UNIS offers a variety of extra curricular after-school activities and care programs.
The UNIS Extra Curricular After-School Activities Program is designed to give students an opportunity to explore areas of particular interest to them and their families. Programs are offered by UNIS and UNIS partner organizations to Tut House, Middle School, and Junior School students on both our Manhattan and Queens campuses.
The UNIS After-School Care Program, designed to meet the needs of working parents, provides a dependable daily service in a warm and caring environment, for Junior School and Middle School students.
- Care Programs
- After-School Programs
- Private Music Lessons
- After-School Sports
- UNIS Partner After School Programs
- Spring Break Programs
- Summer Programs
The Care Programs are designed to meet the needs of working parents. Offered to Junior School (JS) and Middle School (MS) students, it provides a dependable daily service in a warm and caring environment.
Manhattan: Junior School
The Manhattan Junior School Care program is offered every day from 3:00 PM to 5:30 PM on the Manhattan Campus.
Supervision and guidance is provided to students with homework and quiet time is devoted to work at the beginning of the program.
Manhattan: Middle School
The Middle School Care Club runs every school day from 3:00 to 5:30PM on the Manhattan Campus.
Students are supervised by the Care staff who help with their homework and provide guidance on organization of materials and time management. Students will have the opportunity to participate in a variety of activities including board games, group games, arts & crafts, films and other special events.
The Care Program is offered at the Queens Campus every day from 3:15 PM to 6:00 PM. The Queens campus does not have online registration for this program. All relevant information is provided directly to parents.
- After-School: Junior School
- After-School: Middle School
- After-School: Tutorial House
- After-School: Queens
The Manhattan Campus After-School Program offers an array of activities, ranging from Leadership Workshops, Public Speaking, Mock Trial, Creative Film-making, series of Financial workshops and Entrepreneurship, Robotics, Science, Engineering, Minecraft as well as Inventors Club, Writopia, Chess Club, Clay Design, Cooking and more...
- JS After-School Information Package
- JS Schedule of After-School Activities
- Protocol & Frequently asked questions
- Mother Tongue Program
- Letter to Parents
The Manhattan Campus After-School Program offers an array of activities, ranging from Leadership Workshops, Debate & Public Speaking, Mock Trial, Human Rights/Civic Discourse, Mathematicians Club, Series of Financial workshops and Entrepreneurship, Stock Market, Clay Design, Minecraft, Coding, as well as Engineering, TV Production, Inventors club, Writopia, Chess Club and more...
- MS After-School Program Information Package
- After-School Schedule
- Letter to Parents
- Frequently Asked Questions
- Mother Tongue Program
- After-School Calendar
The objective of this program is to prepare students for the myriad situations that require formal and informal presentations.
Students will learn to craft and present arguments and inform, persuade and motivate an audience in a variety of ways.
The grading rubric was adapted with the permission of Neil Mercer, the Director of research and Head of Faculty at The University of Cambridge.
This course includes:
- The Impromptu Speech
- The Informative Speech
- The Persuasive Speech
- Parliamentary Debate
The instructor of this class is Ms. Amanda Sawyer. Her program is focused on social skills, public speaking and presentation, and it was developed in conjunction with The University of Cambridge.
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This training is offered to high school students (T1-T4)
In these workshops the students learn about the electoral process, lobby for issues they are passionate about, draft and deliver bills, amend legislation, debate about international policy and learn how to effectively represent a constituent body of their choosing. The materials from The Constitutional Rights Foundation, ICivics (founded by Justice Sandra Day O’Connor) and the National Model U.S. Congress are used in classes. These resources have been proven to improve students’ civic knowledge, presentation and core literacy skills.
New research has also shown that the use of the aforementioned materials has also led to increased participation in the democratic process.
The objective in this course is to educate the next generation, nurture and inculcate a passion for civics and history and encourage young people to advocate for themselves.
The instructor of this class is Ms. Amanda Sawyer, Founder, Director, Dedimus Potestatem. Her program was developed in conjunction with The University of Cambridge.
(IMPORTANT - 2021 Course CANCELLED in compliance with school safety guidelines)
Tutorial House students have the opportunity to register in Driver Education course.
ELIGIBILITY FOR REGISTRATION: Students AGE 16 by February 1st
The Driver Education at UNIS conforms to New York State regulations.
- 24-hour classroom phase of the course
- 6 hours of driving instruction behind the wheel
- 18 hours of in-car observation
- Students must attend and pass all sessions of both parts of the course to receive the MV-285.
- The Department of Motor Vehicles issues Learner’s Permits. DMV requires proper identification, SOCIAL SECURITY CARD, paying a fee and passing both a written and eye test. The Driver’s Manual and MV43.1 give the specific requirements. State Law (Sec. 507-1 V&TL) allows persons under 18 to drive in NYC only under the supervision of a licensed Driver Education teacher or if they have a Class D NYS license.
