Do you have a child or children that will be starting kindergarten in 2012? Some big changes are taking place for area school districts with regards to kindergarten which is being driven by new state legislation that is altering the state’s funding formula for schools. As a result of these changes, the Grandville Public Schools District will be offering full-day/every day kindergarten program beginning with the new school year in fall of 2012.
The full-day program will enhance student achievement by allowing more time to be devoted to the core curriculum as well as more time for creativity through art, music, and structured play. In addition to providing more time for social and skill development, a full-day kindergarten program will also provide greater ability for staff to address individual students’ needs.
As a parent, are you concerned about the appropriateness of a full-day program? If so there is an alternate option available. Grandville Public Schools will be offering an option of a half-day developmental kindergarten program. The half-day developmental program will be primarily for children with August and fall birthdates, formerly known as the Young Fives program, but parents may elect this option if a child’s birth date falls outside of this range and deems the half-day program is in the child’s best interest.
Two important items to note: 1. Children that are enrolled in the half-day program would advance to the full-day kindergarten program the subsequent year, not to first grade. 2. Due to limitations of classroom availability, it is not likely that half-day developmental kindergarten programs will be available at each school.
If you have individual questions or concerns about this program, contact the Administration building or a school principal. For an interesting comparison about kindergarten within the State of Michigan and other states, check out this article.
3839 Prairie Street SW
Grandville, MI 49418
Superintendent: Ron Caniff