2012 Education Guide

. November 6, 2012.

Selecting the right school for your child can seem like an overwhelming process, but Ann
Arbor Family Press is here to help. Our Education Guide highlights some of the best and brightest schools to make your search for the ideal fit easier.

Allen Creek Preschool
2350 Miller Ave.

Allen Creek is a model community where teachers, family consultants and parents work together to know each child as a unique, complex individual. Allen Creek teachers are experienced professionals, with backgrounds in early childhood education, child development, school psychology, social work and arts education.
All of our teachers possess BA and MA level training. Our provided family consultants are volunteer mental health specialists whose work with parents is designed to help them discover the Selecting the right school for your child can seem like an overwhelming process, but Ann Arbor Family Press is here to help. Our Education Guide highlights some of the best and brightest schools to make your search for the ideal fit easier. proven tools for informed and “intentional” parenting through workshops, discussion groups and specialized help when needed. Allen Creek's approach to the whole child is supported by the most current research on early development and education. In children we foster creativity and social relationships while promoting active learning, exploration, problem-solving, discovery and intellectual flexibility. The result is a child that’s joyful, sturdy, resilient, confident, thoughtful and compassionate.

Ann Arbor PTO Thrift Shop
2280 S. Industrial Hwy.

Did you know Ann Arbor Public Schools receives student enrichment support from a local resale shop whenever people donate their unwanted “stuff”? The Ann Arbor PTO Thrift Shop has funded AAPS enrichment since it began in 1994. Recent growth of shop profits has expanded funding levels significantly to over $200,000 annually. This assists Ann Arbor Public Schools with field trip transportation costs and supports over 180 AAPS teams, clubs, PTOs and other groups, including the AAPS Educational Foundation and AAPS scholarships for Rec & Ed programs. It all begins with donations of gently-used items from the community — and ends with the profits from sales benefitting Ann Arbor Public Schools. Thrifty shoppers and generous donors make a big difference in Ann Arbor. Visit a2ptothriftshop.org to learn more.

College Nannies and Tutors
3907 Jackson Rd.

College Nannies and Tutors offers a safe, consistent option for parents looking for help. Nannies are available full-time, part-time, after school and in the summer. Our company’s vision is to provide more than babysitting services, with “active role models” of bright, motivated young people who interact with children one-on-one. We provide a wide range of tutoring, homework help and college preparatory services. Quality, individualized attention can make all the difference in preparing your child for a rewarding college career. Help is available for study skills, math, science and standardized tests.

Daycroft Montessori School
Preprimary Campus (Preschool and Kindergarten)
100 East Oakbrook Dr.
Elementary Campus
1095 North Zeeb Rd.

Daycroft Montessori School is one of Washtenaw County’s leading independent schools. Originating as a preschool program in 1968, Daycroft has since grown to offer a full-day kindergarten program, elementary school through sixth grade, before-school and after-school care, summer day camps and after-school enrichment programs. Daycroft provides the foundation for a child’s future. The school combines a caring, culturally diverse environment
with high standards of academic challenge and achievement. Daycroft’s classrooms blend the distinctive student-centered teaching methods of Maria Montessori with traditional and progressive educational methods. There are two full-time teachers in every Daycroft classroom. Student-to-teacher ratios are low. With direction from Daycroft’s teachers, students make choices in the classroom and become fully engaged in their learning. This highly personalized educational approach nurtures
the whole child – intellectually, emotionally, socially and physically. Students explore and learn in their own styles, and to their potential, developing a lifelong love of learning.

Go Like The Wind Montessori
3540 Dixboro Ln.

Go Like the Wind Montessori School is a private, independent, Christian Montessori School affiliated with the American Montessori Society, Michigan Montessori
Society and the International Montessori Council. Located on a 40-acre campus on the northeast corner of Ann Arbor, Go Like The Wind has been in service since 1987 offering outstanding Montessori educational programs for middle school, elementary, kindergarten,
preschool, toddlers and infants. GLTW seeks academic excellence and personal achievement within an ethical and supportive environment. When you visit, you will find a stimulating and challenging curriculum, bright and engaging students, a well-educated and dedicated faculty, a wide array of artistic and other extracurricular opportunities and an environment conducive to learning. You will also discover a community proud of its friendly atmosphere and warm relationships.
The School treats students as individuals and respects their unique strengths, while offering the most rigorous academic program possible. Come see why Go Like the Wind Montessori School is right for your child.

Great Lakes
Educational Group
152 S. Industrial Dr.

Great Lakes Educational Group is a family founded organization that strives to create a positive learning experience for all students. Great Lakes Educational Group works with kindergartners to college students in order to help students excel within all aspects of their education. In 2010 and 2011, GLEG was voted the top choice for a tutoring and learning center in the Ann Arbor area by Ann Arbor Family Press readers. Along with academic tutoring in all subject areas GLEG offers specialized preparatory classes for the ACT/SAT college entrance exams. Great Lakes Educational Group is passionate about serving their students and continuing to pursue their goal of being a leader in education. For more info visit www.GreatLakesEducationalGroup.com or call 734-944-5658.

2111 Packard Rd.

Mathnasium of Ann Arbor is a math-only learning center that offers year-round programs for students in preschool through twelfth grades. By developing a strong math foundation and skills, as well as a deep understanding and confidence in math, the Mathnasium curriculum and teaching methods make math make sense to kids. Created in the U.S. by an acclaimed math educator, Mathnasium tailors learning plans for each student based on sophisticated assessment tests. At each session, highly trained instructors provide guidance and encouragement to ensure success. In addition to training with Mathnasium material, students also receive homework and test preparation assistance.

Sunshine Special
Studio Preschool
6536 Scio Church

Sunshine Studio Preschool offers morning and afternoon preschool and prekindergarten classes, with childcare options from 7am-6pm and a summer program for children through age seven. Sunshine boasts a curriculum tailored to individual and group interests using cooperative projects, as inspired by the Reggio approach
to learning. Experienced, caring teachers provide an environment that encourages a child’s creativity and enthusiasm for learning. Teachers support children’s steps toward making friends by encouraging guided experiences to develop a child’s cooperative play skills. Studio space crafted for art and science explorations gives children the opportunities to build their knowledge and communicate through art, writing, math, music and physical activity. Sunshine offers a one to six teacher to child ratio with additional teachers for classes in art, music and Spanish. Our setting includes a large playground with gardens and an outdoor classroom for studying nature.