At the core of our program is the philosophy that natural materials in a simple, soothing and structured environment create a place where children can thrive. About 80% of our teaching materials are Montessori based. Our aesthetics, affinity for all that is natural and not branded, and emphasis on natural rhythms, imaginative play, and storytelling are directly borrowed from Waldorf philosophies; while our emergent curriculum driven by the students’ personal interests is influenced by Reggio teaching principles.
The themes in our curriculum are designed to lead into each other for a rich and profound understanding of the world we live in.
The preschool program operates yearly and focuses on teaching empathy, sharing, role-playing, and the development of good listening and communication skills. The preschool program is a full Persian language immersion program*.
Music is an important part of the preschooler’s experience. Singing songs and poems with creative movement helps children learn language while expressing themselves physically; they also develop an understanding of pitch, rhythm, and movement.
Practical life activities such as sorting, pouring, and manipulating are daily activities for the children. Our art programs are exceptionally rich and exciting. Children learn to work with different media (water colors, tempera, collage, pastels, etc) by fully exploring each of them such that they are able to understand how each looks and feels. Art projects are never product driven, rather the richness of the experience is in the journey itself. Our science and nature programs help to support a child’s deep understanding of the world we live in.
*Due to masking requirements for staff and students for covid safety, our preschool program is currently an English/Persian bilingual program. This helps support our youngest non-Persian speaking children in their transition to preschool these very unusual times.
Our preschool facility number is: 073408266
Tuition includes two healthy snacks and a warm wholesome lunch prepared in-house every day. Information on our food can be found here.
Annual tuition is broken down into a monthly installment for preschool. For the year of 2023-24 it is $2,650 per month.
A non-refundable deposit of $1500 is due upon enrollment and is applied to the final month’s tuition.
All families are encouraged to apply for tuition assistance through our partners at School and Student Services (SSS) NAIS Parents’ Financial Statement, an organization that provides need-based financial aid analysis to private and public schools nationwide, to process applications for tuition assistance.
There is a one time $49 application fee. If you have questions while filling out the SSS form you may contact 800-344-8328 or email email@example.com.
Golestan School’s code for School and Student Services is 9444.
Please note: In case of divorce or separation, both parents are required to complete the following steps in their entirety.
The Golestan preschool applications are processed on a first-come, first-served basis. New students are enrolled as spots become available. Enrollment for the following year is usually finalized in the preceding spring for a September start, except on the rare occasion that a spot becomes available mid-year. Contact us for more information.
I can’t tell you what a special place Golestan has in my heart. You have created a place that I could only imagine in my dreams. One day our kids will look back at the photos and will remember all the wonderful memories they made with their friends and teachers.
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.