Class Descriptions

The Woods Fall Wonders After-School Program strives to offer lots of variety in our after-school activities, with a goal of 

providing a balance of structure and fun, and having something to interest all our students.  

Email us via the "Contact Us" tab if you have any suggestions of  how we may improve out program!

Chess Academy


This nine week class will teach students the fundamentals of the game of chess.  Students will spend the first 15-20 minutes learning a specific lesson on the game and its strategy, and then spend the next 40-50 minutes playing the game.  Learn more about Chess Academy's class curriculum here.  Visit the Triangle Chess Center's website to learn more about the group's history, mission and philosophy.  Also, please note that Triangle Chess offers Open Free Play at which all chess players are welcome on Wednesday Nights from 5:30-8:30 and Saturday Afternoons from 1:00-5:00.  

Dates:  Thursday afternoons startinig September 19th and ending November 21st (Please Note:  There will be no class on October 3rd due to it being an early release day for Parent/Teacher conferences)

Time:  3:15 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Ages:  Grades 2+

Registration fee:  $145

Thanksgiving Break 2019 Driver's Education


Thanksgiving Break is coming, and it's a great time to get your child's Driver's Education class over and done with in anticipation of his/her obtaining their driver's license in time for Spring 2020!

We have partnered with JORDAN DRIVING SCHOOL OF THE CAROLINAS to offer a compressed Driver's Ed class over Thanksgiving Break.

Please note: Woods Charter School's 2019 Thanksgiving Break is from Monday, November 25th through Friday, November 29th. 


The dates of the classes are: November 25th, 26th, 27th, 29th and 30th

This course is comprised of the above 30-hours classroom instruction, as well as six (6) hours of behind-the-wheel instruction by certified instructors, as required by the NCDMV.  This will be scheduled by Jordan,  based on the student's age (oldest to youngest).

Age Requirement:  Students must be 14-1/2 years of age as of the first day of class (November 25th) to take Driver's Education

Other Requirements:  North Carolina requires all students to have a DMV basic eye check.  DMV will send a representative to the class to administer the basic eye check

Additional Information:  You will find additional information regarding this course here.

Cost:  Jordan Driving School of the Carolinas is offering Woods a special discounted price for this course of $375, to which we are adding a $25 Site Supervisor Fee, for a total cost of $400.

This class must meet a minimum of 15 registered students to go forward.  

PLEASE NOTE:  Jordan Driving School requires a that a special registration form be completed; you will find that form here. Return it to the school office for processing. 

IMPORTANT:  We need BOTH the completed Jordan Driving School form referenced immediately above AND an online registration through this website to process your child's registration in this Driver's Ed Course:




PLEASE TAKE NOTE OF THIS LIMITATION:  Students cannot miss a single class for any reason, including illness, sporting events, out of town, etc.  On-time daily attendance is necessary to pass the course.  (The State's requirement of a minimum of 30 hours of classroom instruction is non-negotiable and inflexible!)

Yay!  I did it.

Additional Resource:  

North Carolina Driver's Handbook

Before a student driver can apply for a NC driver's license, they'll need to prepare for the written test by studying the traffic rules and regulations in North Carolina.

All of this information is found in the North Carolina Driver's Handbook (REV 2015)—a comprehensive guide to driving in the state. Topics covered in the DMV handbook include:

  • Defensive driving techniques.
  • NC driver's license exams.
  • Basic driving skills.
  • Driving under hazardous conditions.
  • Traffic signals, signs, and pavement markings.
  • Vehicle registration and titling.
  • Required vehicle inspections in North Carolina.
  • Registering as an organ donor.


Food for Life: Kids Health

The goal of Food for Life: Kids Health is to focus on highlighting the positives of good foods like whole grains, legumes, fruits, and vegetables. We'll experience great tastes and learn about health benefits through kid-friendly recipes. These classes give kids the knowledge to establish healthful habits with a fun and tasty experience!  Click this link for more information on the instructor and the Food For Life Program.  Please note:  This class requires a signed Waiver; you wil find that document here.  Please email your Waiver to

Dates & Meals Covered:

Tuesday, Oct. 22    Bang-Up Breakfasts

Tuesday, Nov. 5     In-Betweener Meals and Sweeter Deals

Tuesday, Nov. 12   Rainbow Lunches Tuesday,

Tuesday, Nov. 19   Digging These Dinners

Time:  3:30-4:30 p.m.

Ages: Open to students in Grades 3, 4 & 5

Registration Fee:  $48

Running with the Wolves--Mon & Wed


Calling all 1st  thru 4th grade boys and girls!

Join Running with the Wolves, Woods elementary run club!

We will meet every Monday and Wednesday from 3:15-4:15 beginning September 18th.

At the end of the season, each child will participage in the Into the Woods 5K that will be held at

Woods Charter School on November 2nd!

Please Note: We will not have running on

Monday, October 9th or Monday, October 28th (school vacation days)


Registration fee: $125.00

Grades: 1-4

Important Things to Know:

Students need to wear appropriate running clothes (which are also suited to the weather conditions), and also wear running or tennis shoes.  No sandals, crocs, flip flops or boots may be worn for running.  Students should also have a bottled water or water bottle to ensure proper hydration.   Parents need to park and walk into the Great Room to pick up their child once practice has ended, and must arrive to do so not later than 4:20 p.m. as no supervision is available for students once Running with the Wolves has concluded.  However, students registered for the after-school program will rejoin that group at the conclusion of Running with the Wolves, and may be picked up as late as 6:00 p.m.


