After a successful return to campus for Summer on the Farm (SOF), Hickory Hill Academy (HHA), formerly Kids Express Learning Center, began the 2020-2021 school year with on-campus learning for students 5-days per week, subject to state regulations. This plan is constantly evolving as new information and guidelines become available, with the overarching goal of continuity of learning in a safe and supportive school environment. 

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  • Individual outdoor entrances and exits for each classroom

  • Separate classroom bathrooms.

  • Restriction of intermingling (classroom groups and/or classroom teachers).

  • High-quality cleaning and sanitation practices for both indoor and outdoor spaces.

  • Restriction of shared spaces, supplies, and equipment

  • 10-acre campus to maintain safe, social distancing between classrooms.

  • Highly encouraged mask wearing for everyone on campus over the age of two. Per Emergency Order #8 issued by Public Health Madison & Dane County on July 7, face coverings will be required of everyone five-years-old and older when in an enclosed space.

  • Outdoor pickup and drop-offs to limit classroom exposure.

  • Daily health and temperature checks for everyone entering campus at drop off.

  • Frequent hand washing for all students and staff throughout the day.

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2020-2021 SCHOOL YEAR

  • On-site learning and childcare offered 5-days per week for children ages 6 weeks through 4th grade

  • Extended care available

  • Limited exposure to only the teachers and students assigned to one classroom

Preschool Student Wearing a Mask at Kids Express Learning Center in Madison, WI


HHA utilizes guidelines and regulations provided by the following agencies and organizations in making decisions regarding school operations, academic planning, and health/safety:

Preschool Student Learning about Gardening at Kids Express Learning Center in Madison, WI


  • Prioritize student, faculty and staff health, safety, and wellbeing

  • Plan and act with fidelity to HHA mission, values and vision

  • Ensure that health and safety-related policies are research-based, clearly-communicated, effectively implemented, and carefully enforced

  • Adapt to new health and safety guidelines as they are issued

  • Maintain continuity of childcare by intentionally structuring classroom groupings to mitigate the impact of a potential closure 

  • Maintain continuity of learning to the greatest extent possible through multiple instructional models, including on-campus and HHA online learning models, with an emphasis on in-person learning as safety permits

  • Ensure equity and access across all learning models

  • Maintain consistent communication with all school community stakeholders


On May 14, reopening plans for Kids Express Learning Center, and our Hickory Hill Private Elementary Program were presented in a webinar for current and prospective families to attend. Members of our Administrative Team addressed the many questions and concerns you've shared with us, including information around safety, and financials. Rachel Goldberg from Public Health of Madison & Dane County was also present. In the COVID-19 response structure, Rachel serves as the Dane County contact for school districts, child care programs, and summer camps. 

If you were unable to attend, a recording of the webinar is posted here as well as an FAQ document to review. 

Watch our Parent Information Webinar from May 14

Our Unique 10-Acre Campus Offers More Flexibility and Security

All of our classrooms have separate bathrooms, entrances and exits to minimize intermingling between other campus classrooms. In addition, we have multiple outdoor play spaces for classrooms to explore during the day.


Kids Express Learning Center Campus Map in Madison, WI

The Dahlhouse

Tree House


The Big Red Barn

Sport Courts

Main Building

Staff/Visitor Parking

Nature Bus

Forest Trails

Big Playground

Small Playground

Animal Pen

Golf Green

General Parking