Our Pre-Kindergarten program (for four- and five-year-olds) focuses on each child as an individual who is accepted and valued, while encouraging their development in small- and large-group learning activities.
Families choose ACDS’s Pre-K program so their students can take advantage not only of our play-responsive program but also access the wide-ranging enrichments and opportunities that a Pre-Kindergarten - 8th grade school community offers.
Our Reggio Emilia-inspired courses earned an "Exceptional" rating from the California Association of Independent Schools (CAIS).
The curriculum for this multi-age program is developmental, play-responsive, child-centered, and Reggio Emilia-influenced. Licensed master teachers present and scaffold academic concepts and skills sequentially to support progress at each child’s individual pace. The overall goal of the one- or two-year Pre-Kindergarten experience is to develop the whole child, with an emphasis on social, intellectual, emotional, and physical growth in preparation for Kindergarten.
In other words, our students get to experience the joy and wonder of childhood while learning valuable skills at their own pace to get them ready for kindergarten — and life.
Our early childhood education (ECE) teachers are specialists in the field who guide the students using a hands-on multi-sensory approach -- we hear, we see, we say, we do. Children’s play is their work. By building letters with clay, counting plates and napkins for snack, singing songs about friendship and community, building indoor and outdoor structures with various materials, exploring nature, and more, students are actively engaged in learning through play. They share and work with peers, developing interpersonal skills such as negotiation, compromise, and confidence through a variety of engaging, stimulating, and fun classroom experiences.
Families who choose ACDS’s Pre-K program are drawn to being part of a Pre-Kindergarten - 8th grade school community, with its many benefits and access to rich programs and opportunities including:
- Our buddy program where younger students have a big buddy as a role model and meet up weekly
- Weekly visits to our on-campus library for reading and fun with our staff librarian
- Attending multiple elementary and middle school drama performances annually
- Access to outdoor classroom spaces such as our edible garden
- Bridging and transitional support in the move from Pre-K to Kindergarten for both parents and students
Additionally, our Pre-K experience provides a strong foundation for future academic and social growth, introducing children to the stimulating, positive learning environment at ACDS with a focus on social emotional development in preparation for Kindergarten and beyond.
Our Pre-K program is for children turning 4 or 5 by December 31.
Monday through Friday
8 a.m. - 12 p.m.
8 a.m. - 3 p.m.
View sample Pre-K half-day and full-day schedules below.
Extended Care Program
ACDS offers a fee-based after-school program for Pre-Kindergarten students, The Apple Tree, staffed by dedicated teachers.