What makes Wildarts special?

Wildarts Afterschool programs help students collaborate, speak-up, problem solve, grow through failure, "try anyway," and work backward from a shared creative goal. We transform our schools into spaces of fun, creativity, and friendship for students when the academic day is done.

What's the Afterschool day like?

A typical day at Wildarts starts with an afterschool meal/snack and outdoor unstructured play to let out the wiggles. Then, students belt solos in music class, or sweat through fancy footwork in our daily rotating arts-focused activity blocks. Older students enjoy daily Homework help, while our very littles have Tribes Times: a program designed to teach Social-Emotional skills like making friends, mindfulness, and conflict resolution. Click the link for your school below to check out our schedules!

Lookout for invitations to our jaw-dropping showcases too!

Core Program

Wildarts Core Program is for K-5th grade participants. The Core Program operates Monday through Friday, 2:50PM-6:00PM when school is in session and includes a hot meal. Families can choose to enroll for one day per week up to five days per week. Families can select which days of the week to attend. 


Our program begins with a meal and unstructured outdoor play (weather permitting) followed by two activity blocks. Activities rotate daily for each group and may include Visual Arts, Theater, Music, Dance, Sports and Games, Cooking and/or Tribes Times! We offer Homework Help for students in 1st through 5th grades**.


Tuition*

5 Days Per Week: $3200.00 for the school year 

4 Days Per Week: $3000.00 for the school year 

3 Days Per Week: $2600.00 for the school year 

2 Days Per Week: $2200.00 for the school year

1 Day Per Week: $1800.00 for the school year

Monthly Payment Plans, Sibling Discounts and Early-Bird Discounts are available.


Click your school below to learn more!


*Need Financial Aid? Fill out our Financial Aid Application at https://www.wildartsnyc.org/home/financial-aid.


**Kindergarten students with Wildarts participate in a Social-Emotional learning block we call Tribes Times instead of homework help.

3/PK Program

Wildarts 3/PK Program is for 3K/Pre-K participants only*. The 3/PK Program is Monday through Friday, 2:50PM-6:00PM and includes a hot meal. 


Our program begins with a meal and unstructured outdoor play (weather permitting) followed by two activity blocks. Activities rotate daily for each group and may include Visual Arts, Theater, Music, Dance, Sports and Games, Cooking and/or Tribes Times!


Tribes Times is a literacy based social-emotional learning block. We use stories and hands-on activities to help students learn to identify their emotions, manage conflict, make and keep friends, and grow mindfully

The 3/Pre-K Program is only available for the full 5 day week. Click your school below to learn more!

Tuition for the program is $3550.00* per school year with monthly payment plans available. Enrollment in Automatic Payments is required. 

For 3/Pre-K participants who have siblings in the Core Program, please use coupon code PREKSIBLINGS to retrieve your sibling discount, as it does not apply automatically.

*Wildarts at PS 163 is only available for students who are 4 years old at this time.


Don't forget Enrichment Programs!

Wildarts Enrichment classes offer more specialized instruction than our regularly scheduled Core program activities. They are a great way to learn in a small group setting. Enrichment Programs are offered in Fall and Spring and usually meet once per week during the school year. 

Wildarts Enrichment classes are open to the entire school community. Enrichment students who are not enrolled in our Core afterschool programs gain access to the Wildarts Afterschool program for the entire Wildarts day. Wildarts families already enrolled in our Core, or Pre-K programs on the day of the enrichment receive 40% off with coupon code core-rewards-40 at checkout.  

Keep in mind that Enrichment classes may be scheduled during showcase rehearsals and enrolling your child may limit their participation in Wildarts showcases. Please view our Enrichment Cancellation Policy in our Family Handbook for your school. 

Click your school below to check out the Enrichment classes we offer!

Choose your school below for details about Wildarts Afterschool programs where you learn.

Quick Afterschool FAQ

Please refer to the Family Handbook for your school to see a Virtual Orientation video and read our in-depth policies.

When does Wildarts start and end? Are there days when Wildarts does not operate?

Wildarts Afterschool begins on September 7, 2023, and ends on June 26, 2024, in the current school year. We operate Monday through Friday from 2:50 PM to 6 PM on days when school is in session except Early Dismissal Days. Wildarts Afterschool will close in accordance with the Department of Education school and afterschool emergency closings (such as inclement weather) when ordered. Families will be notified when Wildarts Afterschool is closed due to an emergency. 

How do students get to Wildarts Afterschool?

Wildarts students are brought to the program during school dismissal by their classroom teachers. It is the responsibility of our families to communicate their child's dismissal plan with their classroom teachers so we can receive your child on the day(s) they attend.

If your child is a participant in a Wildarts Afterschool program, but does not attend the school, they must arrive after 3PM and check in at the Big Green Wildarts Table or with School Safety. Wildarts does not arrange transportation to our programs at this time.

Wildarts programs at PS 163, PS 108 and PS 185 accept students from the entire community. Families who enroll in Wildarts, but do not attend the school where we operate are resposible for transportation to Wildarts and may check in no earlier than 3PM. 

How are students assigned groups in Wildarts Afterschool?

Wildarts Participants are sorted by age into color-named groups. Each group follows a weekly schedule with art activities that rotate daily. Your student may be moved into a new group as the school year progresses so we can balance staff/student ratios and personalities. We thank you for your understanding and flexibility. You can find our group schedules by clicking on your school above!

What is the meal/snack like?

Wildarts provides a free meal at the beginning of our afterschool day furnished by NYC School Foods. Wildarts encourages families with dietary restrictions to look over the School Foods Afterschool Menu and provide an appropriate snack from home if the meals are not suitable to your participant's needs. 

For our programs at PS 185 and PS 108, we are working toward obtaining the free meal provided by school foods. Until our application is accepted, please pack a snack for your students. Please keep in mind we are a nut-free program. We cannot provide utensils or a microwave for your snacks.

What is Tribes Times?

Tribes Times is a literacy based social-emotional learning block. We use stories and hands-on activities to help students learn to identify their emotions, manage conflict, make and keep friends, and grow mindfully. We start with basic concepts of respect, bodily autonomy and consent. For instance, students learn to ask permission to touch and hug by asking to "pop your bubble" before they touch. We read stories to pair with our lessons like the book Alexander's Horrible No Good Very Bad Day--a great book for learning what to call our most difficult emotions. We have lots of fun crafts, games, and songs to learn these concepts.

What is Dismissal like? Can I come to pick-up before 5:30PM?

Regular Dismissal is from 5:30-6 PM daily. Wildarts is not able to have any children in the building after 6 PM. It is very important that children are picked up on time. We charge a $25.00 late pick-up fee each time a child is picked up later than 6:00 PM. 

Early Dismissal:  You can pick-up your child anytime after 3PM. If you plan to pick up your child early, please do so before 5:15 PM to help keep regular dismissal running smoothly. Please also allow extra time for early dismissal. When you arrive before 5:30PM, students will need time to stop the activity, walk to their belongings, gather their things and make their way to you. For little feet, this can take time. 

Financial Aid at Wildarts

Financial Aid Applications for the 2024-2025 School Year are live. We will review applications at the end of September 2024

Wildarts believes everyone needs afterschool, and anyone who needs afterschool should be able to attend. 


Click below to learn more about Wildarts Scholarship programs and how we can help you apply for childcare assistance programs.