Junior Kindergarten

Our Jr. Kindergarten program is an  academic program designed for 3 and 4 year olds. The Jr. K 4 program is 5 days per week and the Jr. K 3 program offers a 3 (T, W, Th) or 5 day option.  The Junior Kindergarten day begins at 8:00 a.m. and ends at 1:30 p.m.  Lunch will be provided, and extended care (1:30-3:00 p.m.  and 3:00 - 6:00 p.m.) is available for an addtional fee. Class size is limited to 16 students.

We believe that “play is the work of children,” and that through play based projects, Junior Kindergarten students will be able to learn life-long skills that will help them successfully transition to our Lower School Kindergarten program. Children are not left to their own devices, nor is their development left to chance. Academic goals and objectives are met by careful planning and building on what each individual can do and challenging them to reach just beyond their comfort zone. The teacher’s role is to co-explore and co-construct the learning experience with the children. An emergent curriculum values student input and encourages children to explore, create, and make choices leading to greater involvement in their own learning. Time is not set by the clock but by the child’s needs and interests. There should be sufficient time for a child to express, learn, explore, extend, and revisit a given project.  Enrichments will include daily chapel and also (but not limited to) library, Spanish, Mandarin, physical education, music, and art sessions. Our 96-acre campus will serve as our outdoor classroom to learn about the environment. 

We have committed to creating and maintaining a place for our youngest children that acknowledges, reflects and communicates our beliefs. The values of our Junior Kindergarten program are based on an image of the child as curious, competent and capable of co-constructing knowledge. These beliefs are supported by the Reggio Emilia Approach. The foundation of Reggio is rooted in sound theory and research. Importance is placed upon the relationship children have with their teacher, each other, and their environment. 


There are schools all over the United States who are educating young children weaving this approach into their daily interactions. St. John’s Episcopal Preschool in Washington, D.C. is one such school that we are using as a model for our program. We believe along with them that “children possess a natural capacity for joy, a sense of wonder about the world,” and our part in the education process is to create the time and space for children to explore concepts, stimulate thinking, and become problem solvers. 



"Once children are helped to perceive themselves as authors or inventors, once they are helped to discover the pleasure of inquiry,

their motivation and interest explode."

         --Loris Malaguzzi

Founder of the Reggio Emilia Schools, Italy



Program Elements

Intellectual Development

            Center based learning

            Language, literacy, and author studies

            Everyday Math and number sense with the use of Montessori math materials

            Science and outdoor explorations

Physical Development

            Outdoor play and physical education class

            Music and movement

Social Development

            Tribes activities will promote community, sharing, altruism, and appropriately
            resolving conflicts with words

Emotional Development

            Promoting positive self image, and independence will instill confidence

Spiritual Development

            The Episcopal tradition welcomes all faiths respecting the spiritual capacity 
            of children 


ESK Junior Kindergarten Website

Program Hours

8:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Monday through Friday

Lunch is provided and extended care is available at an addditional fee.



Jr.K 4 year old program:       $6,880 per year (includes lunch)

Jr. K 3 year old program (5 days) :  $6880 per year (includes lunch)
Jr. K 3 year old program (3 days):  $4130 per year (includes lunch)

Extended Care -1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.    
5 days -- $1,600 per year
3 days --  $960 per year


After Care- 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

5 days -- $2,700 per year
3 days -- $970 per year






Click here to apply online.  Contact the Admissions Office (865-777-9032 ext. 302) for more information.