Our Curriculum



Teachers lead students in in-depth studies based on science and social studies concepts that allow children to explore and investigate high-interest topics through experiences that support their development in each area.

  • Beginning of the Year
  • Buildings
  • Trees
  • Balls
  • Clothes
  • Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
  • Making Music
  • Pets

Curriculum Resources

  • The Creative Curriculum for Preschool is an award-winning, research-based program that supports a developmentally-appropriate approach to learning through exploration and discovery
  • Handwriting without Tears provides multi-sensory pre-writing experiences and beginning letter formation practice books

Classroom Experiences

  • Focus Question: Engages children in higher-order thinking related to unit of study
  • Morning Circle Time: Children experience a sense of belonging, practice communication skills, and are introduced to new concepts and materials
  • Closing Circle Time: Children reflect on day’s events and experience closure
  • Read-Aloud: Children learn about each component of literacy as they listen to and discuss high-interest texts related to units of study
  • Workshops: Development is supported through purposeful play - Blocks, Dramatic Play, Manipulatives/Games, Art, Library, Discovery, Sand and Water, Cooking, Worship, Writing
  • Small Groups: Teachers introduce new concepts and materials, teach specific skills, encourage conversations and sharing of ideas, extend children’s thinking
  • Snacks and Lunch Time: Children practice self-care routines, help distribute materials and clean up, and enjoy time to socialize
  • Outdoor Play: All areas of development are supported as children engage explore and play on the playground

 PreK3 curriculum includes the following: 

  • Spanish – children are exposed to the Spanish language, and learn to say basic vocabulary
  • Music – children learn to love music and support development in all areas as they sing, dance, and play instruments
  • Motor Lab – through specific movement activities, children improve large-muscle skills, balance and coordination
  • Godly Play – children learn stories of the Bible through a Montessori-style curriculum and age-appropriate Bibles and storybooks
  • Chapel – Biblical teachings are reinforced by HPPC Pastors on Monday and individual HPPDS classes on Thursdays (PreK3 begins attending in January)
  • Library – children visit the librarian to engage in the joy of reading through exposure to various texts, dramatic readings and drama
Our Mission & Philosophy

Highland Park Presbyterian Day School believes that the years of early childhood are the most crucial to the establishment of sound educational practices and biblical values. The school strives to meet the academic, spiritual, emotional, creative, social, and physical needs of the young child through a developmentally appropriate approach to learning. Learn about our mission.