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Holly Pond School

Address: 2420 Post Rd, Darien, CT 06820, USA

Location:Darien YMCA
Address:2420 Post Rd, Darien, CT
Phone:203.655.8228 x.1309
Website:Holly Pond School
Drop Off:Yes
Lunch Bunch/Extended Day:Yes (2s excluded)
Session Length:September to June
Birthdate Cut-Off:December 31


The mission of The Holly Pond School is to foster the growth of independent and confident scholars who respect themselves and others through active learning experiences that extend their knowledge in the classroom and beyond.

The learning environment at The Holly Pond School is experiential, interactive, and collaborative, with an emphasis on educating the whole person— fostering the intellectual, socio-emotional, and physical growth of each child. At HPS, children follow a consistent daily schedule with learning goals in mind. This is believed to help children feel secure (because they know what comes next) and independent (because they move from one activity to another easily and confidently).

Being located within the Darien YMCA allows extra opportunities for active enrichment, including swimming and gymnastics. This broadens learning beyond the classroom, engaging the body as well as the mind, helping children develop courage and confidence.

Other curriculum highlights: Music, sports, swimming, gymnastics, various "Enrichment Programs" throughout the year


2 Year Olds - 2 Days
Tuesday & Thursday
9:00-11:30 or 12:00-2:30

2 Year Olds - 3 Days
M, W, F
9:00-11:30 or 12:00-2:30

3 Year Olds - 3 Days
M, W, F or T, Th, F
9:00-11:45 or 12:15-3:00

3 Year Olds - 5 Days
9:00-11:45 or 12:15-3:00

4 Year Olds - 4 Days
9:00-11:45 or 12:15-3:00

4 Year Olds - 5 Days
9:00-11:45 or 12:15-3:00

Pre-K - 5 Days
M, W, F: 9:00-12:00 & T, Th: 9:00-3:00

Enrollment Process & Dates:

Open House (optional): Adults only. Email to reserve a space.

12/11/17 @ 10am or 1:00pm

12/14/17 @ 7pm

1/9/18 @ 7pm

1/11/18 @ 10am

Lottery Ticket: Draw lottery ticket to determine your registration time.

Returning Family: 1/17 between 8am-6pm

New Family: 1/18 between 8am-6pm

Registration Dates:

Returning Students & Siblings of Students and Alumni: 1/23

New Students: 1/31