Prekindergarten and Kindergarten
Prekindergarten (PK) is for children who are four years old on or before September 1. Kindergarten for summer birthdays (KSB) is for children with summer birthdays (June, July, or August) who may need a primer year before entering first grade. Upon completion of the KSB program, the students are academically prepared for Class One. However, if maturity dictates an extra year, the students may move into Kindergarten, which is for children who are five years old as of June 1.
We believe that early childhood training begins at home, and that time spent in the early years with caring family members cannot be matched by
additional hours spent in a classroom or extracurricular activities. While we expose the children to pre-reading and writing skills and to math concepts, we are most interested in helping them develop a sense of wonder and curiosity. Paramount in our program is the training in manners and good habits such as attentiveness and respect for authority. We know this decision to make the preschool years truly “enriching,” with more unstructured time at home, rather than purely academic and institutional, is a unique philosophy among schools—including most Christian schools—but it has proven successful for us for more than twenty-five years. By the end of Class One (first grade), our students are reading, doing beginning multiplication, and generally performing in the top stanines on the ERB (Educational Records Bureau) standardized tests.
The curriculum for PK, KSB, and K is listed below. Each class covers the same topics; the time, depth, and methods used are the major variants.
• Language Arts
• Nature Study
Schedule of PK, KSB, and K Classes
Parents of children in Prekindergarten and Kindergarten may choose one of the following schedules:
Tuesday/Thursday 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. or 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Wednesday/Friday 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Monday/Wednesday/Friday 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Tuesday/Thursday 9:00 a.m. to 2:45 p.m.
Monday/Wednesday/Friday 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.