The Basics of Pre-K at IDEA

IDEA is a family of tuition-free, Pre-K – 12 public charter schools open to serving all students and committed to ensuring every scholar is prepared for success in college and life. That journey begins in Pre-K.

Here are some frequently asked questions about IDEA’s stellar Pre-K program.

What does the day-to-day schedule look like?

  • 7:45-8:00 Breakfast
  • 8:00-8:45 Morning Meeting & Science
  • 8:45-9:45 Math
  • 9:45-10:45 Reading and Writing
  • 10:45-11:15 Lunch

*Afternoon session starts with lunch at 12:30 and follows the same time duration as the morning.  Please note: This is a general schedule that most schools follow by mid-year.

Why do we test students coming in to Pre-K?

We test our students to be able to place them in a group of students with similar abilities. We believe in teaching students at their individual level and testing gives us the information to be most impactful. We test them on following directions, letter recognition, number recognition, ability to repeat back a sentence. Testing takes about 5 min per student. It is a very basic level assessment.

How do children get selected for am or pm program?

Students are grouped based on their ability (data from the testing). The goal is that students are grouped with others at a similar instructional level.

Can a parent choose/ pick a morning or afternoon session?

Students are grouped based on ability. If a parent makes a request for a particular time, we will try to accommodate but cannot guarantee the requested time due to student groupings.

How many students do we have in each class?

We try to maintain an average of 28-30 students in each class with two adults.

Do they have recess?

Yes, teachers decide when to have students participate in recess, which is usually held a few times a week, if not every day.

What do rotations look like?

Students are self-contained with a teacher and a coteacher.  The rotations that occur will be between those two adults when teaching a lesson or working independently.

Do they need supplies?

A supply list is designed by each campus principal and will be distributed over the summer for incoming students.

Do we have life skills for Pre-K?

Yes, we do offer a life skills classroom for Pre-K students.

How are Pre-K students graded?

Students receive grades for their classwork and homework. Grades are recorded in the gradebook and reports are sent home to parents on the same schedule as report card distribution for our K-12 students.

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