Afterschool programs are designed for students to continue learning after the traditional school day has ended. DC schools provide high-quality programming that is available to students in PK3 through grade 5 at elementary schools and PK3 through grade 8 at education campuses.
Afterschool programs offer both academic and extracurricular activities for students. Students can pick up new skills and hobbies in a safe, educational setting. After school programs in DC run until 6 pm, which can help parents who work longer hours.
The benefits of participation in these programs have been proven to improve school attendance, academic achievement, graduation rates, and attitudes toward learning. Students attending two and a half hours of afterschool programs each day gain the equivalent of nearly two months of learning time.