Early Years Program at the Academy
The Academy of Notre Dame's co-ed Early Years program is comprised of two levels of Pre-Kindergarten for three-year-olds and four-year olds as well as Kindergarten.
The program delivers a values-based education designed to embrace the mission of the Academy to educate the whole child for life. This is accomplished with a three-tiered early childhood development approach that begins at 3 years (by Sept. 1st) in Pre-Kindergarten 3 then progresses through Pre-Kindergarten 4 (4 years old by Sept. 1st ) onto kindergarten (5 years old by Sept. 1st ) maxing out at age 6. The hands-on developmental classrooms accelerate learning opportunities while our low teacher-to-student ratio provides a nurturing and supportive environment.
The program offers a comprehensive curriculum, a Mini Makerspace Exploration Center, Bee-Bot® early coding, Osmo™ technology for creation and collaboration, access to StarBoard interactive whiteboards and iPads, and projects that promote environmental responsibility such as gardening, recycling, and composting.
The Early Years program also benefits from being a part of a larger learning community that extends through grade 8 for boys and grade 12 for girls:
- Interaction with older students as Chapel buddies, Hallmark Helpers and student interns
- Use of expansive natural environment (fields, ponds, forests) as an extension of the classroom
- Access to building resources such as Chapel, auditorium, gymnasium, and playgrounds
- On-site school nurse
- Inclusion in special programming such as magicians and performing artists
The Early Years program is managed by our Director of Early Childhood Development, Melissa Janes, M.Ed., who joined the Academy in 2016 with 20 years of experience in the field.
For more information or to schedule a tour, contact the Admissions Office at firstname.lastname@example.org or 978-649-7611, Ext., 327.