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

I found GHES in the Fall of 2002. My son and I had just moved from Savannah and I was struggling to find a school that was comparable to the lovely, early school he attended in Georgia. Darnestown, Potomac, North Potomac, Gaithersburg- I went to every early school in the area and did not feel a connection and or comfortable until I walked in to the Woodley campus of GH. A piano was playing in the background, Ms. Melanie was dressed up like a dog and painting faces, children were happy and busy playing, crafts and art lined the halls and there was a diverse, loving staff interacting with the children. I had found my sons new school.
GHES is not just a school- it is a supportive and caring community. My son went through pre-K, Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd grade and had they provided grades through junior high- we would have stayed. John LOVED school, adored his teachers and to this day has close friends as a result of his years at GH. Through GH I too made wonderful friends and felt unbelievably supported by the staff and families, which was really important to me as I am a single parent. In 2012 I was blessed with a 2nd child, Caleb, and when it was time to enroll him in day care so I could go back to work (without a moments hesitation) I contacted my friends at GH. Every day, I feel like I am dropping Caleb off with my family and I know he is loved and learning. I am amazed at the activities they have these children involved in at such an early age and am always impressed by the professionalism, knowledge and creativity of the staff. Once again, GH is our family school and if they offer grades through the elementary years- we will be enrolled. The school, camps, activities and support the GH community has afforded my family can only be described as a blessing. My oldest cherishes his memories and time at GH and I know my youngest son will as well. Love for learning and relationships that will last a lifetime await any family considering to join the GH community.

Andrea Lachin

Georgetown Hill has become a second family to the Hecklingers! It is so reassuring to leave your young children in the care of those who love them like we do. Not only did they learn the necessary social and academic skills to be successful for Kindergarten, each one of us has made life long friends. It's been more than day-care, or pre-school, it's been a second home and we are so grateful. While we are excited that Henry, our youngest, has the adventures of elementary school ahead of him, we will miss our dear friends at Georgetown Hill tremendously.

Katie & John Hecklinger

Our daughter started at Georgetown Hill Woodley Gardens at age 3--ten years ago now. We chose the GHES program because the facility looked great--it was spotless, sunny, and cozy. Even better were the teachers who seemed to truly adore children. What really sold us was when we asked about outdoor playtime and were told that they children were outside playing and exploring as much as possible--we knew it was the right fit for us. Two years after our daughter began, our son joined the preschool ranks. We enjoyed another three years of wonderful school traditions: Thanksgiving lunch, trunk-or-treating, Vehicle Day, and more. After starting kindergarten, both children attended GHES school-age summer camps for years - coming home with tales of amazing field trips and in-house performers, new friends, fun cooking projects, and lots of swimming and outdoor fun. Most recently, our 7th grader has performed service learning hours back at the place we all still feel is "home" - the Georgetown Hill preschool program. Ten years from when she first entered the door, a toddler in a princess dress, she returned as a teenager to a building full of people who remember her, welcome her, and provide the best role models possible for how to nurture a child from toddlerhood through the teen years. Thank you, Georgetown Hill teachers and staff, for so many wonderful memories!

Rebecca Parlakian

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