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Alta Plaza Preschool

2140 Pierce Street
San Francisco, CA 94115

(415) 928-6483


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

Day in the Life

General School Mission

At Alta Plaza Preschool, we believe that learning is a natural enjoyable process experienced in a stimulating, developmentally appropriate, safe environment.

Positive learning experiences at an early age contribute to the development of each child's sense of self and emotional well-being.

The program addresses the individual, social, emotional and educational needs of children between the ages of 2 1/2 to 5 1/2. This open classroom format is designed around the belief that the younger children benefit from modeling their older peers, while the older children benefit from being the 'big kid.' These relationships foster self-esteem and personal growth, essential to the readiness for kindergarten.

The children are also given age-appropriate activities, with teacher guidance, to continually challenge them and stimulate each child's individual learning process.
Children at Alta Plaza Preschool learn by doing rather than by being taught. Independence is fostered in children through exposure to the world around them. Play is 'child's work.' Through activities offered each child can master skills in the areas of communication, cognitive and physical development and social interaction. By experiencing success in these areas, a child becomes more confident and self-reliant. These positive learning experiences contribute to the development of each child's sense of self and emotional well-being.

At Alta Plaza Preschool we emphasize the development of a positive and independent self-concept in each child, as well as a lifetime enjoyment of learning.

A Typical Day

We have a circle time followed by snack and free play.

At 10:00am we have 1 hour group time followed by park time, lunch and nap.

The afternoon is a reflection of our morning program -- where the children are read to and fun activities are arranged.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Open house/meeting at beginning of school year with specific learning goals and explanation of how struggling children will be helped and how children who are advanced will be challenged. Individual parent-teacher meetings at the beginning of the year. Notes, phone calls, voicemail, email, special meetings, regular conferences, drop-off, pick-up and regular newsletter are all ways that we communicate with parents.

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
  • Small group sessions
  • Extra staff dedicated to handle separation