Programs

School Registration

Our School lottery will take place on Tuesday, October 7th, 2014 for the 2015/2016 school year. Please contact the school office for details and to put your name on our mailing list. 

Hillcrest Progressive School is a private Jewish Nursery school, situated in the beautiful green valley of Hogg's Hollow. We offer Toddler, Nursery, Junior Kindergarten and Senior Kindergarten programs.  

Hillcrest Progressive School offers a before school program from 8:30 a.m. and an afterschool program from                        3:30 - 5:00 p.m.  Children will be supervised by our qualified staff. Registration is required and additional fees apply.  Space is limited, please contact the office for more information.

 

2015/2016 SCHOOL YEAR PROGRAMS

Toddler

Our Toddler program runs 5 mornings a week from 9:00am -11:30am. In addition to our core curriculum, all Toddler children will have the opportunity to participate in Hebrew, music, sports, Shabbat and play in a new outdoor playground specifically designed for children ages 18 months - 6 yrs.
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Nursery

We offer half-day, 3/4-day and full-day Nursery programs. There is a core curriculum, along with extra-curricular activities, as well as the opportunity to participate in Hebrew, music, sports and Shabbat. Hot, nut-free kosher lunches are provided for ¾ day and full-day students.
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Junior Kindergarten

We offer morning and full-day Junior Kindergarten programs. In addition to our core curriculum and extra-curricular activities, all JK students can participate in French, Hebrew, music, sports, pottery and Shabbat. Pizza lunch and hot lunch programs are offered for full-day students at a nominal fee to parents.
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Senior Kindergarten

We offer a full-day program for our SK students. In addition to our core curriculum and extra-curricular activities, all SK students can participate in French, Hebrew, music, sports, pottery and Shabbat. They also have full access to a computer lab equipped with multiple Mac computers. A pizza lunch program and gymnastics program is offered for full-day students at a nominal fee to parents.
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Core Curriculum

Playground: Our extensive play area offers a wide variety of equipment to encourage physical activity. Children use their imagination as they play on the pirate ship, build castles in our covered sand box, climb the spider net and explore the many challenging play structures.

Sensory & Cognitive: Sensory play is very important in helping children explore their environment while developing social skills through sharing and co-operation. Cognitive skills are developed including classifying, size discrimination, sequencing, colour and number concepts.

Creative: Through creative art activities, the children can enhance creativity and imagination, develop aesthetic awareness, develop a sense of pride and accomplishment, and explore and manipulate a variety of creative materials.

Jolly Phonics & Handwriting without Tears: Offered to all Kindergarten students, we teach a step-by-step approach to reading and writing. Our goal is to enhance the student's phonetic understanding of letter and sound formation. Unique materials and workbooks are used to encourage correct letter formation and spacing while eliminating common letter and number reversals.

Smart Boards: An interactive medium for the children to experiment with and learn new concepts. Through the Smart Board, we develop hands-on lessons for the children to interact, manipulate and feel a sense of accomplishment when working on new activities.

Extra Curricular

Music: Children participate in music three times per week. It encourages the development of motor, auditory and rhythmic skills. Group participation, imaginative expression and building of self-esteem are naturally incorporated into the musical experience.

Sports: A weekly, non-competitive sports program helps to develop gross motor skills, as well as confidence, coordination and team spirit. Sports introduced include basketball, soccer, hockey and baseball.

French: Full-day and ¾ day Nursery and Kindergarten students are introduced to the basics of conversational French through a hands-on, interactive program that features the use of puppets, stories and role-playing activities.

Mixed Media Art: Full-day Nursery and Kindergarten children will be introduced to the works of famous artists, and are given the opportunity to create their own masterpieces using a wide variety of media.

Yoga and Movement: This program is for all students.  "When children learn techniques for self health, relaxation, and inner fulfillment, they can navigate life's challenges with a little more ease.  Yoga at an early age encourages self esteem and body awareness with a physical activity that is non competitive.  Fostering cooperation and compassion, instead of opposition, is a great gift to give our children." 

Hebrew: All students are introduced to the basics of conversational Hebrew and vocabulary based on seasonal and Jewish holidays through an interactive program that incorporates puppets, felt-board story telling and hands-on activities.

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