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The Gardner School of Dublin

6145 Emerald Parkway
Dublin, OH 43016

(614) 717-9677


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Teacher-Led, Montessori

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

We are fortunate to have a very strong staff and good artios which allow children to get the support they need whether they are struggling or they need to be more challenged. We have high expectations and find that children tend to rise to those expectations. Our aim is to prepare children really well for First Grade so we do what ever that means.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

The Gardner School's educational philosophy encourages a learning environment that stimulates and nurtures children's growth and development. We believe that each child should be provided with experiences of self-esteem, which are essential in the adjusting, exploring, and growing stages of child development. This approach ensures that each child's learning experience at The Gardner School will be nurtured at the proper pace and level and will provide them with the educational foundation for a bright future.

A Typical Day

A day in the life at our school is varied and exciting including starting off with a lovely breakfast snack that is included in the fees. Tuition also includes lunch and an afternoon snack prepared on site.
Our school has a cafeteria so all of the children leave their rooms to eat. We also have two large, well equipped playgrounds and a covered play area which is invaluable with our rainy weather!
Our program is academic but we recognize that all children learn in different ways and we use a variety of approaches to accomodate that need.
We cover all aspects of the curriculum during the day and make use of centers as well as whole class teaching. Our enrichment program offers a variety of challenges to our students. These include dance, gymnastics, Tae Kwon Do and many more. Our Be Smart Enrichment program is a phonic and math based program that teaches children without them realizing that they are learning.
We would welcome any parents who would like to look around our beautiful school.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

We have confereces twice a year with parents to discuss progress in the classroom. These focus on succes as well as goals for the next few months. The Pre K and K children have a kite binder which goes home every night which includes homework and information sheets. All of the younger children have a class folder that parents are asked to check daily for communication from the office.
Every child has a daily sheet that goes home in the evening giving a detailed 'snapshot' of the day. These include details such as pottying, meals, bottles, napsm etc.
Presentations are offered to the parents by us using outside agencies such as financial advice, parenting advice etc.

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Hold social events at the school to build community
  • Fundraise
  • Are required to make donations ourselves
  • Are able to visit the school anytime we want
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Receive newsletters

Modes of Communication

  • Notes
  • Phone Calls
  • Special Meetings
  • Two or More Regular Conferences
  • Drop-Off
  • Pick-Up
  • Regular newsletter/printed updates circulated to the whole school


Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Extra staff dedicated to handle separation
  • Parents in classroom early on

Handling Separation: From the Director

We have had very few issues with this in the past three years because we invite parents to take advantage of the free day that we offer for their child to visit prior to starting with us. We also encourage parents to visit the day before to make the child feel comfortable before they start. An additional teacher is usually allocated to the room where a new child is starting to allow one of the main care givers in that room the time to establich a rapport with the new, perhaps anxious, student.