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For families requiring before and after-school childcare, or are in need of a distance learning facility for their children, we operate daily from 6:30 am to 6:30 pm.  Our teachers supervise the child’s distance learning assignments and provide abundant opportunities for outdoor education on our 40-wooded acre site.

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Supervision

Homework Help

Outdoor Play

Play is often talked about as if were relief from serious learning. But for children play is serious learning.

Mr. Rogers

Bushy Park Elementary
Lisbon Elementary
West Friendship Elementary School

Bushy Park Elementary Students 

2 OPTIONS FOR THE 2020-21 SCHOOL YEAR

A. Unlimited Attendance Privilege.   By selecting this option, the child will have full privileges to attend the program during all hours of operation (6:30 am – 6:30 pm) on all weekdays, including days on which the Howard County Public Schools are fully or partially closed, including snow days, staff training days, religious holidays, during the pandemic, with the exception of the following days: September 7 (Labor Day), November 26 & 27 (Thanksgiving holiday), December 24 – December 31 (winter break), January 1 (New Year’s Day), January 18 (MLK Day), February 15 (Presidents Day), April 2 – 11 (spring break), and May 31 (Memorial Day).  Tuition: $1,000.00 per month.

B.  Limited Attendance Privilege.  By selecting this option, the child will have privileges to attend the program only on weekdays when the Howard County Public Schools are in session for a full day, and shall be limited to 6:30 am to 9:00 am and then 3:30 pm to 6:30 pm.  Tuition: $450.00 per month.

Tuition: Tuition is payable monthly in advance and cannot be adjusted or refunded due to the student’s absence. An advance payment of two months’ tuition is due upon signing this agreement and will be applied to the last two months of the child’s attendance.  Payment is due on the first day of each month. Should it be necessary to withdraw your child at any point during the year, you must give two month’s written notice.  The parent may select either enrollment option.

 

 

Lisbon Elementary Students 

2 OPTIONS FOR THE 2020-21 SCHOOL YEAR

A. Unlimited Attendance Privilege.   By selecting this option, the child will have full privileges to attend the program during all hours of operation (6:30 am – 6:30 pm) on all weekdays, including days on which the Howard County Public Schools are fully or partially closed, including snow days, staff training days, religious holidays, during the pandemic, with the exception of the following days: September 7 (Labor Day), November 26 & 27 (Thanksgiving holiday), December 24 – December 31 (winter break), January 1 (New Year’s Day), January 18 (MLK Day), February 15 (Presidents Day), April 2 – 11 (spring break), and May 31 (Memorial Day).  Tuition: $1,000.00 per month.

B.  Limited Attendance Privilege.  By selecting this option, the child will have privileges to attend the program only on weekdays when the Howard County Public Schools are in session for a full day, and shall be limited to 6:30 am to 9:00 am and then 3:30 pm to 6:30 pm.  Tuition: $480.00 per month.

Tuition: Tuition is payable monthly in advance and cannot be adjusted or refunded due to the student’s absence. An advance payment of two months’ tuition is due upon signing this agreement and will be applied to the last two months of the child’s attendance.  Payment is due on the first day of each month. Should it be necessary to withdraw your child at any point during the year, you must give two month’s written notice.  The parent may select either enrollment option.

 

West Friendship Elementary Students 

2 OPTIONS FOR THE 2020-21 SCHOOL YEAR

A. Unlimited Attendance Privilege.   By selecting this option, the child will have full privileges to attend the program during all hours of operation (6:30 am – 6:30 pm) on all weekdays, including days on which the Howard County Public Schools are fully or partially closed, including snow days, staff training days, religious holidays, during the pandemic, with the exception of the following days: September 7 (Labor Day), November 26 & 27 (Thanksgiving holiday), December 24 – December 31 (winter break), January 1 (New Year’s Day), January 18 (MLK Day), February 15 (Presidents Day), April 2 – 11 (spring break), and May 31 (Memorial Day).  Tuition: $1,000.00 per month.

B.  Limited Attendance Privilege.  By selecting this option, the child will have privileges to attend the program only on weekdays when the Howard County Public Schools are in session for a full day, and shall be limited to 6:30 am to 9:00 am and then 3:30 pm to 6:30 pm.  Tuition: $510.00 per month.

Tuition: Tuition is payable monthly in advance and cannot be adjusted or refunded due to the student’s absence. An advance payment of two months’ tuition is due upon signing this agreement and will be applied to the last two months of the child’s attendance.  Payment is due on the first day of each month. Should it be necessary to withdraw your child at any point during the year, you must give two month’s written notice.  The parent may select either enrollment option.

 

Important Forms

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Admission Process

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Application

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3

Parent Handbook

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  • I read to these friends every Tuesday and they are the most polite, caring and attentive children for this age group that I have ever worked with. Jeannie
  • Love the place, they treat my kids like family. Nick
  • When Mrs. Poland gave me a tour of GCDS, I felt like she was the owner of the school. Her compassion shown through. Beth
  • Being a resident of Columbia, it was refreshing to place my child at Summer Adventures Camp. Lee
  • It was refreshing to have my child at Summer Adventures Camp on 40 wooded acres. Jonathan
  • Having a class size of only 6 is why my child goes to GCDS. Jennifer
  • I just want to thank you and the rest of your team for a great first day for Emma and Jack. They had a wonderful time and I just want to thank you for caring for them and keeping them safe in these trying times. Krystal
  • We want to thank you for your hard work in creating engaging lessons and meeting with students every day. As a teacher, I know how difficult it is to facilitate meaningful interaction with students in the current circumstances. Evelyn looks forward to circle time and loves watching your videos every day. Scott and Katherine
  • I've said it before to Mrs. Poland, but I'll say it again...my kids LOVE camp. I asked Ollie all kinds of questions on Saturday about it and he was getting very excited about everything he was telling me. He loves lunch outside. He also told me this weekend that he hurt his leg, but it was ok, Mrs. Harp would clean it and make it better at camp. Vivian usually dreads the idea of swim lessons, but because of camp, she thinks maybe she could handle swim lessons, and when I ask her if there is anything she doesn't like at camp, she told me she likes everything! Thank you for all of your hard work! Katie
  • I can't believe we're already signing up for the last week :( We are all so sad to see camp ending after next week. The kids really enjoyed it - they loved the activities and their teachers. Thanks for putting on a great camp, especially considering the pandemic! Erin