The Philosophy Behind Our Curriculum

At Dillon we know you want the best for your child. Send your children to a school that values play and still makes sure that children learn the foundations needed for healthy growing minds.


At Dillon we believe children learn through play and inquiry. Every classroom puts play at the center of all they do.

Why play?

Research has shown that play:

  • Paves the way for children to develop their imagination, creativity, cognitive skills and dexterity, as well as their physical and emotional strength.
  • Helps children develop new competencies that boost confidence and develop the resiliency they will need to face future challenges.
  • Helps children understand cooperative learning and encourages them to develop such social skills as sharing, negotiating and conflict resolution, as well self-advocacy and leadership skills.
  • Encourages decision-making skills and allows children to move at their own pace and discover their own areas of interest.
  • Is a simple joy that is a cherished part of childhood.


At Dillon we also believe children learn through inquiry. We use Inquiry to help build skills and foster the love of learning and curiosity.

Through our inquiry-based curriculum, we:

  • Connect students to their local and global communities — and provide them with real-world experiences beyond the classroom.
  • Foster what researchers refer to as essential 21st-century skills, including critical thinking, collaboration, and creativity.
  • Build on the individual needs, interests and strengths of all students – allowing students to work, where appropriate, at their own pace.
  • Give students a sense of purpose and foster self-esteem.• Provide opportunities for service learning and enhancing a sense of social justice and responsibility.
  • Encourage literacy, oral language and communication skills.
  • Integrate content knowledge and skills from a variety of disciplines, so that students come to see and make cross-curricular connections.
  • Enhance the multicultural literacy of students by giving them opportunities to learn about and collaborate with people from other cultures.


Classroom One — INCLUSION

8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Age Group: 3s and 4s — A unique and child-driven class based on inquiry and discovery. Read more.

Classroom Two

8:15 – 11:15 a.m. or 8:15 a.m. – 2:45 p.m.

Age Group: mixed 2s/3s — These oldest 2s and youngest 3s learn about going to school, perhaps for the first time, and expand on language and social skills. Read more.

Classroom Three

8:30 - 11:30 a.m. or 8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Age Group: 3s — Designed for Dillon's middle three year olds, children explore the school environment and learn how to function and thrive with other students. Read more.

Classroom Four

8:30 - 11:30 a.m. or 8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Age Group: 2s — In this classroom, children work on navigating the world of preschool. Read more.

Classroom Five

8:15 a.m. – 2:45 p.m.

Age Group: Pre-K/K — In Dillon’s Pre-K classroom, we involve the children in the study of things nearby that interest them and are worth knowing more about. Read more.