Collage Basics

  • Who We Are

    Collage Day School is an academically challenging, independent day school in the Palm Valley area of Ponte Vedra Beach designed to educate students from three months through fifth grade. The school is based on years of research and practice on the most effective methods in child development and education. Collage focuses on all levels of the learning spectrum, including students who qualify for the gifted program, to offer your child the best opportunity for success.


    What We Do

    Collage Day School provides an integrative curriculum that encourages creative thinking and is tailored to each student. We offer personalization at every level. Children have the freedom to move ahead in areas they have mastered, allowing for extra work and enrichment activities in subjects that need more time and attention.

    Collage accommodates students of all levels on learning spectrum. Our staff strives to uncover the unique learning profile of each student and match that knowledge with instruction. We introduce new concepts or skills only when children are ready. Our students learn about English, math, social studies and science through exploration and discovery.

    Rather than filling students with previously digested information to memorize for standardized tests, our teachers use experiences, discussion and other activities to help students learn concepts. We teach students how to think, not what to think. By allowing students to discover for themselves, we engage them in becoming independent thinkers.

    We also offer a Gifted Program led by Gifted Endorsed/Certified faculty for parents who seek an advanced curriculum for their children. Students who are selected for the program become well prepared for Gifted/IB programs at the secondary level.

    Where We Are

    Collage is located at 171 Canal Boulevard in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. The 8-acre campus is nestled between the Intracoastal Waterway and Atlantic Ocean in the Palm Valley area. We are developing the campus to support our educational philosophy and provide students with hands-on experiences with nature. 

    When We Operate

    School Year

    Collage’s school year is in session from August through May. Our school calendar is based on the St. Johns Public School Calendar. School hours of operation are as follows: 

    Infants (3 up to 12 months)
    Full Day: 7 a.m. – 6 p.m.
    Half Day: 7 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. or 12:30 – 6 p.m.

    Walking Ones (12 up to 24 months)
    Full Day: 7 a.m. – 6 p.m.
    School Day: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
    Half Day: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

    Toddlers/Twos (2 up to 3 years
    Full Day: 7 a.m. – 6 p.m.
    School Day: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
    Half Day: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

    Pre-K (3, 4 and up to 5 years)
    Full Day: 7 a.m. – 6 p.m.
    School Day: 8:45 a.m. – 2:45 p.m.
    Half Day: 8:45 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.

    Kindergarten (5 up to 6 years)
    8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

    Elementary (1st – 5th Grades)
    8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

    Children in our Full Day and Half Day programs are able to attend Collage year-round.

    We also offer Before- and After-Care for students in kindergarten through fifth grade:
    Before-Care: 7 – 8:30 a.m.
    After-Care: 2:30 – 3:30 p.m., 2:30 – 4:30 p.m., or 2:30 – 6 p.m.

    Collage’s Winter Break Camp, Spring Break Camp and Summer Camp offer fun and educational options for children when school is not in session.

    Why We Exist

    We are passionate about helping children achieve success. We believe the key to fulfilling children’s potential is to support their unique learning style.

    In fulfilling our mission as the area’s premier private early education development through elementary school, we provide a safe, nurturing and stimulating environment to promote your child’s social, emotional, physical and cognitive growth.

    We continually adjust how we interact with children to best meet their learning needs, encouraging both teacher-directed and child-initiated curriculum. We support individual exploration that leads to higher-order thinking and discoveries. Our staff works closely with families to ensure that each child feels supported, respected and prepared for middle and high school. Our goal is to foster the growth of happy, healthy and well-rounded children who have an appreciation for the natural world.

    Why is it named Collage Day School? Collage is a process of transforming existing materials into a piece of art. Collage art takes an open mind and willingness to explore. The beauty of a collage is that each piece is unique and there is no way of making a mistake.

    At Collage Day School, our educational approach is very similar to collage art. We work with young minds and bodies to help them realize their full potential and become the living masterpieces they are. Collage Day School helps children become successful by providing an academically challenging environment that helps them lay the best possible social, emotional, physical and cognitive foundations for their futures.

    • Collage Day School is a kind, caring and understanding organization that helped my family and child in a holistic approach.


    What We Believe

    Each child’s unique learning style should be honored and supported.

    Our mission is to be the area’s premier child development center, providing a safe, nurturing and stimulating environment to promote your child’s social, emotional, physical and cognitive growth. We believe in honoring each child’s unique learning style.

    We continually adjust our interactions to accommodate each child’s learning style, needs and interests. We encourage both teacher-directed and child-initiated curriculum. We support individual exploration that leads to higher-order thinking and discoveries. We will work closely with your family to ensure that your child feels supported, respected, self-confident and ready for elementary school and beyond. Our goal is to promote the intellectual, social and behavioral success of your child, Right from the Start!


    Family involvement is critical in the success of early child development programs.

    Research indicates that when your family plays an active role in your child’s learning, remarkable gains are made for both your family and your child. We know that your family is the real expert when it comes to your child. We welcome your involvement to help us create a meaningful and memorable learning experience that bridges the boundaries between home and school.

    By working with you to improve your child’s quality of life and increase language and social development, we enhance your child’s confidence and improve family relationships.

    We provide you with a real-time feed of your child’s activities throughout the school day through brightwheel, a computer application that can be downloaded on iPhone, iPad and Android devices. In addition, teachers provide daily communication notes describing how your child’s individual goals were addressed and achieved each day. In turn, your family is encouraged to communicate regularly with Collage Day School staff through communication notebooks. Our staff also provides your family with quarterly progress notes that indicate areas of your child’s strengths and needs and will meet with you each quarter to review your child’s progress and plan for the future.

    Throughout the year, Collage Day School hosts special school events that offer families the opportunity to gather for socialization, community support and fun. We also offer ongoing family training and workshop opportunities, presented by Collage Day School staff and child development professionals from the Jacksonville community.

  • A Look At The Numbers

    Why are small class numbers so important?

    • Teachers are better able to identify a student’s strengths and areas where improvement is needed, so they can help address the needs of each individual in the class.
    • Smaller classes are usually less stressful, as fewer conflicts arise.
    • Children in smaller classes tend to work well as a group and bond closely to one another, which makes for a secure environment.
    • Smaller classes are of benefit to a less-confident child who may get lost in the shuffle of a larger class.
    • Children in small classes don’t get sick as often because there are fewer children spreading germs.
    • Smaller class sizes offer more individual teacher/student interaction.
    • Teachers who instruct fewer children can better-tailor lesson plans to meet the needs of the students and can provide individual lesson plans for students who are excelling or need more work in a particular area.
    • Having fewer children in a classroom allows the teacher to better determine each individual student’s learning style.
    • Smaller class size allows for more hands-on learning, as these activities require more attention from the teacher.
    • Smaller classes offer deeper language development because the teacher can more closely monitor social interactions.


  • The National Institute for Early Education Research states that:

    When groups are smaller and staff-child ratios are higher, teachers provide more stimulating, responsive, warm, and supportive interactions. They also provide more individualized attention, engage in more dialogues with children, and spend less time managing children and more time in educational activities. Studies also provide evidence of a link between class size and overall quality of the classroom.



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