How do I decide whether my child should apply to Bitty Bengals or Junior Kindergarten?
Our Early Childhood Education program begins with a four-year-old Bitty Bengals classroom. Students in Bitty Bengals typically turn four by October. Junior Kindergarten students typically range from just over 4 ½ (4 years, 7 months) to young five (5 years, 2/3 months).
Is the admission process different for Bitty Bengals and Junior Kindergarten?
Yes, we believe in using a screening process that is developmentally appropriate for young children. Students applying to Bitty Bengals will come to campus for a “playdate” with other children applying to the program and are asked to submit a teacher recommendation from their preschool. Students applying to Junior Kindergarten will complete the ESP screening and submit a teacher recommendation.
How many students are in each classroom?
Bitty Bengals- 14 maximum
Junior Kindergarten – 16 maximum
What is the process if the classes are full?
A waiting list will be formed once the classes are at capacity.
How are students assessed throughout the school year?
Both classrooms use a portfolio based assessment along with a checklist of age appropriate skills. All of these materials are reviewed with the families during conferences. The portfolio is a keepsake at the end of the year.