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Kindergarten at Highlands

Kindergarten at Highlands

In the early years, children need to be challenged and supported in a nurturing environment. With personal, one-on-one time with teachers and well-equipped, developmentally appropriate classrooms, kindergarteners at Highlands thrive while building foundations across many core subjects. Our progressive, student-centered academic environment focuses on intellectual, physical, social, emotional, and creative growth during this important year. The following highlights make our Kindergarten program one of the best in Birmingham, AL.

Early Literacy
Reading and writing are essential skills that students must master. Our kindergarteners are exposed to age-appropriate literature every day, discovering new stories and honing reading skills along the way. All students are actively engaged in group reading projects, as well as individual attention from their teacher. Writing and drawing are also critical elements of our early literacy initiative, allowing students to express their own ideas clearly.

Mathematics Focus
Mathematics is a universal language that students will use throughout their academic lives and beyond. It is crucial that kindergarteners develop positive attitudes toward math. We make this important subject fun through hands-on activities and projects designed to feel like games. Learning tools like geoboards, unit blocks, and tangrams build proficiency of the basics.

21st Century Learning
Never has it been so important that students are trained as 21st century learners. Our teachers, facilities, and classroom resources foster education for the future. Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) concepts are stressed in kindergarten through guided collaborative and globally aware learning experiences. Small groups of students work together to think critically, problem solve, and find creative solutions. STEM is not only emphasized in kindergarten, but throughout our academic program. As students learn using the tools of their generation, they are prepared to make a difference in the world.

Special Subjects
In addition to core subjects like language arts, math, social studies, and science, Highlands kindergarteners explore many special subjects. These include world languages (French, Spanish, and Chinese), music, art, physical education, and technology. It’s never too early for students to discover their unique giftings, and our diverse curriculum makes that possible every day.

Tour Our Lower School
Are you looking for a stand-out private kindergarten in Birmingham, AL? We invite you to experience Highlands School firsthand. Scheduling a tour will allow you to meet our teachers, explore our facilities, and see for yourself what makes our program exceptional. Contact us to plan your visit today.
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Highlands School, 4901 Old Leeds Road, Birmingham, AL 35213, (205) 956-9731
Highlands School's 'whole child' approach to education and commitment to academic excellence, creative expression, and leadership development prepare and motivate students in grades 4k through 8 to make a positive difference in an ever-changing world. Located in Birmingham, Alabama, Highlands School holds dual accrediation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) and the Southern Associations of Independent Schools (SAIS).

For more information, visit www.highlandsschool.org.