We believe that our unique educational approach, which offers free-choice learning in an open-ended, child-directed environment, prepares children for lifelong learning. Through our emergent project-based curriculum, kids use math, literacy, creative problem-solving, and social skills to create the meaningful learning experiences they will need for later academic success.
Once we receive completed applications, our staff determines which families are the best match for the program. Factors include scheduling, age of child, philosophical harmony, and gender balance of program.
As a laboratory school, or lab school, TDS is open to top university researchers who are conducting studies on child development in a preschool setting. The lessons and research that come out of our preschool will shape the national dialogue on how educators design experiences to set kids up for lifelong success. Our status as a lab school also benefits TDS teachers. They receive access to cutting edge research from the leading thinkers in cognitive development and early childhood education, giving them opportunity to implement this innovative research immediately in the classroom.
Students spend plenty of time outdoors exploring the beaches and habitats of Fort Baker, fostering a deep connection to the natural world. Additionally, we have one-two 100% outdoor days per month, where students have an entire day of school held outdoors.