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The Academy at Bright Horizons

2232 Encinitas Blvd
Encinitas, CA 92024

(760) 436-9666


Formerly known as The Gifted Preschool, The Academy at Bright Horizons is a prestigious private preschool located in Encinitas for children ages two to Junior Kindergarten.

Our school believes in meeting the needs of our children and building on their individual strengths. Early education is an opportunity to nurture children’s curiosity and inquisitiveness, develop problem-solvers and decision makers, and prepare children for the academic foundation to achieve success in school and in life.

With a total of thirteen classrooms to accommodate the age range of children, each child is assigned a primary teacher, classroom and playground. Our classrooms promote creativity, learning and simple beauty by incorporating nature, textures, and children’s art work in their environments.

Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

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

From the Director:

The World at Their Fingertips Education for Bright Horizons, based on a rich tradition of early childhood education theory and practice empowers children to become confident, successful, lifelong learners and secure, caring people. We help children see the world as an invitation to learn, grow, and live fully by seeing possibilities within their reach. We help children approach school and academics with skills, confidence and a drive to succeed. Children are active learners who learn best from activities they plan and carry out themselves. However, teachers at Bright Horizons Family Solutions provide the environment and experiences from which children learn. Based on observed skills and emerging ideas of the group and individuals, they create experiences appropriate for each child, ask stimulating questions, provide challenges, and help children find new answers and new opportunities. Teaching also involves helping children achieve the confidence and self-discipline to increasingly develop more sophisticated social and intellectual skills and knowledge that will prepare them for success in school.

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 Our World at Their Fingertips curriculum creates a a developmentally appropriate learning environment that empowers preschool children to be confident, successful, lifelong learners. Daily enrichments include: • Language Works Fostering and challenging preschoolers’ language and literacy development. • Math Counts Building mathematical skills to help preschoolers solve everyday problems. • Science Rocks Encouraging preschoolers’ curiosity and inquisitive approach to science. • Art Smart Developing preschoolers’ appreciation of the arts through self expression. • Our World Enhancing preschoolers’ sense of responsibility and compassion. • Well Aware Developing the knowledge and skills to practice healthy life long habits.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Our incredible faculty makes our school and our children so successful. The majority of our teachers have been with us from eight to 23 years. All are highly educated, well-experienced and have a true passion for teaching. Our teachers stay current and innovative by continuing their education with classes, trainings, and conferences.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

The Academy's mission is to provide innovative programs that help children, families, and employers work together to be their very best. We are committed to providing the highest-quality child care, early education, and work/life solutions in the world.

Bright Horizons Family Solutions centers approach each and every day with goals to promote a lifelong love of learning:

Preparation for Success in Life
- Approaching life as an invitation to learn
- Becoming a confident and competent lifelong learner
- Becoming a confident and competent user of technology
- Developing emotional intelligence: personal power and social skills

Preparation for Academic Excellence
- Developing the social and cognitive skills necessary for school success
- Achieving excellence in language and literacy
- Developing an engaged, reflective, inquisitive mind and appreciation of science
- Achieving excellence in logical/mathematical understanding A Rich and Rewarding Childhood
- Happy days
- Wonderful relationships
- A World of experience

We aspire to do this so successfully that we make a difference in the lives of children and families and in the communities where we live and work.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Bright Horizons offers a variety of school-home connection materials. One is This is a site where parents can find resources, information, and programs designed to help their child grow, learn, and discover. From cultivating a love of books or channeling their child’s natural curiosity into scientific inquiry to discovering valuable parenting tips and ideas, this parent resource website was designed with parents and families in mind.

Our program for learning, The World at Their Fingertips, also has a World at Home component. The World at Home provides a database of activities for infants through school age children to do at home with parents, many that naturally flow from everyday life. The activities cover the curriculum spectrum - language, science, math, social skills and so on. Parents can draw off of this database to extend what is happening in the classrooms. They may also submit activity ideas to share with all of our faculty and families around the world.

Bright Horizons has also teamed up with The Learning Network to offer Bright Horizons EarlyLearner, a wonderful online child development support service. Bright Horizons EarlyLearner allows parents and teachers to track each child's development and create an online portfolio. A portfolio includes parent-teacher Child Observation Records that map the child's growth and a journal to record experiences and insights from parents and teachers. Bright Horizons EarlyLearner also includes:

• information about development
• classroom activities targeted to the child's development
• tips for parents and teachers
• opportunities to question experts

Bright Horizons EarlyLearner is integrated into The World at Their Fingertips approach to parent conferences and tracking development: a partnership approach designed to create a shared point of view on the child's development and goals for success.


Handling Separation: From the Director

Ensuring and facilitating a smooth and successful transition from Bright Horizons' preschool or kindergarten programs to public or private schools is a major goal and responsibility for all of our programs. Our responsibility is not only to provide the best educational experience that we believe is possible, but to prepare children for the schools they will be attending, many of which may be more structured and less developmentally appropriate than we might wish.

Our READY for SCHOOL program includes a set of materials designed to assist our centers in helping children succeed in school and life. These materials combine and highlight many of the excellent aspects of programs already existing and give guidelines for strengthening programs where that is needed. By providing quarter by quarter guidelines for both preschool and school-age programs, parents can feel confident that their children will leave Bright Horizons with the skills needed to succeed in school and life.