Extended Day at Lab provides opportunities for your child to connect with friends, discover and develop interests, and relax before and after school. Extended Day is designed to provide students with constructive, intentional, and meaningful opportunities to engage socially with one another, creatively with materials and concepts, and civically in the life of the Schools and community. Extended Day brings all of this to life within the familiar and enriching school environment you have chosen for your child. To learn more about our program, please review our 2017–18 Extended Day Policies and Procedures as well as our Grades N–2 Program Handbook and Lower and Middle School Program Handbook.
For our youngest students, Extended Day focuses on helping children develop a sense of belonging, find their own unique voice, and explore, while relaxing in the comfort of a familiar, nurturing community. Extended Day uses a Reggio Emilia approach to our work with nursery and kindergarten students in our Daily Programs which include Early Day, Bridge, and Late Day. Special Classes are also available and offer students a chance to try out new activities or practice familiar ones.
Extended Day provides a number of registration options to meet predictable, year-long schedules as well as unpredictable emergency events and everything in between. A description of the various types of registration options is listed below.
Annual Registration (Daily Programs only)—Annual registration is available for a set of 5-Day Daily Programs during the open registration period beginning in the summer. Annual registration provides families with a 10% discount compared to registering for September, Fall, Winter, and Spring Terms separately. Annual registration are non-refundable and non-transferable. The annual registration option provides families with predictable schedules and the ease of knowing registration is taken care of for the duration of the year.
September Term Registration (Daily Programs only)—Given the special schedule for many families during the first month of school, Extended Day has a separate registration term. for the month of September. Open registration for September Term takes place in August.
Fall, Winter, or Spring Term Daily Program/Special Class Registration—In the months preceding the start of each quarter, Extended Day opens registration for Daily Programs (Early Day, Bridge, Late Day, ExploreLab and MS Post) and Special Classes during an open registration period. Special Classes only run during these three terms and may be taken alone or may be combined with Daily Program registration.
Drop-In Registration—Families who do not enroll annually or by term can always access Daily Programs using the Drop-in option which allows families to register on a day-to-day basis
Late Day is available to nursery and kindergarten students who need care extended until 3:30 (W, F), 4:30, or 5:30 p.m. Late Day groups have snack, play, engage with stories, and explore their many interests. Late Day is a tremendous opportunity for children to create new friendships and solidify old ones.
Bridge is available to nursery and kindergarten students who would like to align their school dismissal schedule with an older sibling's or simply need a later dismissal. Bridge offers one hour of care Monday through Thursday. In most cases, nursery students may nap during Bridge, and all students will be offered a nutritious snack, as well as time to play with friends before heading home.
In Extended Day, Primary School students connect with friends, discover and develop their passions, move and calm their bodies, and enjoy the outdoors. Lab's first and second grade students can participate in Early Day, Late Day, and a large and varying set of Special Classes that appeal to students' interests and talents.
Registration for our Early and Late programs is available on an annually, by term, or on a drop-in basis. Annual registration is open now and can be accessed by clicking the link below. Registration for the September and Fall (which include also includes Special Classes) Terms will begin with the Back-to-Lab process on August 1.
In Late Day, we support and encourage our first and second grade students' industrious nature by bringing their interests to life through music and art workshops, student-driven projects, maker space work, and the opportunity to move their bodies in play. Late Day is a tremendous opportunity for children to create new friendships and solidify old ones. Late Day is available from the end of the school day until 3:30 (W, F), 4:30, or 5:30 p.m. each day.
First and second grade students are eager to try and test their interests and talents in a multitude of different areas. Special Classes provide a perfect opportunity to explore within the comfortable educational surrounding so familiar to them. Special Class enrichment opportunities are offered on a term basis. These require separate registration.
In our ExploreLab program, our third, fourth, and fifth grade students can work on homework, relax with friends, explore new and familiar interests, and play. They can also discover and delve into activities with our many and rotating Special Class options.
Registration for our ExploreLab program is available on an annual basis. Annual registration is open now and can be accessed by clicking the link below. Registration for September and Fall (which includes Special Classes) Terms will begin with the Back-to-Lab process on August 1.
Our ExploreLab program consists of several different types of activities including time for homework, outdoor play, arts and crafts, cooking, makerspace work, computer lab, and other rotating options. To ensure each and every Lower School student's needs are met, students and their parents can choose each day's set of activities. Programs run until 3:30 (W,F), 4:30 or 5:30 p.m. ExploreLab is a tremendous opportunity for students to create new friendships and solidify old ones.
In our MS Post program, following time for homework our sixth, seventh, and eighth grade students can try any number of interesting pursuits including service work, cooking projects, pick-up basketball, or creating and playing games. On Wednesday afternoons, students will also be able to join a rotating set of Drop-in or Pop-up activities.
Registration for our MS Post program is available on an annual basis. Annual registration is open now and can be accessed by clicking the link below. Registration for September and Fall Terms which include Early Day and Late Day as well as Special Classes will begin with the Back-to-Lab process on August 1.
The MS Post program runs daily from the end of the school day until 5:30 p.m. each day. The program will start each day with StudyLab where students can work quietly or in teams on their academics. Following this, a variety of workshops will allow students to find their voice and express themselves. On Wednesdays, in addition to StudyLab, ActivityLab will offer a varying set of drop-in activities in support of the early dismissal day.
The Laboratory Schools Extended Day Program is accepting applications for part-time Extended Day Teaching Interns and Assistants.
A Teaching Fellowship in Extended Day is a year-long assignment in which an education professional works with a specific grade level to implement an enriching and engaging after school curriculum. Read about the Early Childhood Fellowship and the Lower/Middle School Fellowship.
An Extended Day Assistant is a part-time position that supports the after-school program in several different capacities.