NEW JUNIOR KINDERGARTEN ANNOUNCED FOR FALL 2020
The Knox School of Santa Barbara’s Kindergarten program will be expanding to add a Junior Kindergarten this Fall for the 2020/2021 school year. This extended program welcomes formally identified high IQ learners who will be as young as age four this Fall and boasts an inquiry-based and Reggio Emilia play-based gifted curriculum. Applications are now being accepted.
The school is hosting a series of Fireside Chats in February to provide Knox-curious parents with the opportunity to have candid conversations with current Knox parents about their experiences with the school. These will be held on February 11, 20, and 27. RSVP for venue locations to (805) 222-0107 or [email protected].
The Knox School believes in the importance of identifying giftedness at an early age, as guided by many experts in gifted education. Studies have shown that young gifted children (ages birth to 8) are a highly underserved population. Early identification and ability-based support has been shown to significantly increase the psychological and intellectual well-being of the child and informs their entire educational path.
“These children often go through asynchronous development, meaning that their intellectual, academic, social, and emotional needs develop at different rates than a neurotypical child,” said Dr. Angela Tanner, Founder and Director of The Knox School of Santa Barbara.
Dr. Tanner’s doctorate is in Cognitive Neuroscience and her experience with utilizing her knowledge and skills in the field of gifted education began when her gifted children were very young. Having run the school for the past seven years, she has witnessed the difference that early identification makes.
She said, “We focus on supporting the WHOLE child and acknowledging that, if gifted, a child is gifted 24/7 and not just during a pull-out class. Early identification and intervention set young children on a supported trajectory, allowing development of all their needs, most importantly their sense of self and self-esteem. A teaching environment where their asynchrony is understood and supported prevents a host of less than desirable results.”
The new combined JK/Kindergarten program will be limited to 10 kids total and will feature daily exploration through free play and hands-on projects while exploring mathematics and literacy through direct instruction in ability-based workshops. They will also be exposed to the humanities, natural sciences, STEAM, social studies, music, art, PE, and world language classes through a curriculum that creates opportunities for exploration, active learning, and meaningful connections across subject areas.
The Knox School of Santa Barbara is currently in its 7th year and proudly serves Gifted & Talented students in K-8th grades, with JK beginning this Fall. For more information, visit www.KnoxSchoolSB.org.