September – June
Monday – Thursday
2:00 – 5:30 pm
All students receive help with homework, schoolwork, papers, projects, managing their time and studies effectively, and develop individual accountability for their education and growth, with over staff and volunteers. We require a mandatory extra 30 minutes of reading out loud and a 30 minute Khan Academy session daily, and we test our participants with math flash cards, we check and sign off on homework planners daily, check online grade books weekly, and we give our students extra work on subjects such as geography, penmanship, history, and current events. All high school students work on SAT prep and college prep work through Naviance and Khan Academy, daily. We collect report cards quarterly and are in regular contact with teachers and schools by email and we attend the annual Parent-Teacher conferences in November with our participants’ parents/guardians.
June – August
Monday – Friday
Tournament Training Group
- Tennis Practice:
- 9:00-12:30 Monday- Thursday and 9:00-11:00 Friday
- 12:30 enrichment Monday, Wednesday and Thursday
Champs and Future Stars Groups
- Enrichment in the office:
- 9:00-11:00 Monday- Thursday
- Tennis Practice:
- 11:30-3:00 Monday- Thursday and 11:00-1:00 Friday
For seven-eight weeks from 9:00-11:00 students attend the office and work on an in- house math curriculum specifically developed for each age group as well as a personal Khan Academy account that we monitor. We also partner with the Danbury Public Library’s Summer Reading Program and have a mandatory reading requirement of at least 30 minutes per day. In addition, students work on their summer assignments from school, in house reading logs, penmanship and spelling, grammar, study skills, and other supplementary work we give them.
For seven-eight weeks from 9:00-3:00, Monday- Thursday and 9:00-1:00 on Fridays, all students are on court at practice. DGA competes against sister Grassroots programs and local clubs. Each tennis practice also includes 30 minutes of fitness and exercise.
December – April
Select students participate in winter tennis 1 day a week. They are selected based on grades, effort, behavior, attitude, and attendance in the summer.
Throughout the year we attend trips to several College Fairs, The U.S. Open, The Museum of Modern Art in New York City, the Peabody Museum, Ridgefield Playhouse, New Pond Farm, Intrepid Sea, Air, and Space Museum, Green Chimneys, the Bronx Zoo, Walkaway on the Hudson, music concerts, the Wolf Conservatory, local farms, and hikes at local parks. All are free of charge to our participants.
We have a variety of special guests visit our office to teach our kids about SAT Prep, computer programming and coding, art and architecture, ‘Art in Math,’ bullying, social media, self-respect, empowerment, public speaking, team work, Girl Power, the Power of your Voice and self-advocacy, and more.
A select group of participants are chosen, based on grades and behavior, to attend camps that have provided full scholarships for our children throughout the year. These include the Aldrich Museum in Ridgefield, NIKE tennis camps, and the IMG Bollettieri Tennis Academy in Florida.
Through UCONN’s Nutritional Guidance Program, once a month a certified nutritionist has been working with our parents educating and counseling them on a variety of nutritional matters and information. They have even taken a grocery store tour to learn how to shop on a budget, make healthier choices, the correct way to read food labels, and more.
In our fully equipped kitchen we serve a variety of healthy snacks, and often lunch, every day, year round. Lynn provides hands on cooking lessons including soups, sandwiches, smoothies, jams, lunches, ‘Grassroots Granola’, salads, wraps, chili, and more. We discuss ingredients, highlight cost, nutritional value and content, healthy eating habits, caloric intake, and exercise with our kids. We created the “Unhealthy Sugar Shelf” in our kitchen that displays 8 sugary drinks such as soda, Gatorade, Capri Sun and more.
We perform 1 mile run time checks every week in the summer and help our kids set goals to prepare participants for the 1 Mile or 5K race they are required to run every year. We have doctors, nutritionists, and other volunteers who discuss the significance of healthy eating habits, caloric intake, and exercise with our students.