Welcome to PLUS Programs
Welcome to Hammond PLUS Programs! PLUS Programs are added opportunities for academic, athletic, arts enrichment, and nearly everything in between.
Our PLUS Programs are available to ages prekindergarten through adult, all open for the greater Columbia community! We are pleased to offer a wide selection of enriching programs in a physically safe, emotionally supportive, and fun-filled environment.
At Hammond, all of our programs including our private lesson offerings are committed to providing every family with an enjoyable and enriching program experience. We strive for each of our offerings to provide a high quality program curriculum and instruction, designed to engage in authentic inquiries into major concepts and ideas of a field through critical, creative, and problem-based thinking and learning.
We invite your family to join us for our Session PLUS Program offerings, or spend some time with us in one of our day, evening, or weekend program offerings. There is something for everyone! If you ever have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Kevin N. White, Ed.S
Director of Auxiliary Programs
[Added Opportunities for Learning Enrichment]
What are Hammond PLUS Programs? PLUS Programs are during the school day, afterschool, evening, and weekend programs for students and adults to develop skills and interests in a variety of areas. All of our programs offer participants an enjoyable and enriching experience in a physically safe, emotionally supportive, and fun-filled environment. Please note that PLUS Programs and Extended Day are separate programs.
Most of our PLUS Programs for students in PK – 6th grade operate on a trimester system with three sessions scheduled throughout the school year. Days, times, and structure vary according to the PLUS Program. However, we have some programs that are offered as a day only program, or for just one evening only, so these program offerings would only meet once.
PLUS Programs may be offered in small classes, private lessons, and can be held on or off campus. Most programs are offered weekly for 45 minutes each, while some programs may meet for different durations. In addition to programs typically being offered afterschool and on school holidays, we now will be offering one-day only programs and weekend programs for students and adults. Weekend offerings provide discovery, challenge, new connections, and more! Please refer to the each program’s listing for times, days, and dates.
In addition, PLUS Programs provide students in high school and adults the opportunity to study and learn privately through our organized private lesson enrichment programs. Participants of any level who enroll in one of these programs will have an opportunity to work one-on-one with a PLUS Program Instructor learning technique, theory, and repertoire in a fun, engaging and encouraging environment. Some private lesson offering’s are: fiction writing, independent literature studies, flute, voice, violin, piano, guitar, and trombone.
All of our PLUS Programs are available to Hammond students and their families, as well as members of the greater Columbia area. Participants do not need to be a current Hammond student or family member to enroll. Registrations for PLUS programs are to be completed online for each offering. In order to be successfully enrolled in a program, families must register and make full payment online prior to the registration deadline. Please check the program offerings for registration deadlines. Late registration for Session PLUS Programs that still have availability will be accepted for two weeks after the session begins. However, families will be responsible for the full tuition, as late registrations are not prorated for missed classes.
Hammond reserves the right to cancel any program offering for which there is not sufficient enrollment. Enrollment for all PLUS programs will be on a “first-come, first-served” basis, so please be sure to register online as soon as registration becomes available for each program offering! Please refer to the PLUS Programs Catalogs for a complete list of all of the program offerings, descriptions and tuition fees.
Session program enrollment is for a minimum of one Session and participants may not drop the program during a Session. Some Session programs will permit families to register for more than one Session at one time. In this case a full payment of one Session as well as for each additional Session will be due at time of registration. Participants who are registered for additional Session’s are guaranteed a spot in the offering. A full payment for each Session is required prior to a participant attending a Session program.
Participants enrolled in a program that would like to continue in the same program for more than one Session, must register and submit full payment for an additional Session prior to the registration deadlines. Participants may not continue attending a program after the Session ends without registering and submitting full payment for the next Session. If the participant is enrolled in a program and he/she would not like to continue after a Session has ended no action will be required. Upon registering a participant to attend a Session program, a commitment of only one Session is required.
Registration Begins Online – Monday, August 15, 2016
Session Begins – Monday, August 29, 2016
Deadline to register for Session One – Friday, September 9, 2016
Session Ends – Monday, October 31, 2016
Approximately 8-10 class and private meetings this session.
Registration Begins Online – Tuesday,October 18, 2016
Session Begins – Wednesday, November 2, 2016
Deadline to register for Session Two – Friday, November 18, 2016
Session Ends – Friday, January 27, 2017
Approximately 9-11 class and private meetings this session.
Registration Begins Online – Tuesday, January 17, 2016
Session Begins – Monday, January 30, 2017
Deadline to register for Session Three – Tuesday, February 14, 2017
Session Ends – Friday, May 19, 2017
Approximately 14-15 class and private meetings this session. Please note there will be an increase in each program's tuition rate for this session due to the increase number of class and private meetings.
PLUS Programs for the 2016-2017 school year begin on August 18, 2016. Please refer to each program offering for exact dates. Session PLUS Programs operate on a trimester system with three sessions of classes throughout the school year. Days, times, and structure vary according to the class in which you are enrolled. In addition to classes typically offered after school, we also offer day, evening, and weekend programs for students and adults. Please refer the catalogs for offerings and specific dates. The last day for all PLUS Programs is Friday, May 19, 2017.
At the end of each class, the program instructor will ensure that Lower and Middle School Hammond students staying in our Extended Day Program return to their designated area or classroom. Instructors will escort the the students that are not staying in the Extended Day Program to carpool.
• In front of the Lower School Gym for all programs held in and around the Lower School
• In front of the Upper School Gym for all programs held in and around the Middle/Upper School
Students not picked up 10 minutes after their program concludes they will be escorted to Extended Day and drop-in rates will apply.
The Director of Auxiliary Programs reserves the right to terminate the participation of any participant for continued disruptive behavior, behavior that interferes with or disrupts the ability of the staff to manage the program offering.
PLUS Program Attendance
If your child is registered in a PLUS Program and will not be present, please notify Mrs. Goodwin in the Auxiliary Programs Office before noon by email or calling the Auxiliary Programs Office. Please help us ensure your child's safety by notifying us when a student will be absent. Missed classes may not be made up, nor will refunds be issued.
Cancellation of PLUS Programs
Hammond reserves the right to cancel any program offering for which there is insufficient enrollment. Hammond will notify families affected immediately via email through the online registration database communication system if a program offering is canceled. Families may request to switch to a different PLUS Program and apply the tuition amount toward the balance, or request a full refund. In order to switch to a different program offering or receive a full refund for a canceled PLUS Program, families must contact the Director of Auxiliary Programs via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Participants interested in registering in a PLUS Program offering that involves musical instruments are to check the program’s description for instrument information. Some PLUS Programs involving musical instruments may require for participants to have their own instrument, and bring them to class.
Billing and Policies
Families will be responsible for paying the full tuition for all registered PLUS Programs through the online registration system. If full payment for all registered PLUS Programs has not been submitted prior to the start of class, the participant will be dropped from the roll and no refunds will be issued. Any questions regarding tuition payments should be directed to the Director of Auxiliary Programs.
PLUS Programs Instructors
Hammond PLUS Programs have incredible instructors who are dedicated to providing the highest quality enrichment programs that promote each participant’s growth, happiness, and a foundation of a lifetime love of learning in a fun, caring and safe environment.
No refunds will be issued unless a class is cancelled due to insufficient enrollment. In the event Hammond cancels a program, you will be notified immediately via email through the online registration communication system. Families may request to switch to a different PLUS Program offering and apply the tuition amount toward the balance, or request a full refund. In order to switch to a different program or receive a full refund for a canceled PLUS Program, families must contact the Director of Auxiliary Programs via email at email@example.com. Registration fees are non-refundable.