Great Hearts does not accept early kindergarten students—i.e. all kinder applicants must be 5 before Sept 1st.
Great Hearts believes this policy to be in the best interest of our schools for a number of reasons:
1.Kindergarten Readiness testing does not accurately assess social and emotional readiness.
2.A class comprised of a handful of younger students will negatively affect the entire class, and experience has shown that this impact worsens with time.
3.If a child that does not meet minimum age requirements is accepted to our school and does not pass Kindergarten, our school will not receive funding for their second year of Kindergarten.
Admittance of young First Graders
According to state statute, a first grader must turn five before September 1st of the school year for which they are applying. If a 1st grade applicant misses this cutoff date, an exception can be made for this student if they meet all of the following conditions:
They turn five before January 1st of the school year for which they are applying
They have successfully completed a kindergarten program
They receive headmaster approval after a consultation takes place between the headmaster, parents/guardians, a first grade teacher, and the student. This consultation will take place only after the child receives an offer from Archway Chandler.
The approval is reached because it is deemed to be in the best interest of the child to attend 1st grade
Archway Classical is a state-chartered public K-5 school offering a classical liberal arts education that will prepare students to enter a Great Hearts Academy in middle school. Archway Classical is the first truly classical Core Knowledge primary school in Arizona. Each student will be provided with a durable foundation in Reading, Writing, Arithmetic, Geometry, Science, and Social Studies, in addition to meaningful and substantive work and play in Spanish, Fine Arts, P.E., and competitive chess.
The Chandler campus of Archway Classical is located on the same property as Chandler Preparatory Academy at 1951 N. Alma School Rd. However, the Archway campus is distinct from the Chandler Prep campus, with a separate entrance, administration, and student area.
The mission of Archway Classical is to develop the academic potential and virtuous character in each student through the use of a content-rich, rigorous curriculum, with a special emphasis on the cultural heritage of the Western Civilization.