We are excited that the interest in Young Fives continues to exceeded our expectations. GPPSS is having an extremely successful inaugural year! The District will again offer Young Fives at Defer, Mason, and Poupard during the 2017-18 school year.
The Young Fives program offers an alternative for children whose parents feel that they are not yet ready for a traditional kindergarten experience. The program is free for younger five-year-old children who live in the Grosse Pointe Public School System attendance area. Eligibility is determined by birth date -- children must turn five between March 1 and December 1, 2017. Students who complete the Young Fives program would be expected to return to their home school the following year. The natural progression from the Young Fives program would be to Kindergarten.
The professional staff believes that each student is unique. Our staff is dedicated to providing appropriate and stimulating experiences and activities from which your child can learn, grow, and develop a wholesome attitude toward learning. The Young Fives program will follow the kindergarten curriculum while taking the necessary time to ensure students understand concepts at a developmentally appropriate pace. With that being said, we anticipate that our Young Fives program will provide our youngest learners an amazing experience that will help them grow academically, socially, and emotionally in order to be prepared for Kindergarten.
This program will run Monday through Friday during regular elementary school hours. The full-day program includes age and ability-appropriate instruction in all common core subject areas. The day is a wonderful combination of large and small group activities, with opportunities for individual and buddy work. Music, movement, and art activities are woven throughout the curriculum and daily routine. The Young Fives classrooms will also participate in physical education, library, music, and art specials classes each week. Recess is part of our daily routine to foster gross motor development. We want all our Young Fives to be happy and enthusiastic to learn, so providing a safe and fun learning environment is critical.
Your help is crucial to planning! Please click here to read more information and complete the following steps to be eligible for the Young Fives lottery that will take place on April 17, 2017.