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Courthouse Academy

3217 Monet Drive
Virginia Beach, VA 23453

(757) 368-0368


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

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

From the Director:

The school's approach to learning is to challenge each child, encouraging them to become confident in their ability to be academically successful. The instruction is often teacher-led, but the children are also allowed time to investigate and learn on their own. We want the students to become well-rounded individuals.

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
  • Creating books, writing in journals, Handwriting without Tears Curriculum
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense more

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  • Puzzles
  • Math manipulatives, number recognition and one to one correspondence, addition, subtraction, and for kindergartners: simple fraction and solid shape geometry, time and money
Time & space more

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

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  • A place for science activities such as growing plants
  • Pets for children to watch and care for
  • Science experiments, animal and plant study, and kindergartners do a research project and diorama
Music more

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  • Musical instruments
  • Singing and movement cd's
Visual arts more

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  • Materials such as paint, ink, paintbrushes, crayons, markers, chalk, paper, etc.
  • Art work on the walls
  • Extensive stock of craft materials
Physical activity more

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  • A playground with climbing equipment
  • 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 Spanish for all students Computer for all students Music for kindergartners include learning to play the hand bells and recorder.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

The teachers and assistants work in centers, which enables them to work with small groups of children at a time. This allows the teacher to spend more time with a student that is struggling and require more from the student who has the ability. If a student needs extra help the teacher will enlist the parent in finding ways to help the student.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Academic Excellence in a Caring Environment

A Typical Day

7:15- 9:30 "Come & Play" available
9:30 Go to class, greet friends and socialize
9:45 Clean up and begin Circle Time
9:55 Toilet break
10:00 Centers-15 minutes each
11:00 Story
11:10 Toilet break
11:15 Outside play
11:45 Wash and have lunch
12:15 "Reading" Books time
12:30 Songs and finger plays, various activities
12:45 Story
1:00 Dismissal
1:00-3:00 "Stay & Play" available
3:05 Snack
1:00-6:00 Extended Day available
Included in the schedule are computer, music and Spanish

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

We use many sources to communicate with the parents.
All literature and information is available on our website.
Events and announcements are on our facebook page.
Parent Orientation
Student Orientation
Progress Reports
Report Cards (kindergarten)
Parent Conferences
Email to give parents a constant stream of information about many things, including events such as *Parent's Night Out, *Family Bingo Night, *Halloween Parade, *Christmas and Spring Programs and *Graduation, *Enrichment Classes for both students and adults, and school closings.
The teachers and the Director are available for conferences when needed.

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Fundraise
  • Are able to visit the school anytime we want
  • Go on field trips
  • Receive newsletters

Modes of Communication

  • Notes
  • Phone Calls
  • Email
  • Two or More Regular Conferences
  • Drop-Off
  • Pick-Up


Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school

Handling Separation: From the Director

When families register, they receive a packet. In the packet is information on starting school and how to prepare for it. It also includes a pre-admission form for the parent to fill out. This allows the staff to already understand the child before the first day.
Parents are given an opportunity to meet the teachers without their children and then again with their children.
During the parent meeting, the teacher will again discuss the first days of school