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My child went here for six months and we did not have a good experience. The teachers for the really young kids are super sweet but are given no direction or support. The school is cluttered, messy and dirty. They don't produce any reports or documentation of your child's day. Communication is absolutely horrible. There is no structure or preparation for a school environment. For a little more money there are much better options in the area.
I would definitely recommend the Hills to parents looking for a preschool that is based on the philosophy of self discovery and the building of a community. I toured nearly all of the schools in the Arcadia/Biltmore/PV area before deciding on the Hills. Cari Trickel is the perfect preschool teacher and the teacher's assistants are also excellent, which is really important because one teacher cannot do it all. There is definitely a strong sense of community at the Hills among the children and the parents. My daughter loves to go to school every day and sometimes doesn't want to leave! Love, love the Hills.
Change is the name of the game here. You need to be willing to except all sorts of change and not always knowing what is happening. There is lots of room for improvement with feedback but the school is very loving and the kids all love it there.
I love this place! My child started mid-year here after starting a more traditional preschool earlier in the year and hating it. This school is play based (and from what I have read it always has been). What makes it so wonderful is that it is truly student centered; students control much of what they do and have lots of independent time. During time spent with classmates, teachers emphasize and model "being a good friend." The differences I have seen in my son are enormous. He is more kind to his little sister, more verbal, and he has become very independent. I feel like he gets a lot of one-on-one time with the teachers (who are amazing and very kind) and they have gone out of their way to help me troubleshoot problems with him. Halfway through the year last year, it was announced that the school would be transitioning to a Reggio Emilia school. Parent started complaining about everything from the addition of an awesome new art room, to being asked to bring in household goods for a science project. I suppose its always hard when something you love changes, but in my view the changes were slight and they were all for the better. We can't wait to start another year!
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