At Kinhaven, we offer a wide range of classes, from a two-days-per-week program for 14-month-old children, to a five-days-per-week Junior Kindergarten (JK) program. The school is in session Monday through Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. (JK dismisses at 1:30pm) Children bring their own lunch and eat at school. A nutritious snack is provided daily. Holidays, school breaks, and teacher in-service days generally coincide with the Arlington Public Schools schedule, with occasional exceptions.
2016-17 School Year Class Configurations Bluebirds (14 months by 9-30-2016) Monday/Wednesday/Friday; OR Tuesday/Thursday Tigers (2 years by 9-30-2016) Monday/Wednesday/Friday; OR Tuesday/Thursday Panda- 2's (2 years by 9-30-2016) Tuesday/Thursday Panda- 3's (3 years by 9-30-2016) Monday/Wednesday/Friday Grasshoppers (3 years by 9-30-2016) three or four mornings per week Sunbeams (3 years by 9-30-2016) Monday - Friday Comets (4 years by 12-30-2016) Monday - Friday Rising Stars (4 years by 9-30-2016) Monday - Friday Rainbows/Junior Kindergarten (5 years by 01-31-2017) Monday - Friday
Birthdate cutoffs are subject to Director's discretion in rare cases, upon reasonable request.
Junior Kindergarten (JK) Program Kinhaven's JK program is designed to meet the growing need in the community for an enriching, pre-academic environment for older fours and children who have turned five but need the gift of time before entering Kindergarten. The JK class has a maximum of ten children with one teacher. This smaller class size fosters a cohesive group while meeting the individual needs of each child. A variety of concrete learning experiences including dramatic-play, science activities, field trips and work with pre-math and reading and writing materials are offered.
"Early Birds" This optional early drop-off program provides a mixed-age play experience for children before joining their primary class. Available to currently enrolled students only. Registration information available here.
"Afternoon Adventures" Available for Ages Three and Older Kinhaven is pleased to be able to offer enrichment activities to current students several afternoons a week. Availability varies according to parent interest, and space is limited. Children enrolled in afternoon enrichment classes must be potty-trained. Find current offerings here. Enrollment Enrollment at Kinhaven begins in early February for the following academic year.* First, we conduct internal registration for current students, their siblings, and alumni families. Then, working from the waiting list, we begin external registration.
With respect to school admission, Kinhaven School does not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, color, national origin, ancestry, sexual orientation, religion, socioeconomic status, family structure, language, or immigration status. All students must demonstrate proof of identity upon admission, per federal statute. Kinhaven School seeks to achieve relative gender balance within the composition of the classrooms. How the Waiting List Works
There is a $40 fee per child to be placed on the Waiting List.
The Waiting List for the 2017-18 school year will consist of those children who have not been placed during the current year (the 2015-16 list for the 2's classes becomes the 2016-17 list for the 3's classes, for example), followed by all other applicants. Waiting List forms are accepted on a rolling basis throughout the year; there is no lottery. If a child is placed in a class and has a sibling on a separate list, that sibling will rise to the top of his or her list.
A family may refuse an offer of enrollment one time and remain on the Wait List. If a family declines a second offer, they must pay a $15 fee to remain on the Wait List. In either of these cases, the child is rotated to the bottom of the Wait List.
Applicants who choose the option for the Next Academic Year (2017-2018) will be placed at the end of the Wait List for the age group of the child, and will move up as space becomes available, but will not be offered any mid-year openings during the current academic year.
Parents may register a child for an available class, and then wait list the child internally for a different class (i.e., a child registered for 3 days per week who really wants 2 would then be next in line should a 2-day slot become available).
Registrants must complete enrollment forms and submit a $100, new student registration fee at the time of enrollment. (Registration of additional children within the same family is $35 per child.) A one-time $750.00 deposit and the first tuition installment are due upon registration to secure your child’s enrollment. Openings are filled as they arise during the entire year.
Enrollment for the summer program is conducted separately in late winter. Attendance in the summer program is independent of the academic year, and does not result in any preference for placement in the academic year.