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Academy preschool tour

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Duration 60 min



Our Explorers curriculum focuses on the meaningful experiences of children and learning through all domains (cognitive, social-emotional, communication, physical, and adaptive) using developmentally appropriate practice, whole-child and child-focused philosophy, and positive guidance techniques. Our curriculum is intentionally diverse and inclusive so that all children can see themselves as well as learn about others in all that we do. Our days are structured to include whole-group activities, small group centers, and one-on-one instruction revolving around that week’s theme along with tasks and activities designed to support children in meeting developmental milestones. Additionally, we facilitate windows of time several times a day for child-led, active play because playing is how kids learn best! 

Preschool highlights

  • Inclusive, creative curriculum to engage each individual child

  • Serving ages 2-5 (pre-Kindergarten)

  • Added enrichment including music and creative movement

  • Monthly family events and seasonal celebrations

  • Wholesome meals and snacks

  • Flexible summer extension camp - register only for the weeks you need!

  • Licensed by the SC Department of Social Services (license #25529)

Tuition Table 2023-2024

*there is a 5% discount applied to remaining tuition amount when paid in full

**monthly payments are the remaining balance across 10 months, from Aug 2023 thru May 2024



Our families have several options when enrolling in Explorers Academy Preschool. You may enroll your child Full-time (Mon-Fri), Part-time w/ 3 days a week (Mon/Wed/Fri), or Part-time w/ 2 days a week (Tue/Thu). Our preschool runs on a traditional academic schedule from August thru May, typically following the Greenville County Schools calendar. Our normal day is 7:30am-3:30pm. In the tuition table you can see the cost of adding on Extended Day, which makes the day 7:30am-5:30pm. You are guaranteed space in the Extended Day program as long as you request it before completing your Enrollment Contract.

Costs & Payments

To secure your child’s spot in our program for the 2023-2024 school year, the annual $150 Materials Fee is due by January 15, 2023 along with your Enrollment Contract. For registrants who enroll after January 15, 2023, the materials fee is due upon registration.

On June 15th, 2023, your 10% tuition deposit and Enrollment Payment Agreement will be due. If needed, this deposit can be broken into two installments, with 5% of the tuition paid on June 15, 2023 and the other 5% paid on July 15, 2023. On August 1st, 2023 your tuition payment is due. For families who wish to make their remaining annual tuition payment in full, we offer a 5% tuition discount on the tuition remaining after the deposit. For families who choose the monthly payment option, payments will be divided into 10 equal payments from August 1, 2023 through May 1, 2024. Payment in full or first payment in the flex payment plan is due August 1, 2023.

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Explorers Academy Preschool admits students on a first come first serve basis. After sorting our applications in order of receipt, we then process our applications to ensure that our program is inclusive and caters to a diverse group of families who can enrich our preschool program with their family's varied and unique cultural backgrounds.


Admissions Process


Step 1   Attend a tour

Step 2   Sign up for an in-person walkthrough

Step 3   Apply via our online application

Step 4   Confirm your offer of acceptance by completing Enrollment Contract and paying 

initial, non-refundable materials fee ($150)

Step 5   Pay 10% tuition deposit and sign payment agreement by June 15th

Step 6   Pay 1st month’s tuition OR remaining tuition in full (5% discount) by August 1st

Step 7   Submit all required paperwork by or before the Preschool Family Playdate Orientation


Basic Schedule

7:30 AM       Drop-Off/Center Play

8:30 AM       Breakfast

9:00 AM       Opening Community Circle

9:20 AM       Centers/Small Groups

10:00 AM     Morning Snack 

10:30 AM     PE/Outdoor Play

11:30 AM     Lunch

12:00 PM     Nap/Rest Time

2:00 PM       Afternoon Snack

2:30 PM       Enrichment Class/Special Activity

3:00 PM       Outdoor Play

3:30 PM       Normal Pick-Up/Extended Day Begins

4:00 PM       Extended Day Centers

4:30 PM       Snack

5:00 PM       Open Art

5:30 PM       Extended Day Pick-Up



All meals and snacks are provided and included in tuition prices. Our healthy and nutritious meals and snacks can be prepared upon request to be free of common allergens including dairy, nuts and gluten. We can also accommodate vegan and vegetarian dietary requirements. The menu is designed using a whole-foods approach to meal-planning. Below is a sample menu.


Breakfast: Egg and cheese wraps with fresh fruit

Lunch: Organic mild jerk chicken bites, rice & peas, and fresh mango

Snack: Organic milk, whole grain organic graham crackers, and clementines



Breakfast: Mini bagels with cream cheese and bananas

Lunch: Salmon or tofu onigiri in fun animal shapes and steamed edamame 

Snack: Baby carrots with ranch dip and popcorn 


Breakfast: Cinnamon and apple oatmeal with fresh fruit

Lunch: Penne with marinara sauce and fresh parmesan and steamed veggies

Snack: Pretzel sticks with hummus and organic grapes


Breakfast: Assorted cereals with organic milk and fresh fruit

Lunch: Sunbutter & jam sandwiches with Chef's Soup of the Day

Snack: Organic blue corn tortillas with salsa



Breakfast: Waffles with maple syrup and turkey sausage 

Lunch: Black beans & rice, maduros, guacamole, and Brazilian cheese bread

Snack: Fresh fruit & rice cakes with drizzled honey

Key Dates


August 7-8, 2023

Teacher Work Days

August 9, 2023

Preschool Family Playdate & Orientation

August 10, 2023

1st Half-Day Assimilation Day

August 11, 2023

2nd Half-Day Assimilation Day

August 14, 2023

1st Full Day of School

September 4, 2023

Student/Teacher Holiday

October 12-13, 2023

School Break Camp Days*

November 21, 2023


November 22-24, 2023

Student/Teacher Holiday

December 19, 2023


*School Break & Summer Camps are registered for separately and are not included in the regular 2023-2024 school year tuition because they are optional student holidays. For more information about camp days click here.

December 20-22, 2023

School Break Camp Days

December 25-29, 2023

Student/Teacher Holiday

January 1, 2024

Student/Teacher Holiday

January 2-3, 2024

School Break Camp Days

January 15, 2024

Student/Teacher Holiday

February 19, 2024

School Break Camp Day

March 15, 2024

Teacher Work Day

March 18-22, 2024

School Break Camp Days

March 29, 2024

Student/Teacher Holiday

April 19, 2024


May 21, 2024

Last Full-Day of School

May 22, 2024

Stepping Up Ceremony & Reception, 11:00 Half-Day Dismissal

June 3, 2024

Summer 2024 Camp Begins*


Explorers academy preschool calendar

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