What Happens After the Bell Rings?

There are three options for after-school programs: Berkeley BEARS @ Sylvia MendezBerkeley LEARNS @ Sylvia Mendez and PTA-sponsored enrichment classes.

Berkeley BEARS @ Sylvia Mendez

Berkeley BEARS programs provide academic support, cultural enrichment and recreation before the traditional school day starts at 8:10am, and after it ends.  After school support is until 6:00pm during the regular academic year.  All BUSD students are eligible to participate in a Berkeley BEARS After School Program. Students can ONLY enroll at the program located at the school they attend. Students and siblings who are currently enrolled in a program receive priority placement for the following year. Additional spaces are filled on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, please see the Berkeley BEARS @ Sylvia Mendez page. 

Berkeley LEARNS @ Sylvia Mendez

This Berkeley Learns @ Sylvia Mendez program provides academic support, cultural enrichment, and recreation from the end of the school day until 6:00 p.m. during the academic year. In addition to having homework centers and tutoring sessions, the programs offer opportunities for developing literacy and math skills through hands-on activities such as: story-telling, gardening, cooking, performing arts, and writing centers. For more information, please see the Berkeley LEARNS @ Sylvia Mendez page. 

PTA Enrichment Classes

The PTA organizes a stimulating selection of after-school enrichment classes are offered on-site and available for a fee. A flyer advertising the classes goes home to families at the beginning of each term. Classes will also be listed here once they are announced and registration may be done online.

This is not a district-wide program—parent volunteers coordinate the classes. If there are not enough registrants, classes could be canceled. The PTA’s goal is to make them available to all students via partial and full scholarships. 

Click here for the latest Enrichment Offerings.

Scholarships and partial scholarships are available!

You may apply for multiple scholarships. Priority for scholarships is given to children on the free and reduced lunch list, and for children who have not previously received scholarships. We try to accommodate as many scholarship requests as possible. 

For more information or questions about the instructors, when classes start, class details, etc, please email.


Can my child do PTA classes and Berkeley LEARNS or Bears@Sylvia Mendez?

Yes, students can attend a PTA enrichment class and then proceed to another after-school program. After school staff will assist younger students with finding their class. Please note: variations of some classes/activities exist in multiple programs—for example, there might be an art class offered by the PTA and an art class in Berkeley LEARNS@Sylvia Mendez. Please check with the after school coordinator to clarify what enrichment opportunities are offered during each semester.

Does my child need to be in an after-school program to participate in PTA classes?

No, your child can sign up for any of the PTA classes, regardless of whether he/she is enrolled in another after-school program at Sylvia Mendez