This is my daughters second year at Serra Preschool and we love it here. The play based curriculum is outstanding at letting children explore their world the way they are meant to. Patty Nowicki is the director/teacher and provides some of the most unique and original activities for the kids and parents to experience. It is so amazing how I get to know all the kids and parents since parents work 2 days a month and attend a general meeting every other month and various awesome field trips. Everyone has a "job" like being on the board or working with the director to come up with ideas for dramatic play or tending to the garden. We work hard and play hard and get to know each other like family. This place is one of a kind and will forever be in my heart!
My daughter attended this school for a year prior to kindergarten and it was the best experience! We are now sending our second child here then after that will send our third. We could not imagine going anywhere else!!! Every day is a new adventure and due to the 5 parents and 1 teacher that work with the kids at all times(that is a lot of man power for 18-20 kids) the activities the teachers are able to do with the kids is amazing! It is developmental in the truest sense so if you want your child to learn by touching it, tasting it, feeling it, hearing it, and smelling it....this is your school. The two teachers are phenomenal and the whole school is more of a family and very much a community working together. I will say that it is "parent participation" so it is for a parent who wants to experience the preschool years with their children not drop them and catch a break (you are there 1 out of every 3-4 times they attend to help). Serra will forever hold a piece of my heart and my only sadness is that they do not offer a program for my whole child's school career.
Let me warn you .....if you want to drop your child off and go this school is not for you.It involves your time, involvement, and energy, but if that i your cup of tea ( like it is mine) then this school is for you. My son had the time of his life there this past year. You can feel how much time and energy the staffs pours into the place, and the children just flourish..simply flourish, I would do it again in a heart beat, but be sure to understand the requirements before you commit.
Serra Preschool absolutely rocks! I have a masters in early childhood education, and I can say without a doubt that the curriculum and opportunities that this school provides are top notch. The staff is extremely talented! I would recommend this school to anyone!
I can't believe someone would call this school a waste of time. If you want your children to learn socialization, creativity, and to really love learning this is the school for you. We are so happy at Serra. The parents are the nicest people you will ever meet, it is very organized..my daughter begs to go everyday.
This school is a waste of time. The only benefit this school can provide to your child is socialization (similar to taking them to the park or gym class). Be warned: You can do much better for your child!
I can't speak highly enough about Serra Preschool. Our family had a wonderful experience there and I agree that it is the best preschool in San Clemente, as long as you are up for the parent participation.
This is, by far, the best preschool in San Clemente. It is co-op so the parents are a huge part of what makes the school so successful. The teachers are kind, loving and very compassionate. The kids are encouraged to learn through playing. My son is on his 2nd year. And my daughter just started this year. My son has thrived in this type of learning. And my daughter is learning awesome socialization which will prepare her for regular school. I love being involved in my childrens education experience. I know I am building a life long bond as a parent. All of the families at Serra are wonderful. Because we all spend so much time together, we end up being one big family.