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It isn’t just about protecting Kings, capturing Queens and stealing Rooks. The game of Chess is about quadrants and coordinates, lines and angles, weighing the options and making decisions. It is about decoding and analysis, thinking strategically, and foreseeing the consequences. It is about improving comprehension and social interaction. In short, chess may be the perfect vehicle for teaching our children. The game of chess is an excellent educational tool.

Studies have shown a strong correlation between learning to play chess and academic performance. A landmark study by Smith...


Conscientious parents are always on the lookout for ways to better teach, communicate, and connect with their children. Parents of younger children are seeking ways to promote academic as well as social learning. Parents of teenagers strive to keep healthy channels of communication open while instilling values intrinsic to their family traditions. The family kitchen is the epicenter of these noble ambitions! Cooking with your kids, both young and old, has wonderful benefits.

It's true that including the kids in cooking meals requires time, patience, (especially after a harried work...


Who We Are


The Growing Room Education Council in collaboration with parents and The San Ramon Valley Unified School District, has created the most comprehensive after-school program in the East Bay. As a California non-profit Organization, we specialize in social development, academic enrichment and emotional support to school-aged children in the community.

The Growing Room's proven 'NextGen' Curriculum supports and augments classroom learning by applying concepts taught in school to real-world projects where students are encouraged to freely discover, design and develop solutions in small teams.

We survey our families annually to see how we score in overall parent satisfaction. The results speak for themselves!


Our Curriculum


Our Staff provides specialized after school homework support for our students. We collaborate with elementary school teachers to aid in assigned work and projects as well as to identify special student needs and effective teaching strategies. Chromebooks and iPads are available for use during Homework Lab. Learn more


STEAM Sessions (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Mathematics) allow students to apply Science and Art/Design principles utilizing technology in either challenging projects or free-form tinkering projects. Mentor Teachers work with older students to plan STEAM lessons for younger students. Learn more


Fitness Fusion gets kids outside though and an integrated approach to overall wellness by building strength, flexibility and endurance with daily access to Sports & Organized Games, Yoga, Challenges, Cheer & Dance, and Aerobic Exercise sessions focusing on Health & Nutrition. Learn more


Elective Sessions are all about flexibility. Our students can specialize in skills and talents that interest them by choosing sessions focused around Community Service & Character Building, Language & Culture, Literature/Creative Writing/Book Club, Public Speaking & Debate, Family & Consumer Sciences, Health & Nutrition and Environmental Studies. Learn more


Our Locations

Neil Armstrong
Tassajara Hills
Hidden Hills
Live Oak
The Academy
Bollinger Canyon
Twin Creeks
Golden View