Choosing the right school for your family can be a daunting task, but we hope this guide makes it even a little bit easier!
Do you have a favorite school that is not on our list? Please tell us about them! Email us at [email protected] and we would love to add them to our reader recommended section of the guide!
The Miami Valley School
To enroll, children must be 3 by September 30th.
First School is not your average educational experience! Students age 2 1/2 to 5 are exposed to subjects like the Chinese language, Coding for Preschoolers, STEM subjects, Global Art, Japanese Martial Arts (To Shin Do) and Dance. In addition, afternoon enrichment programs for 4 and 5-year-olds are a great way to expand on creative and problem-solving skills.
“My husband and I knew we wanted a place that focused on academics but made it fun and exciting with not a lot of pressure to meet certain standards. First School met all of our expectations and more!” Amy, parent
Both morning and afternoon options are available for the Early 5s classes. Children from other morning Kindergarten programs can even be dropped off at First School for afternoon enrichment to craft a full day Kindergarten experience if needed. A Learn With Me program is also offered Tuesdays for two-year-olds and their caregivers to give them an introduction to what school is all about without having to be potty trained.
Two family learning nights, such as Creek Exploration, are held each year.
Northstar Classical School
Looking for a school that puts first things first? How about shorter school weeks and more opportunities to be involved in your child’s education?
Northstar Classical has been such a blessing to our family. The amount of confidence and knowledge our daughter gained through junior kindergarten was remarkable. The staff continues to go above and beyond to nurture students as a whole person, not just a number. – Kristin
- February 4th, 2-4pm
The YMCA of Greater Dayton
At the YMCA’s of Greater Dayton, every child has the potential to be successful, with a carefully crafted educational environment that is friendly, positive and caring to help each student discover his and her own unique gifts.
At the heart and soul of this great program are the teachers. Educators in the YMCA’s Preschool Education Programs foster great achievement by presenting curriculum in a way that makes learning fun, meaningful and interesting. Daily lessons are created to boost development through creative, age-appropriate activities, hands-on experience, a balance of indoor and outdoor play, with snacks and downtime included.
There are a variety of convenient program locations to choose from. Make sure you check out the YMCA website to learn more.
Nature/Farm Early Childhood Learning Center
This unique Kindergarten readiness experience is a partnership between Aullwood Audubon Center and Farm and Miami Valley Child Development Centers. Your child can learn, play and grow in an exclusive teaching environment. Expose your child to the fascination of farm living, agriculture, conservation and natural resource management in a serene setting.
Your child will receive individualized attention through an excellent 2:17 teacher ratio with the highly credentialed teachers of Miami Valley Child Development Centers, Inc.
Choose from convenient morning or afternoon classes. With limited openings, don’t want to wait to give them a call to get your child registered.
The Antioch School
The Antioch School offers child-centered programs for nursery, kindergarten, and traditional grade school ages in mixed-age groups, the Younger Group (approximately 6-9 years old), and the Older Group (approximately 9-12 years old). It is a place in which children are encouraged to pursue their innate curiosity wherever, and as far as, their abilities can take them.
We are so lucky we found the Antioch School. Their common sense approach to education and small class sizes allow the teachers to customize their lessons for the students who join them. – Meredith, Parent
Children are encouraged to take the next step, to risk, to make mistakes and to try again as they find their own unique ways of learning. Through example and direct experience, children learn self-discipline, self-direction, value setting, and the relationship between choice and consequence. The Antioch School is a place where childhood is respected and children are enjoyed.
Creative World of Montessori
Every child is unique, and no two children develop and learn in exactly the same way or at precisely the same pace. That said, it is possible to accommodate individual learning styles and developmental progress within a comprehensive, flexible educational framework. At Inspire Children, this concept is called The Creative Curriculum. There are three different school options to support your child’s educational foundation.
Students receive art, Spanish, music, Brain Gym, yoga, gardening, STEM and more. They also have the opportunity to take dance, voice, guitar, strings, or piano.
Inspire Center for Learning accepts infants to school age.
Creative World of Montessori accepts 3 years of age – 8th Grade.