Beginning School (3-5 Year Olds)

The Meadows School offers a traditional preschool program for three-, four-, and young five-year-olds, delivering the best early childhood education for students. The Beginning School encourages the development of the whole child - emotionally, intellectually, and physically. Teachers focus on promoting an interest in and love for learning in the younger child.

The Beginning School offers a morning session, an afternoon session, and a full-day session, all five days per week. Each class, assigned by the age of the student, is taught by two teachers and there are no more than eighteen students per classroom.

The Beginning School curriculum includes introductions to language, math, science, social studies, music, and art. The curriculum is designed to provide a foundation that fosters a love of learning and academic curiosity in each student.

Children must be at least three years of age before September 1 and fully potty-trained to begin school in the fall. All Beginning School students wishing to enroll in The Meadows School kindergarten are tested for entry. No admission or placement in The Meadows School at kindergarten or any other grade is implied or guaranteed through/by enrollment in Beginning School.

For those interested in Beginning School for the fall or in the future, please call or e-mail Shana Gismondi '94 for more information or see How to Apply on our website.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are snacks provided for students?

Beginning School snacks are included with the tuition. Snacks are provided each day with milk or water. Parents are encouraged to look at our snack choices at Open House before the start of school and inform the School if a child is unable to have a particular item. Additionally, parents have the option to sign up to bring a healthy snack for the class from time to time. Parent-provided snacks are given once per week. Children may bring a birthday treat with prior approval of the classroom teacher. Beginning School has a NUT FREE policy for all food items.

Does Beginning School offer an extended day with before and after care hours?

There are no extended hours beyond our academic day. Drop-off for morning students is 8:00 a.m. and afternoon students are dropped off at 12:15 p.m. Pick-up times are 11:30 a.m. and 3:45 p.m. (Full day student day is 8:00 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.) After school enrichment classes are offered in Lower School, beginning in kindergarten.

Is admission testing required for Beginning School?

Enrollment is offered on a first-come, first-served basis with no testing. We ask that parents tour prior to enrolling children in Beginning School to see firsthand what a school day looks like. Children are welcome on the tour. All Beginning School students must complete admissions testing for kindergarten. While our preschool program is designed to prepare children for success in our K-12 program, kindergarten acceptance is not guaranteed by Beginning School attendance.

What is the teacher:student ratio in Beginning School and what are the required qualifications for teachers?

Each academic classroom in the Beginning School is staffed by two teachers with a maximum of 18 students (1: 9.) Teachers in academic classrooms must hold at minimum a bachelor’s degree, with advanced degrees encouraged. Teachers must also meet the training standards for early childhood care as set forth by the State of Nevada, including annual ongoing training hours.

Does the Beginning School provide transportation to and from school?

Parents are responsible to arrange transportation for students.

Are scholarships or financial aid available for Beginning School students.

Scholarships and financial aid are not offered to Beginning School students. The Meadows has financial aid on a limited basis for students in K-12.


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