"When I first moved to Aptos from Corralitos, I was worried about what kind of after school program I would find for my twin daughters. Then, I was told about Apple Afterschool. The caliber of the teaching staff, and the environment for learning assuaged all our fears. The little girls thrived there, and would come home with such interesting things to share with us that they had learned---and then, the big day came, when they graduated from Apple Afterschool to Magic Apple. Here, in the canyons behind Aptos, on ten sun swept acres, watched over by blue skies, red tailed hawks, and Jan and Fran Jimenez, my girls learned to swim, to dance, to speak in public, to share, and to lead. All the life skills they missed in the public school environment, they learned there. My daughters will say, to this day, that the best years of their lives so far, were spent in the enchanted learning environment that is and was the brainchild of Jan and Fran Jimenez. There will never be a teaching environment like this anywhere else---and we are blessed to have had it as part of our twins' lives."
-Submitted by Marsha and Victor Marani, Parents
UPDATE 2020: What a joy to attend Jasmine's college graduation and celebrate her MA in Public Policy and to learn of Cheyenne's acceptance into a rigorous doctoral program. We are so proud of these amazing young women and are thrilled to have been a part of their lives. Thank you Jasmine, Cheyenne, Marsha and Vic for your trust and support over the years.
My daughter attended several years ago. AMAZING school and their influence on the kids is incredibly positive. Lifelong lessons are learned. She is older now and still looks fondly back❤️ Stephanie C
I am a former student of Magic Apple. I attended Apple school kindergarten through Second and Magic Apple through sixth grade and it was wonderful.I couldn't have made it through elementary school without the support of Magic Apple. Fran and Jan are fantastic and teach their students so much about the world. M. A.
My daughter attended for two years before we moved out of state. It was the best experience! with some of the best educators in Santa Cruz County. If you want your child to experience dance, music, science, math, wonder, imagination, joy, and laughter, then you want your child to be part of the Magic and Apple Family. My daughter has memories that she will cherish for the rest of her life and she has carried their lessons of friendship and integrity two years later into our new community. I wouldn't have it any other way. Leslie C.
My daughter went to this quality after-school program for 7 years and loved it! The teachers are wonderful and caring, and they helped my daughter become the creative, sensitive, beautiful person she is today. They also put on the best summer camp in Santa Cruz County! Colleen G
My 12 year old daughter just "graduated" from Magic Apple after 7 years (first at Apple Afterschool K-2) of unbelievable care and excellent educational enrichment! I have seen her blossom under the loving, supportive, creative, fun, kind challenging, imaginative care of Jan and Fran. I truly believe our daughter would be amazing. . .but having been at Apple and Magic has that much more allowed her to thrive and find her own unique style. Science, dance, cooking and so much more! Her speech in front of hundreds of people commending her teachers are truly the best recommendation one could give . ..thankfully her brother has more years in their wonderful program.