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Gaithersburg Presbyterian Pre

610 S Frederick Ave
Gaithersburg, MD 20877

(301) 977-5787


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

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

From the Director:

We believe that each child is valuable in the sight of God; therefore, the purpose of the school is to provide an environment conducive to developing the concept of wholeness in each child and to develop each child’s mind, body and spirit. By being respected as an individual, the child learns to respect others and this manifests a positive self-image. A child with good self-esteem will be aware of others’ needs for love, friendship and security. The child learns through the example and role modeling of the teachers as well as through active participation in a child-centered, multisensory program appropriate for the child’s level of development. We provide an atmosphere for nurturing each child’s body by providing play situations that develop physical coordination and by fostering good habits of personal health. We seek to develop cognitive potential. We nurture the child’s spirit by encouraging a personal relationship with God and a sense of Christian community. We believe that the school environment provides flexibility within a disciplined atmosphere. The teacher serves as an example and facilitator, and respects the child as an individual, providing a warm and loving experience that creates within a child a sense of trust and well being. Our instructional goals include age-appropriate experiences in language arts, math, science, social studies, art, music and physical education as part of the general areas of intellectual, spiritual, physical, emotional and social development. We value parent involvement.

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 Personal and Social Development Spiritual Development

Home-School Connection

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Volunteer in the classroom

Modes of Communication

  • Two or More Regular Conferences
  • Drop-Off
  • Pick-Up


Separation is Handled through:

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