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Snell's Pre-kindergarten

9371 Lower Sacramento Rd
Stockton, CA 95210

(209) 478-6161


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Snell's is the oldest privately owned pre-kindergarten school in California. We have a proven innovative program that has lasted over 100 years. We keep abreast of the social and academic needs for children entering kindergarten in the 21st Century. It is our school's purpose and philosophy to help today's child become tomorrow's responsible citizen!

Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

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

From the Director:

Snell's sees and values each child as the expression of innocence and receptivity and who is innately intelligent and good. Snell's continues its educational excellence in helping to develop character and great abilities in each child. We combine old-fashioned values, new ideas, and skills for the challenges children and parents face in the 21st Century!

Curriculum & Teaching Approach

Learning Philosophy & Tools

  Play- based mostly teacher led not formally in curriculum conducive environment
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
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 For over 100 years Snell's has had a strong base in music and movement and dramatization with live piano accompaniment, where joyous learning is always taking place! So much more about our program is on our website at

From the Director:

In our holistic approach towards a balanced education we open doors of knowledge in specific areas of math, language arts, science, history, music and art - all through hands-on and developmentally appropriate activities. Our school has a definite stucture yet flexible program.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Our objectives are for each child to learn in accordance with his/her own needs and interests; to be responsible; to be independent; to be respectful of others and their rights, to share, to work independently and in groups; to have good work, health and safety habits; to reason; to make decisions; to listen; to follow directions; to use and expand his/her language ability; to be creative and imaginative; to use his/her body for small muscle and big muscle activity; to find success; to feel secure; to be happy in learning and being with other children the same age.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"To help today's child become tomorrow's responsible citizen!"

A Typical Day

Snell's has half day morning or afternoon programs.
The Three Year Old Programs are on Tuesdays and Thursdays and Four Year Old Programs are on Monday, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Children whose parents work have the opportunity to utilize our Rainbow Room up to five days per week for full or part time needs. This full day program offers the children more opportunities to expand on their learning! The children enjoy our park-like playground with a tree house trail structure among shady Oaks and a variety of play activities readily available to them; a dramatic play street with a cafe, school, and post office; a sound garden; sand and water play areas, a science and art area; a long and undulating trike path, and spacious covered areas for swinging and a grass area for creative play.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

We have two-way mirrors and closed circut TV which allows the parents to observe their child at work and play without being seen by the child. Newsletters keep parents informed as well as our funtional website. Parents are always welcome to converse with teachers and conferences are scheduled.

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • 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
  • Receive newsletters

Modes of Communication

  • Notes
  • Phone Calls
  • Voice Mail
  • 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
  • Small group sessions
  • Extra staff dedicated to handle separation