- LEARNER’S PERMITS – Must be obtained before April 2020. Requirement as of August 2015: All students must secure a DMV Client ID number in order to receive an MV-285 Certificate of Completion. They can secure a DMV client ID number by having a NYS Learner's Permit, and/or a NYS Non-Driver ID card.
2021 Driver Education calendar not available.
A number of After-School Activities are offered at the Queens Campus. There are two sessions each year, one in each semester. Each session extends through 10 weekly meetings at a cost of approximately $100 for each activity. The activities include gymnastics, chess, art and crafts, soccer and Arabic. More detailed information is distributed before the start of each session.
The United Nations International School Music Department offers private instruction on a wide range of orchestral and band instruments as well as guitar, voice, and piano. UNIS is privileged to have world-class performing artists on its teaching staff who conveniently teach private music lessons to our students right on campus. We encourage UNIS families to take advantage of this wonderful opportunity to expand their children’s education and talent.
The private instruction is offered at additional cost to parents and, in the case of the orchestral instruments (all except piano, voice & guitar), is a required co-requisite to the instrumental program in the Middle School and the Tutorial House.
In Queens, students who participate in the private lesson program are expected to perform in two yearly recitals. Students are also encouraged to participate in the ABRSM (Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music) and NYSSMA (New York State Schools’ Music Association) performance exams, held in the spring.
All of the specialist music teachers are hired for their skill as performers and their experience in working with young musicians. They are graduates of schools such as Juilliard, Manhattan School of Music, New York University, Brooklyn College, School for Strings and Teachers' College. Besides being active solo and chamber recitalists, they also perform regularly with groups such as the New York Chamber Ensemble, New Jersey Symphony, Dave Brubeck Orchestra, Brooklyn Philharmonic, American Symphony Orchestra and in current Broadway musicals. For biographies of our music teaching artists see the Private Music Lessons Page.
The Athletics Department is responsible for the administration and delivery of all after-school sport opportunities at UNIS. This page provides information regarding the planned activities for each age group, and allows parents to register their child for after-school sport sessions. Opportunities are available for the following age groups: JA - J1, J2 - J4, M1 - M2, and M3 - M4.
Our long-term athlete development (LTAD) model is utilized as the philosophical basis of the after-school sports program. The LTAD approach is a seven-stage framework designed to guide participation in sports from infancy to adulthood, one that focuses primarily on the needs of participants and their individual stages of development. It provides a point of reference for coaches, administrators, and parents and aims to provide the core skills needed to promote a lifelong engagement in sport.
Only one registration form is to be completed per child (the option to register for multiple programs on a single form is available). Student accounts will be billed after the final session.
Any questions or feedback regarding after school sport should be directed to Guy Evans, Director of Athletics. (firstname.lastname@example.org).
We appreciate your interest in our programs, and look forward to another exciting year of sports at UNIS.
Taekwondo sessions at UNIS are led by the martial arts organization Professional Taekwondo School.
The focus of after school Taekwondo is on physical fitness, character development and self defense. In our club, experienced instructors are able to work with JA-M4 students at all ability levels.
After school basketball is coached by Guy Evans. Guy represented his national team (Wales) as a player in basketball, coached within a professional basketball club for several years and was featured in the internationally-distributed book Athlete-Centered Coaching.
For the fall term of sessions, students can expect a focus on individual offensive fundamentals such as shooting, ball-handling, passing and cutting. Our classes will be engaging, intense and challenging - although certainly each activity will be modified to suit each player.
UNIS is proud to partner with the nationally renowned Alvin Ailey Dance Theater company. The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater has performed for an estimated 23 million people in 48 states, as well as 71 countries on six continents.
Intramural Sport is also available as an after school activity at UNIS. M1-M2 and M3-M4 students are invited to enjoy participating in a variety of recreational invasion games, at no cost. The focus here, as ever, is on fun!
The Manhattan Kickers FC (MKFC) partners with UNIS to deliver our after-school soccer program. MKFC aims to provide a comprehensive introduction to the sport that will both teach the game to beginner players and challenge more experienced players.
MKFC is a non-profit youth soccer school in New York City serving players ages 4 to 12. According to the club, "we believe foremost in the development of individual skill and game intelligence. Our coaches strive to instill a passion and respect for the game in our players, along with the right attitude to succeed."
Junior school students will now be able to participate in Multisports, a new program focused on 'non-invasion' activities (i.e. net/wall, target, striking/fielding games). These sessions will be led by the JS P.E. teaching staff as a continuation of the JS P.E. curriculum.
Experienced Junior School P.E. staff at UNIS lead an important session each week that is essential for developing physical literacy - Fundamental Movement (JA-J1) on Mondays.
