Promoting Acceptance and Diversity Within the Student Population

At Beacon Hill School-Hollywood, we  have  low student to teacher ratios.  Even during Covid and many students opting to learn from home, this stays true. Public schools and large private schools have many more students per classroom and this makes it more difficult for teachers to handle social interactions, bullying, sharing, racial relations and more.  At BHS, we are able to interact appropriately with students and work with them to secure a positive resolution.

The teachers and administration in our small school provide character curriculum and offer opportunities like mentoring and “share and care” to build relationships.  Further, due to the low student to teacher classroom ratios  Beacon Hill School teachers are able to see each student’s strengths and weaknesses and design a custom curriculum to support the student’s social and academic achievement. This relationship building teaches appropriate social interaction and how to get along with others. Bullying is not tolerated and because the teachers have small counts of students,  attention is readily available which means the students tend to get along much better and are more connected than large classrooms full of students.

Smaller schools with smaller classroom sizes allow teachers to accomplish and promote the following:

  • Focus on teaching emotional learning and social strategies.
  • Create opportunities to practice effective social skills.
  • Develop social skills in the classroom through praise, positive reinforcement, and redirection of behaviors.
  • Teach students to think through situations.
  • Teach students to identify the problem and brainstorm various solutions-conflict resolution.
  • Provide role-play scenarios that build social skills.
  • Tailor social skill interventions to individual student needs.
  • Practice proper communication skills.

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.  These concepts are taught through games and daily lessons. In learning these skills students understand differences, thereby improving racial relations.

Additionally, teachers in smaller schools are better connected to parents and encourage their involvement. Teachers get parental input regarding the student’s situations and have conversations to collaborate with parents.  In a smaller school such as BHS, it is the norm for teachers, administrators, and the student population to know each other well. This leads to easier acceptance of new ideas among friends, as well as, a strong sense of identification and belonging.

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What Parents are Saying

This school is wonderful. My son has been behind in everything due to his previous school, but is catching up tremendously thanks to Beacon Hill Hollywood. THE STAFF IS WONDERFUL...”
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“I absolutely love this Beacon Hill School!!!
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...”
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“My son came from public school where he wasn't doing so well academically and socially. I took him out of public school and enrolled him in BH.
He's doing so much better in his academics he has made the Honor Roll for Q1 and Q2...”

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“Beacon Hill is an amazing school. The Principal is a consummate professional who has committed herself to the relationship she has with students, parents and faculty. The programs are far advanced...”

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“My daughter has completed her second year at Beacon Hill School. She
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

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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.