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CASY Preschool

9350 E Cactus Rd
Scottsdale, AZ 85260

(480) 661-1930


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CASY Preschool serves approximately 175 students ranging from 18 months to 5 years on a beautiful 2 acre campus located in a residential area conveniently located 1/2 mile from the 101 in North Scottsdale.

Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based, Teacher-Led

From the Director:

For 30 years we have provided a broad based curriculum which provides fun exposure to pre-academics, arts, and socialization. Students leave with the skills and confidence to excel in any Arizona Kindergarten and First Grade.

Curriculum & Teaching Approach

Learning Philosophy & Tools

  Play- based mostly teacher led not formally in curriculum conducive environment
Language       more

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  • Tracing paper and other writing instruments
  • A well-stocked bookcase
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense more

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  • Puzzles
Time & space more

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  • Calendars and clocks
  • Parquetry blocks, pegboards, and mosaic toys
  • Maps
  • Building blocks
Sci. reasoning/physical world more

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  • A place for science activities such as growing plants
Music more

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  • Musical instruments
Visual arts more

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  • Materials such as paint, ink, paintbrushes, crayons, markers, chalk, paper, etc.
  • Art work on the walls
Physical activity more

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  • A playground with climbing equipment
  • Bean bags, balls, and other objects that children can throw, kick, and play
  • Tricycles
  • Enough room for children to move around and play and a suitable indoor alternative to the outdoor playground on rainy days
  • Sandboxes and/or water stations for play
Other subjects taught Drama, dramatic play, puppets, music, library, Yoga, Science, cooking, P.E., gymnastics, Spanish Immersion, and conversational Spanish.

From the Director:

Using the latest brain-based research, classroom activities are designed to stimulate creativity and problem solving in small group and individual activities. Students learn by doing as well as by observing others, language development is always emphasized.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Teacher quality is the single most important determining factor to student success. Our staff loves children, is highly qualified, and receives ongoing training. Average tenure is a unique 14 years experience. Preschoolers interests and skills vary. Every child is challenged at his/her own level. Activities are appropriate for all levels.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

A non-sectarian educational environment where children learn through a well-planned sequence of exposure to a wide variety of experiences. Each child is challenged and directed at his/her own level as an individual with unique abilities and interests. Our goal is to foster self-esteem through achievement, recognition, discovery and fun.

A Typical Day

9:00-9:20 Learning Centers
9:20-9:35 Circle
9:35-9:55 Music/P.E/Spanish
9:55-10:15 Playground
10:15-10:30 Snack
10:30-11:00 Learning Centers
11:00-11:15 Drama/Science
11:15-11:30 Storytime,Show and Share/Circle
11:30-12:00 Lunch
12:00-12:25 Recess
Afternoons similar the the mornings with Special Classes

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Parents are encouraged to volunteer in the classroom, attend social events and special activities. CASY is a community where students and parents often make life-long friends.

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Hold social events at the school to build community
  • Are able to visit the school anytime we want
  • Go on field trips
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Receive newsletters

Modes of Communication

  • Notes
  • Phone Calls
  • Voice Mail
  • Email
  • Special Meetings
  • Two or More Regular Conferences
  • Drop-Off
  • Pick-Up
  • Regular newsletter/printed updates circulated to the whole school


Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Small group sessions
  • Extra staff dedicated to handle separation

Handling Separation: From the Director

Separation issues are handled on an individual basis. Occasionally students benefit from a shorter day and/ora reward program when first attending. Extra staff is added when appropriate. Most children adapt quickly to the program because they are having fun with new friends.