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Ventana School

1040 Border Road
Los Altos, CA 94024

(650) 948-2151


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Reggio-Emilia

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Inspired by the Reggio Emilia philosophy, we believe that children learn naturally through play, observation, and investigation. We honor individuality and value each child as a competent learner, rich with ideas and eager to learn. We are are a welcoming community that nurtures the minds and hearts of children and families.

A Typical Day

9:00 Greet families,opening circle

9:15-10:00 Outdoor experience (nature area, bikes, block play, art, sensory, sand, and water)

10:00 Snack

10:15 Circle time (stories, sharing, discussion of activities)

10:30 Children make choices among the learning centers, small group project time, Pull out classes: art studio, creative movement, music, gardening

12:00 Lunch

12:30 End of class

12:30-2:00 Optional extended care

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
  • Email
  • Special Meetings
  • Two or More Regular Conferences
  • Drop-Off
  • Pick-Up
  • Regular newsletter/printed updates circulated to the whole school