Kindergarten Prep is a unique opportunity available to children who have completed Junior Kindergarten and the Kindergarten screening process, but who would benefit from an additional year of development before full-day Kindergarten.
Kindergarten Prep is a bridge between the Early Childhood and Lower School programs. The curriculum is organized around a series of thematic units into which language, reading, math, science, social studies and arts instruction are integrated. Kindergarten Prep’s program builds on Junior Kindergarten with further language development in terms of phonemic awareness, letter recognition and formation, vocabulary and literature.
The math curriculum incorporates math experiences throughout the entire day. Questioning, observing, predicting, experimenting and drawing conclusions are the keys to scientific discovery in Kindergarten Prep as children explore scientific phenomena in their environment.
Students entering Kindergarten Prep usually turn 5 during the spring or summer of the year of their admission. The class is generally 14-16 students, meeting daily from 8 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. and is taught by a teacher with the help of a teaching assistant. Kindergarten Prep students participate in French, music, library and physical education classes taught by specialists.