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Golden Pond School

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Golden Pond School is a private preschool (ages 2-5), full day kindergarten, kindergarten enrichment and extended school (grades 1-3) offering an exceptional educational experience. Located in Ashburn, VA, Golden Pond School represents joyful learning which is exuberant, exciting, and engages the children’s emotions. Golden Pond School is committed to fostering happy, lifelong learners. At the heart of our philosophy is a conviction that we have an opportunity to help children grow socially, emotionally as well as academically. Golden Pond’s programs provide children with tactile, hands-on learning experiences because children learn best when they are actively involved in the learning process. The curricular emphasis is organized around manipulating, creating, building, exploring, and actively constructing knowledge. Activities are presented in a fun and interesting manner which invites children to immerse themselves in the activities. Our methods, from developmental basics to beginning reading, writing and mathematics reflect an age-appropriate and natural style furthering the development of positive attitudes toward learning.

Basic Facts

    Available Spots: Availability in our full day kindergarten, 2 1/2 year, 3 year, 3 1/2 year, 4 year, 4 1/2 year (Junior Kindergarten), Kindergarten Enrichment and Extended School (1st-3rd grade).

    Age Range:
    2 - 8 years

    Years Established: School established in 2002

    Enrollment: 300 students

    Average Class Size: 2 year olds 4:1 ratio; 2 1/2 year olds 6:1 ratio; 3 and older 9:1; full day kindergarten 9:1; Kindergarten Enrichment and Extended School 10:1.

    Tuition: $4,000 - $16,500

    Who you serve:
    Co-ed, Preschool

    Available Hours:
    7:30 AM - 6 PM Monday-Friday

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Important Q&A

    What differentiates your school from all others?
    The Golden Pond Way offers a developmentally appropriate, brain based learning approach along with a unique, hands-on learning environment. The curriculum and dynamic early childhood professionals at Golden Pond are focused on teaching children ages 2 1/2 through Kindergarten. As such, we are able to concentrate all of our planning and resources on this age group, laying the foundation for your child's future educational and personal successes.

    Where do you see your school in 5 years, what will be different?
    Golden Pond will continue to be a leader in early childhood education. To date Golden Pond has been recognized on international, national and state levels, having been selected to present at the International Reading Association (IRA) Conference (April 2013), NAEYC (National Association for the Education of Young Children) Conference (November 2010) and at the VSRA (Virginia State Reading Association) Annual Conference (2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015).
    As our curriculum has evolved, we have been gratified to see amazing results, i.e. early readers, higher level thinkers and exceptional scores on the Virginia PALs tests for rising Kindergarteners. By staying current on cutting-edge brain-based research and the latest educational practices we will help more and more children develop a life long love of learning.

    Whats one myth about your school thats just not true?
    Many people assume that all of our programs are full. This is not the case! Many of our programs continue to have availability even after the school year has begun. You are welcome to call and inquire about availability at any time.

    What kind of student is most successful at your school?
    At Golden Pond, we believe that children come to us with an innate curiosity. It is our job to feed that curiosity and make learning meaningful for each child by incorporating practices that reflect both the child's age and his individual needs. We place a strong emphasis on learning to think critically and creatively, to work cooperatively and to solve problems. We believe that effective teaching capitalized on the child's natural motivation to explore, experiment and to make sense of his world.

    Why should we choose your school?
    We are early childhood experts, committed to fostering happy lifelong learners. We do this by providing an enticing, play-based environment with exceptional educators whose goal is to make learning fun. Because our teachers know that children learn through doing, they create stimulating classrooms that allow our children to see, hear, smell, squeeze and even eat the world around them! We also recognize that the early years are an especially dynamic period for language development. This is why our classrooms are rich in spoken and written language underpinning and unifying other activities. We realize too, that children learn best when stimulated by variety. Our children's days include interactive story times, song, art, music, Spanish, explorations in math and science, and of course, time to pretend and play. Most importantly, Golden Pond School is a place where children feel secure, nurtured, and loved, because only then can they blossom to their full potential.

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