The Mission of KLA Schools is to provide a safe, innovative environment and high quality education for the students of our communities inspired by the Reggio Emilia Approach to education.
Vision & Values
All children are honored as individuals who are intrinsically motivated and are active participants in their learning.
Families, educators and children are partners in learning and research.
Environments are safe, nurturing, and designed to promote experiences that invite children and adults to enter into meaningful dialogues that foster children’s innate curiosity, creativity, and thinking.
Relationships are at the core of our educational approach and are built with our surroundings: people, materials, and environments.
Through documentation, the learning process of teachers and children is made visible for furthering understanding, expanding on concepts, and celebrating ideas.
Our Leadership Team
A Letter from the Director
Welcome to our KLA Schools of Chamblee website. My name is Andrea Gast and I am so excited to be the School Director of the first KLA Schools in Georgia, located in this magnificent town of Chamblee, Georgia!
We believe all children have their own styles of learning, and it is our job as educators to adapt and offer different styles of teaching which are conducive to their unique intelligences. At KLA Schools, we focus on the process of learning not the product. Here at KLA we believe in the “Image of the Child” in all we do! KLA Schools is a Reggio Emilia inspired school, one that believes in the rights and opinions of each child. We know each child is a competent, capable and natural researcher who has the desire for knowledge and life, and is always ready for challenges.
We offer a rich learning environment with invigorating furnishings, stimulating materials, proper lighting, as well as visible and inviting spaces that create places conducive to your child’s learning needs.
Each learning experience is aligned with the Georgia Early Learning Standards, so students are better prepared for elementary school. We involve parents in any learning process taking place, enjoy educational field visits, and bring in guest speakers to expand upon children’s interests and learn from practical experiences.
It is my honor to have you navigate through our website and see all the fascinating experiences going on at our school. I look forward to meeting you when you visit our school!
KLA Schools of Chamblee
KLA Schools are staffed with caring, fun, and dedicated professionals. Participating regularly in professional development experiences, our teachers are constantly looking for ways to learn more about the best ways to teach our students. Observations of each child are taken throughout the day in addition to notes reflecting on weekly projections. Our educators are continually analyzing which ways children learn best as well as which teaching styles are most effective.
Facilitators in their interactions with children, and our educators, work to align children’s interests with the learning domains in caring, nurturing, and positive ways which support students in feeling safe, loved, and valued. Our curriculum addresses the whole child including academic, physical, social and emotional domains.
We encourage them to think deeper and ask questions as they research different theories. It is of utmost importance that teachers and children alike invest in researching and collaborating together in order to be a part of each other’s learning process.
Parents as Our Partners
Parents are a crucial factor in our program. In fact, parents are our partners. Our teachers understand and respect that parents are their children’s first teacher. Their involvement in the school gives their children a sense of security and is deeply appreciated. We recognize that stable, quality relationships during the early years are fundamental for later developmental outcomes. Collaboration between teachers, parents and the children is an integral part of the educational experience at KLA Schools. Our goal is not simply to build a strong, warm and nurturing connection with each child, but to extend that connection to our community of parents. By working in a collaborative group setting, children learn critical life skills such as compromise, reasoning, respect for others’ opinions and enhancement of their sense of community. Through these partnerships, children benefit from experiencing many of the same principles at home that they do in school and thrive with this consistency. Teachers also offer frequent support our families and our communities through transparency and by being a source of information about educating a whole child and the various aspects of development.
We would like to welcome you to your digital tour of KLA Schools. From the moment you walk into any of our locations, you will know that you are in a KLA School. Each one of our schools has a modern feel and design unlike any other. Features such as wood floors and furniture, large picture windows for all classrooms and offices, large corridors and classroom sizes, soft tone colors, and play soft furniture brought in from Italy are some of the visual components that makes KLA stand out from all the rest.
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Safety and Security
KLA Schools are safe and secure by design. We work diligently to maintain the cleanliness of our facility as well as the safety of our furnishings and overall health of our children and their environment.
Parents log their children in at the reception area, where no outsiders are allowed. All doors leading outside of the KLA Schools grounds are kept locked and only able to be opened through sophisticated technology. Our schools include an outdoor play area designed with age appropriate materials, protective fences, and well-maintained grounds to ensure the children’s safety.
The entire school is continually monitored utilizing closed caption cameras in all classrooms as well as hallways and outdoor spaces.
Staff members qualified to respond to life-threatening emergencies are always in attendance. Trained in pediatric first aid and CPR, staff members are always available to respond to a variety of emergency medical situations. In addition to our regularly instituted health and safety plan, emergency care producers are also put in place for both minor and major incidents.
Whatever the situation, our staff is confident and qualified to keep your most prized possession safe at all times.
As part of our philosophy and educational approach, we believe it is essential to make visible that fact that each child knows and understands that we are all different and can co-exist peacefully. We have different ways of thinking, a fact we embrace. In fulfilling this vision, KLA Schools has formed relationships with charitable organizations within each of the communities it exists. Stay tuned to learn more about our involvement with local charities.