What does a "day in the life of a Makotoling look like?
Makotolings can be picked up any time after training ends. If a Makotoling needs to be picked up earlier than 5:00pm, just let the staff know. They will keep your child out of class.
Is Makoto a full-year program?
Makoto is a full SCHOOL-YEAR program. If you enroll, you enroll for the entire school
year. Makoto does offer a fun Summer Camp program for families who are interested in
utilizing the Makoto program year round. But a member does not have to attend all of Makoto Summer Camps. You can choose the weeks you want to attend.
Makoto picks up from which schools:
For the 2023-2024 school year, Makoto will pick up kids from:
Beaver Creek Elementary Shamona Creek Elementary
Downingtown Middle School Springton Manor Elementary
East Ward Elementary St. Elizabeth's Parish School
K.D. Markley Elementary STEM
Lionville Elementary Uwchlan Hills Elementary
Lionville Middle School West Chester EAST High School
Marsh Creek 6th Grade Center Willistown Montessori (Malvern)
Pickering Valley Elementary
What is the latest time for pick up?
We ask that parents pick up their Makoto members no later than 6:00pm. Traffic however, does happen. If a parent is going to be later than 6:00pm, he must call his respective Makoto location to let them know. We do NOT charge late fees unless lateness becomes a habit.
Does Makoto offer before care?
No. Makoto is an after-school program only. We do not offer before care.
Is Makoto open on minor holidays and school In-service days?
YES! Makoto follows the Downingtown School District Calendar and offers help
(for a small additional fee) on all minor holidays... In-service days... and Spring
Break. And on these days we always take the campers somewhere fun such as
Skyzone Trampoline Park... rollerskating... Go-N-Bananas Family Fun Center...
the movies... etc. Makoto also picks up on Early Dismissal and Half days for no additional fee.
If I enroll my son in Makoto does he need to attend five (5) days per week?
Makoto is a leadership program... not just after-school care. It is important that students attend often in order to learn and progress. We therefore, accept students who will attend three (3) or five (5) days a week. Pricing does vary depending on which weekly selection is chosen. And we do offer a special option for families who do seasonal sports, as well as discounts for employees of Citadel, Merc, Pfizer and Vanguard.
"Makoto -- and Sensei La France -- is teaching this kids to be responsible in life. How wonderful! We are so glad our grandson attends this program". -- M. Lerch