The Junior School's pre-kindergarten program provides a nurturing, child-centered environment for children ages 3-1/2 to 4. The program helps children learn critical social and cognitive skills to build the necessary foundation for lifelong learning. Teachers strive to help students develop a positive self-image, enhanced interpersonal skills and a sense of independence. They offer encouragement and kindness as children begin their educational journey – academically, artistically, physically and socially.
Wisdom Begins as Wonder
To be a child is to view the world through a lens of wonder. It is that very sense of wonder that makes early childhood education so natural and important. Through our team of certified early childhood educators, we nurture this wonder and enthusiasm in a pre-kindergarten program that sparks a love of learning. The program prepares students to transition in one or two years to the Junior School's kindergarten, creating a base of intellectual and social experiences upon which they can continue to build.
Building a Love of Learning
Our PK program provides a vibrant and strong academic setting for our youngest learners. The interdisciplinary curriculum engages children in hands-on, experiential learning to enhance comprehension and creativity. Math and literacy skills are a constant focus as students begin to develop phonemic awareness, phonics skills, fluency, vocabulary, text comprehension and number sense. Social studies and science themes change each year. Weekly specials include art, library, music, Spanish and physical education. Small class sizes allow teachers to adapt the curriculum to meet individual needs. Teachers have time to explore concepts beyond what is planned in response to children’s natural curiosities. A reading coordinator provides enrichment activities for students who are ready for further challenge.
Play is Purposeful
Play is valued as the mode through which young children learn. Time is dedicated to spontaneous play and building gross motor skills, balanced with playful learning opportunities where lesson plans come alive. Students learn about numbers, letters, colors and language in a way that also teaches socialization, imagination, values and joy. Whether pretending to be ants in a colony or organs in the human body, students play and learn simultaneously. Here, play is as productive as it is fun.