Stephens College Children's School is a constructivist, holistic-based laboratory school community.
It is comprised of children, families, faculty and Stephens College students.
Collaboration with Columbia Public School educators provides the opportunity for developmentally appropriate educational experiences.
The mission of this laboratory school throughout its history has been to provide college students opportunities for direct experiences with children, while providing community children with solid, research-based instruction by professors, college students and certified teachers.
The school was designed to house college classrooms as well as children's classrooms.
College students participate directly with the children in classroom activities on a variety of teaching levels while being supervised by professors and master teachers.
Quality programs include half-day preschool and a new full-day preschool program and K-5 Elementary program.
Both preschool and elementary programs are designed to support the whole child, including social, emotional, cognitive, academic and physical growth.
Children are engaged in active learning experiences throughout the day.

Quick Stats (2022)

  • School Type: School with Special Program Emphasis
  • Grades: Nursery/Preschool-5
  • Students: 102 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $8,010
  • Acceptance rate: 100%
  • Average class size: 10 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

School Overview

Religious Affiliation
Grades Offered
Grades Nursery/Preschool-5
Year Founded
1925
Summer School Offered
Yes

Student Body

Total Students
102 students
Student Body Type
Co-ed
% Students of Color
20%
State avg.: 18%
Students by Grade
The Children's School at Stephens College Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers
8 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
13:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
8%
Average Class Size
10 students
Classroom Dress Code
Formal

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

Admission Deadline
None / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost
Summer Program Cost
$200
Acceptance Rate
100%
National avg.: 85%

School Notes

  • What started as an experimental nursery school in 1925 is today`s Children`s School at Stephens College (CSSC). The mission of this laboratory school is to provide college students opportunities for direct experiences with children, while providing children from the community with solid, research-based instruction by professors, college students, and certified teachers. The school moved to the Audrey Webb Child Study Center in 1970, and expanded into the additional classroom in the Hugh Stephens Library Penthouse in 2016. Today, the school is located in Hickman Hall in the heart of Stephens College campus. Throughout its history, teaching, learning, and children have been at the center of the Stephens College laboratory school.
  • We Believe:
  • * Children and college students have an intrinsic desire to learn and construct knowledge by interacting upon the world.Children and college students should be active learners who have a variety of opportunities to try out ideas they are learning in real situations.
  • * Classroom teachers are active facilitators who utilize a variety of methodologies and best practices.
  • * Education should involve the total person, including social, emotional, physical, and intellectual development with attention to feelings, attitudes, and values.
  • * Acceptance and support of each individual and the encouragement of social and moral autonomy are central to The Children`s School at Stephens College experience for students, families, faculty, and pre-service teachers.
  • * Students learn best when exposed to a variety of practices, methods, and experiences.
  • * Artful thinking has application beyond the classroom and supports our ability to ask criticalquestions, solve problems in innovative ways, and make meaning.
Source: Verified school update

School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (3 reviews)
5  
I am a former teacher of Child Development in Texas. I am also a graduate of Stephens College. The Child Development Program at Stephens is at the top of the nation in my opinion. After 35 years I returned and went through their department during a reunion weekend. It is still topped. Let the world know about Stephens.
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5  
This school gives students the most amazing learning opportunities! Our child has attended her first year and we plan to have all three of our children attend this school. The elementary program is one of a kind with learning opportunities the fit every child. I couldn't imagine sending my children anywhere else.
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5  
Our family loves SCCS. The small class sizes and high student:teacher ratio gives my daughter maximum personal attention. It's a place she's been able to thrive and prepare for kindergarten in a comfortable environment. We also love the parent community.
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Quick Stats (2022)

  • School Type: School with Special Program Emphasis
  • Grades: Nursery/Preschool-5
  • Students: 102 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $8,010
  • Acceptance rate: 100%
  • Average class size: 10 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

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