Early Childhood Center
The Early Childhood Center (ECC) provides children ages 3 through 5 with a comprehensive, hands-on educational experience that supports cognitive, social-emotional, and physical development, as well as language and communication skills. We believe in inquiry learning and provide spaces and experiences for students to explore, discover, and make real life connections. Concepts and skills are taught through an integration of language arts, math, science, physical education, social and fine arts activities. Exposure to many social, sensory, motor, artistic and pre-academic activities ensures strong foundations during the early stages of child development.
Our teachers are Early Childhood specialists who provide a nurturing and supportive atmosphere that celebrates the uniqueness of every child.
Play unlocks curiosity, discovery, wonder and joy! Our world's future is right here, right now, in our Early Childhood Center!
We believe that play provides the base foundation for learning.
Children benefit from differentiated attention with low student-teacher ratios: from 8 to 1 in the PK3 classes, to 10 to 1 in the K5 classes. All ECC classes are staffed by a head teacher and an assistant teacher.
Students are immersed in a comprehension curriculum where English is our primary language of instruction with native-English teachers. Students also enjoy tri-weekly Spanish classes where they are exposed to the culture and language of our host country.
We are firm believers in the importance of building strong home-school collaboration, as active parent engagement has been shown to have an enormous impact on a student’s attitude, social-emotional well-being, and academic achievement. We look forward to collaborating with parents to ensure a positive learning environment for students.
School begins at 9:00 AM, but children can enjoy the playground from as early as 8:30 AM. When the bell rings, students head inside for “morning meeting” where they greet each other, assign student helpers, and discuss the day ahead. They break up into small groups where they work in “centers” focused around a particular theme, such as “My Family”. Here students will practice literacy, math, or fine motor skills. Around 10:15 AM, students break for morning snack and some outdoor playtime, followed by specialist classes, such as art, Spanish, music, and more.
Lunch is around 11:45 AM and students can choose between a hot lunch prepared by our Spanish chefs, or a packed lunch from home. Afterwards, PK3 students have the option to go home, or they can continue with a short nap followed by afternoon centers, free choice activities, and read-alouds. The school day ends at 3:45 PM but many of our students stay for a wide variety of after school activities from 4:00 PM until 5:30 PM.
There is nothing like seeing the campus for yourself and speaking directly with a member of our Admissions team. We offer small group tours, individual virtual meetings, on-campus and virtual Open House events.