Pre-K & Trans-K

At this exciting level of development, the young child transfers what he has experienced to a new and more challenging world with more centers, more choices and more expectations. An emerging literacy and mathematics curriculum communicated through themes, projects and special activities  invites children into a new world of ideas and possibilities that is something like but also quite different from what they have experienced in the past. Academic areas of the program become more formalized. To prepare children for the next step, teachers become facilitators for learning. Language, math, the arts, social studies, and science are not only woven through themes, but also very evident in learning activities that are more goal-centered.  Our Level 2 programs are supplemented by well-regarded curricula such as Everyday Mathematics (UniversityofChicago), Handwriting Without Tears, and Primary Phonics.  In a Level 2 environment, a teacher:

  • Is continuously evaluating and enriching an environment;
  • Is prepared and ready to teach the young child through multiple experiences in literacy and language development, the arts, theme-centered  projects, math, science, physical education, creative play and field trips within the immediate and larger community;
  • Provides hands-on and real-world experiences in mathematics and literacy;
  • Offers children a wide-range of learning experiences to respond to varied learning styles;
  • Presents exciting, integrated themes reinforced by in-depth projects;
  • Encourages children to think and to solve problems;
  • Encourages children to work and to learn together.

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Parent Testimonials

Our family discovered GHES by chance even though it is not in our immediate neighborhood. We were looking for a place for our first child -a 2 year old (now a flourishing kindergartener) - to blossom. Our first gut reaction after visiting was right... It is a well rounded, loving, and encouraging environment for a toddler to develop cognitively and socially. GHES provides a developmentally appropriate, creative, well thought out, yet flexible and balanced curriculum focused on play, learning, arts, and nurturing.
The teachers seem to genuinely enjoy their time with the children and are in touch with each individual child's needs. By the time our first child was half way through pre-K, we knew she was well prepared for Kindergarten and on her way to becoming a successful student and friend. We truly feel like we are part of the Georgetown Hill family.

The Tices

GHES is a wonderful place. The teachers are warm and welcoming and my children and I feel a strong sense of community and a mutual sense of care and concern towards everyone that attends this school. I currently have 2 children attending GHES's North Potomac Campus (ages 4 and 2). Coming from a bilingual home, my son was a little behind in his speech and language comprehension. We were worried that he wouldn't be ready for kindergarten. GHES has taken that fear away. His teacher, Jessica, has worked wonders. She has guided him, supported him and built his confidence on so many levels. He is having full conversations, expressing feelings and has taken on a whole new exciting approach to the activities and challenges that he faces. I truly believe that Jessica has played a huge role in helping him to become the confident and capable little man that he is today. My daughter is being taught by Bridget, Emily and Nikki in the 2's class. She has developed wonderful classroom habits and her focus has improved tremendously. GHES has provided her with a loving a nurturing environment to learn, grow and explore all aspects of life. I look forward to her continuing her education at GHES for the next few years before she takes off for kindergarten. Above all, I'm hoping that GHES will be providing an official kindergarten class so that my children can continue to be a part of the GHES for as long as possible.

Sana Haneef

Thank you for your contact and for letting us know about this exciting time in GHES' history. We are so proud to be an alumni family -- you are welcome to use any of my statements from previous emails or surveys as testimony of the amazing work you all do for young children and families in our community. One of the main reasons we chose GHES was proximity to our home and we loved that we could bike/walk and pick up at the drop of a hat. But being in the community came to mean so much more -- everything from learning about who helps us and works in our community, to exploring the environment around us and learning all sorts of important things about the world through activity and exploration -- the playgrounds and facilities were top-notch and developmentally appropriate as well as nurturing and intellectually stimulating for young children. We also appreciated the emphasis on diversity and the ongoing opportunities for enrichment and learning through art, music, Spanish language, PE/creative movement, and on and on! And finally and most importantly, it was the dedicated and loving teachers and staff that supported our child and family to grow and develop and thrive. You all are always in our hearts. I hope that if I can provide other information, that you please call on me anytime!
With gratitude,

Alida Anderson, PhD
Associate Professor
School of Education, Teaching and Health
American University

Alida Anderson, PhD

Celebrating over a quarter century of service to the community!