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Spring-Mar Cooperative Preschool

10125 Lakehaven Court
Burke, VA 22015

(703) 239-1213


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based, Co-op

Day in the Life

General School Mission

At Spring-Mar, we believe young children learn most effectively through their play. Play is the most vibrant and natural way children try out ideas, practice grown-up behavior and develop a sense of control over their world.

"Spring-Mar bases its curriculum on a developmental view of the way
children learn. Working at their own
pace, children experience science,
language, arts, mathematics, music,
creative art and social studies.
Learning by doing means using
hands-on activities to formulate
an understanding of the world
and learning concepts rather than
being instructed in rote academic

Home-School Connection

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
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Receive newsletters

Modes of Communication

  • Phone Calls
  • Email
  • Special Meetings
  • Two or More Regular Conferences
  • Regular newsletter/printed updates circulated to the whole school


Separation is Handled through:

  • Home visits by teachers
  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Parents in classroom early on
  • Abbreviated schedule at start of school year