ENCORE After-School Programming
Columbia Heights Public Schools -- in partnership with the Columbia Heights Recreation Department -- offers free ENCORE after-school programming. ENCORE offers extended learning opportunities focused on technology, arts, environmental studies, health/fitness and academic support. All class offerings are designed to provide students with the skills they will use to be successful in college and careers.
ENCORE is available to students in grades 1-12 who attend CHPS or live within District boundaries. Columbia Heights Recreation and the Columbia Heights Library are partners in offering ENCORE programming after school, on non-school days and in the summer.
ENCORE is designed to provide engaging, hands-on, 21st century offerings. Students will create their own computer programs through coding, learn water safety and survival, solve complex engineering problems, increase confidence and skills through theatre and dance, express themselves artistically by creating pottery and gain an academic boost. All of the offerings are designed to provide students with the skills they will use to be successful in college and careers.
Examples of ENCORE offerings include:
- Before School Fitness class
- Blooming Heights Garden to Table Cooking class
- Computer Explorers Coding class
- ENCORE Programming
- Northern Clay Center Pottery class
- Spark-Y aquaponics engineering class and Summer Camp
- Strength Training class
- Water Safety Instruction class, Grades 4-8 school year and Grades 6-12 during summer
To register for an ENCORE class, visit your school's main office.
ENCORE programming offers extended learning opportunities focused on math, literacy, technology, arts, health/fitness, academic support and more. This summer, CHPS will offer three ENCORE sessions. Each session will have the option of attending virtual or in person. Transportation will be available for students eligible to receive transportation during the 2020-2021 school year.
Registration due May 12. Transportation will be available for students eligible to receive transportation during the 2020-2021 school year.
ENCORE is funded from a Minnesota Department of Education 21st Century Community Learning Center grant. The Grant is funded at $250,000 a year with a minimum of three and up to five years. Columbia Heights Public Schools and the Columbia Heights Recreation Department are also partnering with Computer Explorers, Spark-Y, Northern Clay Center and the St. Paul Conservatory.