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Welcome to Sandy Hill

Sandy Hill is a play-based preschool in a very special 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.

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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 with co-op roots, and we invite and encourage families to participate in and out of the classroom. 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 flexible programs that make it easy for families, from Parent-Tot through Preschool. We even have Preschool Jr. and an off-campus Adventure Class! 

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

If your child is not enrolled in an enrichment program, you can request a spot in an individual enrichment class up to 24 hours before the scheduled class. If the desired enrichment class is full, your child will be taken to Extended Day Class instead. 

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, student and staff birthdays, and more. Don't forget that you can filter the view to see what might just be relevant to your student's classroom. 

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