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Ascension Evangelical Lutheran Church & School

1600 E. Hillcrest Drive
Thousand Oaks, CA 91360

(805) 381-9081


Our accredited nature explorer classroom offers a loving safe structured environment for ages 2 through five years that encourages a deep connection with nature and a sense of stewardship for God’s world. Our youngest learners’ ages three month through age two are nurtured through the practice of primary care giving and nature based learning opportunities in the outdoor classroom. Knowing that virtually every aspect of the development of the human brain is shaped by experience we embrace active learning and honor our student’s sense of wonder through emergent science based curriculum that ensures personal growth.

Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based, Teacher-Led, Montessori, Waldorf, Reggio-Emilia

From the Director:

Our accredited Nature Explorer School serves our " out of the box " thinking as it relates to early learning. Our experienced teaching team brings a blend of approaches to early education. We have chosen to embrace a mix of learning styles that support our philosophy, vision and mission for our students.

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
Time & space
Sci. reasoning/physical world
Visual arts
Physical activity
Other subjects taught Outdoor Classroom Cirriculum Technology Center


Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Small group sessions
  • Extra staff dedicated to handle separation
  • Abbreviated schedule at start of school year