Welcome to the 2016-17 school year!
The Augusta Preschool family is truly excited to be given the opportunity to serve our young scholars. We take pride in being the only public school of its kind in the Township of Irvington that is exclusively dedicated to 3 and 4-year-old students. Augusta is an outstanding inclusive educational community that is committed to maximizing the development of the “whole child” through developmentally appropriate practices. Our highly trained staff provides students with a quality education in a safe, nurturing environment where they can learn, grow and thrive.
The mission of Augusta Preschool Academy is aligned with the Irvington Public Schools, which is to improve the academic achievement of our learners through a combination of critical thinking and life skills. Our goal is to lay the groundwork for a solid educational foundation by developing the child physically, emotionally, socially and intellectually. At the conclusion of the 2015-16 school year, all of our Pre-K 4 students completed the Kindergarten Needs Assessment Test, and they either met or exceeded the Kindergarten level. In fact, 92% of our general education students, 90% of students with IEPs and 88% of English Language Learners ended the year on a first grade level. We are proud of our accomplishments.
Augusta offers a full day, six-hour comprehensive program. Through the Creative Curriculum and My Math program, students participate in individual, small-group and large-group activities. Students’ home language and culture are respected and appreciated. We offer a language-rich environment that encourage children’s development of early literacy skills through activities like daily read-aloud of high quality children’s literature to promote a love of reading, shared writing experiences that give children the ability to identify and use letters and words to expand their vocabulary and communication skills, and multiple opportunities to identify and practice writing letters and words. We model social concepts such as “please” and “thank you.” We coach children in developing strong relationships with other students and adults. Play-based interest areas for math, science, dramatic play, music, creative arts and computers provide opportunities to balance and stimulate both shared and independent learning experiences. The curriculum offers children-initiated and teacher-directed activities to ensure Kindergarten readiness and overall academic success.
The school provides a clean and secure facility that places a high priority on the health and safety of students and staff. Our school day is structured to support the teaching and learning process. We utilize multi-modal teaching techniques to engage students in the lesson (e.g. auditory, visual, and kinesthetic); daily lessons employ real-life experiences; and transitions between activities are managed effectively to promote continual student engagement. Faculty and students have access to sufficient and innovative technological tools and networked information resources. Class sizes are small with no more than 15 students in each classroom. Highly qualified teachers and paraprofessionals are located in every classroom.
Parent involvement is a top priority at Augusta Preschool Academy. We strongly believe that the family and teachers must form a close alliance for the benefit of each child in the school. There are several ways that parents can get involved. Parents are expected to read to their child each night and return a completed Reading Log at the end of the week. A Lending Library is available to students in each classroom. Also, Augusta has a very active PTA that meets on the third Tuesday of every month. Parents are encouraged to join the Parent Teacher Association (PTA), and/or the School Leadership Council (SLC). They may attend parent workshops that cover a number of different issues, such as children’s language development and learning styles, parent nurturing and discipline strategies, child abuse prevention, and nutrition and health practices. In addition, parents may attend school assembly programs, Back to School Night, and Parent-Teacher Conferences. Parents may decide to chaperone a field trip or participate in Celebrity Read, Read Across America, and The Week Of the Young Child activities. There are so many wonderful activities throughout the year that parents could get involved in.
Additional services are available to parents of Augusta Preschool Academy which include: The Preschool Intervention Referral Team (PIRT), a Child Study Team that strictly services the preschool population and a Parent Involvement Specialist who provides support and resources to preschool parents. Before and Aftercare services are also available to parents that begin at 7:30 a.m. and conclude at 5:30 p.m. daily. We are committed to building an ever-stronger village that will support the needs of each learner and challenge each student to learn and grow at his/her own optimal rate.
Let’s get ready for a spectacular school year! From our family to yours, thank you for choosing Augusta Preschool Academy.