"There's increasing evidence that children gain a lot from going to preschool," says Kathleen McCartney, PhD, dean of Harvard Graduate School of Education, in Cambridge, Massachusetts. "At preschool, they become exposed to numbers, letters, and shapes. And, more important, they learn how to socialize -- get along with other children, share, and contribute to circle time."
Laurens District 55 is part of the Child Development Education Program (CDEP), which provides funding for supplies, resources, and teacher salaries in a majority of their 4K classrooms. Students entering the 4-year old pre-school program will either attend full day or half-day sessions. The SC State Department of Education establishes the criteria for student placement. Students that qualify for “free and reduced lunch” (based on family income) and those who receive Medicaid coverage will be automatically enrolled in the full day program.
Contact the school your child is zoned to attend for additional information about registration and the two learning paths offered to students for the 2018-2019 school year. The Scholar Path follows the Big Day for Pre-K/Creative Curriculum approach, which was developed using research-based best practice and current brain research. It is a developmentally appropriate practice that creates purposeful and productive experiences that help children grow in all areas of development.
Dr. Maria Montessori developed the Montessori Method (Path), which students may choose as an alternative learning path. Through her scientific observation of children, Montessori made several key discoveries about how children learn. Using this information, she developed specific materials to address the learning needs of the children. The Montessori Philosophy includes the beliefs that children learn through discovery, construct knowledge using concrete material before moving to the abstract and are natural learners. Practical life, math, language, geography, science, art, cultural studies, and sensorial awareness are the areas of interest you will find in a Montessori classroom. Montessori is a choice at five (5) of our six (6) elementary schools.
In order to register your child, you must have:
-Child’s Birth Certificate from the Health Department (not the hospital issued certificate)
-Child’s Immunization Record (if child is already 4 years of age)
-Child’s Medicaid Card if eligible
Who should register?
-Students who will be attending whole-day or half-day kindergarten for 4-year-olds [Child must be four (4) on or before September 1, 2018].
-Students who will be attending whole-day kindergarten for 5-year-olds [child must be five (5) on or before September 1, 2018].
-Students who will be attending District 55 schools for the first time
* Students currently enrolled in District classes for three (3), four (4), and five (5) year olds do not need to register.
EB Morse Elementary 864-984-7777
Ford Elementary 864-984-3986
Gray Court-Owings 864-876-2131
Hickory Tavern 864-575-2126
Laurens Elementary 864-984-3067
Waterloo Elementary 864-677-4670