Shady Lane School

  • 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 Overview

School TypeEarly Childhood / Day Care
School Membership(s)School Assoc.European Council for International Schools
Religious AffiliationNonsectarian
Grades OfferedGrades Nursery/Preschool-Prekindergarten
Learning Difference ProgramsYes
Learning Programs SupportedAll children are welcome
Year Founded1966
Summer School OfferedYes

Student Body

Total Students130 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
55%
State avg.: 23%

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers24 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio5:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
80%
Average Class Size14 students
List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses
Matriculation DataMatric. DataLink to Matriculation Data
Classroom Dress CodeCasual
(Play clothes, safe shoes)

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineNone / Rolling
Tuition NotesVaries depending on age and schedule selected (Half-Day, Full-Day, Extended-Day)
% on Financial Aid
25%
Admissions DirectorGina Capriotti
Admissions AssociateJanna Rasmussen

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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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