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Hillview Preschool

8525 Ustick Road
Boise, ID 83704

(208) 377-9280


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

Day in the Life

General School Mission

The goal of Hillview Preschool is to provide a stimulating, positive, safe environment in which children have the freedom to develop and learn through experiences and relationships. Through these relationships and activities, a child receives effective learning. We are a non-denominational, Christian preschool, dedicated to providing positive beginning school experiences for children. The preschool is based on developmental goals and learning activities designed to be appropriate for young children.

A Typical Day

9 a.m. - arrival
9:05-9:15 - opening circle and discuss choices and theme for the day.
9:15-9:45 - free play - explore centers: housekeeping, blocks, library, manipulatives, free art, as well as teacher instructed skills.
9:45-10:10 - circle time: calendar, weather, story, song, discussion of topic.
10:10-10:30 - snack and clean-up
10:30-10:50 - outside play
10:50-11:20 - free exploration of centers: playdough, sensory table, games, music, science, etc.
11:20-11:30 - clean up, review of day, discuss next class period, good-bye song.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Parents are welcome inside the classroom at all times. We encourage volunteering time. Teachers greet families every day and visit with them at the end of each day, too. All classes hold parent-teacher conferences once a year with progress reports sent home regularly, too. Each teacher does a class specific newsletter. Information boards are located outside of each classroom.

The preschool board is comprised of parent volunteers, preschool staff, church representatives and alumni. A monthly board meeting is held and families are welcome to attend. The board manages the website, produces newsletters and organizes special family events in the fall and spring, in addition, to fundraising for the preschool.

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Sit on the board of trustees
  • Hold social events at the school to build community
  • Fundraise
  • Are able to visit the school anytime we want
  • Go on field trips
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Receive newsletters

Modes of Communication

  • Notes
  • Phone Calls
  • Voice Mail
  • Email
  • Special Meetings
  • Two or More Regular Conferences
  • Drop-Off
  • Pick-Up
  • Regular newsletter/printed updates circulated to the whole school


Separation is Handled through:

  • Small group sessions
  • Parents in classroom early on
  • Abbreviated schedule at start of school year

Handling Separation: From the Director

The teachers work with each family to develop the best solution for the student.