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Scripps Exploring Academy

9855 Erma Rd # 128
San Diego, CA 92131

(858) 693-3702

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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

From the Director:

We strive to develop the "whole child." The activities provided are designed to stimulate the children and encourage them to utilize their many skills. We are careful to provide fun, challenging and developmentally appropriate activities. Attention is directed at the process and pleasure of the discovery NOT the final product that is produced.

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
  • Labels
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
  • 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
  • Tricycles
  • 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
  • Rocking toys
Other subjects taught We do sign language with our infants and toddlers to help with their developing communication skills.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

All the classrooms work in conjunction with each other. If a child is constantly "excelling" perhaps visiting or moving to the next class up would benefit them. Children are never really "behind" because our program allows children to work and develop at their own pace. And all children are "different" from each other. We try not to place any "labels" or unfair expectations on our students. We work closley with the students and parents to find the perfect activities and learning for each individual child's likes and needs.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Here at Scripps Exploring Academy we strive to develop the social, emotional, physical, and intellectual well being of each of our students. Our safe and nurturing environment offers opportunities for exploration and discovery. We aim to develop curiosity, imagination, self esteem, caring for others and the ability to play both cooperatively and independently.

A Typical Day

A typical day varies for each child depending on the age group they are in. Infants are having their needs met (feeding, changing, sleeping, playing, etc) while exploring their environment. We also introduce sign language in our infant program to help with communication.
Each day for the Toddlers and Preschoolers includes a comprehensive circle time (story, songs, introduction of concepts, etc) as well as art, music & movement, and outside time both morning and afternoon.
We serve healthy and yummy snacks every morning and afternoon. The teachers help the children with lunch brought from home. The children also have a naptime each day.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Communication is the key to everything. We really try and tailor each child's experience here to integrate it with their home life. We rely on day to day communication with the parents at drop off and pick up times as well as phone calls. Each class has a phone and the parents can call and check on their children whenever they like.

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • 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
  • Drop-Off
  • Pick-Up
  • Regular newsletter/printed updates circulated to the whole school


Separation is Handled through:

  • Extra staff dedicated to handle separation
  • Parents in classroom early on

Handling Separation: From the Director

As the director I set aside time to help teachers if they have any students with seperation issues. We encourage parents to visit with their children before the actual start date. We are a year round school with open enrollment all year so we really can dedicate our staff to integrating students as they come throughout the year