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Mc Lean Children's Academy

6900 Elm St
Mc Lean, VA 22101-2826

(703) 734-2353


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

"8:00 School Opens
8:35 - 8:50 Preschool Arrivals
8:55 - 9:25 First Circle---with Base Teacher; The Treasure Within (Character Development)
9:30-10:30 Center Time Mini-Sessions---Children move freely to Fine Motor, Computers, housekeeping, Art Room, Block. Gross Motor & Dramatic play; Music takes place in the Dramatic Play Area; Writing Center takes place in the Fine Motor Center; Language-French takes place during Center Time.
10:35 - Clean up
10:35-11:15 Snack & Outdoor Play-Alternate groups
11:15-11:45 Second Circle - with Base Teacher
11:45-11:55 Preschool Dismissal
..........for those who stay.........
11:45-12:00 Stories, Music & Bathroom
12:00-12:25 Lunch
12:25-12:30 Pickup for Preschool Lunchers
12:30- 1:00 Quiet Play & Storytime for Resters
1:00- 2:00 Nap
12:15- 1:00 Kinders - Outdoor Play & Lunch
1:00 - 3:00 Kinder Enrichment Class - includes language class.
1;00 - 3:00 Afternoon Preschool activities similar to morning Center Time above
3:00 - 4:30 School Age & Afternoon Programs
4:15 - 5:15 Dismissal time depending on Program "
Excerpted from the preschool's website