Our After School Program

Mackenzie, Miss Leslie, and Lavoejah make peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for a "Code Purple" day in Wilmington.

All students enrolled in the Choir School of Delaware also participate in our after school program. Our offerings extend the Choir School’s piano, voice and choral lessons to include academic help, one-on-one mentoring and enrichment activities that support the growth of our students.

Study Hall

Homework club meets Mondays through Thursdays 3:00-6:00 p.m. (The Choir School is closed on Fridays.) Students complete homework and school assignments during this time with the support of Homework Helpers. The Choir School maintains a computer lab with printer and a library of books and educational materials. Wholesome snacks such as fruit and yogurt are available to our students upon their arrival from school, and an afternoon meal from the Food Bank of Delaware is provided free of charge.

One-on-One Mentoring

Every student in the choir is encouraged to sign up for a one-on-one mentor. Mentors are caring adults who listen, share their life experience, and most especially provide a consistent, supportive presence for our students. Many of our mentors and students are in long-term relationships and meet regularly at least one hour each week at the Choir School. Mentors and students spend their time on academics, college and career exploration, shared interests such as board games, knitting, or playing the piano together, and more importantly, conversation about whatever is on the mind of the student.

Enrichment Activities

Choristers at the Diocese of Delaware Parish Life Day 2012 collecting for the "Pennies for Polio" campaign.

Our choristers have many interests besides their love of singing. Our weekly cooking class is very popular with our students as they explore different foods and tastes and broaden their perspective on healthy eating and cooking techniques. Other activities include trips to area museums and live performances, nature outings, ping-pong and chess, poetry and drama readings, and more!

Students at the Cathedral Choir School of Delaware are also encouraged to give back to the community. Since 2012, choristers have supported local Rotary Club efforts through their “Pennies for Polio” program to eradicate the polio virus from the last three remaining strongholds in the world – Afghanistan, Pakistan and Nigeria. Our students are learning about the ravages of this disease and have  raised enough money so far to vaccinate 263 children in these countries. Our students will support this cause again during the current program year. Our students also support Friendship House and their efforts to provide hospitality to our homeless neighbors on severely cold or inclement days by making peanut butter and jelly sandwiches to share with them.

To learn more about our mentoring program, contact our Director of Mentoring and Student Services, Chantal Whitehead, at (302) 543-8657, ext. 2, or click here to send her an e-mail.

To apply, complete this form: CS Mentor Application

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