Our Early Learning Center
RPDS’s Early Learning Center in Jacksonville is designed with the unique needs of our youngest students in mind. But don’t be fooled by their small stature. While they may be our tiniest scholars, they are undoubtedly our mightiest. Their energy, curiosity, passion for exploration and experimentation, their willingness to take risks and persevere toward new discoveries and understandings, make them a force to be reckoned with!
At the heart of our mission is an emphasis on encouraging each learner to become the very best version of themselves. With a focus on the whole child, our faculty design learning experiences that cultivate self-efficacy, responsibility, empathy, kindness toward others, cooperation, problem-solving skills, flexibility, and resilience. Whether gathered for a daily Care & Connect session, tinkering in our Makerspace Innovation Room, finding stillness in our Yoga Studio, grooving in a Music & Movement class, coding in our Robotics Studio or gardening in our Greenhouse, preschool students are reminded daily that learning is an adventure that should be relished!
The RPDS Early Learning Program immerses our PreK 3, PreK 4 and Kindergarten students in Early Literacy, Mathematics, Scientific and Global Competency Units of Study that lay a firm foundation for future success in the Lower School program and beyond. Those experiences are coupled with projects that connect our littlest citizens to the local Jacksonville community, providing them with authentic opportunities to consider the needs of others and to respond with joyous hearts as they begin to find their place in the context of the wider world.
Early Learning Center News
J is for.... JAGUARS! Pre-K 4 students celebrated their new acquisition of the letter J with a tailgate party for their favorite team! Yay for J!
Pre-K 3 was delighted to have Mr. Thomas visit their class. Students observed as he used his power tools to drill and saw a pumpkin. The thrilled students took turns removing the "gooey" pulp and made suggestions on their custom Jack-O-Lantern design.