Urbana School District #116

SPLASH & 21st Century Learning Programs

21st Century Learning Grant programs is a federally funded grant program providing funds for after-school enrichment programs. Urbana School District #116 is a proud recipient of this program and grant money from other organizations such as the City of Urbana and the Urbana Park District to fund our after-school enrichment programs. These programs include 21st Century programs at King Elementary and Urbana High School, SPLASH (Students Playing and Learning After School) at UMS and SPLASH Jr., at Dr. Williams Elementary and Leal.

21st Century Learning at UHS

The 21st Century Community Learning Center for Urbana Schools is an opportunity for Urbana High School students and families to participate in enrichment classes, receive additional academic support, and explore various career opportunities while remaining at UHS after the school day.

This program is funded by the 21st Century Community Learning Centers Grant.

For more information about the 21st Century Learning program at UHS, please visit their web page.


SPLASH during the academic year

SPLASH activities are led by UMS staff, Urbana Park District staff and community partners. University of Illinois tutors volunteer in the Homework Lab. Funds for SPLASH are provided by Urbana School District’s 21st Century Community Learning Center Grant and a grant from the City of Urbana. Programs include classes, clubs, activities, Homework Lab, and Morning Jump Start.

SPLASH is an extension of the school day; therefore, the same rules and expectations outlined in the UMS Student Handbook will be followed during SPLASH. Transportation is provided by MTD or First Student at 5:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday. On those days students requiring a MTD transfer will ride First Student.

In Spring of 2017, the SPLASH students worked with members of Urbana Public Television (UPTV) in a class called “Wanna Be On TV?” The students learned basic video production skills and produced a promotional video (embedded below) about UPTV.

In Spring of 2015, the SPLASH students involved in the Broadway on Vine production of the musical, Alice in Wonderland, were invited to attend the state-wide 21st CCLC conference held in Bloomington, IL. The group performed”Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah” to a standing ovation from the audience. You can watch the performance below.

Registration and Fees

SPLASH runs in 4-6 week sessions. Homework Labs, Morning Jump Start, and Early Out Activities stay the same. The clubs, classes, and activities will change. Your child will be given a booklet by a team teacher with the list of new classes and registration form before every session. The completed registration form can be returned to the office, a teacher, or put in the gray box outside of the SPLASH room (1350).

There is no charge for Homework Lab, Morning Jump Start, and Wednesday Early Out Activities. Fees are assigned to classes, clubs, and activities. If your child qualifies for free or reduced lunch, no fee is required.

SPLASH Programs

Morning Jump Start
The Morning Jump Start program helps students organize and prepare for the coming week. Students will be encouraged to clean out their binders, finish their homework, check their assignment notebooks and prepare for the school day. The program meets from 8-8:45 a.m. No registration is required.

Homework Lab
This program offers Urbana Middle School students a safe, educational environment after school Monday-Thursday on normal school days. Tutors are available to work one-on-one with the students. Participation in the Homework Lab is not required every day. Registration is required and space is limited. Homework Lab times are 3:45-4:35 p.m

Classes, Clubs and Activities
SPLASH offers a variety of classes throughout the year. Examples of the types of classes include: arts and crafts, babysitting, dancing, pet care, and sports. Activities offered through the SPLASH program include field trips, drama and play production, and the SPLASH game room. SPLASH offers Wednesday Early Out Activities each Wednesday from 2:45-3:40 p.m. Clubs include Band, Art, and Math.

What people say about SPLASH:

Check out this Urbana Park District sponsored video about SPLASH created by Mark J. Brown

Students say:

“The tutors helped me in Homework Lab with my work and I got caught up.” “I got to meet new people.” “It’s a way to have fun with your friends at school and take classes you both like together.”

Parents say:

“Good balance of education and entertainment.” “Keeps the kids involved in school.”

Teachers say:

“SPLASH provides students with a positive outlet after school.” “The wide variety of activities encouraged students to explore and excel in new areas.”

For more information contact:

Urbana Middle School
1201 S. Vine Street
Urbana, IL 61801
217-384-3685 (before 3:30 p.m.)
217-531-7149 (after 3:30 p.m.)