HICKORY HILL ACADEMY
As of December 10, 2020 we have changed our program name from Kids Express Learning Center to Hickory Hill Academy. The new name brings our long-standing early childhood program and growing elementary school together under one name, as one school for children from infancy through 8th grade.
At Hickory Hill Academy (HHA), formerly Kids Express Learning Center, we believe children are capable, curious, self-directed learners who respond positively to warm, loving guidance. Children crave intellectual stimulation and depend on encouragement and support to grow emotionally, morally and socially strong. This philosophy is integrated throughout our private school, preschool, childcare, and summer camp programs.
Our goal at HHA is to provide quality education in a rural setting, to gently guide children in their exploration of the world while encouraging our “kids” to “express” themselves in myriad ways. HHA is committed to providing the highest quality care and early childhood learning experiences. We do our best to foster children’s confidence in themselves and a desire for life-long learning.
OUR FACILITIES AND PROGRAMS
Hickory Hill Academy (HHA) is located on Prairie View Farm, a picturesque farmette on Madison's west side. Our ten-acre property has pastures – home to our resident alpacas, sheep and goats as well as a sports court, pond, forest and nature trails, a nature study bus, organic gardens, gyms and beautiful, bright, well-equipped classrooms.
HHA’s outstanding curricula for literacy and writing, science, world languages, math and social/emotional development, along with our exceptional teachers and child portfolio process, ensure the highest-quality classroom learning experiences. Additionally, HHA makes full use of its abundant resources and learning environments to support specialist-taught enrichment programs, such as nature studies (comprised of strong science curriculum and animal studies), organic gardening, art, music and movement, physical education and after school programs.
REGISTRATION AND ENROLLMENT
New enrollments are offered on a first-come, first-served basis. A non-refundable registration fee is charged per child. Children may be placed on a "wait list" until a desired opening becomes available. Once placement is accepted by parents, parents sign an enrollment agreement and complete additional forms for their child's file. Processing enrollment applications for the Summer on the Farm and for the Academic School Year occurs in January and February each year. However, applications for enrollment may be submitted at any time during the year.
OUR PROFESSIONAL STAFF
HHA’s early childhood and kindergarten teachers have, minimally, bachelor’s degrees in early childhood/primary education or related fields. All staff members have completed coursework necessary to meet State of Wisconsin requirements for working with young children and meet both state and NAEYC (National Association for the Education of Young Children) accreditation hiring requirements. Annual conferences, in-services, workshops, coursework, networking with other teachers and, of course, ongoing classroom experience help our staff maintain their professional skills.
HOURS OF OPERATION
Hours of operation are 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Vacations follow local public school calendars. Summer on the Farm camp is offered each summer for children through (including those having completed) fifth grade. Children attend camp two, three or five full days. Half-day programs are not offered during Summer on the Farm.