Golden Pond School looks at the curriculum as a whole continuing process from Twos through Junior Kindergarten where children are taught skills and concepts that develop in complexity and rigor over the preschool years. This is done through active learning that that focuses on the whole child in a developmentally appropriate manner.
We group our preschoolers into two separate paths, six months apart, to minimize the developmental differences in each classroom. Children born March through September fall in Path One, and those born between October and February fall in Path Two. The narrow age range allows teachers to individualize the curriculum and reach each child at his or her cognitive, emotional, physical, and social level. It also gives each child more opportunity to find success. Both paths incorporate the two levels of the Preschool Core Knowledge Sequence and will fully prepare your child for Kindergarten.
To see which path your child will join based on his/her age and birth month, please refer to our Program Matrix and the class descriptions below. As you choose your child’s program schedule from year to year, there are usually several options available. We are happy to help you choose the program that best suits you and your child.
Golden Pond’s rising kindergarten students (4 year olds and junior kindergarten classes) have again exceeded the top end of the Virginia development range for the Phonological Awareness Literacy Screening (PALS).
PALS provides a comprehensive assessment of a young child’s knowledge of important literacy fundamentals. This test is an approved screening tool for the state of Virginia, and is an indicator of early reading success. 99% of all school divisions in the state use this tool on a voluntary basis. Educators are then able to use the information from PALS to plan appropriate instruction for each student and to intervene early to prevent reading problems. All kindergarteners are administered this test as they begin their first year in Loudoun County Public Schools.
Golden Pond students have shown outstanding – and improved – scores every year!