Our Programs

For more than 35 years McDowell School Private Preschool through Elementary has been successfully caring for and educating the children of Laguna Niguel in South Orange County, California. Recognizing the need for quality education in a beautiful setting for learning and exploration, McDowell School quickly grew with our enrolled children, from a preschool to the premier private preschool, kindergarten and elementary school in the area.

Infant Program

From 6 weeks
Our Infant Program is committed to making this first transition away from home natural and easy for both you and your child. In our calm and secure environment our teachers will spend ample amount of time rocking, cuddling and talking to your little one.

Toddler Program

1 yr. old
Our Toddler Program is specifically tailored to the needs of your busy toddler. We lovingly nurture your child through important early milestones, from “self-help” learning skills such as hand washing and putting away their toys, to socializing and forming first friendships.

Early Learners Program

2 yrs. old
Our Early Learners Program is an important time in your child’s development. In our Early Learners program, we lay the foundation for a lifetime of learning by inspiring a love for literacy, math, fitness and social play.

Preschool Programs

3 yrs. old
Our 3’s Program takes into consideration that attending McDowell School is the first preschool setting for many of our 3 year olds. We have developed a happy, safe environment that makes learning fun and builds confidence, instilling a love of learning in each child.

4 yrs. old
Whether your 3 year old has transitioned to our Preschool 4’s Program or is a new student, the McDowell School Preschool 4’s is designed for those children that are truly ready to be challenged for Kindergarten preparedness.

Early Kindergarten
McDowell School’s Early Kindergarten program is intended for our young 5 year olds who miss the cut-off date for Kindergarten entrance or for those who need more time to prepare for Kindergarten socially as well as academically. This advanced preschool program is designed to challenge each child.

Elementary Programs

Our Kindergarten program is a thrilling and significant time for children, where we nurture their natural love of learning and curiosity about the future. Their Kindergarten experience will set the tone for the rest of their formal education.

1st – 6th Grade
McDowell School’s Elementary program focuses on building strong core academics in creative and innovative ways, for children 1st through 6th grades. Our curriculum covers traditional instruction, textbook and project-based, teacher-led instruction, and technology.

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