With a few exceptions, most Optional programs don’t start until 1st grade. You can check out which schools do offer Optional programs in Kindergarten, through the current year’s “Available Spaces” page on the SCS Optional Schools website. If you want your rising kindergartner to start school at the Optional School that you hope they’ll attend in 1st grade, you’ll want to secure a spot in the school’s non-Optional kindergarten. For more information, see SCS’s Optional Schools FAQ.
Spots in some Optional Schools are in high demand, so if there’s one you have your heart set on, you’ll want to pay close attention to all of the application deadlines and admission requirements. And take note — just because you’re zoned to a school that has an Optional program does not necessarily qualify your student to be in an Optional classroom. All students have to qualify based on the school’s Optional eligibility requirements. Make sure you know what they are by checking the current year’s “Entry Requirements” on the SCS Optional Schools website