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About Us

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Our Program

John Ashley is an inclusive kindergarten center with 13 classrooms, serving approximately 240 kindergarteners a year.  We have a diverse population of students from all areas of West Springfield, with a wide variation of experiences upon entering school.  

Our Philosophy

We provide a balanced developmental and academic program that enables each student to reach their potential.  We strive to be aware of each child’s individual needs and to address them in a positive manner. The curriculum features a balance of child-centered and content-oriented activities derived from the child, the classroom teacher, and the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks.  The day is composed of a variety of activities allowing for a balance of active and quiet time, small and large group instruction, play and teacher-directed and child-initiated experiences. 


The mission at John Ashley School follows the mission of the district which is to provide all students with the best possible education to enable them to experience the joy of reaching their full potential.  A collaborative approach to educating the whole child is at the forefront of this undertaking. We strive to ensure that each student:

  • Comes to school healthy and learns about and practices a healthy lifestyle;

  • Learns in an intellectually challenging environment that is physically and emotionally safe;

  • Is actively engaged in learning and is connected to the school and broader community;

  • Is challenged academically and prepared for success.

By providing our students with the necessary knowledge, skills and expertise, we commit to preparing them to thrive in this global 21st century economy.  Among the essential skills for success are critical thinking and problem solving, creativity and innovation, and communication and collaboration. 


A high-quality education is the fundamental right of every child.  All children will receive the respect, encouragement, and opportunities they need to build the knowledge, skills, and attitudes to be successful, contributing members of a global society.


Take Care of Yourself

Take Care of Others

Take Care of Your Things

Core Values