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Wellesley schools consider shift to full-day kindergarten

Posted by Derek McLean  October 28, 2011 03:47 PM

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The Wellesley School Department is considering a proposal to shift the current hybrid kindergarten schedule to a full-day kindergarten, the superintendent announced today.

Wellesley Superintendent Bella Wong sent out a letter to Wellesley families informing them of the proposal this afternoon.

In the letter, Wong said the last time a shift was reviewed was in 1996. "Discussions have been initiated among the elementary principals and Central Office administration, and we are in the process of reviewing input from staff," she said.

Wong said that factors that are being considered include:

• Research citing the academic and social benefits of full day kindergarten

• More flexibility to schedule specialists to allow for longer blocks of uninterrupted instructional time

• Additional time to progress through a curriculum that has been added to since the current schedule was put in place.

• More time to support initiatives intended to narrow achievement gaps

• Acknowledgement that the current hybrid model can be can be expensive and challenging for families in terms of scheduling.

Wong said families are invited to a forum on Wednesday, Nov. 16, at 7 p.m. in the Sprague Elementary School Library, located at 401 School St.

"The forum will be an opportunity for us to share thoughts about full day kindergarten, hear of any concerns and answer questions from the community," said Wong.

Derek McLean can be reached at dbmclean1@gmail.com.

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