Discovery Center 101

  • The Ridge-Brook Elementary School Discovery Center is located at Thoreau Park Elementary School.  Program days and hours are Monday – Friday 3:30 PM – 6:30 PM.  Free transportation is provided for students from Ridge-Brook to Thoreau Park Elementary School. Parents/Guardians are responsible for arranging a way home for their child each day.


    Typical Day:

    3:30 PM – 4:00 PM:  Students sign-in, Snack and Read

    4:00 PM – 5:00 PM:  Homework and Tutoring

    5:00 PM – 5:45 PM:  Enrichment Block 1

    5:45 PM – 6:30 PM:  Enrichment Block 2

    6:30 PM: Dismissal for all students


    Family Nights:

    Family nights are events typically held after Discovery Center hours.  Parents/Guardians are invited and expected to participate and attend our family event nights.  Information for these events will be found on our website and students will be provided with informational flyers to bring home. There will be a minimum of one (1) family event night per session.


    Academic: High-quality afterschool programs have a proven track record of improving student achievement in school.  Regular participation in such programs is linked to significant gains in standardized test scores and work habits, improvements in school attendance as well as reductions in behavior problems.  These programs have a particularly strong impact on Low-income and under-performing youth.


    Social and Emotional: By providing students with consistent enrichment activities such as music, art, sports, conflict resolution, cultural experiences, and other alternative ways of learning, afterschool improves students’ social skills, gives them more confidence, creates higher educational and career aspirations, and motivates them to consistently attend school.