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Two-Hour Delay on Monday, December 10

NSA will open on Monday, December 10, with a two-hour delay for all students, faculty and staff due to dangerous road conditions in certain areas. Morning care will not be available. If for any reason you have concerns about the safety of your student traveling to school due to the conditions in your area, please make the decision that is in the best interest of your family. As always, the safety of our families is our top priority, so please travel carefully!
Harbour View Campus
Program

Pre-Kindergarten

Nansemond-Suffolk Academy believes that a Pre-Kindergarten program for young children must take a child-centered approach. In every area of its operation, NSA considers the needs of the child first. To ensure that those needs are well understood and appreciated, the school hires teachers who have degrees in Early Childhood Education or Child Development and assistants with solid backgrounds in Early Childhood Education and/or experience working with young children.

The Academy recognizes that the education of pre-kindergarten children cannot be broken down into “grade levels” or sectioned by traditional elementary subject areas. Areas of development in young children are interrelated.  The curriculum is planned in an integrated way to address the needs of the “whole child” with equal emphasis on social, emotional, physical and cognitive development.
The Academy values the uniqueness of the individual
child and encourages their autonomy.
The creativity and artistic expression of each child is encouraged. NSA accepts that young children do not all develop at the same rate and therefore puts no pressure on children to perform to any rigid requirements. Each child is accepted at their own level and encouraged in their growth and development in all areas.

Nansemond-Suffolk Academy understands that young children learn by “doing.” They acquire knowledge through meaningful interaction with objects and people. Children, therefore, are allowed to be active and are given time to physically explore and manipulate their surroundings and to have meaningful exchanges with teachers and other children.  Emphasis is also placed on developing children’s thinking skills and problem solving abilities. NSA believes these goals are best accomplished through exploration, investigation, and experimentation.

Program Descriptions

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  • Pre-K2

    The Pre-K 2 program serves children who turn two years old by September 30 of the enrollment year. While the program is designed for students who attend five days a week from 8:30 A.M. to 2:40 P.M., some families with two-year-olds opt for a three-day schedule. Each day, the students are busy with group instruction, center play, special classes, outside play, show-and-tell, snack, lunch and rest. In the Pre-K 2 class there are generally 10 children on each day, with a full-time teacher, a teaching assistant and an assistant who rotates among the Pre-K classrooms.

    Research tells us that early childhood is a crucial time for children’s cognitive development. Fortunately, young children are naturally excited to develop new skills and an understanding of language. At Nansemond-Suffolk Academy, we take full advantage of this natural excitement in our young students. Our two-year-olds enjoy a literature-based curriculum that focuses on a different children’s book every two weeks. The learning objectives and activities stem from these stories and are always easily adapted to different readiness levels. The curriculum encourages the development of letter recognition and phonemic awareness, math concepts and basic science and social studies skills. In addition to these cognitive areas, the program emphasizes social, emotional and physical development, as well. A very important goal for two-year-olds during the Pre-K2 year is toilet training. While our hope is that parents will introduce this training at home, our teachers are ready to reinforce and solidify the concept at school.
     
    Our Pre-K2 students enjoy some of the same resource classes that the older students do. Spanish, physical movement and Library resource classes are part of the Pre-K2 program. Several community helpers, such as firemen, dentists and local artists, visit our Pre-K classes throughout the year, sharing and demonstrating their skills with the children. In the spring, in celebration of The Week of the Young Child, parents visit the classrooms and enjoy a display of Pre-K artwork and a program of songs presented by the children.
  • Pre-K3

    The Pre-K3 program serves children who turn three years old by September 30 of the enrollment year. These children must be able to tend to their own toilet needs with little assistance from the teacher.  While the program is designed for students who attend five days a week from 8:30 A.M. to 2:40 P.M., some families opt for a 3-day schedule. Their daily schedule includes group instruction, center play, special classes, outside play, show-and-tell, snack, lunch and rest. In each Pre-K 3 class there are generally 12-14 children, with a full-time teacher, a teaching assistant and an assistant who rotates among the Pre-K classrooms.

    Research tells us that early childhood is a crucial time for children’s cognitive development.  The good news is that young children are naturally excited to develop new skills and an understanding of language.  At Nansemond-Suffolk Academy, we take full advantage of this natural excitement in our young students.  Our two, three, and four year olds enjoy a literature-based curriculum that focuses on a different children’s book each week. The learning objectives and activities stem from these stories and are always easily adapted to different readiness levels. The curriculum encourages the development of letter recognition and phonemic awareness, math concepts, and basic science and social studies skills.  In addition to these cognitive areas, the program emphasizes social, emotional and physical development, as well.

    Our Pre-K 3 students attend resource classes such as Spanish, music and art. The science resource instructor also provides each class with experiments and lab activities that are tailored to young children. The technology educator introduces the students to iPads early in the school year and returns with new applications and activities weekly. The children are also tasked with engineering solutions in small groups for various challenges with LEGO kits. Several community helpers, such as firemen, dentists and local artists visit our Pre-K classes throughout the year, sharing and demonstrating their skills with the children. In the spring, in celebration of The Week of the Young Child, parents visit the classrooms and enjoy a display of Pre-K artwork and a program of songs presented by the children.
  • Pre-K4

    The Pre-K 4 program serves children who turn four years old by September 30 of the enrollment year.  Children must have independent toileting habits.  The four-year-old program is a full day, Monday through Friday program. In the morning, students are busy with group instruction, center play, special classes, outside play, show-and-tell and snack. In the afternoons, they have lunch, rest time, more outside play and then enrichment activities. In each Pre-K 4 class, there are generally 12-14 children, with a full-time teacher, a full-time teaching assistant and an assistant who rotates among the Pre-K classrooms.

    Research tells us that early childhood is a crucial time for children’s cognitive development. The good news is that young children are naturally excited to develop new skills and an understanding of language.  At Nansemond-Suffolk Academy, we take full advantage of this natural excitement in our young students.  Our three and four year olds enjoy a literature based curriculum that focuses on a different children’s book each week.  The learning objectives and activities stem from these stories and are always easily adapted to different readiness levels. The curriculum encourages the development of letter recognition and phonemic awareness, math concepts, and basic science and social studies skills. In addition to these cognitive areas, the program emphasizes social, emotional and physical development as well.

    Our Pre-K 4 students also enjoy resource classes such as Spanish, music and art. The science resource teacher provides experiments and lab activities that are tailored to young children. The technology educator introduces the students to iPads early in the school year and returns with new applications and activities weekly. LEGO kits are also introduced where the children work in small groups to plan and engineer solutions to various LEGO challenges. The four-year olds participate in group movement activities and are instructed in yoga, helping them learn the concepts of personal space and how to control and relax their bodies. Several community helpers, such as firemen, dentists and local artists, visit our Pre-K classes throughout the year, sharing and demonstrating their skills with the children.  In the spring, in celebration of The Week of the Young Child, parents visit the classrooms and enjoy a display of Pre-K artwork and a program of songs presented by the children.
Nansemond-Suffolk Academy is a coeducational, college preparatory private school located in Suffolk, VA. Pre-kindergarten - Grade 12.