Curiosity. Play. Discovery. Joy.
Our EC4 program is a lesson in exploration every day. We know that our youngest students learn best through play-based learning that gives them time to explore, discover and learn. Teachers leave a lasting mark on the history of these students as they nurture curiosity, confidence and motivation to love others, love learning and learn skills that will last a lifetime.
“So many years later, the whole EC4 experience came back to us in full color. The fact that 10 years later, my son’s teacher took the time to remember him in such a personal way meant so much to him– and to us. We laughed at the pictures she sent (I cried remembering that little boy!) and reminisced about all the things he learned at the start of his CKS journey. I think what struck me most was that this cherished teacher reminded my child that he is loved by this community. That sums up CKS to me – just irreplaceable.”
– CKS parent whose 8th grader received a letter from his EC4 teacher after graduation
True learning occurs only when children feel safe and loved. This social-emotional philosophy based on brain research is an important part of our school and encompasses every academic skill learned in EC4.
EC4 students dive into math, language arts and reading readiness skills using award-winning curriculum combined with hands-on projects to peak their interest, spark their curiosity and motivate them to love to learn.
Our faith is infused throughout the curriculum – Prayer is a powerful part of an EC4 day, as we encourage a broader understanding of God and all that God created. Our EC4 students also attend school mass beginning in January.
Our play-based program means that students have the opportunity to hone their skills in a joyful, creative manner. We believe that children learn best through meaningful play experiences as it helps develop social skills, oral language and imagination. Play also teaches sharing and empathy, focuses on motor skills, hand-eye coordination and problem-solving.
Our students come to us as digital natives and many are already adept in the technological world. Through the integration of SMART boards in every classroom, iPad carts and the computer lab, students sharpen their computer skills and understand technology’s place in education.
Exploration, discovery and innovation bring our STEM lab to life for our youngest students. Watching 4 and 5 year olds explore the basics of coding, the physics of floatation and the engineering behind robotics brings a whole new meaning to hands-on education.