Back to Clearwater Preschools

Oak Tree Pre-School - Before 8:30-After 4:30

1625 North Belcher Road
Clearwater, FL 33755

(727) 725-9596


1 parent took the survey TAKE THE SURVEY

Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

We do assessments three times each year to evaluate children's progress and enable teachers to individualize instruction to meet the needs of each student.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"The Salvation Army is motivated by the love of God. For Jesus said "Let the little children come unto me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these." Children are special and should feel safe to learn in a loving and caring atmosphere. The class should have a joyful, enthusiastic and spontaneous approach. The teacher will provide opportunities to learn in social development, positive self-concept, self-help skills, and a good variety of quality centers. We also feel it's important to be supportive of parents, help them if they are in need or just need some questions answered."
Excerpted from the preschool's website

A Typical Day

When our school opens at 7:00, Children meet in the 3's classroom in the morning, which is our largest classroom. They are allowed to play in centers and do art at the tables until 8:00, when snack is served. If children are not hungry, they can look at books or do puzzles.
At 8:30, they go outside on the playground. At 9:00 they come indoors and wash up for circle time. They spend twenty minutes learning about the weekly theme through books, fingerplays and activities and review shapes, colors, numbers and letters. Children may then go to learning centers which include computer, blocks, home living, art, science & math, manipulatives, puzzles, language & books .
During center time, the teacher puts out art materials and children have the opportunity to do an art actvity. After center time, children have music & movement time, followed by a short story time. Lunch is served at 12:00. Children bring their own lunches daily. After eating lunch, children clean up, use the restrooms and naptime begins, from 1:00-3:00. When children awake,they are offered snack and have free play time, alternting with indoor and outdoor activities. At 5:00, all of the children meet in the 3's classroom again and sing songs or read stories until they are picked up by parents.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Monthly newsletters an snack calendars are used to keep parents informed of school activities. Teachers send home daily reports so that parnets know what kind of day their child has had and what lessons were taught each day. Our annual open house program is held in September.

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Are able to visit the school anytime we want
  • Receive newsletters

Modes of Communication

  • Drop-Off
  • Pick-Up


Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Extra staff dedicated to handle separation

Handling Separation: From the Director

We encourage parents to spend time a the school with their cildren prior to their first day to make them feel comfortable here. We also feel it is best for parents to say goodbye rather than "sneaking out" and to assure the child tht they will return. A picture of the parents or a stuffed toy from home can also help alleviate separation anxiety.