Why The Loft?

What makes the Loft different from other schools?

We let kids be kids. We recognize that school today is different than when we were kids. At the Loft we respect decades of research that shows children at the pre-school level learn best through play. The Loft curriculum exposes children to new ideas and concepts through thoughtful, stuctured, interactive play.

What do you mean by co-op?

At Loft we believe in providing parents and families with the opportunity to interact directly with their child's early education. Sending your child off to school is a big step. The co-op experience encourages you to develop relationships with your child's teachers as well as the other families in the school. At Loft you will have the opportunity to join in the classroom activities on your child's "Special Day," get to know other parents at playround pick-up, learn from the teachers as you watch them interact with the children, and get the satisfaction of knowing you are part of a community that is passionate about giving children the best introduction possible to formal education.

I love the the idea of a co-op but work limits my availability to participate.

As cooperative, an intergral part of the Loft experience is the belief that the school is at its strongest when families work together with faculty and staff to create a positive and enriching environment for the students. We want you to join us. However we recognize that not everyone's schedule permits the same types of participation. We welcome grandparents, close relatives, or other special people to join us on your child's "Special Day." If you are not able to join us during the school day, we have plenty of other opportunities for you to get involved and become a part of the community. From playground clean-up, to classroom refreshing, to potlucks and community events, there are many ways you can be involved.

What is a "Special Day/Week?"

Children are assigned to special weeks on a rotating basis with each child getting a special week once every 6-8 weeks. When it is your child's special week, he or she will get to assume some extra responsibilities in class. As the teacher's special helper they will get to take the lead on certain activities, from choosing a silly walk to enter the classroom, to drawing the letter of the day, to calling everyone to morning meeting and being line leader. In Pre-School I & II, the special child parent is responsible for providing a healthy snack for the class for the entire week (three days) and participating in the classroom for one day during the week. This is the day you get to see your child's education in action. Your classroom involvement can include interacting with the children, helping the teacher with activities and snack, and cleaning up at the end of the day.

What is the Loft curriculum?

Loft aims to prepare children for success when they reach Kindergarten. Academic subjects are woven into an overall learning environment that places importance on the development of social and emotional skills and helping children navigate conflicts without losing their sense of self. Loft believes that children who can self-regulate, successfully articulate their needs and wants, and negotiate compromise will have a solid foundation for further growth and learning.

What is a typical class size?

A typical Pre-School I or II class has no more than 8 students with a 1:6 teacher/student ratio. The Pre-Kindergarten class has a maximum of 12 students with a 1:6 ratio. Our small class sizes allow our passionate teachers to really see and understand each student’s individual development needs and apply thoughtful strategies to help each child reach their potential.

What is the benefit of a co-op school?

Our cooperative environment encourages the parent/teacher relationship, enabling a unified approach to your child’s early education. Many parents find that participation in the classroom provides them with invaluable tips and strategies to help their children grow at home and they enjoy being welcomed into the classroom environment.

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