Tacoma Public Schools, Greentrike, Metro Parks Tacoma and community partners have come together to provide Beyond the Bell and Club B, a comprehensive program providing after school activities at all of Tacoma’s elementary and middle schools, as well as offering educational fields trips when school is not in session.
Uniting around the development of the whole child, our local Tacoma municipalities along with private businesses, youth orientated-non-profits, health and social service providers, and cultural arts institutions— are supporting Tacoma Public Schools and collectively working together to ensure that all children have access, exposure, and opportunity for social and emotional learning during non-school hours.
“We no longer can afford to go it alone. We must come together—collaborate with one another—to create an eco-system of service providers that jointly take care of our kids. I am proud to be part of this community effort.”
— Carrie Prudente-Holden, President & CEO, Boys & Girls Club of South Puget Sound
Beyond the Bell and Club B are after school programs focused on enrichment activities including sports, arts, academic supports rooted in Social Emotional Learning.
What makes this program special? It's a collaborative of many out of school time providers such as the YMCA and Boys and Girls Club working together to make:
Tacoma Public Schools, Metro Parks Tacoma, and Greentrike work together to ensure great programs and strategic use of public facilities to ensure safe, enriching environments with caring adults for elementary and middle school children.
Our partners want to ensure that every student has access to free to low cost after school experiences. Student discounts on activities are available.
Access to affordable after school care was the most identified service requested by Tacoma families. The actual cost per club/activity is roughly $320 per session. The free registration fee is made possible thanks to a host of public funding partners and in-kind support from Tacoma Public Schools, Metro Parks Tacoma, City of Tacoma-Tacoma Creates, Pierce County, and private donations, philanthropy, corporate giving and grants in coordination with Greentrike and Tacoma Parks Foundation.
Compared to Tacoma Public School BIPOC enrollment of 65%
Compared to Tacoma Public School BIPOC enrollment of 67%
BIPOC stands for Black, Indigenous, and people of color.
Every student deserves access to fun, engaging and high-quality afterschool programing.
Through programs like Beyond the Bell and Club B, kids in our elementary and middle schools have access to fun, meaningful after school activities.
Visit Metro Park Tacoma's website and find descriptions and schedules for all activities offered at your school.View Program Schedules
For Club B, log into COMPASS (the TPS Family App) and visit the activities page to see what options are available at your student's school.
For Beyond the Bell, register on COMPASS (the TPS Family App), then go to your My School Bucks account to pay for the activities. If you need financial assistance, flexible pricing is available during the registration process.Login to COMPASS to Register
Still have questions? Visit the TPS website to view answers to general questions as well as specific questions about Beyond the Bell and Club B.Read the FAQ
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