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Lesley Ellis School

41 Foster Street
Arlington, MA 02474

(781) 641-5987


Philosophy & Approach

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"Lesley Ellis is committed to creating an inclusive community, dedicated to respect, acceptance and celebration of diversity. An active multi-cultural, non-sexist, and non-violent stance is reflected through our curriculum, materials, language, books, and attitudes. Curriculum is designed to teach children about themselves and their world through learning about individual needs and differences both inside and outside of the classroom. Our school community is based on respect and appreciation for the similarities and differences found within our school and neighborhoods and throughout the world. A strong emphasis on anti-bias education promotes a sense of belonging for all children and builds a sense of connection between people. As part of our commitment to diversity, the Lesley Ellis School community strives to meet the special needs of its students by working closely with local agencies and public schools that support us in our efforts to create an integrated program.

As children progress through the different grade levels, they gain skills in critical thinking and creative conflict resolution by examining multiple perspectives. Students are encouraged to express their autonomy and initiative and to take pride in their efforts so that they can develop into active and cooperative problem solvers. Teachers introduce elements of art, literacy, mathematics, music, physical education, science, social studies, and Spanish which meet or exceed national and/or state curriculum standards. This is done in ways which both appeal to and challenge the natural curiosity and instincts of their students. The curriculum at Lesley Ellis values the process of discovery and focuses on exploration, expression, and individual development to help children become effective, competent, and caring members of society. Students are also given many opportunities to work together and learn to support themselves and their peers in their efforts to appreciate the various ways to complete an activity or solve a problem.

Excerpted from the preschool's website

A Typical Day

"8:30 - 9.30 Theme-based structured and unstructured activities
9:30 - 10:00 Story Music and Meeting
10:00 - 10:30 Snack
10:30 - 12:30 Specialist or Outdoor play
12:30 - 1:00 Lunch
1:15 - 2:15 Rest/Quiet activites
2:15 - 2:45 Snack
2:45 - 3:30 Outdoor play
3:30 - 4:00 Indoor activities"
Excerpted from the preschool's website