Omaha Catholic School Consortium, St. Thomas More and Holy Cross schools will offer full day transitional kindergarten (TK) in the 2017-2018 school year. These two schools will be the first in the Archdiocese of Omaha to offer this type of full day program.
Transitional kindergarten is a two year kindergarten program meant to support students who are eligible for kindergarten, but are not academically and/or socially ready to be successful in a traditional kindergarten setting. The program also supports children who have just missed the Nebraska age guideline for entrance into kindergarten. Through a combination of prekindergarten and kindergarten curriculum, the program intends to help every child be on grade level by third grade, if not sooner. TK students partake in all aspects of a school day just like K through 8th grade students.
Donna Bishop, Assistant Superintendent of Catholic Schools shared, “The benefits of transitional kindergarten set students up for success long-term as they have less anxiety, less need for remedial services and/or retention.” Bishop continued, “Data has revealed students that have attended TK have higher achievement scores beyond third grade.”
Dr. Patrick Slattery, Superintendent of Catholic Schools shared, “TK programs are successfully occurring and expanding in other dioceses throughout the country. The programs are leading to enhancements in Catholic School enrollment and academic gains for those students receiving the TK curriculum.”
“Our teachers and administrators are committed to cultivating every student’s social, emotional, and academic confidence. Transitional kindergarten will open the door for more students to benefit from our respectful, Christ-centered environment where children thrive,” shared Dr. Slattery.
The Archdiocese of Omaha is represented by 70 schools across Northeast Nebraska committed to Awakening Greatness in its students.
The mission of Omaha Catholic School Consortium provides academic, administrative and financial support to its member schools to ensure students have access to an exceptional education in a nurturing and culturally unique environment, where they are encouraged to explore their Catholic faith and become Disciples of Christ. We are committed to Catholic education that will thrive in our community for generations to come.
This blog post was submitted by the Omaha Catholic School Consortium and represents the May 17, 2017 press release content.