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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:

2:30 - 3:15 Dismissal and snack on the yard

3:15 - 3:45 Free play on the yard

3:45 - 4:45 Enrichment/Club hour

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


After school clubs are open to students on a drop-in basis and are included in the cost of after care. Clubs follow the same daily schedule as enrichments (3:45 - 4:45). The club schedule for fall is below.

  • Art Club/Funhall - Mondays through Thursdays
  • Cooking Club - Every other Friday
  • Farm and Garden - Tuesdays and Thursdays
  • Kindergarten Club - Mondays/Wednesdays/Fridays
  • Outdoor Sports and Games - Mondays and Wednesdays
  • Study Hall (3rd grade optional, 4th grade required) - Mondays through Thursdays

Artivism with Jackie (Mondays 3:45 - 4:45)

Stemming from the Socially Engaged or 'Protest' Art movement, Jackie will offer a unique club program wherein young people will learn about community arts activists and projects as well the rich history of creativity and activism in the Bay Area.  We will also carry out our own social practice art projects from start to finish. We might engage in public interventions, poster making, rethink our school, make maps and more!


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: 1/7 - 3/22 (10 weeks) NO CLASSES ON 1/21, 2/18-2/22, 3/11​

Registration for winter enrichment classes will take place starting on Friday, December 14 at 8 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 Friday, December 21 at 6 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 Erin or Chris.

Mondays: Dragonfly Designs Presents Leather-Working and Metal-Smithing (3rd-4th grade)

Take a walk on the wild side and explore working with metal and leather in this next-level jewelry-making class. You’ll learn to create mixed media pieces and explore metal-smithing techniques such as riveting, patina, stamping, and dapping, as well as leather-working techniques such as dying, stitching, stamping, and burnishing! Learn the properties of metal and leather and how to combine them into enviable wearable art. 

Cost - $300

Tuesdays: Coding with CodeFu (3rd-4th grade)

Using a number of fun coding languages designed specifically for kids in 3rd-5th grade such as Scratch/Hopscotch along with HTML, CSS, JavaScript, Python, and Ruby, students will be creating a variety of projects from games to customized websites, allowing them to learn the computational logic of computer science and real languages used in the software engineer world. This session, the coders will focus on creating personalized websites about a topic that interests them the most. They will be surfing the web, collecting pictures and videos, and using HTML, Css & .Js (javascript) to customize their website. At the end of the course, they will each do a brief presentation for the class highlighting all of their hard work.

Cost - $300

Tuesdays: Graphic Novel Workshop with Josephine (2nd-4th grade)

We will explore the art of reading graphic novels, exploring the many details in panels, the importance of the size of panels, and the space between the gutters. We will explore the choices made when writing scripts for a graphic novel and finally publish our own graphic novel. Come and join the fun!  

Cost - $300

Wednesdays: Fitness in Transit Presents Yoga (K-2nd grade)

A fun, challenging, and growth-inspiring activity for children, yoga focuses on techniques that will stretch, develop, and train their body and mind. The course will include breathing and visualization exercises to promote calmness and self-empowerment, as well as interactive and social games that will build self-confidence while having fun. The children will learn traditional poses and find out how to put those poses in motion.

Cost - $300

Wednesdays: Tree Frog Treks Presents How Things Work (K-4th grade)

Did you ever wonder how airplanes fly? How the heart pumps blood around the body? What about how giant boats made of steel can float? If you are the kind of tinkering, curious frog that asks your parents why, why, why, then this semester of fun hands-on science is for you! We’ll look to the future of renewable resources to learn about alternative fuels, as well as cool clean energy sources for power like the sun, water and air. While we observe our animal ambassadors like Santa the Bearded Dragon, Julie the Burmese python, and Abeni the Sulcata Tortoise, we will learn how scientists look to nature to help create new inventions and how machines we use today mimic the natural world. So put on your hard hats and thinking caps and come join Tree Frog Treks to discover how things work!

Cost - $300

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

In this hands-on class, students create their very own stop motion movies! Working in small groups, students learn the language of film production and apply it towards creating their own animated digital film. Students will create compelling characters, build background scenes, and add special effects and voice- overs. Using stop-motion animation, students will bring their unique story to life for the camera. CDS today…Pixar tomorrow! 

Cost - $300

Thursdays: Spanish Cooking with Gaby (K-4th grade)

In this Spanish language-focused class, students will read books and watch videos related to Latin recipes and traditions and prepare recipes by following basic instructions. Students will learn basic Spanish vocabulary: colors, numbers, basic phrases/expressions related to the kitchen, and much much more!

Cost - $300

Tuesdays: Process Based Mural Painting with Shaye (K-4th)

In this class children will be encouraged to talk about domesticated and wild animals and the role of each animal in our lives and the planet. They will be encouraged to search about the animals and will be given related books to look at the images of farm and wild animals in the Bay Area and around the world. They will be given proper materials and instructions to collaborate on producing smaller scale murals. The mural designs celebrate the nature and the animals for which the Bay Area is well know.

Cost: $300

Thursdays: Coding with CodeFu (K-2nd grade)

Using iPad/Asus tablet applications like ScratchJr, Kodable, Lightbot, and Bloxels coupled with hands-on board games that promote social problem-solving, Code Fu's TK-2 Dojo teaches students the computational logic of computer science/coding and provides them with an introduction to a number of block-based coding languages. In this session, students will focus on using their imagination and creativity to create their own advanced games and animations which will provide them with an introduction into computational logic skills and basic programming languages.

Cost - $300

Fridays: Aikido with Jessica (1st-4th grade)

Do you have a 1st-4th grader? Might they be interested in exploring aikido? Aikido 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, and we are interested in offering it as an enrichment at CDS. The first semester will be introductory (beginners totally welcome!) and taught by Jessica Kumar, second grade teacher at CDS and first-degree black belt in aikido.

Cost - $300

Thursdays: Keyboarding Skills with Skye (3rd-4th grade)

Keyboarding is a skill that requires exposure and practice, and research suggests that grade 4 is the perfect time to start honing these important skills. Join Ms. Skye for keyboarding practice and get a head start in preparing for using more technology in middle school! We will be playing application-based and web-based games to get familiar with iPad keyboards and become more efficient typists.

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

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). 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 - Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays from 3 pm - 5:30 pm

Availability for music with Nicco - Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays from 2:45 - 5:45

Availability for music with Peter - Wednesdays and Thursdays from 2:45 - 5:45

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 Friday, December 14th at 8 am to indicate your top three preferred time slots with the teacher of your preference. Registration will close on Friday, December 21st, at 6 pm. 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 Erin or Chris.


If you have any questions regarding programming, please contact Erin Dayton-Jones, Lower School Program Coordinator (, 415-861-5432 x380) or Chris Teare, Extended Program Director (, 415-861-5432 x315).