Teams, Clubs & Before and After-School Activities.
Arbor offers a rich variety of before and after-school activities for our students. From team sports to drama to chorus, we strive to provide families with after-school experiences that complement their classroom experience.
The athletic program is available for 5th through 8th year students. All students are encouraged to join a team and actively participate regardless of skill level. The students compete against other Atlanta-area independent schools. Arbor’s athletic program is funded through the Annual Fund.
Instead of being purely focused on competitiveness and winning, Arbor athletics places emphasis on life skills such as inclusion, teamwork, mediation, and nutrition. We want our students to be able to enjoy the positive benefits of an athletic experience regardless of their skill level.
For information on the school’s athletic programs contact Arbor’s Athletic Director Ginny Byrnes.
Running Club provides an excellent opportunity for children to enjoy morning exercise and for parents to build relationships. From 7:45am-8:15am, children can walk, or sprint along a campus loop supervised by parents.
How does my child join? Children can join the program at any time with no commitment required. Children are welcome to come watch to see if it is something they want to join. Children younger than 6 are welcome to participate, but we ask that a parent be present. Runners must have appropriate footwear (i.e. a closed shoe suitable for running/walking; they don’t need “running shoes”, but some type of sneaker.)
How does it work? Parent volunteers are stationed along a 1/4 lap around the track and part of the playground area. Children carry cards with them while they run laps and parent volunteers punch the cards to keep track of the number of laps. At the end of their laps, the runners file their card for the next session. When the child has completed a card (5 miles) he or she chooses a “toe token” to be attached to a pair of running shoes (or backpack, key chain, bracelet, nightlight; the possibilities are endless!) Kids run/walk at their own pace, by choice, and they cover distances with which they are comfortable. Many kids choose to run steady laps for the whole session, some combine jogging and sprinting, while others do both running and walking.
Drop-off: Children need to be walked back to the field patio outside the art room by the parent/ adult dropping them off. Exception: if you can tell we are already running and your child is old enough to walk in by him/herself. If it is really cold, or rainy, assume we are not running. Please, never leave your child unattended. Parent Contact: Paul Byrnes.
Before & After School Activities
Throughout the year, Arbor teachers and specialty instructors from the community offer optional classes in subjects such as karate, Lego robotics, chorus, yoga, drama, chess, dance, and soccer. These classes vary from year to year and are offered to different age groups and at different levels of expertise. For more information contact Lauren Powell.