After School & Summer Programs
Summer SOAR is a 6-week, full-day summer program for Partnership students in rising K-8th grade.With a focus on academic reinforcement in the morning and extracurricular activities in the afternoon, they plan activities that will challenge, inspire, and engage the students so that they return to school in the fall at the same level as they were when school ended in the spring. Each year, more than 60% of the summer participants increase their proficiency in both math and reading as measured through follow-up NWEA testing.
Organized around a theme such as “The Olympics” or “Into the Wild”, the Summer Soar program focus includes improving academics with special attention to Language Arts and Math; integrating technology and computer skills into classroom lessons; discovering scientific principles through hands-on activities and experiments; encouraging student self-expression through art and writing; engaging in the community through field trips and service projects; and exploring sport and active play.
Physical activity and safe places to play are an integral part of growing and learning. All sports are led by volunteer coaches. CPS offers the following opportunities for after school and summer athletics:
- Boys and Girls Cross Country (Summer). We have one co-ed team for middle school-aged students
- Boys and Girls Basketball (Fall/Winter). We have six teams (3 boys, 2 girls, 1 co-ed) for students from 3rd-8th grades.
- Boys and Girls Track (Spring). We have one co-ed team for students in 4th08th grades.
- Girls Softball & Boys Baseball (Summer). We have one baseball and two softball teams for students 13 and up.
More information about the athletics programs and policies can be found the our athletics page.
In partnership with the Camden Youth Aviation Program, the CPS Aviation Adventures Club provides 6th-8th grade students with an exciting opportunity to learn more about Science, Technology, Engineering and Math through the world of aviation. Facilitated by licensed pilots, the club meets weekly for 12 weeks in the spring semester and takes students through various lesson plans designed to encourage their interest in joining the world of aviation. The program incorporates field trips to local airports, aviation manufacturing plants, and museums, and culminates in the students flying with certified pilots through the EAA Young Eagles Program. Since its inception, more than 150 students have taken part in the program. One of the first graduates of the program just entered college, and will study aerospace engineering. He has also joined the NJ Air National Guard.
In partnership with Sister Cities Girlchoir, Catholic Partnership Schools offers a co-ed choir to students in 6th-8th grades. Students learn contemporary and traditional music, and have the opportunity to perform on their own and with other Sister Cities choirs at locations across the region, including: Temple University, the Constitution Center, the Grand Opera House in Wilmington, and the Lincoln Center in New York.
CPS Drama Club
CPS Drama club consists of students in 6th through 8th grades from all four of the partnership schools. The students are given the opportunity to come together and learn techniques in acting, dancing, and singing. The students are given a play that they work on together throughout the year, and perform at Dreams of Our Children, and separate shows at the end of the school year. Students are also given the opportunity to work on set designs. The drama club gives the students the opportunity to come together after school hours, and be creative through performing arts.
CPS Instrumental Music Program
In partnership with Symphony in C, Catholic Partnership Schools offers beginning instrumental music lessons in 4th and 5th grade to any interested Partnership student. Each school houses a particular instrument family – percussion, strings, brass, and woodwinds. Students choose an instrument from their school’s “family” and receive weekly lessons throughout the year from a Symphony in C instructor. Once they are through the first year, students may continue in the Advanced program, taught by the CPS Band Director. Both beginners and advanced band members join together to perform at the annual Dreams of our Children event in May of each year. The continued partnership with Symphony in C is made possible by the generous support of the Domenica Foundation.
Led by professional engineers, the CPS Robotics team invites 10 middle school-aged students from across the Partnership to explore science and technology through building and programming robots. Students engage in research, problem-solving, engineering, and friendly competition with each other, and with students from other schools at local events.
SOAR Afterschool Program, St. Joseph Pro-Cathedral, 5th-8th Grade
The SOAR Program has two components to enhance a child’s education. The first part of the program is an academic hour that allows students to receive help with homework and tutoring on the subjects they are studying. The SOAR Program has two components to enhance a child’s education. The first part of the program is an academic hour that allows students to receive help with homework and tutoring on the subjects they are studying. During the second hour of SOAR, students are presented with a choice of clubs where they can put their academic and creative skills into practice. In the past, students have made choices that take them from yoga to karate, art to basketball, cooking to ballroom dancing, engineering to environmental, chess to scrabble… and much more! Each component is facilitated by a site supervisor and by school-day teachers and volunteers, who ensure that the academic/homework hour and enrichment-based clubs are in alignment with what the student is learning in school.
VEN Afterschool Program, St. Joseph Pro-Cathedral, K-4th Grade
The VEN program is a 2-day per week afterschool program that focuses on giving extra targeted academic help to ELL students and students whose primary home language is not English. The VEN program is a 2-day per week afterschool program that focuses on giving extra targeted academic help to ELL students and students whose primary home language is not English. Staffed by volunteers, students in VEN receive one on one and small group assistance with homework as well as tutoring to improve their language skills.