The Surprise Charter School Allows Children Who Will Turn 5 by January 1, 2013 the Opportunity to Test for the Early Kindergarten Program
(SURPRISE, Arizona)—When Armando Avalos’ daughter Claire was 4 years old, the Surprise father knew in his heart that his daughter didn’t need another year in preschool.
Like many kids her age, Claire was bright, she got along well with her friends at school and did a good job staying on task and following the rules.
After looking into other options for his daughter, Armando decided to have Claire tested for the Early Kindergarten program that is available at Arizona Charter Academy in Surprise.
The school offers the testing for 4 year olds who will turn 5 by January 1. Testing for the 2012-2013 school year will start later this month.
Claire passed the test, and was enrolled in the 2010-2011 kindergarten class at Arizona Charter Academy.
From the first day of class, Armando said Claire did extremely well.
“It worked out great,” he said. “She earned straight A’s, was on the Principal’s List, and it really was an excellent experience overall.”
Nicole Harris, who teaches kindergarten at Arizona Charter Academy and also helps administer the testing, said that 22 of the 55 students who tested last year made it into the Early Kindergarten program.
She said the younger students do an excellent job of blending in with the older ones, and do not hold the class back in any way.
“Part of the test is making sure they can separate from their parents,” she said. “If they are unable to do so this is a big sign of them not being ready to enter kindergarten.”
Like Armando, Harris said some children who are 4 years old simply don’t need another year of preschool, and should be given the chance to get a jump on their education.
“Children who are ready and are at a kindergarten level should not wait a whole school year to start,” she said.
“If they are ready, why hold them back from their fullest academic achievement?”