Kindergarten at Hillside

For a young child and their family, the beginning of elementary school is a very special time. Hillside’s kindergarten program offers personalized attention in a small group of children with a dedicated kindergarten teacher.

A kindergartner’s natural love for learning is nurtured by interspersing segments of instruction and focused work with outdoor play, games and crafts.

Full time kindergarten is offered Monday through Friday from 8:30 AM to 3:15 PM. There is a half day option as well. The kindergarten day begins with an all-school devotional time, then math and reading/phonics are the academic focus in morning classes. Of course there is also time for recess, a story and a project. Science, social studies, history and weekly music classes take place in the afternoons. Half day kindergarteners may leave by 11:30 AM or stay through lunch and recess and leave at 12:30 PM.

A special Kindergarten Visit Day is held each spring for children to enjoy an afternoon of activities and have a brief kindergarten readiness evaluation with the teacher. Parents are welcome to stay to have any questions answered. Children who are five years old by September 15 are eligible to enroll. Hillside’s kindergarten program accommodates around six students. Early application is advised.