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Southern Hills Academy

365 Keller Road
Chillicothe, OH 45601

(740) 779-3865


Philosophy & Approach

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"We believe children learn best with a child-centered, teacher-directed, parent-supported curriculum and understanding of child development. We view children as individuals with a range of interests and abilities who will work to achieve their personal potential. We believe that children need a joyful, intellectually challenging and creative school environment so they may develop a curious mind and habits for life-long learning.

Southern Hills Academy integrates the curriculum so that strong skills develop across subjects, including: Reading, Writing, Public Speaking, Science, Mathematics, Social Studies, Technology, Music, Performance, Art, Physical Education and World Languages and Cultures. A foundation of our teaching and curriculum is the unique "Learning Cycle" which moves students through the steps of concept formation and use: Idea, Research, Study, Connect, Apply and Share.

To capitalize on natural curiosity and enthusiasm for exploration, Southern Hills Academy students are actively engaged in projects, often in groups with multi-age peers. This Social Education requires children to practice collaboration, logic and creativity. At the preschool level, this Project Approach is reflected in our use of the Reggio Emilia Early Childhood philosophy. The goal is for all students to become knowledgeable, self-confident, responsible and happy.

Excerpted from the preschool's website

A Typical Day

"Classroom Activities
Art Corner
Sand and Water Play
Play Dough Table
Math and Manipulative Table
Message Center
Book Corner
Block Building
Dramatic Play
Science Table
Circle Time
Snack Time
Large Motor Play Time
Last Story"
Excerpted from the preschool's website