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Tiger Academy


Tiger Academy

Tiger Academy at Hollister Schools is a 21st Century Community Learning Center that serves over 350 students each year.  Through a focus on creative college and career readiness programming, Tiger Academy empowers early childhood and elementary students to “discover their future stories” and middle and high school students to “create their future stories.”

The goal of the Tiger Academy program is to provide students in grades K-12 with an awareness of the variety of careers available to them and the skills needed to achieve them.

Tiger Academy I

Tiger Academy I is a daily after school program for students in grades kindergarten through fifth. Students begin each day with homework time or a “brain break” in the “ZenZone”, where they can decompress after their school day.  Next, they head to recess and a hot meal in the cafeteria.  After eating, students can choose from a number of daily options including art, board games, pretend play, or STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math).  This is followed by career exposure, where students discover and explore different careers and learn how to prepare for their futures.

Site Director:  Joy Olson 


Tiger Academy II

Tiger Academy II is for students in grades sixth through eighth. In addition to a daily afterschool program, students may also participate in a twice-weekly program called “Mornings Matter.”  Afterschool students can finish homework, learn to cook, or participate in a service-learning project.  Mornings Matter students can learn about careers in radio and television, play chess, catch up on independent reading, fly a plane on actual flight simulators, or explore outer space with a virtual reality headset.

Site Directors:  Nancy Beckman & Karen Ellison


Tiger Academy III

Tiger Academy III is for students in grades ninth through twelfth. Students in this program may participate in before and after clubs focused on crocheting, art, podcasting, robotics, aviation, and use zSpace computer programs where they learn how to take apart an airplane engine, dissect a bullfrog, or play chess in 3D.  Some students are on the Leadership Team, where they talk about new ideas for clubs, start new ones, and do team-building activities.

Site Director:  Katie Schiefelbein


Tiger Academy Summer School 2020

Tiger Academy will be open during seated summer school on campus from 2:30 to 6:00 PM. Tiger Academy will also be open the week of June 24 from 7:30 AM to 6:00 PM.  Additional Tiger Academy summer information can be found here.  For questions contact Melissa Smither at 417-243-4080.  


Tiger Academy Contact

Melissa Smither

Program Director


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