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Saint Aidan's School

28211 Pacific Coast Highway
Malibu, CA 90265

(310) 457-8899


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Preschool programs for children ages 18 months to 6 years.

Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

From the Director:

Saint Aidan's School uses a developmental approach to early childhood education. Children are encouraged to develop their natural curiosity about their world. A wide variety of materials promotes learning and imaginative play. Children build social skills while developing trust, autonomy and initiative. They make new friends and learn to resolve conflicts within their group. Children also learn an appreciation for the arts through active participation and experimentation in music, drama, visual art and dance.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Our program provides learning experiences appropriate to each child's individual developmental needs.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

We provide a safe, secure and clean environment that will stimulate childrens' social, emotional, physical, cognitive and spiritual growth. We nurture relationships and encourage respect and responsibility.

A Typical Day

Our school has 4 classrooms, each with its own outside work/play area. The play yard is the largest preschool yard in Malibu with trees, swings, monkey bars, tricycles, water features, zip line, and an embankment slide. Each class has a schedule including periods of free-play, group activities, washing-up, eating, and clean-up.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Parents are invited to two conferences each year with their teacher: in December and May. Teachers provide regular messages to the classroom parents regarding activities including photos. Regular school newsletters are sent to all parents.

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
  • Extra staff dedicated to handle separation
  • Parents in classroom early on
  • Abbreviated schedule at start of school year

Handling Separation: From the Director

Each situation is handled with respect of the needs of the children and their family.