SOAR Extended Care and Enrichment Programs

Announcement - Fall 2020

In previous years, FWCD’s model for SOAR Extended Care featured a large gathering of students across multiple grades in a common space. In our current environment, this extended care format would result in significant cross-pollination of our student cohorts, increasing our risk of having to quarantine multiple classes and grades in the event of a single positive case. To minimize chain-reaction closures within the School, FWCD has made the very difficult decision to pause SOAR Extended Care for the 2020 fall semester.

Recognizing that families will need childcare solutions this semester that may extend beyond our traditional 3-6 p.m. extended care hours, FWCD has shifted focus to providing FWCD families with resources that can address each family’s individualized childcare needs. Please refer to the Feathered Friends Fall 2020 Directory, emailed to families on August 17, for childcare resources.

SOAR at Fort Worth Country Day offers students a series of engaging and unique scholastic, arts and recreation opportunities outside of the traditional school day schedule. On school days from 3:10 to 6 p.m., students in SOAR have the opportunity to spark new interests, build upon their existing passions and develop new peer relationships all without having to leave the FWCD campus! Available to students in grades JK – 6, SOAR is led by a team of Fort Worth Country Day faculty and staff, accomplished educators and experienced childcare professionals.

Enrichment Programs

Registration closes at 11:59 p.m. the day before the start of each program.

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Policies & Procedures

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  • Policies and Procedures

    • To register for Fall 2019 SOAR Enrichment Programs, please visit www.fwcd.org/SOAR.

    • Lower School AND Middle School students who are participating in a SOAR Enrichment Program will meet in the Lower School Atrium immediately after school, where they will be provided with a complimentary snack.

    • Instructors for enrichment programs will lead participants from the Lower School Atrium to their enrichment site.

    • Upon conclusion of each enrichment program, students will be brought back to the Lower School Atrium for pick-up.

    • In the interest of student accountability and to create the safest environment possible, we ask that parents come into the Lower School Atrium to sign out their student at the end of each enrichment session.

    • We ask that students are signed out within 10 minutes of the conclusion of their program. Students who are not signed out within 10 minutes of the conclusion of their program will be automatically enrolled in SOAR Extended Care for that day, and your student account will be charged accordingly.

    • No refunds will be provided and fees cannot be prorated if a student’s registration is canceled or if classes are missed due to illness, injury or any other event out of the control of FWCD.

    • Enrichment programs are subject to a mandatory minimum enrollment number in order for a program to make. A full refund will be provided if a program is canceled by FWCD.

    • Programs are subject to change.

Extended Care

Grades JK - 4

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  • Full-Year Enrollment (Grades JK - 4): $2,995

    • Average price-per-day: $17.11
    • 3:10 to 6 p.m., every school day (expanded hours on Early Dismissal Days)
    • Each Full-Year Enrollment includes a personalized 10% discount code that can be applied to SOAR Enrichment Program tuition throughout the 2019-20 academic year.
    • Includes daily snack.
  • Single-Day/Drop-In Enrollment (Grades JK - 4): $25

    • 3:10 to 6:00 p.m., every school day (expanded hours on Early Dismissal Days)
    • Includes daily snack.

Grades 5 - 6

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  • Full-Year Enrollment (Grades 5 - 6): $2,395

    • Average price-per-day: $13.68
    • Each Full-Year Enrollment includes a personalized 10% discount code that can be applied to SOAR Enrichment Program tuition throughout the 2019-20 academic year.
    • 3:20 to 6 p.m., every school day (expanded hours on Early Dismissal Days)
    • Includes daily snack.
  • Single-Day/Drop-In Enrollment (Grades 5 - 6): $20

    • 3:20 to 6 p.m., every school day (expanded hours on Early Dismissal Days)
    • Includes daily snack.

