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Overbrook School adding three-year-olds and enhancing pre-k
Posted 11/17/2016 08:28AM

Overbrook School will enhance its prekindergarten program for the 2017-2018 school year by extending hours, offering more flexible hours, and developing plans for a new prekindergarten playground. It will also accept three-year-olds for the program.

The pre-k program will include classes for four-year-olds and for three-year-old students next fall. The school offered admissions to three-year-olds during the 2016-2017 school year to gauge interest.

“We were pleasantly surprised to see how quickly our three-year-old class filled without any advertising this past year,” said Principal Sister Julia Marie, O.P.

Parents will still have the option of full or part-time hours for the prekindergarten program. See more info here. During the full day option, the classroom teacher will be with students all afternoon until 2:20 p.m. each day providing instruction, play time and engaging activities geared toward preparing children for kindergarten. (An extended-day program is offered from 2:20 p.m. until 6 p.m. each day.)

"This new structure for our prekindergarten program is the result of several years of research and feedback on what is the most beneficial academic structure that also is the most flexible to fit the busy schedules of parents," Sister Julia Marie said. "Our prekindergarten program has such a rich and long history, we want to continue to maintain that piece while making sure we are meeting the needs of our current and future students and their families."

A total of $15,000 was approved last week as seed money for a new prekindergarten playground, which will further enhance the prekindergarten experience for students. It will serve as an outdoor classroom for this age-group, as an important part of learning for young children is through play.
The Overbrook Parents Association is providing the seed money for the project. A committee will soon begin planning the improvements and seeking donations to complete the project.

Overbrook roots children in truth, inspires them to wonder and challenges them to give their best to the world. Founded in 1936 by the Dominican Sisters of the St. Cecilia Congregation, Overbrook offers an advanced curriculum including Algebra I and Latin in junior high, Montessori teaching in prekindergarten, studio art and music in all grade levels, and the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd program. Nineteen different clubs and organizations are offered to students for extra-curricular activities as well as nine different team sports.

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