Thursday, June 7, 2012

Youngest class of "Evens" graduates from Randolph College Nursery School

 Randolph College graduated its youngest “Evens” this week. On Tuesday evening, 15 “seniors” from the Randolph College Nursery School Class of 2012 received their diplomas and sang the much loved-school song, “Apple Red Happiness,” one last time.

A crowd of parents, grandparents, and friends packed Smith Banquet Hall for the event, which featured dinner, the diploma ceremony and multiple performances from the “seniors” as well as the “juniors” from the school.

“Graduation is a bittersweet event,” said Holly Layne, director. “We know our children are ready to take on the world of kindergarten, and we are excited for them. But it is so hard letting them go. It’s like saying good-bye to a beloved family member.”

The preschool was established in 1943 as a half-day program dedicated to providing quality education to young children. Today, the school offers multiple options for families, including full-day, half-day, and a summer camp program. The program serves children 3-5 years of age, and the students have access to a variety of campus resources and facilities.

“Randolph College Nursery School is a treasure to the preschoolers who experience the student-centered, dynamic curriculum that has been developed so thoughtfully over the program’s 69-year-history,” said Mimi Csatlos, a parent of a graduate. “And it is treasure to the parents of those preschoolers, too!

“In a time when younger generations are so often criticized for struggling to think critically and independently, to see three-and four-year-olds striving to solve problems and generate plans, all within the context of developmentally appropriate fun and exploration, is inspiring,” she added. “My husband and I both feel that the ‘High Scope’ educational model to which RCNS subscribes has helped us become better parents. Finally, the full-day preschool option has been a lifesaver for our family; we love that the afternoons are not merely about supervision— the learning continues all day, and this is another distinguishing attribute of the RCNS program. Our daughter is beautifully prepared for kindergarten and beyond.”

The Randolph College Nursery School has long been recognized for its excellent child-centered curriculum. In 2009, it was one of just 31 childcare providers in the state to receive a four-star rating from the newly created Virginia Star Quality Initiative, a voluntary quality rating and improvement system for early learning programs. The four-star rating is the highest rating given to date.

Randolph College Nursery School is currently accepting applications for the fall. A limited number of spots are available. For more information or a tour, please contact Holly Layne at or 947-8787.