MissionTo educate the whole child in a developmentally appropriate manner with brain-based methods through an integrated curriculum.
CurriculumThe Golden Pond Way combines experienced teachers and proven research-driven teaching techniques with a joyful, child-centered environment that produces magical results in terms of early readers, higher level thinkers and exceptional VA PALs scores.
AccreditedGPS specializes in early childhood education and offers accredited Preschool, Kindergarten, After School Enrichment and Summer Camp programs for children ages 2-9 from 7am - 6pm.
As a kindergarten teacher myself (not at this school), I had strong feelings about the type of school I was looking for. A preschool experience should be fun and engaging, and allow children to grow into their best selves. With only one year left before kindergarten, we enrolled at GPS. My child is happy and thriving! The lessons are creative and hands-on, and the curriculum is rich and challenging. Each week we get wonderful newsletters with pictures and great detail about each lesson and child development. The teachers/staff are warm and welcoming and the parent group is a lot of fun! I have no doubt, my child will leave here with a love of learning, a positive image of school and be fully ready for Kindergarten! I highly recommend GPS!
I have loved Golden Pond from the moment I stepped foot inside! The feeling of family and the level of caring that goes into every single child is unmatched! My daughter spent three amazing years there, my son is in his second year, and I have a third child that will be going to summer camp followed by preschool next fall! My children have learned so much and are glowing with excitement everyday at pick up! It warms my heart to know they are in great hands every single day! Can’t recommend the school enough!
I have trusted Golden Pond School with both of my children; my son having been a student there starting at the age of 3 and attending GPS through kindergarten - he still goes to their after-school program. My daughter just started her first year at GPS in the 3's class. Both of them have thrived in the environment, and Golden Pond has done an amazing job with each of them despite their very different personalities! They take the time to see what each child needs to succeed and have a good experience. The curriculum for the kindergarten was so advanced, that when my eldest got to first grade, he was already ahead and comfortable with the material they were learning. Ms. Horton and Ms. Kareem are especially near and dear to our family's hearts, as they've taken care of our kids in the after-school program for years, which they LOVE. Ms. Gill, Ms. Briggs, and Ms. Aviles have also been amazing teachers to my son. Ms. Dudley is always there to make sure everything runs smoothly, and is a great communicator with parents; and of course a shout out to Ms. Brummett, who dons many hats besides director, and is involved with the kids in the school. Ms. Dudley and Ms. Brummett's initiative in making sure the school has been able to safely run by taking care of much of the check-ins, temperature readings, etc. during COVID should also be commended. COVID hasn't been an easy time for anyone with kids, or any schools providing care for kids, and Golden Pond has really excelled at making this a safe place, and communicating with parents to put our minds at ease. This is just a smidgen of what we love about Golden Pond, as I am sure all the teachers and staff are as lovely as the ones our children have spent so much time with. I highly recommend them for anyone looking for the perfect place for your child to start pre-school!
This is now my family's 8th year at Golden Pond School and it has taken me awhile to write this review because I cannot think of the right words to explain how much we love this place. I have three kids, two boys and one girl. My kids have pretty much been in all the classes ages three to Kindergarten as well as summer camps. I tried to be as involved a parent as I could be so I was lucky to witness the relationship my kids developed with the teachers each year. Golden Pond has been like a second family to us. My kids have severe nut allergies and another medical condition yet I always knew they were safe and loved. The teachers were great about communicating with parents. I was amazed at how much and how quickly my kids would learn things. I wondered how our family's last and final year at Golden Pond would be given the pandemic but it was still amazing and the admin and teachers rose to the occasion. Huge thanks especially this past year to my daughter's wonderful Kindergarten teachers, Mrs. Kathy Sestak & Mrs. Kim Eng. I am so grateful my child was able to go to a school in person full time where she felt safe, could have fun learning, develop great memories and stay healthy. Finally, through all eight years, I have had the pleasure to get to know the amazing Señora Aviles (first as my child's teacher and then as the Spanish teacher) and also the awesome assistant director Mrs. Ingrid Dudley. Thank you both for everything you do! For anybody who is looking for a place where their child will be safe, loved, nurtured and grow both academically and socially, AND a place where parents are welcomed with open arms and communication is a priority, Golden Pond School is the place for you. I will miss this school!
We have been so fortunate to have Golden Pond School in our community and accessible for our child this past year. The 2020-2021 school year presented so many challenges for our public and private school system here in the county, but I felt comfortable and confident in GPS's ability to navigate these challenges and create opportunities for their students and families. I was impressed with their strict adherence to safety protocols which helped mitigate potential issues. This was our first year with the school (and our second experience with pre-school in the area). I can confidently say that the GPS curriculum and teaching methods are far superior to other programs as they embrace the whole child for learning and development. I look forward to spending more time with the school and having an even deeper relationship as we move in to the next school year with greater access to the facilities and staff in light of "getting back to normal" post the pandemic year. I especially recommend this school to any families that are looking for a more "school focused" program and curriculum as opposed to a daycare program. This is truly a SCHOOL for Learning!
Golden pond school is the BEST preschool in Loudoun county. Our son entered the 2/3 year old bunnies class and settled from day 1. The bunnies teacher, Ms Manthe, is the MOST wonderful teacher and her kindness and care shines through. She makes every day happy and learning fun! Every school week is theme based and structured to teach skills in an engaging and interactive way. Every day the children learn through play and have so much fun all while learning incredible math, science, language, problem solving, music and creative skills. The classrooms are well equipped, bright and colorful with a wonderful charming energy. The outside play area is beautiful with lots for the kids to play with and experience. The teacher parent communication is beyond excellent and professional and the principle of GPS, Jennifer Brummett, is an absolute delight! You will be welcomed with open arms and a genuine care and warmth.
GPS is a fantastic school! We’ve had experience with a few of the programs that the school offers and all have been great! The teachers are amazing and really care about the kids. Our child that is currently a student looks forward to waking up each day and learning something new. Car rides home are always full of talk about the school day. We have even learned a few things!
"Both of my kids attended GP when they were younger. There's a reason why most of the parents drive out of their way every day PAST a number of other closer-to-their-house preschools to have their kids at GP instead."