OPEN MIND Elementary
Age 4 by September 1
The curriculum emphasizes personal and social development, language and literacy, mathematical thinking, social studies and the arts. Children in the program will:
- Learn self-discipline;
- Learn to trust themselves and others;
- Develop communication skills;
- Learn to listen with prolonged attentiveness;
- Gain the ability to follow through on assigned tasks;
- Learn to be independent;
- Be prepared academically to enter the 1st grade.
Age 5 by September 1
This program is designed for children who are ready to transition to the more structured academic and social challenges of Kindergarten. Students who show Kindergarten readiness in the areas of academic development and social maturity are eligible to apply to this program. Kindergarteners are the bridge between the Pre-K and Upper Elementary Programs, learning through exploration as they utilize the learning environment.
KMS is taking the lead in developing a progressive curriculum where art, music, dance, Spanish, language, outdoor education, and creative writing are core to an academic program that is project based and specific to each of our learners taking inspiration from Mel Levine, Slingerland, Reggio Emilia Project Based Learning, and similar techniques.
Our program places a strong emphasis on social, academic, and emotional development. We encourage children to take responsibility for themselves and others; and allow them freedom to develop a strong sense of self. In addition, we find that when kids are engaged and involved in the learning process as they are at KMS, learning becomes fun for them.
KMS has always attracted families who are interested and invested in having their children immersed in a unique learning environment. Our child-centered and child-directed philosophy serves as a foundation for the innovative programs in our elementary curriculum. This approach is effective for all grade levels; as well as students with dyslexia or leaning style differences.