We offer full-day (ages 1 to Pre-K) and half-day (Pre-K only) programs with a curriculum centered on pre-school education for children. We accept students on a rolling basis, as space is available. We are proud that we are a desirable teaching facility and have a wait list for some of our programs. However, family situations often change (people move, a parent decides to stay home with their children) and our wait lists can move quickly. If you have decided that Daniel Island Academy is the right fit for your child and your family, we encourage you to complete the necessary paperwork and payments so that we might get your child placed in a classroom more quickly.
All of our programs offer Creative Curriculum, Conscious Discipline and Reference Point Assessments. Please read more below about our programs to identify your child and family’s particular needs. Tours can be set up to accommodate your schedule. We highly recommend touring our school to see our team in action.
This program is specifically designed for children who are 12- 24 months in age, assigned to four (4) separate classrooms by age. The group size remains small allowing children and teachers to create strong bonds and to trust their caregivers. At this age, children learn to feel safe and comfortable by following a schedule. They cannot tell time, so they begin to understand and make sense of their day by knowing what happens next. Another important aspect of toddler development is the school/home communication. The teachers communication daily in many different ways. We require parents/caregivers to drop-off and pick-up in the classroom daily, which facilitates a higher degree of communication with classroom teachers. Daily sheets keep the parent informed of all activities from the day.
Our Two Year Old Program is specifically for children who are 24-36 months in age, assigned to four (4) separate classrooms by age. Two-year-olds are in a stage of transition, moving from the dependence of being a toddler to the more independent, mobile world of preschoolers. Our program encourages their growing need for independence, and for children to verbally express their feelings and emotions. The program provides opportunities for each child to build on their own strengths and expanding interests through well developed learning centers, outdoor time, meal time, story time and rest time.
Our Three Year Old Program is specially designed for children 36-48 months and focuses on creating more independent and active learners. We encourage this by increased vocabulary development, physical coordination, higher level thinking and increased social skills. This program requires students be potty training proficient. The program provides opportunities for each child to build on their own strengths and expanding interests through well developed learning centers, outdoor time, meal time, story time and rest time.
Our Four Year Old/Pre-k Program is specially designed for children who are 48-60 months in age to develop and grow in each area of development. An in-depth and focused curriculum allows children to expand their cognitive, physical, social and emotional skills in preparation for kindergarten. Throughout their day, children have opportunities to make self-directed and guided choices, participate in small groups and projects and creative play.
Lunch Buddies is offered daily, Monday - Friday, from 12:00 p.m. to 12:50 p.m., immediately following the conclusion of the half-day 4 program. During Lunch Buddies, children receive a nutritious lunch prepared by Chef and engage in fun, interactive activities with kids from other classes. Lunch Buddies cards may be purchased for $100 and are good for 10 visits in a year. Lunch Buddies reservations must be placed no later than 9:00 am the day of service. See an example menu.
CURRENT AND SUMMER-ONLY STUDENTS ARE BOTH WELCOME!
Our fun filled school-wide curriculum continues during June and July as Summer of Discovery during which students enjoy a relaxed summertime of interactive themes. Daniel Island Academy students learn about a different subject within a school-wide theme each month. This is a wonderful way for children and teachers to explore exciting topics while engaging students within appropriate attention limits.
- Summer of Discovery is INCLUDED in the 12 Month Enrollment Option.
- Summer of Discovery is open to non-year-around students
- No school year registration fee is required. Students new to DIA must satisfy the application and enrollment requirements as detailed in the DIA Parent Handbook to participate in this summer program.