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Forest Hill Preschool

4450 McCoy Avenue
San Jose, CA 95130

(408) 341-7000


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Forest Hill Preschool is an integral part of the elementary school. Our preschool operates from 8:15-12:15 with a 7:00 a.m.- 6:00 p.m. option for working families. Our preschool teachers work closely with the kinder teachers to make sure we provide the needed preparation for your child to be successful in kindergarten.

Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based, Teacher-Led

From the Director:

Our preschool uses a combination of developmentally appropriate teacher-directed and child choice activities to prepare children to be successful in kindergarten and life. We focus on supporting children to develop needed social emotional skills in addition to providing high quality instruction and learning opportunities in all domains. We utilize Pre-K GLAD (guided language acquisition design) thematic units throughout the year.

Curriculum & Teaching Approach

Learning Philosophy & Tools

  Play- based mostly teacher led not formally in curriculum conducive environment
Language       more

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  • Tracing paper and other writing instruments
  • A well-stocked bookcase
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense more

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  • Puzzles
Time & space more

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  • Calendars and clocks
  • Parquetry blocks, pegboards, and mosaic toys
  • Building blocks
Sci. reasoning/physical world more

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  • A place for science activities such as growing plants
  • Pets for children to watch and care for
Music more

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  • Musical instruments
Visual arts more

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  • Materials such as paint, ink, paintbrushes, crayons, markers, chalk, paper, etc.
  • Art work on the walls
Physical activity more

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  • A playground with climbing equipment
  • Bean bags, balls, and other objects that children can throw, kick, and play
  • Tricycles
  • Enough room for children to move around and play and a suitable indoor alternative to the outdoor playground on rainy days
  • Sandboxes and/or water stations for play
Other subjects taught Our early literacy curriculum is Doors to Discovery. Growing with Math is our hands on math curriculum. We integrate social emotional learning opportunities throughout the daily routine.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Our preschool program provides playful, hands-on learning experiences that are based on the High-Scope curriculum. Extracted from preschool web site

Home-School Connection

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Fundraise
  • Are able to visit the school anytime we want
  • Go on field trips
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Receive newsletters

Modes of Communication

  • Email
  • Special Meetings
  • Drop-Off
  • Pick-Up
  • Regular newsletter/printed updates circulated to the whole school


Separation is Handled through:

  • Parents in classroom early on