|Welcome to the Red Apple Schools Website!
Rated #1 Preschool in Stafford, Prince William & Fredericksburg and a Top Northern Virginia Preschool by Northern Virginia Magazine!
A school year program since 1981.
(We are closed in July and part of August. Contact us through email to enroll or ask questions during the summer)
* Again Rated a Top Northern Virginia Preschool in Northern Virginia Magazine, January 2014.
* Rated #1 Preschool in Stafford, Prince William & Fredericksburg by Northern Virginia Magazine
* Nationally Accredited to assure the highest of standards
* Licensed By the Commonwealth of Virginia to assure safety.
* Nationally Accredited Kindergarten (Countrywood Campus)
* PALS – Phonological Awareness Literacy Screening provided by the University of Virginia for Pre K and Kindergarten.
* Yearly Development Screening
* NACCRRA participation to support families with deployed military.
* Partners with Stafford County Public Schools, New Beginnings and other community organizations involved in quality early childhood education.
RED APPLE SCHOOLS ARE LICENSED TO OPERATE BY THE COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA. Many preschools in our area not. Be sure to ask when you visit schools. Licensure assures the program, staff and facility meets appropriate standards of health and safety. Most importantly, we are a Nationally Accredited Early Childhood School. We are recognized nationally to meet the high standards in curriculum programming, staff qualifications, health, safety and environment. Additionally, we have professionally trained staff in the Early Childhood Environmental Rating Scale (ECERS-R) and we partner with the community to provide the best quality early childhood education in our area.
Established in 1981, we are a developmentally oriented preschool program with a curriculum designed around early childhood readiness skills, The Virginia Standards of Learning for four year olds, the University of Virginia’s Phonological Awareness Literacy Screening (PALS) and our own early childhood curriculum developed over the past 30 years. The Red Apple is a private day school specifically designed to assist in the development and readiness of the preschool, pre kindergarten and kindergarten child. We offer morning and afternoon school programs from September through mid June. Countrywood offers an extended preschool day from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. We follow the Stafford County Schools’ calendar.
Our Red Apple – Summit, located in the Summit Presbyterian Church since 1990, provides morning classes for 3 hours per day. Hours for morning classes are 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. For those children attending the Summit morning class, there is an extended day program until 2 p.m.
Children must be three by December 31st to attend and be potty trained.
Our Red Apple – Countrywood location provides morning classes for 4 hours per day. Hours for these classes are 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. for three year olds and 9:15 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. for pre K. Kindergarten is from 9:15 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. This site is used exclusively as a private child day school.
Extended day is from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The program provides a series of structured and unstructured activities that contribute to the child’s social, emotional, physical and intellectual development. Learning centers and motivational activities build the foundations for future academic pursuits. Children are encouraged to observe, discover, investigate and enjoy themselves in a learning environment.
Our program is developed around the basic developmental skills of the young child, which are: gross motor, fine motor, language, personal and social skills, self help skills as they pertain to school and cognitive skills.
In the younger classes, the emphasis is in the personal and social area. Learning to be a member of a group; to share; to get along with others; to use words to solve problems; and to have fun in a school setting is encouraged. Children work with shapes, numbers, emerging literacy skills and activities in all developmental areas, but the emphasis is in the personal and social area.
As the children become older and get closer to attending kindergarten, the emphasis switches to the cognitive areas. There is more structure.
The concentration is on school readiness skills including letter recognition phonics, rhyming, sound awareness, stories, print and word awareness, pre-math and math skills such as shapes, attributes, sets, number recognition, rote counting, patterning, location in space, number value, vocabulary, science observation and experimentation, and multiple other activities. Along with cognitive skills we continue developing fine motor skills, music awareness, creative art, pretend play, outdoor and indoor large muscle activities and all the developmental areas. We encourage fun learning in a warm, welcoming, child centered environment where children become happy, confident learners who are well prepared for grade school.
Centers grow and change with the developing program:
Nationally Accredited by the National Early Childhood Program Accreditation
Open House is at Countrywood location only.
Red Apple tuition may qualify for dependent care credit with the IRS if you work. See Publication 503, pg 6.