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After School Education and Safety Program (ASES)

Arts in Action Community Charter School's After School Education and Safety Program (ASES) is an after school program that is meant to serve up to 120 students free of cost. AIA's goal for the ASES program is that every student that is admitted to the program and attends everyday will learn and adopt the necessary skills in order to excel as students and future role models of their community. Through the ASES program students will have the opportunity and exposure to additional academic support, enrichment classes (provided by AIA's partnership with City Hearts: Kids Say Yes to the Arts) and leadership activities.

Students are expected to attend every day to the ASES program. Students will be placed in groups based on their age/grade level. Through out the week the students will attend a variety of instructional enrichment classes. Every student will be introduced to art, photography, dance, music, physical education and receive tutoring.  Here is the list of the classes and class descriptions the students will be exposed to in the ASES program.



In tutoring students will receive homework assistance in small groups so that they all benefit from the additional assistance in their academic studies. They will also be working in small leadership group activities and projects in order to introduce them to the concepts of teamwork, community and responsibility.

Physical Education

In P.E. students will have a structural physical educational program. They will be introduced to basic exercising and stretching techniques and different sport activities that will teach them team work and basic rules of the sport.


Students will explore the fundamentals of art making through a series of art projects that stimulate their visual and tactile senses. Additionally students will be introduced to art materials such as oil pastels, tissue paper, watercolors, model magic and much more.

Dance for Life

Introduces and inspires young dancers to know and understand world culture, creative expression and joyful celebration of Dance as an elemental force of life. Participants begin by learning basic steps and by researching the history of the specific dance form they are studying. Classes provide the opportunity to learn various dance techniques including Classical Ballet, Jazz and Modern Dance as well as aspects of performance including choreography, costume design, set design, publicity, and audience relations. City Hearts uses the foundational principles of the ALITE (Arts & Literacy for Tomorrow’s Education), expanding students’ vocabulary through the acquisition of dance-related terminology. The students use a historical perspective to discuss issues in today’s society, study videos of accomplished artists, and learn to prepare for performance.

Musical Theatre

Provides the opportunity for students to work on a full theatrical piece. Students learn dance and choreography, music and voice, and work together to create their own musical theatre production based on works in the contemporary repertoire. Students have performed "Annie", “Oliver” and scenes from "MaryPoppins" and have created their own culturally relevant version of the Wizard of Oz, "El Wiz".

The Shakespeare Challenge

Utilizes Shakespearean drama to inspire students in the study of history, culture, vocabulary, literacy and stagecraft, as well as to promote skills in creative movement, group cooperation, team work and conflict resolution. Students explore the historical context of Shakespeare’s plays, discussing the life and times of Shakespeare and his contemporaries while learning scansion, stage combat and Elizabethan movement. Instructors involve students in comparing various aspects of contemporary life with circumstances at the time the work was written.  Students prepare for specific scenes as well as fully produced performances. And, each student has the opportunity to play multiple roles, encouraging all participants to challenge themselves, acquiring new confidence and understanding of the human condition.