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Beverly Hills Presbyterian Nursery School

505 N. Rodeo Drive
Beverly Hills, CA 90210

(310) 271-5197


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

From the Director:

High quality early childhood education is about being open to the beauty of children and the value of where they are right now. At BHPP we know that children need to feel safe and loved to be able to explore. We know that learning is hampered by stress and creativity is stifled by criticism. It's our belief that if children have been loved, guided and supported, if they learn early that they are competent, capable individuals who can create solutions, find alternatives, generate ideas, express themselves respectfully, learn from mistakes and make amends and live in the truth, they will be successful later, in school and beyond. They will experience life as an adventure and be life long learners.

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
  • flannel stories, cds,puppets, rhyming games, dolls
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense more

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  • Puzzles
  • unifex cubes, weights & measures, matching, sorting & classifying, sequencing
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
  • weekly cooking activities, staff encourage children to reason throughout the day; children are encouraged to talk through or explain their reasoning when solving problems
Music more

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  • Musical instruments
  • children have guitar or piano accompaniment during chapel, listen to a wide variety of music throughout the year, music and movement is part of the daily curriculum
Visual arts more

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  • Materials such as paint, ink, paintbrushes, crayons, markers, chalk, paper, etc.
  • Art work on the walls
  • Outdoor paint stations, art easels
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 'The school program includes: Music & Movement, Cooking, Science, Chapel Time, Field Trips, enhancement programs, enrichment options and holiday events. Computer classes are child centered. The computer program offered on a first come first serve basis. Chapel Time is offered twice a week on Tuesday and on Friday. Chapel Time is held in the Sanctuary of the Beverly Hills Presbyterian Church and is directed by Sandy Gorog, Director of Children's Ministries. Chapel Time includes traditional Bible Stories, songs of worship and praise, prayer, and an opportunity to learn about Jesus Christ and Christian values. Parents are encouraged to join their children during Chapel.

From the Director:

The Preschool and Kindergarten provides a balanced program of developmental and academic activities, designed to meet the needs of typically developing 3-5 year old children. All activities are selected to provide sensory experiences, social experiences and mental stimulation. The school day provides a balance of teacher directed and child initiated activites, indoor and outdoor activities and quiet and active times. All classes have cooking activities once a week. Afternoon skills club builds on the concepts the children are learning in their classes through a constructivist/emergent approach. Enrichment options provide hands on learning activities in selected curriculum areas, e.g. "Cooking Up Science and Math, Bringing Stories to Life (art & literacy); Yoga-Teers (bi-lingual Yoga class) or Fabric Wood & Wire ( woodworking, creative constructions).

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

low ratios and small group size in older classes allow teachers to move with the flow of the children. Emergent, constructivist curriculum opportunities in extended day options offer children a chance to develop or enhance their skills according to their need. Teachers communicate with parents on-goingly about goals and needs and progress of each child

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Beverly Hills Presbyterian Preschool and Kindergarten provides a high quality Christian educational experience for the greater Beverly Hills community through a balanced program of developmental and academic activities in art, language and literacy, music and movement, science, math and motor development. Children are provided opportunities to grow socially, emotionally, physically, mentally and spiritually. We believe in developing the whole child and inspiring a life long love of learning.

A Typical Day

A typical school day will include:

arrival time 8:45-9:00am
outdoor play 9:00-10:00 am
snack 10:00-10:15
Opening Circle 10:15-10:30
Small group activities 10:30-11:00
children's choice: 11:00-11:30
Closing Circle 11:30-11:45
Dismissal 11:45-12:00

We have extended day options until 2:15 or 4:00pm

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

The school publishes a monthly newsletter and the director sends weekly email notes to all parents about upcoming events and activities. Parent/teacher conferences are scheduled twice a year and parents may request more as needed. Teachers and administration are available daily to talk with parents informally. We host an elementary school info night in the fall, as well as quarterly parent ed opportunities. Our Mommy & Me program features guest professionals who facilitate parent discussions on topics of expressed interest. We work with speech & language therapists, developmental psychologists and other experts within the community to offer observations, parent consultations, staff trainings and informational resources for our families as needed.

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Sit on the board of trustees
  • Hold social events at the school to build community
  • Fundraise
  • Are required to make donations ourselves
  • 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
  • Extra staff dedicated to handle separation
  • Parents in classroom early on
  • Abbreviated schedule at start of school year

Handling Separation: From the Director

Parents are invited to stay during the first week of school and welcome onsite at anytime. Classrooms are equipped with one-way viewing window so that Parents can observe children.

The three year old class has a 6:1 ratio to provide extra support for our youngest group. Teachers will comfort a child and help to engage them in activities as appropriate to the child's comfort level. We reassure children that parents always come back and let them know the sequence of events of the day to help them develop security within the rhythm of the daily routine. Staff will brainstorm with parents on an individual basis as needed. We have found less separation anxiety in children who attend our Mommy & Me, toddler transition and/or summer camp.