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Clifton Children's Academy

14315 Compton Rd
Centreville, VA 20121-2712

(703) 968-8455


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Philosophy & Approach

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"our goal is to provide a well-rounded program with a wide variety of enriching experiences, in which the total child can develop in a happy atmosphere. Along with a basic skills curriculum, the program incorporates an innovative foreign language program, music programs and many opportunities to expand a child's multiple intelligences. The environment is well suited for children to grow physically, be stimulated mentally, and develop life long memories and friendships.

We believe that each child is a unique individual with the need and right to develop his own strengths and interests, while being exposed to many new experiences which will be the base for all other learning.

We especially believe that each child needs to build a strong self image which enables him/her to feel comfortable and confident socially, emotionally and physically, so that he/she will interact, to his/her fullest potential, with the environment during future years in school and throughout life.

We know that we are achieving our goals when we look around and see "Active minds, Busy hands and Smiling Faces."
Excerpted from the preschool's website

A Typical Day

"8:35 - 8:50 Preschool Arrivals - Children gather in their classrooms
8:35 - 8:50 Open activities, manipulative, computers or outside play
8:55 - 9:25 First Circle with base teacher - Treasure Within included in Circle Time
9:25 - 9:45 Specials - Foreign Language / Music / Writing Center
9:45 - 10:30 Centers (Children move freely to Fine Motor, Writing Center, Computers-Media Area, Art Room, Block Room, & Dramatic Play/Gross Motor Area)
10:30-10:50 Outdoor Play 10:30-10:50 Snack
10:55-11:15 Snack 10:55-11:20 Outdoor Play
11:15-11:45 Second Circle 11:20-12:00 Second Circle
11:45-12:00 Dismissal 12:00-12:15 Dismissal

......................FOR THOSE WHO STAY.............

12:00-12:30 Lunch
12:30-12:55 Outside/ Games/ Playtime/ Stories
12:45- 1:00 Dismissal of "Lunch Bunch"
12:55- 1:45 Quiet Time for Extended Day
1:45- 3:30 Planned activity,Centers,Join PM Preschool
12:45- 2:00 ART STUDIO - Extra Curricular Program

12:45 -1:00 Arrival Open activities, manipulative, computers or outside play
1:00 - 1:20 Specials - Foreign Language
1:25 - 1:45 First Circle
1:45 - 2:30 Art Studio / Centers / Music
2:30 - 2:50 Second Circle
2:50 - 3:10 Snack
3:10 - 3:30 Outdoor Play
3:30 - 3:45 Dismissal - Short story/songs "
Excerpted from the preschool's website

Home-School Connection

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • 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