Finding the Right Kindergarten

Posted by Liz Yee on 11/8/17 5:12 PM

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.

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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:

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.

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Looking for a school for your child?

Lowell School is an independent school in the Colonial Village neighborhood of Washington, DC, that offers Pre-Primary, Primary, and Middle School programs. It offers a rigorous and hands-on curriculum that nurtures each child’s natural curiosity and desire to learn, and supports the development of individual voice and self-reliance. For more information, please call 202-577-2000, email admissions@lowellschool.org, or follow Lowell on Facebook, Twitter, or LinkedIn.

Topics: Private School Admissions

Liz Yee

Written by Liz Yee

Liz Yee has combined her passion for people and an award-winning marketing background to create her perfect job: director of admissions at Lowell School. You may find Liz observing in a classroom, giving a tour, crunching numbers, or strategizing around Lowell’s brand. Liz earned her BA in English and Communication Arts at North Park University in Chicago, IL, and her Masters of Public Administration with a specialty in marketing research at the University of Illinois at Chicago.