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Methodist Preschool of Pacific Palisades

801 Via de la Paz
Pacific Palisades, CA 90272

(310) 454-4600


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based, Montessori, Reggio-Emilia

From the Director:

Our curriculum is developed based on the following beliefs: That at the heart of children’s learning is play. That children are active, sensory learners. That children are capable, active participants in their own learning.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Our teachers are what make the program the great program that it is. They celebrate the strengths and of each child as well as set goals for their individual development and growth. They are first and foremost loving, caring and kind. In addition to that they are highly qualified, educated early childhood education professionals from different backgrounds and with a variety of talents and interests. We are truly a family.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

We consider the preschool years critical, not only for the world of knowledge waiting to be learned, but because basic attitudes are being formed -- about the world, about other people, about school and learning, and most of all, about oneself. Our first and foremost goal is to create a safe and nurturing environment that fosters a llifelong love of school and learning.

A Typical Day

Children spend half their day in the classroom and half their day on the play yard. Each class enjoys once per week music and gymnastics classes. Children eat lunch at school. Nutritious snack is served mid-morning and mid-afternoon for those children in our Extended Program (Fun Club.)

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Relationships are the cornerstone of our program; “building community” a core value. We value strong connections with children and their families, knowing that it is through a strong partnership with parents that the child is best understood and served.

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:

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