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Early Childhood

Chestnut Hill is a Place for Children to Grow

At the Chestnut Hill School, our Early Childhood program supports children in developing the skills to cooperate and collaborate both within and beyond the classroom. With a focus on empathy, communication, and self-regulation, our students are given opportunities to direct their own learning and collaborate with their peers in order to create a sense of belonging and build community. CHS’s intentional choice of diverse authors helps students to recognize differences, see themselves reflected in the curriculum, and start to develop a sense of agency. Whether they are learning about abilities and adaptations, heritage and identity, or changemakers in society, our youngest learners are exposed to a range of perspectives and experiences.

In our Early Childhood classrooms, we foster curiosity and joy in learning through a multidimensional program that develops the whole child. Students engage in regular and frequent interactions with print to enhance early literacy skills and become enthusiastic pre-readers. CHS teachers accomplish this through a rich and varied selection of texts and vocabulary, specific author studies, and hands-on book making projects. Our math curriculum encourages students to persevere in problem-solving, take risks, and apply mathematical skills to make sense of the world around them. In the classroom, CHS students use mathematical modeling, comparison, sorting, graphing, and recognizing patterns to build a strong foundation of numeracy and a love of math. Our special subject offerings provide a range of opportunities for students to pursue their passions, engage in active learning, and showcase cross-curricular connections.

Students entering our Beginners (Pre-school) program must be 3 years old by September 1st and be fully potty trained. Pre-Kindergarten students must be 4 years old by September 1st, and Kindergarten 5 years old by September 1st and so on.