At SCS, we know that a child's first school experiences set the stage for his or her entire academic career. Our early childhood program is designed to give students a joyful welcome to the world of formalized learning! Each classroom is staffed by a degreed and certified early childhood educator and an instructional assistant, who understand the nature of young learners and are able to provide much more than simply a daycare experience. We believe that students should be exposed to a strong academic foundation, while maintaining a developmentally appropriate emphasis on learning through play.
Age is a factor used to determine admission for students entering pre-kindergarten and kindergarten. The dates outlined below are consistent with guidelines established by the state of Maryland. Our experience has shown that children in these age groups are generally more successful academically and socially when these guidelines are followed. Additionally, students must be toilet trained to begin school.
PreK 3: Age 3 by September 1 of current school year
PreK 4: Age 4 by September 1 of current school year
Kindergarten: Age 5 by September 1 of current school year
Our PreK 3 and PreK 4 classes have a maximum student-to-adult ratio of 10:1 and a variety of enrollment options to accommodate the needs of different families:
5 full days, 8:00am – 3:15pm
5 half days, 8:00am – 12:00pm
3 full days (Monday – Wednesday), 8:00am – 3:15pm
3 half days (Monday – Wednesday), 8:00am – 12:00pm
Kindergarten is provided in a full-day setting.
Our early childhood curriculum is integrated and research-based and emphasizes early literacy and numeracy skills, as well as social, emotional, and Christian character development. Students are assessed with regular progress monitoring so that instruction can be tailored toward their individual strengths and needs. Additional highlights include:
- Daily encore classes such as Art, Music, Library, and Physical Education
- Weekly chapel
- Fun and educational field trips
- Developmentally appropriate technology exposure through iPads & interactive whiteboards
- Emphasis on learning through play
- Introduction to S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics) education to build critical thinking skills
- Involvement in special programs and events throughout the year (community service, Family S.T.E.A.M. Night, Read-In Day, etc.)
- The potential to establish friendships that will last through 12th grade and beyond!