Highland Park Schools
Ravinia Nursery School
686 Red Oak Lane, Highland Park, IL 60035
Ravinia Nursery School is a developmental preschool where children are encouraged to learn through play. Children learn at their own pace and in their own direction. Programs include morning classes for 3-4 year olds (five mornings/week from 9:30-11:00) and afternoon classes for 4-5 year olds (five afternoons/week from 12:30-3:00). The younger class focuses on outdoor play, arts and crafts, music, singing and stories, while the older class adds language, literacy and math skills like counting, sorting and classifying objects. 7:1 child to teacher ratio with no more than 20 students per class. Their Two Can program is for children who are 2.5 years old by Sept.1. Classes are offered either Tuesday/Thursday or Wednesday/Friday from 9:15-11:15 with a 5:1 child to teacher ration with no more than 10 students per class. Additional offerings include a Parent-Child program and Summer Camp.
Highland Park Montessori Schools
There are three Montessori schools in Highland Park. The goal of the schools is to help children become creative and competent human beings who are fully aware of themselves and the world around them. They are dedicated to creating an environment where children can feel comfortable and are able to learn in a respectful, caring community. The children work independently and in groups in a non-competitive atmosphere and are encouraged to make decisions from an early age.
Programs include a parent-child class (6 months+), a toddler class (2-3 year olds), a primary class (3-6 year olds) full-day kindergarten and kindergarten enrichment.
Highland Park Montessori
1301 Clavey Rd., Highland Park, IL 60035
Montessori Connection West
1731 Deerfield Rd., Highland Park, IL 60035
Montessori Connection East
330 Laurel Ave., Highland Park, IL 60035
Highland Park Community Nursery School and Day Care Center
185o Green Bay Rd., Highland Park, IL 60035
Highland Park Community Nursery School offers a wide variety of quality early childhood programs for the diverse needs of children and families in Highland Park and Highwood. These include: Two or three half day/week Nursery Schools options for three-year-olds and 4 or 5 day option for four-year olds with extended Lunch Bunch program; a state funded full day daycare/preschool for children ages 3-5 with both English and Spanish based classrooms; before school care for children ages 5-10; kindergarten enrichment with extended care and transportation for children who attend kindergarten; and Summer Camp. All students participate in professional music and art classes. Highland Park Community Nursery School and Day Care Center offers sliding scale fees and scholarships, making it a licensed, quality program, affordable to all who apply.
In addition they offer Little Giants Day Care for children 2-5 at Highland Park High School to serve the children of District 113 employees. It is open to the greater community when space is available.
George Lutz Family Center
800 Clavey Rd., Highland Park, IL 60035
The George Lutz Center offers a variety of preschool options, including full-day programs for working parents and more traditional half day programs that children can attend three, four or five days per week for children ages two to five. The school provides a range of activities including art, imaginative play, music and nature that inspire children to explore their ever-expanding world. These activities include both organized and free play, as well as structured group time that promote social interaction and the development of close, meaningful relationships. There is also extended day and kindergarten enrichment programs and a summer camp.
Children's Center of Lakeside Congregation
1221 County Line Rd., Highland Park, IL 60035
The goal of the school is to provide a nurturing and secure environment that promotes healthy social, emotional, physical, intellectual and Judaic development of children 16 months - Kindergarten. Nursery School classes are designed to meet a preschooler's developmental needs and promote independence through social interaction, motor activities, art, stories and song. There is a special emphasis placed on Jewish holidays and heritage, as well as the weekly celebration of Shabbat. Summer Camp and afternoon enrichment classes available as well. Their programs include:
Moms 'n Totz: A time when children 16 months and older can begin to socialize in a comfortable, secure setting with a parent or caregiver nearby. Toddlers will enjoy time in the gym, art room and classroom. Classes meet for 1-1/4 hours, once a week
Teddy Bearz: For children who are 2 prior to Dec. 15. These progressive classes promote many different facets of the growing child. Emphasis is on nurturing a child's independence and self-esteem, which helps to prepare for a smooth entry into nursery school. The class meets twice a week for two hours.
Munch Kidz: For those who will be 3 years old by Aug. 31. The class meets three days a week from 9:15 am – 11:30 am with an optional 4-5 day program.
Big Shotz: For those who will be 4 years old by Aug. 31. This program meets Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
Shining Starz: For Pre-Kindergarteners who will be 5 years old by Aug. 31. This program meets Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
2789 Oak St., Highland Park, Il 60035
The goal of LPG Academy is to provide a safe, comfortable and exciting environment where children can Learn, Play and Grow. LPG Academy programs are innovative and planned to help children experience success in reaching their intellectual, emotional, physical and social potential. Their programs include:
Toddler program: For ages 2-3. Toddlers are offered a variety of opportunities to explore their world through play. Gross motor skills and social skills are developed through both structured and unstructured play. Days are filed with music, art, dance, story times and more.
Preschool: For ages 4-5: Although it may seem like fun and games to preschoolers, the curriculum is packed with education elements. Game abound that teach pre-reading skills like phonemic awareness and letter and sound recognition; basic math concepts; and hands-on science exploration.
Kindergarten: For ages 5-6. Mirroring the state curriculum standards, the kindergartners focus on reading, early wiring, and basic math. Foreign language, science, social studies, art, music, and physical education round out the learning. Kindergartners go on one field trip per quarter.
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