Pratt Achievers

After School Academic Programming

2017/2018 School Year

East Side Neighborhood Services and Pratt Community 

School partner to provide a variety of fun, enriching 

and academic after school programs. After school programs 

are designed to close the achievement gap, help all students meet or exceed grade level 
benchmarks and further develop interpersonal and social skills.

Our Schedule

4:10-4:20pm – 100 Mile Club
4:20-4:30 – Healthy Snack
4:30-5:30 – Academic Groups
5:30-5:40 - Dismissal



Math & Reading Instruction / MCA Test Prep

At the heart of what we do after school is grade-level, holistic content instruction by licensed teachers from our Pratt School Community. Older students (3-5 graders) also spend time with teachers building critical thinking skills and preparing for the math and reading sections of the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments. The teachers after school apply state DOE standards when planning their lessons, and ensure that school-day learning is reinforced. Academic courses are available to any Pratt student in grades 1-5, and are an especially helpful option if your child(ren) needs extra help or individualized attention with their coursework.

Grades: 1/2/3/4/5

Days: M/W (1/2) M/W (3/4/5)

Instructors: Ms. Heille (3/4/5), Ms. Kruse (3/4/5), TBD (1/2)

Y-Mentors Grade-level 
Ten dedicated college students provide group mentoring. This gives Pratt youth the opportunity to meet many positive role models and build team skills. Mentors and students engage in activities around literacy and healthy living.

Grades: 1/2

Days: T/Th

Instructors: University Ave YMCA Y-Mentors

Big Brothers Big Sisters
Big Brothers Big Sisters provides Pratt youth with a one-on-one mentoring opportunity. Youth are “matched” with a with a volunteer “Big Brother” or “Big Sister”. Matches meet after school on Thursdays or during the lunch and recess hour. Matches spend program time in focused 1- on-1 activities such as reading, educational games, physical activities and/or art.

The GEMS and GISE programs are award-winning science programs that energize students' excitement about the possibilities in cutting-edge science. The goal of these programs is for students to have measurable and significant gains in mathematics and science. This fall students will be engaged in learning the engineering design cycle through robotics and First Lego League. In the Spring, we will explore principles and applications of Energy, Electricity, and Electronics. Students who sign up for the Fall session are reenrolled for the Spring unless their parent / legal guardian specifies otherwise.

Grades: 2/3 (Little GEMS / Jr. GISE) 4/5 (GEMS & GISE)

Days: T/Th

Instructors: Ms. Parks (Little GEMS), Ms. Kruse (Jr. GISE), Coach Abbie (GEMS & GISE)

Public Achievement 

Public Achievement is an award-winning, research based Community Service curriculum developed locally at the Sabo Center for Democracy and Citizenship. Through Public Achievement, youth explore the themes of community, common interests, and democratic process. As a team, youth decide on an issue affecting their community, examine community assets and stakeholders, and develop an action plan to implement a Service Project. Public Achievement ends with a celebration of the students’ hard work!

Grades: 4/5

Days: M

Instructors: Augsburg College Student Teachers

Walk! Bike! Fun!

The new Minnesota Walk! Bike! Fun! Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Curriculum is a two-part curriculum designed specifically for Minnesota’s schools. It is structured to meet Minnesota education standards and is an important part of the Safe Routes to School Program in Minnesota. Walk! Bike! Fun! helps children ages five to thirteen learn traffic rules and regulations, the potential hazards to traveling, and handling skills needed to bike and walk effectively, appropriately and safely through their community. We will ride bicycles generously donated to the school by Free Bikes 4 Kidz ( and the Opus Group under the supervision of Pratt's licensed Phy Ed instructor and community volunteers.

Grades: 2/3/4/5

Days: M (2/3),  W (4/5)

Instructor: Ms. Hoppe


Pratt Achievers staff strives to have a low student to staff ratio. Class enrollment is 12 students per licensed teacher. In addition we utilize a number of qualified, well-trained and talented staff and volunteers including:

  • Program Manager: Steve Schriver
  • Licensed Teachers
  • Mentors from U of MN YMCA
  • Volunteers from the University of Minnesota Office of Service Learning
  • Volunteers from Augsburg College School of Education


  • Busing: An after school bus is provided for students who normally take the school bus.
  • Parent Pick-Up: Parents/guardians can arrange to pick-up their child(ren) at 5:40pm by the Main Office.
  • Walking: Parents/guardians may authorize their child(ren) to walk home on their registration material.


*Note: The contents of this page are current and accurate as of August 30, 2017, but subject to change as classes and instructors are finalized*

document GEMS & GISE Course Description   --  This document provides information on our unique STEM curriculum, GEMS & GISE
document Public Achievement Course Description   --  Information on the award winning Service Learning curriculum, Public Achievement.