Time to explore.

Learning doesn't stop when the last bell of the day rings. Students are always learning, and they need opportunities to explore learning outside of class, too. This is the premise of Cougar Hour, the Lower School's after-school program. From 3:00pm-4:00pm, Monday through Thursday, Cougar Hour provides students activities to practice essential skills. Students grow in organization, teamwork, problem-solving, flexible thinking, creativity, and communication.

Of course, faculty at each grade level will be available after school to assist students with any academic needs that may arise.

Past clubs include:

Faith Clubs
i-Faith for Girls
Faith in Flight for Boys
Seeking the Saints
All About Rosaries

Science Clubs
STEAM Challenge
SCRATCH Programming
Science Explosions
Lego Robotics
Open STEAM Lab

Music Clubs
Liturgical Choir
Elementary Chorus
Christmas Hand Bells

Art Clubs
Open Art Studio
Art Masterpieces
Directed Drawings
Seasonal Crafts
Clay Jewelry Making

Sports Clubs
Team Sports
Volleyball Skills
Running Club
Open Soccer
Playground Palooza

Reading and Writing Clubs
Battle of the Books
Comic Strip Creation
Storybook Engineers

What if my student needs extra help in their regular class? How does it work?

Prior to the start of each quarter, parents register their students for different daily activities. These activities are included in tuition and will be led by HSP Lower School faculty. Book club, choir, gardening, fitness fun and study skills are a few examples of Cougar Hour's initial offerings.

What if my student is enrolled in the Carroll Center's tutorial program?

Please contact your Carroll Center teacher directly to determine how Cougar Hour can best fit into your child’s schedule. 

How does this affect afternoon dismissal?

Students not participating in Cougar Hour will be dismissed at 3:00pm to carpool. Students participating in Cougar Hour and remaining on campus at 4:00 will be dismissed to ESP.

PAWS Extended School Program

PAWS extended school program provides a place for students when parents need additional time to pick up their children. The program is staffed by members of the school’s faculty and operates daily in the media center from 4:00pm-6:00pm. The PAWS extended school program provides homework time, supervised recess and activities, and afternoon snacks. PAWS does not operate on early dismissal days.


Lower School students compete in the Catholic Metro League for basketball and in the Catholic Soccer Metro League.

See our Athletics section.