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Brighton Preschool

485 Griffin Avenue
Pacifica, CA 94044

(650) 359-8846


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Teacher-Led

From the Director:

Literature-rich program, with phonemic awareness.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

"Behind" students get ongoing observations and evaluations to identify problem areas, and additional projects to develop specific skills. Excelling students get additional and more advanced work to keep them stimulated.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Brighton Preschool is an accredited program. Brighton provides a developmentally appropriate academic program that emphasizes Literature and the Arts (dance, music, ceramics, yoga). The school provides a hot lunch, and monthly field trips to Gymtown Gymnastics.

A Typical Day

7:30 Early bird arrivals (free play & table activities)
8:00 AM preschool arrivals
8:00 Outside/inside activities
9:00 Circle time (stories and shares)
9:15 Writing practise
9:30 Free play/sensorial play
9:30 Phonics game/math
game (for pre-k 4 yr. olds
10:00 Main project: art or science or dance, music, ceramics, or yoga
10:30 Outside/inside activities
11:15 Wash hands, have hot lunch
11:40 Goodbye Circle: songs and stories
12:00 AM preschool pick-up time
1:00 - 2:30 Nap/Quiet time on cots
2:45 Snack
3:00 Outside/inside activities
4:30-5:00 Clean-up and goodbyes

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Director/parent conferences twice yearly.
Weekly newsletter, with parent homework assignments.
Parents given weekly bookbag with ten books to read to their children.
Parent education brochures monthly.
Weekly Emails of photographs of their children at school.
Weekly notification of community workshops and seminars.
Parents welcomed on all field trips.

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • 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
  • Abbreviated schedule at start of school year

Handling Separation: From the Director

Parent and student have a two-hour visit to the school before enrollment.
Transition over the summer: two-hour visits to the school weekly.
Home visit by director.
Parents can accompany children in school as long as it takes to get comfortable, for progressively shorter periods of time.
Immediate engagement/distratction with child immediately after parent departs.