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A before and after school program in Richmond for children in Kindergarten to Grade 7 that infuses learning with the arts.

kindergarten – grade 7Where learning and discovery thrive

Spark is an exceptional before and after school program where your child will develop academically while having the opportunity to discover and explore new interests: anything from theatre to painting, cooking, robotics and more. It’s a flexible and inclusive learning environment that easily adapts to your family’s busy schedule. Join an amazing community where your child will have the chance to develop life-long friendships under the care of our wonderful and supportive teachers.

Ignite imaginations through…

  • Boy using a iMac at Spark class

    Computer Tech

    Dabble in the world of programming and discover the secrets of coding, graphics and robotics.

  • a boy and a girl cooking during a cooking class


    Become a master chef and learn all about kitchen safety, ingredient preparation and cooking skills.

  • Visual Arts

    Expand your artistic mind through painting, drawing, sculpture, collage, printmaking and textiles.

  • A young girl singing during a singing lesson at The Arts Conservatory

    Performing Arts

    Step into the spotlight and master techniques of theatre, musical theatre and film.

  • Girl using a microscope at Spark class


    Geography, biology, technology or engineering have never been this interesting. Or fun.

  • girl playing with magnetic pieces to build a structure during spark class

    Social Studies

    It’s time to broaden your horizons and discover new cultures through world studies.

  • boy and girl playing with a robot during STEM class


    Learn to become a citizen in the world and develop leadership skills through teamwork and community.

OPERATIONS About our program 

We serve the following schools:

• Dixon Elementary
• Homma Elementary
• Manoah Steves Elementary
• St. Joseph Elementary

We have a school bus service to shuttle students from our campus to school and back. Spark runs for the length of the school year (September to June) and covers professional development (Pro-D) days, early dismissals as well as winter break.

RegistrationEnroll in Spark

We currently have limited spaces for students entering Kindergarten to Grade 7 and waitlisting students entering Kindergarten for 2023/2024. We have also opened a waitlist for the 2024-25 school year. Registration occur in March.

Hours of operation
Before School: 7:15 AM until drop-off
After School: pick-up until 6:00 PM

For more information about fees and availability, please contact our program director.

If you’d like to learn about our spring and summer programs, visit our Wondercamps page.

girl playing with color blocks at Spark
Girl looking through a microscope

Testimonials from Families

  • “My son has been attending Spark for 3 years now and he absolutely loves it. Spark gives him the opportunity to learn extracurriculars such as cooking, computer, arts and other interesting classes. He was also able to make lots of new friends from other schools in the area.”

    Carolina Dubowits

  • “We are really happy with the spark program and feel so fortunate that Cayden is part of the spark family. My son also enjoys his time at Spark making friends. It is so great to see him feeling proud of himself by sharing with us his art/work piece or project that he completes at Spark.”

    Gao Hui

  • “All the classes are focused and have a purpose that engages the children. We can't imagine a better scenario for our daughter, the Sparks program is entirely more than a before and after school program, it exposes children to higher levels of art that they don't experience in public schools.”

    Allison & Oliver Mah

  • “In our first year at Spark, we have been thoroughly impressed with the program. The quality and variety of the curriculum has been fantastic, and while it's been a pretty long day for our kindergartener by pickup time, he never wants to leave!”

    Paulina Wei

  • “As parents, we felt guilty sending our daughter to more ‘“schooling” after her regular school hours. We felt surprised and relieved that our daughter actually looks forward to the days she attends Spark and she even begs us to not pick her up too early! From the incredibly kind and caring teachers to the fun and engaging classes each day, you can’t go wrong with Spark!”

    Taji Grguric

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