Christina School District KN 2021-2022 Application
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Note: A parent residing within the State of Delaware may seek to enroll that parent’s child in a public school in any school district, charter school, magnet school or vocational-technical school through this application. Any student not currently registered in a public school in the State of Delaware must be registered in their School of Residence before submitting a Delaware Standard Application for Educational Options. Click here to search for your child’s School of Residence and check with your School of Residence for required paperwork.
Note: All students applying to a Delaware Public School District and/or Charter School must first register in their School of Residence before submitting a School Choice application.
Special Programs Information
FOR ELEMENTARY STUDENTS:
Dual Language Immersion – Chinese – at Downes Elementary School (Available for Kindergarten and possible limited seating for 1st Grade students only)
The Christina School District offers a dual language immersion program in Chinese at Downes Elementary School. Students receive instruction for half the day in English for reading, language arts and for support in mathematics, science and social studies. During the other half of the day, students receive instruction in Chinese in Chinese Language, mathematics, science, and social studies. Students continue to be taught in a similar fashion receiving instruction in Chinese for half the day and English for the other half through 5th grade. More than forty years of research documents the power of immersion education to help students attain high levels of world language proficiency. Applications are open to all students entering kindergarten only, with limited capacity available. Parents who feel that their child might have significant communication delays in their first language should seriously weigh the pros and cons of applying to an immersion program. Parents interested in the Chinese Immersion program should contact Downes Elementary School directly with questions. When applying for the program, please be sure to select “Chinese Immersion Kindergarten” from the drop down when selecting Downes Elementary as your school educational option.
In addition to the Delaware Standard Application for Educational Options (CHOICE), parents interested in this program are required to submit the Chinese Immersion application to the school. Please contact Downes Elementary School to obtain the program application.
Montessori Academy at Christina (MAC) – at The Bancroft School (Available for Grades 1 to 3 only)
“Montessori” is a term that has many layers: A method, a philosophy, and a set of materials, Montessori is a form of education that can suit any learner. Here are a few reasons why you should choose a Montessori education for your child: Multi-age classrooms allow children to learn from each other and practice what they are learning in an authentic way. The Montessori Method has several tenets that speak to the needs of children as they grow, and learn a main one being the importance of multi-aged classrooms. These classrooms allow younger children to learn from older classmates and older children to firm up their knowledge by guiding, and therefore practicing with younger, less capable ones.
Montessori classrooms enable independent learners. The Montessori Method seeks to guide children to independence. Activities, lessons, materials, and experiences in the classroom all lead children to be able to “do it myself.”
The importance of hands-on learning originated in Montessori classrooms. The Montessori Method recognizes the importance of the senses in learning. Hands-on lessons allow children to build a conceptual base kinesthetically; as Dr. Maria Montessori said, “The hands are the instruments of man’s intelligence.”
Montessori students learn organizational skills that help them throughout their education and life. The concrete Montessori Materials are designed to help children develop coordination, order, and control. Lessons are designed to help them internalize a complete cycle of work: students get out a material or activity, carry it to a self-chosen work place, complete the work in the way it was presented, record the results, and return the work to its place of origin in the classroom. Students internalize this cycle which prepares them for completing all the tasks and work that lie ahead in life from science fair projects to household chores.
All applicants (regardless of feeder school) are required to submit a 2021-2022 Delaware Standard Application for Educational Options (CHOICE) for these programs.