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Poway Unified School District Creekside Elementary

12362 Springhurst Dr.
San Diego, CA 92128

(858) 679-2590


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Teacher-Led

Curriculum & Teaching Approach

From the Director:

The curriculum goals of the Scholastic Early Childhood Program are implemented through organization around real-world themes. The themes include Friends and School, Home and Family, Inside and Outside Me, Staying Well/Staying Safe, Our community, Working and Playing Together, Make It/Build It, Let’s Explore, Animals and Where They Live, and Everything Changes. These themes build on children’s current understanding of the world in which they live, enabling them to develop new knowledge, thus increasing their possibilities of success. In addition to engaging children within the reach of their conceptual knowledge, the program is constructed to address developmental differences in children. It helps teachers organize their classroom and make modifications for children with special needs. Teacher materials are provided for working with and modifying the curriculum for all children, including children with visual, hearing, physical, cognitive, and social/emotional challenges. The Pre-kindergarten Preschool meets the special needs of children one year before entering kindergarten. Children receive instruction five days per week, using developmentally appropriate activities that are offered through an integrated curriculum model that emphasizes school readiness tasks. (excerpted from website)

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Poway Unified School District preschools have used Scholastic’s Early Childhood Program curriculum since 1997. The central goal of the program is to help guarantee that young children will develop the necessary skills, knowledge, and life habits to become successful learners, especially in their language and literacy development. The program is designed to ensure that children's language and early reading skills will develop in accordance with the four critical areas outlined by the Early Reading First legislation: oral language, phonological awareness, print awareness, and alphabetic knowledge. The curriculum emphasizes language development and early literacy integrated in the following areas: mathematics, science, social studies, the arts, and physical, personal and social development.

The preschool program supports children's development of knowledge, skills, and processes that will help them make sense of themselves and the world around them. It provides young children with informed instruction that supports them as they actively investigate novel concepts, skills, and processes and reexamine known ones.

(excerpted from website)

Home-School Connection

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Hold social events at the school to build community
  • Fundraise
  • 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
  • Two or More Regular Conferences
  • Drop-Off
  • Pick-Up
  • Regular newsletter/printed updates circulated to the whole school