TEAM UP is a quality, free after school program that provides a safe environment where students are encouraged and motivated to succeed in both their academic and enrichment activities. The program takes place at S.A. Hull Elementary School and serves kindergarten through fifth grade students. It operates from Monday through Friday for three hours each day and is closed on all school holidays. The program focuses on six core areas – academic enrichment, sports and recreation, life skills, cultural enrichment, parental involvement and community service.
Each afternoon students are welcomed into a general meeting place, checked in by TEAM UP staff and enjoy a nutritious snack. Students then go to different classrooms where they work on homework and other academic activities. Students
spend up to 75 minutes each day working on academics under the supervision of a certified teacher and TEAM UP staff members.
Students participate in other activities such as cheerleading, dance, arts and crafts, and sports. Each of these activities is led by a highly qualified TEAM UP staff member whose background is screened by Duval County Public Schools.
Students are also provided with unique opportunities, such as the Jump Start Strings program. In partnership with the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra, TEAM UP students have the opportunity to learn and play string instruments while being instructed by symphony musicians.
After students complete these activities, they gather together to enjoy a nutritious dinner. After dinner, students are dismissed and picked up by parents or approved guardians.
At S. A. Hull the TEAM UP program student slots are filled on a first-come, first-serve basis and academic need. Applications are accepted throughout the year, but the majority of applications are accepted during the first three weeks of school. If the program has no available slots, the student will be put on a waiting list and eligible for the next available slot.
TEAM UP is conducted at no cost to the student or family. It takes place at S. A. Hull where students are enrolled, so teachers already know the students. The student-teacher relationship is already present when students enter the program. Students are also provided both a snack and complete dinner at no cost.