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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 - Mondays and other Friday
  • DIY Club - Mondays
  • Farm and Garden - Wednesdays
  • Kindergarten Club -Tuesdays and Thursdays
  • Outdoor Sports and Games - Mondays through Thursdays
  • STEM Club - 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​

Upcoming spring session dates: 4/1 - 6/14 (10 weeks) NO CLASSES ON 4/11-12, 4/15-19, 5/27

Registration for spring enrichment classes will take place starting on Monday, March 11 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, March 22 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: Do you believe in magic? with Nexplore (K-2nd)

A fun and age-appropriate intro for little magicians! This course uses a starter magic set with hours of engaging, interactive, and easy-to-learn magic tricks. Each starter level magic kit includes everything needed to learn dozens of magical performances, such as a thrilling trick finger chopper, vanishing tricks and so much more! This course helps young students build confidence, improve on essential problem solving, and develop public speaking skills!

Cost - $300

Tuesdays: Coding with CodeFu (K-4th grade)

K-2nd: 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.

K-4th: 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: Keyboarding Skills with Skye (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

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: Fitness in Transit presents Theater (K-3rd grade)

An educational and character developing course, it focuses on self-expression, both physical and verbal, and builds confidence through interactive games and improvisation exercises in a supportive environment. A physical and vocal warm- up will begin, followed by activities that connect an emotion or idea and the corresponding physical or facial expression. The course will include elements of drama, creative movement, musical exploration, and skit development.

Cost - $300

Wednesdays: Tree Frog Treks presents Bay Area Science (K-4th grade)

Get ready to dive into Bay Area science! Meet local animals like Checkers the California King Snake, Speedy the Gopher Snake, Bully the Bull Frog, and Mamma Mia the Red-eared Slider Turtle face-to-face! Learn about who lives in the Bay, what makes our earth quake and shake, San Francisco architectural icons, and how to conserve and restore our unique home. In this hands-on science and art program we will build a Golden Gate suspension bridge model, learn about the physics of cable cars, study Elephant Seals and Grey Whales, investigate the East Bay Hills firestorm, pan for gold, find out what happened to the San Francisco Garter Snake, and get to know all about the natural history of your own back yard! 

Cost - $300

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

In this hands-on class, kids learn hi-tech film making!  Students master skills in both pre and post-production. How to plan the plot, compose compelling shots, film like a pro and edit like a wizard, ALL ON THE IPAD. Working in crews, kids use the iPad camera and the iMovie app to complete a Hollywood style mini-movie

Cost - $300

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

In this Spanish language-focused class, students will focus on developing their comprehension and speaking skills while participating in a variety of fun, hands on activities. Students as a group will choose from options like board games, cooking, story-telling, arts and crafts, and outdoor nature activities. ¡Ven con nosotros!

Cost - $300

Thursdays: Stop! TInker Time. with Guillermo (K-2nd)

Tinkering is a playful way to approach and solve problems with materials through direct experience, experimentation, and discovery. In this class we will tinker with various different kinds of materials as we construct our very own creations straight from our imaginations. While we build and experiment, students will learn to problem solve with one another, bounce ideas of each other, and have the opportunity to use their observational skills to guide their work. Join us for Tinkering after school on Thursdays!

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

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

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, March 15 at 8 am to indicate your top three preferred time slots with the teacher of your preference. Registration will close on Friday, March 22, 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).