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Our mission: The Raleigh School is a cooperative community of children, parents and teachers that fosters a love of learning in an atmosphere of challenge, inquiry and respect.

NAEYC

TRS Preschool is community leader with nearly 30 years of NAEYC accreditation

This year marks the first of five in our latest NAEYC (National Association for the Education of Young Children) accreditation period. NAEYC accreditation represents the highest standard in early childhood educational practice.

The Raleigh School was the first school in Wake County and the third school in NC to receive this accreditation in 1988, and is one of a handful of schools that has maintained this accreditation over nearly three decades. After our most recent accreditation visit in spring 2015, we received enthusiastic reaccreditation with high commendations in nearly every category including: Relationships, Curriculum, Teaching, Assessment, Health, Teachers, Families, and Leadership & Management.

The NAEYC Academy commends The Raleigh School:

  • For administering a program efficiently and effectively, ensuring that all involved persons, staff, children, and families are included. The way in which a program is administered will affect all the interactions within the program.
  • For the high level of recognition of the importance of a reciprocal relationship between families and programs that is essential to ensure that programs are meeting the needs of the children and families that the program serves.
  • For promoting positive relationships among all children and adults to encourage each child's sense of individual worth and belonging as part of a community and to foster each child's ability to contribute as a responsible community member.
  • For employing and supporting a teaching staff that has the educational qualifications, knowledge, and professional commitment necessary to promote children’s learning and development and to support families’ diverse needs and interests.
  • For implementing a curriculum that is consistent with its goals for children and promotes learning and development in each of the following areas: social, emotional, physical, language and cognitive.
  • For using developmentally, culturally and linguistically appropriate and effective teaching approaches that enhance each child’s learning and development in the context of the program’s curriculum goals.
  • For using ongoing, systematic, formal and informal assessment approaches to provide information on children’s learning and development. These assessments occur within the context of reciprocal communications with families and with sensitivity to the cultural contexts in which children develop. Assessment results are used to benefit children by informing sound decisions about children, teaching, and program improvement.
  • For promoting the nutrition and health of children and protecting children and staff from illness and injury.
  • For effectively establishing and maintaining reciprocal relationships with agencies and institutions that can support it in achieving its goals for the curriculum, health promotion, children’s transitions, inclusion, and diversity.

The preschool has continued its tradition of leadership in early childhood education under the guidance of Preschool Director Dr. Elizabeth Gilleland.

Elizabeth, who has led the preschool since 1997, holds a B.S. in Early Childhood/Elementary Education from Furman University in South Carolina as well as an M.S. and Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology from North Carolina State University. Elizabeth serves on the N.C. Child Care Commission and is instrumental in providing leadership to early childhood education specialists and students in the Triangle and across the state.

The Raleigh Preschool is a magical place. We were awed by the incredible sense of community we felt from the moment we stepped on campus. Childhood is truly honored. ... Our choice to be at The Raleigh Preschool was one of the best decisions we've ever made for our children.

Lisa Patel, TRS parent

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