Academics

Lower School Extended Day Care & Enrichment

Extended Day Care

Our Extended Day Care (EDC) program provides supervised extended play before and after school. We offer this program as a convenience for working parents, but it also provides the opportunity for any student to benefit from and enjoy unstructured play with peers before and after school.

While monitoring the play areas, supervisors try to ensure fairness as well as protect the well-being and self-esteem of every student. EDC is available from 7:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. to all Lower School families free of charge. If you have questions regarding Extended Day Care, please contact Garrett Crosby.

Enrichment Program Descriptions

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2022 Winter and Spring Courses

Unless stated otherwise, all Winter and Spring Courses are $475 and run from 3:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m. Enrichment classes will begin on Tuesday, January 4.

Registration closes on December 31, 2021. Thank you!

After School Program Team

List of 2 members.

  • Photo of Garrett Crosby

    Garrett Crosby 

    Associate Dean of Students, Pre-K – Grade 6
    Ext. 271
  • Photo of Lisa Ortiz Najafi

    Lisa Ortiz Najafi 

    Accounts Receivable Manager
    Ext. 107

Mondays

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  • Animal Invasion (Pre-K–3rd)

    Animal invasion is a class for all animal lovers! Your child will experience and interact with all kinds of amazing creatures including Reptiles, Amphibians, Mammals, Birds, Insects and more! Don’t miss out on all the fun, games and most importantly the animals!
  • Clay & Sculpting (2nd-6th)

    Students will explore air-dry and ceramic clay through a variety of hand building techniques, creating their own unique sculptures. Alternative methods for sculpting will also be explored, including recycled assemblages, paper sculptures and much more!
  • Green Team (3rd-6th) FREE

    Join Mr. Johnson and Mrs. Lucid as we care for our school garden, clean up our campus, and learn how to be a difference-maker as we take care of our planet. Students will join once a week to enjoy fun hands-on activities and environmental learning.
  • Jr. Soccer Clinic (K-3rd)

    Our Soccer Clinic provides students in K through 3rd Grade developmental soccer classes to teach them skills in a fun, engaging, and educational environment. Students will be taught techniques and fundamentals through various drills such as how to pass, dribble, and shoot, all the while improving their coordination, flexibility, and strength.
  • Painting & Drawing for Beginners (Pre-K–2nd)

    This course is for students who are interested in exploring their artistic and creative side through painting. Students are guided throughout each step of the creative process while learning all about color theory and how to use different types of art materials. Lessons and projects will range each week and your child will be able to take home a piece of art they created!
  • Tiny Scientists (Pre-K–2nd)

    Calling all tiny scientists! Get ready to explore the wonders of chemistry and physics with fun activities that promote creativity. From molding elephant toothpaste and edible slime, to building lava lamps-scientists will have the opportunity to perform their own exciting experiments!
  • Tiny Toes (Pre-K and K)

    Dancers will enjoy this interactive class that builds on basic movements then quickly moves into technique and terminology. This Hip-Hop, Ballet, and Jazz class includes an introduction to proper warm-ups and stretches combined with across-the-floor progressions and mini combinations. The Jazz portion builds on what 4-6-year-olds already know i.e. skipping, hopping, leaping, etc while also building on the proper “dance way” to execute those same steps. The Ballet portion of class includes an introduction to the ballet barre and learning more challenging steps as well as Ballet terminology plies, tendu, passe, etc. This class is not only a great introduction for students just developing their coordination but for dancers who are excited to start dancing at Sierra Canyon.

    Dance Company is an in-house dance studio experience. This year-long enrichment program runs from August 25-April 29. Our annual recital performance will be in the Upper Campus Gym on Sunday, May 1, 4:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. Dress Rehearsal will be Sunday, April 24, 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
  • Young Engineers (1st-6th)

    Young Engineers is a course designed to introduce students to the different realms of engineering, as well as spark excitement to critically think and solve problems. Students will explore 5 fields of engineering with activities ranging from building marshmallow towers, to a paper airplane contest. This class is meant to get the youth excited about the field of STEM and also inspire students to look within themselves and their teammates to accomplish new and challenging goals.

Tuesdays

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  • Ukulele (3rd-6th) NEW!

