Children enter school with a variety of experiences. We offer options to meet their individual needs. Younger learners who turn 5 between June 1 and December 1 may be a good fit for our Young 5s program. We are glad to accept the Michigan waiver for incoming Kindergarten and Young 5s students. This waiver allows students 5 years old on or before December 1st to apply for either grade level.
We created Young 5s to support younger learners who may benefit from a transitional year. Children adjust to the social and academic demands of school in a fun, hands-on environment. Young 5s provides ‘the gift of time’ so younger learners can succeed in Kindergarten. Teachers help them develop social, motor and academic skills necessary to prosper in a regular kindergarten class. Students who complete their first year in the Young 5s program will be promoted to the regular kindergarten program the following year.
If your child is ready for a more rigorous program, then Kindergarten may be the right choice. Kindergarten moves at a faster pace than Young 5s. Children should enter Kindergarten with the basic personal, social, emotional, motor and academic skills necessary to succeed in school. We know it can be a difficult decision, so we provide options to help you choose what’s best for your child.
When Can My Child Start Kindergarten?
If you're wondering when your child can start kindergarten, you're not alone! Every state has its own age requirements for starting kindergarten, and they vary.Kindergarten Calculator
NHA operates schools with kindergarten programs across nine states. Use our kindergarten calculator to help determine when your child can start kindergarten at an NHA school.
English Language Arts
English Language Arts
Children learn to identify and sound out letters and words. Retelling stories helps children learn to communicate clearly, and build active listening skills. Writing skills progress from letters to simple phonetic spellings.
Children learn basic number concepts like counting, number value, and basic addition using real objects. We study and identify shapes to build geometry skills. Students also learn the days of the week, and how to use money.
Building on their natural desire to explore, children learn how to identify and use their five senses. Using their senses, they observe and gather information, studying themes like plants and animals. As young scientists, they describe similarities and differences found in the natural world.
Learning about communities, students discover the roles and virtues of good citizenship. We practice these skills in the classroom and community.
Children study art, music, physical education and technology.
Here are some tips to help your child have a positive assessment experience:
- Take time to review the sample practice assessment with them.
- Make sure they get a good night’s rest.
- Lay out their clothes the night before.
- Set an alarm to give yourself plenty of time to get ready.
- Eat a meal or snack before the assessment.
- Arrive early for the assessment so you’re not rushed.
- Have fun!
We're More Than Academics
Strong hearts and minds impact the world in amazing ways. Virtues such as respect, perseverance, compassion, and courage are essential to what kids need to succeed and an essential part of what we teach. We make them part of every school day. This helps students learn the importance of making good decisions and doing the right thing in life. Moral Focus is so integrated into everything we do:
- We created a curriculum specifically around Moral Focus.
- We celebrate a “virtue of the month” every month.
- Our students create a class contract where students agree how to treat their teacher and each other.
- Students are recognized and celebrated for how they live out Moral Focus every day.
I love the emphasis on moral focus each month. Not only is my child receiving an education, but you are also teaching her qualities to be a good person.
Use good judgment to make decisions
Treat others the way you want to be treated
Appreciate the kindness and generosity of others
Manage your emotions and behavior to stay calm
Persist through difficulties until you reach your goal
Despite fear, do what you believe is right
Motivate others to have confidence in themselves
Help and care for others during times of need
Do what is right, honorable, and good
A Deeper Dive Into Moral Focus
Over the years National Heritage Academies has seen how our moral focus emphasis in the classroom makes our schools safer, more caring places. We trust these important personal skills spill out into our students’ homes, communities, and futures. Keep reading to learn more about the benefits that come from developing a strong moral backbone and why NHA takes them to heart.More on Moral Focus