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Pre-Primary

Welcome to Pre-Primary School

At Allendale Columbia School, our philosophy is to respond to the individual developmental needs of each child based on a healthy blend of these research-based programs. With our low student-teacher ratio, teachers get to know their students very well and offer opportunities and experiences that provide strong readiness skills, cooperative play development, and a curious and joyful love of learning. 
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Pre-Primary School students and their families can expect:

  • A vibrant and enriching program, taught by an exceptional certified faculty dedicated to early education
  • Art, computer, library, music, and physical education classes taught by specialists starting at the nursery level
  • Comprehensive coverage of learning fundamentals to prepare students for the Lower School
  • Written progress reports with personalized narratives two times per year for nursery and pre-kindergarten students
  • Regular, ongoing communication between parents, teachers, and administrators
  • A safe, positive environment where families are part of a dynamic school community

AC Little School

Did you know your child’s education at Allendale Columbia School can start as young as 18 months-old? The AC Little School is a safe, supportive, and nurturing environment that provides children 18-36 months-old with an early childhood education, based on our Reggio Emilia-inspired approach. Through our approach, children are encouraged to follow their natural curiosity and to investigate, explore, and experiment in the world around them. Through a combination of curriculum and guided projects, new ideas and topics are introduced to foster a love of learning. Learn more about the AC Little School.



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Downloadable Resources

With links to Admissions Forms, Curriculum Guides, Health Forms, the Dress Code, Supply Lists and everything in-between, this page has all the info you and your family need to prepare for a year at AC. 
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