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

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.

Lisa and Clay Goldberg

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