Daily Schedule

Typical Class Schedule

Pre-Class I & Class I

Time Description
8:15 - 8:30 a.m. Arrival / Welcome / Indoor Start
8:30 - 9:30 a.m. Free Play
9:30 - 9:45 a.m. Clean-up
9:45 - 10:00 a.m. Bathroom / Hand Washing
10:00 - 10:30 a.m. Circle / Group Projects & Activities
10:30 - 10:45 a.m. Hand Washing / Snack
10:45 - 11:00 a.m. Bathroom / Looking at Books / Quiet Time
11:00 - 12:00 p.m. Playground / Adventure / Carpool
In pleasant weather, the inside time is shortened so that we have more time to explore outside.

Class II

Time Description
8:15 - 9:00 a.m. Arrival / Welcome / Outdoor Start
9:00 - 9:20 a.m. Morning Meeting
9:20 - 10:00 a.m. Choice Time / Learning Centers
10:00 - 10:10 a.m. Clean up
10:10 - 10:30 a.m. Circle Time
10:30 - 10:45 a.m. Bathroom / Hand Washing / Snack
10:45 - 11:00 a.m. Looking at Books / Group Story / Writing / Quiet Time
11:00 - 12:00 p.m. Playground / Outdoor Adventure / Carpool

Class III

Time Description
8:15 - 8:45 a.m. Arrival / Welcome / Outdoor Start
8:45 - 9:40 a.m. Morning Meeting
9:40 - 10:20 a.m. Literacy Groups / Journal Writing / Cooking and Choices / Sportsjam
10:20 - 10:25 a.m. Clean up / Jobs / Yoga
10:25 - 10:40 a.m. Snack
11:00 - 11:15 a.m. Story time / Book looking
11:15 - 11:50 a.m. Outdoors / Science
11:50 - 12:00 p.m. Dismissal

More About Schedules

  • Open School: Friday mornings 9:15 - 10:15 a.m. for all classes
  • Three-For-All: Wednesday mornings from 8:30 - 9:30 a.m. for Pre-Class I and Class I. Children travel to explore any other three-year-old classes.
  • Sportsjam: Thursdays for Class II (Loft) and Class III, and Wednesdays for Class II (downstairs) organized outdoor games with teacher Jeremy Aron
  • Music: Weekly session for each class with Laurie Goldsmith or John Farrington
  • School Assembly / Sing along: Last Friday of each month
  • Adventure Club: Class III extended days until 2:30 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays


Typical Class Schedule
  • “Apple Orchard is truly a model school, the best place on the planet to send your child to jumpstart his or her education.”

    Current Parent
  • “The grounds are like being in another, simpler world.  During a parent visit, taking a winter walk, I could see the joy in the children’s faces as they skipped, ran, got distracted, picked up a stick or rock, and then continued on their way.  How often do you see a child skip these days?  You do at AO!”

    Former Parent
  • “The staff is genuine, friendly, exceptionally knowledgeable, and competent.  They know your child’s habits, likes, dislikes, anything you can think of, and challenge them in a way that incorporates the natural world into the learning plan.”

    Former Parent
  • “All of our kids left AO with a deep appreciation for the outdoors and animals. This is a gift we could not have given them in any other pre-school setting.”

    Former Parent
  • “Apple Orchard is a magical place for our children as they learn without knowing they are learning! Friendships are formed which last a lifetime as our children develop a love for each other, their teachers and nature.”

    Current Parent