Elementary Program

Young Explorers - Reach for the Stars

Schoolhouse Rec!

with Young Explorers Club

Issaquah Parks & Community Services and Young Explorers Club are collaborating to offer Schoolhouse Rec!, an engaging, project-based before and after school program at the Issaquah Community Center. Our program adopts a holistic approach to learning, offering a diverse range of enrichment classes including creative arts, STEM lab, team sports, and academic tutoring. Additionally, we introduce students to philanthropy, fostering a sense of community service. By blending academic support, STEAM education, and social-emotional learning, our program aims to empower Young Explorers to build a solid academic foundation, cultivate a passion for STEAM exploration, and develop problem-solving and social skills for their future success.

We believe that creativity and problem-solving skills are essential life skills that can be developed. Our students engage in a variety of hands-on activities and special events, including holiday celebrations, field trips, guest speaker presentations, community service projects, and class performances, thoroughly enjoying the experiments and projects they undertake. We strive to cultivate an inventor’s lab where children can explore the world around them, experiment with different materials, express themselves, collaborate with peers, share their discoveries, and dream big dreams!

Schoolhouse Rec!

For children grades K – 5

Before & After School Program

Monday – Friday

Morning: 7:00 am – 9:00 am

M, T, Th & F Afternoon: 3:30 pm – 6:00 pm

Wednesday Afternoon: 1:30 pm – 6:00 pm

Monday - Creative Arts

Partnering with local art organizations, we provide a diverse array of courses including visual art, drama, music, and digital media. Our curriculum also includes an exploration of art history and exposure to various artists from around the world. We aim to ignite the curiosity of elementary students, allowing them to delve into the world of art, grasp the essence of creativity, and build fundamental techniques. Through the art-making process and experiences, we strive to help young learners gain self-confidence, develop creative and innovative skills, and use the arts to inspire a love of learning.

Tuesday - STEM Lab

Our STEM Lab classes for elementary students encompass a broad range of topics, including science experiments, technology & digital media, robotics & engineering, as well as coding & computer science. Through hands-on experiences, we offer valuable learning opportunities for young learners to develop original designs, create real-world products, build strong creative and problem-solving skills, and discover innovative ways of thinking and exploring.

Wednesday - Wild Wednesdays

We offer excellent opportunities for young learners to engage in group projects. Students select their project topic from several options, collaboratively develop an idea, create a plan, and bring it to fruition. They learn to design, plan, develop, and present their projects as a group to the class. While teachers provide guidance as needed, this project-based learning approach allows students to take complete ownership of their projects from start to finish. This process teaches them to set goals, monitor progress, make necessary adjustments, and reflect on their learning, all while building their teamwork skills.

Additionally, we host various special events on Wednesday afternoons, including guest speaker presentations, team-building games, holiday celebrations, community service projects, class performances, and field trips to locations such as the Issaquah library, food bank, Julius Boehm pool, and more! 

Thursday - Team Building Thursdays

Our Team Building Thursdays focus on activities designed to foster collaboration and teamwork among students. These activities include team sports such as soccer and basketball, where students learn to strategize and work together to achieve a common goal. Additionally, team-building games like relay races and tug-of-war are incorporated to encourage camaraderie, communication, and mutual support. Furthermore, team STEM challenges are introduced, requiring students to cooperate and leverage each other’s strengths to solve complex problems. Overall, our Team Building Thursdays aim to create an engaging and supportive environment where students can develop essential social skills, build strong relationships, and experience the value of working effectively as a team.

Friday - Kid’s Choice Fridays

During Kid’s Choice days, our students have the opportunity to take charge and decide on the activities for the day. Unlike our regular lesson plans, which are created by our teachers, Kid’s Choice activities are planned based on suggestions from the students themselves.

Additionally, for those students who require academic assistance, we offer academic tutoring sessions. These sessions are designed to help elementary students understand concepts they learn at school, practice problems, become familiar with test formats and structures, and establish a solid academic foundation and study habits through academic monitoring and personalized tutoring.

