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Oasis Community School

216 La Mesa Avenue
Encinitas, CA 92024

(760) 436-6797


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

Curriculum & Teaching Approach

Learning Philosophy & Tools

  Play- based mostly teacher led not formally in curriculum conducive environment
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense
Time & space
Sci. reasoning/physical world
Visual arts
Physical activity
Other subjects taught drama, conflict resolution, health, Spanish, hygiene

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

we have a very individualized learning environment and methods of teaching

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"The intention of Oasis Nurturing Education is to raise children with more conscious awareness of themselves, others and the environment. It intends to help children remain aware of their connection to all life, beginning with their own well-being and extending to the world in which they live. It hopes to foster personal initiative and responsibility. It strives to keep alive the spirit of discovery and accomplishment It hopes to bring a spirit of love and joy back into schools, for schools are part of a child�s life and play a key role in forming the adult the child will become.
Excerpted from the preschool's website

A Typical Day

" In our school we have a little circle in the morning. We sing and greet each other, come together and meditate. Then we have little lessons in small groups. Then we play inside with our teachers and friends.
Then we wash up and get ready for snack. One of the children brings snack for everyone. We sit in a circle again and give thanks and then eat.
Then we go outside and play.
Someone rings the bell and we come insides for music. We sing and dance and play musical games and instruments. Then its time for lunch prayer. We usually eat outside. After we eat we play and then the bell rings and its time for stories and sharing. At 1 the younger kids go home and the 'big' kids stay for afternoon classes. Then we have a closing circle and talk about our day, then we go home."

Home-School Connection

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
  • 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


Separation is Handled through:

  • Home visits by teachers
  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Small group sessions
  • Parents in classroom early on