Kindergarten

 
 
Welcome to Kindergarten at Frontier Academy!
Whether you are already enrolled for the upcoming school year or are just investigating your local kindergarten options, we are excited to collaborate with you and your child on this education journey.

Kindergarten is a unique time in your family’s life. The first year of schooling is important and lays the foundation for your child’s lifelong learning, and sometimes the process of choosing the right place for your child to build this foundation can be challenging and overwhelming! 

This page provides answers to some of the questions you may have, as well as general information about our school and Kindergarten program. Please do not hesitate to contact us with any additional questions you may have.
 
Is my child ready for Kindergarten?

Kindergarten readiness is unique to each child and must be considered on an individual basis. Frontier Academy requires that Kindergarten students be (5) years of age on or before June 15 of the year he/she starts school.
 
How do I enroll my child in Kindergarten at Frontier Academy?

Frontier Academy is a charter school, and as such, it is a public school open to all families in our community. However, because we strive to keep our student-to-teacher ratio low, we do not always have enough seats to match the volume of interest in our school. 

Students wishing to enroll in Kindergarten at Frontier Academy must fill out an Open Enrollment Application on the Greeley-Evans School District 6 website and will be added to the wait list. All openings are filled based on the date an Open Enrollment Application is received.


Kindergarten Round-Up:

In the spring, we will email all confirmed enrolled kindergarten families a Kindergarten Round-Up Informational Video. 
 
In this video, we provide more detailed information about our kindergarten curriculum and program, and introduce our Frontier teachers and staff. 
 
Tours are available by appointment.  Please email development@frontieracademy.net to schedule a tour.
 
Registration will be conducted online in late July.  Information about school supplies, student photos, Nutrition Services, Health Office updates, and DriveLine will all be communicated via email.
 
All incoming kindergarten students will be given an assessment prior to the start of school.  The assessment simply allows us to see how to best support every incoming kindergartner on an individual level.   Assessments will be conducted in person.  Families will be notified by email when it is time to schedule the assessment.
 
Over the years, we have had many parents and preschool teachers ask us for a list of all skills that are typically required for Kindergarten. While no definitive list exists, you can read more about Frontier Academy’s recommended skills here: Kindergarten Skills Checklist.
 
In late summer, we will invite all incoming kindergarten families to an open house to meet our teachers, see the classrooms, and turn in any required forms for registration.  
 
We look forward to meeting your child!  We are thankful to be a part of your child's education journey.
 
What will my child learn in Kindergarten?

 
Reading and Writing:

We often refer to our reading and writing time as our ELA time. ELA stands for English Language Arts. Our kindergarten program has a morning reading block for an hour and a half and an afternoon writing block for a half an hour.

Our school uses the myView Literacy materials in grades kindergarten through fifth grade. This program aligns with the 2020 Colorado Academic Standards in Reading, Writing and Communication.

The My View program includes a broad range of high-quality texts. The stories are colorful, engaging and culturally relevant. The students have strong daily opportunities for reading, writing, speaking, listening and thinking. The kindergarten program focuses on phonemic awareness, sight word recognition, reading fluency and comprehension.
We believe that literacy is a core foundation of education. We want our students to grow into independent readers, writers and thinkers. The My View program allows teachers to differentiate instruction so that we can meet each kindergartner at their different reading and writing levels. You will be amazed at how much your child will learn in their kindergarten school year.
 
 
Mathematics:
 
At Frontier we use the Envision math curriculum which is based on the Common Core State Standards.
 
Envision encourages students to think critically and approach math concepts using different strategies. The program uses a combination of computer and pencil/paper approaches, math manipulatives (PROPS) and real world examples to support student’s mathematical thinking.
 
Using Envision in kindergarten, students begin to see relationships between math concepts, ask important questions, and try different strategies to solve mathematical challenges.

 
Core Knowledge (Social Studies/Science/Literature):

Our Core Knowledge curriculum is filled with many rich and diverse topics. In kindergarten students will learn about the Oceans, the US presidents on Mount Rushmore, the Statue of Liberty, the US flag, Plants and Farming, Magnets, Recycling, the Human Body, the Continents and much more. 

We love that the Core Knowledge curriculum builds and spirals throughout the grade levels. Your kindergartner will go on in future grades to learn about the American Revolutionary War, Immigration, World Geography, Ancient Egypt, the War of 1812, the Civil War, the Vikings, Early American Explorers, the Middle Ages, Westward Expansion, Colorado History, Economics, Ancient Greece, Body Systems, Cellular structure, Electricity, Astronomy, Chemistry, Geology, Meteorology and much more!  

Some of these topics of study are introduced in lower grade levels to establish foundational concepts so that the higher grade levels can go into more depth on the same topics. Visit our Core Knowledge page for more information.
 
Kindergarten Schedule:

7:45 am to 3:25 pm* Monday through Thursday
*New times - Effective 2021-2022 school year