REACH now accepting applications for
the 2016 - 2017 school year


  • April 11 - 22, 2016: Initial application process
  • Applications MUST be turned in at REACH school site to the REACH site supervisor. All applications submitted will receive a receipt from the REACH staff indicating the application has been received.
  • May 27, 2016: Enrollment lists will be posted at the schools.
  • All enrolled families must attend a mandatory parent meeting. Date and time will be set by the individual school site.
  • Applications received after June 3, 2016 will be automatically added to the waiting list.

REACH Locations
Central | El Toyon | Ira Harbison | John Otis | Kimball | Las Palmas | Lincoln Acres | Olivewood
Palmer Way | Rancho de la Nacion

Central Nestor Munoz [email protected] 619.836.9365 7:00-8:40 3:00-6:00 1:25-6:00
El Toyon Stephanie Martinez [email protected] 619.836.9366 7:00-8:40 3:00-6:00 1:25-6:00
Ira Harbison Monique Fitch
[email protected] 619.836.9367 6:30-8:15 2:35-6:00 1:00-6:00
John Otis Ricardo Cabrales [email protected] 619.836.9368 6:30-8:15 2:35-6:00 1:00-6:00
Kimball Adrian Lizarraga [email protected] 619.836.9369 7:00-8:40 3:00-6:00 1:25-6:00
Las Palmas Ashley Calderon [email protected] 619.836.9370 6:30-8:15 2:35-6:00 1:00-6:00
Lincoln Acres Tammy Chung [email protected] 619.836.9371 6:30-8:15 2:35-6:00 1:00-6:00
Olivewood Delores “Lola” Lizarraga [email protected] 619.836.9372 7:00-8:40 3:00-6:00 1:25-6:00
Palmer Way Erick Acosta [email protected] 619.836.9373 6:30-8:15 2:35-6:00 1:00-6:00
Rancho De La Nacion Fernanda Gonzalez [email protected] 619.836.9374 7:00-8:40 3:00-6:00 1:25-6:00


What is REACH?

REACH is a partnership between the South Bay Family YMCA and the National City Elementary School District.

The goal of REACH is to create a dynamic, and stimulating after school environment that gives children the boost they need to succeed academically and socially.

This free program provides structured academic activities for K-6th grade students at fifteen of National City's Title I elementary school sites.

Programs generally operate immediately after school until 6pm daily. REACH does not operate when school is closed, or during school intercessions, vacations and holidays.

How Are Students Selected?

All K- 6th grade students who attend REACH schools can apply, however, priority is given to students grade 1-6, referred by school personnel, who can attend for 5 days a week, and who can attend for the duration of the program. Enrollment is also determined by total space available in the program at each school, and the number of students enrolled from each grade group.
Homework Center
Applications become available in the spring of each year for the following school year. There is an initial enrollment period where all applications received are evaluated for enrollment. Applications received after the initial enrollment period will be added to the waiting list and enrolled according to a needs assessment, not the order received. Each site maintains a waiting list and students are enrolled as space becomes available.

The curriculum is designed to help students meet or exceed state content standards in reading and math in a fun, camp-like atmosphere.

Activities incorporate literature, drama, math, writing, and art.
Students who come every day receive the most benefit from REACH.

30-45 minutes each day is devoted to homework/academic enrichment. Our staff provide individual assistance, however, we cannot be responsible for correcting homework.
It is each student's responsibility to use Homework Center time constructively.

Each site is staffed by a REACH Supervisor, an Assistant Supervisor, and 3 to 8 Youth Leaders.
All staff are certified in First Aid and CPR and receive specialized training addressing behavior management, literacy development, and curriculum. Staff members must also undergo a background check.

To provide the best possible experience for all participants REACH staff will hold each child to the same behavior standards as those enforced by the school.


Daily Sign-IN/OUT
To participate in the program, children are required to sign-in with their REACH Youth Leader each day within 5 minutes of school dismissal. We ask that parents inform the Site Supervisor when their children will not be in attendance or need to leave early. REACH staff cannot be responsible for children who do not sign-in or who leave the school grounds.

Parents or other authorized persons must sign students out.

It is important that students who are enrolled in REACH attend each and every day for the duration of the program time. Students enrolled in the REACH AM program are expected to attend each day for a minimum of half of the program time (usually 45-60 minutes, depending on the school site). Students enrolled in the REACH PM program are expected to attend each day from school dismissal until 6:00 PM.

REACH does not operate when Schools are closed for intercession, vacations or holidays.

Specific Schools

Programs are offered at the following National City Schools:


El Toyon

Ira Harbison

John Otis


Las Palmas

Lincoln Acres


Palmer Way

Rancho de la Nacion