The Pre-Primary Division is composed of Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten.
The Pre-Kindergarten program is child-centered, emphasizing education of the whole child -- intellectual, emotional, and physical. Education is experience-based, interdisciplinary, and collaborative. Focus is on the process of learning rather than the product. We organize our classrooms and use teaching strategies that encourage children to interact with one another and their environment so that they learn to function as members of a community, make meaning of their discoveries, and become lifelong learners. In addition to their time in their regular classroom, Pre-Kindergarten students attend music, Spanish, and physical education twice a week each, and they visit the Bernet Library once a week to hear stories and check out books.
The Kindergarten program builds upon the foundation established in Pre-Kindergarten as academic skills are introduced more formally in a dynamic, rich and varied learning environment. Our small class size affords teachers the opportunity to meet each student's needs. Children are often provided with opportunities to integrate play and exploration into their learning. In addition to their academic classes, Kindergarten students library and drama once a week, music, art, and Spanish twice a week, and physical education four times a week.