In March 1971, the Administrative Board of the Bon Air United Methodist Church approved the creation of a half-day, weekday preschool ministry. The school was named The Bon View Nursery School and was placed under the direction of two Church members—Jeanne Jones and Mary Pettey. During our first year, 1971-72, Bon View served two groups of four/five year olds with two teachers/directors and one assistant teacher. Jeanne and Mary guided this growing ministry through the spring of ’78; Mary rejoined the Chesterfield Public Schools in the fall of 1978, and Bon View continued under Jeanne’s direction.
A program for three year olds was added in 1978-79, and the school’s name was changed during the 1985-86 school year to The Bon View School for Early Childhood Education—a name which was more reflective of this preschool ministry. In the winter of 1989 work was begun for the addition of two-year olds, and when our 1989-90 Session began, our 2’s Program was in place.
In July 1991, Jeanne Jones approached the Administrative Board with the proposal that the Bon View School become the official preschool ministry of the Bon Air United Methodist Church. A task force was appointed by the Board Chairman to develop guidelines detailing the Church’s responsibilities and to provide the Board with a recommendation of action to be taken. At the February 1992 Administrative Board meeting, the Bon View Task Force’s report was accepted along with the motion to make the Bon View School for Early Childhood Education the official preschool ministry of the Bon Air United Methodist Church.
In December 1992, after a two-year intensive self-study of every phase of Bon View’s operation and programming, the school received its NAEYC Accreditation, and was reaccredited in 1995, 1999 and 2004 by NAEYC. In June of 2007 the Bon View staff voted to pursue Excellence in Accreditation through the National Accreditation Association. In July 2008, we were awarded Accreditation by NAC for our Excellence in Early Childhood Education. Our accreditation was renewed in August 2011. We are currently accredited through October 2018.
Jeanne Jones, Executive Director and Founder of The Bon View School retired after forty years of service to Bon View School’s children and families on July 1, 2011. She passed the leadership of the school to Lisa Zambito, Director of Education, and Julia Dorsey, Director of Operations, beginning with the 2011-2012 Session of this weekday preschool Ministry of Bon Air United Methodist Church. In 2017, Lisa Zambito consolidated the two positions to become the Director of the Bon View School.
With over 40 years in the field of Early Childhood Education, we have served thousands of children. Annually, the school serves almost 200 students and their families. Experienced college degreed teachers and their well qualified assistant teachers provide an outstanding early childhood education. The staff’s dedication and commitment to young children and their families has contributed to Bon View’s continuing Accreditations and other recognition such as “BEST Preschool” and “Preschool Favorite” in Family Style Magazine over the past decade.
Today, Bon View School continues to serve as an outreach ministry for young children, ages two to six, in our Church and community with the mission of providing an environment for Social-Emotional-Physical-Cognitive-Aesthetic and Spiritual development formed and shaped by Judaic-Christian values and God’s LOVE and unconditional acceptance of us all.