Academics

Early Childhood

The Early Childhood division is made up of the Preschool, Pre-Kindergarten, and Kindergarten classes.

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 produces happy, self-confident children with positive feelings toward themselves, learning, and school.

Goals

  • 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

EC Video

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 Pre-Kindergarten. 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 the computer lab for additional instruction.

Half-Day Classes:

Monday – Friday: 8:15AM – 11:15AM

Schedule Birthday Cut-offs for 2017-2018
Preschool M-F AM, daily Extended Day available September 1, 2013 –  August 31, 2014
Pre-Kindergarten M-F AM, daily Extended Day available September 1, 2012 –  August 31, 2013

Full-Day Classes:

Monday – Thursday: 8:15AM – 3:15PM
Friday: 8:15AM – 2:15PM

Schedule Birthday Cut-offs for 2017-2018
Preschool M-F September 1, 2013 –  February 29, 2014
Pre-Kindergarten M-F September 1, 2012 – August 31, 2013
Kindergarten M-F September 1, 2011 – August 31, 2012

Extended Day Classes:

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 – Thursday: 11:15AM – 3:15PM
Friday: 8:15AM – 2:15PM

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