Preschool & PreKindergarten
At Arches Academy, we differentiate between our age 3 Preschool class and PreKindergarten which is our age 4 class.
Why preschool/prekindergarten at Arches?
The key ingredients to a successful early childhood education are social well-being, emotional well-being, and when those are being met then academics will follow.
If there is an imbalance between social, emotional, and academics then often the child is grumpy, doesn't get along with other kids, hates learning, etc.
We individualize what we do for your child. We address the social and the emotional and let the academics fall into place at the right time and at their level.
We are experts at teaching children and we love when we can start when our students are young and help them learn and grow!
Most preschools are not accredited, we are!
This isn't day care. This is a school of experts educating your child!
Small classes and fun field trips!
Customize the schedule for your child; full day, part day, certain days of the week, etc.
More Details! (because you loved the above)
We have adopted a robust LA plan that develops mastery of language; including oral skills, auditory skills, preliminary writing skills and a rich vocabulary and background knowledge base. This program builds a strong foundation in cooperation with Kindergarten, with each year building on the previously taught content. We use Core Knowledge Language Arts to provide developmentally appropriate activities and a content and language-rich curriculum.
Our math program is a series of interactive, hands-on lessons and games designed to give students a deep understanding of mathematic fundamentals including numbers, geometry, sorting and classifying, patterns, measurement, and data collection. Arches Academy differentiates itself from other programs by taking time to consistently practice building and breaking apart number using physical items. This creates a deep understanding of numbers that is foundational to becoming a child who "gets" math.
Whole Child Education
We recognize the responsibility to nurture students mentally, emotionally, socially, and physically. Our teachers create caring communities of learning in our small class sizes where each student feels safe and confident to take the risks of learning new things. PreK students take a wide variety of specialist's classes to enrich their whole selves and develop their many talents: P.E. yoga, musical theater, foreign language, art, science, social studies, music, drama, and mini-courses.
Full-day or Half-day
Every day (Recommended) or M/W/F or T/Th
Full Day 8:30am-3:15pm
Morning Half Day 8:30-11:30am
Afternoon Half Day 12:15-3:15pm
What if my child is already reading? Great! Many can! Our teachers have small group and one-on-one time built into their schedule to help challenge each child at their own level.
Which program option do you recommend for PreK? We recommend one of the everyday options as lessons are not repeated but build on each other.
How does your program prepare students for Kindergarten? Students will gain all the foundational skills they need to succeed at any program, but they are particularly prepared to continue in our Arches Academy programs, which are deeper and more advanced than other programs.
What sets Arches Academy apart? Arches is the perfect blend of play, hands-on learn, rigor, and whole child development for preschool. We give each child the “talented and gifted” teaching model, filled with field trips and student interest led learning.
Will my child be in the school play? Yes! Each year Arches Academy performs a musical, and all PreK students participate. They also participate in music concerts, our science fair, and special events throughout the year.