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Bethany Lutheran Preschool

2501 Beacon Hill Road
Alexandria, VA 22306

(703) 765-8687


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Helping families grow children since 1959.

Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

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

From the Director:

At Bethany we believe that children are gifts from a loving God and learning is what children do. It is an active process. Bethany Preschool provides a developmentally appropriate, well planned and nurturing environment for the growth of our preschool friends.. Bethany Preschool offers a well-trained early-childhood staff, low student-teacher ratios, a ten month preschool year and after school activities.

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

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Bethany Lutheran Preschool was founded in 1959 to provide a quality Christian education for young children and outreach to their families. The school includes children of the congregation, other congregations and children whose families have no church affiliation. It is the schools mission to "Serve God's Children and Their Families."

A Typical Day

9:00 Meet and Greet Students
9:15 Circle Time includes calendar and discussion of days events
9:30 Open Centers including enrichment activities
11:00 Snack
11:15 Outside Play
11:45 Jesus Time includes a story, song and prayer
12:00 Dismissal

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Families receive a montly newsletter from the director as well as regular letters from the teachers. Monthly class calendars include special school or class activities as well as information about the weekly themes.

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Hold social events at the school to build community
  • 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
  • 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
  • Abbreviated schedule at start of school year