About Us


617.999.4617 or 617.527.3308


The Highlands After-School Program serves Newton middle school children and their families, and provides a safe, supervised, enrichment program that meets the developmental and recreational needs of the middle schooler. Our program strives to provide support and foster independence in our students.

This exciting program brings the fun of Funtastic Friday to all the days of the month! We’re housed in two community centers in Newton Highlands, with a home base in the refurbished Brigham House and daily access to the Hyde Community Gym.

The Program

Participants will share in the development of “funtastic” activities that will include sports, arts, cooking, science & exploration, homework, field trips, community service and team building. It’s a place to go and hang with friends, enjoy activities, and get a head start on homework. The Highlands After-School Program retains many of the terrific aspects of the elementary school-based programs, but also offers a convenient and central location in the Highlands and the opportunity to build on the interests of the “older” kids. This is“the place to be” after school!


We work closely with the Newton School Transportation Department to transport students to our program, from Oak Hill and Brown Middle Schools on Newton school buses. With a number of bus routes and stops in the Highlands, a thoughtful plan ensures that children have a quick and safe trip each day. The program is also open to children enrolled in private schools and we will happily explore transportation solutions for them as well.


Highlands After-School Program is a voucher provider. The program is contracted with the Child Care Circuit (CCC) to accept students with vouchers. For more information on the voucher program, contact Rochelle Acker or CCC, 190 Hampshire Street, Lowell MA. 01840 or call 978.686.4288.

The Newton Highlands community provides strong support for the program and together we are committed to meet the needs of the middle school aged children in our neighborhood and surrounding villages. The Highlands After-School Program is a non-profit, middle school care provider overseen by The Hyde Community Center NHCDC, and The Brigham House Board of Directors. The talented teaching staff and Director provide programming and hands-on supervision under licensure of the State of Massachusetts.

The Director

Rochelle Acker brings over 30 years of experience in school-aged child care and administration to our program. Rochelle served as Director of a Brookline after-school program for most of her career, with children from preschool through seventh grade. Rochelle studied art & art education, early childhood education and special education, with a BFA from Rhode Island School of Design and an MSAE from Massachusetts College of Art. She lives in Newton Highlands with her husband and two school aged children.

The Staff

Erin Bisceglia joined HASP this year. She has an undergraduate degree from Brandeis and a MFA from the Museum School. She did an internship at the MFA and has taught in a variety of art programs with children and adults.

Francis Henk joined HASP this year after working in a variety of Newton Parks and Recreation programs, camps and an after school program in Needham. He graduated from Johnson & Whales with a degree in Hospitality.