Beyond the Bell is envisioned as a comprehensive after-school initiative in the district's elementary schools to augment the school district’s educational program.


There are three sessions during the school year. The winter session will begin Wednesday, January 17th. Some of the instructors are SOMSD teachers and parents; others come to us from the wider community.


The registration packets were sent home via backpacks this week and online registration begins December 5th @ 7am.  The online registration process shows class availability and you will get confirmation of your class registration as soon as payment is finalized. You can also send the paper registration form in through your child’s backpack.  Your child’s first choice class may no longer be available by the time paper registrations are received and processed, so it is important to indicate 2nd and 3rd choice options.


If you have any questions, please email Christina Waldon at


Achieve is a registered, tax exempt 501(c)(3) organization. Many community volunteers join together to pursue its mission by organizing events and campaigns and by seeking corporate and institutional grants. Achieve’s funds are distributed exclusively to educators in the ten schools of the School District of South Orange and Maplewood for classroom grants, volunteer tutors, professional development, innovative pilot programs and much more to enrich the learning experience at all grade levels.


For further information, check out the Achieve Foundation’s website and The Parenting Center website


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