program & Philosophy
Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays for children ages 2.5 and up.
Morning sessions: 9 am -12 pm
Afternoon sessions: 1 pm - 4 pm
Milestones Wednesdays are for children ages 4 and up.
One session: 9 am - 2 pm
All Children Great and Small welcomes a maximum of 20 children per class session, so the student-to-teacher ratio never exceeds 7:1.
Each day, during these three-hour sessions, children between the ages of 2 ½ and 6 years old follow their innate curiosity and desire to learn through opportunities that scaffold according to the Progressive model. Open inquiry and creative exploration abound in the various stations that children may work at each day. Children move freely from the outdoor climbing structure and sand lot, to the Art and Science Studio on the deck, to the Creation Station indoors. This freedom allows students to immerse themselves in the experiences that suit them developmentally and temperamentally. One student might choose to spend all day working assiduously in the garden, while another prefers to feel the wind in their hair on the swing set for the bulk of the afternoon. At age two and half, a child might be most comfortable digging channels in the sandbox, cuddling a baby in the nook, or building with blocks, while at four that same child might be leading a group of experimenters constructing an erupting volcano, and by five will be confidently designing a multi-step large-scale art project.
All the children in each session gather for two meetings each day—one to open the session and another to close it. At these meetings, teachers read books, lead discussions, and sing songs relevant to the current themes of the school, which range from exploring our bodies and understanding consent to discussing the upcoming school camping trip and learning how to use the tools that help us enjoy nature.
On Wednesdays, ACGS offers a special program called “Milestones” for children aged four and up. The Milestones program runs from 9am-2 pm and provides older children (ages 4 and up) an opportunity to spend a longer day developing their special interests into bigger projects. The Milestones students have lunch with the teachers, create and maintain their own journals and prepare for their post-preschool adventures.
Three days a week excluding Milestones Wednesdays: $660.00
Four days a week excluding Milestones Wednesdays: $880.00
Three days a week including Milestones Wednesdays: $810.00
Four days a week including Milestones Wednesdays: $1030.00
Five days a week including Milestones Wednesdays: $1250.00
Application fee $50.00
Annual waitlist fee $25.00
Annual school fee $400.00
Once a family has been admitted, an application for ACGS offers limited (tuition-only) scholarship assistance. Upon review by the scholarship committee, a partial tuition scholarship is awarded to a limited number of families in need. Please note on your application if you are interested in financial aid.