Crenshaw Palaestra is an educational program dedicated to the development and advancement of children throught athletics and preschool academics. It is our goal to make Crenshaw Athletic Club the most progressive facility if its kind. In striving to accomplish this goal, we never lose sight of the individual child. We pledge to do our best to develop each child's potential and provide them with a rewarding, enjoyable and positive experience.
School Year Palaestra for Preschoolers operates from 7:45 a.m. until 12:00 noon, Monday through Friday. Morning rotations begin at 8:45 a.m. For those registered in Lunch Bunch, the hours are extended to 2:30 p.m. daily. The program meets either Tuesday/Thursday, Monday/Wednesday/Friday or Monday through Friday.
The Palaestra program allows children to attend who are ages three through five. Children must be toilet trained and have the ability to use the restroom by themselves. Staffing does not allow for this training.
Palaestra generally starts the week children start back to school in the Fall. Many of the AISD C-days are observed and the children will not attend Palaestra on these days. If you do not have a child attending an AISD school, an AISD calendar will be provided. Labor Day, the entire week of Thanksgiving, around two weeks at Christmas, Spring Break and Good Friday are all observed. Tuition is based on the entire year taking into account the holidays. Therefore, there is no pro-rating for the above mentioned holidays.
Three year old classes are limited to ten children for each teacher, while the four and five year olds may reach twelve. For swimming, an additional teacher is added which will reduce the ratio by half. During the summer program, a helper will be added to most of the groups to help give the children additional assistance. These extremely low ratios are just one of the reasons the program is so successful.
We welcome parents to come and observe anytime. Parents are asked to be aware if their presence is disrupting or distracting to the child. Parents are always asked to first check in with the office.
During the school year, Crenshaws offers an extended "Lunch-Bunch" section of the Palaestra program that runs from 12:00 - 2:30 p.m., two, three or five days per week. The children in this program are divided into two groups depending on whether or not the children take a nap. The children bring their own lunch.