Evergreen Community School

Preschool in Santa Monica, CA 90404

2800 Colorado
Santa Monica, CA 90404
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In the fall of 1983, All Saints’
Episcopal Church of Beverly Hills
founded a Preschool to serve its parishioners and the local
community. It opened its doors
with four children enrolled and one teacher, Alise Shafer. It was a
blank canvas with a palette of possibilities. A social constructivist approach was adopted as a
theoretical framework,
iNFLuenced by the work of Piaget
and Vygotsky, among others.
As awareness of the school’s
program spread through the
community, the student population expanded and diversifiEducation

Licenses & Accreditations:
California Department of Social Services: Community Care Licensing Division

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The philosophy of Evergreen Community
School is based primarily on social construc-
tivist theory which asserts the following:

Knowledge is built by the learner internally

rather than being imported from an external

The experiential world is complex and

intricate, thus learning involves the consider-
ation of multiple truths, representations and

Constructivist learning environments

emphasize authentic tasks in a meaningful
context rather than abstract instruction out
of context.

Social discourse and negotiation help stu-

dents clarify and modify their ideas, thus
enabling the student to build a personal
knowledge base.


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