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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:

3:00 - 3:15 Dismissal to free play play

3:30 - 3:50 Snack and group circle

3:50 - 4:50 Enrichment/Focus hour

4:50 - 6:00 Free play on the yard/Indoor activities

Activity Hour

Activity hour is the 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).

Fall session dates: 9/20 - 12/10 (10 weeks) no programming: 10/11 - 10/12, 11/22 - 11/26

Registration for fall enrichment classes will take place starting on Tuesday, September 7th 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, September 15th 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.

Tuesdays: Robocoding with Nexplore (1st-4th)

Coding without a computer? It’s the best way to start! This program gives students a hands-on introduction to the fundamentals of both coding and robotics, allowing them to build and execute programs in the real world! With award-winning Cubelets kits, students combine robotic cubes–each with their own unique function–to create machines that can light up, move, and interact with the world around them. Students gain an in-depth understanding of fundamental concepts like inputs, outputs, and processing, and discover how simple building-blocks can come together to perform more and more complex tasks. By working together to solve coding and building challenges, students also reinforce essential life skills like teamwork, communication, and problem-solving.

Cost - $330 (sliding scale applies)

Wednesdays: Maker's Club with Nexplore (1st-4th)

Nexplore Makers Club is an engineering program designed to inspire kids to pursue a 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!

Cost: $330 (sliding scale applies)

Thursdays: Cooking with Culinary Artistas (1st-4th)

Culinary Artistas’ cooking program is based on a very simple tenet: food is a language that connects us to each other and 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: $330 (sliding scale applies)

Music Lessons

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

Extended Program will be working with three fantastic music teachers this fall: Peter Greenwood, Warren Huegel, and Julie Bruins bring a combined 10 years of experience providing top quality music instruction at CDS. 

Peter returns for his fourth year providing innovative music instruction at CDS. Peter offers lessons in ukulele, guitar, and cajón (a percussion instrument). 
Availability with Peter: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday

Warren brings decades of experience as a music teacher and performer. Warren offers lessons for percussion instruments.
Availability with Warren: Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 

Julie is the ECP and Lower School Music teacher at CDS, where she has been teaching since 2019. Certified in Orff-Schulwerk, Julie brings 17 years of experience teaching music in the Bay Area, holds a Bachelor of Music in Flute Performance from New York University.
Availability with Julie: Monday, Tuesday

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 $475 for solo lessons and $380 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 Tuesday, September 7th at 10 a.m. to indicate your top three preferred time slots with the teacher of your preference. Registration will close on Wednesday, September 15th 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 a music lesson; if you would like to make a change, please let Courtney know.

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