Elementary (Kinder – 5th Grade)

2-year Kindergarten

(Ages 4 to 5 years old)

In September 2005 we introduced a 2-year Kindergarten program for ages 4 to 5 years old. It was developed by Maria Luna, who has over 20 years of experience with this age group. Randall Johnson now directs and teaches the Kindergartners.

This program is designed for children who are ready to transition to the more structured academic and social challenges of Kindergarten.  Students who show Kindergarten readiness in the areas of academic development and social maturity are eligible to apply to this program.

The 2-year curriculum emphasizes personal and social development, language and literacy, mathematical thinking, social studies and the arts.  Children in the program will:

  • Learn self-discipline;
  • Learn to trust themselves and others;
  • Develop communication skills;
  • Learn to listen with prolonged attentiveness;
  • Gain the ability to follow through on assigned tasks;
  • Learn to be independent;
  • Be prepared academically to enter the 1st grade;



(1st through 5th grades)

Katherine Michiels School Elementary Program (KMS) is currently enrolling students for an innovative program with a curriculum that addresses the needs of multiple learning styles for Kindergarten through 5th grade. KMS is taking the lead in developing a progressive curriculum where art, music, dance, Spanish, language, outdoor education, and creative writing are core to an academic program that is project based and specific to each of our learners taking inspiration from Mel Levine, Slingerland, Reggio Emilia Project Based Learning, and similar techniques.

Our program places a strong emphasis on social, academic, and emotional development. We encourage children to take responsibility for themselves and others; and allow them freedom to develop a strong sense of self. In addition, we find that when kids are engaged and involved in the learning process as they are at KMS, learning becomes fun for them.

KMS has always attracted families who are interested and invested in having their children immersed in a unique learning environment. Our child-centered and child-directed philosophy serves as a foundation for the innovative programs in our elementary curriculum. This approach is effective for all grade levels; as well as students with dyslexia or leaning style differences.

Visit  Our Learning Environment and Curriculum for more information.