Program Descriptions

Junior Kindergarten-Fourth Grade

Starting at 3:10 p.m. every school day, students in junior kindergarten through fourth grade who are enrolled in SOAR are taken to the SOAR Creative Space in the Lower School Atrium to check-in.  From there, participants can spend their time in the SOAR Creative Space (engaging in open or guided arts and crafts activities), the SOAR Study Space (a quiet zone dedicated to reading and homework) or the SOAR Play Space (featuring free-play and structured games at the Lower School Playground).  Students who are enrolled in a SOAR Enrichment Program that day will receive a snack upon check-in and will be taken to their enrichment location by their course instructor. SOAR Extended Care participants who are not registered in a SOAR Enrichment Program that day will receive a snack at 4 p.m.  Parents and registered guardians can pick up their SOAR participants any time between 3:10 and 6 p.m. by checking them out with a designated SOAR staff member at the Lower School Atrium.

Fifth and Sixth Grade

Starting at 3:20 p.m. every school day, fifth- and sixth-graders who are enrolled in SOAR will meet in Middle School Room 303 and will get a start on their homework.  At 3:45 p.m., participants will be taken to the Moncrief Library for a supervised study hall, and they will receive a complimentary snack at 4 p.m  The SOAR Study Hall Program does not offer educational tutoring or support, but it does offer a productive, focused time and place for interested students to complete academic work.  For the safety and accountability of students, participants must remain in the Moncrief Library unless they are participating in a SOAR Enrichment Program that day.  Parents and registered guardians can pick up their SOAR participants any time between 3:20 and 6 p.m. by checking them out with the study hall attendant in the Moncrief Library.

Frequently Asked Questions

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  • Who are the members of the SOAR Extended Day staff?

    SOAR Extended Day programs are led by FWCD staff, professional educators, and experienced childcare professionals who have completed thorough background checks and training procedures.
  • Can I get a refund for my unused days in my annual SOAR Extended Care package?

    Due to the fixed costs and planning involved in executing this type of program, we are unable to provide refunds for any Annual, Monthly or Daily SOAR Extended Care purchases. There is no discount, refund or other allowance due to absence or illness.
  • I only plan on using SOAR Extended Care a few days per week; can you adjust the cost of the Annual Enrollment package accordingly?

    We are unable to adjust or prorate the cost of any SOAR Extended Care programs.
  • Is tuition assistance available?

    Tuition assistance is available for qualified families. Award amounts are determined by a family’s current tuition assistance award for their School tuition, up to a maximum of 75% (example: a 25% tuition assistance award for School tuition= a 25% tuition assistance award for SOAR Extended Care). Simply select the “Yes, I receive tuition assistance on my FWCD tuition” option in your enrollment registration, and we will automatically deduct the appropriate amount from your bill. Please note: tuition assistance is not available for enrichment programs.
  • Are payment plans available for SOAR programs?

    Payment plans are available for SOAR Full-Year Extended Day Enrollment. When completing your online registration, you will have the option to pay in two installments (due September 20, 2019, and January 20, 2020), or in monthly payments (September through May, a total of nine payments). Payment plans are not available for Single-Day Enrollment Plans and Enrichment Programs.
  • What does SOAR do on early dismissal days?

    SOAR Extended Day programs are available on early dismissal days at FWCD, beginning at the conclusion of the abbreviated school day and ending at 6 p.m. There is no change to the enrollment rate for early dismissal days.
  • Does SOAR operate on School holidays?

    SOAR Extended Care and enrichment programs are not available on FWCD holidays.
  • What do I do when I would like to utilize the Single-Day/Drop-In option for my student on a particular day?

    When you would like to utilize the Single-Day/Drop-In option, please email SOAR Extended Care Manager Caleb Parker (caleb.parker@fwcd.com) with your student’s name, grade and the day(s) that you would like your student to attend SOAR Extended Care. To ensure a smooth transition for your child at the end of the academic day, please email your requests prior to 2 p.m. on the days that your student will be utilizing the program.
  • If my student is participating in a SOAR Enrichment Program, do I have to register him/her for SOAR Extended Care on that day? Do I have to escort him/her to the SOAR Enrichment Program?

