Hastings Ranch Nursery School

★★★★☆
  • 3740 E Sierra Madre Blvd

    Pasadena, CA 91107

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  • 626-351-9171

About Hastings Ranch Nursery School

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Mon-Fri 8:30am-3:30pm

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We found HRNS nursery school via a recommendation from a friend. We have now been there 3 years (2 kids) with 2 more years to go and absolutely love it. Our family goal for preschool was primarily socialization as well as prep for kindergarten. It has more than surpassed our expectations. The nurturing of the kids and caring by the teachers, staff and fellow parents make the experience exceptional. And, as a parent, I've loved the opportunity to share the preschool experience with my kids because we're a co-op. I would recommend this school/experience for all parents with kids ages 2-5. If you live in the Pasadena, Sierra Madre, San Marino, Altadena, Arcadia or Monrovia area, please join us!

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We found HRNS nursery school via a recommendation from a friend. We have now been there 3 years (2 kids) with 2 more years to go and absolutely love it. Our family goal for preschool was primarily socialization as well as prep for kindergarten. It has more than surpassed our expectations. The nurturing of the kids and caring by the teachers, staff and fellow parents make the experience exceptional. And, as a parent, I've loved the opportunity to share the preschool experience with my kids because we're a co-op. I would recommend this school/experience for all parents with kids ages 2-5. If you live in the Pasadena, Sierra Madre, San Marino, Altadena, Arcadia or Monrovia area, please join us!

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Excellent school w/ amazing teachers. Perfect balance between structure and play. My child was more than prepared for private school and I loved being involved in her preschool experience.

5
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Excellent school w/ amazing teachers. Perfect balance between structure and play. My child was more than prepared for private school and I loved being involved in her preschool experience.

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A great combination of free play and structured time. The day is divided between time when the kids can choose among several activities (bikes, sand, play structure, art projects, manipulatives, pre-math, science, blocks, trains plus more) and more structured time (story, sharing, circle) where they need to be able to sit quietly and raise hands. Parents are integral to the school. They assist in the classroom on a regular basis and run the business of the school via the board of directors. The staff is MARVELOUS!!!! They take an interest in each child and get to know the whole family.

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A great combination of free play and structured time. The day is divided between time when the kids can choose among several activities (bikes, sand, play structure, art projects, manipulatives, pre-math, science, blocks, trains plus more) and more structured time (story, sharing, circle) where they need to be able to sit quietly and raise hands. Parents are integral to the school. They assist in the classroom on a regular basis and run the business of the school via the board of directors. The staff is MARVELOUS!!!! They take an interest in each child and get to know the whole family.

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Very nice older school with LOTS of parent involvement. Great place for 2 and 3 year olds looking to adjust to being around other children and learning the basics. Lots of art and hands on play. School hours are short only M/W/F or T/TH 9-11:30 plus lunch bunch if you stay. LB is one of the best parts if you attend, lots of one-on-one time with teachers.

Parents are enticed to help several times each 6 week period to reduce cost of tuition. When you are there you are responsible for part of the daycare & education (Co-op).

The school does not have a very structured learning curriculum nor does it customize learning based on a child??s needs. Often they focus on the problem child rather than the quiet student who is ready and willing to learn. Unfortunately with large class sizes the best behaved children are left to themselves, unless it??s your day to work.

I would recommend HRNS for 2 & 3 years olds who would benefit from basic introduction to playing with others, learning songs and art work (lots of artwork). 3, 4 and 5 years olds are mixed together in three class rooms in upper school.

Minette Read is GREAT and I highly recommend her in lower-school (2 year olds). But for your 4 year olds entering Kindergarten I found HRNS did not have the resources available to prepare our child for private school.

Great value if you don??t work and are not interested in sending your child to private school.

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★★★☆☆

Very nice older school with LOTS of parent involvement. Great place for 2 and 3 year olds looking to adjust to being around other children and learning the basics. Lots of art and hands on play. School hours are short only M/W/F or T/TH 9-11:30 plus lunch bunch if you stay. LB is one of the best parts if you attend, lots of one-on-one time with teachers.

