Shady Lane began in 1966 as an idea that was ahead of its time on many fronts.
From the outset, we have advocated for doing better by our children, teachers, parents and community.
We seek knowledge and challenge assumptions.Even more importantly, we continue to listen and learn.
We keep ourselves at the forefront, adopting new understanding of learning styles and multiple intelligences and new findings from early childhood brain development research.The constant has been a strong passion for and a deep commitment to children; all that they bring, and all that they can become.
In September, 1993, the school was recognized as one of 10 exemplary preschool programs in the country by Child Magazine.
Shady Lane's educational program is responsive to the individual strengths and developmental needs of each child.
The school offers children, age 2 to 6, a program designed to help them grow as individuals, and in relationship with others and the worlds of materials and ideas.
Shady Lane School is committed to fostering children's self confidence, independence, curiosity, and problems-solving skills.
Caring staff members help students search for and form their own questions, ideas, and meaningful solutions in an environment of mutual trust. Students enjoy the pleasure of learning through direct experience.

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School Membership(s)School Assoc.
Religious Affiliation
Grades Offered
Grades Nursery/Preschool-Prekindergarten
Learning Difference Programs
Yes
Learning Programs Supported
All children are welcome
Year Founded
1966
Summer School Offered
Yes

Student Body

Total Students
130 students
Student Body Type
Co-ed
% Students of Color
55%
State avg.: 26%

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers
24 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
5:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
80%
Average Class Size
14 students
List of Courses Offered
Matriculation DataMatric. Data
Classroom Dress Code
Casual
Play clothes, safe shoes

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

Admission Deadline
None / Rolling
Tuition Notes
Varies depending on age and schedule selected (Half-Day, Full-Day, Extended-Day)
% on Financial Aid
25%
Admissions Director
Gina Capriotti
Admissions Associate
Janna Rasmussen
Source: Verified school update

School Reviews

5  
All three of my daughters went to Shady Lane School. The education program was superb. Children are treated like individuals with potential that can be developed and explored rather than pieces of clay that need to be developed into the "right" shape. I could not have asked for a better education/experience for my kids. An added bonus is that I have become good friends with many of the other parents I met there.
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