Bellwood Preschool serves children ages 3-5 in its two part program. Younger students build social and emotional connections with school and classmates, while older children attend a Pre-K class that prepares them socially and academically for the transition to Kindergarten. Bellwood is able to offer individual attention because of its outstanding student to teacher ratio (6:1).

Our curriculum is influenced by Montessori and Reggio Emilia, which allows and encourages children to be curious, inventive, resourceful, and competent.  It creates an atmosphere where children love to grow—and provides a strong foundation for lifelong learning. 

As a Bellwood student, your child will look forward to activities that include:

  • Lunch Bunch
  • School performances
  • Firetruck Day and Officer Friendly Day
  • Caring for the school's animals
  • Cooking programs featuring foods from different cultures
  • Year-end Art Show
  • Science Corner
  • FitKids
  • Hatching baby chicks and butterflies
  • Introduction to Spanish
  • Planting and cultivating vegetables
  • Special visits from local organizations such as Carnegie Science Center, Pittsburgh Symphony, and the Gym Bus

Bellwood conducts a baseline assessment for each student early in the school year, at a time when teachers feel the child is acclimated to the school’s environment and daily rhythm. Because each student is unique, this timeframe can differ from child to child.

Each month, parents receive a photo or documentation showing their child's participation in a particular area of growth and development. 


Session information

We like to think of Bellwood as a community, where parents and teachers work together to foster our children’s growth, education, and development. Understanding the need for schedule flexibility, we offer parents the option to extend their child’s stay at school through our Lunch Bunch and Extended Day programs.

We have an open door policy and encourage parents to become active members of our preschool community.

Three sessions

Monday, Wednesday, and Friday
Morning Session: 9am - 11:30am
Afternoon Session: 12:30pm - 3pm

FOUR SESSIONS

Monday, Wednesday, and Friday
Morning Session: 9am - 11:30am
Afternoon Session: 12:30pm - 3pm
Thursday
Morning Session: 9am - 11:30am

Five Sessions

Monday, Wednesday, and Friday
Morning Session: 9am - 11:30am
Afternoon Session: 12:30pm - 3pm
Thursday

Full Day Session: 9am - 2pm