Next Door Charter School parents receive a variety of written guides for choosing a school and preparing their child for transitioning to a elementary school. Brochures materials included:
How Do I Know When My Child Is Ready For Kindergarten?
How to select a good school?
How do I enroll a child?
What will my child do in school?
What can I do at home to prepare my child for school?
Parents receive help in planning for their child’s transition to first grade, and staff work individually with families to prepare them for this difficult process. The school emphasizes parent involvement in the transition process and empowers parents in their crucial role in their child’s educational journey.
The transition from a preschool setting to the more formal first grade experience can be traumatic for children and parents. Good transitions require the building of relationships between parents, pre-school teachers and children, and an effective partnership can support a child’s progress. Next Door Charter School realizes through past experience the significant difference between the nurturing environment of pre-school and the academic requirements of elementary school.
For the past few years, Next Door has partnered with nearby Clarke Street Elementary School. The partnership strives to strengthen and support each school’s individual identity, yet encourage authentic collaborations for the good of the students, families, school, and surrounding community. Collaborative transition activities take place year-round, and Clarke Street School teachers work with NDF staff to define and document reading, comprehension, and vocabulary expectations for transitioning students. In the future, school leaders envision an increasing number of students receiving continuity of support that begins with early childhood programming at Next Door and carries on through eighth grade graduation from Clarke Street School.