Known simply as our A+ After School Program or A+ Program for short, there is no more comprehensive, and beneficial program that we offer for children.
Our A+ Program combines the benefits transportation and after school care with martial arts and character education. We currently pick up from all the Saratoga Springs Elementary Schools as well as Maple Ave Middle School and Waldorf Elementary. The purpose of this program is to offer parents an attractive alternative to traditional day care, where children can learn martial arts and martial arts related values, while providing a safe environment until their parents get out of work.
The A+ Program is not a day care. It is a year-round martial arts program that combines transported after school martial arts during the school year with camp programs in winter, spring and summer break or regular evening classes in the summertime.
On a typical day after school, one of our professional drivers picks up the students directly from school. Students can attend either 3, 4 or 5 days a week, depending on their need. Once students arrive at our school, depending on the school they come from, they will have anywhere from 15 minutes to 1 hour to utilize our quiet homework room and/or work on a series of physical exercises on the mat such as jump ropes, target training, etc. At 4 pm, students all come to our smart board to do our daily "Mat Chat." This is our character education theme for the week that gets reinforced each and every day before class. After the 10 minute lesson, students line up for class and we start our 45-50 minute class. All students bow into class and warm up and stretch together. After stretching, students are broken up by age and belt into different rooms to focus on their specific curriculum for their belts. At 5:00 pm, students finish class and come back to our A+ Room to wait for their parents to arrive and sign them out.
School Martial Arts
Summer Camp Program
Cutting Edge Camps are designed to strike a balance between getting tons of exercise, being educational, and having enough fun that the memories will last a lifetime. With martial arts lessons and character education lessons daily, combined with tons of fun games, art activities, a bounce house on premise, swimming at Brown's Beach on Saratoga Lake, local parks on Tuesday/Thursday, and our Fun Friday Outing to the best kids fun spots all over the Capital Region, our camps are some of the most comprehensive and beneficial around.
Many of our Summer Camp Students are members of Cutting Edge, but we also have several students every summer who are brand new to martial arts and to our programs and our camps function as a wonderful introduction to the martial arts and a way for new students to really get to know the community of students at our program.
Typically, we offer 8 weeks of camp each year. We offer camps during February Break, Spring Break and the final 6 weeks of the summer. Most camps start the week that kids get out of school and fun for 6 weeks. We want to make sure that families have an option all the way to Labor Day Weekend! You are not forced to join us for all the weeks, but we do offer discounts to students who attend more than 5 each year. We also offer bigger discounts for families who are a part of our Year 'Round Program. This program includes Transported After School Martial Arts during the school year and all the camp weeks during Winter, Spring and Summer Breaks.