After School Program

Bertschi School’s extended day program, LEAP (Learn, Explore and Play), is available for all grades, pre-K through 5th grade, balancing free choice and structured activities and promoting friendship across all grade levels. Our extended day teachers are trained, experienced professionals and supervise all activities on campus.

Questions? Contact Director of LEAP, Nelly Close.

LEAP is offered every day school is in session from 2:50-6:00 PM for Pre-K/K and from 3:10-6:00 PM for 1st-5th grade. Care is also available on early dismissal days and select no school days (pre-registration and additional fees apply).

LEAP is not offered during winter break, mid-winter break, or spring break.

Our program extends the Bertschi experience by offering a balance of structured time with free time and play. For grades 1-5, we creatively plan activities that combine sports and recreation, art, drama, and science, alongside time for students to choose their own play activities indoors or outdoors. Pre-K and kindergarten students have a dedicated teacher who specializes in supporting younger learners in their own after-school group, offering read alouds, movement, arts and crafts, and outside free play.

In addition to regular activities, we offer a rotation of special after-school clubs three times per year that span a creative reach: from sewing and basketball, to chess, mandarin, or crafting/sculpting. These are separate from the general LEAP programming and registration, but students can participate in both.

Below are the rates for the 2024-25 school year. Financial aid is offered for full-time LEAP enrollment. Cost for after-school clubs is not included in the full-time rate.

  • Full-time LEAP: $5,660 (K-5)/$4,650 (pre-K only)
  • Drop-in rate: $39 per day (all grades)
  • No school full day: $93.50
  • No school half day: $73.50
  • After-school clubs: variable

There is a snack charge for pre-K/K students who use LEAP from 3:00 -3:15 PM, and for 1st-5th grade students from 3:15-3:30 PM. Late pickups after 6:00 PM may incur a late fee.

Extending the Bertschi Experience

LEAP offers our students a balance of structured and unstructured time; a chance to play and to learn in a multi-age setting after school.

Opportunities to Create

Hands-on creative activities are a daily part of extended day, in addition to outdoor games and sports, read alouds, crafts, and more.

After-school Clubs and Sports

We offer after-school clubs like chess, sewing, karate, drumming, and much more. Plus, students can join the Bertschi cross country and Ultimate frisbee teams for their own growth and to compete in leagues with our area schools.

Get Out and Explore

In addition to our outdoor programming on campus, special programs for early dismissal and in-service days often offer field trips throughout Seattle, including everything from museums to roller-skating to hiking.