Click here for Kindergarten Registration Information 

KINDERGARTEN UPDATE Parent Letter - June 2021 - Click HERE
KICK OFF to KINDERGARTEN Parent Letter - April 2021 - Click HERE
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 WELCOME to KINDERGARTEN Parent Letter - February 2021 - Click HERE

*Starting with the 2021-2022 school year, to be eligible to attend kindergarten in Chagrin Falls Exempted Village School District, a child must turn age 5 on or before August 1st
Gurney Elementary School Kindergarten Hours (in a non-pandemic year)
Full Day Kindergarten            
8:25 am - 3:20 pm             
2021-2022 Half Day Kindergarten is in the afternoon ONLY       
      PM Kindergarten - 12:10 pm - 3:20 pm 

*If half-day kindergarten numbers are very low, 

those half-day students will be placed into a full day class in the afternoon.

HALF DAY KINDERGARTEN PROGRAM - There is no charge for Half Day Kindergarten 
  • Transportation is provided
  • Opening class meeting (i.e. greeting, calendar, activity) 
  • Whole group instruction in literacy and math 
  • Social studies, science, technology integrated into classroom instruction 
  • 30 minute Encore (specialty area class) daily: art, music, Spanish, STEM, physical education, and library each 1 time every 6 days

The half day kindergarten curriculum is the same core curriculum covered in the full day kindergarten program.  


The deadline to reserve a spot in a full-day kindergarten class is May 7th, 2021!

In addition to the half day components listed above, the full day provides...

  • Recess, lunch, rest time
  • Extended time in literacy and math for remediation, extension, enrichment through small group and/or direct instruction
  • Social studies/science extension through direct instruction and hands-on activities
  • Extended, direct instruction in technology
  • Additional time in Encore classes, field trips, assemblies 

What are the benefits of a full-day program?  Time.  More time allows teachers to remediate or enrich using a wider variety of "best practice" teaching strategies such as: cooperative learning, small group instruction, mixed ability groupings, self-initiated learning, a greater amount of 1:1 student to teacher interaction, and larger blocks of time for instruction. 

The $2890 tuition for the full day kindergarten program is used to offset the cost of staffing, facilities, and supplies/equipment. 

A $200 nonrefundable deposit is required when registering your child for full day kindergarten. The balance of the tuition is requested in August. If the balance is not paid in full by mid-year, the student may be withdrawn and placed in the half day kindergarten class. Payment can be made in cash or by check. Checks can be made payable to Chagrin Falls Board of Education.

Students who qualify for a free/reduced lunch under the federal lunch program will receive a modified tuition based on a sliding scale. You will receive more information on this at registration.  

CLICK HERE for Mrs. Cohen's OT Corner... with many activities to increase fine motor, visual motor, and gross motor skills; visual perception, handwriting, and other fun activities to do with your child.

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