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Welcome to Sandy Hill

Sandy Hill is a nature inspired, play-based preschool in a unique place- perched just above the Pacific on nearly 7 acres of natural chaparral in the coastal hills of beautiful Solana Beach in San Diego County.


Since 1966, we've been dedicated to a child-centered, holistic approach to early education and provide a joyful, responsive, nurturing, and stimulating natural environment to do just that.

At Sandy Hill, children can reach their full potential as happy, confident, and conscientious human beings.

Now enrolling for our Fall 2024-2025 programs.  See program and tuition page for more information!

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Sandy Hill's preschool education focuses on the growth and development of the whole child, recognizing the equal importance and interdependence of emotional, social, physical, cognitive, and creative development.


We are a community-oriented preschool and we invite and encourage families to participate in our program The rewards of watching your child grow in such an environment are innumerable.

Sandy Hill's Outdoor Adventure Preschool Class has children exploring life in the lagoon

Sandy Hill has preschool programs for children from 2 to 5. 

Preschool students climb the lemonade berry bushes on the main playground at Sandy Hill

Our classroom bungalows are sprinkled on the hillside, overlooking the ocean and surrounded by and always open to nature. 

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Preschool Girl enjoying the outdoors at Sandy Hill in the pine grove

Sandy Hill is a special place. It's where adults have taken the time and care to create a space for my daughter that is timeless and carefree

- Tristan Brown, Ryan's Mom

Small Classes

Our small class sizes with very high teacher to student ratios are one of the many reasons families choose Sandy Hill. 

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Build Community

With so many opportunities to get involved on campus and off, lifelong friendships are forged at Sandy Hill.

Play in Nature

Classes on campus are held in bungalows nestled in the coastal desert chaparral that are almost always open due to our mild climate.

For Sandy Hill Families

Sandy Hill is a 501(3)c public benefit corporation that is governed by a Parent Board of Directors. Each month, Sandy Hill families are invited to participate in-person or virtually in a board meeting monthly.

Sandy Hill uses a program called Playground for attendance, billing, parent communication, and more. Anyone dropping off/picking up children should download Playground to their mobile device in order to check the student in and out of school. 

The Sandy Hill School Calendar is where you can see holidays, in-service days, special events, and more. 

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