After School Education and Safety (ASES) Program

Mission and Vision

The mission of the After School Education and Safety (ASES) programs in Modesto City Schools is to motivate, encourage and empower our students, parents and staff members to recognize and achieve their full individual potential and become productive community members. The ASES program will provide students with academic and recreational enrichment activities in a safe environment. Youth will be encouraged to engage in a variety of opportunities in partnership with staff and parents to obtain the knowledge and skills they need to become outstanding citizens who contribute to the community in positive ways.

ASES provides a safe, secure environment for students during after school hours until 6:00 p.m. Students have the opportunity to receive homework assistance, as well as participate in extended learning activities, such as, art, music, fitness and wellness, science, and service learning.

Steven Hurst
ASES Program Administrator
hurst.st@mcs4kids.com
(209) 574-1608

Program Highlights

  • Academic
    • Students have a quiet place to do homework.
    • Students receive academic assistance through tutoring programs.
    • They practice math and reading skills.
    • Classroom teachers provide information about students’ academic needs so that the ASES staff members can provide extra support in a particular area.
  • Wellness
    • A nutritious snack is served each day.
    • Students are provided physical fitness through exercise and games, as well as nutrition, such as, learning how to follow a recipe by preparing nutritional snacks in cooking classes.
    • Students also play intramural sports with other ASES schools.
  • Enrichment
    • Hands-on creative arts classes, such as painting and pottery, are taught by guest artists.
    • Students learn about theater arts by attending productions and producing their own plays.
    • Science is taught through lessons, such as, crime scene investigations, learning how the brain works, and geology.
    • Students have access to computers after school to enhance their learning through research projects, creating their own video games, or participating in tutoring programs.
    • Technology use is also practiced through digital photography and videography.
    • Service learning projects are completed, such as, making sock puppets for hospitalized children, collecting canned goods for food donation drives, and raising salmon to release for spawning.
  • Social and Emotional Growth
    • ASES supports the school day programs that promote students’ positive behavior.
    • In order to promote positive behavior on campus, ASES students and staff have made videos of skits in which they solved problems through cooperation and have participated in a Character Posters contest.
    • Students may participate in a VIP Club when they behave in a socially responsible way. Their accomplishments are acknowledged to the entire group.

Program Benefits

  • Students who participate in ASES have high levels of attendance during the school day.
  • Families attend special family nights about reading, math, or science, or a movie night.

Schools and Operating Hours

ASES programs operate at 19 elementary school sites and four junior high schools and are open directly after school until 6:00 p.m. each school day. ASES does not operate during breaks or on holidays.

Student Eligibility and Enrollment

All students enrolled at an ASES program site are eligible to attend. ASES is free to all participating families. At many program sites, demand exceeds capacity; therefore, families must comply with the attendance policy. Waiting lists are maintained and parents will be contacted when they have been selected for an available opening. Each ASES program enrolls its own students. Use the contact information below to inquire about enrollment information. All numbers are area code 209. You may also contact the Intervention Programs office at (209) 574-1608.

School Contact Information for ASES

Elementary Schools

Junior High Schools

Principal Quotes

  • "It is gratifying to know that those students who are in ASES are learning and growing as young people even after the dismissal bell rings."

  • "Our ASES program is like a large family and the staff members do an amazing job caring for and providing enrichment opportunities for our kids who would normally not get this."

  • "The ASES students engage in community service activities to help students develop compassion and contribute to the broader community."