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School Life

Extended Day

We often hear from parents/guardians who are surprised when their children ask them if they can stay at school late because they have so much fun at Extended Day.

More than half of the children at The San Francisco School participate in the Extended Day program each week - from art projects and outdoor play for Preschoolers to instrumental music lessons and various enrichment classes for Elementary students to Rainbow Alliance and competitive athletics for Middle School students. The program opens at 7:30 a.m. each day and ends promptly at 6:00 p.m.

Extended Day will be available from 7:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. starting the first day of school. Most enrichment classes and instrumental music lessons start mid-September; please consult the catalog for dates. 

Registration for enrichment courses, unlimited extended day packages, and special event childcare can be accessed through our online management system. Note new users will need to create a username and password to access the online enrollment management system.    

Registration for Winter 2020 Enrichment Classes

Special Event Childcare

We will not be hosting Winter Break or Spring Break Camps for the 2019-2020 school year. Special Event Childcare is offered on evening parent education events, staff professional development days, and for parent/teacher conferences. Click here to view dates and register.

Instrumental Music Lessons 

If you are interested in instrumental music lessons, please contact us here  indicating instrument preference (violin, guitar, saxophone, flute, cello, trumpet, clarinet, drums) and availability. Please know that every attempt is made to accommodate day-of-the-week preferences, but it may be difficult or impossible to always fulfill the first choice of each family.


The Preschool Extended Day program provides a warm and caring environment with a variety of activities. The morning program gives children a chance to play indoors and outdoors and ends with some time for yoga before heading off to class. The afternoon program includes a circle time with singing and games, an afternoon snack, organized art activities, an indoor classroom with a complete array of preschool pastimes, and our expansive outdoor area where children can run, dig, build, and swing. In the morning and the afternoon, North and South Class preschool children expand their social horizons while they are in Extended Day together!

Elementary School

The Elementary Extended Day program offers a variety of enrichment classes, such as instrumental music lessons, coding, science exploration, elementary athletics, art classes, and chess. In addition to these enrichment classes that vary daily, students have the opportunity each day to play in the many outdoor areas, meet in the Flex Room for board games and quiet conversation, or receive additional support with their homework in the library.  

Middle School

For many Middle School students, the Extended Day program is a natural extension of their school day. Several activities integral to Middle School life occur at this time, such as instrumental music lessons, Amnesty International meetings, and the athletics program. In addition to scheduled activity classes, students receive instructional support in Study Hall Monday through Thursday. On Friday, Middle School students join the Elementary School outside or inside for collaborative play opportunities. Middle School students can also learn to be mentors to the younger students through the Junior Counselor program, developing life skills that will take them through high school and beyond. 

The Spring Term due date for the Middle School Junior Counselor Application will be announced here on February 7.