Where is Hilltop Preschool?

Hilltop Preschool is located at the corner of West Broad Street and South Terrace Avenue on Columbus’ west side. We’re inside Veritas Community Church at 2473 West Broad, and our mailing address is 12 South Terrace Avenue, Columbus, OH 43204.

How can I reach you?

  • Use our “Contact Us” page

  • Facebook: Hilltop Preschool Columbus

  • Office Phone: 614.279.9991

Who can attend?

Hilltop Preschool admits students of any race, color, national origin, and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school.

It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, scholarship, and other school-administered programs.

What ages can come to the school?

We welcome children who are 4 and 5-years old. Children must be 4 years old by September 30th to enroll.

How many kids are there? How many teachers?

The maximum number of children in any of Hilltop Preschool’s Pre-Kindergarten classes is 19. The State of Ohio says there must be one (1) teacher for every 14 four and five-year olds. We provide a higher level of care and strive to have one (1) teacher for every six (6) children in all classes.

What days/times does the school operate?

Hilltop Preschool operates Tuesday through Friday, 8:00am – 3:30pm, from the end of August until the end of July.

How much does it cost to send my child to the school?

Preschool tuition is based on annual household income. Verification of monthly income and family size is used to determine if a family is eligible for scholarship funding from the City of Columbus and the State of Ohio, according to the Federal Poverty Level for the current year. That means a child’s tuition may be free. Visit our “Contact Us” page, or call the office (614.279.9991) to learn more.

What does Hilltop Preschool do for my child?

We lead, teach, guide, love, and prepare our students for Kindergarten and beyond. Our program philosophy and objectives are:

Hilltop Preschool is dedicated to work with families to foster the full potential of every child. We nurture the whole child, with attention to his or her emotional, cognitive, physical, social, and creative development.

Hilltop Preschool engages children in a wide range of stimulating activities, including science, art, music, pre-reading, writing, pre-math, imaginative play, and small and gross motor skills to help each child acquire the skills and knowledge he or she will need to succeed in future years.

What do you mean by "the whole child"?

We believe building toward success is about much more than “classroom smarts”! That’s why Hilltop Preschool staff works with parents and professionals to keep track of every child’s development – physically, mentally, and emotionally.

Perhaps a child needs extra help in certain areas; maybe hearing is an issue or anger comes too quickly. Then we will provide referrals and additional support to be sure each child has the best possible chance for success in school and beyond.

Is it too late to register my child?

It’s never too late! We accept children all year ‘round. If we don’t have openings right away, your child will be placed on a waiting list. Please “Contact Us” to get started.

How do I register my child for Hilltop Preschool?

If you would like to register your child, please contact us. We will get back to you quickly to let you know if there is space (or to put your name on a waiting list), and to schedule a meeting with you.

That’s when we will answer all your specific questions and provide a number of forms for you to fill out. To complete the process, you will need several documents such as your child’s Birth Certificate, Shot Records, Verification of Income, Social Security card, etc.

In addition, your child will need a medical exam from a licensed physician within 30 days of admission.

How will I know how my child is doing?

We hold a parent/teacher conference for each child three times during the preschool year, and ask that parents attend at least two of them.

In addition, parents may schedule an appointment at any time with a teacher or the preschool director to discuss any aspect of their child’s preschool experience. And Hilltop Preschool parents have unlimited access to the classroom, the teachers, and the director.

Can I be involved with my child at the school?

All parents are welcome to join us at Hilltop Preschool! Parents have unlimited access to all areas of the building used for children during hours of operation.

Parents are encouraged to attend family events, class parties, field trips, and special luncheons, or to simply stop in and visit.

We also encourage you to join the Parent Advisory Committee.

What are the schools breaks and holidays?

We also close for the following holidays:

New Year’s Day
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
Presidents’ Day
Good Friday
Memorial Day
4th of July
Labor Day
Thanksgiving (and the day after) Christmas

We close for four breaks:

Winter break Spring break 1st Summer break
2nd Summer break

Do you close for bad weather?

We follow Columbus City Schools for closings due to bad weather: whenever Columbus City Schools cancel due to hazardous conditions, Hilltop Preschool will also close. We will publish weather closings on our Facebook page (Hilltop Preschool Columbus) and on NBC4 WCMH TV.  

Are meals or snacks included?

Hilltop Preschool participates in the USDA funded Child and Adult Care Food Program, and provides meals and snacks for all students. Children have breakfast at 8:30am, lunch at 11:30am, and snack before 3:15pm. Meals meet all childcare licensing requirements, and menus are posted in each classroom.

Please let us know ahead of time if your child is not permitted to have certain foods due to allergies or religious beliefs.

What are all those stars about?

Currently Hilltop Preschool has five stars — the highest rating — from the Ohio Departments of Education and Job & Family Services’ Step Up To Quality program.

Step Up To Quality is Ohio’s quality rating and improvement system that recognizes licensed early learning and development programs that exceed the state’s health and safety licensing standards.