While the cognitive, social-emotional, and physical developmental levels of an individual child may affect placement, the primary factor is a child’s date of birth. Our toddlers are two years old by school’s opening. The younger toddlers come for two days; the older toddlers are here for three days. The Red Class has the youngest preschool population, and the groups of children become progressively older in the Green, Kiwi, Yellow, Blue, Blueberry and Purple Classes. The children in Kindergarten are generally five years old by or near the opening of school.
Our Kaleidoscope and Rainbow programs offer an extended day option for children enrolled in the morning classes. These are multi-age groups where children from various morning classes come together as a class of three, four-, and five-year-olds. These mixed age groups afford children an additional social setting in which to practice blossoming skills of leadership and cooperation.
Once a month the school meets at an “All School Sing”. The purpose of these gatherings is to promote school spirit, create a sense of a larger community, and expose children to participating within a larger arena. Twice a year, in December and in May, there are Family Sings, when families are invited to attend. Classes further build a sense of community by going on field trips, visiting other classrooms to view special activities, or sharing time on the playground or in the gym.
With the exception of our Kaleidoscope and Rainbow and the toddler programs, children attend classes five days a week. The Kaleidoscope Program is available as a part time option when added to a morning nursery program for two (Tuesday and Thursday), three (Monday, Wednesday, and Friday) or five (Monday – Friday) afternoons per week. Rainbow children may enroll for 2, 3, 4 or 5 days.
A staff to child ratio of one to six allows teachers to provide generous individual attention and supervised activities for small groups. Whenever possible, classes will contain a mix of backgrounds and cultures as well as an approximate balance in the number of boys and girls.