After School Activities
What are ASAs?
Our diverse menu of After School Activities (ASAs) enhance the curricular offerings for students in grades K-12 at ISP. Whether in the Arts, Academics or Sports we provide an accommodating environment for students to pursue their interests and reach their full potential. Participating in activities after school is also a great way for students to make new friends.We plan for ASA activities to be organized by age-appropriate groupings. Activities are supervised by members of the ISP staff or by out of school instructors that have been screened carefully by school administration.
How does the registration process work?
To register your child click on the registration link located in any of the class descriptions on the ASA section of the ISP website. The form lists activities by day of the week (Monday first, Tuesday below, etc...), you may choose up to three options listed by priority (first choice, second choice, third choice). Every choice will be considered, should you be only interested in one, please select only one.
You will receive an automatic response after you register, showing you the activities you selected. This does not guarantee you a space.
What happens if the class is over-enrolled?
All activities have a specific capacity. We aim to be all inclusive when possible. However due to time, space and personnel restrictions some classes may be over enrolled. A lottery system is used to assign spaces in such cases of over enrollment. Should a class be offered for more than one day a week and be over enrolled in both days, students may only be eligible for one day (depending on numbers). The lottery open for public viewing to ensure transparency - this will be held at 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, August 28. A student with four or more unexcused absences in the previous semester would be ineligible for the same activity if that activity is oversubscribed in the following semester. This procedure is due to the growth and popularity of the program.
What happens if the class does not get enough registrations?
When can I register my child in ASAs?
When and how do I find out which ASA activities my child is confirmed as enrolled in?
The ASA Coordinator will email families confirming ASA places on the afternoon of Thursday, August 29.
When do ASAs start?
ASAs will begin in the week beginning September 2.
Am I able to change my child’s activity or drop his/her activity after the ASA program has begun?
The trial period is from September 2-6. During this time families may choose to change or drop activities. After this date changes will no longer be permitted.
When do ASAs finish?
The last week of ASAs is the week beginning December 2.
Can parents attend the ASA to watch?
Parents and family members are all encouraged to attend the end of semester ‘open classes’ where students share their learning of the semester.
How does the registration fee payment work?
Students usually have a one session trial period to gauge their interest level in the class. Parents are expected to speak with their child about the class and if he/she wants to stay or leave. Following your final decision, an invoice will be processed into your account and payment will be mandatory. Invoice is due within 15 days after the trial period ends (September 6).
Payment can be made at the cashier (cash or checks made out to ISP, International School of Panama or La Escuela Internacional de Panama), by deposit or via wire transfer (please include student number and activity). Should a family not be in good financial standing with the school their child would be ineligible to participate in the ASA program.
Should your child choose to drop an activity after the trial period, reimbursements will not be issued in most cases. In extenuating circumstances, reimbursement claims will be considered on a case by case basis with the authorization of the Athletic Director.
How many classes are held per semester?
This varies depending on the day of the week.
- Mondays: 11 sessions
- Tuesdays: 13 sessions
- Wednesdays: 4 sessions ( This only applies for Paddle Boarding)
- Thursdays: 11 sessions
- Fridays: 12 sessions
What should I do if my child is going to be absent from his/her ASA class?
No action is necessary when your child is absent during a regular school day. Students who are present during the school day will be expected to attend their after school activity. If your child is attending school but is going to be absent from his/her ASA that day please e-mail Johan Hernández in advance of the absence. This prevents us from looking for the student and making unnecessary phone calls home. This is a partnership in which we need parents' cooperation and communication.A student with four or more unexcused absences in the previous semester would be ineligible for the same activity if that activity is oversubscribed in the following semester.
What are the expectations of students while in the ASA program?
Participation in the ASA program is a privilege and appropriate behavior is expected from students at all times. We strive to provide the highest quality of ASA programs possible. However, if you have concerns regarding the instructor, behavior of students, or any difficulties with the program please contact us. We are committed to help solve any issue or assist in any way possible to ensure that your child has a positive experience. Your feedback is always appreciated and can help us to continue to improve the quality of the ASA program.
Students are expected to be respectful to their instructors and to other students at all times. We want every student to feel included and to be a part of the program. Inappropriate behavior such as bullying, poor language and not listening to the instructor will not be tolerated. Participation in the ASA program should be a positive experience for everyone and we strive for every student to experience success, regardless of their ability. These expectations also apply to conduct on the bus transportation home.
If any poor behavior occurs the instructor will report to the ASA Coordinator. Consequences may include student warnings/reflections, parent notification, division’s dean involvement. Extreme cases will result in suspension or expulsion from the after school activities.
How does the late transportation service work?
ISP recommends two different transportation providers. Parents are responsible for contacting the transport company to secure transportation home on the 4:30 p.m. bus after ASAs finish. Students are escorted by their instructors to the bus area to take their corresponding bus. Please contact the school transportation office Mr. Joe Cruz (firstname.lastname@example.org) for logistical details. Buses leave school at 4:30 p.m. Students who have alternative transportation must be picked up at 4:15 p.m. outside the PAC.
- ISP Security and Transportation Manager: Joe Cruz +507 6980-0353 or email@example.com (English or Spanish)
- ISP Bus Coordinator: Mariela Contreras +507 6982-1470 and firstname.lastname@example.org (English or Spanish)
- ISP Security Guard: +507 293-3033
Transportation Office hours are from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm. If there is an emergency, please contact any of the above school representatives on their cell phones.