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Learning Springs Academy

1718 Andover Lane
San Jose, CA 95124

(408) 216-8867


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Established in 2000

As a parent, one of your biggest challenges is to select the best possible preschool for your child. At Learning Springs, we understand this and strive to provide a safe, therapeutic, nurturing and stimulating environment in which every child can thrive while receiving individual attention from caring and experienced staff. These are the pillars upon which Learning Springs is built to ensure success and confidence for you and your child.

Each classroom at the Learning Springs Academy is carefully designed to foster learning experiences while at the same time teaching each child critical skills such as social interaction, literacy and independence. We staff our classrooms with experienced, credentialed teachers who bring a wealth of knowledge and expertise when planning out the daily curriculum.

Learning Springs gives Silicon Valley parents the unique opportunity to provide their children with a preschool that truly represents a microcosm of the outside world

Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

From the Director:

LSA has a combination of play based with academics. Our pre-K classrooms are more academic and the children are challenged to reach their individual potential. For our youngest classroom, it is mainly a play based curriculum with an emphasis on social skills and basic pre literacy skills.

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
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense more

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  • Puzzles
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
Music more

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  • Musical instruments
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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  • A playground with climbing equipment
  • Bean bags, balls, and other objects that children can throw, kick, and play
  • Tricycles
  • 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
Other subjects taught Dance, Spanish, Social Skills, P.E., Cooking, Sign Language

From the Director:

We use a combination of play based and academic techniques to help our students be prepared for kindergarten. A lot of the goals are attained through the use of hands on manipulatives that allow students to explore and learn through play.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

At Learning Springs, we are keenly aware that these formative years are crucial for the young minds that are left in our care. Children are tiny sponges eager to soak up knowledge. They have an innate curiosity which, when encouraged and nurtured, can lead to growing interests and skills that will build the foundation for a lifetime of success.
We seek to attain these lofty goals by focusing on specific academic subjects through hands-on participation. As part of their structured daily schedule, children engage in a wealth of activities including:

Day in the Life

General School Mission

At Learning Springs Academy, we seek to inspire children to be the best they can be academically, emotionally and physically. We seek to inspire children to believe in themselves, so that they may inspire others.

We believe that the children we serve will inspire us in turn, and that the torch we pass will shine brighter in their hands than in our own.

We also work with students with special needs as we have an inclusion model. Students with language delays, ADHD, Aspergers are amongst the common profiles we serve.

A Typical Day

Our staff base their daily lesson plans on the following philosophy:

Each child brings a unique experience, background and skills to our setting and it is our job to encourage, validate and honor these differences.
Discovery, exploration, active learning and curiosity are foundation stones that we use to help children learn both academically and socially.
A learning environment that is rich, stimulating and safe is critical to ensure that children feel comfortable furthering their knowledge and fulfilling their potential.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

We ensure that parents are aware of how their child is progressing. We provide the following mechanisms for parents to track their children's progress:

Daily log of what each child does on a particular day is provided to parents daily.
Biweekly lesson plans emailed home to parents.
Email access to all staff
Parent conferences held twice a year review each child�??s progress in detail.
Observation rooms in specific classrooms allow parents to observe their child interact with other students without their presence impacting the observation.
Newsletters keep parents abreast of upcoming changes, events, menus, lesson plans, themes for the month and parent tips.
Learning Springs encourages parents to be involved as full partners and participants in their child's academic experience. Teachers are open to being available to all parents in whatever mode of communication is most effective for their unique situation. Parents are encouraged to visit their child�??s classroom to observe how their child is responding to the environment and to volunteer in the classroom whenever the opportunity allows.

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Hold social events at the school to build community
  • Fundraise
  • 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
  • Parents in classroom early on
  • Abbreviated schedule at start of school year

Handling Separation: From the Director

Parents are encouraged to visit the school several times prior to the first official day of enrollment. The child gets an opportunity to get familiar with the school by being an observer at first. On the first day of school, staff is at hand to assist the child in integrating with the group and parents are told to stay for as long as they feel comfortable.