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Classrooms

Classroom schedules given below are for a typical school year. Group sizes and some schedules have changed for the 2020-21 school year due to COVID-19 pandemic operations.

Two-day, 2 year-old morning class

This group meets on Tuesday and Friday mornings from 8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. We ask that parents remain with the child until the teacher and parent feel the child is able to stay comfortably on their own.

Ages

2.0 – 2.5 (Children must be between 24 – 29 months by Sept. 1)

Group size

14

 

Three-day, 2 year-old morning class

This class meets on Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Ages

2.6 – 2.11 (children must be between 30 – 35 months by Sept. 1)

Group size

14 – 16

 

Multi-aged five-morning or three-afternoon class

This class meets Monday – Friday from 8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. This class is open to currently enrolled families only

Ages

3 – 5 (Children must be 3 – 4 years, 11 months old by Sept. 1)

Group size

18

 

Multi-aged three-afternoon class

This class meets Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 12:30 – 3:30.

Ages

3 – 5 (Children must be 3 – 4 years, 11 months old by Sept. 1)

Group size

18

Classroom placement

Classroom placement is an essential component of creating a positive learning environment for all children. With this in mind, our staff meets before school begins to discuss the best placement for each child.

Our staff consider several variables when placing a child in a particular class. They include child and group characteristics, and family needs and preferences.

Child characteristics include:

  • Identified abilities in each developmental domain
  • Identified interests
  • Temperament
  • Activity level
  • Existing peer relationships
  • Gender
  • Ethnicity
  • Age

Group characteristics include:

  • Potential playmates for each child (new and old)
  • Maintaining a balance of ages, gender, and ethnic composition
  • Maintaining a balance of new and returning families (i.e., known and unknown child characteristics)
  • Maintaining temperament and activity balance
  • The potential synergy of the group

Family needs and preferences include (but are not limited to):

  • Morning or afternoon placement
  • Economic considerations
  • Family needs (e.g., another child in the program, carpool requirements, child care needs, etc.)
  • Preference of family for a particular teacher or with a particular child

A parent request is one variable among many. Often children benefit from a new placement in a familiar setting.

With this in mind, we require parents who wish to request a particular classroom to submit a letter in writing to the Lab School’s director.

There is no guarantee of a particular placement.