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The School of Arts and Sciences Preschool

5766 Broadway
Oakland, CA 94618

(510) 658-5443


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

From the Director:

Mentor site for student teachers for both Alameda and Contra Costa counties.

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
  • interactive games/French class twice a week
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense more

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  • Puzzles
  • games
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
  • class - multicultural - twice a week
Visual arts more

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  • Materials such as paint, ink, paintbrushes, crayons, markers, chalk, paper, etc.
  • Art work on the walls
  • field trips/show artists/styles
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
  • indoor/outdoor equipment
Other subjects taught Woodworking - emeregent curriculum.

From the Director:

We encourage all through play. But, we present daily through activity of choice.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Our school provides a unique learning environment designed solely to support your child's general enthusiasm for learning.

Located in Rockridge, our Developmental Pre-K Program and Pre-School offers child-sized nooks and crannies integrated into a complex of bright classrooms and play areas.

Our program is designed to meet the needs of a child, who is 3.5 to 6 years of age, who would thrive in an environment which further defines the individual child's social skills, self-esteem and independence. As an active participant in the process of his/her own growth he/she will have time to develop these skills in problem solving both socially and physically.

A Typical Day

Open social time, free choice move through school centers provided.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Open house, parent-teacher meetings, parent education classes, services/activities in the community, parent-teacher conferences, outings, parent involvement, notices, and outreach programs/help in the community.

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • 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

Modes of Communication

  • Notes
  • Email
  • Special Meetings
  • Two or More Regular Conferences
  • Drop-Off
  • Pick-Up


Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Small group sessions
  • Extra staff dedicated to handle separation
  • Parents in classroom early on

Handling Separation: From the Director

Parents may stay until it is comfortably time. Teacher will assist if parent wants. Re-direction of the child.