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:

    • Aquatics
    • Before School Fitness class
    • Blooming Heights Garden to Table Cooking class 
    • Coding Classes
    • Northern Clay Center Pottery class
    • Strength Training class 
    • Water Safety Instruction class, Grades 3-12 during the school year and summer 

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  • 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 local community organizations.