We frequently update this page to answer as many questions of yours as we can. If the question you have is not listed here, please contact us at: info@newschoolwest.com

 

What are your hours of operation? We are a year round school open Monday - Friday 8am - 5pm. We offer full-time and part time schedules. Our holidays align with most LAUSD closures.

How many children do you have? 
We are licensed for 60 children per day. Because we have a flexible schedule, we support approximately 75 families every year. During COVID restrictions we have only 48 children at school daily.

How old are the children you serve?
We start children when they are 3 years old by September. They culminate when they are ready for kindergarten, typically at 5 years old.

Does my child need to be toilet learned? Yes. The children may be in various stages toward independent toileting and we will work with parents and children toward this goal.

 

How do you help my child transition to school?

  • We have play days for you and your child. The purpose is for you and your child to get acquainted with us and gain the trust needed for open communication.

  • You will be given a "Child History Form" to share important things about your child that will help strengthen the links between home and school.

  • Beginning in the fall of 2004, NSW instituted home visits as a part of our desire to make stronger connections between home and school. Your child's teacher will arrange a visit to your home during the first few weeks before your child starts school. ​

What is the educational background of your teachers? Licensing requires 12 units in Early Childhood Education (ECE). At NSW, all the staff have a minimum of 24 units in ECE and are actively involved in continuing education via college courses, workshops, and/or ECE conferences. All are CPR trained.

What is your sick policy? The health of children, as well as staff, is important to us so each child must arrive at school with no symptoms of illness. We will take temperatures upon arrival and wash hands frequently throughout the day. If your child should become ill while at school, you will be notified immediately to make arrangements to pick them up.

How do you discipline unacceptable behaviors? We believe in recognizing behaviors and what they mean to support each child's need to identify and express their feelings in socially appropriate ways. We take the time to value each individual circumstance and work through the problems that arise with the children, modeling reflective listening, validation, and guidance. We work closely with parenting experts, speech therapists, and occupational therapists and will refer you if your child is needing extra supports.

Do you offer scholarships? Some of our fundraising money is set aside to support our NSW families which includes teachers' children. The financial support is reviewed on a case by case format and revisited every year.