It’s hard to believe that your little one is growing up so fast—time is flying by, isn’t it? You’ve mastered potty training, you’re having lots of fun conversations together, and your child is becoming even more independent. Even though your little one is still, well...little, it may be time to start thinking about Kindergarten programs and your child’s elementary school. I've created The Ultimate Guide to Kindergarten Admissions to help you think through the steps.
As a parent, you may be feeling a lot of emotions about the Kindergarten milestone—excitement, anxiety, or even relief that you’ve made it this far (or maybe you haven’t even thought about it yet!). Before you jump into looking at schools, it’s important to take some time to assess whether or not your child is ready for this exciting next step.
Is your child ready for Kindergarten?
There are a few factors to consider. Most parents assume that chronological age is the determining factor, but there are many others. Thinking about your child on a continuum socially, emotionally, physically, and cognitively is key. And probably most important is making sure your preschooler is starting to develop social, self-help, and physical skills.
Once you have a sense that your 4-year-old is on the way to becoming a Kindergartener, it’s time to get the wheels in motion to make sure you find that perfect school fit.
Types of Schools
You may be surprised to know that there are many different types of educational options. It’s important to consider what kind of program you’re looking for:
- Local, neighborhood public school
- Charter school
- Private school
- Parochial school
- Some preschool models also include a Kindergarten year (Montessori, Waldorf, etc.)
If you’re unsure about the type of school that is best for your child and family, you may want to consider many schools. The process might seem daunting at first, especially if you want to apply to multiple schools, but it can be a rewarding process as well, so don’t panic before you begin!
How to Apply to Private Schools: Tips and eBook
If you would like to learn more about applying to private schools, download this eBook and find tips on:
- Finding the best match for your child and family
- Organizing your school search process
- Maximizing your school tour
- Preparing your child for a play visit
- Do’s and don’ts for your parent interview
- Understanding admissions testing
- Navigating the admissions decision
Good luck on this exciting adventure! Hopefully these tips will make it all a little easier to find the perfect school for your child.