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Preschool

IMG_8887Preschool at Highlands
Inspiring Excellence, Integrity, and Faith

The preschool at Highlands Christian Academy prepares young students for elementary school and beyond. Our preschool program capitalizes on a time when children’s brains are rapidly developing by laying a foundation of academic knowledge and biblical instruction.

Experienced Christian teachers help children integrate socially so they learn the rules and structures of a classroom, all the while giving each student individualized attention and nurture.

We believe it is critical to instill courage into young children so they will have the confidence to be all that God has planned for them. We want preschoolers to feel comfortable in a school setting and develop a life-long love for learning so they can achieve their God-given dreams and goals.

Pre-K3 Program
Our Pre-K3 classes are for children who are three years old on or before September 1. Our three-year-olds learn alphabet letters and sounds through songs, poems, and hands-on activities. Numbers 1-10 are taught by rote counting and by recognition. The children learn social skills and receive age-appropriate classroom instruction. Bible lessons are incorporated throughout the morning, and a weekly chapel service provides a fun time for learning about Jesus Christ. PreK-3 classes are held Monday through Friday, 8:00–11:45 a.m.

VPK Program
HCA participates in Florida’s Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten (VPK) program for four-year-old children. VPK is a legislatively mandated, tuition-free program designed to prepare every four-year-old in Florida for kindergarten—and build a foundation for his or her educational success.

Any child who is four years old on or before September 1 is eligible to participate in VPK. Classes are held Monday through Friday, 8:00–11:15 a.m. The curriculum includes phonics, numbers, Bible, writing, social studies, social skills, character development, and language development.

By the end of the school year, 85 percent of VPK students will be able to read short and long vowel words, recite 24 Bible verses, recognize numbers in and out of order up to 20, and count 1-100. The students also participate in a chapel service each week and other special events throughout the year.

Afternoon Enrichment Program
Our afternoon P.R.E.P.A.R.E program picks up where the regular school day ends, offering K3 and K4 children enhanced learning skills, special classes, field trips, gardening, life lessons from the Bible, and special guests from different careers and walks of life. This program broadens the students’ education and awareness of the world they live in while reinforcing Christian character traits.

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