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, physical education, and even Mandarin Chinese! 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, Mandarin Chinese, 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.
Mandarin- At Whitmore Lake, we believe that broadening our students’ horizons and fostering their curiosity makes them avid and eager learners. We offer Mandarin language classes to our kindergartens so they can learn Chinese letters, symbols, words, and open their minds to other cultures.
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
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.
Ms. MacDonell has been teaching kindergarten at Whitmore Lake for over eight years, and she still cherishes every opportunity to see her students learn and grow. Ms. MacDonell believes the fantastic staff at the Elementary School and the tight-knit community in Whitmore Lake are a vital part of the confidence and development of her students.
Ms. Ouillette is passionate about creating a fun and supportive classroom environment for her students where everyone is encouraged to make and learn from their mistakes. She believes that WLES and the kindergarten program are unique in their success because of the commitment to specialized care for students.
During the field trip, children and their families can visit WLES and classrooms during school time. Children coming from ECC will ride the bus to and from the school. Children who do not attend the ECC are welcome to join along with their parents!
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Screening will take place at the WLPS Early Childhood Center for children attending school at the ECC. For those children who are not in WLPS Preschool, the screening will occur at WLES. More information will be available at kindergarten round up.
To get your student enrolled in kindergarten at Whitmore Lake Elementary School, you’ll need to fill out a few forms and questionnaires, including the School District Registration Form. Once you’ve filled out the 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. To enroll, please complete and submit the following forms to our administrative office at WLES.
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