Extended Care

Aurora’s Extended Care program is more than just a way to keep our students occupied after school. Our Extended Care team offers students fun, educational activities that allow all ages to interact and learn what it means to step up as active allies and playmates outside the confines of the school day. Many alums remember this as fondly as any of their classroom experiences.

Throughout the year, Aurora specialists teach Enrichment Classes for students who wish to further explore interests like art, woodworking, and sports.

Rates & Hours

Before Care: Students can be dropped off starting at 7:30am.
Before Care is free for the 15 minutes before classes begin.

After Care: Available from dismissal until 6pm.
Students not picked up within 10 minutes of dismissal will be sent to After Care.

Hourly Drop-In Rate: $13.50/hour, charged by the half hour. 

Unlimited Care: $472.50/month. The monthly fee covers all Extended Care. This option requires an automated monthly electronic bank withdrawal pre-payment, using this authorization ACH form. Months with 5 or more weekdays without school are pro-rated.

Frequently Asked Questions

Signing Up & Paying

Pre-registration is only required if you enroll in the unlimited flat rate option, or Break Camps and Enrichment Classes. Pre-registration is not required for drop-in Before or After Care.

There are two options: unlimited monthly flat rate or hourly drop in. The monthly rate is $472.50, the drop in rate is $13.50 per hour, and is invoiced at the end of each month. Unlimited care is prepaid and hourly care is invoiced monthly using this authorization ACH form.

There are three eight-week Enrichment Class sessions each school year. Information about each session is available several weeks before the session begins. The most current schedule can be found on our Enrichment Class page. There is an additional cost for Enrichment Classes. You can also find out about our Enrichment Classes in our weekly school-wide newsletter.


Please inform your child's classroom teachers of their after care schedule, whether it's a regular weekly one or changes daily. Students not picked up within ten minutes of dismissal will be sent to After Care.

If you need After Care on short notice, please email your child’s teacher, the front office, and the Extended Care director. Students not picked up within ten minutes of dismissal will be sent to After Care.

Please contact the Extended Care director with the name of the person picking up your child before the end of school.

Between 9am and 4pm you can call Extended Care Director Josh Johnson at 510-428-2606, ext. 208. From 2:20-6pm you can call the Extended Care room at 510-428-2606, ext. 225.

You can also email Josh if you don’t need an immediate reply.

Picking Up

Please park your car and come in to pick up your child.

Our main entrances (front door, Yard gate, and Auditorium door) have keypad locks, and the codes are changed annually. Front office or Extended Care Staff can provide them verbally upon request. 

In good weather, enter through the Yard gate (to the left of the front door). In bad weather, or when it’s dark, enter through the Auditorium door (the ground level to the right of the front door).
After Care activities take place in the Yard and the After Care Room on the ground floor.

Extended Care ends at 6pm (4pm on Fridays before Winter and Spring Breaks). If you don’t think you will be able to make it by 6pm, please call  510-428-2606 ext 225 to let staff know. Late pickups are charged as follows:

6:01 – 6:15 pm: $20
6:16 – 6:30 pm: $40
After 6:31 pm: $75

Signing Out

Yes. To ensure safety and accurate billing, all children must be signed out of Extended Care each time they are picked up.

Our signout forms are a legal record ensuring that billing is correct and kids are properly dismissed. If your family has chosen the hourly drop-in option but you don’t sign out, you will be charged for a full afternoon, until 6pm. If you are enrolled in our unlimited flat rate option but do not sign out on repeated occasions, your enrollment in the flat rate may be suspended.

Yes. Every child who remains at Aurora after dismissal must be signed out when they leave the campus.

Enrichment Classes

Three times a year, Aurora has eight-week afterschool classes for students. Some examples of enrichment classes are woodworking, art, and soccer. Students can attend After Care before or after their class at the hourly or monthly rate.
Enrichment classes include:

Instructor: Casey Nutt (Aurora Woodshop Specialist)

In the woodshop we let students take the lead, designing and building individual or group projects ranging from simple to complex. The results are often unique and always empowering. We teach safe techniques of basic woodworking and let our students’ imaginations soar! It’s fun, challenging, and inspiring.

Mural Painting Project


Instructor: Julie Pollack (Aurora’s Art Specialist)

Murals are a great way of bringing people together and building community. Students will learn the art of mural painting and create a mural for Aurora’s playground through collaborative efforts across grade levels. This collaborative process will build relationships and foster a sense of ownership along with inspiring pride in our community and… simply put, it is really fun to paint on walls!

Digital Discoverers: Intro to Coding and Digital Citizenship


Instructor: After School Specials

This class will combine:

Coding basics: We’ll use Chromebooks and iPads for some introductory coding activities, making learning fun and accessible.

Unplugged activities: We understand the importance of balanced screen time, so we’ll also incorporate engaging unplugged activities to keep things fresh and interactive.

Robotics Explorers


Instructor: After School Specials

Our program introduces students to programming through engaging activities using Sphero robots, making it super easy for tactile learners to stay engaged. They will code to accomplish tasks and solve challenges, enhancing their understanding of programming concepts.
Equipment Provided: iPads and Sphero robots supplied for all students.
Learning Outcomes: Students develop problem-solving skills and learn coding basics in a fun, interactive way. Check out this YouTube video to see Sphero robots in action!

World of Sports: Soccer!


Instructor: Jonah Lounds (Aurora Alum, Summer Camp Counselor, and PE Teacher for OUSD)

K-2 Soccer Fun Club!: Come learn the basics of the most popular sport on Earth! Through drills, games and other fun based non competitive activities we’ll explore the great game of soccer (or Football as it’s known in most of the world). Takes place on Aurora’s Greenspace.

3-6 Soccer Skills Clinic: Beginners will be introduced to the basic skills and rules of game play. Those already familiar with world football will hone their skills and practice new ones through a variety of passing, shooting, dribbling, and defending drills. The development of team-oriented playing skills will be tested through small-scale scrimmages, but the primary focus of class will be each participant’s personal improvement, enjoyment, as well as health and safety.

Those in the older (later) session can choose to stay in the regular after care program for the hour before class begins (regular EC rates apply), or head home and come back by 3:15.

Instructor: Julie Pollack (Aurora’s Art Specialist)

Students will build their knowledge of ceramics methods and be given time to practice the basics of pinch, coiling and slab building. Projects include creatures, prints, bas relief, and basic pottery. Younger students get to personalize their projects while learning the basics, whereas the more experienced students will be given the opportunity to create using more advanced techniques.


All registrations are done online only. Registration opens two weeks before each session.

Classes will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis, until the maximum number of students for each is reached. A wait list will be created if a class fills. If any enrolled child decides to drop out, families on the wait list will be notified by the second class of the session. If your child is enrolled and decides after the first class that they do not wish to participate, you will receive a refund or credit for 75% of the remaining class tuition. You must inform the Extended Care Director before the second class to receive this refund. No refunds are available after the second class of the session.

If the minimum number for a particular class is not reached by Wednesday, April 3, 2024 at noon, the class will be cancelled.

Classes start the week of April 8, 2024.  See the class descriptions for specific start and end dates, and for any days class will not be held.

Please make sure to sign out your child even if they are just attending for the enrichment class. You are not charged for time while in the enrichment class, but signing out is essential for us to know who is here after school and who is already picked up. Failure to sign out will result in you being charged for the full day (until 6pm) The normal hourly rate will apply for time in after care past the class end time (more than 15 min).

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