Frequently Asked Questions

Is Not-a-School a preschool?

Not-A-School is designed to nurture young children’s creative thinking as they explore the arts, the sciences and the environment through play and guided inquiry at the Bay Area Discovery Museum. Our school is a laboratory for creative thinking where children have the freedom to pursue their passions, interests and ideas. We believe that young children are competent and deserve to be treated as collaborators in the construction of their own knowledge; that families are our partners in cultivating a community of trust and growth; and in the importance of nurturing the joy of lifelong learning. We strive to be responsive to all members of our community as we work together to create a program which values respect and equality.

Will children learn academic skills at Not-A-School?

We believe that our unique educational approach, which offers free-choice learning in an open-ended, child-directed environment, prepares children for lifelong learning, not just Kindergarten. Through our emergent project-based curriculum children use math, literacy, problem-solving and social skills to create the meaningful learning experiences they will need for later school success.

Is your emphasis on creativity exclusively focused on art?

No. The Museum has developed a unique approach to nurturing creativity in the arts, the sciences and the environment. Learn more about our brand of creativity.

Do you offer full-time care?

At this time we only offer programming until 1p.m.

Do you serve snack? What about lunch?

We will provide a simple nutritious snack of at least two food groups each morning. We do not provide lunch for the AM Session, children must bring their own.

Do you offer scholarships?

At this time we are not able to offer scholarships.

How will the participants be selected?

Once we have received applications, we will determine which families have the best match in terms of: scheduling, gender balance, ages of children, and philosophical harmony. Priority enrollment is given to members of the Bay Area Discovery Museum Board of Trustees, Museum staff, and then the general public. In addition, applications for 3-days per week or more will be considered first.

Can children drop-in to Not-A-School?

No. This program requires pre-registration for specific days. We are required to maintain a specific staff to child ratio at all times.

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