Choosing the right kindergarten to kick off your child's academic career is both exciting...and nerve-racking. Our free guide has 12 helpful tips you need to navigate the process, and make the best decision possible for your family!
To get your student enrolled in kindergarten at Whitmore Lake Elementary School, please click the button below to begin your online enrollment. Once you’ve completed the enrollment forms, we use them as resources so the caring teachers at WLES can determine what level your child is at developmentally so they can best meet his or her needs in the classroom.
Some of the most important moments in your child’s development happen while at school. As parents ourselves, we understand the desire to send your child somewhere that’s comfortable and safe, yet challenging for their minds. Helping students learn and grow, beyond what even they thought they were capable of, is what we do best at Whitmore Lake Public Schools. Our unique and well-praised kindergarten program at WLES is no different. Our small class sizes are by design and allow us to place a strong focus on providing a personalized education to each student. The caring staff at WLES meets each student where he or she is at developmentally to facilitate his or her growth. Additionally, our curriculum allows our staff to branch out from traditional teaching methods to develop critical thinking and creativity. Because of these factors, you’ll find our students flourish in traditional education subjects like math and reading, but also in music, art, and physical education. However, it is our tight-knit, inclusive, family-like community that really makes the difference. By sending your child to Whitmore Lake Elementary School, you can be confident they’re in a place where he or she is known, cared for, and supported.
“[Studies] demonstrate that students who are assigned to smaller classes in grades K-3rd do better in every way that can be measured: they score higher on tests, receive better grades, and exhibit improved attendance.”
– U.S. Department of Education
Our classes are about 20% smaller than competing schools, allowing more one-on-one attention from our teachers for our students.
Our cohesive curriculum develops strong math, reading, and writing skills in kindergarten and builds on them each following school year.
In addition to our foundational learning courses, our students also experience music, art, and physical education classes.
Our tight-knit community of staff and parents are committed to creating a safe learning environment through stringent security protocols.
Parent involvement is strongly encouraged, and our active PTO provides a built-in school family and support network.
Your child isn’t just a number here. We know all our students on a first-name basis, and we care for them like our own at WLES.
Literacy- Reading and writing are critical skills that we help our students incrementally grow over time. At the beginning of the school year, we work with our students to tell stories through pictures and then develop their vocabulary and ability to write full sentences throughout the year.
Math- Math is an important, foundational building block of education at WLES. Our cohesive K-6 math curriculum begins in kindergarten by teaching our students addition, subtraction, and other math skills through fun and engaging methods.
Art & Music- Inspiring young minds through creativity is incredibly beneficial to their overall education and growth. At Whitmore Lake, our kindergartners get daily opportunities to make arts and crafts, sing, dance, play instruments, and much more to cultivate a fun and well-rounded learning experience.
Social Emotional Learning- Learning how to interact with the world is an important first step in early childhood education. Each day, our students work on communicating, managing emotions, interacting with their classmates and teachers, showing empathy for others, problem-solving, and following classroom rules and routines.
“Students in smaller classes perform better in all subjects and on all assessments when compared to their peers in larger classes. In smaller classes, students tend to be as much as one to two months ahead in content knowledge, and they score higher on standardized assessments.”
– National Council of Teachers of English
Ms. Clawson has been teaching at Whitmore Lake for 3 years, and this is her first year in kindergarten. Building relationships with her students is the foundation of her teaching style, and she frequently makes adjustments to how she runs her classroom in order to accommodate each child's individual needs. She believes that the enthusiasm of the staff and community are what make WLPS a great place to work and learn.
Ms. Sloan has been teaching at WLPS for almost 4 years. This is her first year teaching kindergarten, and she cherishes every opportunity to see her students learn and grow. Ms. Sloan believes the fantastic staff at WLES and the tight-knit community of Whitmore Lake are a vital part of the confidence and development of her students.
Before becoming a kindergarten teacher, Ms. Taylor taught at the Whitmore Lake ECC where she was able to experience the WLES kindergarten program and the caring environment first hand. She jumped at the first chance to become a part of it herself. Ms. Taylor finds that the most rewarding part of being a kindergarten teacher is helping her students develop the skills they will use for the rest of their lives.
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