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Urban Schoolhouse

889 Warfield Avenue
Oakland, CA 94610

(510) 463-1644


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Urban Schoolhouse is a home-like, educational environment that focuses on the development of the whole child.

Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Montessori

From the Director:

Urban Schoolhouse is a home-like, educational environment that focuses on the development of the whole child. Our program offers learning as a concrete, hands-on experience where your child is able to observe, create, explore, and discover at his/her own interest and pace.

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
  • 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:

Urban Schoolhouse integrates Positive Discipline (by Alfred Adler, Rudolf Dreikurs and Jane Nelsen) and/along with the Montessori Method (by Maria Montessori) as its approach toward supporting and developing confident, caring, creative, independent and compassionate children who have a love for learning, and lifelong social and emotional skills.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Urban Schoolhouse is committed to personalized and inclusive education for children and their families in a nurturing, homelike environment.

We provide:
- A healthy, nourishing, and safe environment
- A learning environment where each child develops at his/her own pace

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Urban Schoolhouse creates a familiar and comforting home-like environment in order to ease the transition between home and school. We offer a small, nurturing community consisting of two experienced teachers for up to 12 children. Working with a smaller group of children allows for deeper interactions and relationships. Furthermore, having a mixed age group of 2-to-5 year-old fosters peer learning and teaching.

A Typical Day

Our Daily Rhythms
Please note that the following daily rhythms are a general guideline, and are subject to change at the teacher's discretion to meet the needs of the current children in care:

8:00 AM > Indoor Drop off (Extended Care Program begins)
8:30 AM> Classroom Time
9:00 AM > Outdoor Drop off (weather permitting) (Part-Time and Full-Time Program begins)
Outdoor Play Time (weather permitting)
10:00 AM > Morning Snack
Classroom Time (Indoor/Outdoor)
11:00 AM > Community Circle Time
11:30 AM > Lunch Time
12:00 PM > Nap Set-up (Part-Time Program ends)
12:10 PM > Story Time
12:30 PM > Nap / Rest Time
2:00 PM > Wake Up Time / Reading Time
2:30 PM > Afternoon Snack
3:00 PM > Outdoor Pick Up (weather permitting) (Full-Time Program ends)
Outdoor Play Time (weather permitting)
4:00 PM > Classroom Time (Indoor/Outdoor)
5:00 PM > Indoor Pick Up (Extended Care Program ends)

Home-School Connection

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Are able to visit the school anytime we want
  • Go on field trips

Modes of Communication

  • Notes
  • Phone Calls
  • Voice Mail
  • Email
  • Special Meetings
  • Two or More Regular Conferences
  • Drop-Off
  • Pick-Up


Separation is Handled through:

  • Home visits by teachers
  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Parents in classroom early on
  • Abbreviated schedule at start of school year