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One Fifty Parker School

150 Parker Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94118

(415) 221-0294


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Teachers work closely to get to know the child's individual character, interests, and passions. Primarily through a developmental approach, in which all aspects of the child's growth are taken into account, teachers are able to identify the child's strengths and areas that need more development.

We meet the child's needs at his/her developmental level. While we have a foundation for our curricula, the teachers exhibit flexibility in order to bring the learning to the child's level, instead setting expectations for the class as a whole.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

At One Fifty Parker Avenue School we delight in a child's natural curiosity and desire to make sense of the world, and we encourage each child to become engaged in learning activities.

We believe children learn best through hands-on experiences, and provide an environment where children can explore and discover through open ended materials, age appropriate arts and crafts projects, a safe and stimulating outdoor space and an excellent teaching staff. We believe that children of preschool age should learn through observation, interacting with peers and teachers, real objects, and be encouraged to seek solutions to concrete problems.

Children at Parker School are encouraged to make choices according to their own intrinsic interests. Teachers facilitate learning by asking questions, encouraging the children to ask questions and offering materials and ideas to deepen the play experience. At each age group, Parker School's stated goals provide an educational framework and are designed to lay a foundation on which the other goals build as the child matures.

As one scholar of early childhood education stated, "Nursery school is a human relations laboratory."
Group socialization is a critical part of our program, and our teachers are skilled in guiding children through positive interactions with their peers. Children at Parker School are taught methods of observation of other people's feelings that will serve them for the rest of their lives. For instance,
teachers will not simply demand that a child apologize for hitting another child; they will give the child tools to be able to assess how their actions affected their friend and made their friend feel, why their friend might feel that way because of what they did, and what they can do to make their friend feel better. Planting these seeds of empathy is critical to each child's ability to go on to successful school, work and life experiences.

A Typical Day


9-9:15am - Everyone arrives, teacher assists with drop-off
9-10 - Indoor/outdoor Play
10:00 - Snack
10-10:45 - Indoor play
10:45 - Yard re-opens; Indoor/outdoor Play
11:00 - Inside clean-up
11-11:30 - Quiet book time
11:20 - Outside clean-up
11:30-11:45 - Circle Time
11:45-12pm - Dismissal at the gate, eachers assist with curbside pick-up

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

During the morning and afternoon, the staff is necessarily focused on supervision of the children and our opportunities to talk with parents are limited. If you need to speak to your childâ??s teacher you can let the teacher know during drop-off or pick-up and arrange a time to call you back later. You can also leave a message on the main voice mail line.

Regular parent-teacher conferences are scheduled twice yearly: November and May. The teachers will provide you with a detailed written report on your childâ??s development at school in the areas of: Personal and Social Development; Language and Literacy; Cognitive/Mathematical/Scientific Thinking; Art and Music; and Physical Development. We strongly encourage both parents of each child to attend conferences, as critical information about developmental milestones, classroom behavior, and kindergarten readiness is discussed.

It is the staff's wish to maintain a dialogue with you about your child's progress throughout the year, outside of parent-teacher conferences. In this way both parents and staff may hold a clearer picture of the childâ??s experience at Parker School. If the teachers notice any concerning behavior, she/he will let parents know as soon as possible. Additionally, we can be more helpful to your child if we know if there is a particular situation she/he is experiencing (parent out of town, death of a pet, etc.). We will call you if we see changes and feel that we would benefit from a clearer understand of the childâ??s home life, and to also share our observations with you.

Our school also hosts a quarterly Parent Education Series, in which we help build our community's knowledge on relevant topics.

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

Handling Separation: From the Director

We create space for parents to remain at school, in an unobstructive manner, as long as the (child's) separation requires. We allow for transitional objects to help children become comfortable in their new environment and remain flexible with expectations. Teachers will help develop an individualized plan with parents, based on their child's unique situation, for a gradual separation. If it is the case, teachers will politely let parents know when their child does not require their presence anymore.