The after-school program information on the Laurel School website and in the school newsletter is presented by the Laurel PTO as a service to the Laurel community. The program providers are independent contractors who reserve the right to change their program status, dates, and meeting times. Although parent volunteers strive to keep this information up-to-date on the website, parents should always contact the program provider for the latest status and meeting dates/times.
Employees and volunteers of Laurel School, Laurel PTO, and Menlo Park City School District are not liable for any errors, omissions, or changes.
Programs by Category
Pacific Art League - Multi-Media Art! Experiment with different materials in this fun and creative after‐school art class by The Pacific Art League. Explore art through a variety of materials: watercolor, acrylic, pastels, and clay. Projects are inspired by nature, animals, favorite things and artists. PAL provides art classes for students K-2nd and 3rd-5th. Call (650) 321‐3891 or click HERE (K-2nd) or HERE (3rd-5th) for more information.
Young Rembrandts - Young Rembrandts teaches drawing, the fundamental skill of visual arts to children grades K-2. We intentionally offer child-friendly and relevant subject matter to spark children’s interest and increase knowledge retention. Our classes are fun, engaging and affordable. They offer children a safe, comfortable place to talk about art, learn drawing skills and have fun while surrounded by creativity and encouragement. Parents can expect improved attention to detail, time on task, improved handwriting and fine motor skills along with discipline, persistence, patience and an overall “I-can-do-it” attitude
- Our artists can expect:
- To draw a new exciting lesson every class!
- To learn fundamental drawing skills
- Build color aptitude and application mastery!
- Develop shape and color recognition
- To have heaps and bounds of fun!
Junior Chef Stars - It might be cold and rainy out, but that’s no reason to have the Winter blues. Make the most of these short winter days and long nights by cooking some delicious meals! If you have taken our class previously, this course will include all new recipes! For more information, click HERE for our Lower Campus K-2 class and click HERE for our Upper Campus Grades 3-5 class.
Bookopolis - The Bookopolis Book Club makes reading FUN for both bookworms and reluctant readers and helps students develop their comprehension & analysis skills. We inspire students to love reading by:
- Engaging in peer discussions
- Digging deeper through creative book projects
- Playing book related games
- Giving students a fun and safe community to be a reader
During the session we will read, discuss, and compare three engaging stories across multiple genres that connect to our session's theme. All books are provided and included in the program fee for students to keep. Click HERE for more information.
Hwa Shin Chinese School will continue its sixth year Conversational Mandarin at Laurel. Our curriculum is designed specifically for students who do not speak Mandarin at home. We encourage students interest in Chinese. Level 1 is for beginners. Its content is conversational Mandarin for daily use. Level 2 and 3 are for those with 2 or more years. Transfer students are welcome. Contact Thomas at 408-807-1088 or click HERE for more information.
Spanish - Spanish for non-beginners and continuing students (grades K to 2nd) on Thursdays. Space is limited! For more information, contact Valeria Causo Chalian at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Public Speaking and Debate Combo Level 1 - This class is a combo course of Public Speaking with Confidence and Essentials of Debating. It is an excellent course to take, as it not only focuses on teaching delivery and presentation skills but also provides foundation of critical thinking and essentials of debating. Students learn how to manage public speaking anxiety, present themselves with confidence, and connect with their audience through effective body language. It improves their confidence in public speaking and communication skills. The students learn how to make strong arguments by providing reasoning and evidence instilling critical thinking. The participants debate on a variety of their age appropriate topics in various formats. Visit: www.guruseducation.com, email: email@example.com or call 510-573-2497. Click HERE for more information. ENROLL NOW!
The Laurel Guitar Group - The Laurel Guitar Group class is open to students in grades 3-5 on the Upper Campus. Beginners are very welcome! In these fun group classes you learn guitar care, tuning, strumming patterns, chords, single note melody lines, music terminology and the skills needed to play many of your favorite songs! It’s necessary for the student to have their own guitars and bring them to class. Practicing at home is a requirement for the students to reach their maximum potential. Click HERE for more class and rental information.
The Laurel Hip Hop Dance Class - Dance uplifts, unites, and empowers children. It also provides children with an opportunity to express their individuality while working on gross motor skills and developing cognitive and social skills. Hip Hop is the perfect class for children who want to dance, stay active, and learn how to freestyle! Musicality, rhythm, and creative movement are key components of this fun, urban/street-style dance class that teaches boys and girls alike to step, stomp, and shake it out. Click HERE for more class and rental information.
