Full Day Kindergarten
What are we trying to accomplish?
The Avon Grove School District will develop and implement a full day kindergarten program for all students in the district to provide a strong foundation in academic, social and emotional skills so that our students are exceptionally well prepared to succeed. By implementing a full day kindergarten program, we will increase learning opportunities for all incoming kindergarten students with the intent to attract students to AGSD by offering a high quality full day program.
Why is accomplishing this important to achieving the mission of the district?
The implementation of a full day kindergarten program will provide increased instructional time and learning opportunities for all students. Students who have been historically underperforming in the district, such as English Language Learners (ELL) and students in special education will have extended programming that will provide interventions and supports to increase their growth beginning in their first year of school. Access to kindergarten will increase for students of working parents who are unable to provide day care or mid-day transportation and as a result, opt to keep their children out of kindergarten altogether. As students leave the full day kindergarten program and move through the elementary and secondary grades, the strong foundation provided by the program will promote the continued academic growth of our students so that they are well prepared to succeed.
By extending kindergarten from half to full day, AGSD will be able to provide a competitive program with charter and neighboring schools to draw students to the district. Increasing enrollment in the district from charter schools will reduce expenses paid to those schools.