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Enrichment experience includes art and Yoga classes, even in the infant rooms. Children will participate in etiquette courses, learning through music, organic gardening projects, cooking projects, coding, field trips and sprinkler play on the Splash Pad. The state-of-the-art tech room includes an interactive whiteboard, age specific robots and other unique tools to teach coding and engineering concepts and scientific methods. On-site dance, tumbling and soccer are available for an additional fee.

 

The PREP School’s structured environment provides the children the stability they need to thrive and security to reassure parents. Safety and hygiene are always top priorities. There’s even a “TLC” room for children who are not feeling well and need to be away from the classroom to deter the spread of germs.

 

Even before COVID, The PREP School’s HVAC system was fitted with hospital grade filtration that circulates outside air into the building. Outdoor playgrounds are covered with cushioned turf to create a safe fall zone. A biometric fingerprint system secures access to the building. Parents are invited to watch their children via the closed-circuit video monitors in the parent lounge. 

 

Each child is placed in one of the 11 classrooms that best suits his/her age and developmental level. Class and staff/child ratios remain small, allowing children to receive individualized attention. Each teacher is issued a secure Ipad with which to share instant updates and pictures so parents never miss milestone moments. Teachers are carefully screened to show interest and aptitude with children. They demonstrate commitment to the profession through hands-on experience, advanced training and teaching certificates or related degrees. The PREP School offers competitive salaries to attract qualified staff.

 

“Our mission is to provide the highest level of early childhood education in a safe and secure environment that nurtures each child’s individual needs,” Christina said. “I’m dedicated and passionate about educating our children.” A motivating factor is her belief in the importance of literacy. 

 

“I want every child to love to learn to read. It is a stepping-stone to their future success,” she said. Her eyes moistened as she told how one of their pre-K students who had been in The PREP School’s inaugural infant class had recently read her first sentence to her teacher. “It’s pretty exciting that we have four-year-olds reading,” she said. 

 

Enrollment for The PREP School is limited, and many classrooms maintain waitlists. Enrollment for summer and the 2022/2023 school year is open now, with spots filling quickly. Go to theprepschools.com/locations/stone-oak/ to sign up for a private tour or register.

The PREP School

Innovative, Private Preschool

By Amy Morgan

 

Offices are reopening and you’re returning to work in person. Or maybe you’re expecting a new baby or have recently relocated to the area. One of the most important decisions you’ll make is finding the right child-care arrangements for your family. 

 

Look no further than The PREP School in Stone Oak. The highly respected private pre-school located at 24372 Wilderness Oak, just down the road from Canyon Springs Golf Course, enrolls children 6-weeks – kindergarten throughout the year. Children as old as 12 can be enrolled in afterschool programs offering a variety of activities as well as assistance with homework. Summer camp also is available for elementary age children. 

 

The PREP School’s Stone Oak location will celebrate its fifth anniversary this year. It’s owned by local couple Christina and Todd Williams. Todd’s sister, Erin Triant, built upon her childcare expertise to develop and franchise The PREP School concept. Erin opened the first location in Dripping Springs 9 years ago. When the Williamses’ sons graduated from Johnson High School, Christina was ready for a new project. Family comes first for this couple, and she wanted to offer parents a place with the highest standards in childcare. The premier, private preschool sets itself apart by offering more — staff who are passionate about early childhood education, state-of-the-art facilities, tailored instruction and low student/teacher ratios.

 

Todd is a skilled general contractor and founder of Double Diamond Custom Homes. He constructed the school from the ground up (along with three others in the Austin area and several more pending), while Christina handles all operations. The result is a clean, modern facility complete with state-of-the-art equipment and furnishings painted the “PREPtastic” theme colors of bright blue, lime green and sunny orange.

 

The PREP School provides an Emergent and hands-on, curriculum-based educational focus. At the PREP, children receive an academic and development assessment that allows individual tailoring of a program/curriculum to maximize each child’s ability to learn. The high-quality curriculum is selected from several nationally recognized publishers such as McGraw Hill and Pearson. The PREP School’s integration of enrichment and curriculum components is rarely found in the preschool setting.  Students, starting with the toddlers, rotate to specialized classrooms:  the PREP Tech, the Art Studio, the Outdoor Classroom, the PREP Café (whose dedicated chef prepares nutritious meals), and the Multi-Purpose Room (a preschool sized gym space). The Spanish curriculum begins at 2½ years.