About

What makes us special

Palos Verdes Hills Nursery School is a parent participation school founded in 1953 and established at its present site in 1958. This unique cooperative institution is owned and administered by participating parents who desire greater involvement in their children’s first school experience. Our school is based on the idea that the best education for a child is the active partnership of parents, teachers and children.

PV Hills is a nonprofit corporation and is governed by the general membership through an elected parent-run Board of Directors. The school is supported by tax-deductible donations from the Palos Verdes Peninsula Directory and PVLifeToday.com. These donations support the educational activities for our students.

PVHNS fosters friendships and education to both the children and their parents. In this relaxed, non-competitive and loving atmosphere, individual differences are recognized and each child is helped to progress at his or her own rate in all areas of development. Our emphasis is to offer the challenge and flexibility to satisfy children’s changing interests and needs in a positive and happy environment. A positive self-image is our ultimate goal.

The parents have the opportunity to be involved and witness the various growth and developmental behaviors and characteristics of each child. We maintain at least a 4-to-1 child to adult ratio to ensure the safety of children and to establish a one-to-one relationship as often as possible.

Monthly meetings provide the opportunity for parents and teachers to discuss skills for more effective adult-child interactions. The school also offers speakers and workshops on current topics in child development and parent-child dynamics.

PVHNS children are encouraged to explore their world by experiencing arts, crafts, science, music, movement, imaginative play, cooking, serving snacks, and by using cognitive learning materials. Trike trails, a playhouse, a gazebo, animals, and a variety of climbing gyms and intrigue to our spacious yard. We operate two classes. On Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, the four-year-olds meet for a program at the pre-kindergarten level. On Tuesday and Thursday, the three-year-old children enjoy activities for their developmental level.

A member of the California Council of Parent Participating Nursery Schools. PV Hills is among the first preschool programs in the United States to be accredited by the National Academy of Early Childhood Programs. The Academy, a division of the NAEYC, recognizes early childhood programs that meet national standards of quality.