Our Junior Kindergarten (JrK) and Kindergarten (K) programs are designed to give children a solid foundation that will prepare them for future learning experiences in grade school and beyond. Enrollment in JrK is open to children who are four years old by September 1, fully potty-trained, and have the ability to sit for 10-15 minutes. Enrollment in K is open to children who are five years old by September 1.
Junior Kindergarten (JrK)
Our Junior Kindergarten (JrK) program is designed for four-year-olds who are ready for a more comprehensive program than what preschool offers. It is also a Transitional Kindergarten (TK) for younger five-year-olds who may benefit from an extra year of learning before entering Kindergarten. The focus of JrK here at St. Mark’s is on academic, social, and spiritual growth. We emphasize phonemic awareness and reading readiness using the creative Zoo-phonics program. In JrK, children enjoy sounding out simple words using age-appropriate methods (That means fun!). Other areas of learning in addition to language and literacy are: foundational math concepts, simple science experiments, Bible stories, music, arts/crafts, drama, and the development of motor and social skills. Following the leadership of a Christian teacher, children are guided daily toward good manners and kind behavior.
Optional Extended-day Childcare
Our Junior Kindergarten program runs from 8:15am-11:45am. Extended-day Childcare is available in three sessions:
7:00am-8:00am – At 8:00 the children are checked into their school classrooms.
*11:45am-3:00pm – JrK ends at 11:45. This session of childcare is for JrK only.
3:00pm-6:00pm – At 3:00pm the school day ends for grades K-8. Childcare continues with older kids. Snack is provided.
*Junior Kindergarten children who extend their day from 11:45am-3:00pm spend the afternoon eating lunch, taking a nap, and playing indoors and out.
Our Kindergarten (K) program is designed to prepare children for a smooth transition into first grade. While the development of social skills continues to be an important focus, our K program places a higher emphasis on mastery of many foundational skills. Literacy development is an important part of our K program. A balanced approach to literacy instruction helps children develop phonemic awareness and a solid vocabulary of sight words. Our K students are consistently reading by the time they enter first grade. The academic components of our K program also include math, art, science, music, technology, and physical education. Learning centers give our K students the opportunity to make responsible choices and enjoy a variety of learning experiences.
Our Kindergarten program runs from 8:15-3:00pm with optional extended-day childcare from 7:00-8:00am and 3:00-6:00pm.