Tuition Based Extended Kindergarten (TBEK)
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Why full day Kindergarten?
The time that students are in school is valuable and limited. MCSD is committed to implementing educational practices that are the most likely to result in student success by using the best evidence from educational research and ongoing data-based problem solving. Research demonstrates the importance of full day kindergartener. In Utah, Kindergarten is offered as a half-day program; MCSD wants to offer to parents an extended day option at certain schools.
Which schools offer TBE Kindergarten?
2019-2020 Murray City School District will be piloting Tuition Based Extended Kindergarten at these two schools:
How is the program defined?
Tuition based Kindergarten is an extra session of Kindergarten in addition to the regular session of kindergarten a child receives in the state of Utah. The intent of full day Kindergarten is to increase student achievement, have students ready for first grade and offer social and emotional benefits to kindergarteners. The Tuition Based Extended Kindergarten program is a District run kindergarten program hosted at certain elementary schools in Murray City School District based on parent interest and need.
What is the cost of Tuition Based Extended Kindergarten?
Tuition is $2,950 per student for the school year or $295.00 per month for ten months, through the 2019-2020 academic calendar. There is a non-refundable registration fee of $50. The cost of lunch is not included in the tuition. The tuition covers the cost of the additional hours of instruction that are not offered in the half day, tuition free programs at all Murray City School District elementary schools and Optional Extended Day Kindergarten at Title I Schools in Murray City School District for qualifying students.
What if my child decides not to attend after being enrolled or leaves the program mid-year?
If you paid in full, your tuition will be reimbursed for the remainder of the year not in use. Your spot will be forfeited and given to the next person on the waiting list. If you are out of boundary and choose to remain at the school, you will be required to fill out the appropriate paperwork and are subject to open enrollment guidelines.
What is the application and enrollment process?
TBEK will first be offered to interested parents at the boundary school during the enrollment period, March 5-March 15, 2019. When the window expires, the open enrollment for TBEK for those outside of the school boundary but within MCSD will open, March 16-March 25, 2019. Families outside of the school boundary will be required to pay the $5 open enrollment fee and a $50 non-refundable registration fee if accepted to the program. When the window expires, the open enrollment for TBEK for those students outside of Murray City School District Boundaries, April 1-April 12, 2019. Families outside of the school boundary will be required to pay the $5 open enrollment fee and a $50 non-refundable registration fee if accepted to the program.
Parents will be notified of acceptance by April 15, 2019. Parents will then be asked to complete the registration process, pay the registration fee, create your payment process and sign the program agreements.
Who is eligible?
Students who will be 5 years old on or before September 1, 2019 are eligible. Students residing within the school boundary are given first preference. Students who are within Murray City School District boundary are given second preference. Students who do not live in Murray City School District boundary but have siblings within MCSD are given preference. Students who do not live in Murray City School District boundary are then given preference.
How will my Kindergartner get to school?
In boundary students will have access to safe walking routes or busing options. If your student qualifies for transportation services, your student will ride the bus with the AM Kindergarten students and will ride home with the PM kindergarten students. Parents will need to provide transportation if their student is admitted to the program at an out of boundary school.
Will my student be with a licensed teacher?
Yes, your students will receive additional instructional hours from a licensed teacher. Your student will be taught by the same teacher as they are taught in the morning.
Are there scholarships available?
In order to make the program viable, each classroom will have to have 24 students. Twenty-five percent (25%) of those classrooms can have scholarships available when we charge $295/month. You must first fill out the necessary paperwork to determine if your student is eligible for a scholarship.
How do I pay for the TBEK?
Tuition must be paid to the Murray City School District Office by the 5th of each month. It is considered late on the 10th of the month and a late fee will be assessed. If your tuition is late after the 15th of the month, you will automatically forfeit your spot in the Kindergarten program. You may also pay your tuition in full at the beginning of the year.
How many hours of instruction are provided?
Murray administrators are in the process of equalizing the amount of instructional time provided at each of our schools. Half day sessions are approximately 2 hours and 45 minutes. Full days sessions are the same instructional hours as a first through sixth grade student.
How will we track effectiveness?
The Teaching and Learning Team (TLT) will track KEEP (Kindergarten Entry/Exit Profile) data on AM/PM vs TBEK. TLT will track the TBEK cohort over two years in first grade and second grade compared to their AM/PM counterparts on DIBELS and District Benchmarks. TLT will track DIBELS and Kindergarten quarterly assessment data compared to their AM/PM counterparts. TLT will report to the board quarterly in the first year of implementation.
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