New bill signed by the Florida Governor in 2023 expands school choice vouchers. It also eliminates the current cap on students who can participate in the Family Empowerment Scholarship for Education Options. This bill should now help parents enroll their children in K-12 schools they previously couldn’t. More options are now available.
With virtual classrooms and no in-person schooling on campus, students are struggling due to lack of structure. They stay up late, oversleep in the morning, and skip classes. Further, many are not engaged during the online lessons and are finding ways to cheat. This is especially evident once testing comes around. These behaviors go without consequence as enforcement is an issue. “There is a lot less control on the part of the teacher right now, and that can make us uncomfortable. Especially when we are being held accountable as teachers.”
Starting your child off in a private school instead of a daycare has so many advantages. A private school has multiple grade levels and is an educational facility. In a school, there are state certified teachers and principals who oversee and implement state certified learning programs. Private schools themselves have accreditation from state and national school associations, which means, a more academic approach is present at a private school than at a daycare center.
At Beacon Hill School-Hollywood, we have decided to slowly and safely physically re-open. We have added personal hygiene/Covid safety measures into our curriculum at all age levels. Teachers and janitorial staff perform frequent, scheduled cleaning procedures for facilities to ensure surfaces are disinfected, while school-wide implementation of physical distancing in classrooms and throughout the campus is also in effect.
Private schools, such as Beacon Hill, in most cases have smaller classroom sizes and were able to move more swiftly to 100% online learning, as well as, providing the needed attention to the students in each class. Online learning seems to be the new normal with a blend of in person on campus and online learning likely to be part of the daily classroom teaching efforts in the near future.
The staff at Beacon Hill School Hollywood is encouraged to be creative and works with students on how to listen and practice listening to others, taking turns in a conversation, suggesting an idea, providing praise to others, saying please and thank-you, and apologizing when necessary.
BHS Parent Teacher Organization Beacon Hill School has an active PTO - Where parents get involved with the teachers and staff. Our PTO is...
When it is time for your young child to begin his/her early education, most parents are perplexed and overwhelmed by the decision. Private schools, such as Beacon Hill can provide a familiar place for your child all the way up to 8th grade!
Public schools are limited by budget and cannot offer lower teacher/student ratios. When choosing a private school, parents can capitalize on one thing; Smaller class sizes equate to higher levels of cognition and true learning.
There are many reasons kids should attend camp. Summer camp is so much more than just learning. It opens up children’s creative sides. Camp brings new discoveries in nature.
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What Parents are Saying
My son has been attending since he was 2yrs turning 3yrs, now he is 4yrs old and in his second year at Beacon Hill School!
My son is thriving...”
He's doing so much better in his academics he has made the Honor Roll for Q1 and Q2...”
will be starting the 1st grade on Aug. 5th this year. She has completed
the national based exam SAT for kinder-gardeners and scored a perfect
Frequently Asked Questions
Does Beacon Hill School have Pre-Kindergarten?
Yes, the Early Childhood Department consists of programs for children of 1 year , twos, threes, and Junior Kindergarten.
Public schools and many Kindergartens have usually around 180 days or so for attendance. How many days does Beacon Hill School Pre-Kindergarten have?
Our Early Childhood Department and grades are in session for 212 days.
Are classes full with many students?
We believe in keeping our classes small so that the needs of each individual can be met. We cap classes at 14 for Early childhood and 22 for grades.
Does the school teach on or with computers?
We are extremely proud of our state-of-the-art computer lab. We have 20 Pentium processors that are networked together and are connected to the Internet at 1 G speed. We utilize a filtered platform from a web company. Our computer classes are taught by a computer systems analyst and includes developing keyboarding skills, understanding how to use the word processor, setting up databases, and working with spreadsheets.
Do students at Beacon Hill School do standard testing and do well?
Our student body has traditionally scored better than the local public schools and above the national average on the standardized tests.
How does the school deal with standards?
Students who attend Beacon Hill School are expected to maintain very high standards, both academically and socially. The Parent-Student Handbook outlines in detail policies concerning homework, tests, grading, honor roll, student behavior and disciplinary procedures.
What options are available in the summer time at Beacon Hill School?
Beacon Hill School has Summer Camp in July. This program has been in place for more than 60 years. We have a robust active Summer Camp. Besides all types of learning we also have acres of fun featuring swimming, sports, field trips and special events for an unforgettable experience! We open at 6:30am to 6pm from the start of July to the end of July for our Hollywood area Summer Camp.
How long has Beacon Hill School been established and is it a family owned or a corporate school franchise?
Founded by Irving and Cherie Liss in 1959, Beacon Hill School continues to be run by the Liss family under the leadership of Executive Director Andrew Liss. Beacon Hill School is an independent, traditional, all-faith, coeducational school incorporating preschool through grade eight in Hollywood, Florida.
Private schools can be very good but can lack some standard accreditations and school memberships, how does Beacon Hill School fair with this?
Beacon Hill School is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, the Association of Independent Schools of Florida, and the Commission on International and Trans-Regional Accreditation, Middle States and is a member of the National Council for Private School Accreditation and the Broward County Non Public School Association. We also have many awards and achievements.
Does the school have science classes and any special subjects for children?
We have a fully equipped Science Laboratory. Our academic program consists of English, reading, social studies, science, and mathematics as well as the special subjects of computers, Spanish, art, physical education, and music/dance/drama. Our curriculum meets and exceeds all requirements of both the State of Florida and Broward County.