Are there half-day options?
Our program is designed to be a full day program (8:15am-2:45pm). If you are interested in a shortened day, please contact your Admissions Counselor to discuss options.
How do you decide whether my child should be in the Bitty Bengals or Junior Kindergarten classroom?
Our Early Childhood Education program begins with our Bitty Bengals classroom. Typically, Bitty Bengals are two years out from beginning Kindergarten. Bitty Bengals must be 3 years old by the first day of school, be potty trained, and have average to above-average verbal skills. Junior Kindergarten students typically range from just over 4 ½ (4 years, 7 months) to young five (5 years, 23 months). These students are one year away from entering Kindergarten OR need the gift of time to prepare academically and/or socially/emotionally. Our Early Childhood experts and Admissions team recognize that children are at various skill levels, regardless of age. We will work closely with you to make the best placement decision for your child.
How is class placement managed?
Using information from admission play dates, school visits, teacher recommendations and parent interviews, the Early Childhood team creates class lists that have natural learning groups, developmentally appropriate peer groupings, gender balance and teacher-student match.
How many students are in each classroom?
Our goal is to maintain a low student-teacher ratio of 1:8 in our early childhood classrooms.
What is the process if the classes are full?
A wait pool will be formed if we see that classroom enrollment is larger than what we can accomodate.
How are students assessed throughout the school year?
Early Childhood 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.