Kindergarten Prep Program

The Kindergarten Prep Classroom (also known as Pre-Kindergarten) is located on the South side of the building and has been expertly designed to accommodate children in an academic setting which models the Harkness teaching of the Academy. Harkness teaching allows children to think, discuss, question and analyze. By combining knowledge and goodness, we acquire intellectual skills that ensure a love of learning and a lifelong commitment to helping others.

The Harkness way of learning is implemented through our emergent curriculum. This project-based approach is deeply rooted in the arts and sciences, and allows topics of focus to emerge from the ideas and interests of the children rather than the teacher. The teacher's role is that of a researcher, facilitator and partner in learning.


The Kindergarten Prep program promotes opportunities to learn, use and enjoy necessary math skills by creating a working knowledge of math that is relevant to everyday life. By incorporating Everyday Mathematics in our classroom we will encourage multiple methods of solving real world problems. This program creates an environment that involves children in exploring and discovering math skills such as measurement, number sense and general math language.

Language Arts

During the K-Prep year children will be focusing on the skills needed to read and write independently. Students learn letter names and corresponding sounds as well as phonemic awareness in order to begin decoding our print rich environment. Strategies, such as individual and group presentations, dramatic reenactment and active listening, aid in the development of story comprehension. Students will develop proper letter formation and spelling by maintaining journals and creative story writing. Our goal is to cultivate lifelong readers and foster an appreciation for the art of writing. 

Social Studies

Our young citizens will continue to learn about sense of self and family, awareness of their role within the community, respect and appreciation of differences, and their impact on society. The topics covered will include civics and government, economics, geography and history and will emerge from the children's areas of interest. Social studies will be explored through math, language and sciences.


Our emergent approach complements children's innate curiosity allowing for science inquiries to be addressed throughout the day. By participating in hands-on projects, children will learn about life, earth and physical sciences whether it is by raising a class pet, charting the phases of the moon or observing properties of matter. We support children in their investigations and their forming of hypothesis, giving them the tools to represent their ideas not only in the classroom but also in the natural environment.

The Arts

Children will have the chance to expand their artistic intelligence in visual arts, music, and drama. The arts are woven into all areas of our curriculum as well as studied independently. Our Conservatory offers the students a chance to work one-on-one with various natural as well as man-made mediums. We encourage self-expression by placing great emphasis on the creative process rather than the product.


We ask parents to provide their child with nutritious lunches daily. Please refer to our Health and Nutrition and Healthy Eating handouts for ideas. Spaces will be provided for lunch boxes and we ask that meals come in fully prepared. Morning and afternoon snacks will be provided and we do request families contribute to the fruit bowl and monthly snack request.

Rest Time

Quiet time is a regular and important part of the children's day. During this downtime children will participate in journaling, story time and contemplation. When students reflect on their experiences, they develop a genuine understanding of what they’ve studied.