Daily Schedule The Hills School

Children are
beautifulpowerfulintelligentcreativeunique and full of potential.
They are whole human beings and come to us with
their own ideas, values and opinions about the world.
Children deserve joy, peace and time to develop their own interests
and determine their own hypotheses.
Children benefit when a high value is placed on free thought,
creative intelligence and constructive strategies;
much more so than on the direct transmission of knowledge and skills.


8 − 9am
Gradual arrival for All-Day Students & Language Immersion Students

9 − 9:30am
Gradual Arrival for Half-Day Students

Gradual arrivals allow families to finish breakfast with less urgency at home and take the time needed with sleepy children. At school, parents make connections with other parents and nurture a happy home-to-school transition for their child. Children explore Discovery and Wonder areas and greet their friends.

Morning Meeting

Communities gather to select their intentions for the day, determine jobs of service to their classroom communities, perhaps do yoga stretches and Sun Salutations, share a song or a book. Collecting eggs from our hens “Rosa and Posa” in the chicken coop is a favorite task.


Family-style, with Conversations and Connections.

10:30 − 11:45am
Morning Project Time

Special activities occur on a rotating basis. These may include yoga; music; nature walks; garden tending; cooking; Spanish; wood shop and trips to the heart of the school, the Atelier.

11:45 − Noon
Community Time

Discuss discoveries of the morning. Tidy up and ready the school for lunch. Half-day enrollees depart.

The children bring their own lunches. This is an important time for Conversations and Connections; teachers eat with the children and discuss children’s ongoing projects, interests and curiosities. Connections are made across ideas, projects, interests and between friends.

Chapter Book Time

Children choose a comfy spot for listening and resting/napping. Soft classical music plays after Chapter Book Time during resting/napping.  Non-napping children and those enrolled until 2pm play outside or work on projects with teachers.

1 − 2:30/3pm
Afternoon Creations
As children end their individual naps or resting time, they wake to a snack and may quietly paint and create or play outside while planning their afternoon Independent Learning activities with their teacher. Music, games, tricycles, parachute play, gardening, playing in the outdoor Mud Pie Kitchen and Spanish enrichment are frequent choices.

3 − 5pm
Outdoor Environments & Afternoon Play Time

Indoor and outdoor play time and Independent Learning/Open-Ended Project/Explorations end our time together.