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Stanwood Camano Learning Center

2304 300th Street
Stanwood, WA 98292

(360) 629-2530


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

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

From the Director:

We believe in early learning and that if children are given a sense of wonder the world is wide open!

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

We are blessed to have a highly qualified and dedicated staff at Stanwood Camano Learning Center. Teachers are often learning right along with students (different things, but always with open minds:>).

Day in the Life

General School Mission

We consider ourselves a ministry that is devoted to the spiritual, physical, social and emotional development of children. Our goal is to encourage a view of God present in our world and active in our daily lives. We desire to impart the value of God's love for children through Jesus Christ our Lord.
We are commited to helping young people achieve success by instilling in them a life long love of learning. We acknowledge that children learn in a variety of ways. We strive to offer child-centered activities that will encourage various learning styles. We provide an environment where children can use their imagination by exploration, sharing of discoveries and ideas. We work in small groups to ensure that each child's needs are met. We provide a safe, structured, nuturing environmnet that is also academically challenging. Our goal is to help each child find his or her highest level of learning success.

A Typical Day

All students are greated by name at drop off and enter to group time (max 24/4) inclusive of music, sign language, letter of the day, V.I.P., Bible verse, Pledge of Allegiance and morning prayer. Then each class (6/1) goes to either, art, recess, snack (school provided- healthy), discovery, or classroom time and then rotates through the day. Full group reconvenes at end of morning for review of day and a story before pick up. Our 4's group, attends focus groups on Wednesday where special theme based activities start the day and then they are in ability grouped classes to stretch their pre-literacy skills at their levels. It is one of the favorite days of the week for both students and teachers:>

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Parents and students are welcomed to SCLC with an open house before school starts. Sample activities and site tours occur while meeting teachers and staff. Monthly newsletters go home while daily news is posted in the drop off area or handed out in student cubbies. Student progress is assessed 3 times a year and 4/5 parents are offered 2 formal parent/teacher conferences while 3/4 parents are offered one. Meetings with teachers or classroom observations can be arranged at any time as needed. Individual teachers also take phone calls and emails regularly and journal with parents as needed.

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Hold social events at the school to build community
  • Are able to visit the school anytime we want
  • 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
  • Parents in classroom early on

Handling Separation: From the Director

While separation anxiety occurs, we truly feel it is less so in our environment. We are housed in a beautiful old fashioned house that children consider their home away from home. They truly take ownership early on and like to let "momma" know that (much to "mommas" chagrin:>:>)
Parents are always welcome at SCLC, but be rest assured, one wave out that living room window and the tears stop, promise:>