact: George Scarpelli gscarpelli@somervillema.gov for more information. 

Edgerly Teen Center

Register: No registration needed - drop in anytime with a student ID
Cost: Free!
Dates/Hours: M-F 2:30-8pm
Ages: Middle School and High School age students
Description: Space for teens to relax and socialize, connect to resources in the community, participate in activities, have a snack and more.
Contact: George Scarpelli gscarpelli@somervillema.gov for more information. 

Middle School Intramural Athletics

Registerhttps://www.somervillerec.com/
Cost: Free!
Ages: Grades 6-8
Dates: Varies depending on sport, 2-3 days per week commitment
Locations: Various locations - see website for more details. 
Description: All Intramural teams are school-based and play other teams within Somerville. The Intramural Sports program teaches student-athletes skills and strategy in a fun, structured environment, with an emphasis on sportsmanship.. Fall sports include flag football, tennis and volleyball. Winter sports include girls' and boys' indoor soccer. Spring sports include boys' and girls' basketball and competitive swimming. 
Contact: George Scarpelli, gscarpelli@somervillema.gov

City of Somerville Library

Cost: Free
Ages: All ages
Description: Ongoing programming, including dungeons and dragons, crafting, a kids' book club at the West Branch and much more: https://www.somervillepubliclibrary.org/kids/kids-book-club

 

Enrichment Programs offered

through outside organizations

Open to all SPS students

Please contact programs directly with questions.

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Boston Bouldering Project Somerville

Registerhttps://brooklynboulders.com/somerville/youth-pricing-schedules/
Cost: $22-39 per class, $119 per full day (when school is not in session) - scholarships are available
Ages: 5–13 years old
Dates: M-F 3-6pm, school vacation days 9-5pm
Location: Somerville MA
Description: After school climbing and parkour classes, as well as a competition team (BKBeasts)
Contact: Laura MacDonald

Somerville Cub Scouts

Register: https://www.somervillepack3.org/home
Cost: $205 for full year registration
Ages: K-5
Dates: Multiple small group meetings a month in addition to "Pack" activities for all scouts monthly
Location: Various
Description: Cub Scouting is fun for the whole family. In Scouting, boys and girls start with their best right now selves and grow into their very best future selves. It’s fun, hands-on learning and achievement that puts kids in the middle of the action and prepares them for today – and for life.
Contact Michael Lalka, info@somervillepack3.org

Davis Square Martial Arts

Register: http://davissquaremartialarts.com/?page_id=46
Cost: $375 for 1x/week trimester classes, $580 for 2x/week trimester classes. Scholarships available for youth who receive free/reduced lunch
Ages: 7-13 years
Dates: Varies depending on program
Location: Seven Hills Park, Somerville
Description: At Davis Square Martial Arts, our Kids Kung Fu classes emphasize paying attention, doing your best, treating everyone with respect, and having fun! We work hard to create a positive learning environment where students can safely practice martial arts. Classes are available for children ages 5 to 15 years old. (Our class for children ages 3 ½ to 5 is currently suspended, but may be reinstated in the future.) Every child is encouraged to reach their own individual potential in their own unique way. Through listening and effort, the physical and mental discipline children develop in class will serve them throughout their lives.
Contact: Jennifer Ferguson, jendsma@gmail.com

Elizabeth Peabody House

Register: call 617-623-5510
Cost: $37 per after school day, $60 per full day; vouchers accepted
Ages: 5–12 years old
Dates: M-F, 2:30-5:30PM
Location: Somerville, MA
Description: Here at the Elizabeth Peabody House, our afterschool program consists of a variety of activities that fall under the scope of STEM, social/emotional support, movement, media, and art. We partner with a variety of organizations in the Somerville area to strengthen our ties to the community, and provide your child(ren) with a wide range of programming opportunities. Join us this school year as we explore the deep depths of space, habitats on Earth, solve mysteries, learn about the environment, and how we can help our community! We at the Elizabeth Peabody House look forward to providing quality out-of-school time services to your child and working with you in being part of your child's development and education.
Contactsrios@teph.org

