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As my son approaches his preschool ''graduation'' and prepares to enter Kindergarten in the fall, I wanted to write a review of our nearly two years at Skyline Preschool. We have all just loved the experience at Skyline and already plan to send our younger daughter when she's old enough to attend. Skyline is a truly play-based program with a structure that allows for plenty of outdoor free play in the morning and afternoon, a variety of daily projects that all build to a monthly theme that the children are free to explore in the morning primarily before circle time, with projects overlapping by a couple of days, plus extra instruction in Spanish and dance. There have been times when the amount of freedom the children have to choose which projects, if any, they want to work on each morning (verus a more free play elsewhere in the classroom), was a bit of an issue for our son, who perhaps could benefit from a little more direction and structure when it comes to focusing on ''academics''. But these periods have been the exception and not the rule for him and as he entered his second year at the school he has really thrived in terms of completing projects, working on his drawing/coloring and handwriting skills, and completing pre-K workbook pages each week with a small group of other graduating preschoolers.
The outdoor space is amazing, which was important for us when choosing a school for our active son. Also key for us, which might be a con for others, is that the nap/quiet time at Skyline is only 45 minutes to an hour and non-nappers I believe are typically allowed to get up and do quiet activities after the nappers have fallen asleep. For a toddler who gave up consistently napping around 2 years old this was an important detail for us when selecting a preschool. So if you have a non-napper, or a brief napper, fear not. And if your child naps like a champ, they seem to have found ways to make nap time work for everyone.
The two snacks they provide each day are varied and healthy and I have always appreciated that they offer cooking projects from time to time as well as gardening in the outdoor space. The teachers are wonderful - the director and each of the four teachers are all very different and we've always felt complement each other very well. It's clear they truly love the children and the director lends a freshness and genuine interest in early childhood development in terms of new ideas, approaches, projects, etc. Really, I cannot say enough good things about the school and look forward to returning with out daughter in a few years! Feel free to email me directly with any questions. Becky
Re: Need a full-time preschool near Rockridge
Check out Skyline Preschool in Oakland. They will fit your top requirements and it's ten minutes from your location. Both my girls attended here and we all adored the school. Doesn't offer language program or organic food but it's lovely and works great for working parents. Very flexible options including am only, all day (which was longer than 9 to 5), 2,3 or 5 days. We were on the waitlist for several months but got in. Beautiful grounds w playground, trees.
Re: Reviews for Skyline or Mountain Blvd. preschools?
I want to go on record as *loving* skyline Preschool. Our child has been there for 16 months and we coudn't be happier. Since we pulled our child from a problematic school, we do have a basis for comparison.
I really appreciate the social dynamics of up to 30-something kids (they're not all there 5 days) interacting in one large space. I want my child to have as much social development in preschool as possible. A controlled atmosphere of kindness and cooperation is worth more to me than academics at this age. My child has wonderful friendships with boys and girls, both older and younger.
While the scheduled nap time is 1.25 hours, the children are allowed to sleep until they wake up on their own.
The cost is a real gift. It's a bit over $1000 per month for full time, and I believe it'll still be under $1100 next year. There's a materials fee at the beginning of the year, but it's well utilized. The kids are making varied, fun projects every day. Time is spent on letters and numbers, and there is a real emphasis on music and dance. And there's no performance more enjoyable to me than the holiday show the kids put on every December.
The teachers, many whom have been at Skyline for years, are wonderful. My child has developed a special bond with each of them. Bernadette, the director, leads with kindness and commitment, and all the teachers really enjoy kids. The parents are friendly, mellow, involved, and they put on a great Spring Fling every year.