    Students who are participating in a SOAR Enrichment Program are not required to register for SOAR Extended Care. At the end of the school day, students enrolled in a SOAR Enrichment Program will be taken to their respective SOAR check-in stations (the Lower School Atrium for students in grades JK through 4, and the Moncrief Library for students in grades 5 and 6). Students will receive a snack and will then be picked up by their Enrichment Program Instructor, who will walk students to the Enrichment Program location. At the end of the Enrichment Program session, students will then be taken back to their respective SOAR check-out locations (the Lower School Atrium for students in grades JK through 4, and the Moncrief Library for students in grades 5 and 6).
  • My student has special dietary needs. Will you have a special snack to accommodate his/her situation?

    While we can’t accommodate all dietary requests as they pertain to daily snack, the SOAR staff works closely with Nurse Lori McCormack to ensure that no SOAR participants are exposed to dangerous allergens. We also make sure that none of our snacks contain nuts (nor are they produced in facilities that process nuts). Please be sure to complete the “allergy and other medical concerns” section of the SOAR application to further ensure that the SOAR staff is aware of your student’s dietary and medical needs.

Terms and Conditions

  • The SOAR Extended Care program is available to all Fort Worth Country Day JK-6 students from normal dismissal until 6 pm.
  • Students in grades JK-6 who are not picked up by 4 p.m. will automatically be brought to SOAR Extended Care.
  • All fees will be applied to student accounts. Bills are assessed on the first of each month, and payments are due on the 20th of the month.
  • If a family is late on payments, the child(ren) will not be allowed to participate in the Extended Care program until the account is paid in full.
  • Parents must park and escort their child(ren) out of the building after signing them out with the SOAR personnel in the afternoon.
  • Parents must sign their children out at the end of the day, indicating the time and their signature.
  • A photo ID may be required at times by SOAR personnel for student dismissal.
  • Children will only be released to those listed on the authorized grown-up list for that student.
  • Late pickup fees are applied at the rate of $2 per minute after 6 pm.
  • Parents that are late picking up their child(ren) more than three times during one month may be terminated from the SOAR program.
  • The SOAR Extended Care contract covers the entire year.
  • There is no discount, refund or other allowance due to absence or illness.
  • Enrollment rates are fixed and do not vary based on the number of hours a student is present for SOAR Extended Care.
  • Single-Day Enrollment fees cannot be applied toward the purchase of a Full-Year Enrollment plan.

Contact Us

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    Michael Carmody 

    Director of Auxiliary Programs
    817.302.3271
    The Wright Institute - Psy.D.
    The Wright Institute - M.A.
    Washington University in St. Louis - B.A.
4200 Country Day Lane, Fort Worth, TX 76109
Phone: 817.732.7718
Fort Worth Country Day (FWCD) is a JK-12 private, independent, coeducational, nondenominational college-preparatory school located on approximately 100 acres in Fort Worth, Texas. The mission of Fort Worth Country Day School is to foster the intellectual, physical, emotional, and ethical development of capable students through an academically rigorous college preparatory program that integrates the arts and athletics.

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    Fort Worth Country Day is committed to understanding and respecting differences. To further support that initiative, FWCD is focused on making the information on our website accessible to all students, parents, and other members of the community. Achieving our goal of making the FWCD website fully accessible requires auditing numerous sections and correcting elements with minimal disruption for daily users.

    We appreciate your patience as we transition our content to a format that more closely adheres to the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0 (WCAG 2.0) recommended by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C). Additionally, some pages of the FWCD website may contain links to third party sites that do not comply with accessibility standards and not within the range of the School’s control.

    For questions about the FWCD website, please contact Web Content Manager, Tiffini Crum at  tiffini.crum@fwcd.com.

    Learn more about Fort Worth Country Day’s Mission, Philosophy, Core Values and Commitment to Inclusivityhttps://www.fwcd.org/about-fwcd/mission-philosophy--core-values.