I found this gem of a pre-school after touring at least a dozen north county pre-schools. It’s cozy and feels more like a home than a school (a huge plus as most of the other highly rated schools in Carlsbad/Oceanside felt a little too institutionalized for me) and all the teachers and assistants are kind, loving and supportive. I love how they create an orderly, calm learning environment (even in the toddler room!), play classical music while the children are doing their “work”, and keep the focus on good manners.
My daughter has been at the school for nearly 2 years now and has flourished. Her aptitude and social skills really stand out when we visit friends with kids of similar age, and she already has basic reading skills and is able to sound out words in books (she’s still only 3!) I enrolled my son at 18 months and I truly believe it’s been more advantageous to start them young as my nanny did not have the specialized child development training and experience that the school staff has. Also, the social setting offers a safe and encouraging place for them to learn how to be a good friend, embrace kindness, learn personal space and share experiences.
I can’t say enough good things about the wonderful teachers in the Toddler and Primary I classrooms. They are both perfectly suited for the ages they teach. They do have certain expectations for milestones and behavior, which is a good thing for the collective experience and part of what creates the soothing and productive atmosphere of this school. Both of my children seem advanced for their age, thanks in great part to the curriculum and focus that this school offers.