I think you don't see many reviews for Skyline because the school rarely needs to solicit for new students. I'm glad we found this school. I hope our kindergarten experience is as problem-free as our experience at Skyline has been. Happy Skyline parent
I was wondering if there are any current or recent parents of children that attend(ed) this school that can recommend it or comment on its strengths and weaknesses. What did you love about the school? What did you not like about it? What is the curriculum like? How developed is the Spanish language teaching that they offer? How involved is the parent community? Your feedback is much appreciated! --Mama to a soon-to-be preschooler
Can anyone share their experiences at this preschool? The preschool has been around for 30 yrs and seems to have a very well qualified staff. Also, they appear to include dance and Spanish as regular parts of their curriculum. Dinah
Re: Need Preschool/part time in East Oak/CV/SL area
I'm not sure if this will be within the geographical range you're willing to consider, but I urge you to check out Skyline Preschool, on Skyline Blvd: http://www.skylineucc.org/preschool/. We live right off the Keller exit of 580, and it's an 8-10 minute drive. (And such a beautiful drive, too!) I won't go into too much detail in case it's too far for you, but it's a wonderful, warm, play-based program. They have various part time options. The kids need to be at least 2 years, 9 months, so it may not work yet for your youngest, depending on her exact age. When we researched preschools 3 years ago for our oldest, we found it to be very competitively priced, especially for the quality of the location, staff, and program that you get. Good luck in your search!
RE: Preschool with great outside space?
Skyline Preschool, near Skyline HS, has a completely fabulous outdoor space, and it's one of the reasons my daughter went there. The inside space is also light and airy, and the teachers can see everybody all the time. THey also are just a great all-around preschool, with the best activities. (They have bicycle days a couple times a month, hikes around the campus, etc. It's lovely, and the teachers are great. I think their ''spring fling'' is coming up the Saturday before Mem Day (May 21?). Good time to check out the school. Janet
Re: Oakland/Berkeley Preschools with Caring Teachers
Hi Carrie Skyline is a great school, and we are very happy here. The teachers are supportive and loving, and the program has a wonderful flow to it. I've posted about Skyline before, and I don't want to repeat myself, so please read the reviews of this school in the 'review' section of BPN. As we live in the Temescal District, initially the drive was a little daunting for us, but it's become so routine that I hardly notice. Our second child is going here and our third will also attend when she's old enough. Please feel free to contact me with any questions. Lisette
Re: Oakland preschool with openings in January?
Try Skyline Preschool on Skyline Blvd, off of Redwood Road, in Oakland. It is the most amazing gem of a school, ever. There are so many wonderful things about the school - where to start? It has an awesome outdoor play yard. The teachers are kind, polite, welcoming, experienced and creative. There is plenty of parking for pickup and drop off. Dance is included in the curriculum. The kids sing along with the guitar at circle time. It is a play based school, with fun art projects which piece by piece decorate the entire classroom, to form a unifying theme. The large classroom is spacious with great natural light, and a good flow between the various play areas. They serve fresh fruit and vegetables for snacks. And, to top it all off, the kids learn, too. My son comes home chatting about numbers and letters - it's all just folded into the program. As you can tell, I am a super fan of Skyline. Check it out - you won't be disappointed. Skyline Preschool 510 530 0884
Skyline Preschool in Oakland is a wonderful place, with a great outdoor play structure, a garden, a huge sand box and lots of room to throw balls and ride bikes. It is like a playground! The classroom is spacious with a ton of natural light. There are four full time teachers, and if a teacher is sick or on vacation, they have a reliable substitute teacher the kids all like. The curriculum is play-based and the kids have the opportunity to do a lot of art projects or play in the many 'play areas' in the classroom. It really is a happy and creative place. Our second child goes here, and it is assumed our third will attend when she's old enough.
The school is open from 7am - 6pm, 5 days a week. Full time tuition is $920/ month. They also offer mornings only, 3 and 4 day a week options. There is more info on the website: http://www.skylineucc.org/preschool.
The preschool is on Skyline Blvd., just off of Redwood Road. Their phone number is 510-530-0884. License: 010200602
If you are looking for a great and safe place to send your child to preschool, I wholeheartedly recommend Skyline. Please feel free to contact me with any questions. Lisette
Re: Preschools that follow OUSD calendar?
