By Stacey Bomser (As reported in Our City of Weston Magazine)
The Sagemont School is offering its award-winning college preparatory program to even more students this coming year. It is introducing a free Voluntary Prekindergarten (VPK) education program for four-year-olds. The program helps build a strong foundation for school using educational materials that are geared toward the various stages in a child’s development to ensure success in kindergarten and beyond.
According to the State of Florida’s Office of Early Learning, children who attend a high-quality preschool do much better when they get to kindergarten. In fact, in 2011-12, 79 percent of children who finished VPK were ready for kindergarten, whereas only 55 percent of children who didn’t go to VPK were kindergarten ready.
There has been a high demand for VPK programs in Weston and The Sagemont School is expanding its curriculum to help meet this demand. “It is a major advantage to be a part of a VPK program in a college-preparatory environment with access to a multitude of materials, enrichments, and opportunities,” states Monica Vigna, Sagemont Lower School Campus Principal. “As we will continue to utilize the Links to Learning curriculum, we are very confident that our VPK students will excel academically, socially and emotionally.”
Sagemont’s Links to Learning curriculum includes many educational facets including exploring language and literacy, mathematics, social-emotional growth, wellness, digital interactions, creative expression, citizens of the world, science and social studies.
“With our technologically-rich, supportive, and culturally-diverse learning community, our students will have several opportunities to learn and experience these facets first-hand, having access to multiple hands-on learning tools to cater to various learning styles,” adds Ms. Vigna.
Students enrolled in Sagemont’s VPK program can apply to matriculate into kindergarten and a path to academic success at The Sagemont School. “Our VPK students are a part of our college-prep campus with access to rich technology, innovative learning opportunities, a supportive environment, cultural diversity, and so much more,” shares Ms. Vigna. “Students who stay with us through graduation have had great success in getting into top universities and Ivy League schools.”
To complement the half-day VPK, families may enroll students in the Wrap-Around program. “Children are able to partake in the same specials as our preschool and kindergarten through fifth grade students,” states Ms. Vigna. “They would also have access to our Innovation STEAM Lab, air-conditioned gymnasium, swimming pool, and more.”
Contact 954-384-5454 to schedule a VPK tour on Tuesday or Thursday nights from 6-7pm.