Mountain Hill School is privately owned and the owners are directly involved with the day to day operation of the school. The philosophy on ownership is that if it is good for the children it is good for the school, in every decision the children come first.
Our school, on its expansive property, offers many opportunities for the children to get outside. With our nature trails, barn and farm and our park-like playground, we make it a priority to take advantage of this. We realize that children who play regularly in a natural environment show advanced motor fitness and more imaginative and creative play. We believe that children should have the opportunity to explore and play outside everyday.
We offer some exciting supplemental activities to our programs. One week of each month is set aside as "Barn Week" where a classroom and activities are set up in the barn for all of the classes to use and enjoy. We also offer a Music Enrichment program where we have guest professional musicians come to share their talents and broaden our musical experience. In our Pre-K and Kindergarten programs we offer Science Enrichment where each month a real "scientist" from "What Matters for Kids" visits the class and conducts hands-on experiments with the children. Our Kindergarten and 5 Full Day Pre-K programs have the added benefit of Spanish once a week and Yoga classes every other week.
It is very important for parents to be involved in the education of their children and it is equally important for the children to realize that their parents are interested in their school. Parents are always welcome if they want to set up a time to come in to read or share a special talent with their child’s class. Other opportunities to stay connected, volunteer or to come in and be a part of the school include:
Giving Back: We believe school should help to teach children honesty, responsibility and consideration for others and our teachers encourage all of these characteristics regularly in their classrooms. Our Peace Builder program has become a part of our daily lessons as we recite our Peace Builder Pledge and talk about what it means to be a Peace Builder which encompasses qualities like being a good friend, having empathy, telling the truth, making good choices and using kind words. During the school year, we have a school-wide monthly Peace Builder activity like our annual “giving tree” where we "adopt" less fortunate children during the holiday season or our "chain of kindness" where the children's good deeds are noted through a paper linked chain and added onto throughout the school year. When the children get involved in these events, it shows them that, even at a young age, each one of us can make a difference!
Our Faculty: Our teachers and our entire staff pride themselves on working together as a team. We have low to no turnover and many of our teachers have been with us for over 10 years. All of our head teachers have either their degree in Elementary Education or a minimum of a Group Teacher certification combined with 15 plus years of experience. Many of our assistant teachers also have their degree in education or are working toward it. Everyone on staff has been trained in CPR, CPR with an AED and First Aid and we have an AED on the premises. All teachers continue their education with at least 10 staff development hours per year and we hold monthly curriculum meetings where we have the opportunity to coordinate and share ideas. We are extremely thankful for our teachers, they are focused on working to provide the best experience possible and they truly care about making a difference in the education of your young children.
Summer Camp: We offer a summer camp program which is headed by our co-director. It is a fun and active camp where every day has a different theme with many activities both inside and outside. It runs from the end of June through the month of July.
Lunch: A lunch program is available for our 3 Year Old and Pre-Kindergarten classes.
Early Drop Off: Available beginning at 8:00 a.m. for all students, complimentary for full day students.
The Mountain Hill School is unique. We pride ourselves on helping each child reach their maximum potential and we encourage you to visit our school and take a private tour of our exceptional campus!