The Early Childhood Academic Program is designed to inspire young children to explore, discover and create. The development of the whole child is emphasized through active participation in a setting which is beautiful, child-friendly and safe. Both traditional and Montessori programs are offered.
The curriculum is carefully designed to include a balance of teacher-directed and child-initiated learning experiences. Teachers are responsive to the interests of the children and support individualized study of such interests. The relationships teachers establish with each child provide a foundation for optimal learning, secure attachment, and social success. Character development is a high priority, taught through direct instruction and fostered as children experience real-life situations.
The Early Childhood building and facilities are designed for children to play, grow, and learn as independently as possible. The classrooms have been optimized to provide a wide array of stimuli and experiences to promote growth in all areas of development; social, emotional, physical and intellectual domains.
The faculty and staff work as a cohesive team with parents to make the child’s experience as consistent and seamless and possible from home to school. We recognize that a child’s family is their most important support system and deserves genuine respect and care. Collegiate strives to be an inclusive environment for all.
The program is greatly enhanced by the expert support of the physical education instructor, music instructor and librarian. In addition to providing excellent instruction in the enhancement classes, these teachers support the success of all students and teachers in their classrooms.
WCS offers 3-hour sessions, 2-3 days a week for two year-olds, morning and afternoons, called Great Beginnings. Children are not required to be toilet trained as two year-olds. WCS offers half day and full day classes for preschool and kindergarten, with before and after-school care available from 7:15 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.