Feitshans 21st Century Program
The Feitshans 21st Century Program is a before and after school academic intervention program. It is a collaborative effort between Springfield School District 186 and The Boys and Girls Clubs of Central Illinois.
To enroll, click on the forms link in the left hand box. Complete forms and return to the school.
Contact the 21st Century office at 525-3030 to request the forms.
Questions and Answers about the 21st Century Program
Q. What is the 21st Century Program?
A. The 21st Century Program is a Boys and Girls Club academic intervention program for students attending Feitshans Academy. 21st Century offers a before-school program and an after-school program at Feitshans.
Q. How is the Boys and Girls Clubs of Central Illinois involved with 21st Century?
A. We are a Boys and Girls Club Program. When a student enrolls in the 21st Century program he/she automatically becomes a member of the Boys and Girls Club and may start utilizing the club’s facilities at age 6.
Q. How do I enroll my student in the program?
A. All families may complete the enrollment paperwork for the program, but applications are ranked by greatest academic need. Those students with the greatest academic need, are placed in the program before those students with little or no need of academic assistance.
Q. What if I have more than one student to enroll in the program?
A. The student with the greatest need will determine when your family of students may start.
Q. Do I have to enroll my student in both the before-school program and the after-school program in order to participate?
A. You can enroll your student in just the before-school program; you can enroll your student in just the after-school program; or you can enroll your student in both. There is one exception to this: Kindergarteners cannot be enrolled in both—they must be enrolled in either program.
Q. What is the cost of the program?
A. The only cost is a $15.00 enrollment fee which is required for each child, but no student will be turned away because of an inability to pay.
Q. When can my child start?
A. Your student will be given a start date once three things are in place: 1. Your student’s academic need has been determined. 2. The paperwork is complete. 3. The parent/guardian has had an orientation to the program.
Q. What are the hours for the before-school program?
A. The before-school program operates from 7:30-9:10, Mondays through Fridays on any day school is in session.
Q. What are the hours for the after-school program?
A. The after-school program operates from 3:45-5:45, Mondays through Thursdays on full days of school only (with some exceptions, see our calendar).
Q. What are the attendance rules?
Students should not miss more than three days a month. A. Attendance is tracked separately for before-school and after-school.
Q. Why are there attendance rules?
A. Our research shows that the program has the highest impact on students with the best attendance. In addition our funding source requires attendance expectations.
Q. What happens during the 21st Century Before-School Program?
A. The schedule for before-school is as follows:
Q. What happens during the 21st Century After-School Program?
A. The schedule for after-school is as follows:
Q. What happens during classtime?
A. Teachers concentrate their efforts on improving reading and math skills. No homework is done during class.
Q. Will my child get homework help?
A. Students have an opportunity to get help at homework cafe during enrichment from 5:00-5:45. However, there is no guarentee of completion. Homework Cafe is not mandatory. It is up to parents/guardians to enforce homework cafe attendance.
Q. What is the enrichment component of 21st Century?
A. The enrichment part of our program provides students with opportunities to try new things and improve skills in areas such as the arts and technology. We feel this part of the program is as important as class time and we encourage parents/guardians to pick up students after our enrichment period ends at 5:45.
Q. How are behavior issues handled in 21st Century?
A. No student can enter the program with either a referral or a suspension in the previous 30 days. This gives students an opportunity to address behavior issues prior to starting the program. Once in the program, students receive training about expectations and these expectations are posted throughout our program. Parents/Guardians are kept informed of behavior concerns.
Q. Does the program provide transportation?
A. We are unable to provide transportation at this time. Families must be able to provide transportation in order to participate.
Q. Where do I drop off my student in the mornings?
A. Before-school students should be dropped off at the 14th Street entrance (back side of school). Students should not be late. 7:35 is considered a late drop off as program starts at 7:30.
Q. Where do I pick up my student in the evenings?
A. After-school students should be picked up at the 14th Street entrance (back side of school). Parent/Guardians should not be late. 6:01 is considered to be a late pick up as the program ends at 5:45.
Q. How can I support the efforts of my student in 21st Century?
A. Talk to your student about their day. Visit your student during the program. Help your student to succeed by supporting the program’s expectations of your child.
Q. How is the 21st Century Program Funded?
A. This is Feitshans’ second time receiving a five year grant provided by the Illinois State Board of Education. The current grant cycle began with the 2007-08 school year.