Why Cambridge Academy Early Childhood Programs?
At Cambridge Academy, our parents desire and expect the very best for their children. All of our early childhood teachers have many years of teaching experience and hold degrees from accredited colleges and universities. Their area of specialization is early childhood and they meet all requirements for certification by the South Carolina Independent School Association, our accrediting agency. Cambridge Academy is also a licensed daycare facility meeting all requirements of the South Carolina Department of Social Services. In addition to the classroom teacher, there is a full time assistant in each of the K3, K4, and K5 classrooms. Our K5 even uses the same reading program, Open Court, as used in the Lower School grades, thereby enhancing the transition from kindergarten to first grade.
Enrolling your child in a preschool that is within a school serving multiple grades introduces many benefits not found in a typical preschool setting. Included are areas of instruction available to younger students, such as Spanish, music, art, computer, P.E., and library. Most of these programs would not be offered in such great depth at the preschool level if it were not for the grade one and above needs . Additionally, there is an age appropriate extended care opportunity for those students who need to remain at school after the normal dismissal time. This provides a much valued service to many families when both parents work outside of the home, as they do not have to make special arrangements for after school care for their children.
Cambridge Academy has considered itself to be a family environment where children in the older grades act as role models for the younger ones. It’s not uncommon to see our eighth graders giving high-fives to the kindergartners as they pass in the hall, or an older student helping a younger student learn to kick a soccer ball. This unique mingling of ages provides a true sense of pride and teaches exceptional leadership skills as children progress through Cambridge Academy.