Frequently Asked Questions


Where are you located?

We are based in Washington, D.C.  Many of our classes are in North West D.C., but 

City Kids organizes classes all over the D.C. metro area.  Our location may change for

2021 - 2022, but we will still be based in D.C.  Please email us for more details.

What is the 2021- 2022 schedule most likely going to look like?

Monday: Off

Tuesday: STEM

Wednesday: Social Studies

Thursday: Writing

Friday: Field Trips 


For what ages are these classes appropriate?

For the 2021 - 2022 year, City Kids' classes will serve kids 11-14 year olds, but kids a

little older or younger may be considered.


How many kids are in City Kids?

City Kids is a small program; we can accommodate approximately ten to fifteen

children.  Therefore, if your family is interested, please inquire as soon as possible.  


How do we join?

City Kids considers all families; if your family is interested in joining City Kids for fall 2021, please submit the online survey by June 1 so that we can set up a trial day before the end of the spring session.  We have very limited spots, but it is possible that we may have a spot open up during the year. 


Can my child join once a session has begun?

If we have a spot available, it is possible to join in the middle of a session.  


What are the fees?

Some fees are dependent on how many families join, and some fees are dependent on which classes a family signs up for.  Please contact us at for further details.


*Please note that all fees, once paid, are non-refundable.


How do you determine who gets to join City Kids?

-All families that submit the online survey will be considered. 

-City Kids strives to have a balance of age, gender, and cultural diversity.

-We strongly consider families that value cooperation and participation.  


What is the level of parent involvement?

Families sign up for planning field trips.  Some parents also offer to teach a class if they have expertise in a specific area that other families have interest in.  


Sometimes our family likes to take spontaneous trips or take a day to do whatever we want.  If we sign up for the full week of activities but want some time to ourselves as a family, how does that work?

Families are free to come to as much or as little as they want as long as they are fulfilling their responsibilities, such as showing up for duty days; attendance is not compulsory.  


Is City Kids a drop-off program?

No, City Kids is not a drop off program; every child must have an adult close by takes responsibility for them.

My family would like to join City Kids, but we cannot participate in the whole program.  Can we join for fewer than four days?

Yes, families can participate in the activities of their choice as long as they participate in shared duties.  

What is the benefit of joining City Kids rather than signing up my child for various homeschooling classes?

In City Kids, the children have a continuous group of peers throughout the week and the entire year.  Often, homeschool classes are 45 minutes, once per week, for four to eight weeks, and it can be difficult to forge and maintain close friendships in those classes.  City Kids arranges activities four days per week, which provides not only classes, but also, the opportunity for community and friendships that last.   


Are siblings allowed to tag along?

Younger siblings are not permitted in the lesson areas, but from time to time there may be some activities that are appropriate for parents to bring younger siblings along. 


How much outside time do the kids have?

City Kids believes that children should be outside as much as possible!  When the weather permits, we do our activities outside at a nearby park or at our outside space at our venue.  Many of our field trips take place outside, and for our Natural Sciences Program, we regularly meet with local rangers and naturalists for lessons so that our kids have time to explore, learn, and play together in nature.


Is there a health policy?

City Kids health policy states that kids who are sick with a runny nose, cold, rash, fever, cough, sore throat, or any other sign of illness stay home until she/he is cleared of symptoms.  This policy includes residual symptoms.

Covid-19 Update: Anyone who may have come into contact with someone who was is positive for Covid-19, or who may be positive for Covid-19, must refrain from coming to activities for two weeks.  For in-person activities, everyone is required to wear a mask and stay at least six feet apart.


How do I register my intent to homeschool my child?

Each family is individually responsible for notifying the proper city/state agencies of their intent to homeschool their child and for abiding by their city/state regulations for homeschooling.  Below are some links that may be helpful:

Office of the State Superintendent of Education of D.C. 

Centralized IEP Support Unit Referrals (D.C.)

Maryland State Department of Education

Virginia Department of Education

I am a new homeschooler, and I have a lot of questions about the process.  Do you have any information to help me get started?

Yes!  Please see our New to Homeschooling page.


If my child attends City Kids, will she/he fulfill the academic requirements for homeschooling?

City Kids is not a school and, therefore, does not claim to fulfill the academic requirements for homeschooled children. However, City Kids offers diverse education and enrichment activities that families can use to add to their individual portfolios for several subjects.  


How can my organization/business become a City Kids partner?

We are always interested in partnerships that will help our programs grow.  Please send all inquiries to



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