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Rocky Mountain Participatory Nursery School

2475 15th Street
San Francisco, CA 94114

(415) 552-2929


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Rocky Mountain is a play-based program. When children play they are making sense of their world. Children’s play consists of active exploration of their environment. It also is filled with opportunities to make choices and large blocks of time to become truly engaged in their play. This means that children are learning and growing as they climb, draw, spin, swing, ride bikes, take hikes, jump, run, play with sand, build with blocks, read books, paint, work with playdough and clay, bead and garden. For example, playing with water is calming. It is also multi-sensory, leading to the understanding of volume, sinking and floating, math concepts of more/less, full/empty, and provides opportunities for language development and social interaction. The foundations for literacy, art, math, science and social relationships come from these hands-on experiences. This is true of all children’s play.
At Rocky Mountain, children are free to play inside or outside. They can ride bikes all day or for just a little time. They can paint or not. They can climb or swing. The choice is theirs to make. When this occurs, children learn that their decisions are valued and they are respected. They also gain an understanding of what they like and what they don’t. This leads to a solid foundation for a sense of self.
In the preschool years, play is learning. The two occur simultaneously. The development that occurs during these years is so important that each child must be allowed to be 3 years and 4 years and 5 years. At Rocky Mountain, we cherish these years and all the wonder they continue to give the world.

Extracted from the Rocky Mountain Cooperative web site.

Home-School Connection

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

Modes of Communication

  • Notes
  • Phone Calls
  • Voice Mail
  • Email
  • Special Meetings
  • Two or More Regular Conferences
  • Drop-Off
  • Pick-Up