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Rooted in the Montessori tradition.
Focused on the whole child.

Toddler PhotoCelebrating our 37th year, Welsh Hills School is the only independent school in Licking County. We educate children from infancy through grade nine. Through our hands-on STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) curriculum, students experience education in an environment that encourages creativity and nurtures a child’s natural love of learning.

Spanish, music, visual arts, robotics, drama, coding, organic gardening, and an award-winning, global education program are additional components of our school that expand and enrich our academic curriculum.

An infant program, and part-time and full-time toddler and preschool programs are available for families with children who are ready to join our school community.

Welsh Hills School Mission Statement
Welsh Hills School strives to provide a dynamic educational program that combines the best of a challenging curriculum and a nurturing environment.  In partnering with families and focusing on the whole person, our program creates respectful global citizens and confident life-long learners.

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programs

Academics

Welsh Hills School

Welsh Hills School

Founded 1979

Educating children ages 12 weeks through grade 9

Infants

Infants

12 weeks through 18 months
Toddlers

Toddlers

Ages 18 months through 3 years
Children's House

Children's House

Ages 3 years through Kindergarten
Lower Elementary

Lower Elementary

Grades 1-3
Upper Elementary

Upper Elementary

Grades 4-6
Middle School

Middle School

Grades 7 + 8
Grade 9

Grade 9

Grade 9
Welsh Hills School

Welsh Hills School

Founded 1979

Educating children ages 12 weeks through grade 9

Infants

Infants

12 weeks through 18 months
Toddlers

Toddlers

Ages 18 months through 3 years
Children's House

Children's House

Ages 3 years through Kindergarten
Lower Elementary

Lower Elementary

Grades 1-3
Upper Elementary

Upper Elementary

Grades 4-6
Middle School

Middle School

Grades 7 + 8
Grade 9

Grade 9

Grade 9
enrichment-programs

Enrichment

Global Education

Global Education

Spanish

Spanish

Farm Program

Farm Program

Visual Arts

Visual Arts

Performing Arts

Performing Arts

Physical Education

Physical Education

Robotics and Engineering

Robotics and Engineering

Global Education

Global Education

Spanish

Spanish

Farm Program

Farm Program

Visual Arts

Visual Arts

Performing Arts

Performing Arts

Physical Education

Physical Education

Robotics and Engineering

Robotics and Engineering

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Summer

Campers who are pre-k and up are invited to join the summer fun from June 6 through August 5!

SIGN UP FOR ONE CAMP OR SPEND YOUR ENTIRE SUMMER WITH US!
9 WEEKS OF TRADITIONAL SUMMER CAMP • 5 SPECIALTY CAMPS • 2 ROBOTICS/CODING CAMPS
3 PERFORMING ARTS CAMPS • 4 ACADEMIC ENRICHMENT CLASSES • 9 ARTS ACADEMY CLASSES

CampTraditional Camps

Each of our themed weeks is offered as both half-day or a full-day camp with the option to add a specialty camp in the morning or afternoon. Each Tuesday and Thursday, campers swim in the afternoon. Camp runs from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. each day with before and after care available. Extended morning care is available free of charge from
8 – 9 a.m. Extended afternoon care is available from 3:30 – 6 p.m. at an additional cost. Camp themes include: Mad Science, Myths and Legends, Party in The U.S.A., Splash!, Movin’ and Groovin’, Secret Garden, Wild on Wildlife, Secret Spy School and our annual favorite — Kidstown!

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Specialty Camps to Explore

There’s a Specialty Camp for every camper! Specialty camps offer children an opportunity to explore their interests or try something new. STEAM, Theatre, Coding, Lego Robotics, Creative Cooking, Intro to Guitar, Spanish, Intro to Algebra, Music Makers, Imagination Station, Sign Language, Little Explorers and many more specialty camps for campers of all ages.

 

 

 

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Arts Academy Summer Classes for All Ages

The Arts Academy at Welsh Hills has a rich offering of classes. Summertime is the perfect time to paint and draw, make jewelry and handmade books, master the Japanese art of paper folding and explore various media and techniques. The whole family will enjoy Family Paint Day! No experience is necessary for any of the classes. To register for Arts Academy Classes, please click here.

Download the 2016 Summer Camp Brochure and 2016 Camp Registration Form. Please call 740.522.2020 for more information or to request a brochure.

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Writing ‘Tween the Lines: a Young Writer’s Workshop

“Do you have a passion for writing, a story in your head, a character that won’t leave you alone before you fall asleep at night, but you just don’t know how to get it all out onto paper?

Grab a pencil, a pen, or a laptop and sign up for Writing ‘Tween the Lines. You’ll spend a week writing about whatever interests you most. It could be superheroes, fairies, summer romances, the apocalypse, or maybe all four. During the workshop, you’ll learn how to set a scene, create tension, develop your characters, and write realistic dialogue. Most importantly, you’ll have fun.”

Olivia Geho - WHS Writing CampWe’re excided to present “Writing ‘Tween the Lines” — a young writer’s workshop with guest writer Olivia Geho starting July 25 and running through July 29 from 12:30 – 3:30 p.m. each day. The workshop is designed for the teen writer in grades six through nine who seeks to enhance their writing skills by exploring various writing techniques and learning the structure of different genres.

