SAM_1834Junior Kindergarten and Kindergarten

Overview
Our Junior Kindergarten (JK) 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 JK is open to children who are four years old by September 1, and enrollment in K is open to children who are five years old by September 1.

Our Junior Kindergarten program runs from 8:15-11:45am with optional extended daycare available from 7:00-8:00am, 11:45am-3:00pm (when the school day ends for grades K-8), and 3:00-6:00pm. Children who stay from 11:45am-3:00pm eat lunch, have opportunities to play and socialize, and have a rest period. Some children actually take a nap; others do not. Our Kindergarten program runs from 8:15-3:00pm with optional extended daycare from 7:00-8:00am and 3:00-6:00pm.

Junior Kindergarten (JK)
Our Junior Kindergarten program is designed to prepare children for a smooth transition into our full day Kindergarten program. An important focus of JK is to help children develop important social skills such as sharing, cooperating, and following the leadership of a teacher. Thematic units give children early experiences with literacy, math, art, music, and the development of fine motor skills. The Zoo Phonics program is used to help students start building phonemic awareness as they learn to identify letters and the sounds they make. Children are also exposed to foundational math concepts such as counting, shapes, measurement, and patterns.

Kindergarten (K)
Our Kindergarten 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.