Where is your child each afternoon?
Do you worry about what they doing and who is supervising them?
Do you need help with homework completion for your children?

Each elementary school in our district offers a fee-based After School Program (ASP) which is designed to provide a safe, relaxed, and enjoyable environment for students during after school hours. Programs provide enrichment activities, social interaction with peers and homework help in a well supervised, structured setting for students enrolled in the school.

The After School Program does not provide educational services to students and is not intended to be an educational program.
Average program hours are 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Monday through Friday and may vary depending on each site. Our programs are closed on holidays, teacher workdays, conference days, early release days, and summer break. Students wishing to participate must complete a registration form which can be obtained from the school. For detailed program information and hours please contact your
child’s school.

Pre-Paid Program Fees
$10.00 registration fee per family (due upon registration)
$8.00 tuition per day, per child (regardless of amount of time in the program)

Tuition is due prior to the week they stay and can be placed in the ASP drop box located near the office. As funds are available, partial scholarships for the ASP may be available to students based upon need. Financial Assistance Applications are available at each individual school after school program site and the district website. Eligible students with disabilities who enroll in the After School Program will be provided reasonable accommodations and/or modifications in order to afford them meaningful access to the program.
The Douglas County School System After School Program is made possible through the generous support of United Way of Greater Atlanta, Communities In Schools of Georgia, Communities In Schools of Douglas County, and through student tuition.

The following elementary schools operate a fee-based after school program in the Douglas County School System:

Annette Winn 770-651-3100
Arbor Station 770-651-3000
Beulah 770-651-3300
Bill Arp 770-651-3200
Bright Star 770-651-3400
Burnett 770-651-3500
Chapel Hill 770-651-3600
Dorsett Shoals 770-651-3700
Eastside 770-651-3800
Factory Shoals 770-651-3900
Holly Springs 770-651-4000
Lithia Springs 770-651-4100
Mason Creek 770-651-4900
Mirror Lake 770-651-4300
Mt. Carmel 770-651-4200
New Manchester 770-651-4400
North Douglas 770-651-4800
South Douglas 770-651-4500
Sweetwater 770-651-4600
Winston 770-651-4700
For additional information contact Mitzi Teal, Executive Director of Communities
In Schools of Douglas County at 770.651.2039 or contact individual schools for
registration details or questions.



The Douglas County School System strives to build a common set of values among students, staff, and the community by focusing each week on a different character trait. It is a part of the kindergarten through twelfth grade curriculum; schools are not only teaching about the concepts but are also encouraging students to apply and recognize these traits in their daily lives.

Character Education is more important today than ever and it is never too late to start teaching. No matter what the circumstances, or who is involved, everyone can benefit from character development.  What is character education? What is the purpose? Character Education teaches certain traits in a manner that will help children and youth develop positive characteristics which foster self-controlled, respectful individuals, who think before they act and consider the consequences of their actions before deciding what direction those actions will take.

Students are also involved in many character building activities that help our community such as the collection and donation of canned goods during the holidays, participation in charities such as United Way and Relay for Life.

The state has adopted a set of character concepts that schools utilize with the students.  The character words for the 2015-2016 school year are listed below.

Week of August

3rd – Character: The mental and moral qualities distinctive to an individual
10th – School pride: The proper delight or satisfaction in your school’s achievements and status
17th- Punctuality: Being on time, prompt; arriving at the right time
24th- Commitment: Devotion or dedication to a cause, person, relationship
31st- Honesty: Being truthful and fair

Week of September

7th- Patience: Power to wait calmly without complaining
14th- Sportsmanship: The ability to take winning or losing without gloating or complaining
21st- Self-control: The willpower to control actions and emotions
28th- Respect for authority: Valuing and respecting others in official positions

Week of October

5th- Truthfulness: Freedom from falseness
12th- Self-respect: Demonstrating a positive opinion of one’s self
19th- Trustworthiness: Dependable and reliable
26th- Reliability: Deserving of trust and confidence

