The Upper Arlington City School district extends its high quality school programs to tuition-based part- and full-day preschool and extended-day kindergarten at Burbank Early Childhood School. Professional, long-tenured staff provide rich learning opportunities in well-equipped and carefully-planned classrooms. Individual learning and discovery rather than group instruction and activity are emphasized for typically-developing and special-needs children. In addition to meeting Ohio Department of Education standards, BECS is a recipient of the Irene Bandy-Hedden Award recognizing high quality early childhood programs in Ohio.
Teachers provide a balance of quiet and active play. Naps and restful activities allow periodic breaks from the intense physical and cognitive explorations that characterize young children. Large muscle climbing rooms and an expansive outdoor playground provide an abundance of active play space. Teachers emphasize the importance of relationships by encouraging children to negotiate, cooperate, problem solve, and interact in courteous ways. Teachers encourage appropriate behaviors by modeling courtesy and respectfulness. Staff supports and encourages children to work through their difficulties and come to a resolution in respectful, non-violent ways. Teachers know when to intervene, how to facilitate problem solving, and which approach to use with a child.
An Educational Program
Young children learn by doing. At Burbank, teachers provide stimulating opportunities for children to question, predict outcomes, experiment, reflect on discoveries, and interact with people and materials. Curricular activities are developed based on current research and recommended practice, State Early Learning Standards, cultural backgrounds and traditions, children’s and teacher’s interests, and parental insight. Teachers provide opportunities throughout the day for children to work individually or in small groups on projects involving reading, writing, math, science and social studies. Whole group time is often used to build a sense of community and shared purpose. Preschool classrooms have mixed age groups to promote maximum development.
BECS has an open door policy for parents. They are welcome in their child's classroom and at lunch. The Board of Education sets policy but parents and staff help to develop fiscal, operational, and long-range plans. Parents conduct an annual survey. An active PTO raises money to benefit the school and provides social events. An orientation is held in August for new families.
A District Program
Since 1983 The Upper Arlington City Schools have responded to research documenting the importance of prekindergarten learning by providing Burbank Early Childhood School. The school serves approximately 200 students per year, and is funded by parent tuition. District buses transport Kindergartners back and forth between their elementary school and Burbank.
To strengthen the community by providing quality first school experiences which foster family life and promote self-reliance, resourcefulness, curiosity, good citizenship, and appreciation for diversity.