ASEP Enrollment Q&A

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Q. What is ASEP and what does it stand for?
A. ASEP stands for the After School Enrichment Program. ASEP is an independent 501c3 organization and member of SFUSD’s Expanded Collaborative for Excellence in Learning (ExCEL). ASEP’s mission is to provide the community with equal access to quality after school programing through Arts Enrichment, Academic Support and Health and Wellness. For over sixteen years ASEP has served the McKinley Community with our Comprehensive Program and most recently our Language Program and Specialty Club Programs.

Q. What is “Comprehensive ASEP”?
A. Comprehensive ASEP at McKinley is an all-in-one after school program where students are picked up, fed a healthy snack and are taken care of, starting at 2pm until pick up at 6pm on Mon/Tues/Thurs/Fri and 1pm to 6pm on Wednesdays. During Comprehensive ASEP, students engage in a variety of activities including Theme Based Learning, Homework & Tutoring Assistance, Arts Enrichment and PlaySEP. Comprehensive ASEP is open to students in grades Kindergarten through 5th grade.

Q. What are ASEP’s “Specialized Clubs”?
A. Monday through Friday from 2:00 to 3:00pm, ASEP offers additional “Specialized Clubs” including Art, Soccer, Chess, Lego Engineering, Basketball, S.T.E.A.M Club and Digital Sound Arts. Please see descriptions for those clubs below. Space is limited in all clubs thus ASEP staff recommends that families sign up for the programs as soon as enrollment opens to increase your child’s chances of being placed in preferred activities. This year we are offering specialized clubs to all students in grades Kindergarten through 5th grade. *Club offerings are subject to change for the ’18-’19 school year.

  • Art Club: This club sparks students’ creativity by exploring two-dimensional and three-dimensional art through drawing, painting, paper mache and sculpture. Students are exposed to the nuances of each medium and have the opportunity to create and share their own creative designs. (Designed for Kinder and 1st graders on Wednesdays)
  • Soccer Club: Specifically tailored for beginners of the sport, students learn the basic skills needed to further appreciate the game and eventually play organized soccer in the future! (Designed for Kinder through 3rd graders Mondays and Fridays)
  • Chess Club: Emphasizing fun over the competitive elements, this club allows students to practice their problem solving, analytical and logical skills all while having fun playing chess! (Designed for Kinder through 3rd graders on Tuesday and Thursdays)
  • Lego Club: Provides an opportunity for students to build, learn and play with LEGO Bricks. Classes are designed to teach the fundamentals of engineering and design. (Designed for Kinder through 1st grade on Fridays only)
  • Hoops Basketball: Clinic style class that teaches the rules and skills needed to enjoy the game in a fun, low pressure environment. Each week students will learn a new skill such as dribbling, passing, shooting, rules of the game, etc. Students will play fun basketball activities as well as exciting instructional scrimmaging. (Designed for 2nd through 5th graders on Tuesdays and Thursdays)
  • S.T.E.A.M Club: Modeled on the STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics) initiative, this club focuses on developing children’s skills and interest in STEAM subjects as well as helping them apply creative approaches to problem solving. (Designed for 2nd-3rd graders on Fridays)
  • Digital Sound Arts Club: This club introduces sound on many different levels through technology, music and movement! Students will learn the history of Jazz, Funk, Soul, Reggae, and Hip Hop from around the world by identifying forms, styles and patterns. Using sound mixing technology, students will produce their own songs and perform for their families and peers. (Designed for 2nd through 5th grades on Wednesdays)

Q. What is ASEP’s “Language Program”?
A. Monday through Thursday from 2:00 to 4:00pm, ASEP offers a quality language learning experience crafted specifically for after school and the McKinley community. These classes are meant for students who are very serious about learning how to speak Mandarin or Spanish. Three levels of Spanish and two levels of Mandarin classes are offered. Enrollment priority will go to returning students and their siblings. Otherwise, enrollment will be based on a first come, first serve basis. ASEP’s Language Program is open to students in grades Kindergarten through 5th grade. Space is limited in all Language classes thus ASEP staff recommends that families sign up for the programs as soon as enrollment opens to increase your child’s chances of being placed in preferred activities.

ASEP Tuition & Scholarship Structure

Q: Does ASEP offer free scholarships for families that qualify?
A: ASEP offers completely free programming (scholarships) for families in need. Scholarship eligibility forms can be found in ASEP’s application packet. Otherwise, based on income eligibility, ASEP charges tuition for all of our programs. This allows us to sustain one unified and high quality program at each of our school sites, for all children, regardless of the ethnic or economic backgrounds. Below you will also find additional information regarding ASEP’s registration, scholarship application and reduced tuition options.

  • Scholarships
    Due to generous support from the San Francisco Unified School District and the City and County of San Francisco (Department of Children, Youth and Their Families) we are able to offer many scholarship slots in our comprehensive program and limited scholarships in our specialty programs at no charge to families. Please check the income eligibility chart included with the application forms to see if your family will qualify for a free slot. In order to qualify for a scholarship ASEP asks families to fill out the application for a free-slot and attach a copy of the most recent tax return and pay stubs for every working member of the family and return it to us with the other forms.
  • Reduced Tuition Option
    If the tuition increase is a hardship, please contact Lupita Troncoso (Program Manager) for more information on reduced tuition availability. If available, this reduced tuition price will be standardized. And, financial information and additional forms will be required for qualification.

Q. How do I register my child for ASEP for the 18-19 school year and when are the important registration dates?
A. ASEP’s registration will open the second week of April (*dates are subject to change). ASEP will make online applications avalible on Hardcopy applications will be avalible in the ASEP office in room 10. Enrollment for Comprehensive ASEP is based on a first come, first serve policy. ASEP staff recommends that families apply for all programs as soon as enrollment opens to increase your child’s chances of being placed in prefered activities. However, priority will be given to families who are returning or have a sibling in the Comprehensive Program. ASEP will be sending out more information regarding enrollment instructions in the coming weeks and months. Rising kindergarten families interested in after-school care are encouraged to sign-up up for more information in the McKinley main office upon receiving your kindergarten welcome packet. Families may also contact ASEP staff directly at with any questions regarding the 18-19 school year enrollment process. You can also find contact info for ASEP McKinley staff below.

ASEP Site Coordinator: Aren Bass
Phone: 415-863-2737
ASEP McKinley Office Location: Room 10, McKinley Elementary School, 1025 14th St. San Francisco, CA 94114.