Groundwork Somerville Green Team 

Registerhttps://groundworksomerville.org/about/job-opening/
Cost: paid positions
Ages: Ages 14–19
Dates: TBD
Location: Somerville
Description: Environmental engagement, urban agriculture, and leadership development. http://www.groundworksomerville.org/
Contact: Tatijana Olivierrie - tati@groundworksomerville.org

Kesher After School

RegisterSchool Age Child Care (Grades K-5) Pre-K Program Preschool
Cost: Program ranges from approx. $160/week for after school and $300+/week for full day care. Does not take vouchers. Limited scholarships available. 
Ages: 1.4 years to 5th grade
Dates: All programming runs Monday-Thursday, closed Friday-Sunday. Full day care available for 1.4-5 years old. Afterschool care for Pre K-5th grade from school pickup to 5:30pm, open on vacation weeks and school holidays.
Location: 59 Cross St Somerville
Description: Hands on activities focused on arts and play, with a Jewish/Hebrew tradition. All students are welcome. We have Spanish speaking staff.
Contact: Kat (617) 576-0830 or info@kesherweb.org

Mudflat Studios

Register: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70a0449a4a923abf58-mudflat4
Cost: $200/class
Ages: Ages 5 and up
Dates: Varies by program
Location: 81 Broadway Somerville MA
Description: Have your child join us at Mudflat to learn how to work with clay! Kids ages 5-8 learn the basics of handbuilding, while kids ages 8-12 can try their hand at the potter's wheel. Back for the Fall is the Teen Clay class! For ages 13+. Kids classes do not include lab hours. 
Contact: gab@mudlfat.org or call 617-628-0589

Mystic Learning Center School Age Child Care

Register: https://mysticlearningcenter.org/sign-up-for-mlc-programs
Cost:  EEC determines cost, contact program for latest update
Ages: 5-13 
Dates/Times: 2:30-5:30pm M-F, 8am-5:30pm for school vacation days.
Location: 530 Mystic Ave Somerville, MA
Description: Our School-Age Child Care Program aims to enhance the educational, emotional, and social development of children. Youth ages 5-13 (or up to 16 with special needs) can enroll in a structured program designed to expand their interests and horizons, and to develop positive attitudes toward others.  The program is open weekdays during the school year from 2:30 to 5:30 pm. On early release days, the program runs from 12:00 to 5:30 pm, and during vacations it operates from 8:00 am to 5:30 pm. 
Contact: Tracey or Nichole, 617-623-0110

Mystic Learning Center Night Groups/Pre-Teen Choice Club

Registerhttps://mysticlearningcenter.org/sign-up-for-mlc-programs
Cost:  Free
Ages: 8-16
Dates/Times: 6-8pm Tuesdays and Thursdays
Location: 530 Mystic Ave Somerville, MA
Description: Free drop in program providing adult supervision, nutritious meals, and hands on activities including sports, art, and more. 
Contact: Tracey Stearns 617-623-0110 tracey@mysticlearningcenter.org

Parts and Crafts

Register: https://www.amilia.com/store/en/parts-and-crafts/shop/programs/79570
Cost: $308 per day for a 16 week session - sign up for any day(s) you choose
Ages: Ages 6–13
Dates: September 7-December 21
Location: Somerville, MA
Description: Parts and Crafts is a makerspace and community workshop in Somerville, MA. We encourage kids to think and make and learn and do through the exploration of the arts, science, computer programming, and engineering – a cluster of disciplines we refer to as “the creative application of technical skills.” ​ In all of our programs we aim to create a supportive environment for self-directed ​ learning where young people can learn hands-on skills, gain competency in basic tool use, and work on creative projects of their own design. 
Contact: Dina Gjersten dina@partsandcrafts.org

Parkour Generations Boston

Register: https://pkgenboston.sites.zenplanner.com/calendar.cfm
Cost: fee associated, scholarships available
AgesAges 6–13
Dates: Varies depending on program
Location: Outdoors in Somerville
Description: Physical activity and STEAM focused on building a "toolbox" of movement skills that can be applied to overcome a variety of physical and mental challenges. Sessions feature instruction by experienced coaches for a wide range of age and ability levels, and are a mix of skill development, problem-solving, physical challenges, and games that reinforce the values and ideals of the Parkour philosophy. 
Contact: Blake Evitt

