Hogarth Country Day School
Before you review our programs,
schedules, and tuition information please think about the following
question: Why is a high quality preschool program essential to your child's healthy
development? If for no other reason than to enhance social development,
your little one should be in preschool. The
following is excerpted from Young Children’s Social Development: A Checklist by Dianne
McClellan and Lilian G. Katz.
“Early childhood educators
have traditionally given high priority to enhancing young children’s social
development. During the last two
decades a convincing body of evidence has accumulated to indicate that unless
children achieve minimal social competence by about the age of six years, they
have a high probability of being at risk throughout life.
Hartup suggests that peer relationships contribute a great deal to both
social and cognitive development and to the effectiveness with which we function
as adults . . . the single best childhood predictor of adult adaptation is not
IQ, not school grades, and not classroom behavior but, rather the adequacy with
which the child gets along with other children . . . . children who cannot
establish a place for themselves in the peer culture are seriously ‘at
Our three basic programs are the early kindergarten program, the prekindergarten program, and the creative playgroup. (Click here to read about a typical day at HCDS.) Because parents know best what their child is ready for, we offer a variety of enrollment options.
What exactly is early kindergarten? Early kindergarten, or EK, is a developmentally appropriate option for older or more mature 4-year olds who are ready for a higher level of structure in their day. It is also the perfect option for any 5-year olds who would benefit from an extra year before formally starting kindergarten. Over the years, Hogarth has enrolled many dozens of students whose parents delayed their entry into either first grade or kindergarten in order to give their child a year to grow and further develop. This option is not a retention, because the child hasn't started anything that he or she needs to repeat.
Many Hogarth parents have taken this option when they are unsure if their child will be ready for first grade the following year. Whatever a child is ready for by the end of the EK year, whether it be first grade or kindergarten, EK will have given the child the foundation needed to successfully transition to the level appropriate for him or her. A delayed entry for a 5-year old could very well be the greatest gift a parent ever gives that child.
What exactly is prekindergarten? Prekindergarten, or PK, is an introduction to school for 3 and 4-year olds. At the start of the school year, the day is loosely structured to provide a developmentally appropriate academic and social experience for these very young students. As the year progresses, more structure is added as the child builds those skills necessary for classroom success.
What exactly is the creative playgroup? Play is the essence of childhood. It allows children to discover their abilities and explore their interests. A child will create a rollicking good time out of thin air using nothing more than his or her imagination. Add a selection of thoughtfully-chosen materials and a few playmates, and the results couldn’t be more magical. Children are driven to play, and for very good reason. It is the foundation for all physical, intellectual, educational, emotional, and social development. Play is an important component in all of our classes at Hogarth. It is the foundation, however, of the creative play group.
Do not be fooled by the name of this class. The creative playgroup promotes development and learning, but it does so almost exclusively through play. Teachers plan and develop play opportunities in partnership with the students to meet the needs of the children. Teachers are actively involved in play with the children when appropriate and when welcomed by the children. Children develop listening skills and learn number and letter concepts through stories, fingerplays and poems. They gain understanding of math concepts as they sort and construct with blocks and Legos. Children strengthen language skills as they create and develop imaginative play situations with their peers. Their social competence steadily increases as they experience more and more complexity in their peer relationships.
The creative playgroup is the perfect starting point for older 2-year olds and younger 3s. It’s the answer for those parents not looking for formal academics for their 3 or 4-year old, yet want their child to become familiar with the workings and routines of a classroom. It is a wonderful “add-on” for children enrolled in either EK or PK. Click here for an article on the importance of play in intellectual development.
Because Hogarth offers individual as well as group instruction, no matter which class a child is enrolled in, that child will receive a program tailored to meet his or her needs and interests.
Program Eligibility by Age
Children who are 4 to 5 years old by September 30th may enroll in the early kindergarten program, prekindergarten program and/or the creative playgroup. Children enrolling in both morning and afternoon classes will need to bring a nutritious lunch to school.
Children between the ages of 2 years 11 months and 3 years 11 months by September 30th are age-eligible for the afternoon prekindergarten program and/or the creative playgroup. (We accept a limited number of children into the creative play group who will be aged 3 years by December 30th. These children must have instructor permission to enroll. Please contact Andrea to discuss the suitability of this placement for your child.)
Early Kindergarten meets Monday through Wednesday from 8:15 a.m. until 11:15 a.m.
Prekindergarten meets Monday through Wednesday from noon until 2:30 p.m.
The Creative Playgroup meets Thursday and Friday from 8:30 a.m. until 11:00 a.m.
2010-2011 Tuition and Fees
Tuition is divided into eleven equal
payments, with the last payment due on May 1st.
Your first payment is due on July 1st or the day you register if registering
after July 1st.
Your first payment is due on July 1st or the day you register if registering after July 1st.
As a way of saying thank you for their continued enrollment, students of families returning to Hogarth Country Day School will receive a 5% discount on the total tuition. This discount does not apply to registration fees or miscellaneous charges. It will be applied to the last payment in May 2011.
A $60.00 registration fee is due the
day you register. A $75.00 registration fee is due if you are enrolling
one child in multiple programs. Tuition
and fees paid are non-refundable.
Parents and students are
invited to attend orientation the day after Labor Day. Orientation helps
with the home-to-school transition. After meeting and playing with new
classmates while mother or father is close at hand, most children easily
separate from parents on the first day of school in September.
Click here for our Reference Page.
You are just my favorite teacher, Andrea. I'm always telling people what a wonderful school you have and how you not only teach, but love your little children. M.F., Satisfied Hogarth Grandparent
I was a member of the first class to graduate Hogarth in 1981. I went to 16 additional years of school after that, but the year at Hogarth was the best. Andrea had so much energy and boundless enthusiasm that every day was a new adventure. A.H.
© 2010 by Andrea E. Murphy