Elementary After School Community Design Lab

Roots + Wings After-school Community Design Lab program is built on an interdisciplinary, project- driven curriculum that provides a unique, creative alternative to conventional after-school care for elementary students. We provide students with opportunities to engage their potential through innovation, critical thinking, and community enrichment through a variety of ways:

  • We provide a safe, nurturing, creative environment for all students.
  • We work with students to learn about various creative disciplines as well as what is beyond the walls of their schools; teaching students how to find better, collective solutions to community problems through creative experimentation.
  • We build on academic skills—mathematics, history, science—and help apply those skills to real life.
  • We believe that problem-solving starts with listening and understanding.
  • We engage students in community projects that help connecting with neighborhood history builds social capital and pride for our communal spaces, along with leadership and civic responsibility.

ENROLLING NOW for the 2017-18 school year

If you are interested in enrolling your child in one of our program locations, please scroll down to the bottom of this page and follow the directions for our registration process.   Be sure to choose the correct program location.  Thank you!

Roots + Wings Creative Campus
(2:30- 5:30pm, M-F)

Located at our Creative Campus in Oakley, this location hosts students from any local school in grades K-5.  (students from Oakley Elementary school can ride a BCS school bus to campus) 

Claxton Elementary Location 
(2:30- 5:30pm, M-F)

Located and open to students at Claxton Elementary school. 

Vance Elementary Location 
(2:30 - 5:30pm, M-F)

Located and open to students at Vance Elementary school. 

asheville primary school
(2:30- 5:30pm, M-F)

Located at the new Asheville Primary School, this location hosts students from Asheville Primary, Hall Fletcher and any Vance students that are on our wait-list if they choose!

Typical Afternoon

Snack time and time outdoors transitions students from the school day into our “Innovation Hour.” It is during this time that our instructors engage students in our custom curriculum integrating projects from a variety of disciplines, including dance, music, writing, visual art, design, language, and movement / sports. Our Roots + Wings teachers provide wonderful opportunities to engage community issues and people in the form of volunteers and college students. The final hour is reserved for homework and free time (in or outside).

Paying it Forward

We give a percentage of the enrollment fees back to each host school’s Parent Teacher Organization to support the school art program or scholarships for after-school.


$40 yearly registration fee per student

$135 / month – 2 days per week

$200 / month – 3 days per week

$265 / month – 4 days per week

$330 / month – 5 days per week

Your monthly tuition will remain the entire school year (with the exception of pro-rating in June) because certain months have more weeks than others and it all balances out – even with all of the holidays.  For example, we will not be paying a prorated August amount, because we will add that week into December when we have three weeks instead of four.  So no matter what days your child comes, your rate will be the same all year until our last month of June of 2017. 

The above tuition costs do not cover the full cost for Early Release Days, Teacher Workdays or Snow days. On these days we will offer care will be first come first served and pre-registration is required. These alternative care days are open to students enrolled at any of our locations as well as other students in the community, but will take place ONLY at our Creative Campus location.

Snow days depend on how we are able to get our campus ready for everyone as well as if our own morning programs are running.  If we can offer a full day we will, otherwise it may be a half day.  Stay in touch with us on our weather page!!


Our After-school programs follow the Buncombe County and Asheville City School Year Calendar. We are able to provide care during early release, teacher work days, and some snow days  on a first come basis at our Creative Campus location. Space is limited and reservations for your child are required.  

EARLY RELEASE — 12:30pm-5:30pm

Currently enrolled student—$15 per child / $10 per sibling per day (Cost accounts for the afternoon already covered by monthly tuition)

Child not currently enrolled—$30 per child / $25 per sibling per day (Child will need to fill out registration and liability forms)

FULL DAY — 8:30am-5:30pm

Currently enrolled student—$30 per child / $25 per sibling per day (Cost accounts for the afternoon already covered by monthly tuition)

Child not currently enrolled—$50 per child / $45 per sibling per day (Child will need to fill out registration and liability forms)


All payments are made out to Roots + Wings School of Art and Design and are due by the 1st of each month.  You can pay by check, cash, or online here on our website. 

Family Discounts: First child full tuition.  5% reduction of monthly tuition for siblings

Paid in Full Discounts: Families that pay in full for the year by July 15th will receive a 5% discount

Discounts for students involved in host school After-school Arts/Enrichment Classes: If your child is participating in an After-school Arts/ Enrichment classes – we will deduct $5 per day / per class they are participating in

Limited scholarships are available, please inquire with us!



All new after-school students need to fill out our initial REGISTRATION FORM through the link below:

All new after-school students must register through the link below:


You will be asked to create an account for your child.  Under the 'Classes' heading you will see each of our After-school locations, please select the correct location.  Proceed with the registration process by reading through (and therefore agreeing with) some of our policies and paying our $40 yearly registration fee.  

We will be in touch to confirm that you are registered or on a wait-list.

Connect with us below with questions about our After-School Community Design Lab Programs!

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