Dear Rowland Hall Families and Friends,
We're writing with an important update about the Beginning School program offerings for next school year (2019-2020). After careful consideration, and in collaboration with the admission office and our Board of Trustees, we've decided that beginning in the fall of 2019 we'll offer two sections of five-day 3PreK—with some flexible enrollment options—and retire our 2PreK program. Here are the reasons we're making this change:
For the last few years, we've noticed increasing demand for five-day 3PreK and have had to turn some families away or ask them to make do with a three-day schedule. Beginning next year, we’ll have additional spots for the families who are so eager to join our community and prefer a five-day schedule.
For families who find that a three-day preschool program is right for their child, they will still have that option. Additionally, if a family decides during the school year that they would like to increase their child’s attendance to five days per week, we will offer that option, just as we provide the flexibility to extend the length of the school day in 4PreK and Kindergarten.
The five-day 3PreK classes also allow us to offer all of the special program features (PE, library, music, etc.) at the most desirable pace for our youngest students, instead of compressing aspects of the curriculum in a three-day format.
Making this change means that we'll no longer be able to offer our 2PreK program. Apart from the rationale outlined above, there are other reasons to retire 2PreK, the most important of which is that each year we receive many more applications than we have spots, leaving us in a position to be disappointing many families. Additionally, given that the 2PreK program is two hours per day, two days a week, it does not provide sufficient coverage for families with working parents unless they have a full-time caregiver.
We are confident that this change will result in an even stronger program for our youngest students and welcome your thoughts and questions.
Emma Wellman, Beginning School Principal
Alan Sparrow, Head of School