Signature Afterschool Programs
Paul PCS provides activities that cultivate and foster an appreciation of the performing, visual, and culinary arts, as well as STEM, global exploration and athletics.
Athletics Paul PCS educates the whole student by teaching scholars how to remain fit and healthy in daily routines. Paul PCS offers an array of sports programs during the day and after school. Components of the Athletics program include basketball, soccer, track and field, cheerleading, football, baseball, volleyball, golf, tennis, EA Sports, more. Paul PCS holds division titles in baseball, basketball, soccer, and flag football. Additionally, physical education and health courses are offered during the school day. Paul’s coaches receive training from the Positive Coaching Alliance and are thus prepared to instill sportsmanship, character development, and work ethic. Paul PCS student-athletes have gone on to become high school, college, and professional athletes.
Extended Day Clubs Paul PCS’s Extended Day Program includes a rich variety of clubs and activities. They are designed to help scholars discover and develop their own talents, so they can become well-rounded adults. Scholars have the opportunity to participate in school-wide performances and events to showcase their talents and skills to parents and classmates. Our offerings are updated every year to reflect school climate, student voice, instructor availability and overall demand. Some of Paul’s popular clubs and after-school activities include:
- Art Club
- Board Game Club
- Chess Club
- Club of Artistic Expression in Spanish
- Community Service Club
- Cooking Club
- EA Sports
- Elite African Percussion Club
- Homework Center
- National Junior Honor Society
- Podcast Club
- Student Government Association
- The Paul Dancers
My Brother’s Keeper President Obama boldly announced the My Brother’s Keeper (MBK) initiative in 2014, which aims to create opportunities for young boys and men to reach their full potential. In response, Paul PCS launched the first school-based program in any DC public or charter school. This program galvanizes the community around issues facing young men of color. Paul PCS’s MBK program includes one-on-one and group mentoring, Saturday academies, college exploration, an ironman challenge, and a culminating boys conference. Our MBK partners include Alpha Phi Alpha, George Washington University, , W.K. Kellogg Foundation, DC Trust and the MBK Alliance. Paul PCS remains committed to this cause providing year-long mentoring for male scholars.
Paul’s Pearls (Formerly SASSIE) Girls in grades 6-12 are encouraged to join our Paul’s Pearls Mentoring Program, which meets bi-weekly on the first and third Saturdays of the month. Program activities are designed to empower young women and address important development topics, including self-esteem, healthy relationships, and career readiness. Sessions often feature guest speakers from diverse backgrounds and industries.
Throughout the program, girls are introduced to and mentored by women who have excelled in careers in education, criminal justice, law, education, computer science, politics, beauty and beyond. The year-long Saturday Academy culminates with a powerful “Raising Queens” Girls Conference, which focuses on preventing teen-dating violence and developing positive self-image.
Homework Center All scholars are encouraged to attend after-school Homework and Resource Centers, which are available Monday-Wednesday from 3:45 to 5:00pm, and on select days until 8:00pm. Through our Homework and Resource Centers, Paul faculty provide an enriching environment for study hall, homework help, and support for science, math, advanced placement, foreign language, and other subjects as needed.
Mentorship Programs Paul PCS provides mentoring opportunities for both middle and high school students. Mentorship programs are offered throughout the school year and are designed to connect students to personal growth and development as well as social and economic opportunity.
Paul PCS provides a unique mentoring program for all interested 6th-12th graders, across gender/sexual identities and cultural backgrounds on a range of topics to include self-esteem, leadership, confidence, healthy relationships, career-visioning, and planning.
Arts At Paul PCS you will find a variety of artistic outlets for scholars. Students grow independently through the arts and develop confidence that manifests in other areas. Such offerings include visual art, AP Studio Art, dance, culinary arts, multimedia-based journalism, music production, African Drumming, school-wide art showcases, Our scholars connect core content to the arts on a daily basis, as well as develop specialized skills in arts courses. Through community partnerships with Ford’s Theatre and the Kennedy Center, scholars have traveled to New York and California to learn from industry professionals. View our Arts in action below!