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Clairbourn School

8400 Huntington Drive
San Gabriel, CA 91775

(626) 286-3108


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Founded in 1926, Clairbourn is an independent school offering a full-spectrum, accredited curriculum from preschool through grade eight.

With an enrollment near 350 students and a teacher/student ratio of 1:10, the school is the ideal size to provide individual attention and a robust educational experience to its student body.

For preschool-age children, the Seiter Family Early Childhood Center provides state-of-the-art preschool classrooms for three-year-olds and four-year-olds. The spacious classrooms and creative play yard have been designed with a maximum of flexibility and adaptability allowing teachers to implement new educational advances.

Program highlights include:

• NAEYC accreditation.

• State-of-the-art technology provided alongside traditional tried and true educational materials.

• Developmental play-based program which emphasizes the acquisition and application of skills.

• Classroom focus on intellectual goals before academic goals–allowing children to make sense of their experiences, analyze, predict, problem solve, find solutions, and think about thinking which develops the skills needed for success in later academics.

To learn more about Clairbourn’s educational offerings and its preschool facility, visit the website at or call 626-286-3108.

Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based, Teacher-Led

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Clairbourn's Preschool Program encourages children's natural love of learning in an environment where they feel comfortable and secure. Using a variety of traditional and state-of-the-art learning tools, the curriculum incorporates topics often drawn from the children's own interests, which provides them with a learning-context that is both meaningful and interesting to them. Classroom routines are introduced along with the universal values of honesty, respect, and responsibility. Additional classroom activities foster their social, emotional, cognitive, linguistic, and physical development.

The program includes both teacher-directed and child-initiated activities, with plenty of time for play and free exploration. It is our goal to help every preschool child feel valued and special and to start them on the path toward a life-long love of learning.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

At Clairbourn we believe:

1. That any student who is receptive to instruction can experience success in proportion to his/her receptivity and application.

2. That the best education is one that assists the student in acquiring basic study habits, including active listening, critical thinking, disciplined effort, and obedience to Principle.

3. That the joy of learning is enhanced and enriched through the use of variety, creativity, and self-expression in developing essential physical, mental, and social skills.

4. That the gift of understanding carries with it certain moral and spiritual obligations to mankind for its constructive use in a way that fosters noble ambition, unselfed service, and world brotherhood.

5. That a deep respect and reverence for God as an active power in human affairs provides the foundation for strength, courage, integrity, humility, and compassion, and leads to an establishment of sound Christian character and a respect for the convictions of others.

6. That the education of children is a shared responsibility between the school and the family, requiring the school to carry forward its
instructional program in a way that preserves, supports, and enriches the basic family unit of which the student is a member.

7. That the protection and preservation of our democratic form of government requires an alert, informed, and active citizenry anchored
in a love of country, appreciation of heritage, and a deep respect for law.