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Is this program for my child?

The Advanced K-4 Program is a good option for the following children:

  • Those children whose 5th birthday falls in the months just following the Sept. 1st cutoff, and who are ready for a more academically challenging program.

  • Those children whose birthdays are before the Sept. 1st cutoff, but are not quite ready for a full-day Kindergarten program.

How is this program different from the regular K-4 program?










Regular K-4

  • Schedule – 5 days/week 8:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.

  • Teacher/Student Ratio – 2:13

  • Cost – FREE

  • Letter per week; focus on letter recognition and letter sound through crafts, games, literature, music, snacks, sensory experiences

  • Pre-math skills through hands-on activities 

  • Music, PE time, chapel, library

  • Theme approach integrating all areas of the curriculum into units of study

  • Snack time

  • Theme/month Christian curriculum including bible stories and follow-up activities

Advanced K-4

  • Schedule – 5 days/week 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. 

  • Teacher/Student Ratio – 2:12

  • Cost – $195/month

  • Alpha Time phonics for letter/sound recognition and Wright Group Big Books for emergent reading skills, creative writing, journal writing, etc.

  • Sight words and beginning Spelling

  • Shared and independent reading experiences, guided reading groups

  • Saxon Math/hands-on activities

  • Music, PE time, chapel, library

  • Homework assignments to reinforcement concepts introduced

  • Theme approach integrating all areas of the curriculum into units of study.

  • Lunch time

  • Theme/week Christian curriculum including bible stories, follow-up activities and memory verses

Why offer two options?

We are offering two different programs because we realize that all children do not fit into the same mold.  Each is an individual at his or her own place in development; physically, emotionally, intellectually and socially.  One program is not “better” than the other or will better prepare your child for Kindergarten than the other. Each program is designed and offered to reach groups of students at the appropriate point of their developmental need.


Why is screening necessary for registration
in the Advanced K-4 program?

The screening does not provide information regarding your child's intelligence, but rather lets us know if he or she is a good match for the program.  Because this program will resemble a Kindergarten curriculum, we are looking for students who already have most of the readiness skills and who will be successful in this environment.


Can this program be a substitute for Kindergarten?

Can my child go to first grade next year if ready?

No matter which K-4 program your child attends, he or she will still need to be enrolled in a Kindergarten class the following year.


Where can I get more information about the

Advanced K-4 program at St. Paul's Christian School?

For more information about this, or any other program at St. Paul's Christian School, please contact Director Kim O'Connor at 352-694-4219.  Selecting the best placement for your child is an important decision and we are here to assist you.

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