Kindergarten

A Creative and Individualized Program

Monday through Friday Mornings

(For children 5 years old in the fall)

We follow the Groton-Dunstable Public School guidelines for Kindergarten entrance age: five years old by August 31st of the year entered. Kindergarten students at Groton Community School benefit from the individualized attention made possible by an excellent teacher-child ratio.  A maximum of 16 children attend, with two teachers for classes over ten children. Five-year-olds are more independent in accepting responsibility, making choices, and cooperating. Kindergarten children develop both a sense of empathy for others and a concern for fairness. Their fine and gross motor skills are typically well-developed, as are their abilities to count, sort, identify initial sounds and letters, and understand and recognize a growing collection of sight words. While still offering choices and opportunities for creative expression, the Kindergarten program has greater individualized expectations for the children to complete specific, structured curriculum activities.

Although our Kindergarten is a Half-Day morning program, many Kindergarten families also take advantage of our Extended Day Program before and after class as well.

Highlights of our Kindergarten Program include:

  • Innovative, nationally accredited curriculum and learning environment, which combines national criteria, state frameworks, and our own GCS philosophy
  • Small class size and exceptional teacher-child ratio 
  • Individualized attention and assessment including initial screening
  • Enhanced reading literacy instruction, including the Telian-Cas Lively Letters Program
  • Formalized writing literacy instruction through the Kindergarten Handwriting Without Tears ®Program
  • Opportunities to develop a deeper understanding of math concepts through the Eureka Math Curriculum
  • Experiential foreign language instruction (French)
  • Field trips in the community to expand learning experiences
  • Intergenerational experiences in our community
  • Global outreach through participation in such programs as the Heifer Project
  • Hot lunch program in the spring to aid in the transition to elementary school
  • Weekly visits to the GCS Children’s Library
  • Confidence building school-wide announcements led by the Kindergarten Class
  • Continued emphasis on peace and kindness through school-wide activities
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