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Blue Oak Creative Schoolhouse

12719 Washington Pl
Los Angeles, CA 90066

(310) 390-4111


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Blue Oak Creative School House is a diverse learning community dedicated to the educational and social development of young children. Our program is inspired by the Reggio Emilia approach - parents, teachers, and children work in close collaboration in a mutually supportive and nurturing environment. At Blue Oak, children connect academic concepts to real-world investigations in the arts and nature. The goal of Blue Oak is not to fill children with information, but rather to create lifelong learners with a passion for making their own discoveries.

Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Reggio-Emilia

From the Director:

We believe that the early years of a child’s education serve as the foundation for their future academic lives. Knowledgable educators and challenging materials inspire children to learn and research all the learning domains. By combining an inspiring environment, engaging materials, and teacher attention to the particular needs of each child, Blue Oak supports broad developmental goals as well as specific learning outcomes for preschool through kindergarten-age children.

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
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense more

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  • Puzzles
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
  • Pets for children to watch and care for
Music more

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  • Musical instruments
Visual arts more

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  • Materials such as paint, ink, paintbrushes, crayons, markers, chalk, paper, etc.
  • Art work on the walls
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

From the Director:

We believe that children are capable learners and should be given the freedom to actively construct their own knowledge. This image of the child fosters self-esteem, self-confidence, creative thinking, and trust within each child. The sense of trust is what allows children to freely express themselves and develop social-emotional competence. Our teaching staff provides children with the space, time, and nurturing to make their own meaningful connections to the world.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Teachers work with the children as facilitators of children’s explorations, short- and long-term projects, and problem-solving. Through careful listening and observation, teachers discover children’s ideas and find out how to tap into each child’s learning modality. With a clear understanding of the children, teachers can create stimulating experiences that support cognitive, physical, and social-emotional well-being. To help make the learning process visible to the school community, teachers document the process of children’s work.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

At Blue Oak, the children engage in both group work and individual work; there are opportunities for both child choice and teacher-guided instruction. Our classroom ratio of 6 students to 1 teacher allows us to work with the children in small groups to observe and support their learning processes. This ratio also allows the teachers to spend time individually with each child on a regular basis.

A Typical Day

We believe that children thrive in stable and consistent environments. While child are active participants in our areas of research, our daily routine is consistent. At Blue Oak, we also believe that even the most ordinary moments are valuable. Discovering new apples on the tree, watching an earthworm move, building a train out of crates, and turning a box into a “pirate ship” are all opportunities for learning. Children use these opportunities to practice social skills; they can also connect their academic learning from the classroom to the real world. Young children need unstructured blocks of time built into the day for these moments to occur.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Community is the heart of life at Blue Oak. Our parents, teachers, and children come together regularly, strengthening the relationship between school and family. We offer many ways to participate in the Blue Oak community: school events (such as Harvest Festival and Winter Celebration), parent-organized activities (all-school playdates and excursions), and Community Fridays (an opportunity for older and younger children to work together in the classroom and studio). Part of the socialization process for children is learning to be a member of a group; this goal is woven into everything we do at Blue Oak.

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • 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:

  • Home visits by teachers
  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Small group sessions
  • Extra staff dedicated to handle separation
  • Abbreviated schedule at start of school year