Afterschool Programs

Boston's Bridge to Excellence

Boston's Bridge to Excellence is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization licensed through the Massachusetts Department of Early Education Care. We mentor high-risk youth to help them achieve academic excellence, skills in personal development and a desire to achieve civil engagement. We are more than homework help. We specialize in project-based learning and interactive support with an emphasis on creativity and innovation. Our staff and volunteers go into our partner schools to work together with students and develop meaningful and impactful relationships with their teachers and parents. We are passionate about helping our students see that anything is possible.

Parents can apply online at and submit all supporting documentation to the enrollment department at

Boston's Bridge to Excellence accepts vouchers that cover all fees.

Private Tuition

  • Weekly fee is $145 for regular weekly programming. If you would like your child to participate in Martial Arts and Dance this will be an additional weekly fee of $15 making the weekly fee $160.
  • There will be a two week deposit and $50 application processing fee for paying parents.
  • Private Paying Parents can sign up for 2, 3, 4 and up to a full 5 day weekly schedule.

Boys and Girls Club - Orchard Gardens Club

The Boys and Girls Club provides programming for youth age 6-14 until 6PM, Monday-Friday. The Club is currently taking returning members for now, and will have limited space for new members. Call 617-516-5285 if you would like to add your child to the waitlist.

Youth Membership Application (English)

Youth Membership Application (Spanish)

The first day will be 9/13 for returning members & 9/20 for new members.

Sole Train

Sole Train is BACK at Orchard Gardens! Sole Train is a community building and mentoring program that uses running as a vehicle for setting and achieving goals. You don't have to love running to join our team! Open to all students in grades 6 - 8. Practices will be Mondays from 3 - 4, beginning on Monday, October 18. We will also join the Sole Train community across Boston for community-building events and races. For more information and registration, please contact Becky Quinn in room 205 (617- 982-0963,

Boston Scores

More information coming soon about the Boston Scores soccer and writing program. Boston Scores typically meets three afternoons a week.

Other Programs in the Area

Teen Center at St. Peter's

The Teen Center at St. Peter's is located at 278 Bowdoin Street, Dorchester, is open year round from 2:00-9:00 pm, Monday – Friday. After school is available for students who are 11+ years old.

You can apply at the Teen Center or pick up a copy of the application at Orchard Gardens.