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Little Hornets Preschool

Logo for Little Hornets Preschool ProgramMorning Session: 9-11:45 a.m.
Afternoon Session: 12:30-3:15 p.m.

Highland Local Schools offers a pre-school program for typically-developing three, four and five year old children. The half-day preschool program is located at Granger Elementary School and runs Monday through Thursday. Cost is $140 per month. To learn more details on enrollment, please call 330-239-1901, ext. 1256. 

Preschool Student/Parent Handbook


Now Accepting Applications for Preschool Program 
Highland Local School District is now accepting applications for typically-developing three, four and five year old children. The half-day preschool program is located at Granger Elementary School and runs Monday through Thursday. In order to register, your child must be three years old by August 1, 2020, and must use the bathroom independently. All completed applications must be received by February 21, 2020, to the Highland Special Education Department, 3880 Ridge Road, Medina, OH 44256. The screening will be held on Friday, April 3, 2020. Notifications will be made by phone. Please call 330-239-1901, ext. 1256 with any questions. Little Hornets Preschool Application

SUTQ LogoPreschool Teacher Dana Kenneley with StudentsHighland Preschool Program Receives Prestigious 5-Star Rating 
DECEMBER 2019 – In recognition of a commitment to quality and an ongoing dedication to the learning and development of children, the Highland Local School District’s “Little Hornets” Preschool Program, located at Granger Elementary School, has received a 5-Star Step Up to Quality Award from the State of Ohio – the highest rating attainable. 

Step Up To Quality (SUTQ) is a 5-star quality rating and improvement system administered by the Ohio Department of Education and the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services. 

This is the second time the Highland preschool program has been awarded the 5-star rating. Each year, the program must submit proof that it continues to operate at the same high standards, and, every three years, the state conducts and on site review to determine the final rating.

SUTQ recognizes and promotes learning and development programs that meet quality program standards that exceed licensing health and safety regulations. The program standards are based on national research identifying standards which lead to improved outcomes for children. Star ratings are awarded only to learning and development programs that exceed licensing standards and are committed to continuous improvement, the continuing education of teachers, the use of learning and development standards to support children’s learning, as well as relationship-building with families and communities.

Programs with five-star ratings:

  • Exceed learning standards;
  • Have low staff/child ratios;
  • Use child assessment results to plan activities that best support learning and development goals for each child;
  • Share assessment results and create goals for children;
  • Develop plans to support children as they transition to a new classroom or educational setting;
  • Partner with other organizations or businesses within the community to support children and their families;
  • Have an active and organized parent volunteer group; 
  • Use input from families and community partners to assist in the program’s continuous improvement process.

“Highland’s Preschool Program is proud to be a 5-star program,” said Mrs. Deborah Yorko, Director of Special Education. “We know that every day of learning matters and has a direct impact on young students. It is important that children develop their self-confidence, social and emotional skills and a love of learning at an early age. Our program lays the foundation for learning and development and builds skills that are vital for success in school and in life.”

“Our staff has worked tirelessly to develop our program into the best it can be for students and their families. We have a tradition of educational excellence in the Highland School District, and we understand that setting our students on the right path at an early age is key to maintaining that excellence,” Yorko stated. “We invite the community to visit our program and to see firsthand the impact that a high-quality learning experience has on the children we serve.”

To learn more, visit www.earlychildhoodohio.org.