Somerville Cares about Prevention - Somerville Positive Forces

Apply: SPFJR./Middle School Youth: https://bit.ly/SPFJR  and SPF100/High School Youth: https://bit.ly/SPF100hiring 
Pay: Youth will receive a stipend if they participate - up to $250 for middle school youth and $1000 for high school youth.
Ages: 6th-12th grades
Dates/Times: SPF Jr. (middle school) program meets October-June on half day Wednesdays from 1-3pm. SPF 100 (High school) program meets November-May 3:30-5:30 on Thursdays
Description: Somerville Positive Forces (SPF) is a youth leadership program of Somerville Cares About Prevention (SCAP) that engages youth in substance misuse prevention, particularly among their peers. SCAP is a community prevention coalition which works to reduce youth substance misuse among youth by engaging community stakeholders, particularly young people, in youth substance misuse prevention initiatives. SCAP is part of the Somerville Prevention Services Division in the City of Somerville Health and Human Services Department.
Contact: Lovelee Heller-Bottari, lheller@somervillema.gov

Somerville Media Center Youth Media Programs

Cost: $200-$250 for a 12 week course meeting 1x/week. Financial aid is available.
Ages: 4th grade-12th grade
Dates/Times: TBA
Location: 90 Union Square Somerville, MA
Description: The goal of SMC’s Youth Media Program is to empower the next generation of young people to be critical and creative producers who use the power of media to serve as active agents of change in their communities. SMC offers a number of developmentally appropriate youth programming for youth of all ages, including targeted intensive workshops, strategic community partnerships with youth-serving agencies, teen internships, movie nights, field trips, and more. We aim to be inclusive and responsive to the needs of young people in our community, and provide all of our programming at a sliding scale in order to be accessible to all of our cities’ residents. We also strive to be a safer space for youth, and actively wish to recruit LGBTQ+ youth, youth of color, low-income youth, and youth with disabilities. We run year round youth programming including after school programs, vacation camp, and summer programs.
Contact: Evan Tingle

Somerville Youth Soccer

Register: https://www.somervillesoccer.org/sysregistration
Cost: $85-$145, financial aid is available
Ages: Toddlers - Grade 8, programming varies
Dates/Times: Schedule varies by program
Location: Varies
Description: Somerville Youth Soccer League exists to provide an opportunity for youth to participate in the sport of soccer as part of an organization comprising players, parents, volunteers and corporate sponsors. SYSL is devoted to providing training in the rules and regulations of the sport, encouraging the development of individual skills, promoting physical fitness, and fostering teamwork and fair play. Winning is fun and exciting but -- most importantly -- we want to teach our children that striving to do their personal best is what really matters most.
Contact: Ivan Ibarca (speaks Spanish) 

Somerville Youth Hockey 

Register: Learn to Skate sessions
Cost: Free-$125, financial aid available
Ages: 4-9
Dates/Times:

FULL LTS/LTP SEASON:  10/29/22 – 3/4/23
HALF LTS/LTP SEASON #1:  10/29/22 - 12/31/22
HALF LTS/LTP SEASON #2:  1/7/23 - 3/4/23

Location: Veterans Memorial Skating Rink
Description: Somerville Youth Hockey Association is a having a Try Hockey For Free event at Veterans Memorial Rink (Somerville's main rink at 570 Somerville Ave.) on Saturday, 11/6, from 9:30 - 10:50 am.  This event is for kids who have never participated in organized hockey before.  Although it's geared for ages 4 - 9, older kids are welcome too.  It's totally free! Kids can come down to the rink, tie on some skates, grab a stick and try it out!  Skates, helmet (bike is fine), and warm gloves are required, and SYHA has some equipment to lend out to kids who need them.  Registration can be completed online ahead of time (go to somervilleyouthhockey.org) or on paper at the door.
Contactsyhaexecboard@gmail.com