The Laurel Ukulele Group - The uke is an excellent instrument on which to learn how to play music. It's relatively simple to learn, easy to tote around, inexpensive, super fun, and timelessly popular! In this ensemble, we will jump right into the fun stuff and learn how to play music on the ukulele. By the end of the course, students will know a few chord positions, will be able to play a couple of songs on the ukulele, and be able to sing along. Students must have their own ukulele (to bring to class and to practice at home) which is easily available for purchase at most music stores in the area. We also offer an instrument rental program. Please email us if you would like to rent a uke. Click HERE for more class and rental information.
Challenge Island® - is where engineering meets imagination! It’s a one of a kind enrichment program on the cutting edge of S.T.E.A.M (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) Education and 21st Century Learning. Challenge Island takes place on a unique thematic island where children work in collaborative tribes on action packed challenges and our adventurous tribes tackles high-level thinking and engineering challenges at whimsical weekly destinations. Click Lower Campus or Upper Campus for more information.
Mad Science - Our primary goal is to deliver the best, most entertaining and educational science activities for children in the Bay Area. Our team of dynamic Mad Scientists present quality programming. They are thoroughly screened, trained and evaluated to ensure the safety, quality and reliability of our after-school programs. During after-school programs, children engage in exciting hands-on activities, watch spectacular demonstrations, participate in inquiry-based discussions and take home things that they have made themselves like model rockets, periscopes, Mad Science putty, and more! Click HERE for more information and to register.
MV Code - MVCode is a hands-on program that teaches kids coding. With an individualized approach, customized curriculum and the most experienced instructors, we empower kids to express themselves through coding. Kids develop their own games, apps and website, learning coding experimentally. With hundreds of students in our Marin, San Francisco, San Mateo and Redwood City locations, we empower kids to express themselves through coding. Click HERE for more information and to register.
Sparkiverse Labs - Our philosophy? Play. Create. Collaborate. We think that kids learn best when they are intellectually challenged while having fun. At Sparkiverse, we strive to ignite the SPARK -- the inherent excitement and curiosity -- in all kids. By mixing learning with game play and fun, kids leave our classes with new knowledge and understanding of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics (STEAM) that's been acquired in a very engaging and low pressure way. In our creative and innovative curriculum, we explore pertinent tech topics like circuitry, robotics, coding, and game design. We even have classes where we take the Minecraft that kids already love, and use it to foster a collaborative and educational experience. Sparkiverse makes learning tech engaging and imaginative. We call it Where Fun Meets Tech! Register HERE for more information and to register.
Play-Well TEKnologies - Ratchet up your imagination with tens of thousands of LEGO® parts! Build engineer- designed projects such as Fire Trucks, Space Stations, Tugboats, and the Eiffel Tower. Design and build as never before, and explore your craziest ideas in a supportive environment. There are no prerequisites for this course. Grades K-2nd. For more information e-mail Aaron Shanahan at firstname.lastname@example.org. Grades 1st-2nd. Click HERE for more information.
Starfire Math is Fun - In Starfire Math is Fun, kids explore, and discover the fun and joy of the world of mathematics. They use creativity to solve problems designed to develop a deep conceptual understanding of mathematics and number sense. Learning happens through solving problems in an intellectually safe environment, a process of hands-on discovery in small groups facilitated by empathetic teachers who are passionate about sharing their knowledge and enthusiasm for mathematics with your kids. Starfire Math is Fun is designed for students who have a solid command of grade level math concepts, and would enjoy solving fun, interesting, challenging problems, and learning how the world can be understood using mathematics. Students who participate in Starfire Math is Fun are encouraged to try new methods, make mistakes and persist to solve challenging problems in collaboration with other students. Click HERE for more information.
After School Tennis - from Euro School of Tennis teaches your child the skills and rules to build a strong, athletic foundation for the game increasingly popular. We help your child develop techniques and skills needed to keep the ball in play again and again! They will also learn important life skills such as sportsmanship, responsibility & confidence. Join the FUN today! Click HERE for Lower Campus Class information and HERE for Upper Campus Class information.
