Hilltop’s classrooms are designed to build upon the skills children gain according to their developmental age through nurturing, exciting and educational opportunities. Each classroom is staffed with a full-time Lead Teacher and full-time Assistant Teacher, as well as several part-time aides throughout the day. The teaching staff works hard to carry on the warmth and security established from the child’s first day of school, and continues preparing children for annual classroom transitions and on into kindergarten. There is a balance of child-initiated vs. teacher-directed activities, and children have many chances to participate individually, in small groups or as a whole class.
Children experience a well-rounded curriculum which draws from many areas of development, including:
- Language and Memory
- Large and Small Motor Skills
- Dramatic Play
- Art and Sensory
- Health and Safety
Each year builds upon the last with a continued focus on independence and social development, and additional complexities based on the changing needs and growth of the children. Younger children focus on self-help skills, including toilet training and dressing, while older students focus on making independent transitions within the classroom to prepare them for primary grades. Additionally, children continually experience more involved large-group curriculum and gain more exposure to making activity choices as they mature.