After School Programs

Detroit Waldorf School offers a variety of sports and after school programs in addition to our regular classroom activities. These programs are all designed to support the healthy growth and development of our students.

Winter & Spring 2019

If you have any questions regarding the following after school programs, please contact Ryan Gumbleton at

After School Sports

Winter After School Sports 2019

Basketball Schedule: January-March

3rd-4th grade Co-ed Basketball practices Wed.
5th-8th grade Girls Basketball practices Tues. & Fri.
5th-6th grade Boys Basketball practices Mon. & Thurs.
7th-8th grade Boys Basketball practices Mon. & Fri.

All sports registrations and payments must be completed online. We will not accept payment by check or cash.

Baseball/Softball Schedule: April-June

Mondays: Boys (5th-8th grade) baseball practices 3:30-5:30 p.m.
Wednesdays: Coed (3rd-4th grade) baseball practices 3:30-5:30 p.m.
Fridays: Girls (5th-8th grade) softball practices 3:30-5:30 p.m.

All sports registrations and payments must be completed online. We will not accept payment by check or cash.

Soccer Schedule: April - June

Practices will be led by Adam Verville. Soccer will be held on the upper grades field with our new soccer nets! We will provide soccer balls and practice equipment. Children should come with cleats and shin guards.

3rd-4th grade Co-ed Club
Tuesdays: 3-30-5:00 p.m.

5th-8th grade Co-ed Club
Thursdays: 3:30-5:00 p.m.


Kids Yoga

Amy and Tina of Motor Om, a non-profit organization that brings accessible affordable yoga into the community will be holding special yoga classes for kids after school. Our students can learn stress relief techniques and move their bodies in a non-competitive way. Kids Yoga is offered to all 1st - 4th graders on Wednesdays from 3:30-4:30 p.m.. Classes will start on January 30th. Registration forms are located in the baskets by the front door and available online.

Grades: 1-4
Day: Wednesday
Time: 3:30-4:30 p.m.
Dates: January 30th-March 27th (no class on February 20th)
Registration Fee: $80
(Payments can be made in cash or checks made to MotorOm.)
Please bring registration form and payment to the office by January 25th.


Detroit Waldorf School Creative Writing Club

Detroit Waldorf School after school program creative writing club

Spring Session 2019
6-8, 5th by invitation only
Dates: April 8, April 15, April 29, May 6, May 13, May 20
Time: Mondays, 3:30-5 p.m.
Registration Fee: $50 per student
Focus: poetry, fiction, personal essay

Required Forms

Both sessions will include outdoor exploration to stimulate writing, including Belle Isle hikes (once during winter, twice during spring). Led by Lynne Golodner, DWS parent & Marketing Consultant, author of 8 books.

Contact Lynne at (248) 376-0406 or

Download Writing Club flyer


Chess & Brain Games


Chess has been shown to improve academic skills; assist in critical thinking, focusing and long-term planning; teach good sportsmanship; enhance social skills and self-esteem, and it’s an International language! The benefits derived from the knowledge of chess increase one’s ability to meet, greet, mingle, and communicate with people all over the world--even when one doesn’t speak a word of the other's language! Chess is not only a FUN game, but it also helps with strategy and planning skills one uses in decision-making situations in school and throughout their whole life! ...and Chess is SUPER GREAT for GIRLS, too!

Intro to Chess & Brain Games

Chess Class/Club

This class will introduce young students to the game of Chess, including the history, the playing board, the chessmen, how the pieces move, the value of the pieces, basic opening moves, beginning strategies and tactics, and how to checkmate their opponent! Included, with flexibility, are some of the simpler variations of chess (Queen v Pawns, Fox and Hunters, etc.) as well as other brain games (Mancala, Concentration, Level Up, Bingo), games that help develop skills in reasoning, concentration, focusing, and good sportsmanship.  This class prepares students to fit into Grade 3-5 Chess Class.

Grades: 1 and 2
Day: Thursday
Time: 3:15-4:15 p.m.
Date: January 17 - March 14, 2019 (no class Feb. 14)
Registration Fee: $89 (Checks payable to All the Kings Men Chess. Please not the option to pay online linked in the form)

This class is for students who: 1) have never played, 2) have had some instruction, 3) know how and are familiar with the rules and some tactics.  They learn chess history, etiquette, the playing board, its chessmen, how the pieces move, value of the pieces, common opening moves, tactics, middlegame and endgame strategies, how to improve their game, and how to checkmate their opponent! There will be a Class Championship Tournament at the end of the session with Trophies and other prizes!

Grades: 3-5
Day: Tuesday
Time: 3:30-4:30 p.m.
Dates: January 15 - March 12, 2019 (no class Feb. 19)
Registration Fee: $94 (Checks payable to All the Kings Men Chess. Please note the option to pay online linked in the form)


Kinderharp Classes

Detroit Waldorf School Winter Kinderharp Class 2019

During these six weeks, children will continue to learn about the care and sound of the lovely kinderharps that belong to Detroit Waldorf School. Our instructor, Nancy Carpenter will guide students to listen to each tone and learn songs that correspond to the Waldorf curriculum. Since the kinderharps belong to the school, the classes only cost $5.00 per class; for the six weeks, the total will be $30. Third graders will meet for 10 weeks; the total will be $50. All checks are payable to Nancy Carpenter. Contact Nancy Carpenter at

Third Grade

The students have been doing so well that we may progress from the pentatonic kinderharps to diatonic lyres during this series of classes.

Day: Monday
Time: 3:00-4:00 p.m.
Date: January 7 - April 1, 2019
Registration Fee: $50 (Checks payable to Nancy Carpenter