Frequently-Asked Questions about the GCS Early Education Program
What ages do you serve? Our program starts with the K3 experience for three-year-old and extends into our K4 Experience/Junior Kindergarten Experience. We offer Half-Day and Full-Day options as well as Before and After Care.
What are your school hours and schedule? Our morning schedule begins at 8:15AM and includes center time, art, circle time Bible time, learning time (literacy and language, number/math skills, exploratory science & history), gross motor games, story time, music/songs and reflection time. Dismissal for Half Day students is at 12:00PM. The day continues with an additional learning time to reinforce concepts from the morning, learning centers, lunch, rest time, more gross motor activities, additional story time and music/songs and language activity. Dismissal is at 3:15PM. (Before Care is available starting at 7:00AM and After Care is available until 6:00PM.)
What distinguishes your program at Grove Christian School in terms of the early childhood experience? Students have opportunities to express creativity, develop interactive skills, learn problem-solving skills, learn memory verses, engage in worship and chapel, engage in field trips, and engage in play in both an indoor and outdoor playspace. Students regularly engage in hands-on activities, unit themes, and specially-themed days to enhance their learning.
How would you describe your developmental focus in the program at Grove Christian School? Our curriculum is designed and and vertically aligned to meet the developmental needs of children spiritually, intellectually, socially, emotionally and physically and is based on Virginia's Foundation Blocks for Early Learning.
How would you describe your team of teachers at Grove Christian School? Our team of early childhood teachers is made up of degreed professionals with experience, training, certifications - and most importantly, a love for the Lord and His children. The team commits to prayer with and for each child so that each child knows that they are a special child of God.
How do you partner with parents for a Christ-centered early education program? We communicate about the development of your child through regular communication that goes home and in conferences we schedule with you. WE ARE ONE is our school's theme. It is incorporated into every aspect of Grove education.
Our mission is to partner with Christian parents by providing a Christ-centered educational environment that integrates learning with biblical faith so that students can achieve God's purpose for their lives - spiritually, intellectually, socially, and physically.
- Full and half day programs for K3, K4 and Kindergarten
- ACSI accreditation
- Small class sizes
- Hands-on learning
- Phonics-based reading instruction
- Weekly trips to the park (weather permitting)
- Field trips
- Manipulative-based, hands-on math
- Parent involvement
- Bible via memorization
- Music and poetry integration
- Enriching story time
- Special Events: Pajama Day, International Day, Beach Day
- Subject-oriented art projects
- Indoor play space
- Field Day
- Student aides from our high school
- Weekly chapels