Beginning School

Beginning School Playground

Preschool Ages 3-5: An essential foundation for lifelong success

The Meadows’ Beginning School launches your child into a lifetime of joyful curiosity and earned achievement. Our expert teachers tend to your child’s intellectual, emotional, social, and physical growth through a comprehensive program including language arts, mathematics, science, social studies, physical education and health, music, art, library skills, and Spanish.
Through The Meadows’ multisensory approach, your child masters foundational concepts and skills and puts both into practice. Children cultivate vegetables in our garden to explore nature, ecology, and nutrition. They use math manipulatives to recognize and create shapes and patterns. And they learn to work, play, and communicate kindly and effectively with others. Such thoughtful activities foster your child’s confidence and competence—and, as we’ve proven over the decades, self-confidence and academic accomplishment continually fuel each other.
At The Meadows School, we believe that even our youngest students can learn more than many think possible. By providing two teachers for each class of eighteen students, our preschool children are given the intellectual tools and emotional support they need to succeed. We are able to inspire them to seek out greater challenges as they discover and deepen their individual interests.
Skillful and curious, self-assured and socially adept, your child emerges ready to pursue and exemplify excellence throughout the Meadows years and beyond.
Take a closer look at our Beginning School curriculum and please visit us soon for a tour to see all the ways your child can learn and grow with us.

Frequently Asked Questions

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. In order to attend Beginning School a child must be: 3 years old before August 1st, fully potty trained, and proficient enough in English to follow directions in a classroom.

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.

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.

Is food provided for students?

In Beginning School, snacks and lunch are included in tuition. Snacks are provided mid-morning and mid-afternoon and are served with milk or water. Parents are able to look at our snack items upon request and inform the school if a child is unable to have a particular item. Additionally, parents may sign-up to bring a fresh, healthy snack for their child's class from time to time. Lunch is served daily to all full-day students and is prepared in our Mustang Corral and delivered to the Beginning School. Lunches are on a fixed menu, which is available online for parents to view. Entrees may not be substituted and are accompanied by fruits and vegetables. Students are allowed to bring a lunch from home that can be stored unrefrigerated in a lunchbox, if desired. Children may bring a birthday treat for the class with prior approval of the classroom teacher.
Beginning School has a NUT FREE policy for all food items.

What time does the school day begin and end?

Beginning School (Preschool) Schedule


8:15 a.m. - 3:45 p.m.

Half-Day (Morning)

8:15 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Half-Day (Afternoon)

12:30 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.

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

Beginning School offers early drop-off and extended day beyond our academic day for an additional fee. Early drop-off begins at 7:00 a.m. and extended day ends at 4:30 p.m. After school enrichment classes are not offered in Beginning School, but are offered in Lower School, beginning in kindergarten.
You can find out more information and pricing here

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 preschool students for a 1:9 ratio. 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.