Early Childhood

Early Childhood: Preschool, Prekindergarten, and Kindergarten

The curriculum provides enriching, stimulating activities and experiences for the young gifted child. Children can play, work, and learn in a supportive atmosphere that sets free a child’s curiosity and interests, encouraging exploration and experimentation. The goal of the program is to produce happy, self-confident children with positive feelings toward themselves, learning, and school.


  • To establish positive attitudes toward school and learning 
  • To develop a healthy, realistic self-concept 
  • To acquire appropriate and respectful interpersonal skills 
  • To encourage independence and responsibility 
  • To facilitate higher-level and critical thinking 
  • To encourage emotional and intellectual risk-taking 
  • To develop language and mathematical thinking 
  • To increase task commitment 
  • To broaden the base of knowledge 
  • To nurture creativity and curiosity 
  • To lay a foundation for independent inquiry and research 
  • To foster the development of self-discipline

About Early Childhood

The students participate in units of study and use a variety of manipulative and art materials. Preschool students read and write to the extent of their ability. Handwriting instruction begins in Prekindergarten. Formal reading and math instruction begins in Kindergarten, and children are grouped with others having similar skills. Students receive instruction from specialists in Spanish, art appreciation, music, and physical education. Each classroom is equipped with iPads, and Kindergarten students go to media class for additional instruction.

Half-Day Classes

Monday – Friday: 8:15AM – 11:15AM

Schedule Birthday Cut-off for 2023-2024
(age 3 by Aug 1)
Extended Day available
August 1, 2019 – July 31, 2020

Please note that, starting with the 2023-2024 school year, Sycamore will no longer offer Half-Day Prekindergarten.

Extended Day Program

Children in half-day classes may participate in the Extended Day Program. This program provides a continuation of activities throughout the afternoon for EC students. It is open to students who have attended that day’s morning class.

Monday – Friday: 11:15AM – 3:15PM

Contact Jennifer Williams, Head of Early Childhood, for more information.

Full-Day Classes

Monday – Friday: 8:15AM – 3:15PM

Schedule Birthday Cut-offs for 2023-2024
(age 3 by Aug 1)

August 1, 2019 – July 31, 2020

(age 4 by Aug 1)

August 1, 2018 – July 31, 2019

(age 5 by Aug 1)

August 1, 2017 – July 31, 2018

Indiana’s Only Accredited, Private, Independent Preschool - 8th Grade School for Gifted Students