Week of November  

2nd- Sacrifice: A loss or something you give up, usually for the sake of a better cause
9th – Patriotism: Respect and devotion to one’s country
16th-Cooperation: Working together for a common purpose
30th- Resilience: An individual’s ability to properly adapt to stress and adversity

Week of December  

7th- Kindness: Being friendly, considerate, and willing to help others
14th- Generosity: Willing to share and not be selfish

Week of January

5th- Fairness: Being honest and just
11th- Citizenship: Demonstrating individual rights and privileges as citizens of the United States\
18th-Tolerance: Respecting the individual differences, views, and beliefs of others
25th- Courtesy: Polite and well-mannered toward others

Week of February

1st- Compassion: Showing concern and sympathy for others
8th- Loyalty: True and faithful to love, promise, duty, or other obligations
15th- Diligence: Working hard in a careful, steady manner
22nd- Equality: The right and opportunity to develop one’s potential
29th – Perseverance: Working hard without giving up

Week of March

7th- Courage: Meeting a challenge without giving into fear
14th- Creativity: Having imagination and inventiveness
21st- Cleanliness: Maintaining neatness and tidiness
28th- Gratitude: The feeling of being thankful or showing appreciation towards others

Week of April 

11th- Integrity: Adherence to a code of values
18th- Respect for the Environment: Understanding and appreciating our responsibility to the environment
25th- Appreciation: The expression of admiration, gratitude, or value

Week of May

2nd- Self-reliance: Relying on one’s own abilities, efforts, or judgments
9th – Accomplishment: Appreciation for attaining one’s goals
16th- Review of all words



The MATCH Mentoring Program is a collaboration between the Douglas County School System and Communities In Schools of Douglas County. Mentoring is part of the CIS five basics of encouraging a personal one-on-one relationship with a caring adult.


To ensure all students have positive, caring supportive adult role models as part of their lives to enhance their chances for success in
school, complete their education, and grow up to be contributing citizens.


  • To develop high-quality mentoring relationships
  • To help students develop personal and social responsibility
  • To improve academic achievement through the mentoring relationship
  • To reduce negative student behaviors
  • To increase high school completion rates

The MATCH Mentoring Program is a school-based mentoring program that connects students in Douglas County with a caring adult. We are looking for adults who want to make a difference by giving just one hour a week of their time to mentor. After submitting an application and successfully completing a background check, your will attend a brief training. Once training is complete you select the school of your choice and attend a school orientation. The school will then match you with a student and then you can begin visiting with and establishing a mentoring relationship with your assigned student. Spend just one hour per week with them at their school putting together a puzzle, reading, tutoring them, talking to them about your job or researching colleges. While the official goal of mentoring is to increase school attendance, improve grades, and test scores, most of the time the
student just feels better about life and about school. They know that someone is coming to their school just to see them! Current mentors often say they get more out of the mentoring relationship than their mentee! Mentor trainings are offered once a month at various locations.

For more information please email or call 770.651.2039.

21st CCLC Grant


CISDC works in joint partnership with the Douglas County School System to administer the Georgia Department of Education 21st Century Community Learning Center Grant. This grant provides free after school tutoring, academic support, enrichment, and cultural awareness activities for qualifying students at select schools. Additional support to parents is provided and students are offered transportation home each evening.

For more information please email or call 770.651.2039.

Performance Learning Center


CISDC helps provide community resources to the students and staff at the Douglas County PLC and implementation of grant requirements. The PLC is a non-traditional high school program that serves students in grades 9-12. The PLC focuses on academic
achievement as well as college and career readiness.

For more information please email or call 770.651.2039.

Douglas County Virtual Academy


A non-traditional program available for students in grades 9-12 enrolled in the Douglas County School System. This program targets students that need increased program flexibility to meet their goal of high school graduation. Students are required to participate in weekly college and career ready sessions while completing most of their coursework off-campus.

For more information please email or call 770.651.2039.