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Circle of Friends

265 Moulton Street
San Francisco, CA 94123

(415) 345-9184


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Teacher-Led

From the Director:

The school has a structure environment fostering a harmonious balance between artistic and musical expression, cognitive instruction, social and emotional interaction and physical exercise where self confidence is supported and developed by providing a positive school experience.

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
  • Examples of pictures and stories written by another child mounted at eye level.
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense more

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  • Puzzles
  • Posters at eye level showing sets of objects, art work representing patterning.
Time & space more

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  • Calendars and clocks
  • Parquetry blocks, pegboards, and mosaic toys
  • Maps
  • Building blocks
Sci. reasoning/physical world more

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  • A place for science activities such as growing plants
  • Pets for children to watch and care for
  • S.F. Zoomobile brings live animals into the classroom
Music more

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  • Musical instruments
  • World music, photos on walls of famous musicians, musical notes on walls.
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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  • Bean bags, balls, and other objects that children can throw, kick, and play
  • 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
  • Dance and movement class; acrosports
Other subjects taught We provide the children with an exposure to the French language and culture through songs, poems, games, and cooking projects. Our music instructor is a Jazz musician and a certified Orff Music Instructor. We offer piano lessons to children 3 yr. on up.

From the Director:

Our approach is to provide an environment of fun and creativity with enthusiastic and loving teachers.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Our school is designed to have a maximum of 12-14 students per class. This allows us to individualize the program. We are consciously aware of each child's abilities and weaknesses and can adapt the curriculum as needed to keep the children satisfied, challenged and happy.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Circle of Friends Preschool & PreK was designed specifically to provide parents with a small school setting offering a unique program: an art based curriculum, an exposure to French and a wonderful music program for children 2.5-5.5 years. Our goal is to promote a life long love of learning. We are a school where respect, responsibility and inner discipline are encouraged.

A Typical Day

We have (3) different classes:

Nursery school for ages 2.5-3.5
This is their first exposure to school, where they meet friends and learn to play and work in a structured environment. Art projects, French and Music are kept simple.

Preschool for ages 3.5-4.5
Here the children learn to problem solve using language to resolve disputes with the help of a teacher.
Daily progress is made in learning French, music, songs, poetry and dance.
Their art projects are more complex and school rules reinforced, along with self help skills.
They begin working on their book of letters, phonics, math and listening skills are reinforced.

Transitional Kindergarten for ages 4.5-5.5 This is a highly regarded kindergarten prep class for children entering school in the Fall.
They work on their book of numbers and a French book of words. The children are exposed to lower case letters and they are encouraged to demonstrate their writing, reading and counting abilities.
The children are taught self help and leadership skills essential for kindergarten.
Their art projects are more challenging and complex. They are read chapter books and participate in open discussions relating to the story.
Compassion and empathy for peers, respect for oneself, others, the environment and family is emphasized.
The French class focuses on: enunciation, articulation, phonics, counting, songs.
The music class focuses on recognizing notes, letters, math skills: fractions, counting, rhythm, ear training, use of musical instruments, dance and movement.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

We meet parents at the door during drop off and pick up and have an open door policy. Handouts are distributed about activities/projects taking place in class. Emails are a practical way for us to communicate with parents as well as by phone before and after school. We hold parent teacher conferences in the spring.We cannot make the decision for the parents. We are advisors and offer our expertise and guidance regarding elementary schools.

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:

  • Extra staff dedicated to handle separation
  • Abbreviated schedule at start of school year

Handling Separation: From the Director

We prefer that parents stay for the first half hour of class during the first week of class. This is essential for the 2.5 - 3.5 year olds to develop a sense of routine and trust.