Middle School Before & Afterschool

  • 21st Century SIMS Learning

    21st Century SIMS Learning is a grant funded, academic enrichment program held at three Durham Public Schools sites. These programs will end July 2023.

    Carrington Middle School 

    Neal Middle School

    Shepard Middle School

    This program does involve a limited number of spaces and most participants are selected through school/teacher referral. If interested, any parent is welcome to contact the Site Coordinator at his/her child's school to share your interest. If selected, someone from the school will inform you of the registration process.


    Middle School ENCORE!


    Operating Information

    Encore! programs operate from 3:20 p.m.- 5:30 p.m., Monday-Thursday. Programs do not operate on Fridays, early release days or teacher workdays. Programs do not operate if schools are closed or dismissed early due to inclement weather. Afterschool programs at the year-round calendar schools do not operate during the three-week intersession periods. May 11, 2023 will be the last day of programming for the school year.

    Before School programs will only operate at sites with 10 or more students enrolled. A separate online registration will need to be completed for that program. For more information, call our office at (919) 560-9488 or visit us at www.dpsnc.net/afterschool.

    Little River K8 students are served at Lucas Middle School.

    The Encore! Afterschool program will serve:

    • Brogden
    • Carrington
    • Githens
    • Lowes Grove
    • Lucas/Little River K-8
    • Neal Middle School
    • Rogers-Herr
    • Shepard


    Encore! Dates:

    Year-Round (Monday, August 1, 2022- May 11, 2023)

    Traditional (Tuesday, September 6- May 11, 2023)

    *Program days and start times: Monday- Thursday, 3:20 p.m. - 5:30pm


    ENCORE! Program Components:

    Basics to the Basics of After-school (B2B):    

    B2B allows students to participate in a series of welcome activities such as ice breakers, cooperative, ENCORE! rules and creating social contracts.

    This allows the tone to be set for students and staff from the beginning to the end of the program.

    Homework Zone:

    *Homework assistance (Certified Teachers from school day)

    *Study Groups

    Character Education:

    ENCORE! utilizes Character Counts as a framework based on basic values called The Six Pillars of Character: trustworthiness, respect, responsibilities, fairness, caring, and citizenship by Josephso Institute.

    Students engage monthly in various activites around the Six Character Traits.

    STEM Activities:

    STEM activities occur monthly. These activities are in-depth and rigorous one-day projects that facilitate learning on a particular topic. These activities are linked to learning concepts that take place during the school day.

    Physical Sports in After-School:

    Students will engage in various physical activities to help with maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

    Teen Initiatives:

    Students will participate in various team-building anti-bullying and leadership development activities that will prepare them for a brighter future.


    Got talent? Every student has a talent that he/she would like to demonstrate. Students will work in groups or by themselves to prepare for Showtime/ Lights, Camera & Action.

    Site Planned Activities:

    Each site will have the opportunity to plan various activities and schedule resources. All activities must be indicated on activity schedules submitted to CE monthly. Each site should provide an updated schedule if any activites change periodically after submission of plans.

                         ENCORE! Building Brighter Futures for Our Middle School Students



    • Cost: Students can join after school by completing an online application. Cost is $50 per semester or $100 for the full year. See our operating information as we don't operate every day. Scholarships are available for students at every school - See below for more information.
    • Attendance Policy: Students are expected to attend as often as possible (preferably everyday) to gain the most for the program. Our research has shown students make the most progress academically and socially and build resiliency against risk factors when they attend regularly and for multiple years in our program. Our minimum attendance policy requires  students to attend at least two full days a week or an hour each day of the week. Due to limited space at each program, we want to maximize attendance in the program, which is based on our average daily attendance. Students may be dropped from the program to allow other students to attend.
    • Buses:  Bus transportation is provided from each school program as long as the students are actively participating in ENCORE,and students live within the school's attendance zone. Afterschool bus transportation is a privilege and could be denied if the student's conduct becomes an issue. Students leave campus at 5:30pm and will arrive home in under an hour. An afterschool bus stop is created for each student requesting transportation.
    • Snacks:  A healthy snack and drink is provided by DPS Child Nutrition Services in the program each day and follows Federal snack guidelines. An alternative snack can be provided if a special dietary need is requested and communicated with our staff.
    • Wait List:  A wait list will be formed after a school program exceeds the enrollment capacity. We staff at a 1:15 ratio and monitor average daily attendance monthly in order to maximize enrollment. A waitlist is formed on a first come first served basis and does not require payment until your child is accepted into the program. Removing students  from a waitlist is a priority for us, but at times it can be a lengthy wait process due to long lists and staffing.
    • Scholarships:  Available to any student with limited means or circumstances. Scholarship forms can be found on our Forms page, which describes multiple ways for students to qualify. Scholarship students adhere to the same rules when placed on a waitlist. Exceptions are made in rare emergency situations that involve a child's immediate safety and involve social service agencies.


    Before School Programs

    Before School Programs (6:30-8:20am Daily):

    Community Education is pleased to provide quality and affordable before-school programs at Rogers-Herr and the School for Creative Studies, where learning is fun! Our programs provide families with a safe and nurturing place for their children to be actively engaged in enriching activities during the-before-school hours.




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Sample Weekly Schedule