The Haverhill Public Schools’ Discovery Club and Access 21 before & after school programs are made possible through federal 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) and state After School & Out-of-School Time (ASOST) grants that are administered by the MA Department of Education. The primary focus is to provide academic and social support as well as enrichment programs to students who are economically disadvantaged or have other risk factors. The intent is to help level the playing field for these students so that they may experience opportunities that they may not otherwise have. We try to keep a 1:10 teacher/student ratio to ensure high quality programming.
The Discovery Club (grades 1-8) Out-of-School Time (OST) program will have before and after school programming at Bradford, Golden Hill, Pentucket Lake, Silver Hill, and Tilton Elementary Schools; and Consentino, Nettle and Whittier Middle Schools. All of these sites offer one hour of before school care, Monday through Friday. After school, programs for these grades meet for two hours Monday through Thursday and transportation home is provided. The elementary sites also offer care on Friday after school; however, transportation is not available on Fridays.
Elementary and middle school programs offer time for homework and academic support followed by an enrichment program. The time scheduled for homework will be revised this year to allow for more enrichment time. Hands-on enrichment programs offer other opportunities for student learning that are not often available during the school day. We would like to allow more time for students to work collaboratively in enrichment topics of their choosing.
A healthy snack is provided and transportation home is available. There are no fees to participate this year.
There are three ten-week sessions during the school year for elementary & middle school programs. Usually, enrichment programs change or students can choose a new enrichment topic each session to ensure that students have a variety of experiences. At the elementary and middle school levels, enrichment may include Art, Recreation, STEM Career Awareness, Cooking, Musical Theater, Horticulture, Literacy, or a Project-Based or Service Learning program, such as ‘Project Passport’, ‘Business & the Community’ or ‘The Heart and Sole of Haverhill.’ The enrichment topics may change based on student interest.
The Access 21 (grades 9-12) Out-of-School Time (OST) program will have after school programming only at Haverhill High School. Enrichment programs offered include integrated Culinary Skills, Internship, Glee Club, Robotics, and Life Skills. We may offer some new enrichment opportunities in addition to the current programs, based on student and teacher interest from a recent survey. Transportation home is available Tuesday through Thursday when programs are in session. The programs begin at 2:15 pm and end at 5:00 pm. Healthy snacks are also provided.
The 9 sites will serve over 800 students in grades 1 to 12. Members have the use of the school facilities including classrooms, computer labs, gymnasiums, and libraries.
Discovery Club and Access 21 will make reasonable accommodations to serve students. Members must be able to participate in a group situation, and maintain the activities of daily life.
Applications received by noon on September 15 will be considered for the October 10 enrollment start date. Applications received after noon on September 15 will be considered for the November 1 enrollment date.
Access 21 (grades 9-12) Applications for the 2023-24 School Year will be available soon.
In accordance with federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex (including gender identity and sexual orientation), disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity.
Program information may be made available in languages other than English. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication to obtain program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language), should contact the responsible state or local agency that administers the program or USDA’s TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TTY) or contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.
To file a program discrimination complaint, a Complainant should complete a Form AD-3027, USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form which can be obtained online at: https://www.usda.gov/sites/default/files/documents/USDA-OASCR%20P-Complaint-Form-0508-0002-508-11-28-17Fax2Mail.pdf, from any USDA office, by calling (866) 632-9992, or by writing a letter addressed to USDA. The letter must contain the complainant’s name, address, telephone number, and a written description of the alleged discriminatory action in sufficient detail to inform the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights (ASCR) about the nature and date of an alleged civil rights violation. The completed AD-3027 form or letter must be submitted to USDA by:
U.S. Department of Agriculture
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; or
(833) 256-1665 or (202) 690-7442; or
This institution is an equal opportunity provider.