The Little School is a developmentally appropriate child development center where young children learn and grow in a safe, warm and secure environment. Early Childhood Educators use the Creative Curriculum as a foundation document as they prepare theme-based lesson plans. Each young child participates in active, engaged play, whereby he/she learns to make wise choices, decisions and solve problems. The program meets the physical, cognitive, social and emotional needs of each child through a variety of learning opportunities.
Little School students thrive within the daily routine of activities based on the philosophy that young children learn through play. Quality playtime is spent inside and out. Teachers plan regular field trips around campus allowing the children to enjoy Country Day's 65 acres, including the butterfly garden, organic vegetable garden, turtle pond, science and animal care center and the various athletic fields and facilities.
Research shows that low teacher: child ratios are paramount in creating effective learning environments. Further, SCDS believes that lower ratios are much safer for young children. The staff works very closely with the parents to make the transition from home to school smooth and enjoyable. Teachers communicate with parents on a daily basis to inform the parents of the child’s progress. Parents are encouraged to be involved with the school throughout the year to make it a very special place for their child.
- The Little School is open year-round (August through the following July), except for some Federal Holidays and at the end of July for cleaning and Teacher Prep Week.
- The hours of operation are from 7:15 am until 5:45 pm, Monday through Friday.
- The Little School serves children from 6 weeks-four years old.
New applications are received and accepted according to the following priority: 1. SCDS Faculty and Staff, 2. SCDS families and alumni, 3. new applicants. In the event that space is not available, families will be invited to join the waiting pool. Registration for each new school year takes place in February. Where space allows, The Little School may register a new student at any time during the school year.
Little School students who apply for SCDS Junior kindergarten will be tested by their classroom teachers. While attending The Little School does not guarantee acceptance to Junior Kindergarten, The Little School works diligently to ensure that the students are well prepared for the application process.