In March, Golestan temporarily transitioned to distance learning during the Shelter in Place. All operations were intact from the safety of our homes until June 22, 2020 when our preschool and summer camps returned to campus.

Read the protocol for our summer programs on campus here. This is a living document. It will be updated for Fall 2020 and is likely to evolve throughout the year.

All educators developing their own protocols are welcome to use any portion of this document.

Golestan is committed to creating a safe physical space for kids to attend this school year. In the event there is another Shelter in Place, Golestan will transition back to distance learning. Our plan is to be able to accommodate all our students on campus, thanks to an 18,000 square foot campus for just five classes on nearly two acres.

If/when there is another Shelter in Place, we will seamlessly transition to a robust distance learning program which supports learning in the following areas: literacy, math, social studies, cooking, garden, physical education, Arabic/Hebrew/Persian languages and of course, personal connection with friends and teachers. Some of our distance learning includes activities on campus such as gardening, in safe isolation (families sign up so as not to overlap on campus. This gets kids out of the house, moving their bodies, and engaging with nature in meaningful ways that support their academic learning, despite the isolation quarantine imposes on children.

For more information on our virtual learning programs and platform, please contact us.

We are now enrolling TK – Grade 3 on campus for Fall 2020!

We are living in strange times. Our beloved garden of flowers is quiet right now. The birds are chirping and the bees are buzzing, but the joyful sounds of children and their teachers are missing. We, as a community, will make it through this quiet time – and when we do, our garden of flowers will once again be filled with laughter and joy.

If you would like your child to be a part of these moments, we have a limited number of spots available in our elementary school for September 2020 enrollment.

When the Shelter in Place is lifted, we expect to phase back to operating out of our beautiful campus relatively seamlessly. Our school is uniquely positioned to return to normal operations when the time comes for the following reasons:

  • Large outdoor natural play/learning spaces on nearly 1.5 acres.
  • Small classes (10-12 children/class in PreK, 10-18 children in upper grades) and low ratios (2-3 teachers/class).
  • Large classrooms with 16ft sliding doors opening each class to its own outdoor garden. This converts indoor spaces to outdoor classrooms with ample fresh air and circulation.
  • Many unused spaces and classrooms on our ~18,000 ft campus. Half of our space was reserved for future use in anticipation of our elementary school growth in the coming three years.
  • Two dedicated full time staff in charge of cleaning our school facilities.

The Next Generation of Learning Spaces

Golestan Kids admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship, and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.