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The PreK–8 Experience

The PreK–8 Experience

Toddler through Middle School through Life

Whether you consider public or private or start at one school and move to another, choosing the right education for your child can be overwhelming. Childhood and adolescence are critical periods of growth and development, and you want an environment where your child can fulfill their greatest potential.

Research shows that students who attend the same school through 8th grade have significant advantages over their peers who move to a separate middle school. Students thrive in an environment where they feel safe, have strong connections, and opportunities for academic achievement and personal growth. They become better equipped for success in high school, college, and beyond.

The Inly PreK–8 Experience provides:

  • A teaching community dedicated to the most formative years of your child’s development. Inly teachers are trained to recognize a child’s cognitive, physical, and social-emotional development stages and are skilled at encouraging continued growth. Students become comfortable in their learning and develop greater confidence and self-esteem.
  • A strong parent/school partnership. At Inly, teachers and parents work collaboratively to foster the child's development and ensure a greater sense of wellbeing. When families stay through 8th grade, even stronger connections develop. The community of teachers, families, and students get to know each other well, and the child has a wonderful sense of continuity. We welcome parent involvement in middle school as much as in the early years.
  • Opportunities for collaboration and leadership. In multi-age classes spanning two or three years, older students serve as leaders and mentors, while younger students feel supported and gain confidence. Middle School students (grades 7 and 8) can take on greater responsibility as the oldest students on campus. 

Research supports a PreK–8 experience:

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Mixed age groups
Class groupings that span two-three years build leadership and collaboration, and connections among teachers, students and parents. Students have the opportunity to advance academically at their own pace, without limits. Learning is never boring!

Single age group
Students are expected to be within the norm of what is average for their grade level. There is no opportunity to advance academically.

A carefully prepared environment nurtures curiosity and encourages self-discipline.

The teacher controls the classroom and enforces discipline.

Inquiry-based Learning
Students ask questions, become invested in their learning

Standards-based Learning
Teachers recite facts and information.

Freedom of Movement
Students are free to move around the room to choose where they learn best

Stationary Seating
Students sit at assigned desks for long periods of time

Intrinsic Motivation
Child reinforces own learning by internal feelings of success. There is an emphasis on collaboration.

External Motivation
Learning is reinforced with rewards and punishments. There is an emphasis on competition.

Learning materials are engaging, meaningful, appeal to the senses, and imitate real life

Direct Instruction
Learning can be rote and uninspiring, with lectures, worksheets and standard textbooks.

Individualized Learning
Lessons are individualized to student needs. Teachers present new material as students progress. Students spot their own errors through feedback and self-correction.

Group Learning
Teacher recites predetermined lessons to the group with little opportunity for the child to move ahead or receive extra help. The teacher highlights errors in the child’s work, often without explanation.