Bainbridge Island Kindergarten Program
Kindergarten is a time of close interaction between school and home. By working together, children begin another remarkable journey in their development.
 
Important Dates To Remember:
 Program Options:
The Half-Day Kindergarten Program is for all children who turn five on or before August 31st. This educational option offers a three hour program that provides developmentally appropriate academic and social activities. While the  Half-Day Program will successfully meet the needs of most students, it is not necessarily appropriate for all students. Parents should make the decision if this program would meet the needs of their child and family. 

Cost:  No Fee

 
Some questions you may want to ask yourself to help make a decision for your child are:

¨ Would my child be most comfortable with a gradual orientation to school that a 5 Half-Day per week program would provide?

¨ Will my child’s social and academic needs be met through a combination of activities as provided by home and school through the Half-Day Kindergarten Program?

¨ Does my child currently participate in groups that provide social interaction?

 Program format for Half-Day: Students are enrolled for 180 days each school year and follow the same school calendar as all 1-12 grade students. Students are enrolled in a morning session from 7:50-10:50 daily.

 
 
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The Full-Day Kindergarten Program is an optional educational program offered to parents and students. This extended day program option is made possible by charging tuition fees to augment the state’s half-day appropriation for kindergarten students.  While Full-Day Kindergarten is a successful beginning for some students, it is not necessarily appropriate for all children. As parents, you know the unique needs of your child and can determine if this program will be the best option for your family. A full-day program offers more time to students to cover curriculum in depth and allows teachers to provide additional activities in learning.

Cost: $325/month  ($3250 per year) - Financial Aid is available for qualifying families (see application forms for more information)

 Some questions you may want to ask yourself to help make a decision for your child are:

¨ Would my child be able to separate from our family comfortably five full (six hour) days per week?

¨ Would my child benefit from the increased exposure to academic (language and math) activities in Full-Day Kindergarten?

¨ Does my child have the maturity and stamina to attend school all day?

¨ Has my child’s preschool experience prepared him/her for a longer school day?

Program format for Full-Day: Students are enrolled for 180 full days each school year and follow the same school calendar as all 1-12 grade students. Students arrive in the morning along with all other students in grades 1 through 4 and leave at the end of the school day with all 1 through 4 graders. Students have lunch at school.

 

 

 

 Resources:

 
Your kindergarten student has specific learning goals in every subject. For information on all expectations visit the OSPI web site at:  http://www.k12.wa.us/CurriculumInstruct/default.aspx