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Sequoia Nursery School

2666 Mountain Boulevard
Oakland, CA 94611

(510) 531-8853


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based, Co-op

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Play is the child's work.' Goals - Each child will: Develop positive self concept & sense of belonging. Develop curiosity about the world, confidence as a learner. Develop relationships of mutual trust with adults and peers, understand perspectives of other people, negotiate and apply rules of group living. Use language to communicate effectively and facilitate thinking and learning Represent ideas and feelings through pretend play, art, music, movement, and construction.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

A big plus for a co-op school is that you will see your child interact with teachers, other adults and children. You really know what is happening. Also you have more contact with the teacher and more time for informal conversations about your child. Formal conferencing is scheduled at the parent's request. Parent education meetings are

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Sit on the board of trustees
  • 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:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Parents in classroom early on

Handling Separation: From the Director

The parent is encouraged to stay with child until child is comfortable and secure.