Mission & Philosophy

Primavera School is committed to preparing children for the future as life-long learners by encouraging high academic standards across the curriculum and by demonstrating a productive interaction between teachers and students within a small classroom setting.


  1. The gift we give our children is a lifelong love of learning.
  2. We teach our students to have a responsible concern and respect for other people, our things, and the environment.
  3. We provide a safe and peaceful environment in which children can explore, play, and experience hands-on learning in a joyful manner.
  4. We follow a developmentally-based curriculum that promotes active involvement in children’s learning, and children are encouraged to make good choices and participate socially, emotionally, and academically.
  5. Children feel they have a voice and that they are respected and listened to by their teachers and each other.
  6. We teach to the state and national standards but remain flexible enough to meet the needs of our students with a variety of learning styles and developmental timelines.
  7. We assess children’s progress, not with standardized testing, but with more authentic, performance-based demonstrations of their learning.
  8. The arts and physical education are just as important to a child’s curriculum as reading, writing, spelling, and math.
  9. We teach to the “whole child” at Primavera because all children deserve to be healthy, safe, engaged, supported, and challenged.
  10. Parent involvement is welcomed and encouraged at Primavera because we know the importance of working together for the success of every student.

Philosophy Statement

Primavera School was founded in 1972 to serve the needs of children and parents who prefer a more flexible, personalized, and safe learning environment. We currently enroll 115 children from three to 10 years of age in pre-kindergarten through 4th grade.

Our student/teacher ratio is very low –a maximum of 8:1 in pre-kindergarten and an average of 14:1 in Kindergarten and the primary grades. Our teachers are highly skilled, caring people with years of experience and expertise in early childhood education. Parents choose Primavera because they are seeking a school that takes an individual interest in their child’s development and learning style.

Our facility is located on 2.6 acres of land in a residential area of southwest Prescott. The setting and grounds reflect our belief that children learn best in an environment which encourages exploration and is peaceful to the mind as well as the eye.

Primavera is an independent non-profit corporation, operated by a Board of Directors made up largely of parents. Over the years we have evolved in structure, but our philosophy has remained the same. First we believe that learning is the most important of human endeavors. Schools must be structured to teach the way children learn best, by direct experience and interaction with the real world. Schools must strive to enhance the child’s natural desire to learn by providing structure, encouragement, and success.

Second, we see schools as an extension of the family. Parents should have an active role in their child’s life at school and be informed as to what they are learning and how they learn best. The content, quality, direction, and pace of the child’s day are the concern of the parents and teachers alike.

Good schools serve to strengthen family life, which in turn fosters healthy children. Good schools, like families, are interested in educating the “whole child,” keeping them healthy, safe, engaged, supported, and challenged. We invite much parent participation within the Primavera community of learners.

Third, we see children as the hope of the future. We owe them every opportunity to grow up in a safe and accepting environment where they can feel good about themselves and the rest of mankind.

Research has consistently pointed to early experience, and particularly early education in the foundational years, as the most reliable predictor of adult competence and social adjustment.

Special programs are an integral part of the Primavera experience. We involve all of our students in outside activities and field trips. Extended day outings, and occasional overnight trips, are taken to places of interest in and around Prescott, Arizona, and even neighboring states. Physical education is a regular and valued part of our curriculum. Foreign language (French, Spanish, and sign language), music, art, and technology are integrated components of our preschool through 6th grade curriculum. These experiences enrich the learning of Primavera students.

Primavera is committed to high-quality early childhood education at an affordable cost. Admissions and hiring policies are non-discriminatory. We believe that all children should have access to developmentally-based, enriched, “whole-child” education in a safe and healthy environment.

Learning More About the Whole Child

Learn more about the Whole Child curriculum at the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development website http://www.wholechildeducation.org.