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Pacific Oaks Children's School

714 W. California Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91105

(626) 529-8011


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

Curriculum & Teaching Approach

Learning Philosophy & Tools

  Play- based mostly teacher led not formally in curriculum conducive environment
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense
Time & space
Sci. reasoning/physical world
Visual arts
Physical activity
Other subjects taught

From the Director:

The curriculum at Pacific Oaks is influenced by our Quaker heritage and dedication to the principles of social justice and peace education. Our teachers skillfully facilitate problem solving and peaceful conflict resolution, demonstrate respect for each other, teach social responsibility and integrate an anti-bias perspective into every aspect of our early childhood programs.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

At Pacific Oaks we engage as a community in critical thinking and dialogue in the pursuit of knowledge and understanding of the world and each other. Parents and educators work collaboratively to inspire children with a love of learning as they are provided with abundant opportunities for experiential learning. We practice a progressive philosophy based on the work of John Dewey, by providing abundant opportunities for experiential learning. Our teachers recognize that play is the work of children and they learn best through direct experience. Therefore, children at Pacific Oaks learn to think,reason, question and experiment as they participate in hands-on activities with a variety of open-ended materials. Our capable teachers ask insightful questions, help children expand upon their thinking and build meaningful curriculum from the emerging interests of their students.

Home-School Connection

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:

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