After School Options for Grades 6 - 8

Why after school matters in middle school:
While academics are important, middle school is an important time for students to get outside of the school building and explore their interests. Participation in Out-of-School-Time programs can help improve student motivation, school performance, and social emotional wellbeing, and may open the door to future opportunities.

Options on the school campus and in the community:
Students can participate in several different enrichment programs during the week. Upper Schools offer options inside the school building on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays (from October-May) that include intramural sports, music ensembles, school plays, clubs, and academic help. Programs in the community can complement these offerings and provide a consistent routine, five days a week.

Everyday after school routines:
In 6-8th grade, it can be helpful to have an everyday routine including a place to do homework and a supported social space with friends after the school day. Cambridge Youth Centers and other local Community Centers are open 5 days a week and offer that structured routine in a free, supervised space.

Transportation options:
Many middle school students do one or two days of clubs at their Upper School and then go other programs on other days. If the program is located 1.5 miles or more from the school, the late bus can take them there after their clubs are over for the day, or you can arrange the regular school bus to take them to the youth center after school is over (rather than home).

Learn More:
Upper Schools advertise available clubs after the start of the school year. Find specialty opportunities on Find It Cambridge, or check out the Middle School Network’s OST Guide.
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