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The Children's Hour Academy

Private | PK-6 | 100 students

Small Classroom Size | Private School |

 
 

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2013:
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2012:
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Posted August 5, 2013

I can't say enough great things about The Children's Hour Academy. My 2 year old daughter has gone there since she was 3 months old, and the teachers and staff, and love that she is given is incomparable. Regardless of staff turnover (which is typical in any childcare environment), the director always maintains a stability and environment for the children that is filled with love, and care, and any changes are handled in a way that are seemingly unnoticeable to the children. I am so happy with my choice to send my daughter to the Children's Hour, and I highly recommend this school to anyone who is looking for a great place for their children to grow and thrive!


Posted August 3, 2013

I have had two children who have attended The Children's Hour Academy from six weeks old to elementary school. The staff is incredible. They treat the children as they are their own. From management to the aides and helpers they are professional and caring. The program focuses on strong academics with tons of extras. They have a computer lab, library, and foreign language options. I have seen my children blossom under their care. I couldn't have asked for a better fit for our family well done CHA staff!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 27, 2013

I have mixed feelings about the Children's Hour Academy. I have a daughter who just moved up into the Middle Toddler program. Two things that bother me about this school is, the teacher turnover, and how upper management treats their teachers. There has been times where I came to pick up my child and the director was harassing and thoroughly embarrassing a teacher. I have never witnessed something more unprofessional in all my life! The teachers seem to walk on egg shells while at school, and seem to have little discretion about how things should be run in their classroom. I have witnessed teachers get treated like garbage, while parents and children are present. It is really unfortunate because the teachers at the school are superb! I have very mixed feelings about this school, and if was not for the teachers, whom my child adores, I would probably not send her to this school. Something to consider if you are interested in attending.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 4, 2013

I have three children who have "grown up" at The Children's Hour, starting in the infant program and going through elementary school. After having mixed experiences with some of the other local "daycare's"... we felt so lucky and blessed when we found the Children Hours Academy for our daughter. As our other two children came along, there was no question in our mind where they would go to school to start their development and growth into wonderful little children. The staff and teachers are so caring, kind, and loving. I couldn't think of a better place in the world to send my children.
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Posted March 18, 2013

My son has been going to this school for 2 years (he is now 5 years old). The staff is terrific. The curriculum is challenging, yet fun for him. They provide interesting guest visitors (like reptile man in the summer). I highly recommend this school and can't say enough!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 18, 2013

I'd highly recommend Children's Hour to other parents! I have 2 children attending Children's Hour -- one at the infant/toddler center and the second one at the Preschool center. I love the constant communication from the teachers, I get a daily update via email about what the class learned/did for the day. Teachers are caring and have degrees in early childhood education. The facility is clean and spacious; i like the balance between play and structured learning. They have Music together program once a week, Spanish and German for the 3 yo and up; a nice gym, an art room and library in the prechool campus; covered play area in the infant/'toddler campus. The teachers also perform extensive testing to help in identifying any potential developmental issues with your child. The school directors have also been extremely responsive to any questions/concerns that I have. I've been very happy with CHA and my children love CHA as well!
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Posted January 11, 2013

Wonderful school; superb, loving and caring staff. I can't say enough good things about Children's Hour. My son has spent the last two years at this school and has grown tremendously in so many positive ways. There is so much love amongst the children, it is something I have not seen anywhere else. The teachers genuinely seem to care about the children unconditionally and it is truly reflected in the way the children respond to one another. My son had attended several preschools prior to Children's Hour and was asked to leave because of unruly/disruptive behavior. When I discussed this with the Director of Children's Hour she told me "we don't throw away children here." Thank goodness for that. Because my son was completely accepted, I believe he was able to blossom into the caring, loving and thoughtful little boy that he is today. I am truly grateful to the school and to my son's teachers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 8, 2013

We are long-time Children's Hour Academy (CHA) fans! Both of our kids have been part of the CHA program since they were 12 weeks old. Our daughter is 5 years old and is in one of the preparatory kindergarten classes at the Meridian Campus this year. Our son is 18 months old and is in one of the toddler classrooms at the Gean Road Campus. Over the past 5 years, we have loved the quality of the teachers, the small class sizes, lots of individual attention, the excellent academic curriculum, the Music Together program, the Spanish and German language instruction, and the wonderful families, teachers and staff in the CHA community. We highly recommend this school to prospective families!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 3, 2012

We feel so thankful to have found a great academic home at CHA! We have two children attending this year. Our son started at CHA two years ago in preschool and is now in Kindergarten. We have been so pleased with the school, that this year we transitioned our daughter to CHA; she is in the elementary school. It's wonderful to have them both at CHA. The school offers small class sizes, individualized attention, a wonderful balance of developmentally appropriate academics and play, as well as a very welcoming, family environment. My children know all of the teachers and students across campus - we love it here!
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Posted August 29, 2012

As a full time working parent, I feel so blessed to have discovered CHA. I have 2 children attending and both are thriving in the structured but loving environment this school provides. The teachers are outstanding and my children amaze me daily with how much they have learned. My 4 year old is reading, adding/subtracting and can count in 3 languages. I love picking my children up and hearing about all the fun things they did in school that day- language classes, very cool craft projects, running in the full size gym, etc. The thing I appreciate most is the communication between teachers and parents. I feel very informed and part of my child's school experience. The school also provides many parent/child activities such as summer BBQ's that allow parents to get to know classmates and teachers. I highly recommend this school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 11, 2008

If your an interactive parent then you will fall in love with this interactive school. The owners are truly the heart of the school they both work at the facilities and are the most loving, compassionate, and truly heart warming people you have ever met. From the staff to the students, the facilities programs this truly is an A class place to send your kids.
—Submitted by a parent


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 85% 73%
Asian 6% N/A
Hispanic 6% 18%
Black 3% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 2%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% N/A
Two or more races 0% N/A
Source: NCES, 2009-2010

Teacher resources

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Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Autism
  • Cognitive disability
  • Hearing impairments
Staff resources available to students
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

School facilities
  • Computer lab

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
Music
  • Instrumental music lessons
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing

Language learning

Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered
  • Spanish
Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Staff resources available to students
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Health & athletics

School facilities
  • Gym
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School basics

Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school: starts at 7:00 a.m.
  • After school: ends at 6:00 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Patricia Thomas
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
Age at which early childhood or Pre-K program begins
  • 2 years old
Gender
  • Coed
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Christian
Fax number
  • (503) 296-2136

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • None
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Religious
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

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  • Spanish
Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Autism
  • Cognitive disability
  • Hearing impairments
Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
Transportation options
  • None
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Library
  • Music room
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Sports

Boys sports
  • None
Girls sports
  • None

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • None
Music
  • Instrumental music lessons
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
Media arts
  • None

Student clubs

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  • None
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17650 Meridian Road
Lake Oswego, OR 97035
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Phone: (503) 635-2139

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