Welcome from Division Head Leslie Hettinger
I’m delighted to introduce you to Langley’s Primary School. We’ve carefully created a safe, nurturing, empowering learning environment for children age three to six. Together, our youngest students solve developmentally appropriate problems, practice mutual respect, learn important routines and work habits, and earn genuine confidence as they discover and share the world around them. Guided by caring teachers with deep expertise in early childhood development, children take risks and tackle challenges at their own pace, building foundational skills in math, science, reading, writing, art, and physical education. Gaining independence, resilience, and academic prowess through their early years at Langley, children emerge fully ready for the next steps in their educational journey.
Our flexible Primary School program ranges from three to 10 hours per day—so you can provide your child with a nurturing, academically focused environment in the way that best suits your family’s needs.
I invite you to review the key features of our program and contact me with any questions. And please do join us for a tour —I think you’ll love seeing how our youngest students learn and grow.
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To ensure your child’s mind, body, and character all grow stronger together, our Primary School program meets children where they are and intentionally guides them forward:
Two teachers in every classroom—an expert head teacher and an experienced assistant—provide your child with extensive individual attention and small-group instruction. Primary School reading and math specialists also work closely with students to build these critical skills.
A developmentally aligned curriculum offers an inquiry-based, thematic, experiential approach to engage all your child’s senses while uncovering individual strengths and interests. Children do hands-on science from day one, learning to make predictions, conduct experiments, and analyze results. Through block play they learn problem solving and critical thinking, and math concepts such as counting, spatial awareness, geometry, and sequencing.
The beautiful Castle Room in our library is designed to nourish children’s love of reading. Students frequently visit the Castle Room to learn the responsibilities of checking out books and make reading an essential part of their daily lives.
Classes with specialists in music, physical education, and Spanish start in preschool, with art and technology instruction integrated into daily class work. Classes with art and technology specialists begin in kindergarten. Your child grows in versatility, curiosity, perception, self-regulation, and physical confidence from day one.
Wide-ranging performance and public-speaking opportunities help your child build poise and self-presentation skills from the start. And through dramatic play, students learn conflict resolution, cooperation, compromise, and abstract thinking while reinforcing skills in literacy, math, and social studies.
Our Big Buddy Program, pairing kindergartners with eighth-graders, provides an inspiring role model for your child and fosters a growing friendship. And before you know it, your child is a big buddy, exchanging roles and now serving as the leader.
Frequent field trips bring classroom learning to life and fuel your child’s curiosity about the wider world. The nation’s capital is practically another Langley classroom: traveling by bus to a world center of government and culture, witnessing firsthand the places and processes they’ve learned about in class, children thrill to this exceptional learning opportunity.
Developmentally appropriate spaces and high-school caliber facilities energize your child and spark ambition. Our preschool-centric playground and tricycle track encourage your child to learn through play, while enhancing fine and gross motor skills. And access to Langley’s state-of-the-art facilities, including the arts center, athletic center, turf field, library, computer labs, and classroom in the sky—a beautiful rooftop space with four classroom areas surrounded by a green roof—inspire children to envision and work toward their educational future.