Parents are enticed to help several times each 6 week period to reduce cost of tuition. When you are there you are responsible for part of the daycare & education (Co-op).

The school does not have a very structured learning curriculum nor does it customize learning based on a child??s needs. Often they focus on the problem child rather than the quiet student who is ready and willing to learn. Unfortunately with large class sizes the best behaved children are left to themselves, unless it??s your day to work.

I would recommend HRNS for 2 & 3 years olds who would benefit from basic introduction to playing with others, learning songs and art work (lots of artwork). 3, 4 and 5 years olds are mixed together in three class rooms in upper school.

Minette Read is GREAT and I highly recommend her in lower-school (2 year olds). But for your 4 year olds entering Kindergarten I found HRNS did not have the resources available to prepare our child for private school.

Great value if you don??t work and are not interested in sending your child to private school.

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Very nice older school with LOTS of parent involvement. Great place for 2 and 3 year olds looking to adjust to being around other children and learning the basics. Lots of art and hands on play. School hours are short only M/W/F or T/TH 9-11:30 plus lunch bunch if you stay. LB is one of the best parts if you attend, lots of one-on-one time with teachers.

Parents are enticed to help several times each 6 week period to reduce cost of tuition. When you are there you are responsible for part of the daycare & education (Co-op).

The school does not have a very structured learning curriculum nor does it customize learning based on a child?s needs. Often they focus on the problem child rather than the quiet student who is ready and willing to learn. Unfortunately with large class sizes the best behaved children are left to themselves, unless it?s your day to work.

I would recommend HRNS for 2 & 3 years olds who would benefit from basic introduction to playing with others, learning songs and art work (lots of artwork). 3, 4 and 5 years olds are mixed together in three class rooms in upper school.

Minette Read is GREAT and I highly recommend her in lower-school (2 year olds). But for your 4 year olds entering Kindergarten I found HRNS did not have the resources available to prepare our child for private school.

Great value if you don?t work and are not interested in sending your child to private school.

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Very nice older school with LOTS of parent involvement. Great place for 2 and 3 year olds looking to adjust to being around other children and learning the basics. Lots of art and hands on play. School hours are short only M/W/F or T/TH 9-11:30 plus lunch bunch if you stay. LB is one of the best parts if you attend, lots of one-on-one time with teachers.

Parents are enticed to help several times each 6 week period to reduce cost of tuition. When you are there you are responsible for part of the daycare & education (Co-op).

The school does not have a very structured learning curriculum nor does it customize learning based on a child?s needs. Often they focus on the problem child rather than the quiet student who is ready and willing to learn. Unfortunately with large class sizes the best behaved children are left to themselves, unless it?s your day to work.

I would recommend HRNS for 2 & 3 years olds who would benefit from basic introduction to playing with others, learning songs and art work (lots of artwork). 3, 4 and 5 years olds are mixed together in three class rooms in upper school.

Minette Read is GREAT and I highly recommend her in lower-school (2 year olds). But for your 4 year olds entering Kindergarten I found HRNS did not have the resources available to prepare our child for private school.

Great value if you don?t work and are not interested in sending your child to private school.

Pros: very artsy and lots of toys to play with, parent involvement

Cons: structured learning, kindergarten preparation, customized learning

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My son is in the lower school program for 2-3 year olds. We just love it. Miss Minette is awesome. There is the perfect balance of a developmental program (where the kids can run around and explore to their heart's desire) and structure where they must raise their hand to talk during circle time and sit properly in their chairs during snack. This is a co-op program so I am a teacher helper 2x every 6 weeks, and it is truly a lot of fun to hang out with the 16 kids in Miss Minette's class.

5
★★★★★

My son is in the lower school program for 2-3 year olds. We just love it. Miss Minette is awesome. There is the perfect balance of a developmental program (where the kids can run around and explore to their heart's desire) and structure where they must raise their hand to talk during circle time and sit properly in their chairs during snack. This is a co-op program so I am a teacher helper 2x every 6 weeks, and it is truly a lot of fun to hang out with the 16 kids in Miss Minette's class.

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