OUR PURPOSE

Our purpose is to provide a loving, learning Christian environment where children may test themselves and their world, gain self-confidence, and develop as whole persons. 

Plaza Presbyterian Weekday School admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available  to students at the school.  It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its policies, scholarship and other school-administered programs. 

OUR PHILOSOPHY IN WORKING WITH CHILDREN:  

Plaza is a place where:

  • Children learn by doing.
  • Teachers plan activities which let children use all their senses to experience their world.
  • Children are encouraged to help themselves as much as they are able.
  • Teachers plan activities around a theme each week to focus and re-enforce the experiences.
  • Children learn to feel good about themselves and their abilities.
  • Teachers encourage children to use their imaginations productively.
  • Love is shared.
  • Spanking does not occur.
  • Angry feelings are dealt with in words and calming down tones.
  • Children can choose activities on which to work and stay with them to completion.
  • Exciting activities are balanced by quiet ones to avoid over-stimulating the children.
  • Many discipline problems are simply avoided by redirecting children to new activities.
  • Teachers welcome parent participation.
  • The needs of the children are our top priority.

STATEMENT OF RELIGION:

Plaza Presbyterian Weekday School acknowledges and respects the different religions and cultures represented in the program.  We feel that preschool children can learn about religion through their own experiences at school of making friends, feeling love and acceptance, respect of self, and respect of others.  Our program does not present any formal religious teachings.  We do teach the children a blessing at mealtime and emphasize the true meaning of Christmas.  We try to be sensitive to the customs of the different religions of all the children and families represented in the program.  We encourage each family to attend a church of their choice and certainly invite and welcome families to worship at Plaza Presbyterian Church.

OUR APPROACH

Our approach is based on the Gesell Institute of Human Development's research on early childhood development and allows a child to enjoy the play and socialization of early childhood without academic pressure.  This approach better prepares a child for the more structured educational years ahead.