Indian Hill Early Learning Center houses the Pre-kindergarten and Kindergarten Classes for District 128. Our PreK program is called The Neighborhood Preschool and serves all students who reside in District 128. The preschool is tuition based and provides a blended learning environment for our preschoolers with special needs. Each preschool class is staffed by certified early childhood teachers with special education credentials. The philosophy of The Neighborhood Preschool is that all children learn through active exploration and interaction within their home, school, and community environments. Parents are a child's first and most important teacher. And finally, young children should have access to a developmentally appropriate learning environment where each individual's development is actively supported and facilitated.

The Kindergarten program at Indian Hill is Full Day and provides a strong academic and social/emotional foundation for later learning in a child centered, nurturing environment. The kindergarten curriculum includes a balanced literacy approach focusing on development of basic skills such as alphabetic knowledge, phonemic awareness, phonics, writing, word work, and guided reading. Writing is taught using The Six Traits of writing and is a daily component of literacy instruction. Additionally, The Everyday Mathematics program is utilized to promote development of mathematical knowledge aligned with the common core standards.

Social emotional skills are incorporated throughout the school day in preschool and kindergarten. Indian Hill emphasizes positive behavior supports and emphasizes a unified set of school rules using three Be Statements: Be Kind, Be Safe, and Be Ready. School-wide expectations for behavior are directly taught for each school environment and reinforced on a daily basis with bee stickers and bee chips.

Physical development and health are important components of each class at Indian Hill. Students in kindergarten receive formal Physical Education classes two times per week. Additionally, all preschool and kindergarten classes incorporate motor time into their daily schedules. The playground is age appropriate and safe. Students utilize the playground each day, weather permitting. When the wind chill is below 25 degrees Fahrenheit, motor time takes place in the gym. Students should wear safe shoes such as gym shoes to school each day.

Due to the prevalence of severe food allergies, Indian Hill is a nut free school. No peanuts, tree nuts, or nut products, are allowed at school.

For more information about the preschool or kindergarten programs, please contact Indian Hill at (708) 597-1285.

Indian Hill Preschool

Our Philosophy...

  • We believe that all children learn through active exploration and interaction within their home, school and community environments.
  • We believe that parents are a child’s first and most important teacher.
  • We believe that all children should have access to a developmentally appropriate learning environment with their peers where each individual’s development is actively supported and facilitated.
  • We believe that play is a child’s work.

Program Features

  • Certified Early Childhood Teachers with Special Education Credentials
  • 1:7 Staff to Student Ratio
  • Computer Learning Center with a SMART Table and iPads
  • Weekly "Preschool News"
  • Home Visits - New Students and Early Childhood Students
  • Early Childhood Play Based Assessments
  • Preschool Screenings Three Times a Year
  • Individual Teacher Websites

Family Involvement

  • Monthly Parent Child Activity Days
  • Parent Resource Library
  • Parent Faculty Association
  • STEP Parent Education Program
  • Guided Classroom Observation
  • Parent Volunteers
  • Guest Reader
  • Field Trip Chaperone
  • Classroom Volunteer
Half Day Schedule

Check In Time

Children arrive, hang up coats and backpacks, "sign in" and choose a table activity or floor puzzle.

Circle-Story Time

Children participate in literature, songs and finger plays correlating to our current theme enhancing math, language and literacy skills. The Second Step curriculum is utilized to promote healthy social/emotional development and interactions.

Work Time

Children choose from activities in the centers: art, blocks, house, sensory, computers, writing, discovery and library. Learning is facilitated as children engage in play with peers and familiar adults.

Table Time

Children have the opportunity to participate in teacher planned and directed projects and activities that promote cognitive, visual, motor, fine motor and readiness skills.


Snack time encourages development of language, social and self help skills. Healthy, wholesome foods are served to encourage the development of a healthy lifestyle. Milk is provided for a additional nominal fee.

Gross Motor-Movement-Music

Large motor skills are facilitated through movement and music activities and games both in the gym and on the playground.

Good-Bye Time

Children come together as a group to recall the days events and sing the good-bye song.

Full Day Schedule

In addition to the Half Day Schedule, Full Day Preschool will include:

  • Lunch
  • Recess
  • Rest/Nap Time
  • Additional Center Activities
  • Targeted Extension of Units of Study
Class Schedule

Morning Session

  • 9:00am to 11:30am

Afternoon Session

  • 12:30pm to 3:00pm

Full Day Session

  • 9:00pm to 3:00pm
2016-17 Fees and Tuition

Registration Fee

  • Preschool $160 non-refundable


  • Three Day Program (TWTh) is $240 per month
  • Five Day Program (MTWThF) is $260 per month
  • Full Day Program (MTWThF) is $520 per month

Tuition is due at the 1st of each month. A $10 late fee will be incurred after the 1st of each month.

Children must be:

  • Residents of Palos Heights School District 128
  • Be three (3) years old as of September 1 of the current school year.

Tuition Relief Fund

The Early Childhood Advisory Committee raises funds to provide access to tuition relief funds.

Click the following link to access the Application for Tuition Relief.

Indian Hill Kindergarten

Our Philosophy...

  • Provide a safe and nurturing environment
  • Give opportunities to acquire the essential skills necessary to be successful
  • Provide learning experiences that are child-centered and developmentally appropriate
  • Involve students in hands-on experiences
  • Implement the appropriate learning environment to address the diverse needs of each student as an individual learner
  • Celebrate each child’s learning potential
  • Encourage children’s curiosity
  • Foster a love for learning

Kindergarten Program

The kindergarten program at Indian Hill School provides a strong academic foundation for later learning. Children participate in both structured and free play experiences that enhance your child’s cognitive, social, emotional, and physical skills.

Hours: 9:00am to 3:00pm

Reading/Language Arts/Writing

Indian Hill incorporates a balanced literacy approach to teaching reading. The focus is on the development of basic skills such as alphabetic knowledge, phonemic awareness, phonics, writing, word work, and guided reading. Curriculum programs incorporated include Jolly Phonics, Michael Heggerty’s Phonemic Awareness, Six Traits of Writing, and Handwriting Without Tears. The Daily Five system for literacy instruction includes Read to Self, Read to Someone, Listen to Reading, Writing, and Word Work. Students are engaged in guided reading instruction at their reading level as they become more proficient in reading..


Kindergarten follows the Everyday Mathematics Program from the University of Chicago, which provides a smooth transition into first grade. Concepts are introduced through hands-on materials and manipulatives, and then built upon throughout the year and future grades. Everyday Math is unique by teaching multiple methods and strategies for solving problems.

Social Studies

Science and social studies themes are incorporated into the literacy instruction throughout the year. Themes include All About Me, Butterflies, Planets, Farm Animals, Health and Fitness, and Dental Health.


Learning takes place through structured and free play experiences provided during centers. Learning standards from all core academic areas are incorporated into child-initiated activities.


Children will receive physical education 2 times per week. They will have Art, Music, Library, and Technology 1 time per week.