FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

ADMISSIONS


HOW OLD SHOULD MY CHILD BE IN ORDER TO QUALIFY FOR KINDERGARTEN 1 OR KINDERGARTEN 2?


Children applying for Kindergarten 1 should be at least 4 years old by October 31 of the coming school year. Children applying for Kindergarten 2 should be at least 5 years old by October 31 of the coming school year (SY 2016 - 2017).

CAN YOU ACCELERATE MY CHILD TO A HIGHER LEVEL IF SHE/HE PROVES TO HAVE ADEQUATE SKILLS TO BE IN THAT GRADE LEVEL?


No. Our Kindergarten Levels are grouped according to age and our curriculum follows developmental milestones for their age group. We implement differentiated activities that aim to cater to all learning modalities of our students.

ACADEMICS


WHAT TYPE OF CURRICULUM DOES REEDLEY OFFER FOR KINDERGARTEN CHILDREN?


The Reedley Kindergarten School (RKS) curriculum reflects age-appropriate, balanced and complementary mix of traditional and progressive practices and learning activities. It utilizes the best and research-based teaching and learning methods to comply with International School Standards. Our curriculum aims to prepare the young learner to enter Lower School by providing a strong foundation in five areas of development namely, Cognitive, Socio-Emotional, Psychomotor, Communication, and Self-Help Areas. RKS believes that children are unique, have different needs, and learn in many ways.


DO YOU HAVE QUARTERLY EXAMS?


NO. Our progress evaluation is based on the school’s observation of your child’s development in various basic skills during the term.

WHAT WILL BE LEARNED IN KINDERGARTEN 1 AND KINDERGARTEN 2?


The Kindergarten students are given instructions in EARLY LITERACY, NUMERACY, MUSIC, and MOVEMENT, ART, and SELF-HELP/LIFE SKILLS.


WHAT IS SPECIAL ABOUT YOUR NUMERACY CURRICULUM?


We have adopted the Singaporean method of teaching Early Numeracy. The Singaporean Math curriculum presents Math concepts from concrete to abstract, develops critical thinking skills, and introduces problem solving techniques through the use of manipulatives, drill books and daily activity-sheets for retentive learning.

WHAT IS SPECIAL ABOUT YOUR EARLY LITERACY CURRICULUM?


Our Early Literacy curriculum focuses on the basic components of Reading which are:

  • Phonemic Awareness
  • Phonics
  • Fluency through Guided Oral Reading
  • Vocabulary Development and
  • Comprehension
We believe in building a solid foundation in literacy through an extensive and positive experience in Beginning Reading and eventually progress to Advanced Reading.


HOW DO YOU ASSESS MY CHILD’S PROGRESS? WHAT KIND OF GRADING SYSTEM DO YOU HAVE?


We employ a Developmental Skills Checklist wherein your child’s developmental benchmarks are observed, and a Portfolio Assessment wherein a collection of child’s work during a term is compiled and reflected upon by the student, teachers, and parents. This is done at the end of each term.

OTHER CONCERNS


WHEN DOES THE SCHOOL YEAR BEGIN AND END FOR RKS?


The school year begins on the 4th week of July 2016 and ends by the 3rd or 4th week of May 2017.


WHAT IS SPECIAL ABOUT RKS THAT MAKES YOU DIFFERENT FROM OTHER SCHOOLS?


RKS complies with International School Standards and implements research-based best practices in teaching and learning. Our nurturing and caring environment has made us develop HAPPY STUDENTS and EFFECTIVE LEARNERS.

HOW MANY STUDENTS ARE THERE IN A CLASS? WHAT IS THE ADULT:STUDENT RATIO INSIDE THE CLASSROOM?


Each class has a maximum of 18 students. Each classroom has a Lead Teacher and a Teacher Assistant, creating a 1:9 adult-student ratio.


WHAT ARE REEDLEY’S EXPECTATIONS FROM PARENTS?


We believe that parents and the school are partners in the total development of each child. We should look forward to achieving the same goals and direct our efforts to support our child’s needs. As PARTNERS (school and home environment), we must develop a mutual willingness to share our time and resources to support our children’s learning needs and growth in all domains.

HOW DO YOU CONDUCT PARENT-TEACHER-SCHOOL COMMUNICATIONS? ARE THERE PARENT-TEACHER CONFERENCES?


We have at least 3 Parent-Teacher Chats/Conferences scheduled within the school year for end of Term I, II and III. However, you may always set an appointment with teachers and coordinators alike should there be a need to talk to them before the regular Parent-Teacher Chat.