Schoolhouse Rec!
Daily Schedule

M, T, Th & F Afternoon: 3:30 pm – 6:00 pm

  • 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm     Afternoon Snack
  • 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm     Hands-on Experiment/Project
  • 5:30 pm – 6:00 pm     Free choice


Wednesday Afternoon: 1:30 pm – 6:00 pm

  • 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm     Afternoon Snack
  • 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm     Team Project or Special Event
  • 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm     Free choice
Preschool Prep

Monday – Friday 9:30-12:00; 1:00-3:30


Social-Emotional Learning


Foreign Language


Group Play (Open Club)




Creative Arts

Preschool Prep Daily Schedule

Saturday – Sunday 9:30-12:00


Social-Emotional Learning


11:00-12:00: Creative Arts


9:30-10:30: STEM Lab

Enrichment Classes

Saturday – Sunday 9:30-12:00

Music and Movement

Social-Emotional Learning

Read and Discussion

11:00-12:00: Creative Arts


9:30-10:30: STEM Lab

Hands-on Experiment/Projectt

Social-Emotional Learning

Transition – cleanup/recess

11:00-12:00: Creative Arts

Group Activity

9:30-10:30: STEM Lab

Share the Day‛s Discoveries

9:30-10:30: STEM Lab

Sample Month-long Learning Units

STEM Lab - 23/24


Space Science

Physical Science

Math & Computer Science

Holiday Celebration

Robotics & Engineering

Technology & Digital Media

Life Science

Earth & Environmental Science

Science Fair

End-of-Year Celebration

September Class Schedule - 23/24


Week 1:
Week 2:
Week 3:
Week 4:
Week 5:

M-Art Mediums          T-Space Science          Th-Team Building                 F-Kid’s Choice

Bulletin Boards                Outer Space                       Team Sports                                Kid’s Choice           
Painting                             All About the Moon         Team Sports                                Kid’s Choice
Printmaking                     Stars & Constellations     Team Sports                                Kid’s Choice
3-D Art                              Our Solar System              Team Sports                                Kid’s Choice
Architecture                     Space Exploration             Team Sports                               Kid’s Choice


Week 1: Back to School Celebration 

Week 2: STEM Team Project-Space Exploration

Week 3: Guest Speaker Presentation

Week 4: Field Trip

Sample Classes and Teaching Strategies


Tuesday-STEM Lab

Teaching Strategies:
Recognize and solve problems through exploration & cooperation, and use varied strategies to find multiple solutions to a question, task or problem.

Wild Wednesdays

Wednesday-STEM Team Project & Special Event

Teaching Strategies:
Make happy memories and build social skills through fun, hands-on activities, celebrations, guest speaker presentations, and field trips.

Academic Monitoring/Tutoring

Friday-Academic Monitoring/Tutoring

Teaching Strategies:
We help elementary students build strong academic foundation and study habits through academic monitoring and tutoring.

Schoolhouse Rec! Times and Tuition

Elementary Before & After School Program

Children grades K-5

Monday – Friday

Morning: 7:00 am – 9:00 am

M, T, Th & F Afternoon: 3:30 pm – 6:00 pm

Wednesday Afternoon: 1:30 pm – 6:00 pm

Class Schedule - 2023/2024

Monday – Creative Arts

Tuesday – STEM Lab 

Wednesday – STEM Team Project & Special Event

Thursday – Team Building

Friday – Kid’s Choice

Tuition - Fall 2023

1 class per week: $90/month (4-5 classes per month)

5 classes per week: $450/month

Example: Creative Arts every Monday for the month of September


Individual drop-in class: $25

Transportation options available

  • 1 day a week: $160 per month
  • 2 days a week: $310 per month
  • 3 days a week: $460 per month
  • 4 days a week: $610 per month
  • 5 days a week: $760 per month
Example – Every Monday for the month of September in the AM group
Full week of classes: $200
Example – Monday through Friday in the AM group
Individual drop-in class: $45 
Individual drop-ins are on a first come first serve basis- space in limited.

Please contact us at admin@youngedu.org if you have any questions. For registration questions, please contact the Community Center by email parksrecreation@issaquahwa.gov or by phone 425-837-3300