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After-School Programs

One of the highlights of CCAP's Community Schools initiative is its renowned, arts-centered, after school model. By creating reciprocal partnerships between college, community, and schools, CCAP brings the creative experience of arts and engaged learning through a consistent schedule of out-of-school time programming for students and their parents offered on-site at partner schools.

Program Model

CCAP’s award-winning program leverages Columbia College’s expertise in arts and media to provide a wide array of after school activities that link to the school day, in response to the identified needs of students, parents, teachers, and the school. After school programming includes:

  • Arts learning: dance, theater, music, visual arts, and media arts
  • Academic support: tutoring and homework help
  • College and career awareness: workshops, campus trips, mentoring
  • Sports, fitness, and well-being
  • Community service options
  • Cultural enrichment field trips

CCAP also offers programming for parents to help them support their children’s education and meet their own learning goals. This includes workshops on college readiness, as well as book clubs, early childhood programs, ESL and GED classes, and resources for parents.

CCAP works with Chicago Public Schools to serve over 500 students and 300 parents each year in after school programs. Teachers from participating public schools work collaboratively with a Columbia College teaching artist to ensure that the after-school experience is brought back into the classroom. Together, they bring this experience to life through a variety of activities that mirror the curriculum of Columbia College, including dance, film, music, photography, poetry, theatre, video and more. 

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