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Virginia Beach Friends School

1537 Laskin Road
Virginia Beach, VA 23451

(757) 428-7534


Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based, Montessori, Co-op

Curriculum & Teaching Approach

Learning Philosophy & Tools

  Play- based mostly teacher led not formally in curriculum conducive environment
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense
Time & space
Sci. reasoning/physical world
Visual arts
Physical activity
Other subjects taught Spanish and Drama

From the Director:

Sheltered within a traditional classroom setting, our Treehouse program provides a natural transition to a school community. The curriculum is sustained by sequential themes embedded with an assortment of age-appropriate activities and events. This earliest school environment advances cognitive development, language acquisition, motor skills and sensory integration at each child's readiness level. With active exploration of the world around them, use of their senses, expressive experiences and interactive playtime, children find joy in learning. Open the Cottage door and step into the wonder and magic of an inspiring and nurturing learning environment geared to 3 and 4 year olds. Children delight in learning through active exploration, use of their senses, meaningful events and interactive playtime. Rich and varied experiences in this "home away from home" provide a solid anchor for students who are transitioning to school life.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Our classroom teachers are aware of the different academic abilities inherent among students. Although many of our teachers use a “Gifted” curricula for all their students, adaptations and changes evolve to accommodate the needs of each child. Small classroom settings ensure that the teachers are able to monitor the needs of each student. Every class is scheduled for music, art, pottery, drama, P.E., and spanish. Lower, Middle and Upper School classes participate in many field trips and in-house programs.

It is not surprising that students who have never been identified as “gifted” may show signs of improved academic prowess once they are immersed in our program. This indicates that your child is appropriately placed at our school and the program is working for your child.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"At Virginia Beach Friends School, we know that a school must be founded on solid principles, which is why we take pride in our Mission Statement and Statement of Philosophy. We believe these statements articulate our unwavering commitment to the students who attend Virginia Beach Friends School, and that our attention to the philosophical underpinnings of Quaker education benefits our students immensely.

Education must foster a partnership among the community, parents, students and educators. It is our shared responsibility to prepare lifelong learners, who will become self-disciplined, creative, and confident individuals. We build the foundations for integrity and a positive attitude while empowering students to achieve academic success. The Quaker belief that each person is endowed with “that of God within” requires us to look at every student as an individual, eager to gain knowledge and to be successful. All children have talents and schools hold the responsibility for creating an atmosphere where they can excel.

At Friends School we create an educational environment in which questions are asked, answers are challenged, and where challenge becomes the driving force for a deeper understanding of ourselves and of our peers. By placing a high value on a holistic approach to education, all aspects of each student’s life, from the intellectual, the social and the spiritual, are impacted. Our teachers are committed to discerning and fostering the development of the artist, the athlete, the philosopher, and the scholar in each student.

A Typical Day

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Early School teachers maintain close, ongoing contact with parents, informing them as to the social, emotional, and academic growth of the students throughout the year. Each child has their own folder which goes home daily. The teachers will meet formally with the parents for designated parent conferences in the fall, spring, and end of the school year.
The school publishes an on-line newsletter every two weeks.
Many yearly activities are on the on-line school calendar as well as the paper calendar sent to each family at the beginning of the school year.
Flyers, on-line newsletters, email notices and school website provide up to date information on activities and events.