El Sol Academy offers two extraordinary half-day preschool programs: the 3 year-old program and the 4 year-old program. Both of the programs follow the 90/10 model. The students are taught 90% in Spanish and 10% in English, which develops bilingualism, bi-literacy and cross cultural competencies for all students. The preschool classroom is equipped with tools to enhance student tablets, computers, a mini library and hands on manipulatives to develop. In addition, it relies on an outstanding software, which provides a uniquely visual, non-language-based approach to teaching math and developing problem-solving skills.
The 3 year-old program
The 3 year-old program is designed to teach students how to be independent and speak and express themselves orally. It teaches students how to develop social skills, adapt, listen, follow rules, focus on activities, and more. At the end of the school year, the students should be:
- able to recognize their name
- exposed to letters and sounds of the alphabet
- exposed to count numbers 1 – 10
- exposed to basic figures
- exposed to colors
- able to sit still for at least 3 – 5 minutes and listen to a story
- exposed to literacy
Schedule – The 3 year-old program is offered every Tuesday and Thursday from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm or 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm.
The 4 year-old program
The 4 year-old program is designed to prepare students for school work. It teaches students a basic introduction to preschool math, reading, writing, cutting and pasting, and more.
At the end of the school year, the students should be able to:
- write their name and last name
- use scissors
- recognize letters and sounds of the alphabet
- cut and recognize numbers 0 – 10.
- know and recognize basic figures
- know and recognize colors
- sit still for at least 5 minutes and listen to a story
- be exposed to literacy
Schedule: The 4 year-old program is offered every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 8:00 am – 11:30 am or 1 pm – 4:30 pm.
Does my child need to be potty-trained before attending preschool?
Yes, your child needs to be potty-trained before enrolling in any of our preschools programs.
Is there nap time during preschool?
Due to the fact that these are half-day programs, preschool does not provide nap time.
Will my child be confused if s/he is taught in Spanish 90% of the time?
Research has shown that bilingual education does not cause confusion in children. On the other hand, a bilingual education develops cognitive functioning in other academic areas such as math.
Is the preschool program part of the school lunch program?
Due to the fact that these are half-day programs, the school only provides a healthy snack for preschool students.
How long is the preschool program?
Both preschool programs’ academic year go from October to May.
Does my child need to wear a uniform to attend preschool?
Yes, students can wear navy blue or khaki bottoms and red, navy blue, or white shirts with sleeves and collars. El Sol t-shirts are allowed. Students cannot wear cargo pants or sweats.
Does the school offer after school program care?
The after school program is only offered to Kinder to 8th grade students. Therefore, preschool students cannot be enrolled in it.
For more information about the Preschool Programs, including enrollment eligibility and payments, please feel free to contact:
Director of Community Life & Early Childhood Education