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Tower Academy

2887 McLaughlin Avenue
San Jose, CA 95121

(408) 578-2830


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

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

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
  • Many manipulatives
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
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
  • 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

From the Director:

Our curriculum is very structured but fun. Students learn through active involvement supervised and led by the teachers.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Tower Academy is an academic based preschool program. Our teacher-led program is geared to prepare students for the academic expectations of Kindergarten. Although Tower Academy is a large school, we promote a family environment with an emphasis on building self confidence in a secure fun environment.

A Typical Day

Children arrive to school and have free play in the different play areas in each classroom.

At 9:00 AM the academic program takes place.

From 9 to 11:30 the students are led by the teachers developing their academic, social and cognitive skills. During that time they also have a snack break and recess outside for play.

In the afternoon after nap the students do crafts and art work. There is another snack time followed by further fun activities including lawn games, floor games, singing and free play.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Regular meetings with teachers plus on-going student evaluations that are sent home to parents. We also have a weekly newsletter that keeps all parent up to date on schoolwide activities and events.

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • 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
  • Email
  • Special Meetings
  • Drop-Off
  • Pick-Up
  • Regular newsletter/printed updates circulated to the whole school


Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Parents in classroom early on

Handling Separation: From the Director

Teachers spend extra time with the students and promote group activities where students are encouraged to be part of the group.