Warm and nurturing - a safe and secure place to learn - our preschool (two-year-olds through Kindergarten) reflects the belief that because each child grows according to his or her own rate and pattern, each class must incorporate activities for individual levels of readiness. Our preschool classes, building on the children's own knowledge and questions, help students brainstorm, inquire, classify, and cooperate - all in an atmosphere of playful discovery and multi-sensory experiences. Because the teachers recognize that the love of learning encompasses many learning styles, the program offers young children a rich resource of activities within each classroom where risks are encouraged and every child is respected. We offer five separate programs in our recently renovated preschool classrooms - Acorns, KinderKlasse, Montessori, Prekindergarten, and full-day Kindergarten. Math, language arts, handwriting, science, and social studies are neatly tucked in to all themes or projects throughout the year. Library and art classes build on classroom themes, and one very special event is the Preschool Art Show where over 500 pieces of art are matted and displayed in the Fine Arts Wing.
Because we are the first school experience for many children and their families, we engage in frequent parent communication and encourage a feeling of community within the school. Evaluation tools include conferences, daily documentation, informal classroom observation, and skill assessment. Beginning in KinderKlasse/Montessori I, parents receive a narrative report two times a year. We are fortunate to have the expertise of two instructional specialists who provide additional individualized and small group instruction to all kindergarten and Montessori III students. The goal of Preschool is to provide tools for students to walk confidently from the preschool hall into Lower School.