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Five afterschool programs to explore in Fort Mill

Updated: Apr 23

Fort Mill, South Carolina is known for its outstanding elementary schools. However, the 2pm dismissal bell leaves many parents and caregivers scrambling for reliable afterschool options for coverage between dismissal time and the end of the workday. To simplify your search, we've rounded up the top 5 afterschool programs for elementary-aged students. Let’s explore the options. 

Are you seeking an afterschool program that fosters a love of nature? Look no further than Afterschool on the Greenway. The certified staff ensures a stimulating experience where children enjoy the fresh air and engaging activities from fort building and hiking to outdoor cooking and archery.

  • Registration: Afterschool on the Greenway is currently waitlisted. Click here to sign up for the 2023-24 school year. 

  • For: Elementary school children attending Doby’s Bridge, Fort Mill, River Trail, or Sugar Creek Elementary Schools.

  • Transportation: A bus transports students from their school to the Greenway. 

  • Location: Hampton Wildlife Fund Adventure Center, 104 Adventure Road, Fort Mill, SC 29715.

Secure a spot now for unique outdoor adventures and learning! Sign up for the waitlist here.

Photo by Anne Springs Close Greenway

Did you know that the FLYERS Afterschool Program has been nurturing student growth for over 25 years? In collaboration with the Fort Mill School District, FLYERS brings together seasoned teachers and caregivers, right within your child’s elementary school*. From dynamic outdoor play to engaging supplemental programs like Fit Kids, Two by Two Character Development, and Pathfinders, every moment at FLYERS is an opportunity for learning and fun! This program boasts a 1:12 staff-to-student ratio, ensuring personalized attention and a supportive atmosphere without additional after-school transportation.

  • Registration: To view your elementary school’s site enrollment status click here. For more details and key dates view the FLYERS quick reference sheet

  • For: *Elementary students attending Doby’s Bridge, Fort Mill, Gold Hill, Kings Town, Orchard Park, Pleasant Knoll, River Trail, Riverview, Sugar Creek, Springfield, and Tega Cay Elementary Schools. 

  • Transportation: None needed.

  • Location: FLYERS takes place at the elementary schools listed above.

Join the FLYERS community, where afterschool helps to set the stage for a brighter future! 


Are you seeking a holistic afterschool experience for your child? Explore Fort Mill YMCA’s transformative afterschool program. Featuring a "Healthy Spirit, Healthy Mind, Healthy Body" approach that includes daily devotions, engaging group discussions, and a supervised study room for focused homework time. Each afternoon begins with a minimum of 30 minutes of fitness activities, including kickball, team sports, relay races, group games, and yoga. 

  • Registration: Click here for more details on registration. 

  • For: Elementary school children attending Doby’s Bridge, Fort Mill, River Trail, Riverview, or Springfield Elementary Schools.

  • Transportation: Transportation is available from the schools listed above to the Fort Mill YMCA at the Complex. Click here for more details. 

  • Location: 971 Tom Hall St, Fort Mill, SC 29715.

Ready to join the Fort Mill YMCA in nurturing your child's spirit, mind, and body? Click here to learn more.

Photo by Next Level Kidz

Is your child ready to soar to the next level? Embark on an afterschool journey of educational and physical excellence with Next Level Kidz. Striving to advance both academic and physical education for children ages 6 and up, this unique afterschool program seamlessly combines STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) classes with athletics. Offering more than just homework assistance, your child will engage in group activities on an outdoor athletic turf. But the adventure doesn't stop there – explore elective enrichment programs like Baseball, Soccer, Flag Football, Robotics, Coding, and Video Production.

  • Registration: Click here for more details on registration.

  • For: Elementary students ages 6+.

  • Transportation: Transportation from Doby’s Bridge and River Trail Elementary School is included in the weekly membership. Additional options for school bus drop-off are available from Fort Mill Elementary School.

  • Location: 1466 N. Doby's Bridge Rd. Fort Mill, SC 29715

Join Next Level Kidz for a well-rounded educational and physical development journey for your child. Click here to enroll now or check availability. 

Is your child ready to thrive in a holistic after-school environment? Designed to foster growth, spark curiosity, and extend beyond conventional afterschool programs, Blooming Einsteins focuses on Culture & Language, STEAM, the Arts, Health & Wellness, Character Building, and Community Engagement. Through dedicated homework sessions and interactive projects, this afterschool program excels not only academically but also integrates physical activities, arts, and social development to nurture the whole child. 

  • For: Elementary students in Kindergarten through 5th grade. 

  • Transportation: Transportation is provided from Fort Mill, Gold Hill, Springfield, Tega Cay, Sugar Creek, Riverview, Kings Town, and Pleasant Knoll Elementary Schools.

  • Location: 2752 Pleasant Road, Suite 101, Fort Mill, SC 29708

Be prepared to watch your child bloom at Blooming Einsteins. Click here to explore more. 

For those seeking additional support, we recommend checking out Child Care Scholarship Programs for Eligible South Carolina Families.


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