Pre-K Program

The North Side Community School Pre-K program was created in 2011 to ensure that 100% of students enter kindergarten with the cognitive, emotional, social, and behavioral skills necessary to succeed. The NSCS Pre-K program:

Is academically rigorous.

Teachers work to prepare our students for success in kindergarten.  Each student masters a rigorous set of pre-kindergarten learning standards through work in the classroom and at home. Our program fosters an early love of reading and learning. We teach our students how to be independent, responsible learners.

Is developmentally appropriate.

Our program is centered around the tenets of the High Scope curriculum: active participatory learning, using adult-child interactions to support and teach through play, and taking a problem-solving approach to dealing with conflict. Our students learn through exploring different interest areas each day and by participating in many different hands-on small group activities. 

Uses research-based curriculum and practices.

The High Scope curriculum is a research-based curriculum that has proven short-term and long-term impact for low-income, African American students. 

Has demonstrated success.

Students that participate in one year of the NSCS Pre-K Program experience on average two years of academic growth. We make sure that we have data from formal and informal assessments that drives our instruction and proves that we are doing is working.

Is family-centered.

Our school community is tight-knit. Over 70% of our pre-k students have an older sibling that is in elementary school at North Side. Our open door policy and high expectations create an environment with great parental trust and involvement.

Doesn’t stop at pre-k.

Our pre-k program is different from many others because it was deliberately created as part of an elementary school. We know our pre-k students graduate into a high-quality elementary environment, and we can track their continued success.