The Afterschool Program operates Monday through Friday from 3:00 to 6:00 at Stearns Gym in Columbus, where the Polk County Recreation Department is housed. Students are bused directly to Stearns from Polk Central Elementary, Tryon Elementary, and Polk County Middle School.

Fees are as follows:

  1 child   2 children 3 children  4 children 
Friday ONLY* $15 $30 $45 $60
 Weekly Fee $35  $65   $95 $125 

*Friday only fees are for students who attend after school care with the Polk County school system Monday through Thursday.


Daily Schedule:

3:15 - 3:30 Snack, provided by Afterschool program

3:30 - 4:30 Homework

4:30 - 6:00 Group Games (scavenger hunt photo),
                  Crafts, and Free Time

School's Out

The School's Out Program operates from 7:00 - 6:00 on teacher workdays, some holidays, and snow days, weather permitting. Half days operate from 11:30 - 6:00. A School's Out Day is structured similarly to a Summer Day Camp day, in that the day is occupied with group activities, enrichment, arts and crafts, and field trips, when available. The School's Out Schedule is be posted below and is subject to change.

Fees are as follows:

 # of Days  1 Child  2 Children  3 Children  4 Children
1/2 day $15 $20 $25 $30
1 $20 $35 $50 $65
2 $40 $70 $100 $130
3  $50  $90  $135  $175
4  $60  $100  $145  $185
5 $70   $110  $150  $190

Tentative dates for the School's Out Program for the 2016-17 school year:

If there is a field trip that day, it will be written in the column to the right of the date. If we are staying at Stearns Gym that day, it will be specified.

March 17 Staying at Stearns Gym - Recreation Complex in afternoon
April 14 CLOSED - Holiday
April 17-21 NC Arboretum (4/18)
Launch Trampoline Park (4/21)
May 29  CLOSED - Holiday
 June 9 (half-day)  

Please call the office or speak to a member of our staff in person to sign up for School's Out days.


Frequently Asked Questions...

What if my child can only attend Afterschool three days a week?
The weekly fee is the same for everyone, regardless of how many days your child attends that week. If your child is not going to be attending a certain week, there will be no fee due, but please try to give us advanced notice.

What if my child doesn't get his/her homework done in the given homework hour?
We will work with your child one on one until his/her homework is finished, regardless of how much time it takes. Our focus is for your child to understand and finish their homework correctly each day.

What if my child doesn't attend one of the three schools that buses children to Stearns, but I want him/her to be in the Afterschool/School's Out Program?
We are happy to have your child in the program if you arrange transportation outside of the program to get your child to Stearns.

Can my child bring their own snack to Afterschool?
Your child is welcome to bring whatever snack they'd like to eat after school. He/She is still welcome to one of our Afterschool Program provided snacks, as well.

Can my child be enrolled and only attend School's Out Days?
Yes, if you have other arrangements for after school care, you are welcome to use the program only for days there is no school. You do not have to attend all School's Out days scheduled, either; just use us when you need us. Please call the office to let us know when your child will be attending.

If my child attends after school care within the Polk County School system Monday through Thursday, can they still attend your program on Fridays?
Yes! There is a Friday-only fee for these students. It is $15 per child.

Afterschool/School's Out Photo Album