Putting the School in Preschool

Unlike preschool programs that exist in daycare centers, Hilltop Country Day School’s Preschool is an extension of our full academic program. As such, our students are taught by highly-qualified, certified teachers. In addition, your child benefits from the combination of our spacious and bright preschool environment and the full array of school resources including a full art studio, computer lab, instrumental and vocal music program, and world language classes.

Our program encourages autonomy in our students. Through the integration of various approaches, our student-centered program promotes independence and responsibility through teacher directed activities. The classroom fosters the child’s natural love of learning and emphasizes respect for other children and the environment. Hilltop believes that preschoolers need to investigate, manipulate and explore in order to learn concepts. We also believe that preschoolers develop social skills, refine gross and fine motor skills, experience emotional growth, and have the best cognitive preparation in an environment that is safe and comfortable yet academically challenging. Our students become collaborators, problem-solvers, critical thinkers, and great public speakers.

Our program begins at 8:15 a.m. with a minimum of three half days ending at 12:30 p.m. and can accommodate up to five full days ending at 3:30 p.m. Snack is provided for all preschoolers. Students may bring a bagged lunch from home or participate in our optional lunch program. Our Extended Day Program (6:30 a.m. –6:30 p.m.) is complimentary for preschoolers.

Program Highlights

Community Helpers
Our preschoolers enjoy visitors from the larger community including a dentist, police officer and firefighter.
Personalized Curriculum
Our faculty adjust the curriculum to meet your child where they are. Our program can accelerate for more advanced students or offer remediation where needed.
S.T.E.A.M. Curriculum
Our program is designed to foster a sense of inquiry and discovery in our youngest learners. Our students learn basic coding and explore S.T.E.A.M. through fairy tales and other age appropriate projects.