Full-Day Kindergarten Tuition-Free
June 11, 2015
Dear Sleepy Hollow Families,
We are very pleased to inform you that District 300 will be offering full-day kindergarten tuition-free for all in the 2015-2016 school year. There are numerous benefits of full-day kindergarten including:
- Children in full-day kindergarten programs receive 40-50% more instruction than children enrolled in half-day kindergarten programs.
- More instructional time allows for increased learning activities and strategies such as: group read-aloud, peer tutoring, mixed-ability grouping, and child-initiated activities.
- Children who attend full-day kindergarten spend 30% more time on reading and literacy instruction and 46% more time on mathematics than children in half-day programs.
- Parents of children in full-day kindergarten report higher levels of satisfaction with their children’s schedule and curriculum and the program’s support for working families.
- Students in full-day kindergarten show benefits in social/emotional learning.
- Students in full-day kindergarten display growth that helps close the achievement gap.
As Sleepy Hollow transitions to Full-Day Kindergarten, please note the following:
- All kindergarten students will automatically be converted to full-time enrollment.
- Families will be charged the same $130 school fee as those in grades 1-5.
- Families that already paid $100 at registration will need to make arrangements to pay the $30 balance.
- There will be no monthly tuition fee!!
- Full-day kindergarten starting and ending times will mirror the regular elementary schedule (8:00 AM - 2:15 PM).
- Full-day kindergarten students will have transportation provided. Information regarding transportation will be mailed home later this summer along with students in grades 1-5.
Parents interested in Part-Time Kindergarten (PTK) enrollment only must contact Sleepy Hollow to request a change. Please note:
- Students in PTK will be scheduled for a class that will have all core academic instruction in the AM.
- Students will be dismissed at 10:45 AM.
- Transportation will be provided to school but will not be provided mid-day.
- School fee will remain $100.
Please contact the main office at 224-484-4900 with questions. We are very excited for the opportunity to offer full-day kindergarten to all students at no cost!