Extended Learning

Extended Learning

At GPA, we strongly believe that the traditional school day does not afford students adequate time for learning and enrichment. GPA offers extended learning to allow more time for academics and a full range of extra-curricular activities to help students grow as scholars and individuals. In the evenings, the school hosts free adult education classes for GPA parents and members of the community to learn English.

GPA provides outstanding education and support to students from 7:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. every weekday, with regular school hours between 8:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m., and additional programming during the summer.

Note how these extended hours add up to more learning and enrichment time over the course of one school year:

GPA official school day 8:30 – 2:30 6 hours/day 1,080 hours/year
GPA with after-school 8:30 – 6:00 9.5 hours/day 1,710 hours/year 58% more time
GPA with before- & after- school 7:30 – 6:00 10.5 hours/day 1,890 hours/year 75% more time

The Massachusetts Department of Elementary & Secondary Education has named the GPA/YMCA After School Program a 21st Century Community Learning Center demonstration site.


Monday – Friday, 7:30 – 8:30 a.m.

GPA’s before-school program is a free, drop-in program for students in all grades. The program includes breakfast and academic activities such as reading groups, math games, and literacy support.  Graduate interns work with students to reinforce key learning concepts taught during the day in small group or one-to-one settings.


Monday – Friday, 2:30 – 6:00 p.m.

The GPA After-School Program, offered in partnership with the YMCA of Greater Boston, serves as an extension of the traditional school day, with the same philosophy and commitment to excellence.  Its focus is on academic enrichment, including instructional time balanced with other enrichment activities.

The After-School Program began in 1997, serving 25 fifth graders. Today, the program serves more than 130 students in all grades.

Through an innovative programming model, school-day paraprofessionals (teaching assistants) lead the learning during after-school hours. The GPA/YMCA After-School Program works with an array of university and community partners to provide academic enrichment, homework support, sports/recreation, visual and performing arts. Students select particular “clubs” in which to pursue specific interests.

The program includes a broad menu of activities, including:

  • Homework assistance
  • Academic support in literacy and mathematics
  • Visual and performing arts
  • Physical fitness
  • Science and technology
  • Social studies
  • Home economics
  • Hands-on learning
  • Character development
  • Team-building

The After-School Program has been named an exemplary program by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and receives 21st Century Community Learning Center grant funding. The program is fee-based, with discounts available for low-income families.

Summer Enrichment

Five weeks in July and August, Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

GPA’s Summer Enrichment Program provides a balance of academics and enrichment opportunities focused on community service. Every Friday, the program sponsors educational field trips to a variety of places around the Boston area including the Museum of Science, Freedom Trail, Franklin Park Zoo, and other historic, educational, and cultural sights. The GPA Summer Enrichment Program partners with the Honan-Allston branch of the Boston Public Library, Urban Ecology and Tenacity to provide enrichment opportunities to students. The program is fee-based.

Adult Education

Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6:00 – 8:30 p.m.

The GPA Adult Education Program offers free English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) instruction to adult learners, two evenings per week for a total of five hours each week. Instruction is offered at the Basic Beginner, Beginner, Lower Intermediate, Higher Intermediate and Advanced levels. The program also integrates employment skill development, such as resume building and interview strategies. Child care is available.

The Adult Education Program is free of charge and open to both GPA families and residents of the Allston-Brighton community. It is supported by a grant from the City of Boston’s English for New Bostonians program.