"I visited more preschools than I did for my own graduate education. And, we attended another good preschool prior to this, but it was good, not great like Fountain Day School. The school is a step above other preschools with love, a comprehensive curriculum, swimming, activities and food. We looked at a range of preschool types: Montessori, traditional, high-end, and we're just thrilled to be here."
"This is a really great preschool. We have two children there. Most of the kids are in the three-year program for 2, 3, and 4-year olds. Classes are divided by age, each age has several sections, and each section has two teachers. The structure gradually changes as the kids mature. There are themed units and frequent school-wide events that tie each unit together: the animal month had an event with tropical birds, another with reptiles, and a third with a truck full of exhibits from an aquarium. The school has an extensive curriculum. It is a gentle and age-appropriate curriculum, but a world away from a preschool/daycare that is mostly free play. They play, but the kids are also learning a lot: swimming; art; substantive content about seasons, animals, countries, etc. A huge asset of the school is its Director, Mr. Andrew. Like the owners and the office staff, he knows every child at the school. He checks in with the parents often to make sure the families are happy. He makes himself constantly available to any parent who wants to talk to him (his desk is the first one you see when you walk in front door of the school). And he takes parent concerns very seriously."
"I am Andrew Rakos the Admissions Director. I am truly saddened by the reviewers of this school who only gave it a one star. Most of their comments were personal attacks on me. I am sorry that there are only so many spaces available per year and we do not have enough room for all the families who apply. This site is for families who have their children enrolled. If you truly knew this school you would know how far we have come in over 50 years. Its the parents and families that come here that inspire us to be the best that we can be. I have two children of my own. At this time my three year old daughter goes to school here and I am very grateful for what the school has done for me and my family."
"Those of you reading these reviews and thinking about applying to Fountain Day will notice that the negative reviewer giving the school a 1-star rating didn't actually send her child to school there. She was rating the tour and her interactions with Andrew. That's horribly unfair. She's wrong about Andrew and about the school. We sent one child to Fountain Day for 2 years and are sending our second child as well because we have experience with the staff and teachers and programs and we know there is no other school for us. It's a wonderful preschool from start to finish. Take advice from parents who know, not from someone with no experience expressing nothing more than an anonymous Web rant."
"I have 3 adult sons.They went to school in Boston, Ma. One has a production company in Hollywood, one was scouted to play baseball professionally, the 3rd scored the highest on the military exam. When I first started to teach at The Fountain Day care I had my own Aquatics business I worked 14 years for The Greater Boston YMCA . At first I did not agree with Miss Mary's teaching. However I learned more in those 3 months than during the years working for the YMCA/ YWCA .At first I was nervous,I watched the children very closely .When classes began the children were at different levels I suggested to put the ones who were at a lower level together.I was told not to worry they have done it this way for many years I learned more about teaching children how to swim at Fountain Day School than at some of the largest facilities in California and Boston.I personally witness the teachers interacting with the students,How the students learned and how much they developed. I have no doubt that It is one of the best programs offered in the state of California.Being a part of one of the best school systems BOSTON,Ma. for 52 yrs.I recommend Fountain Day for all it's programs. Stop searching"