Extended Creative Day Program

CMI boasts a dynamic and inclusive Extended Creative Day (ECD) Program. Students may participate in Before School and After School, Creative Clubs, and individual music lessons. For our middle school students, the program includes competitive sports teams and leadership activities that support students’ creativity and problem-solving skills.

Information about signing up for fall 2019 Extended Creative Day is coming soon. If you have questions about the ECD program, please see our FAQ page or email our Extended Creative Day coordinator, Shannon Smith, at shannon.smith@creativemindspcs.org.

Before School

ECD Before School is available for all students in preschool through 8th grade and offers parents the convenience of early drop-off. Before School runs from 7:30 a.m. to 8:15 a.m.

After School

Our ECD After School program, for students in preschool through 4th grade, provides students with opportunities for physical and creative activities, tutoring, and study hall, and a nutritious snack. Students participate in informal lessons and project-based activities, while enjoying social interactions with their peers and academic reinforcement from our talented staff members. Our ECD staff consists of CMI teachers, highly qualified student aides, childcare professionals, and local university graduate and undergraduate students. The program runs from 3:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Creative Clubs

Our elementary ECD Creative Clubs are for students in 1st through 4th grades. Clubs offer targeted enrichment activities that are designed to complement the child-centered and academically rigorous instruction of our school day. Examples of popular clubs include Art, Coding, Theater, Soccer, Coed Cheerleading, and Spanish activities. Elementary Creative Clubs run from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Middle school ECD Creative Clubs, for students in 5th through 8th grades, focus on growth, leadership development, academic support, and athletic teams. Our middle school students participate in enrichment programs such as Step Africa, Global Kids, competitive basketball, flag football, STEM, and academic tutoring. Our goal is to provide a safe, healthy environment for continued learning, exploring interests, and developing skills. Middle school Creative Clubs run from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Students attending one or two Creative Clubs each week must be enrolled in part-time After School to attend our After School program on the days when their clubs aren’t in session.

Students enrolled in three or more Creative Clubs each week may attend After School at no additional cost on the days when their clubs aren’t in session.

Creative Clubs are not first come, first served. Each club has a limit of 15–20 students, and if a club oversells, we enter all registrants into a lottery and randomly choose both club participants and wait-list members.

The ECD team does everything it can to offer additional club sessions or days when a club fills up, but we cannot guarantee this. We decided to cap the number of students so that the clubs are easy to facilitate and are enjoyable for all participants.

Music Lessons

Individual Music Lessons are for all students in preschool through 8th grade. We partner with B&B Music to provide CMI students with private lessons in piano, violin, guitar, percussion, and electronic programming. To sign up for music lessons, email kathleen@bnbmusiclessons.com.

Funday Fridays

Though there are no Creative Clubs on Fridays, we host Funday Fridays twice a month for students enrolled in After School or three or more Creative Clubs. These special events have included face painting, science exhibitions, and musical performers.

Scholarships & Discounts

Scholarships for ECD Creative Clubs and individual music lessons are available to students who qualify for free and reduced-price school meals. Each term, CMI awards scholarships to students on the basis of financial need, in keeping with our mission to help all students develop their individual talents and interests. These scholarships are funded in part by our Creative Families Association, as well as by the school, our funding partners, and individual donors.

We also offer discounted rates for Before School, After School, and Creative Clubs to students who qualify for free and reduced-priced school meals.

For more information about scholarships and discounted rates, please contact our Extended Creative Day coordinator, Shannon Smith, at shannon.smith@creativemindspcs.org.