Gorilla Play Day is a fun, outdoor after-school program, born right here in Menlo Park! Each week we offer up an awesome selection of games designed to get your kids moving, and collaborating with their classmates. Emphasis is on having fun, rather than competition with classic schoolyard games like freeze tag, kickball, tug-o-war, dodgeball, relay races, and much more! Click HERE for more information.
Hi-Five Sports After School Program @ Laurel - This is a smaller version of our famous summer camp. We challenge children with friendly competition that's also fun in multiple sports throughout the program. Learn a new sport or master one you love. Your child will come home tired and ready for more. Don't let this program pass you by. Click HERE for more information.
Soccer Shots® is the soccer experience for children, using an acclaimed, developmentally appropriate, and non-competitive curriculum facilitated by great coaches. We believe children are invaluable and our goal is simple: to leave a lasting, positive impact on every child we serve. Proudly serving hundreds of Laurel children since 2013. Call 650.260.4625 or click HERE for more information.
SixFifty Lacrosse - Our After-School class at Laurel Elementary School offers boys and girls a chance to learn the hottest new sport in West Coast schools. Using our time-tested curriculum developed by Coach Bond, players are led through skills & game sessions embedded with teamwork, decision-making, and leadership lessons designed to foster athletic & personal growth. In addition to lacrosse fundamentals, teaching includes age-appropriate athletic development, athletic movement, and coordination. And best of all, lacrosse is so much fun! Fall and Winter only. Click HERE for more information.
TGA Premier Junior Golf brings the golf course to Laurel! Our national, award winning, 5 level program is specially designed for children and builds upon the educational concepts they are learning in the class room including math and science. Best of all, we provide all the equipment so children of all skill levels have the chance to come out and tee it up with TGA! Click HERE for more information.
TGA Golf class will be held on Fridays from 2:45-3:45pm Sept 9th through Oct 14th. Starting with the Oct 21st class, instruction time will change to 3:00-4:00pm.
One on One Basketball - is back for AFTER SCHOOL HOOPS at Laurel! Throughout the year, skilled and experienced basketball coaches will conduct a one hour clinic each week. Through fun games such as Poison, PacMan and Steal the Bacon, players will improve their fundamentals and develop confidence. Click HERE for more information.
Yoga - The Laurel Yoga+Mindfulness class is open to the lower campus grades K-2. This exciting and fun-loving yoga class for children offers an introduction to basic breathing, yoga postures, mindfulness techniques and relaxation to support the development of strength and flexibility in their mind and body. Students will learn the value of stillness and movement by engaging in playful activities to promote self awareness and improved social interactions with others. Click HERE for more information.
Musical Theater - Every student who signs up gets a part in the show! This is a short adaptation of a fun story with lots of dancing, singing, and acting for everyone involved! Imagination, creativity, focus, teamwork and fun are the framework for The Green Room's Musical Theatre Classes. Students train with our artistic teachers to hone the skills of the stage. Join us for a fun introduction to the performing arts with classes in acting, improvisation, dance movement, and music! For more information contact Maggie at Maggie.TheGreenRoom@gmail.com. Or by phone at (650) 575-9814. Click HERE for Lower Campus Class information and HERE for Upper Campus Class information.
SESSION DATESFall Session: August 28 - December 20Winter Session: January 9 - March 23
Spring Session: March 26 - June 15Click here to go to our After-School Programs Schedule.
All classes will be held rain or shine.
HOW AFTER-SCHOOL ACTIVITIES WORKLaurel after-school activities are programs offered by independent contractors and are not official Laurel School, Laurel PTO, or Menlo Park City School District programs.
Parents contract directly with the program provider. A student is not considered enrolled until the parent has received confirmation from the program provider. (Website payment confirmation does not constitute enrollment confirmation.) The program providers are responsible only for the students with confirmed enrollment in their classes, and then only during the class times and dates that the program provider has given to the parents.FIRST DAY OF AFTER-SCHOOL PROGRAMThe first day of each session, all after-school providers meet students at the plaza. At that time, they will inform students where to meet (e.g. at the arbor, in pods, multi purpose room, and art room). Please contact the after-school provider with questions about pick up.WILL YOUR CHILD BE ABSENT?You must contact the program directly if your child will be absent. These programs are responsible for your children after school, not Laurel staff or Laurel PTO. The Laurel office does not pass on attendance information. All contacts are with the instructors on site.QUESTIONS?Please contact the program directly with questions or concerns.