Whole Kids Academy is pleased to offer a K-2 program for children and families craving a hands-on, engaging and academically rigorous educational program. Children can count on spending their school year in a warm, familiar, and loving learning environment where they may continue to learn and be challenged through engaging, hands-on activities. Our team is dedicated to nourishing children’s hearts and minds, while teaching them the skills and language necessary to advocate for themselves, think critically, and use their creativity and ingenuity to solve problems.
Our Kindergarten program will serve as a continuation of our preschool program, offering full Spanish immersion which gives children the added benefit of another year of Spanish and also learning to read and write in the language. With the exception of limited English Language Arts (ELA) instruction and addressing social-emotional needs, children may expect to receive full instruction in Spanish throughout their school day. Additionally, children will receive instruction targeting all MCPS Kindergarten learning objectives including letter sounds, phonemic awareness, word families, sight words, writing and print, mathematic concepts, and early science and social study skills, and have daily opportunity to engage in music, art, physical education and other life skill activities. Project based learning and unit studies throughout the year will provide children with opportunities to explore their individual interests and build upon their creativity, motivation, problem-solving skills and confidence.
Our 1st and 2nd grade program will be moving toward a private school model and accreditation, but keeping the core values of our previous homeschool co-op. Our goal is to reignite children’s curiosity and love for learning this year through stimulating lessons, hands-on learning and activities that both challenge and inspire them to dig deeper. While core academic subjects of history and ELA will be taught in English each day, our afternoons will take place in our tried-and-true Spanish immersion model, with all instruction and conversations led by a native Spanish speaking teacher. Academics will go hand in hand with our desire to invest deeply in children’s continued social-emotional growth and development. Our team is dedicated to nourishing children’s hearts and minds, while teaching them the skills and language necessary to advocate for themselves, think critically and use their creativity and ingenuity to solve problems.
Curriculum and Educational Philosophy
We believe that all children should be seen as individuals and that each child’s educational path provides the opportunity for a unique learning experience. While Whole Kids Academy’s K-2 program will align with Montgomery County Public School’s benchmarks and objectives to ensure children stay on par with their peers and meet the expectations for their grade level, we want to provide children experiences that will expand their curiosity and wonder beyond MCPS’s standards.
We believe in small group instruction and one-on-one support from our most tenured teachers will allow your child the opportunity to move through our curricula at his or her own pace, advancing in areas of strength and interest. We know that one teacher has the ability to alter the course of a child, which is why our K-2 teachers and staff have been hand-picked for their roles. Every teacher within our program meets stringent requirements for education and experience, to ensure they are well prepared to meet the academic, social and emotional needs of each child.
Spanish remains a key component in our curriculum, as we believe all children should have access to expand their language, communication and comprehension prior to their middle school years. By implementing an immersion rich curriculum, children are provided direct instruction from native Spanish speakers allowing for life-long benefits of core executive functions including increased problem solving, self-awareness, self-regulation, self-motivation and working memory.
Our Spanish-Immersion model provides an additional element to our specials, physical education, cooking, art, music and STEM as children are already engaged in these kid-favorite subjects, the language aspect encourages children to use their communication skills and reinforce what they are learning in a fun new way.
We know that the early school years provide a short window of opportunity to tap into each child’s unique learning lens and provide an engaging academic experience. We aim to reach each child’s natural curiosity through our hands-on approach to learning, creating a life-long thirst for knowledge and making an impact in the educational future of each child who walks through our doors.
Our K-2 program will be held Monday – Friday from 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. with core learning hours taking place from 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. daily. Children in our K-2 program have the opportunity to extend their day by enrolling in our Aventuras After School Enrichment Program!
Upon arrival, our students will be provided with a warm and personalized welcome from our dedicated teachers and staff, before engaging in a full day of learning:
8:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. Arrival and Morning Activities
8:30 a.m. – 8:45 a.m. Morning Meeting
8:45 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Language Arts
10:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. Snack and Daily Stretch
10:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Math
12:00 p.m. – 12:30 p.m. Lunch
12:30 p.m. – 1:15 p.m. Outdoor Recess and Activities
1:15 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. History/Science/Project Based Learning
2:00 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. Art/Music/PE/Cooking/STEM
2:45 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Daily Spanish Reading and Writing Instruction
3:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Intentional Learning Through Play(Kindergarten)/Wrap Up AM Work/Projects
3:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Departure
Tentative Calendar of Events
The Whole Kids Academy K-2 program follows the Whole Kids Academy Calendar of Events. Our first day of school this year is Monday, August 30th and our last day is planned for Wednesday, June 15th (pending any changes due to inclement weather days). When school is out for the summer, students have the option to enroll for our nine-week Aventuras Summer Camp!
Whole Kids Academy K-2 will not meet on the following dates for teacher planning, school breaks or in observance of federal holidays:
Tuition and Fees
Our enrollment runs on an academic calendar year from August 30, 2021 – June 15, 2022 and children are enrolled for the full academic year. Tuition for the 2021-22 school year will be $19,215.
We provide a variety of payment options to our families, allowing families to determine which payment arrangement works best for them. Families may provide one lump sum payment (with a 5 percent discount), two equal payments (2.5 percent discount) or sign up for a convenient payment schedule for 21 bi-weekly payments of $915 to begin on August 27, 2021.
There will be a one-time registration, books and materials fee of $750 due March 12, 2021 along with confirmation of enrollment.
Commitment for the Year
Your child’s enrollment is confirmed for the entire school year from August 30, 2021 – June 15, 2022. Should your family choose to un-enroll prior to the end of a school year for any reason, you will forfeit your child’s placement in our program as well as any tuition and fees paid. Additionally, you may be billed for any outstanding tuition payments for the school year.
We are now accepting admissions applications for our K-2 program! Please note that applications will be considered on a first come, first serve basis, and all enrollments will be confirmed with an official enrollment invitation from our administrative team.
To assist our families in the registration process, kindly find our registration check list below for a step-by-step guide to our process:
If you have any additional questions regarding our program, please don't hesitate to reach out for more information. You may call us at (240) 242-4957 or send an email to our School Director, Hannah McNally at firstname.lastname@example.org.