Operated by the founding family and a team of extraordinary directors, teachers, and support staff; Beech Tree House Center for Child Development has provided exemplary care and early childhood education since 1978. Blending the priorities of nurturing guidance and an ambitious preschool curriculum, the first-class experiences children enjoy at Beech Tree House Center for Child Development encourage emotional, social, intellectual, physical, and spiritual development that builds the necessary foundation for future social and school success.
The youngest members of our Beech Tree House family are welcomed to the nursery by an adoring team of caregivers whose warmth naturally encourages a loving bond. Our infant rooms are designed to allow for a balance of sleepy relaxation and curious wonder. Babies spend their days being rocked and cuddled, enjoying tummy-time and physical activity, exploring the intrigue of their own reflection in our floor mirrors, and developing an awareness of the world around them. In addition to rocking chairs, cribs, bouncy seats, and swings, the infant rooms are full of music, books, and encouraging conversation. Parents can feel secure that our infant rooms are immaculately kept and creatively decorated.
Our toddlers are some of the most active and energetic children in the building. Beech Tree House implements a modified curriculum for this age group that strikes a balance between structured activities and play-based learning. Academic opportunities are infused into creative and hands-on lessons that introduce foundational skills and concepts while encouraging emerging language. The sensory rich environment in our toddler classroom invites exploration and allows for daily discovery. Our experienced teachers help toddlers begin to understand their own emotions and develop social skills. One of the best parts about being a toddler at Beech Tree House is that you get to begin participating in our formal music program!
Preschool children enjoy opportunities that foster self-confidence, encourage independence, develop motor skills, and instill a love for learning. The personality, talents, and aptitudes of each child are celebrated through our unique approach to early childhood education. We follow the Ausubelian method of organizing curriculum in our preschool classrooms which appeals to various learning styles. This engaging process incorporates a variety of lessons, activities, games, crafts, projects, and experiments that help develop proficiencies in a specific theme, skill, or concept. Children enjoy expressing themselves through creative art, music, dance, and dramatic play. One of the favorite times of week for our preschool children is getting to visit the Bookmobile and choose a library book to take to the classroom!
Pre-kindergarteners are captivated by an academically ambitious curriculum that engages children in the content areas of language arts, math, social studies, science, health, art, music, and non-denominational Christian religious education. The curriculum introduces themes and concepts designed to challenge children while promoting the development of problem solving skills. Capitalizing on their natural wonder, students discover and apply information relevant to the world around them. They enjoy the satisfaction of tackling a challenge and realize the thrill of mastery that inspires genuine confidence. Pre-kindergarten students love to sing, dance, paint, mold, and express themselves through dramatic play. Perhaps the most exciting part of being in pre-kindergarten is getting to ride our school bus and participate in awesome fieldtrips each month!
During kindergarten, students are welcomed into the Curtis Wilson Primary School and Academy family. They begin to wear the Curtis Wilson Primary School and Academy uniform with the pride of belonging to this exceptional school environment. Students at the kindergarten level practice and begin to master social and self-help skills. They are introduced to geography, health, history, literature, math, reading (strong emphasis on phonics), non-denominational Christian religious education, science, spelling, and writing concepts. Kindergarten students also enjoy art, computers, etiquette, library, music, physical education, and Spanish.The biggest thrill for Curtis Wilson Primary School and Academy kindergarten students is learning to read! Visit cwpsa.com for more information about our elementary programs.
Primary Grades (1st, 2nd, and 3rd grades)
The instructional environment of the primary grades facilitates student development and mastery of basic skills in the content areas of geography, health, history, literature, math, reading (strong emphasis on phonics), non-denominational religious education, science, spelling, and writing. The students also benefit from enrichment opportunities in art, computers, etiquette, library, music, physical education, and Spanish. At this level, the children are becoming more confident in the use of simple concepts, rules, and facts while integrating new information. Great attention is given to teach and practice study skills in the primary grades as students begin to work more independently and complete more complicated assignments. Visit cwpsa.com for more information about our elementary programs.
Intermediate Grades (4th, 5th, and 6th grades)
The intermediate grades provide the bridge in learning between the focus on the concrete and basic facts of the primary years and the reason-based content of the higher grades. At this level, students are expected to apply information and processes to master more difficult academic content. During the intermediate years, the staff of Curtis Wilson Primary School and Academy holds each student accountable for efficient study skills and impeccable work ethic. Students in our intermediate grades enjoy traveling to NASA during a space unit and visiting EPCOT and participating in an International Fair on alternating years! Visit cwpsa.com for more information about our elementary programs.
Curtis Wilson Primary School and Academy hosts a summer camp each year. The camp is based on weekly themes and areas of interest. Each camp week is filled with projects, experiments, crafts, guest speakers, movies, games, academic skill maintenance, and other exciting activities. Children enjoy a variety of fieldtrips to interesting and enriching venues in the Indianapolis area (some reflecting the theme and some just because they are awesome places to visit). Finally, Curtis Wilson Primary School and Academy Summer Camp children participate in the public library reading program. Visit cwpsa.com for more information about our elementary programs.