Frequently Asked Questions
The Answers You Need
How do academics play a role? What will my child learn at SCC?
Academics are incorporated into all we do utilizing everyday activities (counting rocks, identifying trees and wildlife, seeing patterns in nature, etc.)
Letter recognition and the alphabet are naturally integrated into daily play ("what letter does the word "bird" start with?") and educational songs are weaved into circle time activities.
SEM (that's "STEM" without the "T" - as we are a technology-free school!) lessons happen organically; floating leaves down a water pipe, building towers with blocks and obstacle courses with crates and bridges. The natural world offers continuous opportunities for early teachings in physics and math. Teacher-led activities, appropriate for the level of each classroom, compliment the child-led exploration that happens each day.
While you won't see "worksheets" on our campus, you'll see plenty of opportunities for learning. From digging in the sensory bin for wooden letters that spell your name, to learning about the life cycle of butterflies by observing their metamorphosis, children are creatively stimulated with new experiences daily.
Our school’s values are always aligned: Foremost we are here to observe, respect, and support the children’s inquiries. We approach a child’s interest in literacy in the same way that we do a child’s interest in painting: we observe, document, reflect, collaborate, and support the continued exploration of the child. If a child shows interest in reading or letters (which nearly all of them do at some point during the school year), we honor that interest and help that child develop skills in that area.
Our SCC teachers treat each child as an individual, respect the child’s level of development, and do everything possible to promote growth for each one.
How are lunches and snack time handled?
Nutritious mid-morning and mid-afternoon snacks are provided daily (10 AM and 3 PM for our full-day students). The menu varies each day - fresh fruit, vegetables and dip, pita chips and hummus, cereal, applesauce, cheese and crackers, chips and salsa, etc. All snacks meet the required guidelines set out by Childcare Licensing for nutritional standards.
Sometimes the students are involved in the snack prep, making it a full experience (currently on pause for COVID precautions). Student allergies are monitored closely to ensure that any food allergens are not incorporated into the menu.
Children must bring their own lunch (served at 12 PM). We do not provide refrigeration or warm-ups of lunches - they must be ready to serve out of their lunch box (kept in a cooler for the morning).
Do you offer extended hours (early drop off or late pickup)?
We are not able to offer extended hours. Our earliest drop off is 8:30 AM, and latest pickup is 5 PM.
What is your teacher to student ratio?
In our Seedlings Classroom, we have a 1:6 ratio. Our Acorns are 1:10, and our Pinecones and Oak Trees are at no more than 1:12.
How much is Tuition?
Please visit our Enrollment Page for details about Tuition.
A discount is offered to families in the 92676 zip code... please see the second page of the tuition link for details!
Do you have tuition assistance available?
SCC partners with Children's Home Society of California - offering financial aid to families who qualify. Learn more at www.chs-ca.org
What immunizations are required prior to enrollment?
Please note: this applies to both medical exemptions AND "delayed schedules." We are not able to accept a doctor's note for either situation... it must be recorded in the CAIR-ME website.
Do you have a waiting list?
We do NOT currently have a waiting list situation.
As a year-round school, our classroom availability is CONSTANTLY changing. Students "graduate" between classrooms based on developmental milestones, not just school-year calendars. Once you complete your inquiry form, we will let you know the most up-to-date information regarding enrollment for your child's class.
Are you a Nut-Free school?
At this time we do not have any students enrolled with a peanut allergy - so we are NOT a nut-free school. If this changes, we will let all of our enrolled families know and modify to a nut-free environment.
My child is ALMOST 2. Can he/she start early?
Our school is licensed for children ages 2-6. We are able to enroll students starting on their 2nd birthday, up until the day before they turn 7.