Sunnymont-Westside is a developmental, child-centered program. People often ask “Is your school a developmental program, or an academic program?” The answer is that Sunnymont-Westside is a developmental program where children receive a great academic foundation. Scientists studying brain function have confirmed what our hearts have always told us: children learn best through hands-on experience, when their curiosity is piqued, when they feel safe and loved, and when they are having fun. In other words, children learn best when they are at play. So, a developmental program honors what we know about how children develop and learn best. We believe that the best way for parents and teachers to support learning is to provide materials, opportunities, and adult guidance to children as they eagerly explore the world in search of new learning.