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Cougar Academy (ExL)

The Cougar Academy is an after school program that serves our students every day.  The Cougar Academy falls under the ExL (Expanded Learning) program which exists in several of our schools in the Elk Grove Unified School District. Most of the funding for the program is from the ExL and 21st Century Learning Grants. It addresses three key components: Homework support; literacy instruction, and educationally enriching activities. The Cougar Academy coordinator is Brian Brink
If you are interested in this program, please fill out the below electronic form, or you can get a registration form in the Administration Office.

Key Components

The literacy goals of Samuel Kennedy Elementary School will be supported in the after school program. It includes sight word fluency and reading fluency using research-based curriculum.

Days, Hours, Contact Information

Monday – Friday  |  2:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Cougar Academy Cell # (916) 296-5665

Daily Schedule:

  • Recess
  • Snack
  • Homework
  • Academics
  • Supper
  • Enrichment activities
  • Parent check-out


Attendance Policy

  • Students must attend every day while they are in school. Students who have more than three unexcused absences may be dropped from the Cougar Academy.
  • Students must attend for the entire length of the program daily. If students are picked up early more than three times without prior approval, they may be dropped from the program.
  • If your child participates in a parallel program (an activity that occurs during the Cougar Academy time period, such as athletics, off-campus tutoring, music lesson, etc.), you must submit a “Parallel Program” form.


Pick-up Policy

The names that you give on the Cougar Academy application are the only adults who will be allowed to pick up your child from the Samuel Kennedy Cougar Academy, unless prior arrangements have been made. Anyone picking up your child must be 18 years of age or older and must present a valid ID at pick-up.


Discipline Policy

The Samuel Kennedy Cougar Academy is a continuum of the regular school day. The same code of conduct applies to the after school program. Our three encompassing program rules are Be Respectful, Be Responsible, and Be Safe. We will work closely with parents to promote success in the after school environment. After three referrals for behavior, students may be dropped from the program.