Frequently Asked Questions
When was Hagerstown Children’s School (HCS) established?
HCS opened in the fall of 1994 with one small classroom for children ages three to five. Over the last 20+ years, we have expanded to offer two primary classrooms, two pre-primary classroom and an extended day enrichment classroom that is open from 7:00 am to 5:30 pm.
Where do HCS students come from?
With a location that is easily accessible from Interstates 70 and 81, our families come from Hagerstown and the surrounding tri-state area.
What does non-public, not-for-profit mean?
HCS is licensed as a non-public school with the Maryland State Board of Education and holds a non-profit 501(c)3 tax status. This tax status makes all donations made to HCS tax deductible.
Is HCS affiliated with any professional organizations?
HCS is a member of Montessori Schools of Maryland, Maryland State Child Care Association, and an affiliate member of the International Montessori Society (IMS# 1144) and the National Center for Montessori Education.
Where do students go after HCS?
The majority of our students transfer to the public school in their home district after attending HCS. Others go on to attend religiously affiliated or private schools.
How do HCS graduates do?
Because our students have been encouraged to develop good work habits and independence along with academic skills in all areas of the curriculum, they tend to do very well in other educational settings. Many of our students go on to attend various magnet programs within the Washington County Public School system.
Does HCS offer any extra enrichment classes?
During the winter months when outdoor time is limited, we teach a yoga-based exercise program. We developed a Kinderstretch program to help children focus, stretch, and strengthen their bodies and minds.
We also subcontract with a music therapy company, Sonata Inc., to come into the classroom and teach a 12-week music enrichment class. The classes focus on exploring and experiencing music and movement.
How does HCS involve parents in their child’s education?
When you enroll your child, you become part of the HCS Association. The Association has two parent meetings per year. One is an education night where staff present different topics related to the school and education. The other is a student art show. Every child is celebrated by displaying pieces of art that they created throughout the year. We also have several other family events, such as Family Thanksgiving Lunch, Grandparents Lunch, Mom’s Night, Dad’s Night, and the Family Picnic. We encourage parents to get involved on a daily basis by volunteering in the classrooms and for special events.