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the goddard school

1905 El Salido Pkwy
Cedar Park, TX 78613

(512) 258-5292


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

From the Director:

Learning Centers: * Provide time for children to explore their feelings and use their imaginations. * Encourage children to investigate their surroundings, solve problems and think independently. * Support each child's freedom to move from center to center and learn at their own pace. * Allow teachers to observe activities, assess children's development and create portfolios. Children are encouraged to: * Explore a variety of materials through play. * Make choices among several options according to their interests. * Socialize with their friends. * Use objects to represent something else (a toy banana becomes a phone) which sets the stage for abstract thinking - the type of thinking that is essential to learning to read and write.

Curriculum & Teaching Approach

Learning Philosophy & Tools

  Play- based mostly teacher led not formally in curriculum conducive environment
Language       more

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  • Tracing paper and other writing instruments
  • A well-stocked bookcase
  • PC educational
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense more

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  • Puzzles
  • PC educational
Time & space more

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  • Calendars and clocks
  • Parquetry blocks, pegboards, and mosaic toys
  • Maps
  • Building blocks
Sci. reasoning/physical world more

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  • A place for science activities such as growing plants
Music more

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  • Musical instruments
  • Individual piano, adv dance
Visual arts more

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  • Materials such as paint, ink, paintbrushes, crayons, markers, chalk, paper, etc.
  • Art work on the walls
Physical activity more

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  • A playground with climbing equipment
  • Bean bags, balls, and other objects that children can throw, kick, and play
  • Enough room for children to move around and play and a suitable indoor alternative to the outdoor playground on rainy days
  • Sandboxes and/or water stations for play
  • Soccer instruction, ballet, martial arts, piano
Other subjects taught

From the Director:

Goddard School teachers integrate various enrichment programs* into their lesson plans in order to enhance the learning experience every day. Incorporating these developmentally appropriate activities augments Goddard's core curriculum. This aspect of the program is a particularly unique feature because enrichment programs are included in the tuition.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

At The Goddard School®, we think the best academic preparation is to encourage your child's enthusiasm for learning. Teachers who have a keen interest in your child's success create lesson plans based on Goddard Developmental Guidelines and monthly themes. By providing individual attention in a small group setting, Goddard teachers nurture each child's confidence. Learning to ask questions, discovering cause and effect, negotiating fair play and making new friends are all academic building blocks at Goddard.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

The Goddard School® is dedicated to providing the foundation to encourage each child's lifelong love of learning in a safe and nurturing environment by:
-offering a wide range of enriching activities to meet the needs of each child
-focusing on building each child's emotional, social, cognitive and physical skills
-offering multi-cultural and developmentally appropriate materials and equipment
-complying with Quality Assurance Reviews and parent surveys conducted by GSI
-supporting the professional development of teachers through GSU
-offering open communication with families in an atmosphere of mutual trust and respect

A Typical Day

Why do children at The Goddard School® look like they're having so much fun? Because play is the foundation for learning and Goddard Schools take play very seriously.

Goddard School teachers promote play by creating theme-based lesson plans to meet the individual needs of the children in their classrooms. They introduce developmentally appropriate materials and activities in Learning Centers. These Centers are hands-on areas and include music, science, math, creative art, writing, computers and dramatic play.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

School Owners, Directors and teachers are available to families every day. They seek input regarding the needs of each child, feedback concerning activities and innovative suggestions or observations.

Commitment to family and community is characteristic of Goddard School Owners and their teachers. They participate in local sponsorship and charitable Good Deeds, both local and beyond. Children learn about the significance of giving and being a part of their community.

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • 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
  • Small group sessions
  • Extra staff dedicated to handle separation
  • Parents in classroom early on

Handling Separation: From the Director

Strategy discussion with parents, periodic on-site educational seminars facilitated by professional therapist & other resources.