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We could not be happier with our choice of sending our children to FDS. It is one of the only schools in town with a dedicated year-round swim program for the children. There are lots of animals that the children learn to care for. There are ample play areas, a garden the children tend to and tons of outside activities that are brought in to the campus for the children to learn more about (pony rides, cultural dancers, puppet shows, fire engines, petting zoos, carnival days, a day at the farm, and much more). The school does not skimp! My son has had talented teachers who mix play with work. We wanted our son to have a strong educational foundation before entering kindergarten and we believe we are getting it. He knows his alphabet and the letter that many words start with. He has homework and is now learning to write. We feel very good that he will enter kindergarten and be able to hit the ground running. We have become close with our son's teachers and simply love the folks running the school -- Mary, Andrew, Dave and company. If you want a school that has it all, this is it, including lunch delivered each day by Whole Foods and a parking lot next to the school!
We love this school -- and we especially love the Director. We pulled our son from another preschool where he was bullied by another student and then found ourselves without a preschool -- in Los Angeles. We visited FDS, met the Director, toured the school, and crossed our fingers. The Director could not have been more professional (about finding the right fit) or more compassionate. Our son went for a play-date at FDS and loved it. We enrolled but were nervous about the transition, especially in the middle of the year, but the school (everyone from the owners to the Director to the classroom teachers to the students themselves) were immediately welcoming and our son was so happy. He enjoyed the academics, the art, the music, the yoga, the food -- the environment. He similarly enjoyed the FDS summer camp. The Director was wonderful from the first day to the last -- and beyond. He even helped us sort out where we should go upon graduation! Our only complaints: We wish we started from day one at FDS. We wish FDS continued all the way through high school! And, we wish the Director was the director of our son's current school -- he's the best!
I visited more preschools than I did for my own graduate education. And, we attended another good preschool prior to this, but it was good, not great like Fountain Day School. The school is a step above other preschools with love, a comprehensive curriculum, swimming, activities and food. We looked at a range of preschool types: Montessori, traditional, high-end, and we're just thrilled to be here.
This is a really great preschool. We have two children there. Most of the kids are in the three-year program for 2, 3, and 4-year olds. Classes are divided by age, each age has several sections, and each section has two teachers. The structure gradually changes as the kids mature. There are themed units and frequent school-wide events that tie each unit together: the animal month had an event with tropical birds, another with reptiles, and a third with a truck full of exhibits from an aquarium. The school has an extensive curriculum. It is a gentle and age-appropriate curriculum, but a world away from a preschool/daycare that is mostly free play. They play, but the kids are also learning a lot: swimming; art; substantive content about seasons, animals, countries, etc. A huge asset of the school is its Director, Mr. Andrew. Like the owners and the office staff, he knows every child at the school. He checks in with the parents often to make sure the families are happy. He makes himself constantly available to any parent who wants to talk to him (his desk is the first one you see when you walk in front door of the school). And he takes parent concerns very seriously.
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