Throughout the school year, Plato offers four (4) sessions of after school activities, such as yoga, engineering Legos, arts & crafts, cooking, acting & improvisation, ballet, creative drama, and music. Students may choose to participate in these extracurricular classes for a nominal fee.

After school programs typically run from 3:10-4:10pm (with the exception of our Girl Scouts and Adventure Club). These classes may take place at Plato Academy or nearby locations, and are subject to change each session. Please note, parents are not allowed to sit in to observe after school classes. In the past, we have offered the following classes:

Chess
Chess Scholars’ training program is taught with a gradual step-by-step increase in the difficulty of material. This system enables us to quickly teach children the rules of chess, enhance their understanding of the game, as well as take them to a higher chess skill level. Our curriculum is well suited for the needs of young students. We work with students of all levels, including complete beginners. We always design our instruction to best fit the needs of the group and to ensure students’ fastest chess progress as well as their enjoyment of chess. Typically, we divide the time about equally between teaching and guided practice games. In some cases, we split up the group into two parts, when the students’ range of skills is too wide.

Fun Fitness
Fun Fitness is a kid-friendly fitness routine designed to help kids think about fitness by making it fun. Participants will complete obstacles courses and perform a variety of high-intensity interval workouts that include lunges, squats, jumping jacks and other cardio exercises.

Let’s Code It
This course will immerse students in the world of computer programming. Your child will have the opportunity to design games, explore animation, and combine music and art with coding. This class uses the block-based programming system Scratch, which was developed by the MIT Media Lab to teach programming concepts. Topics covered include event handling, coordinates, conditional statements, user interface design, variables, logic statements, and synchronization. In addition to teaching programming skills, this course will also nurture students’ creativity and problem-solving skills. No previous experience is necessary, just a desire to learn and have gigabytes of fun!
NOTE: Your child must provide and be responsible for his/her own personal laptop or Chromebook computer for this class.

Girl Scouts
Girl Scouts meets 1st Friday of the month from 3:10-4:45pm. There are designated programs for all grade levels (i.e. Daisies, Brownies, etc). “Girl Scouting builds girls of Courage, Confidence and Character, who make the world a better place!” Activities may include stories, crafts, cooking. athletics, camping, celebrations, traditions, songs, service projects, skits, ceremonies, roller skating, picnics, cookie sales and more.

Adventure Club
Adventure Club meets 2nd or 3rd Friday of the month depending on age from 3:10-4:30. Students learn outdoor skills to prepare them for outings such as ice skating, fishing, camping, canoeing, etc. They also take trips to local forest preserves and parks to explore the great outdoors.