Elementary Afterschool Program Our Elementary Afterschool Program for 1st to 5th grade students operates from August through June, 3:15 to 6:00 pm, Monday through Friday. Students spend at least 90 minutes weekly on an instructor-supervised online curriculum. On a weekly basis, students participate in an hour-long, Common Core-aligned STEAM curriculum that provides opportunities for youth to become young scientists as they engage in hands-on, inquiry-based activities. Our Life Skills and Historically Black Colleges and Universities learning sessions alternate and are conducted bi-weekly for 45 minutes. We use the Historically Black College and Universities as a foundation to expose our elementary students to college and various aspects of the college going process. Life Skills activities help to build basic school success and social/emotional skills, as recent studies have shown that possessing character traits such as grit, empathy, and perseverance can be significant determinants of future success. Similar to our other academic components, these units are based on themes, which change every six to eight weeks. In addition, students spend 45 minutes weekly on read alouds, which develop students’ early language skills, reinforce their reading and comprehension skills, and build a stronger foundation for school success. Each unit, classes share a read aloud book that is aligned with the Life Skills theme. Twice a week, students participate in TFS-sponsored clubs for 1.5 hours, and four days a week students receive at least 30 minutes of homework help. For more information about The Fishing School and to get involved, please visit www.fishingschool.org, or call (202) 399-3618. We also invite you to ‘Like’ our Facebook page and follow our Instagram, LinkedIn, and Twitter accounts.