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Good Beginnings School

11501 Sunrise Valley Dr
Reston, VA 20191

(703) 758-8811


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Teacher-Led

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Teacher formally assess each student at least two or three times in the year; informally assess students throughout the year. Provide one-on-one work - whether remedial or otherwise.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"Our philosophy is to provide developmentally appropriate and strong academic programs to positively challenge the social, emotional, intellectual and physical needs for each child. We recognize and appreciate that all children are unique learners. We believe in a strong partnership between parents, children and staff, appreciating that parents are the most significant adults in a child's life.

Reading, math readiness and science activities are designed to stimulate creativity and encourage reasoning and problem solving. Large and small learning groups are used to foster skill development through songs, games, language development as well as fine and gross motor activities. A description of curricula utilized is provided in our general information."
Excerpted from the preschool's website

A Typical Day

8:30 Combined grouping (both PreK classes)
9:15 Clean up
9:20 Circle Time
â?¢ flag, calendar, weather
â?¢ take attendance, send â??helperâ?? to office w/ it
â?¢ flash cards, story, explanation of seat work
9:45- 11:15 Academic Block
â?¢ language arts, math, penmanship
â?¢ one-on-one reading
11:20 - 11:55 Lunch
12:00 - 1:15 Indoor/Outdoor Play
1:30 - 2:30 Nap / Rest Time
2:30 - 3:00 Wake Up/Afternoon Snack
3:00 â?? 4:00 One-on-one; Group Work
4:00-6:00 Outdoor Play / Free Exploration / Combined Group
6:00-6:30 Wait for pick up in Multipurpose Room

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

open house, provision of learning goals, parent-teacher meetings, parent education classes, connection to services/activities in the community, annual summaries of student learning, etc.

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Hold social events at the school to build community
  • Fundraise
  • 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
  • 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
  • Extra staff dedicated to handle separation
  • Abbreviated schedule at start of school year