The school has the luxury of accepting students who will flourish in our environment. Through careful evaluation, a child's individual instructional levels are identified, and the child is placed in homerooms by chronological age and allowed to progress through "the grades". Unique to Ocean Day School is the cross-grading of students in academic areas. A child who shows talent in Math, Reading, or Written Language may take classes at a higher-grade level. A child who would benefit from repeating a particular level in Math, Reading, or Written Language can be cross-graded to that level without being retained across the board.
The following records are required before a child can begin school:
Entrance testing is done for all students registering for admittance into the accelerated kindergarten program. Usually scheduled for the second week of June, groups of two or three children meet with a kindergarten teacher and/or director and participate in a series of tasks designed to assess readiness for the full day program.
We consider large and small motor development, visual and auditory development, cognitive level, and attention span are looked at in an effort to insure that the child will meet with success in this unique program, which starts children reading phonetically controlled material often as soon as the new calendar year begins. Testing usually takes about forty-five minutes but it can take longer when the possibility of cross-grading presents itself. Young learners who are already reading should be brought to the attention of the director for possible additional assessment.
2012 Ocean Day School / Lakewood, NJ