RUNNING WITH THE WOLVES   Fall 2019 Schedule


September 18 3:15-4:15

October 7    3:15-4:15

October 23    3:15-4:15

September 23 3:15-4:15

October 9   


October 28   


September 25   3:15-4:15

October 14    3:15-4:15

October 30  3:15-4:15

(Team Party!!)

September 30  3:15-4:15

October 16    3:15-4:15

November 2  (Woods 5K- 9am)

October 2 3:15-4:15

October 21    3:15-4:15

Running with the Wolves -- MONDAYS ONLY

Please see the description for the Monday & Wednesday class; the only difference in this registration option is that it is for MONDAYS only, and has a reduced registration fee of $90.00.

Running with the Wolves -- WEDNESDAYS ONLY

Please see the description for the Monday & Wednesday class; the only difference in this registration option is that it is for WEDNESDAYS only, and has a reduced registration fee of $90.00.

After-School Program (Full-Time)

The daily schedule provides a framework for students which is both fun and productive.  Here is a sample of what the schedule will be; please note that additional enrichment opportunities will be included as they become available:

Daily Schedule:

2:50-3:05 Student dismissal and arrival at program for check-in

3:05-3:15 Restroom and water break, snack and introduction to day's activities

3:15-3:45 Inside/Outdoor Physical Activity/homework hub option available

3:45-4:45 Center Rotations~Examples
● Computers
● Crafts/STEM/Add-On Class if registered (i.e., past offerings include yoga and various sports offerings;please note: there is an extra fee for these classes)
● Board Games 

4:45-5:40 Brain Workout/Homework Hub and quiet reading or other mental activity

5:45-6:00 Closing Circle and cleaning up

On Friday,  we'll change things up to allow time for a movie and popcorn! 

2:50-3:15  Same schedule

3:15-4:00 Indoor/Outdoor Physical Activity or Homework Hub 

4:00-5:45 Great Movie in the Great Room!

5:45-6:00 Closing Circle and cleaning up

Cost:  $600/trimester

After-School Program (PT/Three Days)

The daily schedule is the same as that shown for full-time after-school students.  PLEASE NOTEWe will create a three-day-week schedule to fit YOUR specific needs (i.e., you're not stuck with the M/W/F option).  Send me an email at to let me know what your special "three-day combination" is, and we'll make it happen!

Cost:  $360/trimester

After-School Program (PT/Two Days)

The daily schedule is the same as that shown for full-time after-school students.  PLEASE NOTEWe will create a two-day-week schedule to fit YOUR specific needs (i.e., you're not stuck with the T/Th option).  Send me an email at to let me know what your special "two-day combination" is, and we'll make it happen!

Cost:  $240/trimester

After-School Program (Drop-In/One Day)

The daily schedule is the same as that shown for full-time students.  Parents who are in need of some last-minute help with after-school care may contact Jake Weaver, the Program Director, copying Ann Kaiyala, to request same.  Phone calls to the office are not recommended, but in cases of true emergency are acceptable.  You may email Jake at, copying Ann at, to notify us of your intent to use the drop-in option.

Note:  There is NO CHARGE for MS Drop-In Care through 9/3.  We'd still appreciate if you'd call us to let us know to expect your child!

After September 3rd, Cost:  $15/day

After-School Program for MS

Special age-approriate activities, including most of those shown in the regular daily schedule, will be provided for the middle schoolers in our care.

The Middle School after-school program costs $2/hr. and allows a by-the-hour option to meet the needs of those students who just need a partial day's care while either waiting for a school-sponsored activity to begin, or after it ends while awaiting parent pick up.

Additionally, we will not begin charging for MS care until September 3rd, to allow parents more time to explore other options without experiencing the financial implications of this newly-created program.  We would still prefer that you go ahead and register your MS student(s) now, so that we can get a sense of how many kids we need to staff for.

Before-School Program

Students may arrive as early as 7:00 a.m.  All elementary and middle school students who arrive before 8:00 (and are not accompanied by a parent or guardian until 8:00 a.m.) must be registered in the before-school program.

Cost:  $30 trimester

Woods Wilderness Adventures

Welcome to Woods Wilderness after school adventure time! We will explore the woods, hike, build shelters, and explore fun wilderness survival skills! Participants will be outside from 3:15-4:30 each Wednesday. Please dress your child(ren) in layers with close- toed shoes. When the weather is cold, students should be prepared to wear hats, gloves, and coats so that we can enjoy time outdoors. We will be making outdoor wilderness kits and use our supplies throughout our sessions. Kits will be kept at school and given to the students to take home on the last session. Please join us as we explore our wonderful Woods wilderness!

Dates:                  Wednesdays starting November 6th and ending December 18th (6 weeks).  NOTE:  No class on November 27th due to Thanksgiving Break

Time:                    3:15-4:30 p.m.

Registration Fee: $75

Supply Fee:          $15

Grades:                This course is open to students in grades 1 - 4


Invite your kids on a journey filled with imaginative stories, yoga poses, games and music! Your kids will not only have fun, they’ll learn positive messages about sharing, teamwork, dreaming big and self-worth. They’ll learn calming techniques and ways to sharpen their focus. Yoga can improve your child’s strength, balance and flexibility. It’s also a great complement to other activities like dance, gymnastics and soccer. Each one-hour class includes breathing, yoga poses, crafts, games, mindfulness practices and end with guided relaxation. 

Dates:  Thursdays starting Noember 21st and ending December 19th (no class on Thursday, November 28th, due to Thanksgving Holiday)

Times:  3:15 - 4:30 p.m.

Grades:  K+

Registration fee:  $60