UC Pre-K Program
In our Upper Campus Pre-K program children
are arranged in small groups of nine with a primary teacher assigned to each
group. Our indoor and outdoor classrooms are designed as an ecosystem of
rich experiences that will spark children’s curiosity and feed their
Our warm loving teachers lend expertise
in each subject area while collaborating to ensure that a cohesive
curriculum is offered to each individual child.
Each morning children are offered daily inspirations in the
following subject areas: language, math, social studies, science, art, and
gross motor. Once inspired by these short activities, children are offered
time to make their own choices in these areas to explore and manipulate
materials in a way that feels interesting and exciting to them.
As part of our outdoor classrooms each child tends to his or
her own individual garden plot. Our orchards produce plenty of rich fruits
that the children can pick and enjoy as part of a learning experience.
Bulbs, vegetables, sunflowers, fruit and herbs are planted by the children
and cared for year round in sustainable gardens.
Additionally in the outdoor environment the children feel a
sense of community as they participate in activities like running a bakery,
doctor’s office, post office or gas station. Each morning our school flag is
raised by a different student. The student’s family is invited to
participate in the ceremony and the child is “Mayor” for the day of our
Each afternoon the children join together to share in a
nutritious “family style” lunch. As we sit around the table and share our
meal, the children are encouraged to share their thoughts about the day.
This is just one example of many that speak to our small, family
After lunch the children attend a foreign language class,
either Spanish or Mandarin, taught by teachers who are fluent in the
language. These classes are fun and motivating as the children will sing,
dance, read stories and participate in art projects all related to the
language they are learning about. We offer both beginning and more advanced
classes in each language.
When you join the upper campus you will feel a sense of
community and family right away. We carry that feeling throughout the year
by offering many special events for families to participate in together such
as our Nutcracker Dance Performance, Moms and Dads Day, Family Day at the
Park, and our culminating Penny Carnival. Graduation is always a very
special day for all of us.
One very special feature of our upper campus is the amount of
outdoor space for children. We have our treehouse dramatic play, our
courtyard community, the learning terraces, the beach, gardens and our swing
and climb playground. Our longer morning gives children time to reflect and
connect with the space and nature of Los Altos Hills.
We look forward to each new year and making special
connections with the children and families in our class.
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