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Preschool Through Kindergarten

Early Childhood

Preschool, Prekindergarten & Kindergarten

The School’s strong educational foundation is laid in the Early Childhood Division (ECD), where child-directed learning, imagination, and play are fostered. In these Preschool through Kindergarten years, students access the intellectual tools to solve their own problems and develop a love for learning through sensory, hands-on experiences.

The early childhood years are a joyful time for all students because they are known, nurtured, and celebrated for who they are!

Character Development

It is here in the ECD that students learn the fundamental skills of being a good person, such as how to share and how to grow from your mistakes, all in a safe and supportive environment. Through our daily commitment to honoring the SPS Community Code, we strive to be kind, compassionate, and inclusive. We are respectful of, and honest with ourselves, our work, and others. We are all encouraged to be our best selves. Core concepts including kindness, forgiveness, and gratitude are modeled and nurtured. Mindfulness and peaceful conflict resolution strategies are incorporated daily.

Academic Foundations

The ECD curriculum prepares our youngest students for later academic success in language arts, science, and math through activities that are developmentally appropriate, hands-on, child centered, and experiential.


Through daily indoor and outdoor play, students develop socially, emotionally, physically, and cognitively. Curiosity, creativity, and collaboration are fostered.

Arts Appreciation

Exploration of the studio, musical and theatrical arts provide students rich opportunities to embrace creativity and self-expression, while gaining a long-lasting appreciation for the arts.

Special Subjects

Students participate in weekly French, yoga, and library classes. These special subjects take our youngest students out of their comfort zones and into new spaces, including Old Pine Community Center and the Blum Library and allow them interact with different teachers.

Steam Learning

Students engage in hands-on, exploratory learning in the STEAM Lab (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Mathematics).