    Program Overview: 
    Grades: 3rd – 6th Grade
    Dates: Every Tuesday, April 12 – May 24 
    Time: 8:00 a.m. – 8:40 a.m. 
    Total Classes: 7
    Price: $200 per student 
    Max Students: 20
     
    Please contact, our Lower School Music Specialist, Ms. Deutsch, with any questions.
  • Creative Music (3rd-6th)

    This class is designed for young musicians of all skill levels, from the new initiate to the aspiring virtuoso. We’ll use a flexible ensemble model to design and develop a performance together, culminating in a live show at the end of the semester. Students may bring any instrument, or use voice, hand and body percussion. Our class will have a wide range of fun activities and exercises to develop our musical minds and bodies, from improvisation and drum circles to movement and theater games.
  • Film & Clay Animation (2nd-6th)

    Children will be able to understand the concept of developing animated characters from their imagination into real life by using clay. We will go through the process of film and coordination of making an animated movie and recognize how to properly use, store, create with clay.
  • Jewelry Making (1st-6th)

    Make your own jewelry in a hands-on introduction to this exciting and creative art form. Students make professional looking beaded jewelry using a variety of materials. Among the items created are earrings, bracelets, necklaces, pins, and rings.
  • Jr. Company (1st-2nd)

    This level of dance company begins to blend the foundations of dance and technique with a faster pace, movement, and style. This class will focus on learning proper dance techniques such as isolations of the body, improving performance quality, and developing complex rhythms and patterns. Learning skills that will allow the students to experience each style of dance while improving their flexibility, sense of rhythm, and overall coordination.

    Dance Company is an in-house dance studio experience. This year-long enrichment program runs from August 25-April 29. Our annual recital performance will be in the Upper Campus Gym on Sunday, May 1, 4:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. Dress Rehearsal will be Sunday, April 24, 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
  • Mad Science (3rd- 6th)

    Calling all mad scientists! Get ready to explore the wonders of chemistry and physics with fun activities that promote creativity. From molding elephant toothpaste and edible slime, to building lava lamps-scientists will have the opportunity to perform their own exciting experiments!
  • Playground Games (Pre-K–2nd)

    Playground games enrichment is designed to create a fun environment for students in Pre-Kindergarten through 2nd Grade to participate in physical activity as well as give the students time to play their favorite games in a more structured environment where they will learn the correct rules and be taught new skills; examples of these playground games include soccer, handball, foursquare, jump rope, gaga and more! This class will help your students develop their physical fitness, gain more confidence in favorite playground games, enhance positive competition, develop positive character, and give them opportunities to build their leadership skills.

Wednesdays

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  • Cheer (Pre-K–6th)

    Get ready to jump, shout, and stunt your heart out in this exciting cheerleading class! With an emphasis in teamwork, cheerleaders will have the opportunity to create their own chants, dance routines, and build lasting friendships.
  • Creative Minds: Arts & Crafts (Pre-K–2nd)

    (3:30 p.m.-4:15 p.m.)
    In this class, your child will be learning about art history, various mediums, as well as crafting through a S.T.E.A.M. lens. They will be learning how to make fun artwork and crafts, all while sharpening their cognitive skills, and enhancing their self-expression and creativity. Each week, your student will be using hands-on skills to create artwork and crafts that they will take home. This class will help your student foster their own creativity and boost their self-confidence!
  • Creative Tech (3rd-6th)

    Are you creative? Do you love to design? Do you enjoy technology? Explore the world of graphic design with this class. Any experience level is welcome! Learn how to design magazine covers, your own board game, and so much more using programs such as Canva and Pixie. In this class students will get the chance to make and be a part of the Sierra Canyon School Newspaper. Show off your amazing and hard work!
  • Dance Company A/B (3rd-6th)

    This class is a conceptual choreography-based class that is for dancers looking to challenge their knowledge and training as well as their creativity. Students will learn more difficult combinations and skills while developing finesse and classic style. elements of dance while strengthening coordination, building body awareness, and increasing technique as well as aid in exploring not only genres but of different dance styles such as Fosse jazz, modern dance, Broadway dancing, contemporary, etc. Dancers will gain an understanding of where the style they are studying came from, who pioneered the style, and where this style is being performed today. All while learning a new technique and strengthening their own fundamental technique.

    Dance Company is an in-house dance studio experience. This year-long enrichment program runs from August 25-April 29. Our annual recital performance will be in the Upper Campus Gym on Sunday, May 1, 4:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. Dress Rehearsal will be Sunday, April 24, 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
  • Journey Through Time (K-3rd)

    Calling upon all fellow time travelers! Don’t miss this chance to create fun projects while being fully immersed in different eras of human history! Your student will be able to complete hands-on activities. We will start the semester with cave paintings as humans walk amongst dinosaurs and will quickly find ourselves moving through medieval times, the peace movement of the last century and everything else in between!
  • Jr. Outdoor Rec (Pre-K–2nd)

    This class is designed to create a fun environment for students in Pre-Kindergarten through 2nd Grade to participate in physical activity and gain new skills in a wide variety of sports such as soccer, kickball, basketball, and more. Our program will help your students develop their physical fitness, enhance positive competition, develop positive character, and give them opportunities to build their leadership skills.
  • Marine Biology (2nd-6th)

    Explore the diversity of ocean life from organisms in hot deep-sea vents, to tropical fish, to the astonishing varieties of arctic marine life! Observe dissections of a lamprey eel, a crayfish, and even a shark! Write with squid ink, grow Sea Monkeys, and learn about the largest environment on the planet!

