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.

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.  For example, at our Vance location, all of our almost $3000 per year goes toward grants for teachers!

Program Locations

If a program is marked FULL, you may get on the wait-list by following the REGISTRATION FEE option below.

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

Located and open to students at Claxton Elementary school. 
241 Merrimon Ave, Asheville, NC 28801

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

Located and open to students at Vance Elementary school.  If we are full at Vance, students from Vance can attend at Asheville Primary School location with bus transportation daily from Vance through ACS. 
98 Sulphur Springs Rd, Asheville, NC 28806

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

Located at the Asheville Primary School, this location hosts students from Asheville Primary, Vance Elementary and Hall Fletcher Elementary schools.  Buses from Vance and Hall Fletcher will transport students to the Asheville Primary School location.
441 Haywood Rd, Asheville, NC 28806


$40 yearly registration fee per student (non-refundable)

Monthly Tuition

$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 May. If we have school days in June, we will prorate them in one last invoice. 

The above tuition costs do not cover the full cost for Early Release Days or Teacher Workdays.  On these days we will offer care will be first come first served and pre-registration is required one week in advance.

If ACS or BCS closes for weather, our after-school programs will be closed too.  Stay in touch with us on our weather page!!

12:00pm - 5:30pm ACS students
12:30pm - 5:30pm BCS students

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

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

8:30am - 5:30pm for both ACS and BCS

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

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


We are able to provide care during early release and teacher work days for students that attend school at our program locations (Vance, Claxton, Asheville Primary) as long as we have enough kids signed up!

If your child is not currently enrolled in our After-school, you will need to create an account (see registration info below), then register for the dates you under the ‘not currently enrolled’ student option.

Space is limited and reservations for your child are required ONE WEEK IN ADVANCE!!! 

Early Release Days

Takes place AT Vance, Claxton and Asheville Primary
12:00pm to 5:30pm

Students at Vance, Claxton and Asheville Primary will stay on campus for Early Release days.  Vance and Hall Fletcher students who attend at our Avl Primary location will be transported to Asheville Primary.

EARLY RELEASE CARE DAYS OFFERED September 16th, 2019 January 24th, 2020 March 13th, 2020

Full Teacher Workdays

8:30am to 5:30pm

Takes place AT Asheville Asheville Primary
All students will join us at our Asheville Primary School location:
441 Haywood Road, Asheville, NC28806

TEACHER WORKDAY CARE DAYS OFFERED October 10th, 2019 October 28th, 2019 February 20th, 2020 February 21st, 2020 March 20th, 2020

For ANY of these days (even if your child is currently registered), you must register your child for these days ahead of time through the Simply Afterschool site.  Space is limited.

registration for ANY and ALL early release and full teacher workdays

Click on the button below.

If your child is already enrolled, choose the dates for upcoming Early Release or Full Teacher Workdays under the "Classes" tab.  Be sure to note your child's school location and choose the correct date. (using the search field to search the date often works best)

If your child is not enrolled, you will be asked to create an account for your child.  Please do so, and then choose the dates for upcoming Early Release or Full Teacher Workdays under the "Classes" tab.  Be sure to note your child's school location and choose the correct date.  Then, please email info@rootsandwingsarts.com to get the forms you will need to participate.  Thanks!



Please follow these steps below to sign up either your elementary student:

STEP 1:  REGISTRATION FEE!  To begin registration, our $40 registration fee is due to hold the student's place.  This registration fee is a yearly fee for all students (even to be put on the wait-list) and is non-refundable and is due June 1st.  Click on the button below to create an account for your child and pay the registration fee.  Under the 'Classes' heading search for either of the options you see listed below.  Please be sure to select the correct location, and let us know your preferred days of the week.

To register CURRENTLY ENROLLED STUDENTS who need to recommit or add a new sibling in the spring for the next school year, please use the class called "After-school CDL 2019-20 - [your program location] WAITLIST. Be sure to select “returning families recommit” and your preferred days of the week under “Class Options.” Deadline to recommit is May 1st. Beyond this date we cannot guarantee priority for a space.

To register NEW STUDENTS who are hoping to join our program for the 2019-20 school year, please use the class called " After-school CDL 2019-20 - ___________ (and choose the specific program location) WAITLIST"  We will be in touch to confirm your child's space in late early June or to share the options we have if we are filling up or full.


STEP 2:  REGISTRATION FORMS  Click here to find the link to fill out our after-school registration forms online.  All students (even returning) must fill out these forms each year.  due by June 1st. 

STEP 3:  TUITION PAYMENTS  Once registered, we will set your family up on our invoice schedule.  The first tuition payment is due August 1st for any new school year.  This cannot be refunded after August 15th if a family has a shift in schedule.  Your second tuition due date will be due October 1st
Tuition is due by the first of each month.  Late fees will begin to be applied after the 3rd day of the month.  Parents will receive an invoice for all payments due, and will pay through these invoices.  You may choose to use a credit card or bank account.   Payments in full for the entire school will receive a 5% discount if made by July 1st for fall enrollment of that year. 



If your child has any type of allergy or medication needs, please click here to print and fill out our Allergy and / or Medication forms.  PLEASE NOTE:  If your child has a strict food allergy, we ask that you send them with a snack each day they attend our program.

We offer rolling admission throughout the year. If you are interested in this current school year or next, please contact us at info@rootsandwingsarts.com to see if there is room and/or to put your child on our waiting list for the following year.  We typically solidify next years enrollment in May of the current school year.

Our Pick up time is 5:30pm at all locations. We will charge a $1 per minute fee for late pickup penalty beyond 5:30.  It will automatically be added to your next invoice. If efforts have been made to communicate a specific problem in arriving on time we may waive part of this fee. Families that are consistently late will not be considered for waiving the fee..

One month’s notice is required to withdraw your child from our program without payment penalty. If one month prior is not possible, a full or partial tuition refund may be given if extenuating circumstances require your child to be withdrawn from our program. All refund requests will be considered on an individual basis.

We make our best efforts to be open even when weather takes a turn for the worst!  BUT sometimes we do have to cancel classes.  If we need to cancel programming we will put on the ‘Weather Updates’ page of our website: http://www.rootsandwingsarts.com/weather-updates AND our social media sites (Facebook and Instagram).

Canceling After-school Community Design Lab programs:  We will follow the ACS closures for all program locations. We will not add additional days, or make up days, as the public schools add days back to make up for these days.  If we miss more than 6 days of programming for after-school due to weather, we can refund those days missed (beyond 6) if requested.

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

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