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Winter Time @ Hopwood!

Hopwood kids are active kids and winter is no exception! Burning up the slopes with friends or studying ice crystal formations down at the pond are all in a days work.

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The Hopwood School & Camp FAQ

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School questions and answers

• What is your school's philosophy

We concern ourselves with the "Whole Child". We focus on the intellectual, social, emotional and physical growth of your child. To learn more please go to our philosophy page.

 

• What is your school's curriculum?

The High/Scope approach is the basis of the Hopwood programs. To learn more please go to our curriculum page.

 

• Can I visit my child during the school day?

Yes! We have an open door policy. Special days allow for a parent to stay at school for a morning or afternoon in the classroom.

 

• When do you start tours and enrollment for next year?

We start enrollment for new students in January for the next academic year. We accept enrollment for returning students in December for the next academic year.

 

• What type of security and emergency procedures do you have?

The Hopwood School has a PIN# security system for access to the building. Additionally, all children have associated pick-up lists. Children are only permitted to leave with individuals on that list or with individuals previously approved by a parent. All outdoor play areas are fenced.

Hopwood is protected by C.L.A.S.S. (Countywide Law enforcement Alerting Safety System), a panic alert system tied directly to local police, fire and rescue.

Hopwood has additional Emergency Preparedness policies and procedures in place as required by state and federal law. These policies and procedures are only disclosed to staff, local emergency services and parents of enrolled students.

 

• What are your hours?

Hopwood is open from 6:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. M-F

 

• Are you open all year?

Yes. However, we are closed for major holidays (we follow the major holiday schedule associated with the North Penn school district) and we are closed for a short period just prior to the school year.

 

• Do you have "before and after" care?

We can provide care for your child prior to and after our school day as long as it is arranged in advance. $5 / hr. for one child and $7 / hr. for two.

 

• What elementary schools bus to and from Hopwood?

Presently, Walton Farm Elementary. However, we do transport children from General Nash Elementary using our school van.

 

• What is your staff turnover?

Our staff turnover is very low. Several of our teachers were with the school for nearly 30 years until their recent retirement. Today, our teaching staff averages over 10 years of service.

 

• What is the average age of your staff?

Our teaching staff's average age is approximately 50 years old. Our aide staff averages approximately 40 years of age.

 

• Do you take infants?

Sorry, we do not care for infants. Children must be 2 years of age as of September 15th of the enrollment year.

 

• Does my 2 year old have to be potty trained?

No they do not need to be potty trained for school. However, 2 year olds turning 3 by the time the school year ends must be potty trained to participate in summer camp pool activities. We will not allow children in diapers or swim diapers to enter the pool.

 

• What is your school closing procedure / policy for snow or inclement weather?

Please visit the home page of this site for our closing information. Under "Hopwood Headlines" you will see the heading "School Closure Alerts". Clicking the link under that heading will launch a Twitter Widget with closure information (you may also follow us on Twitter @HopwoodSchool). We also post school closings to the radio station WNPV am 1440, and WPVI (ABC) television. If snow, ice or other weather events merit a school closing, we will make the decision prior to 6:00 a.m. of that school day and post accordingly to the venues mentioned above. Our first criterion for closing is whether or not the North Penn School District is closed. If the School District is closed, our second criterion is current and/or forecast secondary road conditions to and around the school. If the Director determines that current conditions and/or forecast conditions are not conducive to safe travel for students, parents and staff, the school will be closed. Both criteria must be met to close the school. WE NEVER HAVE LATE OPENINGS OR EARLY DISMISSALS. WE ARE EITHER OPEN OR CLOSED. ON CERTAIN OCCASIONS, CLASSES WILL BE CLOSED BUT DAY CARE WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR WORK COMMUTING PARENTS. TUITION IS NOT REFUNDED FOR SNOW / INCLEMENT WEATHER DAYS.

 

Camp questions and answers

• What is your camp's philosophy?

