The Preschool Program

The Thorne School offers two morning preschool programs, one for 3-year-olds and one for 4-year-olds. Although the Thorne Preschool is designed for typically developing children, children with special needs can be considered for admission if their needs can be met in the regular classroom.

The morning program begins at 9 a.m. and concludes by noon. Children may arrive as early as 8:30 a.m. and must be picked up by noon. Morning programs are five days per week.

"At each stage of Thorne school I have watched my daughter become more skilled at navigating social situations. She knows how to share, she knows how to stand up for herself, she knows how to play with old and new friends." —Preschool Parent

Thorne School also offers an afternoon program for children from both the younger and older morning classes. This mixed-age group class is similar in structure to the morning program but includes a lunch, rest time, and a special activity (music, science, art, movement). The afternoon program concludes at 3:30 p.m. and is offered two, three, or five days per week. Children staying for the afternoon must provide their own lunch.

Fees for 2022-23

Half-Day Program, September through June

5 mornings $9,400
5 mornings plus 2 afternoons $12,670
5 mornings plus 3 afternoons $14,360
5 mornings plus 5 afternoons $17,630
(dates/rates tentative and subject to change)  

Extended care until 5:45 p.m. can be arranged through Shipley's afterschool program.

Parents interested in the traditional preschool program should contact Amanda Ulrich by email (aulrich@brynmawr.edu) or at 610-526-7913.

Teachers

 

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Jodie A. Baird, the teacher of Thorne School's younger preschool class, is a graduate of Stanford University (B.A.) and the University of Oregon (Ph.D.) and has been teaching at Thorne School since 2012. Her two children are both Thorne graduates. jabaird@brynmawr.edu • 610-526-7913


 

Julie Carlson

Julie Carlson, a teacher in Thorne School's older class, is a graduate of Yale University and has been teaching at Thorne School since 2011. jcarlson@brynmawr.edu ​​​​​​ 610-526-7913


 

Jillian Lomas

Jillian Lomas​, a teacher in Thorne School's younger preschool class, is a graduate of West Chester University (B.S. in Elementary Education) and has a Special Education Certification. Prior to coming to Thorne in 2017, Jill taught prekindergarten, kindergarten, and first grade at the Shipley School in Bryn Mawr. Jill is also the lead teacher in Thorne School's afternoon program. jlomas@brynmawr.edu • 610-526-7913


 

Kirsten Mudd

Kirsten Mudd, the lead teacher of Thorne School's older preschool class, is a graduate of Hampshire College and has been teaching at Thorne School since 1992. She also serves as the assistant director of the Thorne School. Her two children are both Thorne graduates.​kmudd@brynmawr.edu • 610-526-7913