In following with the Cherokee County School District, we are preparing to hold in-school classes starting August 10th. We will continue with the normal school calendar unless CCSD makes a change to their learning protocol. We are implementing new policies that will enable us to provide the safest environment for our children, including updated cleaning procedures and revised drop-off and pick-up procedures.
To provide the children of our community with a Christian school home focused on teaching learning skills, the value of friendships, respect of others, and the importance of everyone’s role in God’s world.
Our preschool and kindergarten program is designed for children from two to five years old. Children are placed in classes by their age as of September 1, of each school year.
An Overview of Our Program
We have approximately 145 students and a staff of 27. There are 11 classes varying in days offered for different age groups. We have 2, 3, 4, and 5-day-per-week classes. We also make every effort to co-operate and be creative with the schedules required of children with special needs. We welcome their support staff (if needed) into our program for evaluations, visits, or one-on-one time outside of our classrooms.
Our class ratios are among the lowest to be found in our area. Each class has one teacher and one assistant. Class sizes range from 7-15, with oldest children in the larger classes.
Our program, with some exceptions, operates on the Cherokee County school system calendar. We begin classes later and end classes earlier than the county schedule. We are also closed on Good Friday, and our Christmas break starts earlier. Our preschool class day is from 9am-12pm, with an option for “Lunch Bunch,” allowing your child to be with us until 1pm.
Hickory Flat Church Preschool is a theme-based, child centered, where all children are able to explore and learn through hands on activities. Our lessons focus on cognitive skills, language development, motor skills, social interaction, and emotional and spiritual growth. The thematic units combine all components of education: phonics, literature, math, science, art, music, and movement. Follow this link for more information on our curriculum. Hickory Flat UMC Kindergarten is specially designed for families seeking personal and private Christian education for their children. Our Kindergarten allows children to stay on track with their age level and build all necessary skills to be successful in elementary school. Our class size is 15 with a fully mastered certified teacher and assistant teacher. We use hands on materials and centers with in our classroom with all subjects (spelling, math, reading, science, social studies, etc.) Our program is heavily focused on reading. The love of learning and reading are the key to a child’s success in the school.
Our school feels very strongly about teaching children the importance of giving. We have three to four community outreach programs each year that call upon our families to use these opportunities to teach their children about why we give to others. We vary our outreaches so that many different groups in our “back yard” may feel the benefits of this important lesson. All outreaches are geared toward children and seek items that children can relate to such as Angel Tree, Thanksgiving food drive, school supply drive for local children in need, etc. This part of our program strongly supports and is an introduction to missions. Children are never too young to begin to understand the importance of thinking outside their own worlds.
What are Our Goals for Your Child?
Our goals are that when a child leaves our school they will have developed a love for Christ, have a foundation of Christian character, and have all the fundamentals of academics. We strive for excellence in teaching a solid Biblical foundation and strong academics.
Lorey Lovaas, Preschool Director