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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

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 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: 1/3/22 - 3/18/22 (10 weeks) NO CLASSES ON 2/21-25, 3/14

Registration for winter enrichment classes will take place starting on Thursday, December 9th 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 15th at 5 p.m. Balances are due at that time. Please refer to each program's website for registration instructions.

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

Chess with Nexplore uses the classic game to teach students how to think, rather than what to think. Learn chess at your own pace, whether you are a beginner learning the fundamentals of the game, or a chess master brushing up on your strategy.

Cost - $330 (sliding scale applies)

Wednesdays: Science Wiz with Nexplore (1st-4th)

Science Wiz is built upon inquiry, experimentation and play! Each Course, students will dive deep into one of the following scientific concepts: electricity, inventions, sound, energy, physics, light, DNA, magnetism and more! Student will receive their very own Science-Wiz™ kit to explore fundamental scientific ideas through hands-on play and activities and conduct experiments, many of which they will bring home to share with family and friends.

Cost: $330 (sliding scale applies)

Wednesdays or 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!

Families may choose one of two weekly options for Culinary Artistas this winter (Wednesdays or Thursdays).

Cost: $330 (sliding scale applies)

Thursdays: Coding w/Scratch with Nexplore (1st-4th)

Explore the magic of computer programming with Scratch, a free-to-use software developed by MIT’s best brains to encourage young learners to combine creativity with logic! With a cutting-edge application and a series of exciting projects, students uncover the sensational world of coding. Every day, participants expand their skills as they build their very own interactive storyboards and games with audio, video, animated characters and more.

Scratch Camp demystifies computer programming and gets students fired up about creating and coding – they love it!

Cost: $330 (sliding scale applies)

Music Lessons

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

Each lesson will be 30 minutes in length and can either be a solo lesson or a small-group lesson (two to three students, only for Peter/Warren). The cost is $475 for solo lessons and $380 for group lessons for the 10 week session (sliding scale applies). Music lesson availability is first come, first served. To request a music lesson, fill out this form starting at 10am on Thursday, December 9th.

Peter offers music class where students begin with the foundations of rhythm (with cajon), and then incorporate melodic elements (with ukulele and guitar).
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 (both currently full)

Rosi joins our team of musical teachers from San Francisco Community Music Center, where she offers piano lessons in classical, pop and rock styles. Originally from Madrid, Spain, Rosi started to play the piano at the age of 5. She attended the Conservatory of Music Arturo Soria in Madrid at the age of 7, and has been teaching piano since she was 18. Rosi teaches in both English and Spanish.
Availability with Rosi: Wednesday, Friday

If you have any questions regarding programming, please contact Extended Program Director Erin Dayton-Jones at