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WHPS Pre-Kindergarten


West Hartford Public Schools is excited to offer a choice of three nationally accredited school-day pre-kindergarten programs for West Hartford residents!

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West Hartford Public Schools Pre-K classrooms are featured in videos produced by Edutopia, a trusted source for what works in education sponsored by the George Lucas Educational Foundation. Edutopia videos tell stories of innovation and continuous learning in the classroom show educators how they can adopt or adapt best practices. West Hartford Public Schools is proud of the high quality early childhood education we provide for our youngest students and that now are able to share these best practices with other educators across the country.

Teaching Self-Regulation During Choice Time in Pre-K

Using Open-Ended Materials to Spark Curiosity

Problem Solving

Telling the Story of Learning in Displays of Student Work

Engaging Pre-K Learners by Following Their Interests

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Charter Oak
International Academy

  • five classrooms
  • must be 3 or 4 years old on or before January 1st
  • any West Hartford resident may apply
  • Charter Oak International Academy Virtual Open House, Thursday February 10th
  • school website
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Smith STEM

  • one classroom
  • must be 3 or 4 years old on or before January 1st
  • any West Hartford resident may apply
  • Smith STEM School Magnet Virtual Open House, Thursday, February 3rd 
  • school website


Webster Hill
Elementary School

  • three classrooms
  • must live in Webster Hill or prioritized neighborhoods (Whiting Lane, Wolcott, Smith, and Hillcrest) to apply
  • must be 3 or 4 years old on or before January 1st
  • Webster Hill Pre-K Virtual Open House, Thursday, January 27th
  • school website

The West Hartford Public Schools prekindergarten implements the Creative Curriculum for Preschool. This play-based approach is grounded in research and early childhood theory. Teachers plan for and assess young children's development using the companion assessment tool called Teaching Strategies GOLD.

The pre-kindergarten program currently does not accept applications for children that are kindergarten age eligible. Applications are available online and in elementary school offices between January and March the school year prior. Enrollment is based on a lottery system. Tuition is assessed on a sliding scale based on gross yearly income and family size.