Olivia Geho is a graduate of Denison University and holds a Bachelor of Arts in English and Creative Writing. During her tenure at Denison, she was involved extensively in the English Department and held positions that focused on research and orchestrating special events to connect student writers and faculty. As a member of the Writer’s Club, Geho advised writers on improving their writing techniques and recruited members to the organization.

Each day of the five-day writing program will feature a different focus for the young writer to consider including: story basics, setting the scene, dialogue, character development and editing. These components will be practiced through free writing, group discussion and writing exercises all with generous time for sharing with fellow writers in a positive and encouraging environment.

“Welsh Hills is delighted to welcome this poet, journalist and writer to share her knowledge of creative writing,” said Assistant Head of School Shelli Drumm. “We are excited to offer a fantastic writing experience for older campers that promises to foster the imagination and to allow young writers to express their individual voices in a variety of genres. Come and share your stories!”

The fee for the week is $135. Registration forms can be downloaded here, obtained by calling 740.522.2020 or requested by sending an email to info@welshhills.org.

For more information, please contact Head of School Michelle Lerner at 740.522.2020.

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camp-instructors

Camp Instructors

Lori Clarke

Lori graduated with a B.F.A. from Alfred University in New York. She has been making and teaching art for over 20 years. In addition to her art background, Lori is also Montessori trained from the Montessori Institute in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Lori recently started her own wine and canvas style business in the Granville area. She implements painting, crafting and jewelry making classes around town. She is an ongoing supporter of the arts in the greater Columbus area and will be showing her work this summer at the Columbus Arts Festival.

Alejandra Leon

Alejandra was born and raised in Mexico, and is a member of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages. Alejandra has a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies from Universidad de Guadalajara; a Master of Arts in Korean Studies from Seoul National University; and a Doctorate in Comparative Educational Policy from The Ohio State University. She is proficient in Spanish, French and Korean, and has been teaching at Welsh Hills School for six years.

Karen Lepper

Karen is the Welsh Hills School Science, Math and Robotics teacher for grades four to eight. She has coached FIRST LEGO League teams for 12 years, and Robofest (high school) teams for nine years. She has also taught robotics classes for the last nine years.

Michelle Lerner

Michelle Lerner holds a BFA from Massachusetts College of Art and an Ohio Visual Arts teaching license for grades K-12. She has taught at Welsh Hills for nine years where she serves as the head of school. Her philosophy of teaching art is a simple one: she believes that all children are inherently creative, and they need is encouragement and direction to foster their ability to express themselves visually. She spearheads the STEAM (science, technology, engineering,
art and math) Program at Welsh Hills.

Angela Painter

Angela Painter holds a Bachelor of Arts in Geology from Dension University and a Masters in Education from Mount Vernon Nazarene University. She is licensed in Middle Childhood Science and Social Studies. Currently, she is teaching in Welsh Hills School’s Toddler Room and has also been a teacher in Infant Room. She finds working at Welsh Hills a rewarding experience and enjoys working with children of all ages and experiencing the Montessori philosophy and curriculum firsthand.

Ali Priest

Ali Priest has a passion for music! She plays more than ten different instruments and  loves every minute of it. Ali also enjoys craft projects and is thrilled to be able to combine her passions into one fabulous camp. Ali has over seven years experience in early childhood education and is currently a toddler teacher at Welsh Hills School.

Liz Redrow

Liz holds a Bachelors Degree in Music from Kent State and a Masters in Education from The Ohio State University. Liz also has a long standing love of performance! She is a founding member of Celt’s Crossing and has performed all over Ohio with her band.  As a former music and drama teacher at Welsh Hills School, Liz has directed many concerts, plays, and musicals. Liz currently teaches private music lessons.

Cathy Skeens

Cathy has worked at Welsh Hills Summer Camps since 2009. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in The History of Art from The University of Michigan, a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Ceramic Sculpture from The University of Cincinnati, and has her Montessori Certification in Ages 3-6 from The Columbus Montessori Education Center. Cathy is a teacher in Welsh Hills’ Children’s House.

Becky Welday

Becky is the Welsh Hills School Lower Elementary Teacher. She has been at Welsh Hills for three years and has been teaching for nine. She is also the co-director for summer camp. She has a Bachelors of Science in Education and a Masters of Education from Ohio State University.

Michelle Young

Michelle Young believes that exploring and learning can open doors and she loves teaching future generations! Michelle has a BA in Early Childhood from The Ohio State University and a Bachelors Plus from Ashland University in Early Childhood Education. She has over seven years experience working with young children and currently teaches pre-k and kindergarten students in our Children’s House program. [/ut_one_half_last]

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Community Gardens

Made possible by a generous grant from The Granville Community Foundation

We are accepting applications for plots in our new, organic, community garden!
Looking for a place to grow your own vegetables and flowers? We now have a lovely, garden space on our campus and invite you to join our community of gardeners.
Plot sizes vary and gardeners will be able to choose the size that fits their needs.
Water is available on-site and easily accessible to the gardens.

Please send an email to garden@welshhills.org for additional information.

 

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