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

We had both of our children attend Georgetown Hill from the age of two years old. We loved all of the staff and teachers. We were able to place our trust in this school with our children which is hard to do as a first time parent. Not only was Georgetown Hill a nurturing school but it was also very educational. Our kids learned a lot and have gone on to kindergarten more than prepared. We loved that the families were involved and also enjoyed all of the special events that they organized for the kids. Halloween trunk or treating being our favorite. We would hands down refer this school to anyone looking for a preschool. My kids actually still beg to go back.

There is not a day that goes by that I am not grateful for Georgetown Hill! Our son was approaching his 2nd birthday and my husband and I felt it was the best time for him to get more socialization and help boost his speech since he was behind in that area. We asked our friends for recommendations and more than one friend gave us the name of Georgetown Hill. We looked at three different campuses (which were all wonderful), but finally settled on Woodley Gardens for the convenience of their location. My husband and I were extremely nervous because our son had been in the care of my mother up until then and was not always great with people he was not familiar with. On the very first day of school, we were able to put all of our fears and worries to rest. The Director, Melanie Morillo was a warm, friendly face as she had originally given me the tour and she went above and beyond to ease our nerves with a photo of our smiling son shortly after I had dropped him off. Ms. Allie and Ms. Benjie in the Two’s classroom were his teachers and they could not have been any more loving and caring to our son and to us! We felt our precious baby was in the next best hands and was being cared for with genuine love and affection. Since that day, our son has FLOURISHED in so many different aspects. I am always amazed with what he has learned! Now he is in the Three’s classroom with Ms. Fiorella and Ms. Sharon (who we also love dearly!) and truly enjoys every day he spends there. It’s not easy to be a working parent, but knowing that your baby is in the very best hands possible is an immense comfort. I’m so grateful that I can go to work and know that my son is learning new things every day and making friends and growing into the best little man he can be! Our second son will begin at Georgetown Hill this summer and our third son will attend in the future as well! I would recommend Georgetown Hill to any parent!

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.

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