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Growing Place Preschool

12001 E Shea Blvd
Scottsdale, AZ 85259

(480) 451-3638


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

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

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

The Growing Place Preschool in Scottsdale has low student-teacher ratios that allow our teachers to work one-on-one with children who are ready to move on in certain subject areas, as well as those who need extra time and support in order to master concepts.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"Our goal at the Growing Place Preschool is to provide our students with the basic skills needed to prepare them for kindergarten while making sure that their first years of preschool are fun, enjoyable and rewarding!
Excerpted from the preschool's website

A Typical Day

The 3-year-old program day: We begin our day greeting our friends with Free Play as we wait for all our students to arrive. We assign Classroom Helpers and talk about our day. We do our Calendar and Days of the Week Charts and read a story. We take a potty break and then have snack. After snack, we run-off some energy on the playground where we meet up with our 4-year-old and pre-K friends for a bit. Then it's off to do our project. Sometimes it's art; sometimes it's food; every day is different. After our project, we take another potty break and then get ready for lunch. At lunch we talk with our friends, sing songs, and play games, i.e., "I Spy." We read a story before our second recess. After recess, we review our day, and talk about our next day together. We look at our projects before they are hung in the hall for everyone to admire. Then we sing our "good-bye" song, empty our cubbies, and wait for our parents to pick us up so that we can tell them all about our fun day at preschool!

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

The Growing Place Preschool in Scottsdale believes that a child's academic success is determined by quality teaching in the classroom, as well as parent involvement and support at the school and within the home. We offer an open-door policy and encourage parents to be involved in all aspects of their child's education at The Growing Place. Because our school is small, the teachers have the opportunity to get to know every child in the school. We communicate with parents on a personal level, at drop-off and pick-up times, as well as through phone calls, email and the website. Throughout the year, we hold special programs and invite our families to attend.

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Are required to make donations ourselves
  • Are able to visit the school anytime we want
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Receive newsletters

Modes of Communication

  • Notes
  • Phone Calls
  • Voice Mail
  • Email
  • Special Meetings
  • 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

We understand that sometimes it's hard to leave mom and dad. And sometimes, it's hard for mom and dad to leave their child, too. Our dedicated and caring teachers are skilled at helping a child understand that mom and dad will come back after school. We empathize with the child's feelings and encourage them to meet new friends, share new toys, and tell mom and dad all about their exciting day at the end of the school day. Our teachers are available to talk to, and work with, parents to help ease separation anxieties.