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Arcadia Episcopal Preschool

1881 South First Street
Arcadia, CA 91006

(626) 445-5050


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

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

From the Director:

Children are provided with carefully chosen games which teach them basic concepts of language, math, science and social skills. Teachers interact with children, but also allow the child opportunties to problem solve on their own. teachers equip children with vocabulary that help them interact with their peers.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

The program is designed to be developmentally appropriate for every child. Based on the individual child's needs we work on an a plan with parents in a co-operative effort to meet those individual needs.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"Based on the educational psychology of Jean Piaget and Erik Ericson. The children are allowed to develop at their own pace in a nuturing environment. The emphasis is for children to become effective learners in kindergarten and beyond. The school is open year round to accommodate working parents. Children in diapers are welcomed and we assist parents with potty training of their child.

A Typical Day

7:00-8:30 A.M. School Opens-All Classes Combined/Inside Play
8:30-9:15 A.M. Outdoor Play
9:15-9:30 A.M. Wash Hands /Prayer/ Morning Snack
9:45-10:00 A.M. Circle Time
10:00-10:50 A.M. Art Projects/Learning Centers
10:50-11:00 A.M. Clean Up /Potty Time
11:00-11:50 A.M. Outside Play
11:50-12:00 P.M. Wash Hands/Prepare for Lunch
12:00-12:30 P.M. Lunch
12:30-12:50 P.M. Potty/Wash Hands/Nap
12:50-3:00 P.M. Naptime
3:00-3:20 P.M. Wake Up/Potty/Wash Hands
3:20-3:40 P.M. Afternoon Snack
3:40-4:00 P.M. Circle Time
4:00-5:00 P.M. Inside Learning Centers (IN SUMMER)
4:00-5:00 P.M. Outside Play (IN WINTER)
5:00-6:00 P.M. Classes Combined/Prepare for Going Home

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

The parents receive a daily note about their child's activities. In September, we have a meeting with the parents about the goals set for the year.It is a time parents may ask questions about specific teaching goals, how to participate in the school, discipline policies, etc. We also celebrate other cultural customs from various countries represented in the school to help overcome bias.Parent teacher conferences are held annually, or more often if teacher/parent feels the need. Comments made by parents of past students usually report a very good transition into kindergarten.

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Sit on the board of trustees
  • Hold social events at the school to build community
  • Fundraise
  • 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
  • Two or More Regular Conferences
  • Drop-Off
  • Pick-Up
  • Regular newsletter/printed updates circulated to the whole school


Separation is Handled through:

  • Small group sessions
  • Parents in classroom early on
  • Abbreviated schedule at start of school year

Handling Separation: From the Director

Parents are asked to visit with their child for an hour a day one or two weeks before entering the school. We ask for transitional objects such as stuffed animals or blankets, etc. A picture of the family is also welcomed. We use picture time lines for children when necessary to help them adjust to daily routines and activities. Children are held when the parent leaves and soothed. Teachers help direct children to activities that will help ease the transition.