Thursdays

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  • All About Japan Club (2nd-6th)

    Our main focus every week will be writing in hiragana and learning basic words. Each student will be given their own booklet to learn to read and write in hiragana. This will be taken home at the end of the 20 weeks. Each month there will be a craft and some type of food given to the students. Some activities are; making mochi, making Koinobori kites (for Children's Day), and so much more! We will have a blast learning together all about Japan.
  • Basketball Clinic (2nd-6th)

    Whether you are new to the game or a veteran player – come out and have fun running drills, learning plays, and practicing with your friends.
  • Chess (1st-6th)

    We introduce chess to students in a fun and exciting way! For all students and all levels, we teach students to play chess and help them succeed in school by stimulating their problem-solving skills, analytical skills, and critical thinking. Includes exclusive booklets and worksheets. Win certificates, medals, and trophies!
  • Musical Theater (2nd- 6th)

    At the beginning of the semester, we will hone our acting skills through learning scenes and playing improvisation games, learn choreography from some of the hit musicals, and sing songs from all our favorites. After sharpening our skills, we will dive into the world of the hit Broadway show “Hairspray” through the three elements of Musical Theatre: acting/dancing/singing. Each performer will master a character and create the world of the 1960’s “Hairspray" in our yearly performance.

    Dance Company is an in-house dance studio experience. This year-long enrichment program runs from August 25-April 29. Our annual recital performance will be in the Upper Campus Gym on Sunday, May 1, 4:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. Dress Rehearsal will be Sunday, April 24, 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
  • Painting & Drawing for Intermediate (3rd-6th)

    The Drawing and Painting Intermediate class are for students in 3rd through 6th Grade. In this class, students continue building their knowledge on the different art materials and associated techniques. Each week, we create projects inspired by famous works of art and learn about the artist behind them. Students complete one piece of art every two to three classes. The teacher walks the students through each step of the creative process.
  • Storytelling (1st-6th)

    Channel your imagination and embrace your creativity in this storytelling class! Students will have the opportunity to write and perform slam poetry, short stories, plays, comic strips, and more! We will explore the foundations of narrative storytelling, encompass our curiosity, and have a blast unearthing our inner artist.
  • Young Scholars (Pre-K–1st)

    Each child will receive individual attention while also getting the chance to learn in a supportive group environment. Students will enjoy a variety of activities and centers that are built each week to strengthen their basic reading and math skills. Students will also gain study skills, improve confidence, and learn to work toward specific learning goals. Perfect for new students and returning students who want to feel more confident in the classroom!

Fridays

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  • Birthday Club (3rd-6th) FREE

    8:15 a.m.-8:45 a.m.
    The Birthday Club is an organization designed to acknowledge and celebrate student and staff birthdays. Members of the Birthday Club attend weekly meetings where they prepare and deliver birthday cards and goodies to their fellow students.
  • Game Day (K-3rd)

    Introducing fun brain boosting games each week. (Puzzles, Word searches, Pictionary, Connect 4, etc.) Encouraging teamwork, sharpening memory and focus and having fun.
  • Jr. Basketball Clinic (Pre-K–1st)

    Whether you are new to the game or a veteran player—come out and have fun running drills, learning plays, and practicing with your friends.
  • Kidz Kitchen (Pre-K–2nd)

    In this class, students will get the chance to make, bake, and cook new recipes every week! Students will also be able to take home the recipes to make at home themselves.
  • Young Artists (1st-4th)

    Young Artists is a class that helps children to learn more about art. In this class children will learn how to paint, draw, create sculptures, learn new art techniques, and learn about different artists. By the end of this class your child will find their creative side and become a true artist.
  • Young Ninjas (Pre-K–3rd)

    Dragons are powerful mythical creatures that soar through the air with immense intensity and energy. A beast that cannot ever be truly tamed, the dragon represents one of the highest levels one can achieve in Young Ninjas. Young Ninjas is a high energy program introducing children to fundamental martial arts elements, like blocks, kicks, strikes, and the all-important KI-YAH! Through skill training, fun games, creative challenges, and Pad work on foam targets, children develop self-confidence and learn to enjoy being physically active in a non-contact setting. KIYAH!
Lower School: 11052 Independence Avenue
Middle and Upper School: 20801 Rinaldi Street
Chatsworth, CA 91311  | 818.882.8121
Sierra Canyon School is a private, independent, non-sectarian, co-educational, college preparatory school for students in grades Pre-Kindergarten through 12 located in Chatsworth, California. The highly cosmopolitan campus community is reflective of the Greater Los Angeles area and the world at large. Students are empowered to realize their greatest creative, ethical, intellectual and physical promise through small class sizes, a diverse student-teacher culture and a family-like environment.