Q: What are your hours of operation?
A: We are open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Q: What age children does Stepping Stone serve?
A: Children may enroll starting at age 2 years. Because babies are born ready to learn, we accept infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and kindergartners through the age of 6. Neuroscience tells us that learning begins at birth, and research confirms that 90 percent of the brain is already developed within the first three years of life. At Beginnings, we make the most of this critical period of “neuroplasticity” to provide our students with a strong foundation that will serve them throughout their lives.
Q: What is Stepping Stone’s educational philosophy?
A: We believe, and neuroscience has proven, that children are better able to explore new areas of learning and engage more fully with the world around them when they have positive feelings of self-worth and are able to express, understand, and cope with their own emotions and those of others.The heart of SSS teaching philosophy is to foster the skills of emotional intelligence, which are critical for promoting academic, social, and personal success. We focus on instilling a love of learning in each child, allowing the seeds of curiosity and wonder to take root, blossom, and continue to grow for a lifetime.
Q: Does Stepping Stone provide meals?
A: No, at this point of time.
Q: What are your dates of operation?
A: Academic session will open from 6th June 2019 and will have National, Cultural, Local Holidays as per Calender.
Q: How many children can the center accommodate?
A: We have eight classrooms where children are grouped by age. In our lower school (infants/toddlers), there are 10-12 students and 2 teachers per classroom. In our upper school, there are up to 14-16 students per classroom, with two teachers.
Q: Does the Stepping Stone School building have secured entrances?
A: Yes. We take security very seriously. Our entrances are locked at all times, and parents receive custom codes to enter.
Q: What is the enrollment process?
A: Parents may fill out an enrollment form after touring the school and meeting with an administrator, who will answer questions and discuss availability of openings.
Q: Is there a specific enrollment period?
A: Families typically enroll their child for the start of the school year program, which begins in June month . However, we also offer rolling admissions. This allows children to join a classroom at any point during the year if space is available.
Q: What is the educational level of SSS teachers?
A: we hire only the most experienced, qualified, and well-educated teachers. Our hiring requirements surpass those set by the state—all of our teachers have bachelor’s degrees or higher, as well as an in-depth understanding of early childhood development and experience in the field.
Q: Does Stepping Stone offer kindergarten?
A: Yes. We offer the full-day kindergarten program. SPARK is a unique program that offers a comprehensive approach to learning within a full academic curriculum of language arts, writing, math, science, social studies, and creative arts, and in addition integrates physical education, and field trips.
Q: Do you have a summer program?
A: Yes. From mid-April through May month, SSS offers summer programs for children ages 2 years to 12 years. Programs are managed by our experienced and creative teachers and fully utilize the school’s beautiful surroundings and Nature Center/Outdoor Classroom. Local partnerships also allow us to offer Pilot Training and other fun summer activities.
Q: Do you have an after school program?
A: Yes. SSS offers an enriching after school program, for children in kindergarten through 5th grade. The after school program provides a safe and caring program where boys and girls come together for fun educational experiences to take them beyond their school day.
Q: How are parents made aware of their children’s progress at SSS?
A: Teachers communicate with parents on a daily basis at drop-off and pick-up. We also schedule regular parent-teacher conferences during which we review and discuss children’s progress. Communication with parents is an important part of our program. Our teachers and our Head of Institution ,Pavani Ayyagari, are always available to talk with parents.
Q: Is SSS a diverse community?
A: Yes. We value and celebrate diversity and benefit from a culturally diverse student and family community. In addition to our own curriculum, where we teach about many countries, we invite our families to share their unique customs and heritages with their child’s classroom community, fostering an appreciation for traditions spanning the globe.