Children enter school with a variety of experiences. We offer options to meet their individual needs. Younger learners who turn 5 between April 1 and September 1 may consider our Young 5 program. All students, including those in Young 5 kindergarten, must be five years old on or before September 1st.
We created Young 5 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 5 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 5 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 5. 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.
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.
We're More than Academics
We believe that strong hearts and minds impact the world in amazing ways. For this reason, we teach moral focus in every lesson. They are so meaningful to us that we celebrate them every month as a community with songs, skits and performances. We practice each virtue through:
Social contracts where we pledge to support and encourage each other.
Our CHAMPS classroom management system where children learn social responsibility.
Community outreach programs.
The moral focus curriculum is awesome! My kids are learning things that we are trying to teach them at home. It’s being reinforced here at school in fun and creative ways.
Working through challenges to find success
Treating others as you want to be treated
Helping each other through good and bad
Being honest, fair and trustworthy
Making the right and just choices
Standing up for what is good and right
Managing your impulses to achieve bigger goals
Supporting each other to be our best
Appreciating what you have and passing it forward
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