San Francisco Waldorf School’s After-School Program (ASP) serves the families of our school community by offering a home-like environment for kindergarten through fifth-grade children. The program runs daily from 1:00 to 5:30 p.m. for kindergarten children with a separate program for the children in grades 1 - 5 beginning at 2:30p.m.
As in the kindergarten itself, reverence and care for one another and for the surroundings are encouraged as the children are guided through a gentle afternoon rhythm of indoor play, drawing, nap-time, snack and outdoor play. A warm snack follows, and finally, indoor and outdoor play time and stories continue until 5:30 p.m.
At 2:30 p.m. grades one through three are dismissed from school and arrive at the After-School Program room. Older children (grades four and up) trickle in during the next hour. They usually play or do homework in the library. Afterwards they choose free play outside, games in the gym, crafts or reading on the library.
The After-School Program is based on the same nurturing, pedagogical impulses that guide the child's morning at school. The child's experience should be of one, harmonious day. Therefore, the After-School Program provides a restful contrast to the busy school day. The intent is not to structure this time with a whirlwind of activities, but rather to provide a secure daily rhythm within which the child is free to explore options.