Extended Day Programming
Community Roots offer free extended day programming at both the Elementary and Middle School. We offer a wide-range of programming including dance, music, art, drama, writing, chess, athletics, martial arts, and gardening. The classes also offer students the opportunity to work with classmates from different grades, helping to strengthen the school community. Instructors and coaches include members of the CRCS full-time staff, as well as professional artists, musicians and educators. CRCS works to build partnerships with community-based organizations with track records of success such as The CWB Foundation for Children and Music, Mind Body Arts, Inc., Learning Through Chess, Cumbe: Center for African and Diaspora Dance, Fencers Club and Healing Arts Initiative.
The Elementary After School Program is offered to first through fifth grade students, Tuesday through Friday, from 3:45 to 6:00. The program serves approximately 175 students – more than 50% of the student population. Each day, students engage in three periods of after school programming: one period of snack time; one period of homework help, with individualized academic support and an emphasis on reading; and one period of enrichment classes to complement the school-day’s academic focus. The enrichment classes give students the chance to explore and enjoy activities across multiple disciplines.
Clubs are elective activities led by Community Roots staff that occur Tuesday through Friday afternoons during the final period of the day. Clubs rotate each trimester to provide students with opportunities to pursue areas of interest and try new things. A wide variety of clubs are offered, including, yoga, flag football, robotics, cooking, art, and dance.
Studios are elective activities during the school day that are facilitated through partnerships with community organizations, outside experts, and Community Roots families. Twice a year, students have an opportunity to select a studio from many choices such as drumming, fencing, video art, or chorus.
Team Sports are offered through the Charter School Athletic League. These teams are co-ed volleyball, girls’ and boys’ basketball, or co-ed soccer after school. Co-ed running is also offered.
Performing Arts is offered both as a class and through extended programming. Middle School students can audition for one of two school wide productions. There will be open auditions for students for our school play, which shows in the Fall, and our school musical, which shows in the Spring.