GISC provides after-school care and extracurricular classes. After Care offers supervised free play. Students may be enrolled in After Care and Extracurricular Programs at the beginning of each semester. Parents may register their child(ren) for up to five days per week. For families who only occasionally need After Care for their child(ren), we offer a Drop-In Program.
After-School Care is offered from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm.(Session 1: 3:00-4:30 pm; Session 2: 4:30-6:00 pm)
Coding: Scratch is a kid-friendly programming language that’s been used with students as young as 6 years old. It features a colorful, block-based format that lets kids intuitively build fun projects like games, animations, and interactive stories. In this second session, we’ll focus on greater logical dependencies, more complex graphics and other original assets as relating to other programming languages. Students will still explore Scratch at their own pace but we will build upon this command with further knowledge.
8-week class on Thursdays from 1/4-2/22, 3:15-4:15 pm
Spanish: In Lango classes, your child will play their way into language learning. The classes blend authentic music, movement-based adventure challenges, and informal assessment to provide learners with an exciting and enriching language experience. The curriculum has been conceptualized on the foundations of second-language-learning breakthroughs, giving students unique opportunities to gradually acquire and use target-language constructs and problem-solving skills. Students will complete meaningful projects and engage in conversation exchanges with interactive goals designed to mimic situations they might encounter in their lives while using their imagination.
Mondays, 3:15-4:15 pm
Karate: Children will learn Shaolin Kempo Karate while learning important life skills. Villari’s Martial Arts trains students while teaching six important rules for life: Effort, Etiquette, Character, Respect, Sincerity, and Self Control.
Thursdays, 3:15-3:45 pm
Homework Help: Students will do their homework supervised by GISC staff and will receive help if required.
Mondays through Thursdays, 3:15-4:15 pm
Soccer: Children develop their soccer skills in a fun, energetic, positive atmosphere. Our coaches are from Super Soccer Stars. The classes focus on teaching soccer while developing self-confidence and teamwork.
Preschool, Mondays, 3:15-4:00 pm, GISC, Gym
Kindergarten, Tuesdays, 3:15-4:15 pm, GISC, Gym
Please note that you will need to sign up your child for soccer directly with Super Soccer Stars.
Please click here to enroll
or call 312-477-5877
Pre-Ballet (ages 3-5): A child’s first experience in dance is important and the goal of this class is to provide quality instruction for young children in a fun and nurturing environment. These classes will focus primarily on creative movement while incorporating basic technical vocabulary of ballet. In addition, children will gain self-esteem while working on coordination skills, strength, rhythm, creativity, and body awareness.
Fridays, 3:15-4:00 pm
Ballet (ages 6+): Ballet is a classic form of dance that builds grace, beauty, poise, and strength while developing correct body placement. This artful dance discipline enriches mental and physical dexterity and enhances a sense of artistry in children. Dancers in our GISC class will develop an understanding of classroom etiquette and structure and will acquire a basic knowledge of dance vocabulary, as well as rhythmical, musical, and technical skills from which to build and expand. Throughout the students’ training, ballet vocabulary is introduced and instruction allows time for the body to build strength and grow into the technical demands of the ballet technique.
Fridays, 4:00-4:45 pm
Piano: Children will learn piano through individual or small-group instruction at GISC’s music studio. Thomas Gunther, our instructor, holds a teaching position at Columbia College. Originally from Germany, Herr Gunther moved to Chicago in 1997 after receiving his Master’s degree in Teaching and Performing Jazz and Popular Music from the State University of Stuttgart.
Cello: Children will learn cello through private instruction from Cornelia Babbitt who holds a Performance Certificate and Pedagogy Degree from Detmold Music Academy, Germany. She has performed with the Chicago Symphony, the Lyric Opera, and is currently with the Chicago Philharmonic and Guliani Ensemble.
Violin: Violin lessons with GRAMMY-nominated violinist and chamber musician Charlene Kluegel, who can teach both in German, English or in a bilingual arrangement. Her teaching philosophy: As a teacher I believe in fostering a student’s musical development by continuously balancing instruction between technical improvement and artistic understanding. Since every child learns differently, I tailor instruction to each individual student’s needs. In that way, violin students learn diligence and the value of continuous effort through the beauty of music.
Choir: Calling All Songbirds! Students who enjoy singing are invited to join the very first Children's Chorus at GISC! They will learn to sing songs in two-, three-, and four-part harmony, rounds, folk, and contemporary songs as well as songs from different cultures. At the end of the year they will perform some special songs for the Spring Concert.
Frau Babbitt and Frau Pollina will direct the chorus on Wednesdays from 3:15 pm until 4:00 pm.