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The Firehouse School

1923 N. Allen Avenue
Altadena, CA 91001

(626) 798-2865


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Teacher-Led

From the Director:

We have four main goals: 1. Develop the prime elements of the child's character; self discipline and independence. 2. Develop the child's intellectual capacities by helping him or her gain the knowledge compatible to his or her age. 3. Surround the child with an orderly and joyful atmosphere to help him or her make sense of the outside world and build up a joyful and sensible order inside of themselves. 4. Surround the child with understanding and love qualified by mutual respect. 5. Within the structure of the classroom, helping the child to make choices, so that all of their choices are good ones, therefore building esteem and confidence.

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
  • many manipulatives
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense more

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  • Puzzles
  • many, many manipulatives to encourage math skills
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
  • Pets for children to watch and care for
Music more

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  • Musical instruments
  • records, tapes. dance class
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 Also, part of our program is dance instrution, computers in every classroom, field trips, and visitors from the community. Our objective is to surround the children with as much information so that our program can meet the needs of a very diverse preschool anf Kindergarten population.

From the Director:

Our classrooms are set up with many different stations. Most activities are teacher led, in the sense, that the teacher prepares the days objective. During the class time children will work with the teacher or are feel to choose from the many centers in the classroom. Materials are changed daily or weekly, depending on the days lesson. Again, giving the children choice, but within the limits set by the teacher.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

The way our program is set up, children can learn at their own pace. Many different materials are available in every classroom and the teachers will work with small groups of children at the tables or in centers to meet their different needs.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

We believe that the first six years of the child's life are the richest and the most important. Those are the years that decide what kind of a man or woman that child will become. Every child should have the best education possible. This education should help develop to the fullest his or her natural potentials. It should help the child develop character, concentration and independence, self-assurance, courage to face problems, and wisdom to solve those problems. Children need respect, love, understanding and discipline.

A Typical Day

7-8:15am Children arrive at school--daycare 8:15-12pm Children work in individual classes, includes outside playtime 12-12:30pm Lunch and bathroom 12:30-1pm Children going to naptime, am children go home 1-3pm Naptime 3-3:20pm Wake up, bathroom, snack 3:20-6pm Daycare, craft time, playtime, while children are being picked up by parents

Home-School Connection

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Hold social events at the school to build community
  • Fundraise
  • 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
  • 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
  • Parents in classroom early on
  • Abbreviated schedule at start of school year