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Seaside Ranchos Preschool (SRP) is a nonprofit early learning center located in sunny South Torrance, California.  And although our name may be new to you, the location of our school has been a bustling preschool since the 70's. Groovy!


This cute, little place is nestled just east of Seaside Elementary School and behind EFC Southbay at 4565 Sharynne Lane. SRP can accommodate up to 36 happy students--resulting in the perfect not-too-big/not-too-small pre-k experience for your young one.


Our facility has so much to offer: a great-room that features substantial areas for both floor play and pint-sized tables/chairs for crafts and academics; a cozy book nook; a large, plush rug space for circle-time songs and activities; and two separate classroom spaces. Outdoor time also goes swimmingly as there is so much to do! We've got tricycles, ball games, chalk, gardening, slides and swings, sand, and play sets/houses. This large, natural space has shady trees and cool sea breeze. 


Ready to dive in? Another unique aspect of SRP, which is optional of course, is the ability to become a family volunteer and really get your feet wet! Once cleared, parents and other special family members can surf in to lend a hand in the classroom alongside our awesome teachers. It's really such a fun way to get to know other families and make your kiddo's first memories of preschool a big splash!


Schedule your visit today as our wave of enrollment is approaching a big swell!

About Seaside Ranchos

What We Offer

hours, tuition, & classes


Morning Program, Ages 2-5
9:30am-12:30pm Weekdays

Afternoon Program, Ages 3-5
9:30AM-2:00pm Weekdays


+$30 Each/Month Add-on

Stay & Play Mornings, Ages 2-5, 9:00am-9:30am
Stay & Play Afternoons, Ages 3-5, 2:00pm-2:30pm

Don't Forget...​

Ask about our 20% sibling discount!

And, enjoy no additional potty-achieving fees!


So tiny and so new, the Tadpole program introduces our youngest learners to our school dynamic.  These students ease into fun, seasonal, and thematic curriculum, yet the true focus of this group is on self-awareness, self-regulation, social-emotional understanding, and fine and gross motor work. (1:7 Ratio)

Areas of introduction include

  • hand/eye coordination: glide cars along a track, stack blocks, hold writing instruments

  • independence: clean up, put on a coat

  • self-awareness: find their voice, ask for wants/needs

  • self-regulation: lengthen attention/ focus, follow simple instructions

  • social skills: take turns, join conversational speech, ask questions, include others in dramatic play 

  • recognition of letters, shapes, colors, numbers, patterns

  • sensory knowledge through tactile exploration

Ages 2-3

2022-2023: Priority List
2023-2024: 2 Spots

36 families have recently enrolled, join them!

Ready to Begin?


Ages 4-5

The Dolphin program focuses on the same well-rounded foundational skills as the Sea Star program...and beyond! Kindergarten readiness is the name of the game here as familiarization to pre-kindergarten skills are needed for a successful, confident transition to what comes next. (1:12 Ratio) 


Areas of mastery include

  • ​numbers, counting (1-20)

  • early addition: intro to 10-frames, number bonds

  • alphabet letter case, sound recognition

  • sorting shapes, sizes

  • identifying, predicting patterns

  • writing and reading own name

  • creating art with many mediums 

  • comfortability with scissors, glue, lacing

  • emergent readers display left-to-right eye movement

  • determine, create rhyming words/phrases

  • following instructions/ assignment directions

Sea Stars

The Sea Star program is designed to engage kiddos using rotating, monthly themes that foster growth in foundational abilities like social-emotional needs, fine and gross motor skills, language development, literacy, and math. This is accomplished through a tailored blend of creative play, hands-on centers, as well as targeted academic instruction within a planned and structured daily schedule.

(1:8 Ratio)

Areas of focus include

  • letter sounds, recognition

  • patterns: same vs. different

  • counting, number recognition

  • identifying shapes, colors

  • weather patterns, seasons, calendar components

  • good reader skills: retelling, predicting what might happen next

  • tracing letters/numbers while properly holding a writing instrument

  • creative drawing, painting

Ages 3-4

2022-2023: 1 spot
2023-2024:4 spots

2022-2023:priority list
2023-2024: priority list

Enrolling is a breeze!

1. Take a tour

Come meet our staff and explore our space! Feel free to bring your kiddos.

2. Sign enrollment agreement

Read through our important policies and guidelines and return by email.

3. Pay registration fee

Pay SRP's $200 registration Fee (non-refundable)by check or Zelle.

4. Complete all student forms

Complete & Email Back all student health forms and childcare Licensing Forms prior to your student's First day of school.

Meet Our Teachers

Sarah Musick

Sarah is our lead SEA STAR teacher. She uses her creativity and wealth of 20 years of experience to create a positive learning environment. Her lessons are very interactive, sparking children’s natural curiosity and critical thinking skills. It's clear to see that Mrs. Musick loves her work and each child as a whole. Her students are happily challenged to awaken their true potential and foster a love of learning. 


Christine Zamora

Christine is our Director and SEA STAR co-teacher. She has over 10 years of expertise in early education and obtained her B.A. in Psychology.  Throughout her many years in education, she's acquired a vast repertoire of learning philosophies including traditional, Montessori, and Reggio Emilia.  Ms. Z's SEA STAR students truly benefit from her immense patience and her calm, welcoming personality.      


Megan is our DOLPHIN teacher.  She has over 5 years of experience and a soft spot for the 4-5 age group.  She has an AA in Child Development and a love for making learning accessible, fun, and purposeful for her students. Ms. Oates hopes to nurture emergent readers and guide little writers so that the transition to TK or Kinder is a breezy one that her class feels confident about. 

Megan Oates

Marilyn is our TADPOLE teacher.  With more than 7 years of preschool teaching experience, she's ready for anything! Ms. Marilyn will introduce your two-year-old to our school environment through exploration and sensory experiences.  She prepares her students with focused, one-on-one attention and care.  Her genuine love of this age group is positively clear to see. 


Marilyn Alvarado

Let's do this thing!



staff office hours for returning calls/emails
M-F 12:30-2:30pm

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