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Orchard Ridge Nursery School (Mckenna Boulevard)

1025 Mckenna Boulevard
Madison, WI 53719


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Philosophy & Approach

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"The purpose of ORNS is to provide a creative environment that focuses on the social and emotional development of the preschool child while addressing their physical and intellectual growth. This is to be accomplished by recognizing and building upon each individual's personal and family experiences.
The philosophy of ORNS is:
To provide a developmentally appropriate program for children in a safe, caring and creative atmosphere through child/teacher initiated activities.
To encourage social and emotional development and a positive self-image.
To offer opportunities for hands-on exploration, experimentation and discovery through play.
To recognize and build upon each child's uniqueness with regard to their personal and family experiences.
Philosophy: Allowing Children to be Children
Childhood is a time of discovery and adventure. Children need time and space for discovery. Our philosophy at ORNS maintains that children learn best by doing and we provide many hands-on activities for creative, sensory and interactive experiences.
We also maintain that each person is a valuable, unique individual, and we provide opportunities for his or her self-expression. The ORNS curriculum and total environment encourages creativity in thought and play. Children are encouraged to put their thoughts into words and communicate ideas."
Excerpted from the preschool's website

A Typical Day

"Early Morning
Free Choice - active learning
Snack Time
Group Time
Project Table
Extended Explorers"
Excerpted from the preschool's website

Home-School Connection

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Sit on the board of trustees
  • Hold social events at the school to build community
  • Fundraise
  • Are required to make donations ourselves
  • 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