Like the school, Lower Camp (ages 3 - 5) concerns itself with the "Whole Child". We focus on the intellectual, social, emotional and physical growth of your child. For older campers in Middle and Upper Camps (ages 6-12) Hopwood additionally emphasizes personal and collective responsibility. Campers are expected to abide a by a code of conduct that reflects our philosophy of responsibility. Middle and Upper campers are further encouraged to uphold the following camp values: Cooperation, Enthusiasm, Sportsmanship, Respect, Kindness and Honesty. To learn more please go to our philosophy page.

 

• Can I visit my child during the camp day?

Yes! We have an open door policy. Chances are, however, your child will be so busy playing and moving through activities that they may not have time for Mom or Dad.

 

• What is your camp enrollment procedure?

New registration procedure - Hopwood uses Active.com for its Summer Camp registration. Registration typically starts in late January. To learn more, go to our camp registration page.

Our camp enrollment procedure is designed to give returning families ample time to register before new families are afforded the opportunity.

IMPORTANT: We do not "hold" spaces for previously enrolled campers.

 

• What type of security do you have at camp?

Hopwood Camp has a PIN# security system for access to the main school building. Additionally, all children have associated pick-up lists. Children are only permitted to leave with individuals on that list or with individuals previously approved by a parent. All outdoor play areas for Lower Camp are fenced.

Hopwood is protected by C.L.A.S.S. (Countywide Law enforcement Alerting Safety System), a panic alert system tied directly to local police, fire and rescue.

Hopwood has additional Emergency Preparedness policies and procedures in place as required by state and federal law. These policies and procedures are only disclosed to staff, local emergency services and parents of enrolled campers.

 

• What are your camp hours?

The Hopwood Camp is open from 6:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. M-F

 

• Are you open all summer?

Yes. However, we are closed for the 4th of July and we are closed for a short period just prior to the school year. Typically we are open one to two weeks longer than most area camps. The number of camp weeks vary year to year depending on the school year closing and opening of the North Penn School District.

 

• Do you have "before and after" care?

We can provide care for your child prior to and after our camp day as long as it is arranged in advance. $5 / hr. for one child and $7 / hr. for two.

 

• What is your camp counselor profile?

Many of our counselors were campers as children. Many counselors are college students majoring in education or working teachers on summer break. Our camp staff has an average of 5 years at Hopwood.

 

• Does my 3 year old have to be potty trained?

Yes they do. We cannot allow them in the pool for lessons if they are not potty trained.

 

• What are your swimming policies?

Swimming is a big part of summer camp. Children learn to swim and/or improve their water skills and confidence at Hopwood. The pools are also a very social place for campers and a place to cool off during hot days. All lifeguards are certified.

1. There are 3 swim times at Hopwood; morning lessons, afternoon free swim and after care free swim. Children must participate in morning lessons to swim in the afternoon free swim.

2. Both pools are sectioned into three areas (shallow, middle and deep). Children must pass lifeguard monitored tests in order to swim in progressively deeper water.

3. Children are required to swim at Hopwood. It is a part of the curriculum. Special care is taken with children with no water experience or fear of the water. Hopwood will not segregate children from swimming activities or the pool under any circumstance, however, children with a valid doctor's note (i.e. for swimmer's ear) are not required to swim during the recovery period prescribed by the doctor.

 

• Do you go on camp field trips?

Yes we do! Upper and Middle camp alternate weekly field trips. Trips include everything from nature trips, laser tag, rock climbing, Iron Pig's baseball games and much more.

 

• Do you offer sibling discounts?

Yes. We offer a 10% sibling discount for campers. The discount is for full time campers and only applies to the concurrent weeks your campers are enrolled.

 

• Do you offer part time programs for Middle and Upper Camps?

No. "Middle" Camp (ages 6,7,8) and "Upper" Camp (ages 9-12) are full day / 5 day only programs (2 week minimum enrollment). However, Preschool "Lower" Camp (ages 3 through 5) offers several full day and half day options within 2, 3 and 5 day programs (2 week minimum enrollment).

 

 

 
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