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Ashbrook Independent School

4045 S.W. Research Way
Corvallis, OR 97333

(541) 766-8313


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

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

From the Director:

Ashbrook's Pre-K program is a socially based program that encourages friendship, participation, teamwork and confidence building. By using exploratory and play based activities, social skills and problem solving is re-enforced. Our program is state certified with a 1 to 10 teacher to student ratio and a maximum of 20 students.

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 Ashbrook incorporates a monthly science or social science theme with weekly letter activities while maintaining an exploratory, play based model.

From the Director:

Pre-K is a place for students to learn important social skills that will be the building blocks of having a successful school career.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Ashbrook's Pre-K program is designed with different levels in mind and the teachers are here to scaffold children who need extra help and to encourage and challenge students who are ready.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"We at Ashbrook Independent School believe that educational excellence results when there exist in combination outstanding teachers, clearly defined expectations as reflected in a sequential arts-and-sciences curriculum, small class size, and a well-equipped learning environment.

Students learn not only the joy of discovery, but also traditional values such as courtesy, enterprise, self mastery, and the importance of each student accepting responsibility for his or her own life. In our programs we support the Jeffersonian ideal of free men interacting voluntarily for the common good. Our hope is that in habits of mind an Ashbrook graduate will be ready for the twenty-first century: open minded and curious, yet able to evaluate ideas critically.

The School does not segregate students into "gifted" and "non-gifted" classes. Instead, students in English and mathematics are grouped by achievement. Students at Ashbrook find that it is not enough to be smart; they must also achieve.

A strong parent-school partnership is a crucial element in the success of an Ashbrook Independent School education. This relationship is fostered by extensive communications from the School. These communications include frequent updates to parents on how their children are doing. Parent volunteers are welcome, especially in Lower School classes and in the sports, theater arts, and engineering projects programs.

The School acknowledges its responsibility to parents to provide their children with a first rate education. It monitors the effectiveness of its programs by standardized testing, and results are freely available.
See also our Mission Statement. Our Credo is a statement of our teachers' specific hopes for students at Ashbrook.

Excerpted from the preschool's website

A Typical Day

8:00 Welcome
8:00-8:30 Social centers
8:30- 9:00 Calendar/Go over schedule of the day
9:00-9:30 Specials
9:30-10:30 Centers and Daily theme project
10:30-10:45 Story
10:45-11:15 Outside
11:15-11:30 Acknowledgements
11:30 Say goodbye to half day students
11:30-11:45 Story or music
11:45-12:30 Lunch
12:30-12:45 Outside or centers
12:45-2:00 Rest Time
2:10-2:30 Afternoon activity based on science, nature, arts and crafts, drama or games
2:30-2:40 Recap the day
2:45 Say goodbye

Monday and Wednesday Gym
Tuesday and Thursday Music
Friday Sharing and Library

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Ashbrook Pre-K posts a monthly newsletter online, as well as a hard copy in parent folders. We are always open to conferencing either in person or contact through e-mail or phone calls. Students are assessed with the Creative Curriculum Learning Continuum and Pre-K students receive three report cards with detailed developmental information and comments.

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Sit on the board of trustees
  • Hold social events at the school to build community
  • Fundraise
  • Are able to visit the school anytime we want
  • Go on field trips
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Receive newsletters

Modes of Communication

  • Notes
  • Phone Calls
  • Voice Mail
  • Email
  • 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
  • Abbreviated schedule at start of school year

Handling Separation: From the Director

Students are welcomed with a warm, friendly atmosphere every morning. Parents are encouraged to stay as long as their student needs them to or for the students that need a quick separation, teachers are there to comfort the child and support the parent with their speedy exit. Follow up calls to check on students that have had a difficult separation are welcomed and answered as soon as possible.