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Primrose School of Lake Mary Heathrow 2018

by Susan Shalhoub

Featured Photo from Primrose School  of Lake Mary Heathrow 2018

Like so many eager young learners in our community, the Primrose School of Lake Mary Heathrow is turning seven!

In the seven years it’s been caring for and educating local children, the school on Orange Boulevard, just north of Heathrow, has set itself apart – serving as the site of a pilot program for new Primrose curriculum and a training school for new Primrose franchise owners. In the same way the facility teaches children, it also teaches leaders of other Primrose schools. New franchisees come to this Primrose School to shadow its leadership team, learn about its operations, and to see how admissions, marketing, and communications departments are structured.

The team at the Primrose School of Lake Mary Heathrow shares its expertise, leadership, and ideas so other schools may also succeed. And people are  taking notice.

The school was recently chosen to represent the Primrose brand in the new Primrose Schools ad campaign. The Primrose Schools marketing team came to the Lake Mary Heathrow campus to film part of an upcoming commercial and conduct a photoshoot for the new campaign.

The school also recently won the Primrose Schools President’s Award out of 370 Primrose locations in the U.S. in 2017. Sabrina Boesch, who owns the school with her husband, Christopher, says they were the last to know about the award in the fall of 2016. Her staff, she says, was told of the honor a few weeks before the Boesches were supposed to be presented with the award at a national conference for Primrose.

Then came Hurricane Matthew.

The conference was cancelled. But a major weather event ultimately didn’t prevent the school from getting this national recognition. The Boesches – finally – got their award this past April. Their staff members, Sabrina says with a laugh, kept the secret for months so it would be a delightful surprise for Sabrina and Christopher. It was a well-earned celebratory milestone to go with the school’s seventh birthday.

The Primrose corporate office helps guide its franchise schools to this kind of success, Sabrina says, with a solid base of support. New curricula are developed every five years or so as the corporate office constantly researches the latest findings in education to ensure children in all Primrose Schools become not only good students, but good people.

“They are very open to new ideas and suggestions to implement curriculum,” says Sabrina. Local Primrose teams can add their own creative touches, which is where the wisdom of the teachers and staff come in. Leaders of Central Florida Primrose Schools meet up regularly to share ideas with one another.

Students are introduced to new learning concepts related to a different theme each month, and it all revolves around the Primrose Schools Balanced Learning program, which features a combination of purposeful play with nurturing guidance.
Microscopes and fun science experiments are introduced around age three to give students a jump-start on STEAM learning. iPads are used in the reading and language learning units, too, and students are exposed to mathematics, technology, engineering, sensory development, music, physical development, and Happy Hearts character development and life skills training.

Learning is integrated across disciplines at the Primrose School of Lake Mary Heathrow. An art project can seamlessly morph into a science lesson, for example, as teachers show students just how – and why – colors mix together to form new hues.

Integrated learning also calls for parental involvement, and the team is constantly providing parents with information they need to help continue the learning process at home. Each child gets a daily report with information on the day’s theme and photos of the children interacting with each other, all designed to stimulate conversation among families at home.

“Since 1982, it has been the mission of Primrose Schools to provide children a strong foundation for a successful future,” says Sabrina. “The lessons instilled each day and the partnership with parents at home is integral in developing Active Minds, Healthy Bodies, and Happy Hearts.”

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