Serving Preschool Through 8th Grade in the San Francisco East Bay Since 1962


Our Early Childhood Environment is inspired by the Reggio Emilia philosophy of education that originated in the area surrounding Reggio Emilia, Italy. While Reggio-inspired schools look different from each other; they all keep the community in which the children are members central to their design. The core of this philosophy is the “Image of the Child," with the understanding that our children should learn to their full potential and that learning and play are not mutually exclusive.

The Reggio Emilia philosophy is based upon the following set of principles:
  • Children will have have some control over the direction of their learning
  • Children will be able to learn through experiences of touching, moving, listening, and observing
  • Children have a relationship with other children and with material items in the world that they will be allowed to explore
  • Children will have endless ways and opportunities to express themselves

Principles of the Reggio Emilia Approach at Seven Hills also include:
  • A child’s environment and context is critical to learning success.
  • The teacher, parent and child work in collaboration to strengthen learning.
  • Inquiry is essential to a child’s engagement in learning.
  • Learning and thinking will be made visible to children and families.

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The student:teacher ratio in both the Seven Hills Preschool and Pre-Kindergarten is 7:1.