Students meet four days a week from 3:30pm to 5:30pm, right in the heart of the hours (3:00pm – 6:00pm) when research shows that children are most vulnerable to bad influences. First, the children have a snack and work on their homework with the help of their teacher and aide. Then, for two days a week in the fall and early winter they train and compete in academics. The other two days per week are for tennis instruction, conducted on half-sized courts in the school gym. Softer-than-regulation balls slow the game down a bit, so children progress more quickly in acquiring tennis skills, which makes the whole experience more fun!