Extended Learning Day Program (ELDP)

Extended Learning Day Program

St. Paul Lutheran School offers programming from 7:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. Extended hours give students more time to focus on the school's extensive goals for learning and overall development. SPLNO’s families take advantage of the Extended Learning Day Program, which is designed to provide ample opportunity for students to develop through academic enrichment activities.

The after-school program serves SPLNO’s Early School through 8th in the areas of homework support, extra help in math and reading, and access to tutors, peer mentors, and teachers. Our after-school teachers and daily volunteers lead programming that enhances the students’ learning experiences and supports the work students are doing in the classroom. For students participating in this program, we expect to see quicker gains in achievement and growth in students’ core academic skills.

Beyond academic help, ELDP partners with community organizations to ensure success for students. Our program makes the child’s experience fun during after-school hours with the goal of instilling a life-long love of learning. Our partners play a key role in supporting different themes that the program has designed, like healthy eating, "I have a dream," and literacy.

Research validates the effectiveness of extended-day programming in bolstering student achievement. A review of 35 studies showed a significant improvement in test scores in reading and mathematics after students participated in after-school programs. After-school programs are also correlated with better attendance, decreased failure rates, and increased participation (The Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning).

An estimated seven million children in the U.S. are without adult supervision for some amount of time after school. Additionally, research shows that juvenile violence peaks between 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. on school days (U.S. Department of Justice). After-school programs provide a critical service to working families, particularly those from underserved, urban areas. At SPLNO, families know their children are safe and supported until after work hours, when parent supervision is available at home.

Below is an overview of some activities that takes place in Extended Learning Day at SPLNO:
  • Literacy activities
  • Homework assistance
  • Tutoring
  • Drum class
  • Nutrition class
  • Gardening
  • Art activities
  • Fine motor skills
  • Sports
  • Mentoring
  • Guest speakers
  • Organized play