Kindergarten

Welcome To Kindergarten

Grace Lutheran Preschool & Kindergarten (GLPK) has offered an innovative, Christ-centered education since 1966. Our commitment to provide each child with a personal, individualized learning experience in a nurturing environment builds self-esteem and creates a solid foundation for learning. We want your child to love learning—to come home happy each day, full of new ideas and stories to share. 

GLPK is a Private Academic School certified by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Our curriculum follows Pennsylvania Kindergarten Standards required by the Departments of Education and Public Welfare and meets the curriculum content guidelines used by the State College Area School District. Our commitment to the surrounding community helps children to learn they have an important place in the larger world.

We believe children learn best through thoughtfully planned activities that enable them to gain knowledge through real-life connections, peer interactions, meaningful play, and active exploration of their surroundings.  We strive to provide an environment that stimulates and engages each child’s curiosity about the world around them and meets their individual physical, emotional, developmental and cultural needs.  

Kindergarten at Grace offers your family flexibility so you can customize a program and schedule that are best for your child.  Our small class size permits teachers to individualize curriculum and apply different teaching methods to address each student’s individual academic, social and emotional needs. Flexible scheduling options allow your child to make a gradual transition to a five-day, full-day educational experience, with the best possible                      social, developmental and educational options.

The students enjoy music, art, physical education, and library classes weekly, led by specialists in each area.  They also attend a monthly Chapel program.

  • Class size:

    Maximum of 16 children; One certified teacher and one teacher’s aide

  • Student / Staff ratio:

    8 children/1 staff member

  • Days class is offered:

    5 days (M – F)

  • Time of class:

    9 am to 12:45 pm, including time for lunch; option to extend the day until 2:30 with enrichment

Staff credentials:

Lead teacher holds a PA teaching certificate in Elementary Childhood Education and/or Certification from the PA State Board of Private Academic Schools in the area of Nursery/Kindergarten.

General schedule

  • Journal Writing
  • Morning Meeting/Circle Time
  • Bathroom and Snack
  • Centers—writing, science, math, reading, & creative arts
  • Rotating special subjects:  Physical Education, Art, Music and Library
  • Guided Reading & Writing
  • Large Muscle Play
  • Bathroom, Lunch, Dismissal

Educational goals, activities and skills we focus on:

  • Following directions
  • Phonetic foundation
  • Sound Spelling
  • Self-Expression
  • Problem Soloving
  • Socialization skills
  • Graphing
  • Estimating
  • introduction to Ipad
  • Story comprehension
  • Sight Words
  • “Kid writing”/Journal Self writing
  • Reading skills
  • Patterning
  • Measuring
  • Simple Addition and Subtraction
  • Prediction and Experimentation
  • Science (exploratory and hands on)

Transportation

The State College Area School District provides bus transportation for students enrolled in our kindergarten morning class (9am -12:45).  Students must reside within the district in order to be eligible. Those who attend enrichment classes must make alternative arrangements for transportation home after those classes. 

GLPK Kindergarten Attendance Policy

Addendum to GLPK Handbook 10.2.2018 

If your child will be absent, please call the GLPK school office at 238-8110 to report their absence.  Please send a signed excuse with your child upon their return to school within three days of them returning to school

  • 3 unexcused absences may result in a 1st offense being filed
  • 10 or more absences (not counting education trips or doctor excused absences) will require doctor's excused for any additional absences

Tardy- Students that arrive after 9:00 a.m. report to the office with an excuse and are then taken to class.  (Missing the bus or sleeping in, is an unexcused tardy.)

Early Dismissal - Students must bring a signed note to school on the days they are dismissed early from school.

Educational Trips - (a total of 10 day per academic year) Trips of a half day or more require an Educational Trip Form and two weeks advance notice.    The Educational Trip Form must be submitted to GLPK's Assistant Director and she will notify the classroom teacher and school director.  Educational trips must be approved prior to the trip or the absences will be considered unexcused.    Educational Trip Forms can be obtained from the GLPK office or by clicking here Educational Trip Form.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the GLPK Director at 238-8110 or by emailing glpk@glcpa.org.


“We decided to send our son to Grace for Kindergarten because we wanted him to have one more year in a smaller, more personal environment.  We also like the flexibility of him going five mornings with two extended days, instead of five full days.” – Janet and Michael Gess, parents, State College

“Grace Lutheran’s Kindergarten was an unbelievably positive experience for our son.  He progressed so quickly over the school year due to the outstanding student-to-teacher ratio and the quality of the staff.  Grace Lutheran Kindergarten is a magical place for children to be themselves and cultivate a passion for learning.  – Jen Rahne, parents, State College

“Grace Lutheran’s Kindergarten helps children discover, explore and learn to their fullest potential.  The wonderfully small class size provides the teacher with the ability to help the children develop based on their individual needs.  The program is designed to promote both social and academic development and to lay a strong foundation on which to build.”  - Anne Goodall, Kindergarten Teacher.

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