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Morning 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 pre-school 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. 

Pre-School Student/Parent Handbook

Changes to Preschool Program for 2021-22 School Year
Due to COVID-19 safety protocols and physical distancing guidelines, the Highland Local Schools will be unable to serve typical peers in its Little Hornets Preschool Program for the 2021-22 academic year. 

Unfortunately, physical distancing guidelines will allow for no more than nine students in a preschool classroom. "We understand that this information is disappointing for some families, but we wanted to offer advance notice so that parents can make other arrangements for their children," stated Deb Yorko, Director of Pupil Services. "We have a top-rated preschool program and we know that every day of learning has a direct impact on young students. We look forward to the day when we are able to welcome back all students to our preschool program."

Currently, public schools are not required to provide preschool for typical students. However, they are required to provide preschool for students with special needs. If you have any questions, please feel free to call the Highland Schools Department of Special Education at 330-239-1901, ext. 1256.

Preschool teacher Dana Kenneley and studentsSUTQ LogoHighland 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.”

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