School Profile

Every child is as unique as a thumbprint: changing and growing along a developmental continuum. The philosophy of St. Columba's Nursery School affirms that every person has an inestimable capacity to grow and learn—children, parents, and staff.

Our approach to teaching and learning involves discerning a child's level of development and challenging him or her with new and varied experiences.

At St. Columba's Nursery School, we guide and support our students as they grow, learn about and explore the world around them, and become eager collaborators in the classroom. We believe the best preparation for school and for life is to help children learn to take care of themselves and their belongings, express themselves in acceptable ways, and give and take in leadership and collaboration.

Children need space to grow in mind, body, and spirit, which is why we spend ample time outside every day. Our large, well-equipped playgrounds feature assets unparalleled in our area: paved areas for riding vehicles, wide-open slopes for sledding and rolling hoops, places to dig and burrow, sandboxes, gardens, running water, slides, climbing structures, and swings. Our Playground Coordinator and classroom teachers ensure that the playground areas are ready and inviting for play each day.

Similarly, our eight classrooms are light-filled, attractive, and filled with exciting and engaging materials that invite children's learning and exploration.

Since 1959, St. Columba's Nursery School has offered a haven for early childhood, embracing play as a child's most natural and effective way of learning. We'd love to have your child join us for a rich, joy-filled, and exuberant first school experience.

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Rich Learning and Active Outdoor Play


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