Kindergarten Readiness

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Readiness Assessment for Incoming Junior Kindergarten and Kindergarten, and 1st grade students

St. Patrick Catholic School staff administers the Gesell developmental screening for all incoming junior kindergarten, kindergarten, and 1st grade students before the start of the school year.  Parents will be asked to schedule an appointment for the testing when students are pre-registered. 

The Gesell assessment does help to determine a child’s current developmental age level by measuring personal/social maturity, language skills and adaptive behavior. The Gesell Assessment does not determine IQ, learning differences, or a child’s social skills in a large group setting.  Adaptive behavior reflects the area of development that includes cognitive thinking, memory, perception, and attention to task (putting knowledge into action).

School readiness and placement decisions are based on multiple factors and after consultation with a variety of individuals including, but not limited to, parents, teachers, administrators, the school guidance counselor, and/or the learning support coordinator.  It is recommended that students score at a developmental readiness level of 5.5 to start kindergarten.  Parents will receive results in writing and if a question of school readiness for a child surfaces, parents will be asked to come in for a conference. Possible interventions, observations and alternatives may be discussed at this time.

For questions about the screening process, please contact our admissions coordinator, Peggy Boudreau, at 502-244-7083.


Junior Kindergarten

Junior Kindergarten provides a nurturing learning experience for children who are age eligible for Kindergarten entrance and are not quite developmentally ready. Junior Kindergarten includes activities encouraging creativity, exploration and discovery in a developmentally appropriate learning environment. It has a strong emphasis on learning independence and developing a sense of community.

The Junior Kindergarten curriculum is a modified version of the Archdiocese of Louisville curriculum for Kindergarten grade level. The modifications include appropriate areas of interest to the Junior Kindergarten students leading the children in study from a focus on self to an appreciation of an ever expanding community. Community building and social skill development are central to the Junior Kindergarten program. Children practice and learn responsibility for self and others while developing problem solving and choice making skills.

Educational Goals:

The Junior Kindergarten will provide students with a developmentally appropriate education based on the following learning goals for the four-to-five year old child.

Language Acquisition and Development

  • to understand and use language for complex communication and to express ideas and feelings.

Cognitive Development

  • to recognize and use opportunities for learning through language reading, and the arts,
  • to encourage problem solving strategies and divergent thinking,
  • to enhance thinking processes and increase an understanding of the environment,
  • to facilitate the learning of math through exploration, discovery, and solving meaningful problems.

Social Competence

  • to experience play individually and with peers,
  • to learn to function as a member of a group and gain an awareness of the value of interdependence,
  • to encourage creativity while discouraging violent and frightening play and activities.

Self Regulation

  • to gradually adjust to time away from parents,
  • to develop self-control and self-discipline.

Self Esteem

  • to enhance self-respect and sense of self in relation to others.

Disposition to Learn

  • to be able to sustain an interest in an activity,
  • to feel secure at school and to be able to work in the classroom environment,
  • to learn how and when to listen.

Intrinsic Motivation

  • to continue to be curious about and challenged by the world,
  • to promote and enhance aesthetic development.

Physical Development

  • to further develop fine motor skills and coordination to help promote writing, reading, and math skill acquisition,
  • to further develop and enhance large motor skills.