"Friends School has been established to offer preschool and primary programs which center on the positive growth and development of the whole child. An integrated, hands-on and challenging setting focuses on the individual needs and interests of each child. The aim is to serve a heterogeneous population of children, which includes children of different races, abilities, and economic backgrounds. This allows children the opportunity to learn to respect and appreciate one another's unique characteristics, while enjoying the things they have in common.
Ongoing assessments and parent-teacher communication enable the teachers to determine the child's strengths and needs, and to effectively present concepts through appropriate materials and programs. Fostering the social, academic, physical, and emotional growth of each child is accomplished by keeping a very low student to teacher ratio.
A developmental program enables each child to progress at his or her own rate, thus strengthening a positive view of self and gaining confidence in his or her abilities. The needs and interests of each child are taken into account when developing the hands-on, creative learning environment. Offering a variety of choices within a well-planned setting helps children learn to make good, responsible decisions.
Parental involvement is a vital component of Friends School .
Friends School Objectives
Teachers at Friends School foster the cognitive, social, emotional, moral and physical development of each child by keeping the following objective in mind:
The staff strives to teach children the social skills to resolve conflicts and work together, while allowing each child opportunities for self-expression and development at his or her individual rate.
Teachers and parents communicate to determine each child's strengths and needs and to set appropriate goals.
As a family cooperative school, Friends requires parent involvement by asking each family to spend time working for the school each month, either in the classroom, fundraising, or serving on the board of directors. Parent participation not only enhances the programs, but also gives parents the chance to examine and validate their own childrearing strategies. Their involvement in the school helps parents develop skills to better relate to their children and empowers them to remain active in the pursuit of the best education for their child. "
Excerpted from the preschool's website