Why Quarry Lane Helps Children Develop Scientific Thinking from a Young Age

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The development of scientific thinking in young children plays a central role in fostering curiosity, examination, and experimentation, all of which are critical for enabling children to analyze and theorize about the world in which they live. As a premier private preschool and Jr.K-12 college preparatory school, Quarry Lane recognizes and promotes the development of scientific thinking amongst our students. Keep reading to learn more about why we are committed to helping children develop scientific thinking from a young age.

Acquisition of Knowledge
One of the fundamental goals of developing scientific thinking from a young age is to increase a child’s acquisition of knowledge. At Quarry Lane, we believe that it is important to develop children’s bodies of knowledge and provide them with consistent opportunities to communicate and share their knowledge about the world around them. Teaching scientific concepts from an early age helps us achieve this goal.

Application of Processes
Understanding the processes of science is essential to the development of scientific thinking in early childhood. Hands-on scientific activities offer opportunities to learn processes like predicting, observing, classifying, communicating, and experimenting, which are central to the development of more advanced avenues of critical thinking. In order to fully develop these processes, children must have opportunities to practice and apply them throughout the day.

Development of Positive Attitudes towards Science
The development of scientific thinking relies on a curious, inquisitive mind that is interested in exploration and experimentation. With young children, it is essential that teachers value and acknowledge positive attitudes towards scientific thinking. This helps to foster the skills that are foundational to scientific inquiry and discovery.

To learn more about why Quarry Lane School is committed to helping children develop scientific thinking skills, give us a call at (925) 394-4644. Our private preschool in Pleasanton, California and Jr.K-12 college preparatory school, which are located in Dublin, California, offer rigorous academics and expansive extracurricular activities. By instilling a lifelong love of learning in every student, we strive to help each child reach his or her full potential.

Answers to Frequently Asked Questions about Quarry Lane

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Quarry Lane School is a private, secular school in Dublin, CA for Jr.K-12 students. Our educators support a nurturing, yet academically challenging environment in which students can excel. Our three campuses serve around 1,000 students. If you’re a parent considering enrolling your child in our college preparatory school, we invite you to ask our admissions staff all of your questions. You can also find the answers to some common questions below.

How is Quarry Lane School Different?
Quarry Lane School offers all of the benefits of a close-knit private school, including smaller class sizes to provide individualized attention for each student. Our educators emphasize the value of social and emotional wellbeing in addition to academic achievements. Our college preparatory school is accredited by the National Independent Private School Association and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. At Quarry Lane School, we pride ourselves on our approach to global education. With the introduction of our International Academy, we have diversified our student body with learners from countries around the world. We are also an International Baccalaureate (IB) school.

What is Your Curriculum Like?
At Quarry Lane, your child will be challenged to reach his or her full potential with a rigorous curriculum. Our private school offers honors, accelerated and advanced placement courses. Your child can learn through one of three academic tracks: The Science, Engineering, and Technology Track, The College Preparatory Track, or The International Baccalaureate High School Diploma Programme Track.

Which Extracurricular Activities Can Students Participate In?
We encourage students to participate in enrichment activities, including our community service projects, science activities, and field trips. Our sports teams include basketball, soccer, and volleyball, among others. We also offer extracurricular activities such as theater arts, robotics, music, and visual arts.

Prospective parents and students in the East Bay area are encouraged to learn more about our programs to determine if our school is a good fit. To get more information about Quarry Lane School or to schedule a campus tour, call (925) 394-4644. You can also visit our website to see our current open house listings or to take a video tour of our private school. 

Investing in Mandarin Chinese Education for Your Children

With more native speakers in the world than any other language, Mandarin Chinese is continuing to gain recognition as an essential language. This fact, along with the growing awareness of China’s economic and social power, has prompted many parents to invest in Mandarin Chinese education for their children. Since babies and toddlers have the ability to learn languages very quickly, an increasing number of preschools and early childhood education centers are offering immersive programs that provide babies and toddlers with routine exposure to Mandarin Chinese. Watch this video to learn more about investing in Mandarin Chinese education for young children.

For information about our Mandarin programs, contact Quarry Lane School at (925) 394-4644. Located in Dublin, California, we are a private preschool and Jr.K-12 college preparatory school committed to instilling a lifelong love of learning in all of our students. Call or visit our website to find out more today.

Beginning the Application Process at Quarry Lane

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The application process at Quarry Lane School provides us with a comprehensive method of identifying and offering admission to the students whom we feel would thrive in our rigorous college preparatory environment. The general application process for admission to all grade levels is very similar.

Families interested in pursuing an application to the school should schedule a campus tour or attend a school Open House, which provides them with an opportunity to get acquainted with the school firsthand. The next step is to complete an application form and parent statement, and to submit a nonrefundable application and testing fee. Additionally, each application must include a copy of the student’s school records and teacher recommendations. The last part of the Quarry Lane application consists of an entrance examination and an interview, during which the applicant will shadow a Quarry Lane student for a day and then meet with a member of the Admissions Committee.

To get more information about our academic program or to begin the application process at Quarry Lane School, contact us at (925) 394-4644. We are happy to answer any questions you may have about the application process for our lower, middle, or high schools located in Dublin, California.

Mandarin Chinese: A World Language on the Rise

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More and more adults are encouraging their children to study Mandarin Chinese at school and through other language immersion programs. Fueled by a desire to invest in their children’s futures, parents are taking note that Mandarin is the most popular first language in the world, beating out English by five million speakers. Mandarin is also the second most popular language on the Internet. Keep reading to learn more about the benefits of having your child learn Mandarin Chinese.

Early Language Learning
Most language programs begin at the middle school or high school level. Children who begin learning another language before adolescence, however, have the ability to acquire the language the same way they acquired their native tongue, as long as they have an immersion experience. In order for children to have a successful immersion experience, they must be immersed by a native speaker at least once a week for a significant period of time. Enrolling your child in a Mandarin Chinese program makes this possible.

Cognitive Advantage
There are many cognitive benefits to learning Mandarin. Children who learn a second language at a young age score higher on the SAT than those who don’t. Learning to write Chinese characters helps with the development of fine motor skills, and studying Mandarin stimulates unique parts of the brain because it is so distinct from English.

Preparation for the Future
As a major economic and cultural presence in the global marketplace, China has become a key player in the international business world. This has spurred many parents to promote the learning of Mandarin so that their children can be competitive when they enter the workforce. Enrolling your child in Mandarin language classes and immersion programs will help to prepare him or her to successfully navigate the increasingly globalized world.

Are you interested in having your child learn another language? At Quarry Lane School, a private preschool in Pleasanton, California and Jr.K-12 college preparatory school in Dublin, California, we offer exciting and unique educational opportunities for learning Mandarin Chinese. Call us at (925) 394-4644 or visit our website to find out more about our extracurricular Mandarin Chinese classes for our K-5 students or our Mandarin language programs for middle school and high school students.

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