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TK & Kindergarten Programs

 

Transitional Kindergarten

Our TK Program

Transitional Kindergarten (TK) is a two-year Kindergarten program that blends socialization and play along with structured activities. The program is ideal for children who need more academic challenges than offered in a typical preschool setting but are not yet ready for a full-day Kindergarten.  Our TK program affords young learners a head start and provides them with opportunities to thrive in an environment that is tailored to meet students' academic, social, and spiritual needs. In addition to a core curriculum, teachers integrate Gospel values throughout all subject areas and assist students in developing effective problem-solving, organizational, and communication skills. We are committed to equipping every student with a strong foundation needed for successful lifelong learning.

Technology

All students are provided with a school email address linked to a Google account. The account gives them access to Google Classroom, allowing students and parents to keep track of assignments, schedules, and materials through the Google Classroom environment.

The Transitional Kindergarten classroom is equipped with a projector, document camera, speakers, iPad mini, and teacher laptop for use during group activities. A set of student iPad minis is also available from the Tech Lab for individual work as requested by the teacher. TK accesses the internet through the school network using both ethernet cabling and Wi-Fi. All school internet is processed through our content filter and firewall.

Classroom Support

Classroom instruction is enhanced with support staff throughout the day. The classroom aide provides support from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. daily. In addition, parent volunteers assist with special projects, field trips, and other special events.

Who Can Apply to TK?

Children who turn four (4) years old by April 1 of the year of entrance who are physically, socially, and emotionally ready to be in a TK classroom and have completed at least one year of preschool or are socially and emotionally prepared for a structured program.

Kindergarten

Our Kinder Program

Kindergarten is the beginning of a child’s academic journey, and a positive experience can instill a genuine love of learning. San Carlos School believes that students thrive in a safe, nurturing, and academically challenging learning environment. Our goal is to educate the whole child by providing opportunities that promote academic, spiritual, social-emotional, and physical growth. In addition to the core curriculum, teachers integrate Gospel values throughout all subject areas and assist students in developing effective problem-solving, organizational, and communication skills. We are committed to equipping every student with a strong foundation needed for successful lifelong learning.

Small-Group Instruction

A maximum of 35 students are accepted into the Kindergarten program and are separated into two smaller classes, K1 or K2. We have two Kindergarten teachers, one who teaches the 90-minute Language Arts block in K1 and a second who teaches the 90-minute Math block in K2. Students begin the day in either K1 or K2 which is considered their “homeroom”. After a recess and snack, students switch classrooms and receive instruction for their second block from the teacher in the alternating classroom. After the second block, students return to their original classroom for the remainder of the day. The homeroom teacher is responsible for instruction in the remaining core subjects and monitors the students' transition to their specialty classes.

Technology

All students are provided with a school email address linked to a Google account. The account gives them access to Google Classroom, allowing students and parents to keep track of assignments, schedules, and materials through the Google Classroom environment.

The Kindergarten classrooms are equipped with a projector or large screen, speakers, iPad mini, and teacher laptop for use during group activities. A set of student iPad minis is also available from the Tech Lab for individual work as requested by the teacher. Kinder accesses the internet through the school network using both ethernet cabling and Wi-Fi. All school internet is processed through our content filter and firewall. (NON COVID - Kindergarten students begin lessons in the Tech Lab on a bi-weekly basis.)

Classroom Support

Classroom instruction is enhanced with support staff throughout the day. Classroom aides provide support from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. daily in Kindergarten. In addition, parent volunteers assist in Art, P.E., and other specialty classes.