Before and After School Program

The Shambhala School offers a Before and After School Program for students in Pre-Primary through to Grade 5. Space in the program is limited, so families are encouraged to reserve their spot by registering for the Program using the Before and After School Program Registration Form at their earliest convenience. (Priority is given to Shambhala School students). A summary of our program in downloadable format is available here: Before and After School Program Information 2019-20


Jordan West  will return as the Director of the Before and After School Program this year. Jordan has worked in the elementary school in various capacities since 2010. She was the director of our After School Program from 2011 to present, was the head of a sports and arts camp that we ran during the summer, and works as a Pre-Primary teacher at our school. She has studied Early Childhood Education and Enki training, and went to art college. She is creative, passionate about child development (in particular the positive neurological effects of being outdoors in nature), and about inspiring children in their art expression.

The Before School Program

The Before School Program runs from 8:00am to 8:40am.

The 2019/2020 Annual Fees for the Before School Program are:

5 days/week 4 days/week 3 days/week 2 days/week 1 day/week
Annual Fees $500 $400 $300 $200 $100

The drop-in charge is $6.00 per day.

The After School Program

The After School Program runs from 3:00pm to 5:15pm. Students have an opportunity to enjoy snacks (from home), circle, creative play, stories, crafts and outdoor play. Children in the After School Program are able to participate in extra-curricular activities (yoga, choir, sports, etc) offered at the school, and return to the After School Program until pick-up time.

Our Program Director’s plans for the 2019/2020 Academic year include:

    • active time outdoors, with regular play at Needham playground and other areas of Needham park after school

    • activities tailored by age, creating 2-3 age groupings, while still continuing to foster community through the grades by having the whole group spend time together.

    • a mixture of mature and younger staff, which is enriching for the children.

  • varied activities, including art, cooking, and physical activity.

For 2019/2020, Pre-Primary students are offered a 50% discount on the annual fees for our Before and After School Programs. If Pre-Primary students use the services on an occasional basis, the regular drop-in charge will apply.

The 2019/2020 Annual Fees for the After School Program are:

5 days/week      4 days/week    3 days/week   2 days/week     1 day/week

Annual Fees

5 days/week 4 days/week 3 days/week 2 days/week 1 day/week
Annual Fees $2,500 $2,000 $1,500 $1,000 $500

The drop-in charge is $9.00 per hour.

The drop-in charges apply for those who attend on an occasional basis, or for elementary students who have not been picked up by 3:15pm. Fees are charged beginning at 3:15pm, and charged in 15 minute increments. Pick up after 5:15pm will result in additional charges of $1.00 per minute.

In-Service and Parent/Teacher Interview Days

There are three school terms at the Shambhala School. Each term there is usually one Professional Development Day and one Report Writing Day. In addition, there are Parent/Teacher Interview Days. Please check the school calendar for exact dates. There are no regular classes on these days but we do offer child care. Please note that there will be an extra daily charge for this care and you must register in advance. Parents must provide a packed lunch, snacks, water bottle and appropriate outdoor clothing.

The child care program is available on these days from 8:30am to 5:00pm.

In-Service and Parent/Teacher Interview Day Child Care costs $40 per day.

Enrollment Process  

Complete and return the below form, and return it to  by August 27th, 2019 or earlier. Please note that we have a limited number of spaces, so it will be first come, first served.

Before and After School Program Registration Form 2019-2020

Payment Options

  • If paying full annual amount in one payment: we can take cheque, credit card (3% surcharge), or pre-authorized debit (EFT).
  • If paying monthly: We can accept payment by pre-authorized debit (EFT). Payments will come out of your account on the 12th of each month.