Lower School After-School Programs

Our Lower School after-school programs provide a safe, fun and supportive environment for building long-lasting positive relationships with peers, teachers, and families. Children have the opportunity to broaden their interests and develop their problem-solving capacities, while expanding their creative self-expression.  

Lower School children may attend Extended Day from 2:45–6 p.m. Study Hall is included as a part of Extended Day from 3–4 p.m. Enrichment options are also available from 2:45–4 p.m. (unless otherwise noted).

Extended Day

Extended Day students transition to the Lower School Gym area at 2:45 p.m. Students are provided a snack and an opportunity to unwind before optional Study Hall. Lower School students may be enrolled in Extended Day for two, three or five days per week; may enroll in a contract that includes Extended Day until 4 p.m. five days a week; or may drop in as needed. For questions about Lower School Extended Day, please contact Cathy Sorgi.

Students with a five-day Extended Day contract may attend any of our All-Day Care days at no additional charge.

Lower School Extended Day: 2:45–6 p.m.


5 Days a Week (plus All-Day Care)


3 Days a Week


2 Days a Week


Extended Day Drop-In


5 Days Extended Day — until 4 p.m.


Extended Day until 4 p.m. Drop-In


After-Enrichment Drop-In




Our Enrichments selection for Lower Schoolers spans a wonderful wide range of opportunities, for ease and exploration after a full school day. The spectrum of Lower School Enrichments ranges from those focusing on chorus and martial arts, to Girls On the Run, knitting and Minecraft. Lower School Enrichments run from 2:45–4 p.m. (unless otherwise noted). 

Lower Schoolers enrolled in an Enrichment go directly to the First-Floor Commons after school. There, they meet their Enrichment classmates and instructor and make their way to class. Pick-up is in the Brumley Performing Arts Building car line. Your child can drop in to Extended Day before a late-starting class free of charge. Extended Day drop-in after an Enrichment is $20.

Learn More About Enrichments
Details and Registration via Veracross

We are also proud to offer group and individual music lessons with a diverse array of talented musicians who are also dedicated teachers.

Learn More About Music Lessons

Chess is a natural fit for young learners. With the help of DA chess coach/teacher Craig Jones, most children can learn the basics in a couple of hours. While some young DA chess players choose to play solely recreationally, many have found great success in playing competitively, with DA’s K-1 chess team winning a national championship-level title in 2017. 

Learn More About Chess

All-Day Care and Late-Start Care

If you need childcare on a day when school is not in session due to parent conferences, professional development or faculty meetings, we offer All-Day Care. We also provide care for children on Late-Start Days throughout the school year. These days are filled with lots of fun activities and allow working parents to better manage their schedules.

All-Day Care

On All-Day Care days, we open our doors at the Lower School Extended Day classroom at 8 a.m. and close at 6 p.m. Please remember to sign your children in and out when you arrive and at pick-up.

No advance notice to attend is required; simply show up and sign in.

All-Day Care


Half Day (less than 4 hours)


Full Day (4 hours or more)


All-Day Care Days for 2019—2020

  • Oct. 25
  • Nov. 8
  • Feb 10
  • Feb. 21 (half day for DA — care from dismissal to 6 p.m.)
  • Feb. 28
  • March 30
  • April 13

Late-Start Care

On these days, we open our doors beginning at 7:30 a.m. at no cost for parents who need care during this professional development time for teachers. No advance notice to attend is required; simply show up and sign in.

Late Start Days for 2019-2020:

  • Sept. 25
  • Oct. 16
  • Nov 13
  • Jan 29
  • Feb. 19
  • April 22