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Kay School Photo #2 - Kay School offers full-day programs for children aged two-and-a-half through Kindergarten (8:30 am to 3:00 pm), a half-day option (8:45 – 11:45 am) for the younger children, and an extended before and after school program for children through middle school (6:30 – 8:30 am and 3:00 – 6:30 pm). Parent-Child classes and a range of enrichment programs are also provided. The School is open year-round, except for certain federal and school holidays. School Facilities include a 7,600 sq. ft. Barn which was rehabilitated specifically as a child development center. It has six large, well-equipped classrooms that provide comfortable, well lit, and abundant space for child-centered activities. A large, well-equipped playground and nearby treed and park areas provide ample opportunities for outdoor study and play. Our project-based, integrated curriculum offers science exploration, block building, visual arts, story dramatization, music and movement, manipulatives and dramatic play, and small group work in language arts and math. It encourages a relationship between teacher and student that embraces the innate curiosity and rich potential of each child. Classes are small to enable small group activities, individualized attention, and supervised play. For older children in the after school program, homework and tutoring support are provided as well as a variety of enrichment activities. Play and exploration are powerful learning tools and are actively promoted. Children are encouraged to ask questions and to express their ideas and explore ways to act on them. Attention is given to interactions with peers and developing collaboration skills: listening, taking turns, and respecting peers who are sharing ideas or expressing feelings. 017Outdoor play is an integral part of the overall program in a well-equipped playground with climbing equipment, swings, ball play, tricycles and a large sandbox. Each week, classes go on hour-long nature walks where the children use all their senses to explore nature and experience the world around them, observe, discover, count and record, sketch and draw and learn about plants and insects. Healthy practices. The school offers healthy, sugar-free snacks, with an emphasis on organic produce. Lunches are brought from home, but the school requires that sugary and heavily processed foods be excluded. Organic milk is provided by the school. Children are involved in a fairly comprehensive recycling and composting program that is managed by school staff. Our before and after school program incorporates a variety of enrichment activities appropriate for each of the age groups that attend, as well as ample opportunities for outdoor play or quiet reading and homework preparation time. A two-month summer program (July and August) also incorporates enrichment activities together with field trips and a range of sports and arts options.
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Kay School Photo #1 - Early childhood is the most important stage of development when the foundation for lifelong learning is created. It is a time of growing self-awareness and intense exploration of the world around us. It is a time when essential neurological pathways are created that will determine not only our capacity to survive, but to grow into healthy, able, creative and productive individuals. At Kay School we provide developmentally appropriate opportunities and experiences that will not only prepare our young students for academic success, but also awaken and enhance lifelong skills that are critical to our changing world: creativity, critical thinking, innovation, communication, collaboration, curiosity and empathy. Kay School provides a safe, loving and caring environment for children ages two-and-a-half through Kindergarten, as well as for school-age children through middle school in our before and after school programs. The School has been named for a preschool teacher whose ability to connect with young children, nurture their natural capacity to learn, and give them confidence and love of learning, inspired all who knew her.
Kay School Photo #2 - Kay School offers full-day programs for children aged two-and-a-half through Kindergarten (8:30 am to 3:00 pm), a half-day option (8:45 – 11:45 am) for the younger children, and an extended before and after school program for children through middle school (6:30 – 8:30 am and 3:00 – 6:30 pm). Parent-Child classes and a range of enrichment programs are also provided. The School is open year-round, except for certain federal and school holidays. School Facilities include a 7,600 sq. ft. Barn which was rehabilitated specifically as a child development center. It has six large, well-equipped classrooms that provide comfortable, well lit, and abundant space for child-centered activities. A large, well-equipped playground and nearby treed and park areas provide ample opportunities for outdoor study and play. Our project-based, integrated curriculum offers science exploration, block building, visual arts, story dramatization, music and movement, manipulatives and dramatic play, and small group work in language arts and math. It encourages a relationship between teacher and student that embraces the innate curiosity and rich potential of each child. Classes are small to enable small group activities, individualized attention, and supervised play. For older children in the after school program, homework and tutoring support are provided as well as a variety of enrichment activities. Play and exploration are powerful learning tools and are actively promoted. Children are encouraged to ask questions and to express their ideas and explore ways to act on them. Attention is given to interactions with peers and developing collaboration skills: listening, taking turns, and respecting peers who are sharing ideas or expressing feelings. 017Outdoor play is an integral part of the overall program in a well-equipped playground with climbing equipment, swings, ball play, tricycles and a large sandbox. Each week, classes go on hour-long nature walks where the children use all their senses to explore nature and experience the world around them, observe, discover, count and record, sketch and draw and learn about plants and insects. Healthy practices. The school offers healthy, sugar-free snacks, with an emphasis on organic produce. Lunches are brought from home, but the school requires that sugary and heavily processed foods be excluded. Organic milk is provided by the school. Children are involved in a fairly comprehensive recycling and composting program that is managed by school staff. Our before and after school program incorporates a variety of enrichment activities appropriate for each of the age groups that attend, as well as ample opportunities for outdoor play or quiet reading and homework preparation time. A two-month summer program (July and August) also incorporates enrichment activities together with field trips and a range of sports and arts options.
  • Early childhood is the most important stage of development when the foundation for lifelong learning is created.
  • It is a time of growing self-awareness and intense exploration of the world around us.
  • It is a time when essential neurological pathways are created that will determine not only our capacity to survive, but to grow into healthy, able, creative and productive individuals.
  • At Kay School we provide developmentally appropriate opportunities and experiences that will not only prepare our young students for academic success, but also awaken and enhance lifelong skills that are critical to our changing world: creativity, critical thinking, innovation, communication, collaboration, curiosity and empathy.
  • Kay School provides a safe, loving and caring environment for children ages two-and-a-half through Kindergarten, as well as for school-age children through middle school in our before and after school programs.
  • The School has been named for a preschool teacher whose ability to connect with young children, nurture their natural capacity to learn, and give them confidence and love of learning, inspired all who knew her.

School Overview

Grades OfferedGrades Nursery/Preschool-Prekindergarten

Student Body

Total Students7 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers3 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio2:1
National avg.: 13:1

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineNone / Rolling
Admissions DirectorAmy Blair

School Notes

  • Kay School offers full-day programs for children aged two-and-a-half through Kindergarten (8:30 am to 3:00 pm), a half-day option (8:45 – 11:45 am) for the younger children, and an extended before and after school program for children through middle school (6:30 – 8:30 am and 3:00 – 6:30 pm).   Parent-Child classes and a range of enrichment programs are also provided. The School is open year-round, except for certain federal and school holidays. School Facilities include a 7,600 sq. ft. Barn which was rehabilitated specifically as a child development center. It has six large, well-equipped classrooms that provide comfortable, well lit, and abundant space for child-centered activities. A large, well-equipped playground and nearby treed and park areas provide ample opportunities for outdoor study and play. Our project-based, integrated curriculum offers science exploration, block building, visual arts, story dramatization, music and movement, manipulatives and dramatic play, and small group work in language arts and math. It encourages a relationship between teacher and student that embraces the innate curiosity and rich potential of each child. Classes are small  to enable small group activities, individualized attention, and supervised play. For older children in the after school program, homework and tutoring support are provided as well as a variety of enrichment activities.

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