Before School & Afterschool


The learning opportunities for elementary students are endless in the Brilliant Minds Early Learning Academy, LCC (BMELA) Afterschool program! Any elementary school child who wants to investigate the mysteries of science, paint a picture, explore the Internet, plant a garden, sing a song, choreograph a dance, learn gymnastics, learn karate, write an article, build a float, take a trip, play soccer, learn Spanish, laugh, learn or play with their friends should attend BMELA Afterschool!

The Daily Schedule

Once your child arrives at BMELA, she/he will meet her counselor and friends in a designated Group Spot to start the fun. There are four segments to every day:

  • Snack
  • Homework
  • Specialty Class
  • Choice Time


A nutritious snack is provided each afternoon to ensure that your child has the energy to have Brilliant Fun!


Each afternoon, the children have a designated homework time.  Counselors are available to help if needed.

Choice Time

Choice Time is a time to give kids a choice of things to do. Choices include a combination of supplemental calendar classes, non-scripted inside and outside play, and counselor led activities. This provides crucial time for your child to explore, make choices, develop friendships and gain independence.

School Pick-Up

Our Afterschool Counselors meet your child at school dismissal to provide immediate supervision, take attendance, confirm absences with the school’s attendance records, and begin the fun. Once your child arrives at BMELA you will receive a text message or email to confirm arrival.
We pick-up from the following school(s):

  • Sikes Elementary
  • Medulla Elementary
  • R. Bruce Wagner


Specialty Groups

We organize our Afterschool kids into small groups based on age and interest area. We strive to keep each group together all afternoon and all year long to help your child establish strong individual friendships and a team mindset, which is so critical for social development.
Our Specialty groups include:

  • Specialty Groups Coming soon…

Extended Stays

BMELA is open until 6:00pm. We provide a variety of food options for purchase to satisfy a hungry belly if necessary.

Full Day Programs – School Holidays

BMELA provides full-day programs on most school holidays and teacher workdays from 6:30am to 5:30pm. Late pick-up is available, until 6:30pm. Holidays and teacher workdays require additional fees. Priority scheduling is given to our regularly scheduled Afterschool students.

Notification of Absence

Please contact BMELA by 10:00 am if your child will not be attending the Afterschool program. Attendance is taken during school pick-up. If your child is not present at the designated pick-up location, we will call you or your designated emergency contacts. BMELA is not responsible for any child who is not present during school pick-up. No refunds or credits will be given for absences.

Registration Requirements

To participate in the BMELA Afterschool program, your child must be registered. To register, parents must complete an enrollment form which includes emergency contact information and a list of caregivers eligible to pick-up your child. A one-time $50 Enrollment Fee and the first month’s tuition is due at registration.

Monthly Tuition

The Afterschool tuition for the entire school year is divided into equal monthly payments for your convenience. Afterschool payments are automatically processed each month from your checking, savings, or credit card account. A $20 service charge is required for all payments not automatically billed. A $10 late fee is assessed for all payments received after the 28th. Children are unable to attend if payment is not made by the 1st of the following month.

Waiting Lists

BMELA enrolls children on a first-come, first-serve basis. Should space become filled, we start a waiting list and notify parents as soon as space becomes available. To hold a spot on the waiting list, a $50 Enrollment fee is required. This fee is 100% refundable prior to receiving an available space.


While we strive to provide the finest enrichment programs we possibly can in an environment that is loved by your kids, nothing is more important than Safety! The measures listed below help us accomplish the goal of providing the safest possible environment for your child:

  • Background Testing on all Staff
  • CPR and First Aid Certified Staff
  • Age-Specific Groups
  • Low Staff/Child Ratio
  • Video-monitored Environments
  • Group Lists and Daily Schedules

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