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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


2019-2020 Schedule

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:

School Tours:

Click here to sign up for an upcoming tour (segmented by age group).

Lottery Ticket:

Draw your lottery ticket on either Wednesday, 1/16/19 or Thursday, 1/17/19 to determine your registration time.

Registration Dates:

Returning Students & Siblings of Students and Alumni: 1/23/19

New Students: 1/31/19

Click here for additional information.

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