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5 Group After-School Programs in Los Angeles for Parents to Consider

The time of year has come to consider some options for after-school programs in Los Angeles. If you are looking for more than the Boys and Girls Clubs or the YMCA, we are here to help. While there is certainly nothing wrong with either of those programs, sometimes you just want more from your after-school program than just a safe place to hang out. If you are looking for a place where your child can receive homework help as well as enrichment programs, then you’ve come to the right place. Here is what Los Angeles has for you to consider, parents.

1. Woodcraft Rangers

Woodcraft Rangers is probably the first after-school program established in Los Angeles. It has been running since 1922. The program is daily from after school until 6 pm. It includes a 45-minute period for homework followed by physical activity and snacks. Then participants take part in activities designed to fit the interests of the student body which can include:

  • Drama
  • Art
  • Dance
  • Cycling
  • Martial Arts
  • Yogo

The program also includes technology-based clubs like photography, videography, animation, and robotics.


BEST is an acronym that means Better Educated Students for Tomorrow. This program was started in 1988 as a remedy to the large number of latchkey children in Los Angeles schools. This is one of the most popular after-school programs and has actually served as a model in other school districts in California. The program is designed to enrich students aged 5 to 12 by engaging them in various after-school activities which fit the student body at each host school.

3. Beyond the Bell

Beyond the Bell is the L.A. school district’s own program designed to offer physical and academic enrichment to students. Activities include:

  • Arts
  • Crafts
  • Day trips
  • Music
  • Science
  • Nutrition

…just to name a few. Beyond the Bell also provides a number of academic programs to challenge kids of all ages. You may also want to check out the Ready-Set-Go program before school as well. Be sure and check their website for a full list and more information.

4. STAR Education

STAR Education began in 1986 on one campus and has since spread to more than 100 campuses throughout the Los Angeles County School District.  This program includes offerings from the Gifted And Talented Education (GATE) curricula and is tailored for each student body. Students enjoy programs like:

  • Art
  • Music
  • Theatre
  • Chess
  • Woodworking
  • Sports

Make sure to check their website for a fantastic video of their programs in action!

5. Los Angeles Conservation Corps

The Los Angeles Conservation Corps is a great choice because not only do students take part in enrichment activities, but they also practice community service in the form of learning conservation techniques. Students enjoy homework assistance, activities with a emphasis on caring for the environment, and special interest activities tailored for each group.

Free and Low-Cost Programs

You can also find a wide variety of free after-school programs in Los Angeles if providing these types of programs is a financial strain. Low-cost certainly doesn’t mean low on benefits for your kids. Always check with your kids’ school first, as some of the programs mentioned above are also free or low-cost.

These programs provide by your child’s school are a great option because they don’t require that your child leave school grounds. Many of them also accept financial aid which can help your family offset the cost if there is one. Get your forms in early to make sure you have a spot in the program before it fills up!

Wrap Up

Did you decide on a program? Which one? Have your children participated in these programs in the past? We would love to hear about your experiences in the comments!

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