Primary Program: Ages 3-6
For families with children ages 3 to 6, our early education program offers the best of what Doane Academy historically provides, includes features of traditional early education, while also adding the best features of a Montessori education. This rich program, which takes the place of Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten, is known as our Primary Program.
In a unique school family atmosphere, with big brothers and sisters from grades 1- 12, Primary students are known, loved and inspired to achieve their full potential. They develop character and build the foundations for future leadership through autonomous exploration and manipulation of a three dimensional world.
The Primary Program views the child as one who is naturally eager for knowledge and capable of initiating learning in a supportive, thoughtfully prepared learning environment. It is an approach that values the human spirit and the development of the whole child—physical, social, emotional, and cognitive.
Our program carefully integrates the developmental and classroom philosophies of Montessori. In addition to our Montessori driven program, our Primary students benefit from daily Spanish and weekly art, library, and music classes as well as the option for violin lessons at no additional cost. They also enjoy our renowned Nature Discovery program exploring the world of plants, birds, insects, and the Delaware River.
The Primary program is staffed by exceptional educators — college-degreed, Montessori-certified, and with an average of 25 years of working with young children. Our enrichment faculty (Spanish, Music, Art, and Discovery) are carefully selected for the passion they bring to their area of study, and for their skill in working with young children.
All of this takes place in our ground floor learning space in Rowan Hall, specifically designed and equipped for children aged 3-6.
- Doane Academy’s Primary Program is said to be Montessori-based. What exactly does that mean?
- How old does my child need to be in order to be in the Primary Program? How do I know if my child is ready?
- How does the program assimilate students new to the program?
- What is the length of a normal school day?
- How is a normal day structured?
- Is the class ever split into multiple groups?
- How can children learn if it is their choice as to which activity they would like to complete?
- If children work at their own pace, don’t they fall behind?
- How are students assessed?
- When will my child be reading and starting math?
- How does the transition from the Montessori based Primary Program to Doane’s traditional 1st Grade program work?