What is your educational philosophy in Jr K?


At SLO Classical Academy Jr. K, we believe children learn best through activities that are appropriate to their ages and individual stages of development. Children can choose among several activities, playing alone or in small groups. There is also time built into the day when the whole group comes together for songs, stories, or other "circle time" activities. Rote learning, worksheets, and early reading are not part of the program. Reading readiness skills are addressed informally throughout the day. 



What are the ages of the children you serve?

We serve children ages 4 through 5. Students must be 4 by 11/1 for the 2012/2013 school year.  



What is the teacher/child ratio?


The teacher/child ratio is 1 teacher for 12 children.



Does my child need to be potty trained in order to enroll?


Children four to five years old must be completely potty trained. There are no "Pull Ups" or diapers allowed.



What is the enrollment process?


After a tour of the school and filling out an enrollment application, you will meet with the directors for a parent interview. At that time you will be given a packet of information to fill out. This will need to be completed before the first day of your child’s program. 



How are the children dropped off and picked up?


The children are dropped off and picked up at their classroom by the parent or caregiver. 



Do the children take naps?


No, nap time is not included in our program. 



Do I need to provide a snack and lunch for my child?


Snacks are provided for all the students, by the parents on a monthly rotation. Lunches are provided by the parents for their own child. There is an optional pizza day on Wednesday for a fee.



What will a typical day look like for my child?




Are there discounts if two or more attend from the same family?


We offer sibling discounts for all families with more than one student attending the school.



Are there parent conferences?


Yes, parent conferences are held twice a year. The first conference is held at the beginning of the year with a final conference at the end of the year.  



What is your discipline policy?


SLOCA does not use corporal punishment. Instead, we use redirection, positive reinforcement for appropriate behavior, and natural or logical consequences. Time-outs are only used when it is evident the child needs some time to calm down.


What do you do about biting?


At SLOCA we practice behavior modification by working closely with the parent, child and teacher to redirect the child's behavior. In the event that biting does occur, we will talk to the parents of the biter and the child who was bitten. 



What about special diets, allergies and disabilities?

It is expected that the child's parent or guardian shall communicate the nature of the child's special needs or impairment and any particular information regarding the child's care PRIOR to the child's first day in the program, in writing, for example: an Individual Family Service Plan (IFSP), an Individual Education Plan (IEP) from the Regional Center or Physician's statement on official letterhead stationary signed by the physician.

SLOCA  will accept children with special diets, allergies, or disabilities upon ability to make reasonable accommodation and that it will not cause SLOCA  any undo financial hardship.

A Family Plan meeting will be scheduled with the Parent, Director, Teacher and Education Coordinator to Outline the reasonable accommodations. The Family Plan will be reviewed periodically with the involved participants.



How does your Jr K program celebrate individual birthdays?


Children may celebrate their birthday by bringing a small, special snack that will be distributed at the end of the day.



How are holidays addressed?




Can parents visit their children during the day?

Parents are welcome to visit their children whenever they like, SLOCA has an open-door policy for enrolled parents.  We prefer, however, that parents schedule their visit ahead of time.



What is your illness policy?


Teachers conduct wellness checks as children are dropped off. Children with runny noses are encouraged to stay home. If a child has a fever the night before the child should not come into school. A child that has fever of 100 degrees will be sent home and has to be fever free for 24 hours (without taking medication to lower fever) before returning to school.



How will I know if my child is ready for Kindergarten?

Each child is assessed by their teacher twice per school year. Teachers will notify parents of the results and advise them. 





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