What questions should parents ask when choosing a Pre-K program for their child?
There are a few key aspects of Pre-K programs that can make a significant difference in your child’s overall learning experience.
In this article, we will discuss five key questions you should ask when choosing a Pre-K program, as well as the benefits of single-sex Pre-K education programs you may not know about.
1. Does the school offer options to meet my family’s needs?
In order for your child to have the best learning experience possible, the Pre-K program should fit into your family’s lifestyle and needs.
More often than not, parents have to juggle a busy work schedule with the schedules of their children.
Plus, if you are considering a private Pre-K program, you are also looking at a sizeable monetary investment into your child’s future. We recommend inquiring about the many values added when choosing an SCH education.
Does your schedule work with the program’s hours? Does the school offer flexible or part-time options worth considering?
In addition, is the location of the school convenient—or will it add another long car trip to your already busy schedule?
Here in the Lower School of SCH Academy, we are committed to making education accessible to all students. Additionally, we offer after care and enrichment courses to students from from 3:30 to 6 PM daily (from drama classes to FLL Jr. robotics).
2. How is play integrated into a school day?
Play (or active learning that employs all five senses and involves physical activity) is an integral part of Pre-K learning.
Moreover, play and structure are not mutually exclusive.
Structured play can help enhance learning outcomes, while boosting student’s enjoyment of learning.
Families should always ask any Pre-K program about how they address the balance between play and learning.
SCH’s brand new Lower School has fabulous playscapes both inside and out, including an organic play structure embedded in the Wissahickon Woods. Ask our Lower School Admissions Director, Julie Romain, about play areas available around our 62-acre campus.
How a school provides both unguided and structured play are important questions to ask?
For example, the Art curriculum in the Lower School mixes learning and play by allowing students to experience the joys, frustrations, and risks of the creative process while learning about materials, concepts, and techniques.
3. What are the options (or expectations) for parental involvement?
Consider asking questions about the requirements (and unspoken requirements) of parental involvement. At SCH, the parent community is involved based on the extent of their interest and availability.
Parents often make the choice of SCH for their children and discover a wonderful community for their entire family. As stated by a current Middle School Parent, “I was looking for a school for my daughters and found a home for my whole family.”
More questions to consider asking the Lower School Admissions Director might include:
How many parents typically get involved in the parent’s association?
What are the ways parents typically get involved?
Is it a requirement to join multiple committees and groups? Can you join your child for lunch if you have a more flexible day at work?
4. Does the school evaluate applicants based on calendar age, or developmental readiness?
Does your chosen Pre-K program have an age cutoff? Is it the same for both boys and girls?
SCH Academy is a school that looks holistically at the developmental readiness of each student in order to ensure the best learning experience possible.
5. Have you considered the advantages of a single-sex program for your child?
At SCH Academy, we allow girls to be girls and boys to be boys, giving each the ability to thrive independently without the stigma or worry that comes from a coed classroom.
Ask about the advantages and importance of single-sex education on a tour, student visit, or conversation with our Lower School Admistration.
We believe that single-sex education helps eliminate stereotypes and bias in the classroomwith a tailored curriculum to your child’s gender and learning style, resulting in enhanced learning outcomes.
Single-sex environments can also help reduce the social pressures associated with going to school, while helping children develop healthy, supportive relationships with one another.
Why You Should Choose Springside Chestnut Hill Academy
The Lower School at Springside Chestnut Hill Academy (SCH) is a supportive, vibrant community for boys and girls in grades Pre-K to Grade 4.
At SCH, children learn in a space free from gender stereotypes.
Our curriculum is tailored to your child’s age, gender, and learning style, as we strive to nurture their strengths and passions in a judgment-free environment.
With over 150 years of tradition, community, and academic excellence behind us, we are proud to offer a superior educational experience that enables our students to lead incredibly fulfilling lives inside and outside the classroom.
Asking the right questions can help you make a truly informed decision about your child's future.
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