What’s the difference between Young Fives and kindergarten?
Kindergarten is more academically driven and moves at a faster pace. Kindergartners learn reading, writing, math, science and social studies.
Young Fives provides more play-based learning and focuses on social development along with developing fine and gross motor skills. It gives students the gift of an extra year of social, emotional and academic growth.
What are the benefits of Young Fives?
Young Fives gives students the gift of an extra year of social, emotional and academic growth. In addition, the smaller class size enables more teacher-student contact and the ability to better meet individual needs.
What do students learn in Young Fives?
Teachers tailor the curriculum for shorter attention spans, engaging students’ curiosity through high interest themes. Play-based learning use games, toys and art activities to help Young Fives students develop skills in fine motor control, independent problem solving and communication. The class builds stamina for academic tasks and helps students learn to follow routines, listen and follow the rules. Most importantly, Young Fives prepares students for a successful transition to kindergarten.
My child is younger, but I want to enroll them in kindergarten instead of Young Fives. Can I do that?
If kindergarten is more developmentally appropriate for students with a September to December birthday, a waiver can be signed for kindergarten enrollment.
How long is the school day for kindergarten and Young Fives?
Kindergarten and Young Fives students attend a full day of school. They begin and end their day with the rest of the student body. The day will include learning and recreational activities, lunch, snack and quiet time when needed.
What is the average class size?
Young Fives classes range from 14-18 students. Kindergarten classes range from 22-26 students.
What kind of technology do Young Fives and Kindergartners use?
Every child has an iPad and access to a collection of high-quality learning apps, as well as Schoology, our online learning management system. All students also have STEAM classes each week where technology such as robots and coding is explored.
Is transportation provided?
Yes, transportation is provided for Young Fives and kindergarten students.
What meals are offered?
Young Fives and kindergarten students are offered free breakfast and options for both hot and cold lunch.
What are the teacher’s qualifications?
All teachers are highly qualified and certified to teach by the State of Michigan. All have earned at least a bachelor’s degree and many have earned advanced degrees and certifications.
I’m still not sure whether Young Fives or kindergarten is right for my child. What should I do?
There is a lot of time between enrollment and when your child will begin school next year. We can adjust this choice at the beginning of the school year if your child’s needs change.
You can also review our Ready for Kindergarten? page for some tips and suggestions.
How do I enroll my child?
Complete the enrollment process, go to You will need two proofs of residency, a driver’s license, your child’s birth certificate, immunization records and confirmation of a vision screening.
What is proof of residency?
A proof of residency is a document containing your full name and address that proves you own or rent your home. This can include a driver’s license, utility bill, lease agreement or homeowners insurance policy.