Our Preschool program consists of three levels:
We offer three options for Nursery on our North Campus. Our half day program runs from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m, our extended lunch program runs from 8:30 to 12:30 p.m., and our full day extended program runs from 8:30 to 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. A qualified teacher and teaching assistant are dedicated to providing a nurturing, creative and comprehensive learning environment for students, and the class is capped at a maximum of 18 children. Students engage in socialization, supervised play, and reinforced activities inside and outside of the classroom, integrating Jewish values and traditions with early childhood learning. Our goal is to assist in the development of the building blocks of learning and to encourage positive self-esteem.
Junior Kindergarten (JK):
Junior Kindergarten is offered at both campuses for a full day from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Activities are designed to support early literacy, numeracy and encourages the children to explore through a variety of activities. Our maximum class size is 24 children. Half an hour per day of Hebrew supplements the educational component.
Our goals are to assist students in socialization, development of motor skills, and early skill and knowledge acquisition through thematic activities in Language, Science, Numeracy, Holy Day celebrations including Shabbat, and learning prayers. Music, art and stories are also part of a creative, developmentally appropriate curriculum.
Senior Kindergarten (SK):
Offered at both campuses for a full day, 8.30 a.m. to 3.30 p.m. Unlike other day schools, our SK is staffed by Ontario certified teachers who are qualified to teach up to Grade 3 so that the children are really being prepared for grade one. With a maximum class size of 23, the daily schedule includes a full program of General Studies, Hebrew, French, Music, Art, Physical Education, Library and Computers.
Although socialization outcomes and learning through play are still important, our children take on more responsibility and are expected to meet curricular outcomes in every subject.
Parent volunteers, grade buddies, student teachers and prospective teachers spend time in our classrooms on a regular basis under the supervision and direction of the classroom teachers.