Middle School After School: Prime Time

Giving children an opportunity to…
 play -> find passion -> begin to develop purpose

Prime Time allows middle school students to discover their passions, engage in healthy activities, and reach for meaningful purposes in a safe, supportive, and enriching environment from 3:30 to 6 PM each day. 

Launching fall 2018, Prime Time is a new extension of Duke School's Middle School student’s day.  Prime Time will replace our current middle school after school model. Instead of our current format, Prime Time will be open to all middle schoolers and will provide a flexible, safe, and enriching environment for students to engage in technology, outdoor, homework help, mindfulness, and play activities and classes. Our current athletics and performing arts programs will be included as well. 

Prime Time Class Descriptions

List of 11 items.

  • REI Outdoor Survival Skills

    During this class you will learn practical tips and strategies that every outdoor traveler should know, including: emergency priorities; how to make an emergency shelter; how to locate and access drinking water; and how to make your own emergency kit with all the essentials. You will also participate in interactive scenarios to practice and hone your skills. This class is designed for anyone who spends time outdoors.
  • Code Rev

    Students will create powerful teleporting swords, humorous blocks, amazing mobs, bows that shoot arrows that summon ender dragons, entire worlds, and other insane items, all through the power of Java programming! Perfect for both the beginning coder and the advanced Java modding aficionado.
  • Kids Mindful Movement's Tween Yoga

    Class is a great way for teens to unplug, rejuvenate, and restore their minds, bodies, and spirits. We incorporate breath work, yoga postures, and mindfulness in an environment where you can be yourself in a non-competitive atmosphere. 
  • Kids Mindful Movement's Art & Mindfulness

    Class incorporates music, art, and mindfulness techniques to allow tweens to focus and have fun while creating unique art projects each week. This non-competitive class is an opportunity for them to let go and be themselves without any fear of judgement. 
  • Kids Mindful Movement's Dance & Creative Movement

    Class is a great way for tweens to explore imagination and self-expression, while increasing their mind/body connection. They learn by using dance, play, and grounding techniques in a safe, non-competitive, positive environment. 
  • Gardening

    Students will learn how to plant, grow and cultivate plants with our specials leader here at Duke School Tiffane.
  • Martial Arts

    Basics in self-defense in a fun and interactive way led by a teacher with 10 years of Martial Arts experience.
  • Modern Dance

    Course introduces students to the fundamentals of modern dance technique. Led by a teacher with 20 plus years’ experience.
  • Odyssey of the Mind

    Long-Term Problems are the engine that propels Odyssey of the Mind. Teams select their problem when they join the program and spend weeks or months to create and develop their solution. Each team member will find a role to play in the many stages of problem-solving including brainstorming, artwork, set design, technical design, writing sketches and much more! The solutions are presented in a live performance. Thousands of teams from all over the world will select and solve the same problem but no two solutions are ever the same! Everyone learns to think Beyond the Box.
  • Makers

    Brings together students who like to create, make and explore - all while having FUN! Students will have opportunities to tinker, question, experiment, try something new, challenge themselves, work in teams, and get a little messy!
  • Model UN

    A Model UN delegate is a student who assumes the role of an ambassador to the United Nations in a Model UN simulation. Prior to a conference or event, a Model UN delegate does not need extensive experience in international relations. Anyone can participate in Model UN, so long as they have the ambition to learn something new and to work with people to try and make a difference in the world. Model UN students tend to go on to become great leaders in politics, law, business, education and medicine, such as the people mentioned above.

Prime Time FAQs

List of 11 frequently asked questions.

  • Q.
    What is Prime Time?

    • Prime Time is the new extension of Duke School's Middle School student’s day.
    • Featuring a variety of offerings which students can choose from after the official school day ends (3:30-6 PM)
    • Available to all Middle School students and will include daily snack prior to heading off to activities for the afternoon. 
  • Q. When can I pick up my child?

    Anytime! At 6 PM each day, we will do carline in front of the Middle School but you are welcome to come to the MS office and our staff will help you sign out your child at any time before 5:50 PM.
  • Q. Does Prime Time cost extra?

    No. Prime Time is included in tuition and is open to all DS Middle School students!
  • Q. How does my child sign up for activities?

    All students will be assigned a Prime Time advisor who will help them pick their activities each day. Some activities require advance sign up and have a set roster so students attend these classes for seven or more weeks (listed in RED). Other activities are drop in and students may change selections each day (listed in BLACK).
  • Q.
    Which activities require advance sign up? How does my child sign up?

    Code REV, REI, Model UN, Makers, and Odyssey of the Mind all require sign up in advance. Students are welcome to try the activities on the first day and make a decision after the trial period. Students will sign up for these classes with their Prime Time advisor.
  • Q. How often will the activities change?

    Prime Time activities will change every 7 weeks.
  • Q. What about students who participate in sports, band, chorus, drama?

    They’re included as well! These students sign up for their activity (sports, music, drama) in advance and are welcome to participate in the other Prime Time activities when they don’t have practice/rehearsal.
  • Q. Can my child participate in more than one activity? (ex. tennis and Makers)

    Of course! Students participating in sports, drama, and music are welcome to participate in more than one activity as long as it does not interfere with their practice/rehearsal time.
  • Q.
    Is there an-opt out option?

    • There is not an-opt out option.
    • All Duke School Middle School families have the option to take advantage of the services and classes offered, but are not obligated to do so. 
  • Q.
    Who will be the instructors for Prime Time?

    Prime Time instructors will be reputable outside vendors, teachers, and experts in the subject matter of programming (ie. Yoga, robotics, finance).
  • Q.
    Is this open for non-Duke School students?

    Programming will be open to Duke School students only.
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