Academic Overview

American Heritage School Academics Lower School

The curriculum for the pre-primary child is developmental and age appropriate at each level. Thematic units of study include instruction in the areas of language arts, reading readiness, mathematics, social studies and sciences. Daily language, speech and auditory development activities help children to listen, understand, speak and learn effectively.

The pre-primary department seeks to maximize the academic potential of each child while fostering a positive self-image and providing the skills necessary for the next level of education. In addition, there is an emphasis on activities and materials designed to develop the full range of motor skills. Our pre-primary program recognizes that young children learn best in an environment rich in sensory experiences. The core curriculum is supplemented by "enrichment" classes in Computer Education, art, media center, music, Spanish, PE, and Investigative Science Lab. Our free play, music, art and drama activities stimulate creativity and self-expression. Our unique fully equipped science lab helps our youngest students grasp basic science concepts through observation and manipulation of a variety of materials. As a child progresses through Kindergarten, more emphasis is placed on math and reading readiness in preparation for first grade.


All of our pre-primary teachers are college educated and fully certified. They are warm, caring professionals with the experience and training to prepare our youngest students for elementary school. In addition to the teacher, each class has a full time assistant to aid in classroom work and play. Enrichment classes (art, music, media center, Spanish, science lab, and PE) are taught by instructors certified in those subject areas in special purpose facilities.


Our after school enrichment program offers classes appropriate to the preschool child such as beginning dance and music activities, cooking or story telling. There is also an after school care program which lasts until 6:00 p.m each day. There are reasonable extra fees required for both programs. Free child care is available each morning from 6:30 a.m. until school begins.