Kindergarten Opportunities – 2018-2019

All incoming kindergartners, regardless of which program they attend, are required by state law to be 5 years old by September 15.

Traditional KindergartenCurriculum is based on NCSD #1 Curriculum Kindergarten Standards found on the NCSD #1 website at natronaschools.org.  Traditional Kindergarten provides enrichment opportunities, such as art, music, and physical education.  Students with Individual Educational Plans (IEPs) typically receive specialized instruction through the Special Education Program within the Traditional Kindergarten Setting.  The Traditional Kindergarten schedule is 8:45 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. with two recesses and lunch break. Class size is typically 18 students with 1 teacher.

Currently Available: All NCSD Elementary Schools   

Requirements: 5 years old by Sept. 15

SCREENING:  NO Kindergarten Screening is necessary for a Traditional Kindergarten Program.

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Classic Kindergarten – Typically a two year kindergarten program.  Some children may need additional time to grow and develop.  The curriculum for Classic Kindergarten will provide learning in all areas of development (cognitive, emotional, physical, and social) and provides instruction at the child’s level in literacy and mathematics. Classic Kindergarten students will have enrichment opportunities, such as art, music, and physical education.  The schedule for Classic Kindergarten is 8:45 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. with two recesses and a lunch break, the same as Traditional Kindergarten.. Classic Kindergarten is not a preschool curriculum, nor is it intended as a substitute for the Kindergarten year. After a year in Classic Kindergarten, the student will be prepared to enter Traditional Kindergarten. Class size is typically 15 students with 1 teacher.

Currently Available: Crest Hill, Fort Caspar Academy and Southridge Elementary Schools  

Requirements: Kindergarten Screening qualification, parent permission, young five year olds.

SCREENING:  Parents who are interested in Classic Kindergarten for their child may request a Kindergarten Screening as part of the Online Registration Process in January.  Once a request has been made, parents will be contacted to set up an appointment for a screening.

Classic K Parent Look Fors:  Late birthdays (June – Sept.), limited experiences with other children, no or little preschool experience, limited vocabulary, and a qualifying score on the Kindergarten Screening.

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Advanced Kindergarten Some children have  many rich experiences and might need a more challenging experience to keep growing.  The curriculum for Advanced Kindergartners is compacted and telescoped to meet the advanced needs of the children.  Advanced Kindergarten students will have enrichment opportunities, such as art, music, and physical education.The schedule for Advanced Kindergarten is 8:45 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. with two recesses and a lunch break, the same as Traditional Kindergarten.  Class size is typically 18 students with 1 teacher.

Currently Available: Pineview Elementary

Requirements: Kindergarten Screening qualification, parent permission.

SCREENING:  Parents who are interested in Advanced Kindergarten for their child may request a Kindergarten Screening as part of the Online Registration Process in January.  Once a request has been made, parents will be contacted to set up an appointment for a screening.

Advanced K Parent Look Fors: Independence, creativity, asks “how” and “why”, large vocabulary, motivation, and a qualifying score on the Kindergarten Screening.

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Dual-Language Kindergarten (Spanish or Mandarin) Some parents are interested in giving their child an opportunity to learn in more than one language.  Schools with Dual-Language Programs provide students with half day instruction in Spanish or Mandarin and half day  instruction in English.  Students typically continue in this program through grade 5.  Dual-Language Kindergarten students will have enrichment opportunities, such as art, music, and physical education.The schedule for Dual-Language Kindergarten is 8:45 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. with two recesses and a lunch break, the same as Traditional Kindergarten. Class size is typically 18 with 1 teacher.

Currently Available: Paradise Valley Elementary (Mandarin) and Park Elementary (Spanish)

Requirements: Parents must attend informational meeting, parents work with school during the enrollment window in January.  See schedule for this at natronaschools.org.

Contact: Mr. Aaron Wilson, Paradise Valley Principal, for more information about the Mandarin Program at 253–1200.

Contact:  Mr. John “Gib” Ostheimer, Park Principal, for more information about the Spanish Program at 253-3200.