These sessions are designed to be a continuation from the themes and principles covered in Junior School P.E. lessons. Students build on their natural enthusiasm for movement, using it to explore and learn about their world. By watching, listening, and experimenting with movement and ideas, they develop their skills in movement and coordination, and enjoy expressing and testing themselves in a variety of situations.
UNIS offers a variety of partner after school programs.
UNIS Chess Team
Made possible by Coach Tal, UNIS offers chess to J1 through M4 students. The team will compete together representing UNIS at chess events, including city, state, and national tournaments. Class and practice will take place Wednesday afternoons from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Manhattan campus.
Registration fees include coaching, supervised play, game analysis at in-state tournaments, events, and a www.chesskid.com gold membership.
Dutch Language Classes
't Klokhuis is offering a Dutch Language classes at UNIS for students in Kindergarten through 12th grade, as well classes for Dutch as a Second Language. For more information visit their website www.klokhuis.com or email the Program Director Loura Zijdel at email@example.com
We are please to announce UNIS 2021 Spring Break “Virtual Camp”!
The aim of the Spring Break program is to offer a series of activities that the students will enjoy participating in, a series of activities and that will bring the students a new learning experience and a sense of accomplishment at the end of the break.
The program includes the following: Write your Own Story of the Pandemic will make the students fall in love with writing. They will learn the profoundly valuable craft of storytelling - Chess instruction & Games proven to enhance the executive functioing skills - Mock Trial a hands-on simulation of the American judicial system, helps the students develop analytical abilities and communication skills, display leadership in a court of law - Self Defense / Bully Proof unlike martial arts, places emphasis on the avoidance of conflict and assertive mediation tactics - Digital Photography teaches the skills to create powerful imagery.
To learn more about the programs, please click on the brochures below.
- UNIS 2021 Spring Virtual Camp is scheduled on ZOOM platform.
- The MORNING program runs from 9:30AM to 11:30AM
- The AFTERNOON program runs from 1:30PM to 3:30PM
- The FEES are based on $380 per week - morning or afternoon
- Week # 1: Monday April 5th through Friday April 9th
- Week # 2: Monday April 12th through Friday April 16th
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External Summer Programs
Information about summer program opportunities are provided as a resource for UNIS families and do not, in any way, constitute an endorsement of any program or organization.
- Sports Programs
- Outdoor Adventure
- Language and Study Abroad
- Academic Programs
- College Programs
- American Camping Association (ACA): Listings and advice on many sleep away camps and teen trip programs.
- Quaker Camps (Quaker): International focus. For direct communication with one such camp contact The Farm and Wilderness Camps at (802) 422-3761.
- YMCA (camps): A great variety of camps are available through the YMCA at reasonable prices. In particular check out Camp Mason located near the Delaware River.
- Rena's Promise is a one week intensive writing program serving teens who want to explore their unique gifts as writers in a camp setting with other like-minded teens.
- MySummerCamps (Your Camp Resource Guide): A database to search many categories of camps (ie. sports, adventure, academic, arts, special needs, language, religious etc).
- Village Camps (International): International summer camps in six different countries.
UNIS Athletics continues to work closely with a number of external sporting organizations that add significant value to the athletics program during the school year. Advantage Tennis and SuperMe Performance are two of these providers. In addition, New York Sports Connection is an organization that promotes a directory of over 600 plus organizations offering over 50 sports in NY. This is a great resource to help filter through the many sporting camps and programs available during the year and the summer holidays. Please find the links below:
- Sail Caribbean (Sail): Teen sailing and scuba diving in the Caribbean with an educational focus.
- Teen Treks (Adventure Biking and Hosteling): Reasonable biking trips with a reputable U.S. youth organization.
- Outward Bound (Outward-bound): Outdoor leadership and education programs.
- The Student Conservation Association (SCA): Camps and internships focused on protecting vital habitats.
- Earthwatch (earthwatch): Volunteers participate in projects to collect field data to conserve our planet.
- Transitions Abroad (teen volunteer programs): A listing of teen volunteer programs abroad that encourage meaningful travel.
- Habitat for Humanity (habitat): Help build homes for the less advantaged in different locales.
- Globalworks (Travel with a Purpose): International travel and community service programs in many developing countries.
- Visions (Service Adventures): Cross-cultural service learning opportunities.
- Rustic Pathways (pathways): Summer trips abroad with a service component.
- Cross-Cultural Solutions (solutions): International volunteer programs.
- The Road Less Traveled (roads): Outdoor community service programs in the U.S. and other countries.
- Where There Be Dragons (dragons): Outdoor community service and language programs in developing countries.
- International Seminar Series (study/serve): Community service learning program for pre-college students in Paris and Barcelona.
