Beginners Program


Our youngest students join the Beginners program at age 2. Beginners attend school from 8:35-11 a.m., either two or three days a week, depending on their birthday.

Under our individualized approach, separation from parents is a gradual process. We offer students a nurturing environment with experienced teachers who focus on children's early language skills, social and emotional development, and building classroom routines. Learning occurs through play, and as students gain a sense of self, they then move on to build friendships with one another.

In addition to their full-time classroom teachers, the beginners are visited by teachers who specialize in music and movement. As the year progresses and students adjust to their new environment, the class will begin to travel around the school with visits to our greenhouse, library, and music spaces as well as visits from older students in our community for special events.

The most heroic thing young children ever do is leave their parents’ side to come be with other children and teachers.” Virginia Connor, Head of School

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Separation is different for every child. Some children are able to say goodbye from the first day while others need more time and teacher attention. We make a plan with all families to make the transition from home to school easier for everyone.”- Nicole Johnson, Lower Division Director, Faculty Since 2015, Alumna 2005

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