How does this sound for a Preschool & Kindergarten program? I X'd out specifics & posted anon in case it isn't ok to reveal the actual program here. This is a highly regarded place in our area with ties to the Salesian Sisters. It also has a wonderful summer camp program open to anyone. Family members have attended & sent children & love it. I am torn between this & pursuing a Montessori school in the area but the Montessori is not accredited & is very expensive. I am also torn over how much "academic" I want. I believe the below program is more disciplined & classroom oriented than a typical program.
It isn't a true "religious" school. They do morning prayers in assembly with the Pledge & then in the course of normal learning, morals & values are incorporated. The teachers are not affiliated with the Church, but the administration is partially affiliated with the Church. It's been around over 30 years.
I keep debating inside-do I want DD to have this kind of learning experience as she approached "real" school or not? What are the pros & cons? Is there a competitive edge or is 4/5 too young for this?
OUR LEARNING CENTER
A program of well-rounded educational possibliities is offered to develop the child's skills in all areas. Learning materials and experiences are devised to be developmentally appropriate, meaningful and concrete. Mathematical ability is advanced through use, discovery and problem solving. Science and Social Studies are based on the child's interest in the natural and social world around him/her. Physical Education and Health are part of the child's daily routine. The child's creative expression is cultivated through art, music and role-playing. The promotion of prosocial behavior, facilitation of social skills, encouragement of individual choices, development of the child's conscience and suitable religious experiences are continually incorporated into the curriculum through age-appropriate activities and experiences.
Every effort is directed toward cultivating the formation and growth of a child who knows that he or she is loved by God and others, builds a positive self-image, begins to understand the difference between acceptale and unacceptable behavior, and acquires sensitivity to the rights and dignity of others.
XXX Center is affiliated with XXX and operates under the auspices of the Paterson Diocese with its recognition and approval.
Here are some practical questions and answers regarding the XXX Learning Center:
Does my child have to be enrolled in the school in order to attend the morning and after school care?
What are the hours?
School hours are 8:30 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. Before and After School Care are provided. Morning Care is from 7:00 a.m. until 8:30 a.m. After School Care is from 2:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m
What is the cutoff age?
The cutoff age is based on the County determmination of October 1st of the respective year. This means your child has to be three by the first of October to enroll in the three year program and so on.
Do we have to provide lunch and snacks?
You will need to provide lunch 5 days a week. You will also need to provide a snack for each day.
Is there bus service?
No. The parents bring their children to school where they are escorted by a parent pal to their classroom.
Are the teachers qualified?
All our teachers are certified.
Does my child have to be Catholic to attend?
No. Every effort is directed toward cultivating the formation and growth of a child who knows that he or she is loved by God and others, builds a positive self-image, begins to understand the difference between acceptable and unacceptable behavior, and acquires sensitivity to the rights and dignity of others.
What is your release policy?
Children will only be released to parent(s)/guardian(s) or persons authorized by them.