Welcome to our school FAQ section.
Please browse or search the questions below to find answers to our most commonly asked questions.
Yes, at the beginning of the school year, we have an orientation where each child sees their classroom and meets their teachers. It’s a very special day with rides, gifts for each child, and lots of fun. This helps everyone feel more comfortable for the beginning of school and helps with any separation anxiety. The teachers also talk with parents and explain our school procedures.
There is a 5% second child discount, and also a 5% discount for paying the full tuition at the beginning of the school year. Note: there is also a substantial camp tuition discount for nursery school children that attend camp after a full year of nursery school.
We offer programs for three and four years olds. Mini Day programs run from 9:30am – 1:30pm. Full Day programs run from 9:30am – 3:00pm. Full Day programs include everything in a Mini Day program plus a rest period, an additional play period, and an additional instructional period. Programs vary in the number of days per week with options for 2, 3, 4, and 5 days per week. Our goal is to prepare children for kindergarten and give them a head start in public school. We are happy to explain the differences in our programs. Just call us or come visit.
Our teachers and assistants are very experienced. Teachers have been with us an average of 18 years.
School Day Questions
Each teacher chooses different times for parent involvement, but each class invites the parents in several times during the school year. Some have student of the week visits, some have parties, and all have Spring programs and conferences.
In the event of a school closing, we send an email to all parents and leave a closing announcement on our phone system. We also use a text notification service that allows parents to receive immediate notification if we close the school. To subscribe, you must send the message briarhill (note: one word with no spaces) to 292929.
At the beginning of the year we have extra staff members present to help with tears and hugs. We also have an orientation day which helps our younger children to meet their new teachers, and see the playground and classroom and become more excited about coming to school.
Allergies are addressed at the beginning of the school year. Teachers discuss any allergies with parents and decide what measures should be taken. Briar Hill does not provide any snacks that contain peanuts or are processed in such a facility. However, many of our programs include lunch that children bring from home. Therefore, we are not able to claim that Briar Hill is a peanut-free facility. For severe food allergies, a teacher will work with a parent to ensure a safe environment.
As a matter of public health and courtesy to other families in the Briar Hill community, we ask all families to keep children home when sick. If a child becomes sick at school, we will bring them to the office and contact a parent/guardian immediately. We will give lots of TLC until the child is picked up, but do insist that children that appear ill are separated from other children.
Play clothes and appropriate shoes. Sandals are frowned upon because they can catch on play equipment.
Each teacher’s schedule can be different but all cover the same basic academic concepts. The schedules are posted in each classroom. We will gladly explain a typical day and what’s covered in our different programs. Please give us a call for details.