Kindergarten

Maximum Class Size: 14 Students

Teacher-to-Student Ratio: 1:7

Inclusive Education

The Kindergarten Program at High Hopes provides inclusive education to children with and without special needs in a research-based, developmentally appropriate manner while maintaining a ratio of 60% children who are typically developing to 40% children diagnosed with special needs. Inclusion allows children with special needs to learn alongside typically developing peers, instilling the values of diversity, acceptance, and individuality. Each child is challenged to explore their environment and grow to his/her maximum potential.

High Hopes Standards

We believe in a holistic educational approach, ensuring each child’s academic, social, emotional, and physical development needs are met through individual and intentional instruction. Our curriculum is literacy-based, emergent, and thematic, developed by our Kindergarten staff to be easily adaptable to each child’s needs and created in alignment with the Tennessee Department of Education Curriculum Standards.

Curriculum

The foundational curriculum utilized by the High Hopes kindergarten teacher will be The Tennessee Reading Wonders Program by McGraw Hill. This program is used by Williamson County Schools, making a seamless transition from High Hopes Kindergarten to WCS for 1st Grade and beyond. This program is on the Tennessee Department of Education approved list and is utilized by many other school districts in the state. The Wonders Curriculum includes 11 instructional units that make the following possible:

  • Individual needs of diverse learners can be met through an integrated diagnostic/prescriptive program

  • Focus on reading through literature, phonics, sight words/vocabulary development, and the building of foundational comprehension skills for both reading and listening

  • Instill collaborative conversations

  • Analytic writing derived from reading comprehension

  • Learning to use reading evidence to validate student opinions

  • Enhanced handwriting supplemented by a High Hopes program entitled Handwriting Without Tears

  • Connect science and social studies standards through these 11 units

Added Values of the Kindergarten at High Hopes

  1. Certified, experienced teacher will lead classes, supported by one full-time assistant​

  2. Teacher Assistant with degree in elementary education

  3. Small class size of 14 students

  4.  7:1 student to teacher ratio

  5. High Hopes offers 33 years of experience educating with the inclusive model

6. Classes are held in a newly constructed, state-of the-art facility

7. The Kindergarten at High Hopes will utilize the same individualized                  approach used in our preschool

8. Curriculum will follow state standards

9. Nurse on site for the medical needs during the day

Meet the Teacher

Hi, I'm Miss Lizzie! I have an intense passion for education and especially inclusive education. I graduated from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and am dual certified in Elementary Education and ESL Education. I am currently working on my master's degree.

I have been working at High Hopes for four years during my summer and winter breaks and am so excited to be back full time! I have had such a great time at High Hopes as a floater and now as the Kindergarten teacher and can't wait to continue my time at this incredible place!

My favorite things include hanging out with my family and friends, Disney, and the beach! A fun fact about me is that I worked for Disney through my participation in the Disney College Program in the fall of 2019. I also love reading and watching sports. Go Reds, Mocs, Bengals, Titans, Preds, and Wings Up!

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2021-2022 Tuition, Fees, & Extended Care

Supply Fee:

$225 Annually

$90/month

Afternoon Care:

$110/month

$200/month

Morning & Afternoon Care:

$1,290 (10 monthly Payments)

or

$12,900 Annually

Morning Care:

Tuition:

Interested in enrolling?

Contact Jessica Mizell if you have questions about enrolling, kindergarten testing, or financial aid.

Jessica Mizell

Admissions & Curriculum Coordinator

jmizell@highhopesforkids.org