Frequently Asked Questions

what are the ages of the children who attend the school?

Children ages one to five.

What is a typical school day?

Our core academic hours are from 9:00-3:00 Monday through Friday for all children.

Daily Routine Preschool Class

7:30-8:30         Stay and Play (Choice Activities)

8:30-9:00         Arrival and Provocation Activity (Banking Time and Quality Time)

9:00-9:30         Choice Time

9:30-9:50         Healthy Snack and transition to Morning Meeting

9:50-10:15       Morning Meeting and Yoga

10:15-11:00     Small Group Activities (Core Skills and STREAM Activity)

11:00-11:45     Nature Play and Outdoor Classroom Time

11:45-12:15     Healthy & Fresh Family Style Lunch

12:15-12:30    Transition time (potty, classroom jobs, set up for rest)

12:30-12:50    Story Time, Yoga and Transition to Rest Time

1:00-2:30        Rest Time and Quiet Activities 

2:30-2:45        Healthy Snack

2:45-3:20        Choice Time

3:20-3:30        Closing Meeting

3:30-6:00        Stay and Play (Project-Based learning enrichment activities and Nature Play and Outdoor Classroom Time)

Stay & Play is offered at an additional cost in the morning from 7:30-8:30 a.m. and the afternoon from 3:30-6:00 p.m. 

Can my child attend part-time?

Our school is year-round and requires attendance from 9:00-3:00 p.m.

What makes The New E3 School unique?

  • Demonstration & Continuous improvement model school

  • Fresh & healthy snacks and lunch daily

  • Looping with same teacher for two years

  • Enrichment activities

  • SMART Tables in preschool classrooms

  • Breakout classrooms for individualized & differentiated instruction

  • Nature playground & outdoor classroom

  • Yoga and Crossfit

  • Mixed-income model

How are children selected for the program?

There is a rolling admission process. Families are welcome to tour the school and complete an application for admission. Submit Admission Application

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Do you serve snacks & Lunch?

Yummy Goodness Catering provides two healthy and fresh snacks and lunch everyday.


What curriculum do you use?

Our evidence-based curriculum, developed by The University of Virginia CASTL,  focuses on the five core skills that form the building blocks for later learning and six STREAM skills to help children prepare for the academic demands of kindergarten entry. The core skills are relate, regulate, think, communicate and move. The STREAM skills are science, technology, reading, engineering, art and math.

The CASTL integrated curriculum provides a comprehensive set of integrated teacher practices, routines, and activities that provide teachers support and structure so that their interactions with children and the interactions that they set up between children intentionally and meaningfully support children’s skill development across the CORE and STREAM domains.

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what is the role of the teacher?

Our teachers are trained by UVA CASTL to implement the curriculum in an effective, meaningful and intentional way that fosters learning. They encourage children to think, problem solve, create, communicate, investigate and explore.

what is the innovation model?

  • Effective & proven UVA-developed early education curriculum

  • Teachers trained on implementing the curriculum

  • Aligned UVA-developed professional development

  • Coaches work alongside teachers to improve teaching & learning in the classroom

Do you participate in the Virginia Quality Program?

The New E3 School does not participate.