Before choosing Skyline Preschool, I had visited a lot of preschools and still came back to Skyline because it offered:
1) A good balance between play and academics and
the ''academics'' are worked into play. Each week includes
both dance and Spanish classes.
2) The hours (7-6) I work FT.
3) The stability and reputation (I have four friends who sent their kids there. Their kids are now between 6-16 and had the same teachers my son now has! And, these families still come back for the yearly ''Spring Fling'')
4) The structure. Every month we get a calendar of what is happening each day which is a great way to have a conversation with your kid after school.
5) The location is beautiful! It's like going to camp, the air is fresh and it's 5 minutes from HWY 13.
6) And, the price, which is less than most preschools.
You don't hear much about Skyline because, frankly, there is usually a wait list. But I believe that there are some openings this year courtesy of the economy. Good luck, I know how difficult a decision this can be. Happy With Skyline Preschool
Re: Full-time preschools for less than $1000/month?
Check out Skyline Preschool in Oakland. We've paid under $900 the past two years. I believe it's going up to $900 this Fall. This is for full-time, 7:00 am - 6:00 pm, five days a week. The teachers are fabulous! The program covers all subject areas. There's a dance teacher that comes every week. My daughter comes home with lots of artwork and details of various projects and information she learned. My daughter is more than ready for kindergarten this Fall. Skyline Preschool parent
Re: Full-time, playbased, preschool near Glenview
I've posted this before, but Skyline Preschool is great. We live in Glenview, and it was less than a 10-minute drive (and basically no traffic unless you get into the mess on Park Blvd). They do have quite a waiting list these days, so get on their list now (some people end up dropping off the waiting list). They have a GREAT outdoor area, and the kids get plenty of outdoor time, and fun outdoor, art and cooking projects. Kids need to be 2 yrs 9 months and potty trained. They also have great hours, not so many weeks when they are closed (I think it's mostly Christmas and one week in the spring.) Lots of play but they also manage to work with the pre-K kids to get them ready for kindergarten. janet
My daughter, 2.5 years old, currently attends a Montessori preschool. She loves it there (after a month of adjustment) and has been thriving in the environment. Prior to attending, we submitted our application to Skyline Preschool. We were just informed that we got in for next fall. There aren't any recent comments on Skyline Preschool. My daughter and I enjoyed our tour. I like knowing there are 3 very experienced teachers and they do a lot of art and reading. At her current Montessori school, she gets very little art because it's in the afternoon and I usually pick her up early. Skyline is also much cheaper than our current school. Any comments on Skyline Preschool? Anon
We are looking for information about preschools located in the
Montclair Village district. We live in the North Oakland Hills
and want to enroll our 3 year-old daughter in a Montclair school
sometime next year. Our girl is quite shy and would feel most
comfortable in a small, intimate school setting where she could
get lots of personal attention. We would prefer a school with a
Montessori-based philosophy but are open to a more play-based
program as well.
We are grateful for any feedback and/or recommendations.
Does anyone have any positive or negative experiences of Skyline Preschool in Oakland? I'm particularly interested in whether it seems like the kids get enough attention, since the ratio of kids to teachers is pretty high. Anything you wish was different? Thanks. Janet
Re: 3 days a week play-based preschool
Please consider Skyline Preschool in Oakland hills. You can look up their info by locating them through www.google.com. It is a wonderful preschool! Maria
We are looking at the Skyline Preschool located at 12540 Skyline Blvd, in Oakland and wanted to hear what other parents thought. Our son will be 3 next Fall when we are considering enrolling him in a pre-school. There is only one comment (1999) in the archives. Thanks Annie
My daughter attends Skyline Preschool located at 12540 Skyline Blvd in Oakland. The co-directors, Joady and Darla, are wonderful with the kids. The facility is nice with a play area right outside with a view of the canyons. There are many days that my daughter doesn't want to leave. Give them a call at 530-0884 to find out more. They'll full right now, but they should have openings next fall. Jane
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