How do you meet all the standards with a shorter day?
We have eliminated lunch and a long rest period. Also, our special areas are only 30 minutes in length.
What if my child does not turn 5 by September 1?
We do make exceptions on a limited basis if a birthday is close to the cutoff date. These decisions are made with the director and parents to make sure the class is the right fit.
How many students and teachers are in the class?
We have two teachers in the class and generally 15-18 students. Our lead teacher has a master's degree in reading. Our associate teacher has more than 30 years of experience teaching at our preschool.
How will the parents know how their child is doing in class?
Students are assessed twice a year, and progress is shared with the parents during parent/teacher conferences. Parents are encouraged to discuss concerns with the teachers at any time.
Can parents volunteer in the classroom?
Yes, we encourage parents to volunteer when their schedule allows.
Are there field trips during the year?
Yes, we normally take two field trips during the school year, and we typically visit the Lexington County Museum and the Lexington County Library.
Is there time for recess with the shorter school day?
Yes, we enjoy time on the playground daily.
Why would one choose this program over public school kindergarten?
Our program is unique in that we have a lower teacher-to-child ratio and a shorter school day. The kindergarten school day in public school can be a bit long for some children.
Is there homework?
A very small amount of homework is assigned to be completed at the end of each week. This is to encourage the children to begin to form a habit and designate a place to complete their work at home.
Does this program adequately prepare my child for first grade in public school?
All the required curriculum taught in public school kindergarten is covered in our class. We differ in how those concepts are presented, but the standards are the same. Graduates of our program have excelled in public, private, and homeschool environments.