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Lower School Extended Day Program

About The Program

After school teachers provide indoor and outdoor options after class dismissal on an hourly basis after a period of supervised free play. Students must remain in selected activities until program-wide transition periods. Your child may choose from a wide variety of organized, age-appropriate activities.

Daily schedule:

2:45 - 3:15 Kindergarten Club

3:00 - 3:15 Dismissal to free play play (1st - 4th grade)

3:30 - 3:45 Snack and group circle

3:45 - 4:45 Enrichment/Focus hour

4:45 - 6:00 Free play on the yard


Focuses are a new way we're envisioning after school activities. Rather than structuring activity around the completion of projects, programming will now provide students with the opportunity to drop in to an environment focused on a particular subject and choose to engage at their own pace and level. Students will be able to check out supplies and choose the direction of their own learning, supported by the teacher. Areas of focus this fall will include tinkering/making, fine arts, nature exploration, and physical activity.


Taught by CDS teachers, community teachers, and instructors from accredited local organizations, three sessions of exciting enrichment classes are offered each year (Fall, Winter, and Spring). Classes meet for one hour a week after school and cost varies, depending on the nature of the class. Enrichment class are additional (optional) opportunities for structured, hands on learning experiences and carry an additional fee (all enrichments are sliding scale based on tuition level).

Winter session dates: 1/6 - 3/20 (11 weeks) NO CLASSES ON 1/20, 2/17-2/21

Registration for fall enrichment classes will take place starting on Monday, December 9 at 10 a.m. Please log on to your Ultracamp account to register and pay for your choice of enrichment class each day of the week. Registration will close on Wednesday, December 18 at 5 p.m. Balances are due at that time. ​Unpaid balances will be dropped from the enrichment. There will be a two-week grace period to add/change/drop an enrichment- if you would like to make a change, please contact Olivia.

Mondays: AV Club! with Jamie (K-4th grade)

This year in AV (ACTIVISM made VISIBLE) CLUB! we will begin our exploration of artful digital mediums in the process of creating. We will investigate the opportunities for technology in the arts, engage with visual and digital tools while uncovering the power of art, and discover the impact of art on society.

Ways of creating will include radio and podcast programming, filmmaking, investigative and creative journalism, news media design and book making. We will also engage with existing contemporary artists projects and create our own featuring sound, videography, photography and more! Projects will be inspired by our collaborative and individual interests and goals. Planned projects explore topics of social justice and community involvement while we inquire ways to engage and advocate through creativity.

During AV CLUB! we will try new technologies and artistic mediums, form big ideas about making and experiencing, and take action by being real life catalysts for starting conversations around bigger and brighter futures! We will witness that what we make can make a radical impact on the world!

Cost - $300

Mondays: Cooking with Culinary Artistas (K-4th grade)

Culinary Artistas’ cooking program is based on a very simple tenet: food is a language that connects us to each other and the the environment. It serves as a great tool to help kids learn a multitude of disciplines, all while paving their path to health. We cook wholesome and multicultural recipes that expose kids to new flavors, develop motor skills, incorporate various cultures, and ultimately, celebrate our time together around the table.

We design our curriculum around the following skills and topics: safety and knife skills, basic nutrition, intersection between geography and cuisine, science behind the cooking, taste exploration, and always fun! 

Cost: $350

Tuesdays: Makers Club with Nexplore (K-4th grade)

Nexplore Makers Club is an engineering program designed to inspire kids to pursue future in science & technology. Students interact with fun Maker Kits that enhance mechanical, artistic, and engineering skills, while encouraging them to act as inventors in their own right. Participants design their own hydraulic claws, learn to harness energy to power race cars, and experiment with structural design. Plus, students can keep their inventions and proudly share their projects with family and friends. Nexplore Makers Club is fully aligned with Next Generation Science Standards, and reminds kids to always explore, experiment, and create!

Includes additional $26 one time fee for supplies

Cost: $326

Tuesdays: Art with Shaye (K-4th grade)


Art Enrichment is a painting/drawing class that lets children explore different styles through the works of renowned artists. This class covers a wide variety of media (acrylic, tempera, watercolor, colored pencils and mixed media) to keep children engaged. The goal during this class is to guide children through various artistic styles and help them explore different mediums so they can develop their own artistic self in a fun and supportive environment. 

Cost: $300

Tuesdays: Garden Explorers with the Boys and Girls Club

Collaborating with the Boys and Girls Club, our fantastic Farm and Garden educator, Xochi, is leading an exploration of the garden that brings our students and our next door neighbors (at the Boys and Girls Club) together! Each week, club members will come spend time in the garden with CDS students, learning about plant growth cycles, nutrition, and how to cook our homegrown veggies. There is room for five students in this special program pilot, and please note that activity time will be from 3:30 - 4:30 (rather than 3:45 - 4:45).

Cost - NONE

Wednesdays: Movie Making with Rowan (K-4th grade)

Have you ever wanted to create and act in your own movie? This enrichment will teach students foundational acting, improvisation, and movie making. We introduce consistent use of tools and habits that allow students to develop and explore self-expression and creativity while finishing the session with an original work.

Cost - $300

Thursdays: Chorus with SFCMC (1st-3rd grade)

Chorus will be lead by Beth Wilmurt from the San Francisco Community Music Center. Currently the children's chorus director at SFCMC, Beth brings over 20 years worth of experience as both a performer and music educator to her new role with CDS. Students will learn how to combine their voices in harmony and show off their skills at the end of the session.

Cost: $300

Thursdays: Jedi Engineering with Play-Well

The Force Awakens in this introductory engineering course for young Jedi! Explore engineering principles by designing and building projects using LEGO® materials such as X-Wings, R2 Units, Energy Catapults, Defense Turrets, and Settlements from a galaxy far, far away. Create motorized and architectural projects with imagination and engineering to defeat the Empire!

Cost - $300

Fridays: Aikido with Jessica

Jessica, one of our 2nd grade Dolphins teachers, is a first-degree black belt in aikido Aikido, which is a modern Japanese martial art that teaches peaceful conflict resolution. In Aikido, we learn to respond to attacks without the use of force, to blend with our partners, to maintain our own balance, and to fall and get up safely. It is a fun, active, non-competitive practice.

Cost - $300

Music Lessons

In addition to our enrichment classes, we offer individual and small-group music lessons with our fantastic instructors.

Peter Greenwood and Nicco Tyson bring a combined 8 years of experience providing top quality music instruction at CDS. They both offer lessons in ukulele, guitar, and cajón (a percussion instrument). Nicco, additionally offers harmonica.

Warren Heugel will be joining us this fall, bringing decades of experience as a music teacher and performer. Warren offers lessons for percussion instruments. 

  • Availability for percussion with Warren - Thursdays, Fridays from 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
  • Availability for music with Nicco - Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays from 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
  • Availability for music with Peter - Mondays and Wednesdays from 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Each lesson will be 30 min. in length and can either be a solo lesson or a small-group lesson (two students). The cost is $400 for solo lessons and $325 for group lessons for the 10 week session.

Music lesson registration is first come, first served. To sign up, please visit this Google form starting on Monday, December 9 at 10 a.m. to indicate your top three preferred time slots with the teacher of your preference. Registration will close on Wednesday, December 18 at 5 p.m. Balances are due at that time. Unpaid balances will be dropped from the enrichment. There will be a two-week grace period to add/change/drop an enrichment; if you would like to make a change, please let us know.

If you have any questions regarding programming, please contact Chris Teare, Extended Program Director (, 415-861-5432 x315).