District 5’s popular EXCEL 4K program accepting applications

Lexington-Richland School District Five is now accepting applications for its tuition-based 4-year-old kindergarten program.

logoThe District Five EXCEL (Exposing Children to Early Learning) 4K program is open to families residing in the District Five attendance zone. The program has two locations to serve students from across District Five. Parents can choose either the Irmo Elementary School or River Springs Elementary School sites.

Applications for the first-come, first-serve program are currently being accepted. Families are encouraged to apply as soon as possible as this high quality program reaches capacity very quickly. Potential students must be 4 years old on or before Sept. 1, 2017.

“District Five believes that all families should have access to quality 4-year-old kindergarten,” stated Christina Melton, District Five’s Chief Instructional Officer. “This is not just childcare. We offer our 4-year-old students a high-quality educational experience including standards-based curriculum, ability-based instruction and special area classes all taught by certified teachers. The program is a continuation of our efforts to make sure our community’s needs are met and students achieve success throughout their academic careers.”

Irmo Elementary School principal Tina McCaskill has continued to be a tremendous supporter of the EXCEL 4K program. “EXCEL 4K really is about getting students socially and emotionally prepared for school. Students and parents leave the program more confident and ready for their first day of kindergarten,” she stated.

River Springs Elementary School principal Melanie Cohen was extremely pleased with how well EXCEL 4K went in its first year. “Our EXCEL class has been an excellent addition to the instructional program at River Springs,” Cohen said. “The program has attracted many families to our school from throughout District Five and we are excited about welcoming our second class of EXCEL families for the 2016-2017 school year.”

School officials say tuition-based programs like EXCEL provide an option for students who do not meet the criteria for the district’s needs-based pre-K program. At a cost of $150 weekly, EXCEL is a self-sufficient program. No state or local funding is used; and tuition covers the cost of its teachers, operations and other expenses. After school care is available at both school sites. Screening is not required for the EXCEL 4K program, and parents must provide transportation for students.

“We are fortunate in District Five to have great options for 4-year-old kindergarten,” said Michael Guliano, District Five Director of Elementary Education. “Our tuition-based program gives families the option to start their students a year early and tap all the resources available through District Five. We are thrilled to continue offering the EXCEL program at Irmo Elementary and River Springs Elementary and seeing all the benefits of 4K for our young scholars.”

To apply, parents must call or visit either Irmo Elementary School (7401 Gibbes Street, Irmo, SC 29063) or River Springs Elementary School (115 Connie Wright Road, Irmo, SC 29063). For more information about District Five’s EXCEL tuition-based 4K program, call Irmo Elementary School at 803-476-4200 or River Springs Elementary School at 803-476-4400.

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