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2 year preschoolers at Hopwood
  Hopwood School and Camp in 1971 Information about Hopwood preschool and kindergarten programs

Then and Now

The 3 year olds above were photographed by the North Penn Reporter in 1971. They are about old today! Believe it or not, it is not uncommon for us to have second generation students at Hopwood!

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• School Video / Winter

• Camp Video / Summer


 

Welcome to Hopwood!

Hello! My name is Heidi Hopwood Geverd, the director and owner of the Hopwood School & Camp. My parents, Ann and Richard Hopwood, founded our school in 1968 and our camp in 1981. I am proud to carry on the fine work they started. This school year marks of service to young children and their families!

We have a wonderful staff of dedicated, state certified teaching professionals that have been with the school and camp for many years. After you review our web site, I encourage you to contact me to discuss your child's bright future! The majority of our programs fill early so please don't wait!

Sincerely,

Heidi Hopwood Geverd

Owner / Director
Email: Director
Voice: 215-368-1135

About the Hopwood School & Camp

Ann and Richard Hopwood founded the Hopwood Nursery School in 1968 and the Hopwood Summer Day Camp in 1981. Hopwood School & Camp is now owned and directed by their daughter Heidi Hopwood Geverd. The school is licensed by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Department of Education and Department of Human Services.

Hopwood is conveniently located in Kulpsville, Pennsylvania (Towamencin Township), central to Lansdale, Harleysville, Hatfield, North Wales, Worcester and Skippack. The school is less than one mile from the Lansdale exit (31) of the Pennsylvania Turnpike's N.E. Extension (I-476). The Hopwood School & Camp has been consistently voted the "best" or "one of the best" by local readers of The Reporter since the inception of the newspaper's annual awards.

Hopwood's school curriculum is based on the High Scope Curriculum. The High Scope approach emphasizes the "active learner" and incorporates five basic elements of sound developmental practices for children and effective program management strategies for adults.

Hopwood has a dedicated staff of certified teachers that, on average, have been with the school for over 10 years. Additionally, the average age of our teaching staff is approximately 50 years old.

Hopwood resides on 8.5 acres in a country setting and is a truly unique, year round, indoor and outdoor learning experience. Open spaces, trees, ponds and wildlife offer a rich environment for children to learn, play, explore, and interact. The school's enclosed play yard alone is over 2/3 of an acre and includes an all weather, 2000 sq. ft. covered play pavilion. When not in class, Hopwood children sled in the winter, chase butterflies in the spring, swim in the summer and jump in fall leaf piles! Hopwood's resident animals ("Traveller" the horse, "Tessa" the pony, "X-Y-Z" the llama and alpacas "Harley", "Harry" and "Judd") often provide learning opportunities and comical distractions for the children. Hopwood also has two hens, a vegetable garden and a seasonal greenhouse. Hopwood connects outdoor and indoor learning experiences and we often use our hens' eggs and student grown vegetables in classroom cooking lessons. Therefore, we do not use chemical fertilizers or herbicides on our campus.

Take a peak

• School Video / Winter (requires Flash)
• School Video / Spring - unavailable
• Summer Camp Video (requires Flash)
• School Video / Fall - unavailable

A Brief History

Ann Hopwood graduated from West Chester College with a degree in elementary education and is a state certified teacher. In 1968, Ann decided to leave full time teaching in public schools and pursue a dream of starting her own school. After two years with the school in their home, the Hopwoods purchased land and completed construction of a new school building in 1971. In 1981, the Hopwoods purchased additional land adjacent to the school and introduced the Hopwood Summer Day Camp.

Heidi grew up working with her mother and father on the myriad tasks associated with the school. She graduated from the Pennsylvania State University with a degree in early childhood development and is a state certified teacher. She was a preschool teacher at the Hopwood School in the 1980’s before moving to Florida in 1988. Heidi taught in private preschools and public elementary schools in Florida throughout the 1990’s. Heidi, along with her husband and three children, returned to Pennsylvania in 2003 to buy the family business.

After of service, the Hopwood School & Camp is still committed to providing quality care and education to young children. Heidi and the dedicated teachers, aides and counselors carry on the tradition of excellence at Hopwood. The philosophies, curriculum and work ethic set forth by Ann and Richard Hopwood is the standard to which Heidi holds herself and the Hopwood staff.

In accordance with applicable Federal and State civil rights laws and regulatory requirements, services are provided at this facility without regard to race, origin, color, religious creed, handicap, ancestry, national origin, English Language Proficiency (LEP), age, or gender.

 
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