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Transitional Kindergarten

General Questions about Carmel Academy's Shorashim Transitional Kindergarten

1. Why did Carmel Academy decide to open a Transitional Kindergarten program?
Many families interested in pursuing a Carmel Academy education have children to whom they want to give the “gift of time” – an extra year before starting kindergarten. Our Transitional Kindergarten program will offer an early entry into the Carmel Academy education program.

2. What are the benefits of Transitional Kindergarten?
Transitional Kindergarten bridges the gap between preschool and kindergarten, and gives students a head start that will yield future academic success. Transitional Kindergarten provides students with a strong foundation for success in elementary school.

3. How is Transitional Kindergarten different from preschool?
The standards, curriculum and teaching requirements in Transitional Kindergarten are different from preschool. Transitional Kindergarten is part of the K-8 Carmel Academy educational model and is based on the kindergarten standards. The program continues to build upon the skills children started learning in preschool to ensure they will be able to begin kindergarten with confidence.

4. How is Transitional Kindergarten different from traditional kindergarten?
Although the curriculum in Transitional Kindergarten is based on the kindergarten standards, it does not replicate the kindergarten curriculum. The Transitional Kindergarten program focuses more on giving the students opportunities for social-emotional growth, language development and communication through dramatic play; small group instruction; and intentional academic teaching.

5. What is the typical profile of a Carmel Academy Transitional Kindergarten student?
There are two profiles of a Carmel Academy Transitional Kindergarten student. The first is a “young five” student — a child who will turn five years old by December of their incoming Transitional Kindergarten year, but whose parents, former teachers and/or admissions director would recommend a additional year before beginning kindergarten. The other profile is that of a “mature four” student. A child who will turn four by December of their incoming Transitional Kindergarten year, and whose parents, former teachers and/or admissions director would recommend a Transitional Kindergarten program rather than a four’s nursery program.

6. What is the Carmel Academy Transitional Kindergarten teacher-to-student ratio?
In order to best achieve the goals and benchmarks for our students and to keep with our educational philosophy, we keep our teacher-student ratio low. Our Transitional Kindergarten program has a 1:5 teacher-student ratio.

7. What is the Transitional Kindergarten daily schedule?
The Transitional Kindergarten daily schedule runs the length of the Carmel Academy school day. Academic classes are supplemented with social-emotional and developmentally appropriate lessons, along with specials such as: music and movement, art, technology, and physical education.

8. Is there an After-School Program for Transitional Kindergarten at Carmel Academy?
Parents will have the option of enrolling their Transitional Kindergarten children in Carmel Academy’s after-school activities from 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. There is an additional cost for Carmel Academy After-School Programs.