Before and after school programs in the San Antonio area serve youth of all ages, including on-campus preschool or elementary programs and extracurricular activities in high school.

The after school programs focus on a variety of areas including mentoring, academic support, arts,  youth development, and sports and recreation. Exceptional outside of school hours (sometimes called OST or Out-of-School Time) activities are always in high demand. They have shown to benefit students in academic performance, classroom behavior, and overall health. These programs are often based on recent educational research, and they can focus on everything from Montessori-style curiosity-based learning and social-emotional skills to art, athletics, and language immersion.  Public schools’ programs provide a supervised, safe environment for children of all ages. Many programs are available on campus, or they will provide transportation to their facility.

21st Century Community Learning Centers (CCLC)

The CCLC plan is a federal program that offers opportunities for local communities to establish and expand activities that provide students at low performing schools easy access to tutoring, academic enrichment, and other helpful educational activities. The program also provides participating families and students with productive engagement in their child’s education and adult literacy.  The 21st CCLC program in Texas is called the Texas Afterschool Centers on Education program (Texas ACE). Texas ACE programs are funded by grants from the Texas Education Agency (TEA), and provide high quality, hands-on, creative, and exploratory supplemental enrichment activities that work with the schools’ regular core academic programs. Statewide evaluations of Texas ACE show that students in the programs have higher test scores, fewer school-day absences, and fewer disciplinary incidents.

After School Centers

Several San Antonio-area school districts extend ACE programs to students through The Communities In Schools Afterschool Centers on Education (CIS-ACE). These extra enrichment learning opportunities provide academic and tutorial services to assist students in meeting local and state academic achievement standards in math, reading, social studies, and science. CIS-ACE also delivers an assortment of enrichment activities such as health, nutrition, wellness, youth development, fine arts, science, technology, physical fitness, community service, career exploration, civic responsibility, mentoring, and workforce readiness.  Students and families participating in CIS-ACE are also given opportunities for parenting, literacy, technology, and educational development.


The YMCA has an extensive Before & After School program that provides youth a safe and supervised place to spend mornings and afternoons during out of school time.  By promoting supportive social interactions and reinforcing social and academic learning concepts, the YMCA programs help students discover their interests and envision what they can achieve.  San Antonio area YMCA programs provide structured and unstructured playtime, assist students with homework help for those needing a tutor, promote student choice and voice, foster positive peer interactions, and supply wholesome snacks. There are multiple locations and program options at the numerous YMCA locations in the San Antonio area.

4-H Club

Another popular program in San Antonio’s school districts is the 4-H Club. Children participating in 4-H can experience interactive projects in areas like agriculture, health, science, and civic engagement in a supportive environment while receiving guidance from mentors who encourage them to take on significant leadership roles.  Read more about your community after school 4-H club here.

Extracurricular Activities

Numerous programs focus on extracurricular activities, including various hobbies, sports, and academic clubs. They often include sports like football, baseball, lacrosse, golf, basketball, volleyball, track, cheerleading, dance, climbing, gymnastics, soccer, yoga, martial arts, skateboarding, etc. There are countless options at all public schools for school sports. Some schools have academic club meetings following school hours, which can include chemistry, math, robotics, coding, astronomy, electronics, engineering, history, poetry, peer tutoring, and foreign languages. Creative programs clubs in public schools include art, animation, ceramics, drama, fashion design, sewing, photography, and woodworking. There are also social organizations like Habitat for Humanity, Key Club, JUNTOS, student government, marching band, ROTC, orchestra, choir, etc.   Here is a list of 200 popular suggestions for extracurricular activities.

Many school districts in San Antonio offer a wide array of before, after, and summer school programs. Outside of school time is important, and parents are welcome to take advantage of the many programs that are offered. Our public schools provide a variety of interesting and exciting activities from rock climbing to math tutoring, and they are designed to keep students engaged during their time out of school.

Benefits to students involved in after school programs:


  • Before and after school care provide a supervised, safe environment that can keep kids engaged in activities and prevent them from participating in risky behavior.
  • Effective after school programs help improve attendance, classroom behavior, and academic aspirations.
  • College admissions prefer applicants who participate in extracurricular activities in high school because they demonstrate a student’s passion, drive, focus, commitment, and leadership abilities.


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