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High Hopes Development Center Announces Kindergarten Classroom to Start Fall 2018

High Hopes Development Center Announces Kindergarten Classroom to Start Fall 2018

High Hopes is happy to announce their inaugural 2018-2019 Kindergarten classroom. Expansion of the School at High Hopes is bringing with it four new classrooms slated to finish in the fall of 2018. One of these classrooms will serve as a State approved, inclusive kindergarten.

In its new state-of-the-art facility, the Kindergarten at High Hopes will employ the same inclusive model as their preschool, where approximately 40% of the students have a developmental delay. Kindergarten curriculum will follow state standards, utilizing standardized testing to ensure developmental milestones are achieved. The classroom will have a teacher to pupil ratio of 1:7 and serve 14 kindergarten students, maintaining the individualized educational approach practiced at High Hopes. A full-time, certified kindergarten teacher will lead the class supported by one full-time and one part-time assistant, with a kindergarten coordinator supervising the program.

The school at High Hopes has been led by Executive Director Gail Powell for over 10 years. More than an administrative figure, Powell’s diverse background in education has served as a source of guidance and educational excellence. With a resume that includes elementary teaching experience, nineteen years in public and private school principal positions, and a Master of Science in Educational Administration, Powell is excited to see the development of High Hopes’ children as they attend kindergarten in the new facility.

Open Parent tours will occur March 20th, March 26th, and April 3rd, with time and RSVP information available on the High Hopes’ Kindergarten web page at Tuition pricing as well as morning and afternoon care options are also available online. For more information or questions, please contact Jessica Mizell at

High Hopes Development Center is a 33-year old non-profit organization that loves, nurtures, and educates children with two integrated programs helping each child reach their maximum potential.  Children ages 6 weeks to Pre-K, with and without special needs, are educated together in inclusive preschool classrooms by a team of experienced teachers supporting the individual needs of each child.   High Hopes also offers an on-site pediatric therapy clinic, allowing children with special needs to receive their needed therapy services during the preschool day. High Hopes is truly unique in the way that children with and without special needs such as Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, Autism Spectrum Disorder, and various developmental delays play, learn, and grow together every day. The outpatient pediatric therapy clinic provides occupational, speech, physical and feeding therapies to children from birth to 21 years. High Hopes gives children of all intellectual, physical and mental abilities the opportunity to learn and grow together in an environment that provides a strong foundation for future academic and social success. The mission of High Hopes Development Center is to equip children, youth, and their families with the skills necessary to achieve success through education, therapeutic services, and loving support.

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