- Global Leadership Adventures (GLA): 10-22 day service trips in Tanzania, Ghana, China, Ecuador, Bali, Thailand, India, Fiji, Peru, Dominican Republic, Guatemala and Costa Rica.
- Usdan Center for the Creative and Performing Arts (Usdan): Variety of summer programs in the arts located in nearby Long Island.
- Buck's Rock Performing and Creative Arts Camp (Buck's Rock): Performing arts camp with a Montessori approach located in the Berkshire Mountains.
- French Woods Performing Arts Camp (frenchwoods): Performing arts camp in the Catskill Mountains.
- Arte al Sole (artesol):Arte al Sole is a summer day camp for international children offering week-long sessions based on the art, culture, and natural science of Italy with locations in Panicale, Umbria; Lucca, Montepulciano, and Florence in Tuscany; Rome; and Puglia.
- American University of Beirut Summer Arabic Program (AUB): Six-week intensive Arabic program.
- China Institute advances a deeper understanding of China through programs in education,culture, business and art in the belief that cross-cultural understanding strengthens our global community. http://www.chinainstitute.org
- 4-6 week summer programs for students aged 15-18. Dragons' Yunnan-based language programs offered. 3-5 hours a day of classroom instruction are complemented by language immersion and home-stays, both in the city of Kunming and rural villages in western Yunnan:www.wheretherebedragons.com
- International Language Camps Megeve & ESL Internationallanguagecamps.com
- ESL Language Schools (ESL): French, German, Italian or English in Switzerland.
- The Barat Foundation
- Centre Méditerranéen d’Etudes Françaises (CMEF)
- Study in Quebec www.learningfrenchinquebec.com
- UCPA - Union des Centres Sportifs de Plein Air (www.ucpa-vacances.com)
- German courses for children/teens http://www.goethe.de/ins/de/enindex.htm
- Canadian Island (canadianisland)
- WWF Italy (wwf)
- www.babilonia.it/ - Taormina-Sicily
- www.scuolaleonardo.com – Florence, Milan, Rome and Siena
- Namiai (namiai) http://www.jfny.org/language/course.html The Japan Foundation. Summer Intensive programs for teens.
- Enforex (Summer Camps in Spain) Summer Spanish language camps in Spain. Locations in: Barcelona,Granada, Madrid,Marbella.
- Summer Camps in Spain: High School program w/ ArchaeoSpain
- SpainBcn-Programs (SpainBcn): Study abroad program for teens in Barcelona, Spain. Includes home-stay visits with Spanish families, intensive Spanish study, cultural excursions and sports.
- Enfo Camp Programs in Spain (Enfo): Summer Spanish immersion camp in Marbella, Albergue, Spain.
Multiple Locations / Languages
- Abbey Road Overseas Programs (abbey road): Language and cultural immersion programs for pre-college students.
- Middlebury Monterey Language Academy: http://mmla.middlebury.edu/ Summer language programs - Beijing China, Granada Spain, Quebec city Canada, Green Mountain Vermont.
- Concordia Language Villages (Concordia): Summer language programs for all languages taught at UNIS. Located in Minnesota, USA.
- The Cooper Union Introduction to Architecture summer program for high school students.
- LeanGap, a summer program which helps high school students start their own companies.
- LIberty Science Center Camp Program (lsc.org/camp) for rising 4th through 7th graders who love science and technology.
- NOVAMAYA: Entrepreneurship & Social Innovation Programs Summer 2015
- Oxbridge Programs (oxbridge): Academic enrichment programs in various European cities.
- Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth(cty):Summer program for academic enrichment at Johns Hopkins University,
- NYU Summer Programs: School of Professional Studies High School Academy
- Peace Boat voyage during the summer months.
- Royal Veterinary College, University of London (RVC) an exciting two week summer school focused on eterinary skills and knowledge.
- American University's Discover the World of Communication
- Boston University New England Center for Investigative Reporting
- Duke University Summer Academy for High School Students
- Imperial College London Imperial Global Summer School July and August
- Israel Institute of Technology - Technion's Summer Program catered to business, technology, entrepreneurship and science minded high school students.
- New York. Paris. London. These are just some of the culturally and artistically diverse urban locations where your talented teens can live and create in The New School's summer study programs in art and design, filmmaking,drama, and beyond.
- Skidmore: students can try college on before taking college on by enrolling in the Skidmore Summer Pre-College Program.
- Trinity College Dublin’s Summer Schools give students the opportunity to experience the excitement of university life in Ireland’s capital
- University of Rochester’s pre-college, academic program offer students a chance to experience college life and explore new careers.
- Yale Young Global Scholarsto educate increasing numbers of international students and to expose students to global issues, international affairs, American government in comparative perspective, and policy leadership.