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Preschool program receives state’s highest rating

February 12, 2018

The Forest Hills School District preschool program was recently awarded the Step Up to Quality 5 Star rating for excellence in learning and development, family and community partnerships, staff qualifications, and administrative and leadership practices.

Step Up To Quality, a five-tier system executed by the Ohio Department of Education and the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, rates schools based on their quality, improvement and ability to exceed licensing health and safety regulations.

To earn the award, each district is rigorously reviewed through self-assessments, continuous improvement plans, family and community partnership documentation, practices and policies.

“Our staff works endlessly to ensure the preschool children in Forest Hills School District receive a high-quality education and are ready for kindergarten,” said Diane Parrett, special programs coordinator.

Michele Sulfsted, principal at Summit Elementary, one of two FHSD schools that serve preschool students, agreed.

“We have always known we have an awesome preschool team, but it is nice to be recognized because I know how much hard work and preparation went into this accomplishment,” said Sulfsted.

Preschool classrooms at Summit and Sherwood elementary schools, the two Forest Hills schools that serve children between three- and five-years of age, contain no more than 14 children and are composed of children who are reaching developmental milestones and those identified with special needs. Instruction is based on the Ohio Early Learning Standards and is differentiated to meet the learning needs of all preschool students.

Forest Hills School District uses an online lottery system for acceptance into preschool. Parents and guardians of students who will be three- to five-years-old on or before Sept. 30, 2018 can apply for a seat in Forest Hills’ preschool program Feb. 19-25 at

Apply for a seat in preschool