Founded in the early '70s, Greenhill’s renowned 底漆 program offers the gift of time. The 底漆 year falls after kindergarten and before first grade, serving as a bridge from 学前教育 to 较低的学校. The focus is on the whole child, intentionally designed to foster the full spectrum of social-emotional learning, 包括自我意识, 自我管理, 社会意识, 人际关系的技巧, and responsible decision-making. This year allows a child to mature at his/her natural pace. This is a tried and true process that Greenhill has practiced for decades with proven success. In fact, Greenhill’s model has been followed by many peer schools in the area.


All kindergarten students with a birthday between March 1 and August 31 are initially considered for 底漆. This six-month range serves as a baseline to start assessments. Each child is observed from an individual perspective and particularly from a social/emotional development viewpoint. Not every child in this birthday range is necessarily recommended for 底漆, and the decision is not based on academic ability or achievement. See 这个过程 for more detail.


在幼儿园, the 底漆 class moves on to a customized curriculum with the flexibility to take time and adapt for students’ needs and interests. Our co-teaching model of two lead teachers (each with over 20 years of teaching experience) offers students close attention. The two teachers work with students to determine the curriculum based on their needs and interests, dividing the class in half for literacy, 作家工作室, 数学, 和科学. Skills may be taught within a longer trajectory with specific 较低的学校-level academic challenges, and with additional in-depth and enriching applications. Themes of the year have included science and outer space, 生态与环境, 人体, 声音和音乐. These themes may be integrated through explorations that range from a science fair to a theatre production. Students are always encouraged to follow their interests and explore their own curiosities, fostering “school-wise” habits and a strong love of learning.


Early January: Initial Data Gathering
Families share information on child’s development via electronic form. Teachers remind the family of the process, that their child is eligible, and preliminary behaviors they are seeing. 
January: Observations and Assessments
底漆 candidates are observed and assessed (using research-based summative assessments and observational data) throughout the school day in all spaces such as their home classroom, co-curricular classes, and physical education. The observers are experienced teachers and administrators 跨越所有学科.
Parent/teacher conferences are held to discuss the child’s development in the classroom for students who are in the 底漆 process.
Early February: Placement Committee
The placement committee meets to review and discuss the information provided by the parents/guardians, 班主任老师, 以及额外的观察员.
Mid-February: Decisions and Contracts
父母/guardians learn about the committee’s decision, and re-enrollment contracts for either 底漆 or first grade are offered.
父母/guardians are invited to an evening event to learn more about 底漆 from the Head of 较低的学校, 与其他家庭见面, and start scheduling summer playdates.



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