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Tilden School

4551 Steele Street
Oakland, CA 94619

(510) 879-1560

Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Teacher-Led

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
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
Other subjects taught We have a partnership with MOCHA (museum of children's art) and children's dance that we incorporate into the curriculum.

From the Director:

A curriculum infused with art, drama, computer technology and science. There is a sports program for the children as part of the physical education.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Teachers are trained to work with students at varying levels of development.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Tilden School- Where EVERY child will learn. Growing slowly, getting it right.

A Typical Day

8:30 am - 11:00 am class/instruction

11:00 am - 12:00 pm lunch

12:00 pm - 2:30 class/instruction

Children play outdoors at varying points during the day.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

The school provides newsletters, phone calls, walk in conferences, progress reports 3 times a year and PTA meetings.


Separation is Handled through:

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

Handling Separation: From the Director

Parents are allowed in the classroom. Interviews with teachers. Depends on the kids.