Our Philosophy


Garden Nursery School is a parent and teacher run cooperative designed for families who want a part-time first school experience for their children. The school was founded on the belief that active parental involvement helps establish community and that this, in turn, naturally eases the transition for children as they make their way in their new school environment.

We believe that each child is unique, full of potential and continually evolving. Our school aims to provide a safe, stimulating and nurturing early school experience. We respect the different perspectives, experiences and dignity of each child and family.

Play and social-emotional development are the heart of the curriculum, and the day is designed to provide a combination of structured activities and self-directed play. This allows the children to develop skills they need to participate in a group, as well as ample opportunity to explore and experiment independently with the wide range of materials set out each day.

Our teachers tailor activities to the interests and needs of individual students. Our materials and curriculum reflect our appreciation for human diversity; they honor the multiplicity of family structures and the economic, racial, and religious differences in our community. The classroom is at once calm and joyful. Teachers and parents work together to create an atmosphere of cooperation and mutual respect in which our children can play, learn and thrive.

Media Free Policy
In response to the growing media influence that surrounds children on a daily basis, Garden Nursery School is a media-free environment. There is no media-related or commercialized merchandise allowed in the classroom.

Technology Policy
At GNS, children have access to very limited technology. There are books on tape and a music CD/tape player, but no TV or computer in the classroom.