Discovery Center 101

  • The Thoreau Park/Ridge-Brook Discovery Center is open Monday – Friday 3:30 – 6:00.  Ridge-Brook students are bussed from Ridge-Brook to Thoreau Park Elementary school at the end of school.  All students must be picked up at 6:00 PM at Thoreau Park Elementary school.

    Typical Day:

    •  3:30 – 4:00   Students sign in and enjoy a healthy snack
    •  4:00 – 5:00   Homework assistance & tutoring
    •  5:00 – 6:00   Enrichment activities 

    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.