D203 Families Overwhelmingly Prefer All-Day Kindergarten
Less than 5 percent of enrolled students with the full-day or half-day option have chosen the half-day since the district begin its all-day kindergarten registration.
With 230 kindergarten students enrolled in Naperville District 203's all-day kindergarten for the 2013-2014 school year versus only 10 in half-day, the all-day program, approved in January to be instituted at Beebe, Ellsworth, Elmwood, Mill, Naper, River Woods and Scott schools, is proving massively popular, the Chicago Tribune reports.
According to the paper, the program is so popular that the few half-day students (the district is legally required to offer half-day) may need to be grouped in a single class at one school and bussed in.
"What we would do is enroll those students in the nearest school that has room for them rather then set up a very small classroom of those students who are only going to be enrolling in half-day kindergarten," Ryan told the paper.
The district is still sorting out various curriculum and logistical issues caused by the transition, including potential additions and remodeling at schools like Ellsworth and Naper, the paper said.