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Junior Kindergarten Program

Unique Program for Young 5-Year-Olds

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The format and structure of a day in kindergarten is introduced, as we help children to develop critical skills for elementary school success. Featuring award-winning and nationally recognized early education curricula and classrooms, this program offers kindergarten-level lessons in reading, writing, and math.

This classroom provides young 5-year-olds and older 4-year-olds with a strong focus on:

  • Following multi-step instructions
  • Finding multiple ways to solve problems
  • Organizing work
  • Controlling impulses and sustaining attention

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Curriculum & Developmental Benchmarks

With learning experiences in science, social studies, the arts, literacy, and math, Junior Kindergarten provides comprehensive preparation for kindergarten, plus nationally recognized and award-winning, curricula, such as:

Literacy by Design: The art of active literacy is used to inspire students, ensuring clear reciprocity between reading and writing. This curriculum correlates to state standards and is delivered through independent learning activities, small-group reading instruction, and whole class experiences.

McGraw-Hill Everyday Mathematics®: Widely considered to be the most trusted math program in the U.S., it was developed by the University of Chicago School Mathematics Project and is used by more than 4.3 million students. Lifelong mathematical power is the result of research-based, field-tested strategies that teach basic and conceptual thinking.

Handwriting Without Tears®: To make handwriting an easy, automatic skill for all students, this program—developed by experienced occupational therapists—teaches children how to form letters, and has been proven to improve their letter size, spacing, and overall legibility.

In Junior Kindergarten, children’s development is tracked across five significant benchmarks as they develop skills for elementary school:

Language & Literacy

Naming all letters in the alphabet, both upper and lowercase; putting sounds together to make short words.


Solving problems through the use of concrete materials; counting to learn how many items in a group up to 10.

Science & Social Studies

The ability to demonstrate knowledge of key concepts and to use terms that are related to location, direction, and distance.

Self-Help & Social Skills

Compromising in a situation of conflict; asking questions to learn about topics presented in their classroom.

Physical & Creative Development

Climbing up and down stairs with alternating feet; drawing representations of human and animal figures.

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