The Afternoon Program Overview

The Afternoon Program is a part of our philosophy at Cheshire Academy, and is as important and inclusive as the academic, social, and residential facets of each day. We strongly believe The Afternoon Program helps each student to acclimate and take pride in contributing to something bigger than themselves. By incorporating the Eight Pillars of Bowden in to our daily language both on and off the fields, it’s our mission to teach life lessons through each afternoon program we offer our students.

Below you will find a list of all non-competitive afternoon activities offered in The Afternoon Program, followed by a link to our competitive athletic offerings, which must comprise two out of three seasons for each student. Some afternoon programs qualify as competitive athletic offerings; please inquire with the Dean of Students and Athletics.  

If you have any questions about the below afternoon activities, please contact the athletic office at 203-439-7242.

The Varsity Players


The Varsity Players is Cheshire Academy's student theater troupe. Three times a year, the Varsity Players put on a fantastic show that gets students involved in all aspects of the theatrical world, ranging from acting, singing and dancing to set design, lighting and costumes. Students may choreograph the musical, select musical accompaniments, and even secure the student musical troupe to fill the pit, depending on their interests.

The Varsity Players is open to committed actors as well as to burgeoning artists. It is one of several components that make up Cheshire Academy's outstanding theater program, and students interested in pursuing theater as a career option are encouraged to enroll in the IB Theater course, as well. 

Community Service


Cheshire Academy values giving back to the community, which is why we allow students to substitute one competitive-athletics offering for a season of immersive community service. From recycling to our annual blood drive, participants in the community service afternoon activity know that they're making a difference.

In addition, students are welcome to suggest community service projects for the community service afternoon activity, Since this activity is part of The Afternoon Program, the proposed community service project must be substantial and require a minimum of four hours a week. 

Yearbook


The annually published Rolling Stone, Cheshire Academy's yearbook, is a herculean project produced by a committed team of students and their faculty coaches. In honor of the amount of effort and teamwork needed to produce a quality document of 100+ pages, participants in the yearbook may substitute one competitive athletic offering to join the club.

Student participants may photograph campus events, format yearbook pages, and write copy for selected images. In addition, students are responsible for choosing pictures for the yearbook and organizing content for pages, which may include working with seniors, parents, and community partners.

Marketing & Communications Interns


Also known as the SMAC Interns, this select group of students works closely with our Strategic Marketing & Communications team to tell the story of Cheshire Academy. Interns are involved in blogging, social media, photography, videography, graphic design, and live streaming our major events on campus. Students are responsible for posting updates on the CAScratchUp Blog, as well as running the CAScratchUp Twitter Account, and assisting with the Cheshire Academy Instagram and YouTube accounts. Live-streams are available on Cheshire Academy's Cube page and are stored there for alumni, parents, students, and prospective families to view. Visit our channels online to get a taste of life at Cheshire Academy.

Dance

Cheshire Academy welcomes new and experienced dancers alike to participate in our dance afternoon activity offering. In a fully mirrored room complete with ballet bars, an experienced instructor will work with students on form, lines, and rhythm to create measured routines. 

Students may suggest types of dance ranging from Irish to Break dancing. Dance may count as one competitive athletic offering. Committed dancers may speak with the Director of Athletics for permission to take multiple seasons of dance.

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Science Olympiad

The Science Olympiad is a nationwide organization dedicated to promoting science education through conducting competitive science tournaments. T Teams of up to 15 students meet and compete in about 23 different science events that cover many different areas of science, technology, engineering, and math. Some events require constructing a project ahead of time. Others involve on the spot application of skills to a given problem. Individual students win medals for placing in an event, with cumulative scores yielding overall team placement at a tournament. eams spend months studying for the big competition, all the while learning new things and making new friends. The competition is an exciting day, and the winners get to go to nationals.

Community Service

Cheshire Academy values giving back to the community, which is why we allow students to substitute one competitive-athletics offering for a season of immersive community service. From recycling to our annual blood drive, participants in the community service afternoon activity know that they're making a difference. In addition, students are welcome to suggest community service projects for the community service afternoon activity, Since this activity is part of The Afternoon Program, the proposed community service project must be substantial and require a minimum of four hours a week.

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10 Main Street
Cheshire, Connecticut 06410

MAIN PHONE: 203-272-5396
MAIN FAX: 203-250-7209
ADMISSION OFFICE: 203-439-7250
ADMISSION FAX: 203-439-7601
ATHLETICS OFFICE: 203-439-7242 
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  • The Student-Centered Private School in Connecticut.

    We put the unique needs of every student first. That’s why we offer a flexible program that allows students to mix academic course tracks with athletics and/or fine arts programs, according to their needs and interests.
    Students can stretch their intellectual boundaries by taking one of 20 advanced International Baccalaureate® Diploma Programme courses, or practice new skills by participating in a range of afternoon programs including; athletics, fine arts, and performing arts. We are also the only Connecticut private school to offer one-on-one student coaching through our Roxbury Academic Support Program.
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