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Raintree Rising Stars Academy

1701 Raintree Drive
Henrico, VA 23238

(804) 740-5522


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The goal of Raintree Rising Stars Academy is to involve the community and family in the development of each of our children.

Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

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

From the Director:

Raintree Rising Stars Academy provides excellent care to the children entrusted in its care and offers opportunities that help develop well rounded, active and involved children in our facility. As each child discovers his/her new interests each will be encouraged, and given the tools to reach his/her full potential. The environment we provide is educationally appropriate for each age group and is enhanced individually based on each child's needs.

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
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense more

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  • Puzzles
Time & space more

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

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  • Pets for children to watch and care for
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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  • 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
Other subjects taught The proximity of Raintree Rising Stars Academy to Raintree Swim and Racquet Club will provide our children with the unique opportunity to be introduced to and potentially excel at sports/activities such as tennis, swimming, aerobics, racquetball, weight training and general exercise. Our students are able to take advantage of one of the finest athletic facilities in the city.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Each child is encouraged to move at his/her own pace. Our teachers are taught to give a group lesson and work with each child individually as others are interacting in center play or other activities. Because of our size our teachers are able to give more instruction when children need more prompting to solve social and emotional issues, as well as focus on a child's intellectual needs.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

We provide parents with daily sheets for all ages 6 weeks to 5 years old. Each child has a weekly folder of work that is given to parents. There are parent communication boards located in every room and they have lesson plans, daily schedules, teacher profiles and special instructions posted on them. We also offer 2 parent conferences a year, so that parents can sit down and discuss their child's development in a private atmosphere.

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Hold social events at the school to build community
  • Fundraise
  • Are required to make donations ourselves
  • 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
  • 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
  • Abbreviated schedule at start of school year

Handling Separation: From the Director

Every effort is made to have children comfortably accept their surroundings. Some children develop an affection for just one teacher or staff member who helps each child get acquainted with the classroom.