Pando Little School

Pando Little School is more than just a preschool.
We are a community of individuals dedicated to excellence in early childhood education.
Our primary work is with the children and families enrolled in our full-time preschool program where we tinker, play, explore, and love.
In addition to our work in the classroom, we collaborate with educators, organizations, elementary schools, and individuals across the state who care deeply about improving early childhood education in New Mexico Pando's philosophy is simple: Children are valued community members, capable of constructing their own understanding of the world.
Our classroom is a collaborative, interdisciplinary space that empowers children to engage their imagination, draw meaning from their own experiences, and participate in their community.
Our school's child-led curriculum generates opportunities for children to tinker, express themselves, and research their interests in a project-based environment.

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Pando Little School ranks among the top 20% of private schools in New Mexico for:

School Overview

Grades Offered
Grades Nursery/Preschool-Prekindergarten
ADD/ADHD Support
Learning Difference Programs
Year Founded
Summer School Offered

Student Body

Total Students
26 students
Student Body Type
% Students of Color
State avg.: 51%
Students by Grade
Pando Little School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers
5 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size
12 students
List of Courses Offered
Classroom Dress Code
(We tend to get a little messy)

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

Admission Deadline
None / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost
Admissions Director
Melissa Scott


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.
5 extracurriculars
Club or Organization:
Gardening, Neighborhood Walks

Arts and Music Programs:
Mixed Media Art, Music Class, Yoga

School Notes

  • At Pando, children:
  • Feel safe, loved, and successful
  • Before anything else, children must feel safe, loved, and successful.  Teachers at Pando come to love and appreciate each child in their care. Through this relationship, teachers and children develop a nuanced understanding of one another, enabling teachers to create an individualized experience for every child.
  • Investigate their interests
  • Humans learn best when they inquire about something that has piqued their curiosity. Through careful listening and keen observation, we determine children's interests and use those interests as a jumping-off point for our classroom's dynamic curriculum.
  • Learn in community
  • We regard each child as inextricably entwined with their family, culture, peer group, and community.  This web of relationships in which each of us lives is a resource we constantly strive to engage for the betterment of your child.
  • Participate democratically
  • Democratic processes are central to our day-to-day classroom functioning.  Children participate in the planning and running of our daily classroom meetings, are encouraged to strive for consensus, master the mechanics of voting, engage in respectful dialogue, and learn to both lead, follow, and compromise.
  • Engage issues of social justice
  • We respect and support children's efforts to understand our complex society. We do this by cultivating in children the ability to empathize and adopt differing perspectives. When children bring ethical, emotionally fraught concerns into the classroom, we create a space where these topics can be explored.
  • Connect with nature
  • Time spent outside is time well spent.  Children at Pando are given ample opportunities to play outside in natural environments.  Gardening, composting, cloud-gazing, and stopping to smell the roses are all part of our curriculum.

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