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The Rainbow School is an international parent-participation preschool located in Escondido Village at Stanford University. It serves approximately 30 children of Stanford graduate students, Stanford faculty and staff, as well as families from the surrounding community. The school is NAEYC accredited and provides Half-Day (9am-12pm), Full Day (9am-3pm) and Full Day Plus (9am-5pm) schedules for children. The school has received a national award from NAEYC in 2010 for Engaging Diverse Families.
The program provides a caring, safe and stimulating environment in which the children are free to explore, create, learn and grow. The curriculum is developmentally appropriate, based on the educational philosophy that children learn by doing and that the adults provide opportunities for children to experiment and explore their environment. Children are guided to help facilitate their emotional, social, physical, and cognitive growth. An emergent curriculum philosophy is implemented to support the interests and needs of the children. The school is multicultural and operates within the Escondido Village philosophy that promotes pluralism while discouraging racism, sexism and violence.
The Rainbow School is a parent participation program which offers parents the opportunity to:
Children from many countries meet together in a co-created (child/parent/teacher) classroom setting, designed to promote individual growth and group cooperation. Self esteem is promoted, diversity is valued, and the belief in each child's ability to self-regulate and peaceably solve problems is foremost. We believe that children learn through play by means of exploration of their surroundings and exposure to new materials. Developmentally appropriate activities are designed to focus on the whole child: their social, emotional, cognitive, physical, and language development.
Our experienced, qualified staff serve as positive role models and provide care that is supportive, nurturing, and responsive to individual children's needs. We respect parents as the primary and most important providers of care and nurturing, and value parent participation in the program. Together, teachers and parents are partners in the care and education of all the children at the Rainbow School.
Application Instructions and Form
1. Print out the Rainbow School Application form.
2. Fill in the form and mail along with a $25 application fee to:
140 Comstock Circle
Stanford, CA 94305
(Please make checks payable to: Rainbow School)
3. You will be contacted when a space becomes available. (Please keep contact information on application form up to date.)
Rainbow School runs from mid-September to mid-June, and follows the Stanford Academic Calendar. There is a six week summer camp, from the fourth week of June to the end of July.
140 Comstock Circle
Stanford, CA 94305
Office/Director: Natalie Seer (650)723-0217
Classroom/Teachers : (650)724-4663
Beginning in fall 2010, Rainbow School began its Music and Arts Program (MAP), providing an extended care option for working parents. Parents can now choose Half-day, Full day or Full Day Plus. Enrollment in MAP Only is also an option, on a space available basis. Parent co-oping is is required, at 3 hours a week for Full Day, and 3 hours a month for Half Day enrollment.
9:00am-12pm Half Day
9:00am - 3:00pm Full Day
9:00am-5:00pm Full day Plus
Open Monday - Friday
Master Teacher (9-5): Michael Borbas
Full Day Teacher (9-3): Suyan Ling
Program Assistant/Teacher's Assistant (8:30-12:30): Lisa Hummel
Substitute Teaching Staff
Val Acevedo, Susi Steiner, Carol Sinoben, Seleena Vinay Raj, Swapna Ghupta