Kindergarten Connections

Kinder Connections

Kinder Connections is a readiness program that is held at Ballard Elementary School.  It is not an accelerated preschool or a slowed down kindergarten program.  The curriculum is a blend of preschool and kindergarten standards specifically designed to prepare your child for his/her school career.  Our goal is to get KC learners proficient in first quarter kindergarten skills by the end of the program year.  All KC learners will attend regular kindergarten the following year.  Niles Kinder Connections prepares all children to learn and achieve at their developmentally appropriate level.  We have smaller class sizes and an Instructional Assistant in each class.  With high expectations, children will develop their social, emotional, fine/gross motor and academic skills through exploration and play-based learning.

Can I choose Kinder Connections for my kindergarten child?
Learners are placed in the Kinder Connections program based on the district kindergarten screening.

Kindergarten Screening

Niles Community Schools screens all incoming kindergarteners during the month of August.  Families sign up for screening when they register their kindergartener.  If a family registers online a staff member will call to set up their screening appointment.  Kindergarten screening allows Niles Schools to address the needs of all learners.  Our goal is for all children to start their school career with the most positive experience we can provide.

Niles Community Schools has created a kindergarten screening assessment to align to the Michigan Core Standards and to assess a child's progress with several different skills throughout the kindergarten school year.  This screener was developed using the research based early literacy assessments.  There are 15 different skills assessed as part of this screener.  Some of the skills will be auditory while others will be written by the child.

Kindergarten Screening Frequently Asked Questions.

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