Teen Empowerment Youth Organizing

Apply: 2022-23 School Year Job Application
Cost: Paid positions - earn approx. $15.46/hr
Ages: Ages 13–20
Dates: Starting in October 2022, program dates/times vary
Location: Somerville, MA
Description: Paid opportunities for youth to become community organizers. Help plan and lead events, advocate for systemic change and make new friends!  
Contact: Danny McLaughlin or Eva

The Welcome Project Liaison Interpreters Program (LIPS)

Apply Now: https://forms.gle/7dgxzEt1v8irda267
Cost: Free, students are paid for their work
Ages: High School Students
Dates/Times: LIPS Training sessions meet once a week on Thursdays from 4 - 6 pm, starting in October.
Location: Somerville
Description: We are hiring bilingual high school students who have a passion for social justice! You will learn from professional interpreters, serve your community, and get PAID for your work!  

Core languages: Spanish, Portuguese, Nepali & Haitian Creole.

Somerville YMCA

Register: School Age Child Care PreK/K Child Care LIT Program (for ages 13-15)
Cost: Fee associated, avg. cost is $130-150 a week
Ages: Grades K–7, LIT program for ages 13-15
Dates: M-F, 2:30-6pm or 12-6pm on half days, 8-6pm on school vacation days. 
Location: Somerville
Description: After school enrichment programming featuring sports, games, arts and crafts, and more in a supportive, positive and safe setting. Learn more at https://somervilleymca.org/ 
Contact: Tania Buck
 

Teen Health Advisory with Cambridge Health Alliance

Register: https://bit.ly/THA22
Cost: Free
Ages: High school students
Dates: Tuesdays after school
Location: Somerville High School Teen Connection
Description:  Are you interested in learning how to use your voice and leadership skills to make a difference in your school and community? Would you like to learn more about careers in healthcare? Join Cambridge Health Alliance’s Teen Health Advisory. We meet every Tuesday to learn leadership and civic engagement skills, hear from community speakers, research public health topics, and to develop programs and events that educate and empower our peers to make healthy decisions. Sign up in person at the Somerville Teen Connection Clinic on the first floor or via the link above.
Contact: qetchie@challiance.org or sorozco@challiance.org

 

Somerville Public Schools

Programming for Targeted Populations

Open to students through a teacher or staff referral.

Please reach out to the contact person for the individual program with questions.

Enroot

Register:  https://www.enrooteducation.org/for-students Please note this program is only open to immigrant youth. 
Cost: Free!
Ages: Grades 9-12
Dates: Starts September 24th, meets Tuesdays and Thursdays for mentoring from 6-7, leadership seminars from 3:30-5:30 on Thursdays. 
Location: Somerville High School
Description: The goal of Enroot is to empower immigrant youth to achieve academic, career and personal success through inspiring out of school experiences. Enroot students are matched with a mentor and tutor to help them succeed in school and beyond. They also have the opportunity to intern at local community organizations and receive stipends for their work. 
Contact: Teresa Martinez, tmartinez@enrooteducation.org 

Breakthrough Greater Boston

Register: 
Cost: Free!
Target population: 7th-12th grade students who are first generation, low income, and/or youth of color
Dates: Mondays and Wednesdays 3-6pm
Location: Somerville High School
Description: Breakthrough Greater Boston (BTGB) is a year-round, tuition-free program that offers six years of academically intensive out-of-school time services to highly motivated, traditionally underserved middle and high school students in greater Boston. BTGB believes in the power of beginning our work with students in middle school and offering continuous support for the next six years as they work toward achieving their goal of college. Breakthrough’s High School Program is made up of four program components: Academic Support, Summer Programming, College Access Program, and Advocacy.
Contact: Kat Ochoa kochoa@btgbmail.org 

Soccer without Borders

Register: Coming soon!
Cost: Free!
Target Population: 6th-8th graders in Newcomer Academy at WHCIS
Dates: Mondays, Tuesdays, and Fridays 2:30-5pm 
Location: Winter Hill Community School 
Description: Soccer, community building, language development/ESL and enrichment for newcomer middle school students. 
Contact: Coming soon!