St. Raymond School in Menlo Park will be offer a new class to prepare children for kindergarten, the school announced Tuesday. Called a "junior kindergarten," the program is intended to serve as a bridge between preschool and kindergarten.
People can learn more at an open house on Sunday, Jan. 30, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the school, 1211 Arbor Road in Menlo Park.
The junior kindergarten, set to begin this fall, will be a half-day, morning class. It is meant to help children interact with their peers and adults, and aid them with their physical and motor development, the school said.
The curriculum is focused on getting children ready for the next step in their schooling: learning how to read and solve math problems.
"We saw the need in our local community for a morning junior kindergarten," said Sister Ann Bernard, principal of the K-8 school, in the announcement. "I am pleased that St. Raymond School is able to fill that need."
The program, which will be scheduled daily from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., will be held by one or more accredited teachers, depending on the size of the class, the school said. After care is available from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Children are eligible to enroll in the fall of 2011 if they turn 5 by Jan. 31, 2012.
Applications for the junior kindergarten are due March 15, 2011. Applications for regular kindergarten are due Feb 7, 2011.
For more information, call the school office at 322-2312.