The Waxahachie Preparatory Academy will expand its curriculum to offer classes for four-year-olds starting fall 2018.

“We’ve always have wanted a K4 program,” explained Scott Marks, administrator for Waxahachie Preparatory Academy. “A lot of it had to do with space issues. We have finally figured out how to move things around to have space for it. We several of our families have been asking if we have something like this. We even think there’s a need in the community for a K4 program.”

The program is run on a half-day schedule and is based on the University-Model, which is a hybrid of five-day Christian education and homeschooling. Primary education students attend the central location on Tuesdays and Thursdays and follow home instruction the remainder of the week.

“This allows them to be independent learners and connected with their family,” Marks explained. “Cause it’s a five-day model, our teachers teach the concepts here and the students get to review work with their parents.”

The K4 program will use the Bob Jones curriculum, which stood out to Marks because of its high standards of academics. He said the program better prepares students for college even though it’s a low level of education. It also incorporates technology, which most programs did not.

Leah Carlton will be the K4 teacher in next fall. She’s taught at the academy for the past two years in kindergarten, first and second grades and has been an educator for 10 years.

“My goals for the K4 are very concrete. Basically, I am going to build the foundation of their education,” Carlton elaborated. “My goal is to have them reading by the time they enter kindergarten.”

She will teach letters, sounds and encourage students to channel their imagination. Her curriculum also includes art class, physical education, and music class. The schedule mirrors a mini school day, which prepares the students for a full day schedule.

When Carlton heard the Bob Jones program would be implemented, she was ecstatic to know the model used from kindergarten to seniors would now begin with the four-year-olds.

“The interface looked the same, so if we start that in K4 and then they go into kindergarten which is K5, they will see it’s consistent,” Carlton elaborated. “The consistency of it is what’s great.”

Beth Rogers, the elementary academic dean, said once the new grade level was confirmed, Carlton eagerly stepped up to be the teacher. Carlton has a degree in early childhood literacy and is “crazily excited” to teach a younger group.

“I am very excited for Leah to do this program because no matter the curriculum, it’s the teacher that makes the school what it needs to be,” Beth expressed.

Waxahachie Preparatory Academy started accepting applications since March 1 and staff will begin finalizing applications on Aug. 1. Those interested will apply at www.wpacademy.org. Students will undergo testing to qualify for acceptance, and the next information meeting is on April 10. For more information, call 972-937-0440.


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