FDK Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Will all children have access to full-day kindergarten?
Yes, all children eligible for kindergarten will have the option to enroll in either the full-day or the half-day program.

How much does it cost? 
The full-day program in 2019-20 will cost the same as grades 1-5, which is a $125 curricular material fee. The half-day program is the same amount. Parents may apply for a fee waiver, which is based on income level, or may set up a payment plan by contacting Jessica Donato, Chief School Business Official, at 847-498-7900.

What is the advantage of a full-day program over a half-day program?
The full-day program allows teachers the time to encompass the whole child in exploration and discovery learning, as well as social-emotional development. This is accomplished by offering students choice time to explore topics that interest them through books, projects, and play-based learning. It allows the teacher time to extend learning, from concepts introduced as part of the core academics in the morning, into the afternoon. The half-day program meets from 8:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.; school hours are 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Will students who are enrolled in half-day kindergarten be at a disadvantage when entering first grade?
The core curriculum is taught mainly during the morning when all students are present. New concepts for the day will be introduced in the morning when all students are present. The afternoon will be used to reinforce and expand upon those concepts. Also, physical education, computer time and library time will take place in the afternoon. These components were not part of the original half-day kindergarten program.

What is discovery learning?
Purposeful play provides opportunities for students to enrich their understanding of the world. Our kindergarten program was developed with the assistance of nationally recognized consultant Sue Kempton. We have a classroom environment where children experience opportunities that evoke thinking (wondering), discovering (new learning), and feeling. This environment includes different areas where children explore with blocks, science table, water table, painting easels, and computers, to name a few.

Are there certain kids who just aren’t ready for a full-day program?
Typically, most 5- and 6-year-olds can handle a full day of school. At the beginning of the year, students may take some time to adjust, but it’s amazing how fast they adapt. The program is designed to be developmentally appropriate, such that children at the end of the day are not emotionally and psychologically drained. Purposeful play is healthy and involves a great deal of student choice.

Can I opt for some days of the week as full-day and some as half-day?
Enrollment in the full-day program will be handled the same as a first-grader or any other grade in the school. Students can be excused due to illness, for appointments that can’t be made outside the school day, etc. but should be in attendance for the full day throughout the week.

What will the class size be?
Class sizes are evaluated each year. The District goes to great lengths to create small class sizes at the elementary level. While there is no hard-and-fast rule on class size, once a class reaches 20, strong consideration is given to adding another section. Each kindergarten classroom has a teacher and a full-time aide, while classrooms in first through fifth grades have aides four hours a day.

Is there an option for before- or after-school care?
Yes! KidCare is a District 28 program to provide students in their home school with additional care either before or after school. Parents can sign up for one or both times. Days of the week is flexible as well. Registration is in advance. Pricing is dependent on the schedule you choose. See additional details

Is there bus transportation?
The kindergarten students ride the same bus as the first- through fifth-grade students. Families wishing to access the district’s school bus service must sign up using the School Bus Registration form, which is mailed over the summer by the transportation company. Students will be provided with a bus pass, which should be carried at all times.