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Callejon/Montague District Preschool

750 Laurie Avenue
Santa Clara, CA 95054-2236

(408) 423-1931


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

Day in the Life

General School Mission

What is the High/Scope Philosophy?

The High/Scope philosophy is an “active learning” educational approach. Active learning means children have direct, hands-on experiences with people, objects, events and ideas. Children’s interests and choices are at the center of High/Scope programs. Children build on their knowledge through experiences and hands-on play in the classroom and outside areas. Children take the first step in the learning process by making choices and following through on their plans and decisions. Teachers, caregivers and parents offer physical,
emotional and intellectual support. In active learning settings, adults expand children’s
thinking with diverse materials and nurturing interactions.

A Typical Day

Components of the daily routine:

Small Group Time– 15-30 minute time period (depending on age of children.) During small group time, 5-12 children meet with an adult to experiment with materials and solve problems. Although adults choose a small group activity to emphasize one or more
particular key indicators, children are free to us the materials in any way they want during
this time. The length of small group varies with the age, interests and attention span of the
children. At the end of the period, children help with clean-up.

Plan-Do-Review– This is a three-part sequence. 1) Planning Time– This is a 10-15 minute time period which occurs after small group time. Children meet with their small group teacher and plan what they want to do during work time (the area to visit, materials to use and friends to play with.) 2) Work Time (“Do)– This is a 45-60 minute time period, in which children have the opportunity to carry out their plans. Children are very active and
purposeful during “do” time because they are pursuing activities that interest them. They
may follow their initial plans, but often, as they become engaged, their plans shift or may
even change completely. 3) Review Time (Recall)- This is a 5-10 minute time period which
immediately follows work time. This allows children time for reviewing and recalling with
an adult and other children what they have learned. Generally, as children get older,
the longer and more detailed their planning and review times become. In between “do”
and “review”, children clean up by putting away their materials or storing unfinished

Large Group Time– This is a 20-30 minute time period. This is a group of up to 24 children and 2 adults come together to play a game, do music/movement activities, storytelling and other shared experiences. Children have many opportunities to make choices and play the role of the leader.

Home-School Connection

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
  • 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:

  • Extra staff dedicated to handle separation